Former Ireland international Ray Treacy has died following short illness
FORMER Ireland international Ray Treacy passed away last night after a short illness at the age of 68.
The popular Dubliner won 42 caps for his country between 1966 and 1979 and later went into management in the League of Ireland where the highlight was delivering title success to Shamrock Rovers in 1994.
Treacy was also a well known figure in the travel industry after establishing his own agency in 1978 which later became the official partner of the FAI and organised trips for both the Irish team and travelling supporters. He retired from the business in 2009.
The hard worker initially made his name on the pitch as a brave striker who overcame his lack of height (5 ft 9 inches) to earn a reputation as an aerial threat with an eye for goal.
He started his career with Home Farm and then moved across the water for a brief spell at West Brom. But a switch to Charlton in 1968 really put him on the map and that was followed by stints at Swindon and Preston before he relocated to West Brom in 1976 to work under his long term Irish colleague John Giles.
A year later he followed Giles back to Dublin along with Eamon Dunphy as part of the ambitious plans to turn Rovers into an operation comparable with the club structures in England.
That project failed to come to fruition but Treacy earned a place in Rovers hearts by scoring a winning penalty in the 1978 FAI Cup Final and maintaining an association with the club that eventually led to his appointment as manager in 1992 - he had cut his teeth at Home Farm and Drogheda. Playing out of the RDS, he led the Hoops to the championship two years later.
His departure from the hot-seat in 1996 was the signal for Treacy to concentrate on the business which kept him in regular contact with the football community. The jovial character, who was a familiar presence on the airwaves because of that quality, will be missed by the many friends that he made along the way.