Football Association of Ireland pays tribute to Con Martin

The FAI have paid tribute to the former Ireland international, who passed away aged 89, following a glittering career
Tributes have been paid to former Ireland international Con Martin, who passed away on Sunday, February 24, aged 89.

Born in Rush, Co Dublin, on March 20, 1923, Martin played for Drumcondra, Glentoran, Leeds United, Aston Villa and Waterford.

He also played for both the Ireland teams under the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and Irish Football Association (IFA) administration.

He won 30 caps for the Republic of Ireland and six for Northern Ireland and was best known for scoring a penalty against England at Goodison Park in September 1949, contributing to England's first home defeat to a non-UK side.

He is survived by wife Vera, sons Mick, Con Junior, Edward and Phillip and daughters Mary, Elizabeth and Susan.

"Con Martin will go down in history as one of Irish football's great players," said FAI President, Paddy McCaul. "And his family continued that tradition with his sons playing the game to a very high level.

"He will be sadly missed and will always be remembered for his contribution to the famous victory over England in 1949."

The Chief Executive of the FAI, John Delaney, also paid tribute to Martin, describing him as a 'great man'. He said: "We were very proud to open our Hall of Fame alcove in tribute to Con at FAI headquarters in Abbotstown in 2009.

"I pass on my sympathies to his family. He was a great man who had a fantastic career in the game. He was a real gentleman and I was aware when growing up that he had played for Waterford after returning home from Aston Villa."

Meanwhile, Noel King's home-based Ireland under-21 side played out a 1-1 draw against the Leinster and Munster amateur team.

Leinster and Munster captain James Walsh put the amateur side ahead in the first half, but his goal was cancelled out by a Conor Murphy penalty on 49 minutes.

"I got lots of information from this game and we'll be monitoring them at their own clubs," said under-21 boss Noel King after the game. "I'd like to do this kind of game again later in the year. I've always found it beneficial to do this over the years."