Welsh, Eric

Birth Date

1st May 1942

Birthplace

Belfast, Ireland

Occupation

Winger

Biographical Text

Welsh was one of a number of players that Exeter City signed from Irish League clubs in the late 1950s, early 1960s.

He had been playing for Distillery, moving to St James’ Park in September 1959.

He played in the last four league matches of the 1959-60 season, the first of which was against Crystal Palace in April 1960.

This was the start of a successful time with the Grecians with his best seasons being 1964-65 and 1965-66. Unfortunately he missed the promotion season of 1963-64 due to injury.

He moved to Carlisle United for a fee of £7,500, with Jimmy Blain moving in the opposite direction as part of the deal.

Such was his form for the Cumbrians that he became a Northern Ireland international winning four caps as well as playing once for his country's Under-23 side.

Welsh made a total of 77 league appearances for Carlisle, scoring 20 goals. He then returned to Devon to sign for Torquay United in June 1969 and in two seasons with the club he added a further 39 league games, scoring 11 goals.

His final Football League club was Hartlepool United in July 1971, but he only featured in 15 league games, netting two goals.

Welsh then played in South Africa for Port Elizabeth in 1972 and then Salisbury (1972-73), Hellenic (1973-75) and Guild Apollo (1976).

Returning to Northern Ireland he signed for Distillery in March 1977, who were managed by his brother, Ray.

Eric attended the Supporters Trust Former Association players reunion in January 2019. He has also talked at Senior reds events.

Appearances

105

Goals

19

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