Saturday 20 October 2018

Former Ireland player to pay Revenue over €100,000

Grainne Cunningham

WATERFORD soccer legend Alfie Hale has settled with the Revenue Commissioners for over €100,000 for underdeclaration of income tax and other offences.

Hale, a company director from Co Waterford, has agreed to pay €30,868 in back taxes and a further €70,066 in interest and penalties to the taxman.

Hale won 14 international caps for the Republic of Ireland and after an illustrious career as a soccer player and manager, he built up a chain of sports shops and pubs in the Waterford area, trading under Alfie Hale's Intersport and Alfie Hale's Bar.

In 1960, Hale was just 19 when he was sold by Waterford United to Aston Villa for the then considerable fee of €4,500. He signed for Doncaster Rovers in July 1962, scoring four goals in a single game for the side in January 1964.

He won the first of two international caps at schoolboy level against West Germany in 1957 and was only 17 when he made his League of Ireland debut with Waterford.

During a seven-season stay in England, he scored 66 goals, some of them for Newport County, the club he joined in 1965.

He returned to Waterford United as a manager, guiding the club to victory in the League of Ireland Cup in 1985 and to the FAI Cup final in 1986.

During a second stint at the club between 1991 and 1993, he helped them achieve promotion from the First Division in 1992.

He also coached Thurles Town and as manager of Cobh Ramblers, Hale gave Roy Keane his debut in 1990.

He ended his career with a four-year spell at Kilkenny City FC where, as manager, he won the First Division League title and brought Premier football to Kilkenny for the first time since the club joined senior football in 1985.

After leaving Kilkenny, Hale remained active in junior football.

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