|Full name||William Ronald Briggs|
|Caps (goals)||2 (0)|
|Rovers apps (goals)a||35 (0)|
|Date of birth||29 March 1943|
|Date of death||28 August 2008|
|25 May 1965 from Swansea Town|
|22 July 1968 to join Frome Town|
|a League appearances and goals only|
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 27/11/2012
Ronnie Briggs, full name William Ronald Briggs, was a goalkeeper who played for Rovers between 1965 and 1968, making 35 league appearances for the club in that time. He was capped twice by Northern Ireland, against Wales on 11 April 1962 in a home international that finished 4-0 to the Welsh, and The Netherlands in a World Cup qualifier on 17 March 1965 which the Irish side won 2-1.
He moved to England in 1958 to join Manchester United, where he was a roommate to George Best. He made nine appearances for the Old Trafford club before moving to Swansea Town (now known as Swansea City) in 1964. After playing 27 games for the Swans he moved across the Bristol Channel to join Rovers the following season, and from there on to Frome Town, where he played in the Western League.
Ronnie had a nightmare start to his professional career, on his debut for Manchester United he let in six goals when his team lost 6-0 to Leicester City.
After retiring from football Ronnie worked as a security guard. He died in August 2008 at the age of 65, having been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer the previous December. His funeral was held at Westerleigh Crematorium.
The details of both of Ronnie's appearances for Northern Ireland are given below.
N.B. Northern Ireland's score is always given first.
|11 April 1962||Wales||Ninian Park, Cardiff||0–4||Home Championship|
|17 March 1965||The Netherlands||Windsor Park, Belfast||2–1||World Cup qualifier|
- Bristol Rovers Football Club: The Definitive History 1883-2003 (Byrne & Jay)
- Ronnie Briggs on Northern Ireland Footballing Greats
- W Ron Briggs on 11v11.com