Joe Bambrick

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Joe Bambrick
Joe Bambrick - Blue plaque, Rodden Street, Belfast, 27-Jan-2008.JPG
Blue plaque noting six goal hero Banbrick's home in Belfast
Personal information
Full name Joseph Gardiner Absolom Bambrick
Date of birth (1905-11-03)3 November 1905
Place of birth Belfast, Ireland
Date of death 13 October 1983(1983-10-13) (aged 77)
Place of death Belfast, Northern Ireland
Playing position Centre-forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1926–1927 Glentoran 22 (28)
1927–1935 Linfield 183 (286)
1935–1938 Chelsea 59 (34)
1938–1939 Walsall 35 (15)
Total 299 (364)
National team
1928–1938 Ireland (IFA) 11 (12)
1927–1932 Irish League XI 12 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Joseph Gardiner Absolom "Joe" Bambrick, (3 November 1905 – 13 October 1983), was an Irish footballer who played for Chelsea, Walsall, Glentoran, and Linfield.[1]

Biography[edit]

Bambrick scored 12 goals in 11 games for Ireland, including six in one game against Wales.[2]

A former gas worker of medium build, he was a prolific goalscorer, adept at getting into good scoring positions and athletic enough to make the final touch count. “Head, heel or toe, Slip it to Joe” became a famous catch-phrase when referring to him. His scoring of six goals for Ireland v Wales at Celtic Park on 1 February 1930 in a 7–0 win, still remains the record score for a British Isles player in an international fixture.[2]

Bambrick scored Chelsea's goal in their highest-attended competitive match at their ground Stamford Bridge. A crowd of 82,905 watched the 1-1 draw with local rivals Arsenal on 12 October 1935.[3]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Northern Ireland's goal tally first.

# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
1 22 October 1928 Liverpool, England  England 1–2 1929 British Home Championship
2 23 February 1929 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Scotland 3–7 1929 British Home Championship
3 23 February 1929 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Scotland 3–7 1929 British Home Championship
4 1 February 1930 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Wales 7–0 1930 British Home Championship
5 1 February 1930 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Wales 7–0 1930 British Home Championship
6 1 February 1930 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Wales 7–0 1930 British Home Championship
7 1 February 1930 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Wales 7–0 1930 British Home Championship
8 1 February 1930 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Wales 7–0 1930 British Home Championship
9 1 February 1930 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Wales 7–0 1930 British Home Championship
10 5 December 1931 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Wales 4–0 1932 British Home Championship
11 27 March 1935 Wrexham, Wales  Wales 1–3 1935 British Home Championship
12 16 March 1938 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Wales 1–0 1938 British Home Championship

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joe Bambrick". Northern Ireland Football Greats. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Ryder, Chris. "Joe Bambrick: Footballer 1905 -1983". Ulster History Circle. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.espn.co.uk/football/sport/story/118197.html#