September 27, 2021

Tributes paid to Waterford legend who passed on Christmas Day

Tributes have been paid to Waterford legend Johnny Matthews, who sadly passed on Christmas Day at the age of 73.

The Tramore resident played for Waterford FC and later went on to manage the Blues twice during a glittering 22-year career.

Originally from Coventry, Matthews won a record seven League of Ireland titles between Waterford and Limerick during a distinguished career which also saw him play for Longford, Cork United, Newcastlewest and Longford Town.

His 156 goals makes him the ninth highest goal scorer in the history of the League of Ireland.

Despite only joining Waterford on a six-week loan originally, in 1966, Matthews became steeped in Irish football – managing the Blues to a First Division title in 1980.

His beloved Waterford FC paid tribute to their former player and manager, tweeting: “Waterford FC is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of club legend Johnny Matthews.”

Many fans and people who knew him responded online to pay their own personal tributes to the Tramore resident.

In his death notice, Matthews’ family said his passing was “deeply regretted by his wife Mary Clare, daughters Jenny and Sarah, sister Gloria, grandson Finlay, son-in-law Mehdi, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephew Stephen, extended family and friends”.

The Blues legend will repose at Tom Hennessy’s Funeral Home, Johnstown on Monday from 5pm to 7pm. His remains will be removed to the Church of the Holy Cross, Tramore, for funeral mass 10am on Tuesday.


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