John Delaney 'deeply saddened' over death of Ray Treacy
FAI chief executive John Delaney has praised the "unique contribution" that Ray Treacy made to Irish football following the passing of the 68 year-old last night.
Treacy won 42 caps for Ireland between 1966 and 1980 and scored five goals. After signing for West Brom, he also lined out for Charlton Athletic, Swindon Town and Preston North End before finishing his career at the Baggies.
In 1977 he returned to Dublin and played for Shamrock Rovers under John Giles and scored the winning goal for the club in the 1978 FAI Cup final. He was also player manager at Drogheda United and managed Home Farm. In January 1992, he returned to Shamrock Rovers and guided them as manager to the League title in the 1993 / 1994 season, their first league title in 30 years.
He also managed the international schoolboy side, having played as schoolboy international himself with Home Farm.
"We are all deeply saddened at the passing of Ray Treacy," Delaney said. "He was legend of Irish football and made a unique contribution to his country, to schoolboy football and to the League of Ireland."
"As the FAI's official travel agent he helped thousands of Irish supporters follow the team all over the globe, particularly to the World Cups in 1990, 1994 and 2002. We offer our sincere condolences to his family, his wife Jenny, his daughters Karen and Lisa, and two sons John and Gary."
For the Republic of Ireland, he scored the winning goal against France in a World Cup qualifier at Dalymount Park in November 1972. He was also the last man to score for the Republic of Ireland while attached to a League of Ireland club, scoring two in a 4-2 win over Turkey at Lansdowne Road in April 1978.
He went on to set up Ray Treacy Travel, which was official agent to the FAI, and helped thousands of fans follow Ireland all over the globe, making many friends along the way.
In 2009, the Association inducted Ray into its Hall of Fame at the FAI International Football awards to mark his outstanding contribution to the game.
FAI President Tony Fitzgerald echoed Delaney's sentiments.
"Ray Treacy will be missed deeply by everyone involved in the game," he said. "He was a great player and a gentleman who made an outstanding contribution to Irish football at all levels that was recognised when he was inducted into our Hall of Fame in 2009. Our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time are with all of his family and many friends."