'There was a big flipping turd on my head' - John Burridge claims he was targeted by Hearts fan

Legendary Hibs goalkeeper John Burridge has revealed “a dirty” Hearts fan left him a nasty surprise hidden inside his motorbike helmet.

Sunday, 6th December 2020, 2:23 pm
Burridge: Found a 'message' in his motorbike helmet

Burridge - who played for 29 clubs during a near 30 year career - was between the sticks for the Easter Road side in the early 90s when he claims a supporter from arch rivals Hearts targeted his headgear.

The goalie, known as Budgie, revealed the hilarious story while chatting from his home in Oman to David Tanner on the latest edition of the Edinburgh Football Show podcast.

The wacky keeper said he travelled by train from his home in Durham every day after signing for the capital club and kept a motorbike and helmet at Edinburgh Waverley to help get him to training.

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Easter Road legend John Burridge.

Burridge, now 69, said: “I had a little 250cc and what I did was get the train and an hour and 20 minutes later I am in Waverley [because] I had to get to Wardie training ground.

“I was rushing one day and put my helmet on and as I got to the traffic lights I thought ‘what the hell is that?’

“And brown [stuff] started coming down my face - somebody had s**t in my flipping helmet.

“I got to Wardie and there was a big flipping turd on my flipping head. I thought you dirty Scottish b******s, you know.

“It must have been a bloody Hearts fan because a Hibs lad wouldn’t have done that.

“I always took my helmet home after that and I didn't leave it at Waverley ever again.”

Burridge is a hero with the Easter Road faithful after signing for the club in 1991 aged 40 and helping the Hibees win the League Cup against Dunfermline later that year.

And during the podcast chat the goalie revealed he promised to break Rangers star Mark Hateley’s back as the teams met before Hibs semi-final win over the Ibrox men.

He added: “We were in the tunnel at Hampden and we were lined up and there they are. And they were playing mind games especially Hateley who was saying ‘c’mon let's batter these’.

“I just turned round and said ‘hey you **** off - shut your ****** gob, you come into my box and I will break your ******* back’.

“He shut up.”

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