Striker John Clifford “Cliff” Bursell was two months shy of his 18th birthday when he made his City senior debut in November 1952, selected by manager Bob Jackson to fill in for Eddie Burbanks. Playing at St Andrews, the Tigers were defeated 3-4 by Birmingham City but Bursell scored twice, announcing himself to the senior stage in the grand fashion. He played the next game at home to Bury, a 0-2 defeat, then dropped back into the reserves. Remarkably, that spell in the second XI lasted three seasons as Bursell never made another appearance prior to joining Goole Town in 1956. He later played for Bridlington Trinity.
Bursell died tragically young in July 1973.
Date/Place of Birth: 16 January 1935, Hull
Hull City First Game: 15 November 1952, Birmingahm City A (Division Two), 17 years, 304 days old
Hull City Final Game: 22 November 1952, Bury H (Division Two), 17 years, 311 days old
Hull City (1952-1956), Goole Town, Bridlington Trinity
Hull City Record
Career: 2 apps, 2 goalsCliff Bursell