|Born :||06 May 1937|
|Goals total :||6|
|Appearances total :||356|
|Left United :|
Good things come to those who wait, and Seamus ‘Shay’ Brennan’s patience awaiting his chance with United was handsomely rewarded when he cemented his place in the Reds’ canon as part of the 1968 European Cup-winning side.
A member of the team that helped secure a third consecutive FA Youth Cup triumph in 1955, local lad Shay was still awaiting his first-team debut when disaster struck at Munich. He started life as an inside-forward and when he finally took his bow, in the first post-Munich game, an FA Cup fifth-round tie against Sheffield Wednesday, he played at outside-left, scoring twice in an emotionally charged 3-0 win. Unfortunately he was forced to take a back seat for the remainder of the season (although he scored in the FA Cup semi-final replay against Fulham) as more senior players returned to action (or were signed) – and eventually missed out on the 1958 FA Cup final. It wasn’t until the 1959/60 season that Brennan returned to the fold at right-back, and although he missed the 1963 FA Cup final triumph having played in the first four games, he went on to collect First Division championship medals in 1964/65 (playing all 42 games) and 1967/68, a season that climaxed with glory against Benfica. A popular terrace figure, Shay was strong in the tackle and his industry allowed the midfielders ahead of him to play. Consistent and solid, he was also skilful and his positional sense often gave him the upper hand. He won 19 international caps for the Republic of Ireland – the first English person to represent them. He was also the first Manchester United player to receive a pension from the club. He finally hung up his boots in 1970 having played 355 games and scoring six goals. In 1986 more than 10,000 attended a benefit match in Dublin after Shay suffered a heart attack. Sadly Shay passed away in June 2000, aged 62.