24 October 2008

Alfie Bruce

Name: Alfred Bruce
Born: 11 August 1899, Belfast
Died: 26 July 1945, Belfast
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Position: Right back

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Cap (1924), Amateur: 1 Cap (1923); Irish League: 1 Cap (1924).
Club Honours: (with Cliftonville) Charity Cup Winner 1923/24; (with Belfast Celtic) County Antrim Shield Runner-Up 1924/25.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
University
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Amateur
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Cliftonville
22/23-23/24
c/s-22
Amateur
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Belfast Celtic
24/25-25/26
May-24
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Willowfield
25/26
Mar-26
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Barn
26/27
-26
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Distillery
27/28
-27
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TOTALS
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£-
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Biography:
Alfie Bruce took up football while at University and he joined Cliftonville at the start of 1922/23 season. A steady full-back he had stiff competition from Eddie Lyttle before establishing himself in the team near the end of his first season. His good form in 1923/24 season saw him score 2 goals in an Irish League match against Barn, a feat which possibly prompted International recognition for the Amateur International versus England at Crystal Palace in November 1923.

Bruce's ability was then rewarded when he signed professional forms for Belfast Celtic on the 24th May 1924. His first season at Celtic was quite successful with selection for Ireland in the full International against South Africa in September and for the Irish League against the Football League at Solitude in October. He played regularly for Belfast Celtic for most of that season, including in the County Antrim Shield final which was lost to Glentoran in February 1925. However it became increasingly difficult for Alfie to hold his place due to the good form of Bob Ferguson at right back.

Bruce left Belfast Celtic in March 1926 for Willowfield and joined Barn for season 1926/27. He finished his career with Distillery in 1927/28.

Ireland Cap Details:
24-09-1924 South Africa..H L 1-2 FR

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

Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
10-11-1923 England L 0-3

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

Irish League Representative Details:
11-10-1924 Football League L 0-5

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


By George Glass. Picture supplied by Roy Cathcart.

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