Norman Uprichard

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Norman Uprichard
Surname William Norman McCourt Uprichard
birthday April 20, 1928
place of birth LurganNorthern Ireland
date of death January 31, 2011
Place of death BrightonEngland
position goal
Years station Games (goals) 1
Glenavon FC
Lisburn Distillery
1948-1949 Arsenal FC 0 (0)
1949-1952 Swindon Town 73 (0)
1952-1959 Portsmouth FC 182 (0)
1959-1960 Southend United 12 (0)
Hastings United
Ramsgate Athletic
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1951-1958 Northern Ireland 18 (0)
1 Only league games are given.

William Norman McCourt Uprichard (born April 20, 1928 in Lurgan , Northern Ireland , † January 31, 2011 in Brighton ) was a Northern Irish football goalkeeper.



Norman Uprichard began his career at Glenavon and joined Arsenal in 1948 via a stint at Lisburn Distillery for a transfer fee of £ 1,500 . At the top English club he was only number 3 behind George Swindin and Ted Platt and was therefore never used.

Only after moving to Swindon Town was he back to number 1 and in 2002 even by Richard Mattick in his book Swindon Town Football Club 100 Greats in the list of the 100 best Swindon players of all time . After three years with Swindon, he moved to Portsmouth FC . Here he played almost 200 games in seven years.

When he was 29, he moved to Southend United for a year . Engagements at Hastings United and Ramsgate Athletic followed .

National team

Norman Uprichard made his first game for the Northern Irish national team against Scotland in 1951. At the 1958 World Cup he played in the decisive game against Czechoslovakia and secured his team a place in the quarter-finals despite a broken hand and an ankle injury. In total, Uprichard played 18 times for Northern Ireland. Most of the time he was overshadowed by Harry Gregg. His last game (1958), like his first, was against Scotland.

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