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Willie Irvine
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Full name William John Irvine
Date of birth 18 June 1943 (1943-06-18) (age 66)
Place of birth    Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland
Playing position Striker
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Preston North End
Brighton and Hove Albion
Halifax Town
Great Harwood
126 (78)
081 (27)
069 (27)
010 0(1)   
National team
Northern Ireland 023 0(8)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

William John Irvine (born 18 June 1943) is a former professional football striker. He played for Burnley, Preston North End, Brighton and Hove Albion and Halifax Town and he was also a Northern Ireland international.

Playing career

The most successful period of his career was without doubt his time at Burnley, making his Clarets debut away at Arsenal in May 1963. By 1964–65 he established a forward partnership with Andy Lochhead, which was along with Spurs', Jimmy Greaves and Alan Gilzean, the most lethal strike force in the country. In the 1965–66 season he was the First Division's top scorer, with a tally of 29 goals. A broken leg, sustained in an FA cup 3rd round match at Everton in 1967 signalled a downturn in his career at Turf Moor. In 1968 he was transferred to Preston.

A move to Brighton and Hove Albion followed in 1971 and Irvine played nearly 70 games in two seasons for the Seagulls, scoring 27 goals – one of which, against Aston Villa in the third division was the runner up in the BBC Goal of the Season after the game was fortuitously covered by BBC Match of the Day. After two seasons at the Goldstone Ground Irvine moved on again to finish his playing career at Halifax Town.

Present Day

Willie Irvine now works for Aeropia Ltd as the Key Customer liaison officer for a major aerospace customer in Burnley ( Aircelle Ltd). He is married, to wife Rita, and has 3 sons, Darren, Steven and Jonathan.




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