Noel Brotherston
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Noel Brotherston
Noel Brotherston
Personal information
Full name Noel Brotherston[1]
Date of birth (1956-11-18)18 November 1956[1]
Place of birth Dundonald,[1] Northern Ireland
Date of death 6 May 1995(1995-05-06) (aged 38)[1]
Place of death Blackburn,[1] England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[2]
Playing position(s) Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974-1977 Tottenham Hotspur 1 (0)
1977-1987 Blackburn Rovers 317 (40)
1987-1989 Bury 38 (4)
1988 -> Scarborough (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

A winger, Brotherston 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.[3]

International career

Brotherston made his debut for Northern Ireland in a May 1980 friendly match against Scotland and won 27 international caps, scoring three goals. He represented his country in three FIFA World Cup qualification matches[4] and played at the 1982 World Cup.

Brotherston played in a famous 1-0 win for Northern Ireland over Israel[] that helped 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 Home Internationals Championship trophy in the Irish Football Association's centenary year.[]

Personal life

Brotherston grew up in the town of Dundonald,[] in the east of Belfast. He lived in Bright Street, East Belfast when he was a small boy.

He became a painter and decorator in Blackburn[3] when he retired as a player. He died of a heart attack aged just 38.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Noel Brotherston". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ Jackman, Mike (1994). Blackburn Rovers: the official encyclopaedia. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 36. ISBN 1-873626-70-3 – via
  3. ^ a b c Where are they now? BBC Sport, 13 April 2007
  4. ^ Noel Brotherston - FIFA competition record

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