Noel Brotherston

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Noel Brotherston
Personal information
Full name Noel Brotherston
Date of birth (1956-11-18)18 November 1956
Place of birth Dundonald, Northern Ireland
Date of death 6 May 1995(1995-05-06) (aged 38)
Place of death Blackburn, England
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
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)
1988Scarborough (loan) 5 (0)
1989 Motala AIF
National team
1978 Northern Ireland U21 1 (0)
1980–1985 Northern Ireland 27 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Noel Brotherston (18 November 1956 – 6 May 1995) was an international footballer for Northern Ireland.

Club career[edit]

A winger, he played in the Football League for Tottenham, Blackburn Rovers, Bury, and Scarborough.

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[1] and became a painter and decorator in the town when he retired as a player.

International career[edit]

Brotherston made his debut for Northern Ireland in a May 1980 friendly match against Scotland and has won 27 international caps, scoring 3 goals. He has represented his country in 3 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[2] and played at the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

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.

Personal life[edit]

Brotherston grew up in the town of Dundonald, in the east of Belfast.

He died of a heart attack aged just 38.


  1. ^ Where are they now? - BBC
  2. ^ Noel BrotherstonFIFA competition record

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