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Ronnie Briggs
Ronnie Briggs
Full name William Ronald Briggs
Nationality Nir Northern Ireland
Caps (goals) 2 (0)
Rovers apps (goals)a 35 (0)
Position Goalkeeper
Date of birth 29 March 1943
in Belfast
Date of death 28 August 2008
in Bristol
25 May 1965 from Swansea Town
22 July 1968 to join Frome Town
Senior clubs
Manchester United
Swansea Town
Bristol Rovers
Frome Town
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 27/11/2012

Ronnie Briggs, full name William Ronald Briggs, was a goalkeeper who played for Rovers between 1965 and 1968, making 35 league appearances for the club in that time. He was capped twice by Northern Ireland, against Wales on 11 April 1962 in a home international that finished 4-0 to the Welsh, and The Netherlands in a World Cup qualifier on 17 March 1965 which the Irish side won 2-1.


He moved to England in 1958 to join Manchester United, where he was a roommate to George Best. He made nine appearances for the Old Trafford club before moving to Swansea Town (now known as Swansea City) in 1964. After playing 27 games for the Swans he moved across the Bristol Channel to join Rovers the following season, and from there on to Frome Town, where he played in the Western League.

Ronnie had a nightmare start to his professional career, on his debut for Manchester United he let in six goals when his team lost 6-0 to Leicester City.

After retiring from football Ronnie worked as a security guard. He died in August 2008 at the age of 65, having been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer the previous December. His funeral was held at Westerleigh Crematorium.

International appearances[]

The details of both of Ronnie's appearances for Northern Ireland are given below.

N.B. Northern Ireland's score is always given first.

Date Opponent Venue Result Competition
11 April 1962 Wal Wales Ninian Park, Cardiff 0–4 Home Championship
17 March 1965 Ned The Netherlands Windsor Park, Belfast 2–1 World Cup qualifier