Bobby Braithwaite - A look at the outstanding career of the Linfield Legend

Posted : 15th October 2015 at 18:10:57

Linfieldfc.com reported yesterday the sad passing of the Linfield Legend Bobby Braithwaite.

The following details about his outstanding Linfield career are reproduced from the handwritten personal records and anecdotes of the former Linfield chairman, the late David Crawford.

Bobby Munn Braithwaite was born on February 24, 1937 and he lived in the York Road area of Belfast.

He started his playing career as a schoolboy left half with Lower Shankill and Bessbrook Strollers.

He was with Crusaders between 1955 and 1957.

He signed for Linfield from Crusaders on April 20, 1957 along with Ray Gough for a combined transfer fee of £400.

The outside left played a total of 274 games for Linfield and scored 69 goals. He made 4 appearances in Europe for Linfield.

With Linfield Swifts he made the following appearances

1957/58 - 9 appearances and 2 goals
1958/59 - 7 appearances and 4 goals
1959/60 - 6 appearances and 1 goal

Bobby achieved legendary status as a Linfield player because he was a member and a star of the famous 1961/62 Seven Trophy Winning Team.

He was one of a select few to have won all seven winners medals in that never to be forgotten season.

He was the first winner of the prestigious 1st Newtownabbey LSC Linfield Personality Player of the Year award - the Corrigan Cup - in season 1960/61.

His honours include

2 Schoolboy international caps - 1951 v England and Wales

6 Youth international caps - including 1955 v Wales

6 Amateur international caps - 1956/57

Northern Ireland Amateur Cap Details:

17/09/1955 England - H - L 1-4

21/01/1956 Wales - H - W 2-1

25/02/1956 Scotland - A - W 3-1

15/09/1956 England - A - L 2-5

19/01/1957 Wales - A - L 1-3

23/02/1957 Scotland - H - W 4-1

8 Inter-league caps - 1957-63

10 full international caps with Linfield and Middlesboro - 1962-65

Northern Ireland Cap Details:

11/04/1962 Wales - A - L 0-4

28/11/1962 Poland - H - W 2-0

30/05/1963 Spain - A - D 1-1

15/04/1964 Wales - A - W 3-2 - Debut game of Best and Jennings

29/04/1964 Uruguay - H - W 3-0

03/10/1964 England - H - L 3-4

14/10/1964 Switzerland - H - W 1-0

14/11/1964 Switzerland - A - L 1-2

25/11/1964 Scotland - A - L 2-3

07/04/1965 Netherlands - A - D 0-0

3 Irish League Championship winners medals - 1958/59, 1960/61 and 1961/62

3 Irish Cup winners medals - 1960 v Ards, 1962 v Portadown and 1963 v Distillery.

4 County Antrim Shield winners medals - 1957/58, 1960/61, 1961/62 and 1962/63.

2 City cup winners medals - 1958/59 and 1961/62

1 Gold cup winners medal - 1961/62

1 Ulster cup winners medal - 1961/62

1 North South cup winners medal - 1961/62

He was 5ft 10 and weighed 11st 4 lb.

On June 29, 1963 Bobby was transferred to Middlesborough for a £10,000 fee. On Teeside between 1963 and 1967 Bobby made 71 appearances including 1 as a sub and scored 12 goals.

In December 1967 Bobby was transferred to Durban City in South Africa and he later played for Blomfontaine FC also in South Africa.

Bobby remained in East London, South Africa until his death on October 14, 2015 aged 78.





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