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Isaac Andrews

Name: Isaac Andrews
Born: c.1943, Belfast
Height: 5.07 ft
Weight: 10.07 st
Position: Right-Half

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 6 Amateur Caps (1961-1963); Irish League: 3 Caps (1962-1969).
Club Honours: (with Linfield) Irish league Champion; Irish Cup Winner 1962/63, 1969/70, Runner-Up 1967/68; Gold Cup Winner; City Cup Winner; Ulster Cup Winner; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1961/62, 1962/63, 1965/66, 1966/67; North-South Cup Winner 1961/62.

Club Career:
Teams............ --Seasons-- Signed --Fee-- Domestic Europe
Manchester United .................... Trial
Distillery .................... 1959 Amateur
Linfield ...................... 1960 Amateur ........ 15(2)/0

"Wee Isaac" Andrews, a Shankill Road man, was briefly a "Busby Babe" while a teenager. On returning to Northern Ireland he joined Distillery and a year later signed for Linfield as an amateur. He made his Blues debut as seventeen year-old against Ballymena and quickly earned a reputation as a tenacious tackler, indeed he was once called "the Billy Bremner of Ulster". Another fan was Northern Ireland manager, Peter Doherty who said of Andrews: "He is my type of footballer. He has speed, guile, positional sense and tackles strongly."

Andrews really established himself during Linfield's 1961/62 "Seven Trophy" season, playing 18 times and claiming winner's medals in the Irish League, North-South Cup, Co. Antrim Shield. In the decade that followed he collected those medals that had eluded him during that historic campaign. Representative honours came his way in the form of Amateur caps and Irish League appearances.

LinfieldFC Interview (Sep 2007)

Northern Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
30-09-1961 England. H L 0-3
13-01-1962 Wales... H W 3-1
17-02-1962 Scotland A D 0-0
29-09-1962 England. A L 2-3
12-01-1963 Wales... A W 2-0
10-05-1963 Scotland H W 5-2

Summary: 6/0. Won 3, Drew 2, Lost 1.

Irish League Representative Appearance Details:
31-10-1962 Football League.. A L 1-3
27-11-1968 Football League.. H L 0-1
09-04-1969 League of Ireland H L 1-2

Summary: 3/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 3.


Anonymous said…
A really great player should have made it at man utd . Eric
Anonymous said…
My names Stevie Shaw, mum,was couisn of him and now poor Walter macfarland has passed away on Friday.they had some matches