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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Former Ireland international Johnny Fullam passes away aged 75

Published 10/06/2015 | 19:01

John Keogh, left, Johnny Fullam and Eddie Bailhan, right, played on the League of Ireland team that defeated the English football league team 2-1 in 1963
John Keogh, left, Johnny Fullam and Eddie Bailhan, right, played on the League of Ireland team that defeated the English football league team 2-1 in 1963

FORMER Ireland international Johnny Fullam, a Shamrock Rovers legend and record eight-time FAI Cup winner, has passed away after illness at the age of 75.

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Fullam was capped 11 times by Ireland and enjoyed his happiest times at Rovers after returning from a stint in England with Preston.

The defender was a part of the Hoops six-in-a-row team that dominated the Blue Riband between 1964 and 1969, although injury prevented him from contributing to the sixth success.

But he later won the competition twice with Bohemians and returned to Rovers to pick up another medal in 1978. He retired with two league winners medals in his possession too - one from Rovers (1964) and one from Bohs (1975).

The high point of his Irish career was a winning goal in a 3-2 success over Belgium in 1966. Fullam's memory will be honoured before Saturday's game with Scotland.

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