John Connelly Profile
John Michael Connelly, born St Helens, England, July 18, 1938. Few players employed a sudden burst of speed more effectively than John Connelly. A fast and direct flanker, he won the League Championship with Manchester United in 1965 and scored 35 goals in 113 matches for The Reds before he moved to Blackburn Rovers at the start of the 1966-67 season.
Born and brought up in St Helens, John Connelly started his professional career with Burnley where the right winger won the First Division Championship in 1959-60. After notching up 105 goals in 265 Football League appearances for The Clarets, he was brought to Old Traford by Manchester United manager Matt Busby for an estimated transfer fee of £56,000 at the end of the 1963-64 campaign. Surprisingly, he left Manchester United in the summer of 1966 when he was transferred to Second Division side Blackburn Rovers for a fee of £40,000. The flanker hit 36 goals in 149 Football League games for the Ewood Park side before he teamed up with neighbouring Bury where he finished his footballing career in 1973. Internationally, Connelly won 20 full caps for England after making his senior debut in a 1-1 British Home Championship draw with Wales in front of over 62,000 people at Ninian Park on the 17th of October 1959. John Connelly Playing Career: Burnley, Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Bury. Playing Honours: English Football League First Division 1960, 1965, English FA Charity Shield 1965, British Home Championship 1960, 1966, FIFA World Cup 1966.
John Connelly Quickfacts
After retiring from the game at the end of the 1972-73 season, John Connelly ran a popular fish-and-chips restaurant called Connelly’s Plaice in the small town of Brierfield in the borough of Pendle.