Ex-Ireland international Ambrose Fogarty passes away

Former midfielder and manager was born in Dublin

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Former Ireland international Ambrose Fogarty has passed away at the age of 82.

The Dublin-born former midfielder won 11 caps and scored three times for the Boys in Green during an international career which ran from 1960 to 1964.

Fogarty represented Bohemians, Cork Celtic and English sides Hartlepool United and Sunderland during a 22-year playing career.

He also enjoyed spells in management with Cork Hibernian, Cork Celtic, Bray Wanderers and finally with Galway Rovers until 1978.

While in charge of Athlone Town, he led the team to a 0-0 draw against AC Milan in the 1975-76 UEFA Cup.

He was also a friend of his late Sunderland team-mate and managerial great Brian Clough.

In a statement, FAI president Tony Fitzgerald paid tribute to Fogarty.

"Ambrose Fogarty had a great playing career and was the pioneer bringing in the likes of Alex Ludzic and players from the UK to the League of Ireland. He helped created a lot of interest for soccer in Cork and successfully managed both Cork Hibs and Cork Celtic.

"It is always a sad occasion to learn of the passing of a former international and we pass on our respects to his family and remember his contribution to Irish football with fondness."