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Shay Brennan

Personal information
Full nameSeamus Anthony Brennan
Date of birth6 May 1937
Place of birthManchester, England
Date of death9 June 2000(age 63)
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing positionFull back

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Seamus Anthony "Shay" Brennan (6 May 1937 9 June 2000) was an English-born Irish footballer in the 1960s. He was a full back for Manchester United.

His first game for the club came in an FA Cup match against Sheffield Wednesday on 19 February 1958; this was United's first game after the Munich air disaster and Brennan scored twice on an emotionally charged night. He was playing as an outside-left in this game - a position left vacant by the death of David Pegg and the ultimately career-ending injuries to Albert Scanlon in the crash.

He helped United to the 1965 and 1967 Division One championships, as well as the European Cup. Despite being born in Manchester, England, he played internationally for the Republic of Ireland, qualifying through his parentage, the first Irish international to qualify in this way. He retired from Manchester United in 1970 after playing 359 games and scoring six goals.

Brennan moved to Ireland where he became player-manager with Waterford United winning two titles and three further international caps. He left at the end of the 1973 74 season.

Brennan had his testimonial on 14 August 1986 when Shamrock Rovers defeated Manchester United 2 0 at Glenmalure Park.

He died, aged 63, after suffering a heart attack while playing golf near Waterford, on 9 June 2000 and was buried at his adopted town of Tramore. He was the first member of the 1968 European Cup winning side to die, the second being George Best in November 2005.

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