Noel Brotherston


Noel Brotherston
Noel Brotherston
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Full name Noel Brotherston
Date of birth 18 November 1956(1956-11-18)
Place of birth Dundonald, Northern Ireland
Date of death 6 May 1995(1995-05-06) (aged 38)
Place of death Blackburn, England
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1977 Tottenham Hotspur 1 (0)
1977–1987 Blackburn Rovers 317 (40)
1987–1989 Bury 38 (4)
1988 Scarborough (loan) 5 (0)
National team
1980–1985 Northern Ireland 27 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Noel Brotherston (18 November 1956 – 6 May 1995) was a footballer.

A winger, he played in the Football League for Tottenham, Blackburn Rovers, Bury, and Scarborough, and won 27 international caps for Northern Ireland, scoring 3 goals. Noel played in a famous 1-0 win for Northern Ireland over Israel that allowed the team to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time in 24 years. He also scored the winning goal against Wales in 1980 to give Northern Ireland the British Championship trophy in the Irish Football Association's centenary year. Noel was well remembered for his characteristic hairstyle that seemed to emphasise his jinking runs down the wing. He was a fans' favourite at Blackburn and became a painter and decorator in the town when he retired as a player, but died of a heart attack aged just 38.

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