Ray Treacy

Ray Treacy
Personal information
Full name Raymond Christopher Patrick Treacy
Date of birth (1946-06-18)18 June 1946
Place of birth Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Date of death 10 April 2015(2015-04-10) (aged 68)
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
-1964 Home Farm F.C.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1968 West Bromwich Albion 5 (1)
1967–1972 Charlton Athletic 149 (44)
1972–1974 Swindon Town 55 (16)
1973–1976 Preston North End 58 (11)
1974–1975Oldham Athletic (loan) 3 (1)
1976–1977 West Bromwich Albion 21 (6)
1978 Toronto Metros-Croatia 23 (5)
1977–1980 Shamrock Rovers 71 (35)
1980–1982 Drogheda United 26 (11)
Total 411 (130)
National team
1978–1979 League of Ireland XI 2 (0)
1966 Republic of Ireland U23 1 (0)
1966–1980 Republic of Ireland 42 (5)
Teams managed
1980–1982 Drogheda United F.C.
1982–1990 Home Farm F.C.
1992–1996 Shamrock Rovers

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Raymond Christopher Patrick Treacy (18 June 1946 – 10 April 2015), was an Irish professional footballer.

Playing career

He played 42 times (scoring 5 goals) for the Republic of Ireland national football team between 1966 and 1980. Treacy played 3 times scoring twice whilst at Milltown.

He made his international debut on 4 May 1966 in a 4–0 defeat against West Germany,[1] his last was against Czechoslovakia in 1980. He played in the first ever Republic of Ireland U23 game in 1966.

As a youth Treacy played with Home Farm F.C.. He made 5 first team appearances for West Bromwich Albion, scoring one goal, before joining Charlton Athletic in February 1968. Later moving to join Swindon Town, Preston North End, Oldham Athletic (on loan). He agreed terms with Port Vale in August 1976 but didn't sign for them, instead returning to West Bromwich Albion where he finished his English career. In 290 league appearances he scored 78 goals.

He then joined the Shamrock Rovers in 1977 under Johnny Giles and in three seasons at Milltown he scored 35 league goals from the 71 games he played in. He made 3 appearances in European competitions, but was most prominently remembered by Rovers fans when his penalty against Sligo helped win the FAI Cup in 1978.

Treacy almost scored a hat trick for the Republic of Ireland national football team against Turkey in April 1978.[2] The two goals he scored (along with the game's opening goal by Johnny Giles) represent the last occasion that a home-based player has scored for the senior Irish national team.

Treacy represented the League of Ireland in a friendly against Argentina in the Boca Junior Stadium in April 1978. In all he earned two Inter League caps during his spell at Milltown. In April 1979 Treacy was sent off after coming on as a substitute for the League of Ireland XI against Italian League B.[3]

Management career

He was player/manager at Drogheda United for two seasons from 1980 scoring 11 goals resigning on 19 December 1982. He then managed Home Farm.

He was granted a testimonial against the full national side in May 1989. Controversially he was one of the backers behind the baffling move to install "Dublin City" into the Scottish Second Division in January 1990 despite managing in the League of Ireland at the same time. He resigned from the Farm in September 1990.

He returned to Rovers as manager in January 1992 and won the title in the 1993–94 season.

However he also brought one of the worst prepared Rovers teams in history into European competition where they were hammered 7–0 by Górnik Zabrze.[4]

In October 2009 he retired from his travel business.[5] He died after a short illness in 2015.[6]



Shamrock Rovers



  1. "Statistics: Republic of Ireland [Powered by tplSoccerStats]". soccerscene.ie. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  2. "Statistics: Republic of Ireland [Powered by tplSoccerStats]". soccerscene.ie. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  3. Super User. "European Results". shamrockrovers.ie. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  4. "Ray Treacy Travel set to close". RTE.ie. 5 October 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  5. "Former Irish international Ray Treacy dies aged 68". RTÉ Sport. 11 April 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
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