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William Ronald "Ronnie" Briggs (29th March 1943 - 28th August 2008) a goalkeeper for Manchester United, Swansea Town & Bristol Rovers in the 1960's.
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Briggs was spotted by Manchester United at the age of 15, and signed professional forms with them on his 17th birthday. His first team debut came ten months later, away to Leicester City on 21st January 1961 in Division 1 but he conceded six goals as United went down 1-6.
Briggs made a total of 11 appearances up to 1962 before he was sold to Swansea in 1964. A year later, he was signed by Bristol R., where he stayed until 1968, when he moved to Western League Frome Town in Somerset.
Briggs also won two caps for Northern Ireland, 0-4 v Wales in April 1962 and 2-1 v Netherlands in 1965.
After retiring from football, Briggs lived in Stapleton, Bristol, and worked in insurance, construction and security until a diagnosis of inoperable lung cancer forced his retirement in March 2008.
Briggs died at St. Peter's Hospice, Bristol, on 28th August 2008, and is survived by his wife, Edna, his three children, Julie, Stephen and Jane, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.