Brian Halliday remembered

Nov 14, 2019 | Archive

Larne Football Club is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former manager Brian Halliday.

Brian was in charge at the club as the Invermen looked to establish itself in senior football, in the mid-to-late 1970’s, following their promotion at the expense of Derry City.

Brian was in charge when the club came within a whisker of making their first Irish Cup final appearance in more than 40 years, losing out in the semi-final stage twice. Firstly to Linfield in 1977, and then to Cliftonville two years later. On both occasions, the tie went to a replay.

He was also renowned to his ability to spot and nurture talent, helping a number of high profile players move into the professional game, including Jim Hagan, Mal Donaghey and Paul Thompson.

Brian also managed Cliftonville and worked with the Irish Football Association on their coaching programme.

He emigrated to San Diego in 1979 with his family, and continued to live in the United States until his passing on Tuesday.

The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the club is with the Halliday family at this time.

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