Peterborough United legend Ollie Conmy has passed away at the age of 74.
Conmy died after a long illness yesterday (January 26) at his Southport home.
The Irish international midfielder was a classy Posh player for nine years between 1964 and 1972 after moving to London Road from Huddersfield.
In his first season at Posh he helped the team to the quarter finals of the FA Cup for the first and, so far, only time in the club’s history.
Conmy retired from football after making 304 appearances for the club. At the time of his retirement only Brian Wright had made more. Conmy also 44 goals, including one in his last match for the club.
Conmy was the first Posh player to win a senior international cap while playing at London Road.
He settled in the city after retiring before moving to Southport in 2001.
Conmy leaves a widow Rosalie, a son Ben and a daughter Lisa. The family have been overwhelmed by the comments and praise for Ollie, from Posh fans and from Irish football fans.
A tribute to Ollie has been posted on the Irish FA website. They intend to honour Ollie at a forthcoming match.
The Mayo News, Ollie’s local paper as a child, have also carried a tribute to the only player from their area to to play for the Irish national side.
Rosalie said: “After a long illness Ollie passed away peacefully at our home in Southport, with myself, and his children Lisa and Ben by his side.
“I’m so thankful and appreciative for all the wonderful tributes, cards, and messages I have received about Ollie - he would have been overwhelmed.
“I’d also like to thank everyone in Peterborough for all their kind words and support, Ollie loved the club, and looked out for Posh’s results every week, we had many happy years in Peterborough.”
Son Ben, who played for Posh youths, added; “I always knew how respected my dad was as a footballer, but my sister Lisa and I knew a man who was a wonderful father and guide in life, he was always there for us. He was, and still is, my hero.”
“One of the final conversations we ever had was after the Oldham game on Saturday, losing 5-4 in the last minute! We had a good laugh at just how cruel football can be - a day later, he was gone, Posh til’ the end.”
Posh will hold a minute’s silence in honour of Conmy ahead of Saturday’s (February 1) League One match with Colchester.