4 August 2006

Dave Brisby

Name: David Brisby
Born: 2 November 1869, Belfast
Died: 22 January 1942, USA
Position: Right-Half/Outside-Left

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Cap (1891).

Club Honours: (with Distillery) County Antrim Shield Runner-Up 1889/90.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA.Cup
Other
Bedford
1884/85-1885/86
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Amateur
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Genoa
1886/87
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Amateur
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-
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Distillery
1887/88-1892/93
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*44/19
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#58/19
Cliftonville.Olympic
1895/96
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Amateur
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TOTALS
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£0
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* all competitive games; # friendly games


Biography:
Davy Brisby came to the fore as a half-back with leading Junior club of the time, Genoa, who amalgamated with Distillery in 1887. He won the Irish Junior Cup with Distillery Seconds in 1887/88, and quickly made it into the first eleven, excelling on either wing or as half-back.

His total of 38 goals in 102 games for Distillery included a five-goal haul in the 8-1 defeat of Belfast Athletic in a County Antrim Shield match on the 3rd November 1888 and it was this form which brought him to the attentions of the Ireland selectors. Brisby won his only cap at inside-forward in a respectable 2-1 defeat by Scotland in March 1891.

Brisby also scored a goal in the County Antrim Shield semi-final against Clarence on the 23rd February 1889 only to lose his place to Alex Crawford in the Final and thus miss out on a winner’s medal. He did make the Shield final in March 1890 but had to be satisfied with a loser’s medal.

A gifted all round sportsman, Brisby won medals in gymnastics and running, as well as the honours he picked up on the football field.



Ireland Cap Details:
28-03-1891 Scotland A L 1-2 BC

Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 1.

Additional details by George Glass.

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