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Ray Treacy (born 18 June 1946 in Dublin), is an Irish former professional footballer.

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Playing career

He played 42 times (scoring 5 goals) for the Republic of Ireland national football team between 1966 and 1980. Played 3 times scoring twice whilst at Milltown.

He made his international debut on 4 May 1966 in a 4-0 defeat against West Germany,[1] his last was against Czechoslovakia in 1980.

As a youth Treacy played with Home Farm F.C.. He made 5 first team appearances for West Bromwich Albion, scoring one goal, before joining Charlton Athletic in February 1968. Later moving to join Swindon Town, Preston North End, Oldham Athletic (on loan) before returning to West Bromwich Albion in August 1976 where he finished his English career. In 290 league appearances he scored 78 goals.

He then joined Shamrock Rovers in 1977 under Johnny Giles and in three seasons at Milltown he scored 35 league goals from the 71 games he played in and made 3 appearances in European competition, but most prominent for Rovers fans was his penalty against Sligo that won the FAI Cup in 1978.

Almost scored a hat trick for Republic of Ireland national football team against Turkey in April 1978.[2] He represented the League in a friendly against Argentina in the Boca Junior Stadium in April 1978. In all he earned two Inter League caps during his spell at Milltown.

Management career

He was player/manager at Drogheda United for two seasons from 1980 scoring 11 goals. He then managed Home Farm.

He was granted a testimonial against the full national side in May 1989. Controversially he was one of the backers behind the baffling move to install "Dublin City" into the Scottish Second Division in January 1990 despite managing in the League of Ireland at the same time. He resigned from the Farm in September 1990.

He returned to Rovers as manager in January 1992 and won the title in the 1993–94 season.

However he also brought one of the worst prepared Rovers teams in history into European competition where they were hammered 7-0 by Górnik Zabrze [4].

In October 2009 he retired from his travel business.[3]

Honours

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Manager

References

  • The Hoops by Paul Doolan and Robert Goggins (ISBN 0-7171-2121-6)

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