Sunday 26 January 2020

Tributes paid to late Irish football icon Tuohy

Liam Tuohy with the FAI Cup in 2007. Photo: Sportsfile
Liam Tuohy with the FAI Cup in 2007. Photo: Sportsfile

Jerome Reilly

President Michael D Higgins last night led tributes to Irish soccer legend Liam Tuohy, who died yesterday aged 83. President Higgins said supporters of the game would feel "a great sense of loss" following the death of the former Republic of Ireland player and manager.

"It is with great sadness that I have learnt of the death of Liam Tuohy," President Higgins said. "Supporters of football across Ireland will feel a great sense a loss at his passing. As a player for Shamrock Rovers and Newcastle United, and as a manager for the Hoops and the Republic of Ireland, he left a lasting imprint on the world of football.

"Sabina and I would like to extend our sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues."

The FAI also paid tribute. "He was regarded as one of the greatest football people this country has produced," they said in a statement.

Liam Tuohy was a star of the famous Shamrock Rovers team of the 1950s then had a three-year spell at Newcastle United before returning to Shamrock Rovers for the final six years of his playing career.

Rovers won the FAI Cup six years running from 1964-69. As a player Tuohy won four league titles with Rovers and eight FAI Cups in total. Later, he was director of football at Home Farm and oversaw the club's development of numerous underage internationals.

Tuohy initially became player-manager of Rovers then had a year with Dundalk before taking the national team job. He combined this with another stint with Shamrock Rovers then had further spells with Dublin University and Shelbourne before going on to great success with the Republic of Ireland underage sides.

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, when he was assisted by Brian Kerr and the late Noel O'Reilly.

FAI CEO John Delaney also paid a personal tribute.

"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," he added.

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