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The Ireland Under-21 manager was full of praise for his former Dundalk teammate, who died at the age of 67

Republic of Ireland Under-21 manager Noel King has paid tribute to former Irish international Tommy McConville, who died aged 67.

Dundalk-born McConville was best known as a defender with his local club, and helped the Lilywhites to three League of Ireland titles during his third spell at the club. In 21 years with Dundalk, McConville made a club record 580 appearances winning the 1981-82 Soccer Writers Personality of the Year and Dundalk Player of the Year on three occasions.

Noel King played alongside McConville at Dundalk, and was full of praise for his former teammate. “I learned a lot from Tommy. Anybody that ever played with him would have benefitted from his experience,” said King.

“Tommy was a class act and was a living legend when he played. He was one of the great League of Ireland players and will go down as one of the all-time greats of Dundalk FC. He was at his best in a marvellous era for the club. We played together in Europe. It was great to have known him. Tommy had a presence about him. I pass on my respects to his family.”

McConville also spent time at Bangor, Waterford United, Shamrock Rovers, Finn Harps, as well as a short stint with the Washington Diplomats. He played six times for the Republic of Ireland from 1971 to 1973, and also was selected for the League of Ireland XI.

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