Former Hartlepool United player who broke transfer record dies aged 82

Former Hartlepool United and Sunderland footballer Ambrose Fogarty has died at the age of 82. Image copyright of Hartlepool United.
Former Hartlepool United and Sunderland footballer Ambrose Fogarty has died at the age of 82. Image copyright of Hartlepool United.
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Former Pools star Ambrose Fogarty has died at the age of 82.

Fogarty, from Dublin, joined the club for a then-club record transfer fee of £10,000 in 1963, and spent nearly four seasons at Victoria Park.

He also became the only player ever to play internationally while on the books of Pools, having won his 11th and last Republic of Ireland cap against Spain in 1964.

Fogarty left the club with a record of 25 goals in 138 appearances, and returned to Ireland in 1967 to become player-manager of Cork Hibernians, and later Cork Celtic.

He also managed Drumcondra and Galways United, and then spent nearly 20 years as boss of Athlone Town.

Famously, he led Athlone to a goalless draw against AC Milan in the 1975 UEFA Cup. He later retired in Sunderland in 1996. Fogarty died on Sunday night.

Pools posted on Twitter: “Everyone at Hartlepool United is saddened to learn of the death of former player Ambrose Fogarty at the age of 82.”