Roy Rea

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Roy Rea
Personal information
Full name Robert Rea
Date of birth 28 November 1934
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Date of death 5 April 2005(2005-04-05) (aged 70)
Place of death Toronto, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1953 Banbridge Town
1953–1962 Glenavon 219 (0)
1961 Toronto Italia (loan)
1962–1963 Glentoran 21 (0)
1963–1966 Toronto Italia
1967–1970 Burnaby Villa
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Robert "Roy" Rea (28 November 1934 – 5 April 2005) was a Northern Ireland international footballer who played in the Irish League as a goalkeeper with Glenavon and Glentoran. He won one 'B' cap, and four amateur caps for Northern Ireland and thirteen inter-league caps for the Irish League in the 1950s.

With Glenavon, he won the Irish League championship in 1956/57, two Irish Cups (1956/57 and 1958/59), one Gold Cup and one Ulster Cup. With Glentoran he won the Gold Cup in 1962/63; the same year in which he was named Ulster Footballer of the Year.[1]

Although he never won a full international cap, Rea was a member of the Northern Ireland squad at the 1958 World Cup, as the second reserve goalkeeper, but did not travel to Sweden.


  1. ^ M. Brodie (ed.), Northern Ireland Soccer Yearbook 2009-2010, p. 102. Belfast:Ulster Tatler Publications

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