Former Republic of Ireland international Tony Grealish has passed away at the age of 56. The midfielder played 45 times for Ireland during a career that saw him line out for Leyton Orient, Brighton and Hove Albion, West Brom and Man City among others.
Grealish qualified for Ireland through his Galway father and Limerick-born grandparents. He made 45 appearances in an Irish shirt scoring 8 times.
Known for his combative style and distinctive beard, Tony captained Brighton in the 1983 FA Cup final against Manchester United, eventually losing out in a replay.
In an FAI statement, Chief Executive John Delaney said: “Tony Grealish was one of my footballing heroes when I was a child and I always remembered him as a great competitor who always gave his all for Ireland. I remember him playing in the FA Cup Final for Brighton against Manchester United and he had an excellent career. He will be missed by Irish football and we will be paying tribute to him at the forthcoming international against Georgia.”
Grealish passed away in Devon, England, after a battle with cancer.