Sadness at death of soccer legend Johnny Matthews

Colm Kinsella


Colm Kinsella


Sadness at death of soccer legend Johnny Matthews

The late Johnny Matthews

FORMER League of Ireland medal winner with Limerick, Johnny Matthews, has passed away at the age of 73.

A native of Coventry, Matthews initially came to Ireland to play with Waterford, where he also enjoyed huge success, before moving to Limerick in 1979.

The talented goalscorer made a total of 41 appearances for Limerick between '79 and 1981 and was a key member of their league winning side of 1979-1980.

In all, Matthews won a record seven League of Ireland titles, including six with Waterford.

He also played for Cork United and Longford Town during a 22-year career.

Matthews' 156 goals put him in the top 10 highest goal scorer in the history of the League of Ireland.

Matthews became a referee in recent times and was a highly respected football manager as well.

He entered management with Newcastlewest while still a player in 1986 before returning to Waterford to take the managerial reins.