We are greatly saddened to learn of the recent death of Brian Halliday, a former manager of Queen’s University Football Club. Brian was our first team manager for two seasons, 1972/3 and 1973/4. At that time we played in the Irish League “B” division and in his two years at the club he did great work helping to bring about a much more organised and professional attitude to the club, which flourishes to this day in the Northern Ireland Football League (NIFL) Championship Division. He was a larger than life character with boundless energy who didn’t suffer fools gladly, much loved and appreciated by those who played under him. After leaving Queen’s, Brian managed Irish League sides Cliftonville FC and Larne FC and his brothers, Stanley and David later managed Queen’s for eight years from 1976 to 1984.
In the late 1970’s Brian emigrated to California where he set up a very successful insurance business. In America he was heavily involved in promoting football. He, along with Northern Irishman Brian Quinn, also hosted a weekly football phone in program in which, on one occasion, Brian interviewed me about how university football was progressing in Ireland.
We send our thoughts and best wishes to Brian’s wife Catherine and his family circle at this sad time.
Queen’s University Belfast Football Club