FAI mourns Byrne passing
The Football Association of Ireland has paid its respects to former Ireland international footballer Tony Byrne.
Byrne passed away on Monday aged 70 after a battle with illness. Born in Rathdowney, Co Laois, he moved to London as a 12-year-old and played for Millwall before joining Southampton in 1964.
A talented midfielder who converted into defence, he won 14 caps for Ireland and spent ten years with the Saints before joining Hereford United and later had a stint with Newport County.
He made his Ireland debut against Denmark in October 1969. He was part of the Hereford United side that won the English Third Division in 1975-76.
FAI CEO John Delaney paid tribute to Byrne adding: "Our sympathies go to his family and friends. We will pay tribute to him at our next home international."