Saturday 17 February 2018

Irish football world mourns the passing of 'legend' Ray Treacy

Ray Treacy
Ray Treacy

Shane Doran

The Irish football world last night paid tribute to former international star Ray Treacy, who passed away at the age of 68 after a short illness.

Treacy, a well-known commentator and travel agent, scored five goals for his country and won 42 caps between 1966 and 1980.

FAI CEO John Delaney said: "We are all deeply saddened at the passing of Ray Treacy. 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.

"May he rest in peace."

As a boy, Treacy played for Home Farm before being signed by West Bromwich, which was to be his first and last English club in an English career that saw him play for Charlton Athletic, Swindon Town and Preston North End. 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 a schoolboy international himself when with Home Farm.

Treacy's career highlight came when 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 while attached to a League of Ireland club, scoring two in a 4-2 win over Turkey at Lansdowne Road in April 1978.

After hanging up his boots, he went on to set up Ray Treacy Travel, which was official travel agent to the FAI, and helped thousands of fans follow Ireland all over the globe.

In 2009, the association inducted Treacy into its Hall of Fame at the FAI International Football Awards.

The FAI also plans to honour Ray Treacy's outstanding contribution to Irish football at its international matches in June.

FAI President Tony Fitzgerald said: "Ray Treacy will be missed deeply by everyone involved in the game. 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."

Sunday Independent

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