Cliftonville’s regular left half for a six year period, Belfast born David Addis was also a prize-winning swimmer and a proficient sprinter. He won inter-league and amateur representative honours, captaining Ireland Amateurs in a 3-0 defeat by England in 1926 and winning 4 amateur caps in total. In May 1922 he played in both matches of Ireland’s tour of Norway – a full international cap against Norway in Bergen and an inter-association match in Kristiania three days later.
In a club career that also saw him feature with Linfield Swifts and London Caledonians, Addis’ best season was with Cliftonville in 1922-23 when he claimed Gold Cup and Alhambra Cup winner’s medals. In the Gold Cup Cliftonville finished unbeaten in a ten match league-format competition. His only appearance in an Irish Cup Final however resulted in a 3-2 defeat by Ards in 1927.