Saturday, 11 April 2015

Ray Treacy

I was sorry to hear of the death of Ray Treacy at the age of 68 following a short illness. He played for Charlton from 1967/8 until 1972 when he was transferred to Swindon Town.

He grew up in Dublin playing Gaelic football and hurling and then joined the Home Farm club. He came to Charlton from West Bromwich Albion.

He played 158 times for Charlton, plus six times as a substitute. He scored a total of 53 goals. He received 43 caps playing for Ireland, 14 while at Charlton. He overcame his height of 5ft. 9 ins. to pose an aerial threat. He formed an excellent strike partnership with Matt Tees.

When he returned to Ireland at the end of his Football League career, he ran a travel agency and even had a single in the Irish pop charts. He also managed Shamrock Rovers.

Tributes have been pouring in to a man described as a 'true servant of the beautiful game': Ray Treacy

One Addick commented, 'I remember him as a short-ish, chunky centre-forward who had the power to barge his way past bigger opponents. I see Tony Watt as being in the same mould - does that seem right to those who have a better memory?

Another Addick said, 'Strange awkward way of running but poached goals for us. I recall him scoring at Craven Cottage on a mud bath of a pitch. I think it was the only goal of the game.'




John said...

R. I. P. Treacle

Human Tortoise said...

He scored a few outstanding goals most notable being in 68/9 at home to Derby and away at Palace in the cup. Very sad news.

Les Abbey said...

Sorry to hear this.

Michael Barry said...

I remember his great gosl at the Palace, A one/two on the half way line and a sprint to the goal with defender on his heels before unleashing a tremendous shot to the top right hand corner.

jonathan acworth said...

rip one of our best before my time but my dad said his goal at palace was quality never seen a clip of it though

Blackheath Addicted said...

Sad news indeed. That season was the first in my life when it seemed football wasn't always about struggling with limited expectations; and his brace at Palace and the win against Derby were the highlights that stick in the mind.