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Willie Browne
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Place of Birth :Longford
D.O.D. :01/10/2004
Willie Browne was an Irish soccer player during the 1960s.A Bohemian F.C. legend, he was the last amateur to have been capped for the full Ireland national team for 43 years until Joseph Lapira was capped against Ecuador in May 2007.

Browne began his career at UCD and after graduating, he signed for then strictly amateur Bohemians in time for the 1961/62 season. A strong central defender, he was made captain of Bohemians in only his 2nd season at the club. He was a born leader, so much so that Bohs broke with their tradition of having a different man captain the team each year and Willie kept the captaincy for 3 seasons in a row.

The 1963/64 season was Willie's finest as Bohs reached the semi-final of the FAI Cup and Willie won three full international caps for Ireland. He made his debut away to Austria in a European Nations Cup tie that finished 0-0. He started left back in a 2-0 defeat to Spain and earned his third and final cap at Dalymount Park in a 3-1 defeat to England.

Seán Thomas arrived as manager of Bohs in 1964/65 and turned things around. The perennial strugglers finished third in the league that season with Browne excelling at the back. This was a remarkable achievement for a fully amateur team. Things got better the next season as Bohs once again finished third and ended a 19 year wait for silverware by winning both the LFA Presidents Cup and the Leinster Senior Cup. This was to be Willie's swansong as he retired from football at the end of the season. He made 177 appearances for Bohs in all competitions scoring 20 goals.

Willie Browne died in October 2004.

Honours
* Leinster Senior Cup
Bohemians - 1965/66

* LFA Presidents Cup
Bohemians - 1965/66

* Sports Writers Personality of the Year 1963

Representative Honours

* 3 Full International Irish caps
* 16 Amateur Irish caps
* 1 Ireland "B" cap
* 6 Inter-League caps




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Willie Browne's playing record
Season Openin. Subst. Goals Yellows Reds
1963 1 0 0 0 0
1964 2 0 0 0 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0
By season | In opening squad | Substituted in | Goals | Yellow cards | Red cards



Willie Browne's full debut
25.09.1963 at 00:00 European Cup Qualifier A Austria  


Last 10 games where Willie Browne started | Show All
24.05.1964 at 19:00 Friendly H England 1 - 3
08.04.1964 at 00:00 European Cup Qualifier H Spain  
25.09.1963 at 00:00 European Cup Qualifier A Austria  


Games in which Willie Browne was a Substitute.
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