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Tom Heaton

Goalkeeper


Biography

Date of birth

15/04/1986

Height

188 cm

Signed

01/07/2013

Country

England

Tom Heaton was Sean Dyche’s first permanent signing as Burnley manager, arriving at Turf Moor on a free transfer in the summer of 2013. 

Since his switch from Bristol City, the Chester-born goalkeeper has been a virtual ever-present and firm fans' favourite. 

Heaton - whose family hail from the area and are lifelong Burnley fans and season ticket holders – began his career with Manchester United. 

While at Old Trafford he enjoyed numerous loan spells at Swindon Town, Royal Antwerp, Cardiff City, QPR, Rochdale and Wycombe Wanderers. 

He finally left United in 2010 in pursuit of regular first team football and spent two years back at Cardiff, making 40 appearances and starring in their 2011/12 League Cup campaign.

Heaton saved two penalties against Crystal Palace in the semi-final and another from Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard in the penalty shoot-out final defeat at Wembley. 

Heaton then moved on to Bristol City in the summer of 2012, but was unable to halt the Robins’ relegation to League One. 

He initially signed a two-year deal, and enjoyed a hugely successful first season at Turf Moor in 2013/14 as the Clarets gained promotion to the Premier League. A string of impressive displays the following season landed him the 2014/15 Players' Player of the Year award. 

The former England U21 international capped a whirlwind season by signing an extended three-year deal in July, 2015. 

Following the departure of Jason Shackell to Derby County, Dyche named Heaton his captain for the 2015/16 campaign, a season which saw the goalkeeper lift the title, and play an integral role in the Clarets’ promotion to the Premier League. 

Heaton made 48 appearances in all competitions during an historic season, keeping 19 clean sheets in the process. 

Heaton was rewarded for his consistency with a first England call up in the summer of 2015, and in the summer of 2016, he became the first Clarets’ player since Martin Dobson in 1974 to earn a full England cap.


Following his England debut, he celebrated returning to Turf Moor for the start of the 2016/17 Premier League season by signing a new and improved four-year deal, trying him to the club until the summer of 2020. 

Heaton made 36 appearances in arguably his best season at Turf Moor in 2016/17 as he played a major role in helping Burnley sustain their Premier League status.

An outstanding performances against his former club at Old Trafford earned the highest praise from Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel. The great Dane described Heaton’s save to deny Zlatan Ibrahimovic as "one of the best ever in the Premier League.”

Heaton also retained his place in the England squad throughout 2016/17, earning his second cap as a substitute in a friendly against Spain at Wembley.

Heaton topped off a memorable season by winning Burnley’s Player of the Year Award.