Brian Drysdale

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Brian Drysdale
Personal information
Date of birth (1943-02-24)24 February 1943
Place of birth Wingate, Durham, England
Playing position Left back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1965 Lincoln City 21 (0)
1965–1969 Hartlepool United 170 (2)
1969–1977 Bristol City 282 (3)
1977Reading (loan) 16 (0)
1977–1978 Oxford United 15 (0)
197?–19?? Frome Town ? (?)
19??–19?? Shepton Mallet ? (?)
19??–19?? Clevedon Town ? (?)
Teams managed
19??–19?? Frome Town player manager
19??–19?? Shepton Mallet player manager
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Brian Drysdale (born 24 February 1943) is an English former professional footballer who played as a left back. He made over 500 appearances in the Football League in the years after the Second World War.[1]


Brian Drysdale played junior football for Lincoln City.[2] Drysdale made his League debut for Lincoln City before signing as a professional. Drysdale joined Hartlepool United on a free transfer in July 1965. Drysdale played under the Brian Clough and Peter Taylor management partnership and starred in the 1967-68 promotion from the Fourth Division when Hartlepool United finished in 3rd place. Hartlepool were relegated the following season finishing in 22nd place in the Third Division.[2] Alan Dicks signed Drysdale in May 1969 for £10,000 from Hartlepool United for Bristol City.[2][3] Drysdale had a loan spell at Reading in 1977. Drysdale left Bristol City to join Oxford United in July 1977.[2]

Brian Drysdale then joined Western League side Frome Town as player manager. Drysdale was also player manager at Shepton Mallet before playing for Clevedon Town.[2] Brian Drysdale finished his footballing career in the Bristol area with spells as player manager of Clandown F.C. and Hengrove F.C.[2]

After retiring from playing Brian Drysdale became a self-employed carpenter in Stockwood, Bristol. His son Jason Drysdale was born in Bristol in 1970, also a left back, he played for England Youth and in Football League for Watford, Swindon Town and Northampton Town.[1]


with Hartlepool United
with Bristol City


  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry (1998). PFA Football League Players' Records 1946 – 1998. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 1-85291-585-4.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Woods, David; Leigh Edwards (1997). Bristol City FC The First 100 years. Redcliffe Press. ISBN 1-900178-26-5.
  3. ^ Woods, David (1994). Bristol Babe The First 100 years of Bristol City FC. Yore Publications. ISBN 1-874427-95-X.