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Joe Bambrick

Joe Bambrick

Clubs played for: Glentoran, Linfield, Chelsea, Walsall (1926-1939)

Born: 1905

Birthplace: Belfast, Ireland

Position: Centre-forward

Biography: The only player in international football history to score six goals in a game for Northern Ireland. Four years after achieving the feat, Chelsea beat off competition from a whole host of other clubs to pay Linfield what was then a huge transfer fee of £2,500. During his four years at the club he was leading scorer for two seasons and his most memorable performance was netting four times in the 7-1 victory of Leeds in 1935. He moved to Walsall in 1938 and then returned to Belfast after the outbreak of WW2. Bambrick continued to serve Linfield as coach and scout for many years. He died on 13 October 1983, aged 79 and a blue plaque can be seen on the front of his former home at 219 Roden Street, Belfast.

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