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RIP Timmy Hally

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It was with great sadness that we learnt of the death last Wednesday morning of Timmy "Coxy" Hally. Timmy was a member of our 1968 Munster Junior Cup winning team and was assistant manager when we won the trophy again in 1986.
The word great and legend are over used terms and rolls off the tongue quite easily these days but they are true when you talk about Timmy Hally. When future generations ask about him, we will reply by saying that Timmy Hally was simple one of the best, a legend. Those of us who were lucky enough to have seen him play were very privileged.
Timmy Halley R.I.P.
Timmy was one of the greatest players that this club or indeed the Town of Clonmel has ever produced. Timmy could work either wing with equal facility, leave defenders dead for pace or dizzy from an overdose of dribbling. He could tackle with certainty and power, could pass the ball long and short with perfect accuracy and weight and most importantly could do it all with either foot. Above all of this he was the finest finisher and most certain one to one against the keeper that you will ever see. There wasn't much of him but he could ride the fiercest challenge and survive the strongest tackle. His dedication, skill, grace, charm and longevity as a player serve as a poignant reminder to many of today's footballers about what true greatness really means.
Timmy Halley Celebrating The Munster Junior Cup Success In 1986
Timmy was also a tremendous coach and coached many of our schoolboy and youth teams over the years. Most of all he was a wonderful human being. He was a friend to everyone and always greeted you with a smile and a handshake. It is often said that it is better not to get to know your heroes; well in Timmy's case it is not true. I never got over the thrill of being able to say that I knew Timmy Hally. I am pleased and proud to have known him, albeit a little. For my money, we have lost one of our greatest footballers.
We will all mourn his loss but he has left us with some wonderful memories and all of us in Clonmel Town and indeed the whole football family of Clonmel and beyond will cherish those memories. The greatest compliment one could pay to Timmy is that he was known to everybody in all codes of sport and was acknowledged by all as a great sportsman.
Rest in Peace "Coxy", your place in our history as one of the greats is assured and we will never forget you. Whenever we sit down and write the history of our club, your name will adorn many pages.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 April 2012 06:14