Eamonn Deacy, 53, Irish footballer, member of Aston Villa championship-winning team (1981), died from a heart attack he was 53
(1 October 1958 – 13 February 2012)
Deacy made his debut for Limerick on 28 November 1976 at Flower Lodge. At the end of the season he was on the losing side in the FAI Cup Final. However in his last game for the Shannonsiders he won the Munster Senior Cup.
The 21-year-old full back left Galway Rovers for Aston Villa in
February 1979, after writing 12 letters to the club requesting a trial.
He went on to have an unforgettable five years at the club, during which
time they won the League Championship, European Cup and European Super
He was one of only 14 players used by Ron Saunders in the 1980–81
league-winning season, making enough appearances (11 in all, including
six starts) to win a medal (he was Villa’s number 12 on 19 occasions
that season). He made one appearance for Villa in European competition against Juventus in the 1982–83 European Cup.
He had a brief loan spell at Derby, where he played five games, before
rejecting an offer of a new two-year deal from Villa to return home to
Deacy’s first game back in the Maroon was in a League of Ireland Cup tie against Finn Harps on 2 September 1984.
Ironically his last League of Ireland game was also in Harold’s Cross on St Patrick’s Day 1991 away to St Patrick’s Athletic.
- Galway United
- Munster Senior Cup (1): 1977
- Aston Villa
- Football League First Division (1): 1980–81
- FA Charity Shield (1): 1981 (shared)
- European Cup (1): 1982
- European Super Cup (1): 1982
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