Ambrose Fogarty: A tribute by Sunderland fan Graham Brack

Ambrose Fogarty
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In modern language we would have described Ambrose Fogarty, who has just died at the age of 82, as a squad player.

He never firmly cemented himself in the first eleven - yet the fact that he played 174 times in six years means that he was in the team more often than he was out.

Ambrose Fogarty

Ambrose Fogarty

Add to that a goal every four matches, and it is clear that Fogarty was hardly a bit-part player.

I will admit that Fogarty was one of my favourites.

He rarely had a poor game and occasionally had a very good one.

It may be my memory playing tricks, but he seemed to be at his best in the mud, when his light feet allowed him to torment bulkier opponents.

Slightly built, Fogarty looked as if a decent tackle would snap him in half, but he had the happy knack of skipping out of trouble.

He arrived at Roker Park just after his 24th birthday for £3,000 from Glentoran and scored on his home debut v Chelsea, but it was a relegation season and for the next couple of years

Fogarty rarely featured.

However, 1959-60 was a good year for him.

He netted regularly and for the next two years he was first choice at inside-right.

But sometimes managers seem to spend their whole time looking for a replacement for a player, and at the end of 1960-61 Sunderland splashed out £40,000 on George Herd, and Fogarty

found himself out of favour.

When he returned, it was often as inside-left or on the right wing, in both of which roles he functioned quite well.

It was no surprise when he headed off to Hartlepool in search of regular games.

Oh, and Charlie Hurley rated him.

That’s good enough for me.