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Ronnie Briggs

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Full nameWilliam Ronald Briggs
Date of birth29 March 1943
Place of birthBelfast, Northern Ireland
Date of death28 August 2008(age 65)
Place of deathBristol, England
Playing positionGoalkeeper

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William Ronald "Ronnie" Briggs (29 March 1943 28 August 2008) was a Northern Irish footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Manchester United, Swansea Town and Bristol Rovers in the 1960s.

Born in Belfast, Briggs was scouted by Manchester United at the age of 15, and signed professional forms with them on his 17th birthday. His first team debut came ten months later, in a First Division match away to Leicester City on 21 January 1961. However, his debut was a disaster; he conceded six goals as United lost 6 1. Briggs would go on to make a total of just 11 appearances for the club, the last coming in 1962, before he was sold to Swansea Town in 1964. A year later, he was signed by Bristol Rovers, where he stayed until 1968, when he moved to Frome Town, thus ending his League football career.

Briggs also collected two caps for Northern Ireland, making his debut in a 4 0 loss to Wales in April 1962. His only other appearance was a 2 1 win over the Netherlands in 1965.

After retiring from football, Briggs went to live in Stapleton, Bristol, and worked in insurance, construction and security until a diagnosis of inoperable lung cancer forced his retirement in March 2008. Briggs died at St. Peter's Hospice, Bristol, on 28 August 2008, and is survived by his wife, Ena, his three children, Julie, Stephen and Jane, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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