Friday 23 August 2019

Former Ireland player and manager Liam Tuohy has passed away aged 83

Former Republic of Ireland player and manager Liam Tuohy at the launch of an alcove in his honour at the FAI Headquarters in 2010
Former Republic of Ireland player and manager Liam Tuohy at the launch of an alcove in his honour at the FAI Headquarters in 2010 Newsdesk Newsdesk

The Irish football community is today mourning the loss of former Republic of Ireland players and manager Liam Tuohy.

Born in 1933 in East Wall, Dublin, Tuohy enjoyed a distinguished career as a player and manager.

Tuohy played with Shamrock Rovers from 1951 but joined Newcastle United in 1960 and had a three year stint with the Magpies, scoring nine goals in 42 appearances.

He played for his country on eight occasions scoring four goals.

He returned to the Hoops in 1963 and finished out his playing career there and became the player-manager in 1964 leading them to a consecutive run of FAI Cup wins between 1964 and 1969.

He joined Dundalk as manager in 1969 before returning to Rovers in 1972. He resigned in September 1973.

While still in charge at Oriel Park and Rovers, Tuohy was appointed Republic of Ireland boss in 1971.

He managed Ireland on 11 occasions and masterminded a famous 2-1 win over France in November, 1972 but resigned in 1973.

He returned to international management in 1981 taking charge of the Republic of Ireland under-19 side, appointing Brian Kerr as one of his assistants. He enjoyed plenty of success in his five years in the post.

He was the first man to coach an Ireland team at a World Cup having led the Ireland side to the World Youth Cup tournament in the USSR in 1985. He was assisted by Brian Kerr and Noel O’Reilly (RIP).

The FAI acknowledged Tuohy’s contribution to the game in 2010 by dedicating a display cabinet to the Ringsend native at the FAI HQ at the National Sports Campus.

FAI CEO John Delaney paid the respects of the Association to Liam’s family and paid tribute to Tuohy this afternoon.

“Liam Tuohy was a wonderful football man with a quick wit and tremendous knowledge of the game. His loss is such sad news for Irish football,” said Delaney.

“We will be honouring Liam’s memory at the forthcoming international against Oman. I am pleased that we had an alcove dedicated to him at the FAI headquarters. My thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

Plenty of tributes have been flooding in since the tragic news went public:

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