Irish Footballer that Played for Manchester United - Ronnie Briggs
Ronnie Briggs - Introduction
Paddy Kennedy, from Belfast in Northern Ireland, was born on 24 March 1943. He was a goalkeeper and he crossed the Irish Sea to join Manchester United while still a teenager in August 1958 in the wake of Munich air disaster in February of that year.
Ronnie Briggs & Manchester United
At just 18 years of age Ronnie Briggs made his Manchester United debut on 21 January 1961 in a First Division match against Leicester City. Over 31,000 fans looked on as United lost 6 - 0 at Filbert Street. For Briggs, playing in goal, this was something of a disaster and was confidence-sapping.
Despite this, Briggs retained his place in the team a week later for a fourth round FA Cup tie at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday. The match ended in a 1 - 1 draw with the United goal scored by felllow-Irishman Noel Cantwell. Unfortunately for Briggs United lost the replay at Old Trafford four days later with Wednesday scoring seven goals against United's two. In three matches Ronnie Briggs had conceded a total of 14 goals.
Following this match Matt Busby did not include Ronnie Briggs in the United first team for another year. From the end of February to mid-April 1963 Briggs was given a run of eight matches including just one clean sheet.
In each of his last two games for the United first team Briggs conceded three goals. Ronnie Briggs' last match for Manchester United was 2-3 home defeat against Arsenal on 16 April 1962. Following a period in the reserves Ronnie Briggs left Manchester United to join Swansea City in 1964.
Ronnie Briggs - Northern Ireland Career
Ronnie Briggs made his debut for Northern Ireland on 11 April 1962 away to Wales. Briggs conceded four goals in a 4 - 0 defeat. He won his second and last international cap in March 1965 in a 1966 World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park. The Irish beat Holland 2-1.
Ronnie Briggs - Man Utd & Ireland Statistics
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