FAI pays tribute to Tony Grealish RIP

FAI pays tribute to Tony Grealish RIP

THE Football Association of Ireland today was saddened to learn of the passing of former international captain Tony Grealish.
23rd Apr 2013

THE Football Association of Ireland today was saddened to learn of the passing of former international captain Tony Grealish.

A highly competitive midfielder, Grealish represented the Republic of Ireland 45 times. His father Packie (RIP) was born in Athenry, Galway, and his mother Nora was born in London to Irish parents.

Grealish made his international debut against Norway in 1976 and won his final cap against Denmark in November 1985. He had played underage GAA as a teenager with St Gabriel’s in London before playing league football with Leyton Orient, Luton Town, Brighton & Hove Albion, West Bromwich Albion, Manchester City, Rotherham United and Walsall.

One of the highlights of his career was captaining Brighton in the 1983 FA Cup Final against Manchester United. The former Ireland captain had brief managerial spells at non-league clubs Bromsgrove Rovers and Atherstone United.

FAI President Paddy McCaul said: "It is with great sadness that we heard of Tony Grealish's passing after battling illness so bravely. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. He will be remembered as a great servant of Irish football who was part of the international set-up under John Giles and Eoin Hand that came so close to qualifying for major tournaments and helped change Ireland's fortunes at that level of the game."

FAI Chief Executive John Delaney added: “Tony Grealish was one of my footballing heroes when I was a child and I always remembered him as a great competitor who always gave his all for Ireland. I remember him playing in the FA Cup Final for Brighton against Manchester United and he had an excellent career. He will be missed by Irish football and we will be paying tribute to him at the forthcoming international against Georgia.”

Grealish, aged 56, passed away in Devon last night after battling illness for the past 18 months. He is survived by his partner Wendy, children Garret and Jordana, grandchildren Harrison and Joshua, his mother Nora, brother Brian, sisters Anne and Christine and ex-wife Pippa.

The family are asking for donations to the North Devonshire NHS Trust charitable fund. The webpage is www.justgiving.com/lisa-price7

The funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.

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