Tuesday 17 January 2017

Former Ireland international Ray Brady has passed away aged 79

Published 15/11/2016 | 19:21

The Ireland team that took on Austria at Dalymount Park in 1963
The Ireland team that took on Austria at Dalymount Park in 1963

Former Republic of Ireland Ray Brady has died aged 79 after a long battle with illness.

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The Dubliner won six Ireland caps between 1963 and 1964 and played for a number of clubs including Millwall and QPR and with Transport FC and St Patrick's Athletic in the League of Ireland. He won a Fourth Division winners medal with Millwall in 1962.

He was the elder brother of fellow international Liam. Two more of Ray's brothers played professional football; Pat, who also for Millwall and Queens Park Rangers, and Frank, who sadly passed away in 2009.

Ray played in a famous Ireland victory over Austria in a European Nations Cup game at Dalymount Park in October 1963, which Ireland won 3-2. He made his Ireland debut against the Austrians in Vienna the previous month.

Uniquely John Giles played alongside Ray Brady in that 0-0 draw against the Austrians and then played alongside Liam Brady as he made his Ireland debut against the USSR 11 years later.

“I am saddened to learn of Ray Brady’s sad passing today. He was from a great footballing family and our thoughts are with his brothers Liam and Pat and all of Ray’s family at this sad time," said FAI Chief Executive John Delaney.

"Ray made his Ireland debut against Austria in Vienna 53 years ago so it's poignant that he passed away just a matter of days after the national team recorded a win in the same city.

“Ray served his clubs and country with distinction as a player. We will pay tribute to him at next year’s World Cup qualifier against Wales.”

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