Bobby Browne (footballer, born 1912)

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Bobby Browne
Personal information
Full name Robert James Browne
Date of birth (1912-02-09)9 February 1912
Place of birth Derry, Northern Ireland
Date of death 1994 (aged 81–82)
Position(s) Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Clooney Rovers
?–1935 Derry City ?
1935–1947 Leeds United 110 (0)
1947–1948 York City 5 (0)
1948?–? Thorne Colliery ?
National team
1935–1938 Ireland (IFA) 6 (0)
Teams managed
1948?–? Thorne Colliery
1954 Halifax Town (caretaker manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Robert James Browne (known as Bobby Browne) (9 February 1912 - 1994[1]) was a former Irish footballer who played as a wing half.[2] He was one of ten children of Catherine and John, and his youngest brother Leonard was killed when HMS Firedrake was sunk.[3]

Born in Derry, Ireland, Browne began his career with his local team, Derry City FC. There, he won a North-West Senior Cup and represented the Irish League in 1935. However, the Leeds United manager of the 1930s, Billy Hampson, seemed to have a predilection for young Irish talent, and one of the first he brought to Elland Road was Derry-man, Browne. It took a £1,500 fee to prise the talented wing-half from Derry in October 1935,[4] and he went on to make well over a hundred appearances in the Leeds first-team.[1]

Browne was capped six times for Ireland,[1] with all caps coming between 1935 and 1938 whilst he was at Leeds.[5]

When the Football League resumed in 1946, Browne was 34 years old, and he played one more season with Leeds before finishing his League career with York City, although he subsequently joined Thorne Colliery as player-manager.[1] Later, Browne joined the coaching staff at Halifax Town, and was briefly caretaker manager in October and November 1954.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Football League Career Stats at Neil Brown
  2. ^ "Player: Bobby Browne".
  3. ^ HMS Firedrake profiles
  4. ^ "Review of 1935-36: Change of tack". The definitive history of Leeds United. Retrieved 31 July 2010.
  5. ^ Tony White. "Browne: Robert James (Bobby)". Leeds United FC History. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Halifax Town Managers". 6 June 2010. Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2010.