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FAI mourns Byrne passing


Tony Byrne

Tony Byrne

Tony Byrne

The Football Association of Ireland has paid its respects to former Ireland international footballer Tony Byrne.

Byrne passed away on Monday aged 70 after a battle with illness. Born in Rathdowney, Co Laois, he moved to London as a 12-year-old and played for Millwall before joining Southampton in 1964.

A talented midfielder who converted into defence, he won 14 caps for Ireland and spent ten years with the Saints before joining Hereford United and later had a stint with Newport County.

He made his Ireland debut against Denmark in October 1969. He was part of the Hereford United side that won the English Third Division in 1975-76.

FAI CEO John Delaney paid tribute to Byrne adding: "Our sympathies go to his family and friends. We will pay tribute to him at our next home international."