Sunday 11 December 2016

Irish soccer mourns legend Fogarty

Published 05/01/2016 | 02:30

Ambrose 'Amby' Fogarty managed the Athlone team which drew 0-0 with AC Milan in the UEFA Cup in 1975
Ambrose 'Amby' Fogarty managed the Athlone team which drew 0-0 with AC Milan in the UEFA Cup in 1975

The death has occurred of Ambrose 'Amby' Fogarty, a former Ireland international who went on to be part of some famous nights as a League of Ireland manager.

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Fogarty (82) won 11 Irish caps during a playing career which featured stints at Bohemians, Glentoran, Sunderland, and Hartlepool United.

At Sunderland, where he made 174 appearances in a seven-year stay, his team-mates included Brian Clough and Charlie Hurley.

He became great friends with Clough and was best man at his wedding, before playing under him at Hartlepool.

He then went on to serve as player-manager for Cork Celtic, Cork Hibs, Drumcondra FC, Bray Wanderers and Athlone and it was in the Midlands where he was part of a storied occasion.

Fogarty was in charge of the Athlone team which drew 0-0 with AC Milan in the UEFA Cup in 1975, an encounter where John Minnock missed a penalty against the Serie A visitors.

The Dublin-born midfielder, a product of Home Farm, is also one of the two men who managed both Cork Celtic and Hibs - the late Tommy Moroney was the other.

Fogarty subsequently went on to become the first manager of Galway Rovers. He spent the final years of his life living in Thurles with his wife Brenda.

"He wasn't at the 40th anniversary dinner recently but he was missed on the night and he was such a great motivator," said former Athlone Town stalwart Pauric Nicholson.

"He was hard on players - myself included - but it was for your own good and the players all respected that. He'll be sadly missed."

Irish Independent

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