Tributes pour in for Charlie H...


Tributes pour in for Charlie Hurley

Ruairi O'Hagan
Ruairi O'Hagan

10:56 25 Apr 2024

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Former Republic of Ireland international Charlie Hurley has passed away at the age of 87.

Nicknamed "the King", the Cork-born centre half started his career with Milwall, and spent 12 years with Sunderland before finishing his playing career with Bolton Wanderers - he would later manage Reading.

He was named Sunderland's player of the century in 1979, and remains one of only 10 players to have made over 400 appearances for the club.

Hurley won 40 international caps with the Republic of Ireland, serving as captain on over 20 occasions, and served as player coach in his final three international games - he was inducted into the FAI's Hall of Fame in 2007.

The FAI paid tribute to Hurley on social media, saying that he is rightly regarded as one of the greatest ever Irish players.

Sunderland, Milwall, Bolton and Reading have also paid tribute.

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