FAI pay tribute to late Cork Hibs hero Jackie Morley
Former Cork Hibernians and Waterford player Jackie Morley has passed away.
The former footballer passed away peacefully yesterday in Cork, the Football Association confirmed in a statement issued this evening.
Jackie was renowned in League of Ireland football as a “tough but fair opponent”, who was held in high esteem by his peers.
Jackie spent his career with Cork Hibernians and Waterford.
During his time with Cork Hibernians he won FAI Cup runner up medals in 1960 and 1963.
He was signed for Waterford in 1967 by the player-manager of the day, Martin Ferguson, Alex Ferguson’s brother.
During his time at Waterford he won four League of Ireland Championship medals and was part of the three in a row team that claimed League titles in 1967/68, 1968/69 and 1969/70.
He also won a League Championship medal with the Blues in his final season at the club, 1971/72. During his time with Waterford, they reached a further two FAI Cup finals in 1968 and 1972 but the Cup winner’s medal was to elude him.
Jackie also enjoyed many high profile European matches with Waterford against clubs such as Manchester United and Glasgow Celtic and scored a memorable goal against Galatasaray in the 1969 European Cup match in Lansdowne Road.
Both of his sons played League of Ireland football and Pat remains one of the most prolific goal scorers in the history of the League
Jackie is survived by his wife Joan and his children Pat, David and Sheenagh.
Commenting on behalf of the Association, FAI CEO John Delaney said,
“I was very saddened to hear that Jackie Morley had passed away and I extend my sincere condolences to his wife and children. He was a great footballer and a close family friend. We will pay a special tribute to mark his contribution to Irish football at our next international match against Serbia in March.
FAI President Paddy McCaul paid his condolences to Jackie’s family. “Jackie made a great contribution to Irish football during his career with Cork Hibernians and Waterford. Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with his family and friends.”
Jackie’s removal will take place this Wednesday evening at 7.30pm to the Church of the Holy Spirit, Dennehy's Cross. Requiem Mass will take place on Thursday at 12 noon. Funeral afterwards to St. Oliver's Cemetery.