Member of NI 1958 squad Sammy McCrory dies

Former Northern Ireland and Ipswich Town forward Sammy McCrory died on Wednesday at the age of 86.

McCrory, who lived in Donaghadee, was a member of the famous squad which reached the quarter-finals of the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

Capped once at international level, he scored 40 goals in 102 Ipswich matches.

McCrory also played for Southend with whom he was top scorer in the last year of the old Third Division South with 31 goals in 1957-58.

He also had spells with Linfield, Swansea, Plymouth Argyle, Cambridge United and Crusaders.

In his one international appearance, McCrory scored Northern Ireland's second goal in a 3-2 win over England at Wembley in 1957. The other scorers were Jimmy McIlroy and Billy Simpson.

As a youth, McCrory played in the same Scout team as Danny Blanchflower before starting out at Irish League club Linfield with whom he scored in two successive Irish Cup winning teams.

Then he moved to England where he was to enjoy 17 years as a professional.

His last club was Cambridge before moving to become player-manager of Crusaders in 1962.

After his playing career, McCrory ran a bar called the Port O'Call in Donaghadee, with George Best performing the opening ceremony in 1969.