“Some great highs and terrible lows” is how Dan Burn sums up his footballing career to date. It’s certainly been an eventful one - from stacking supermarket shelves, the towering centre-back has gone on to make more than 100 league and cup appearances in his fledgling career. He continues to make huge strides (quite literally) in SW6…
“When it’s going well, you’ve got to take it moment by moment because just around the corner something is probably going to go wrong,” Dan laughs knowingly to the winter edition of Fulham’s official magazine, Fultime.
“You’ve got to make sure that when everything’s going well, you don’t buy into it too much. But the other side is that when things are going downhill, you know it’s always going to lift up again. I know it sounds like a cliché, but it’s a bit like a rollercoaster sometimes. I’ve had some great highs, but at the same time some terrible lows.”
Dan’s football trajectory has followed what could be deemed a rather unconventional route. Born in Blyth just outside of Newcastle, he was introduced to football by a school friend, playing in the field behind his house before joining a local team.
Growing up supporting Newcastle United and watching Alan Shearer, his ambition was carved out early: to be a professional footballer “and play in front of all those people at that level.” But whilst his friends were soon getting picked up by scouts, Dan wasn’t. Aged 17 he started working at a local supermarket while at the same time studying so that he had a back-up plan if his football dream fizzled out.
To say he’s a determined character would be an understatement. “It’s always been about football,” he says. “Even when I was dealing with the disappointment that I might not play when all my friends were getting picked by clubs and heading off while I wasn’t getting scouted I still knew it was what I wanted to do.
“I always wanted to have a back-up plan because football is so topsy-turvy. One minute you’re on top of the world and the next you could be without a club so I ended up stacking supermarket shelves to fund my education. I can’t tell you had bad it was. I hated it so much. But ultimately that drove me on that little bit more to get where I am today.”
The winter edition of Fultime is out now!
Just some of the exclusives from the jam-packed digital magazine are:
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