Eddie Magill

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Personal information
Full name Edward James Magill
Date of birth (1939-05-17) 17 May 1939 (age 77)
Place of birth Lurgan, Northern Ireland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Right back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–1959 Portadown
1959–1965 Arsenal 116 (0)
1965–1968 Brighton & Hove Albion 50 (1)
National team
1961–1966 Northern Ireland 26
Teams managed
1969 Viborg FF
1970–1973 B1909
1974–1978 Næstved BK
1979–1981 Frederikshavn
1995–1996 Frederikshavn
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Edward James Magill (known as Eddie or Ted as well as Jimmy) (born 17 May 1939 in Lurgan) is a Northern Irish former footballer.

Magill began his career with Portadown but moved to London club Arsenal in May 1959. He made his debut for the side against Sheffield Wednesday on 19 December 1959. A right back, he was seen as a potential replacement for the injured Dennis Evans and played for most of the rest of that season, but lost his place in 1960-61 to Len Wills and Dave Bacuzzi.[1] He regained the right-back spot the following season, 1961-62, sharing it with Bacuzzi, before securing the place for good in 1962-63. In the meantime, he made his debut for Northern Ireland, and won 26 caps for his country in total.

Known for his passing and ball control, he kept his place in the Arsenal side until the signing of Don Howe at the end of 1963-64. Relegated to the reserves, Magill only made one more first-team appearance for Arsenal over the next fifteen months, mainly playing for the reserve team instead. He eventually joined Brighton & Hove Albion in October 1965. In total he played 131 matches for Arsenal, never scoring a goal. At Brighton, he spent three seasons before returning to Northern Ireland in 1968. After retiring from playing Magill coached in Denmark, first as coach at Viborg FF and B109[2] and then as manager of Næstved BK and Frederikshavn.[3]


  1. ^ "Season 1960/61". Gunnermania. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. 
  2. ^ http://www.fodboldfyn.dk/PDF.%20Filer/B%201909s%20historie%201909-2010.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.ffifodbold.dk/index.php?id=61


  • Harris, Jeff (1995). Hogg, Tony, ed. Arsenal Who's Who. Independent UK Sports. ISBN 978-1-899429-03-5.