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Big Paddy Davey was one of Bertie Peacock's best signings

By Graham Luney

Coleraine and the wider Irish League family are mourning the passing of Pat Davey, one of Bertie Peacock's star men in the 1960s.

Northern Ireland legend Peacock turned to goalkeeper Victor Hunter and commanding centre-back Pat as he set about building a formidable team in the north-west that would eventually win the Irish League title in 1974.

Unfortunately, Pat's career had already been cut short by injury and the man affectionately known as 'big Paddy' was forced to retire aged 29.

The Davey football family boast a prestigious record with Pat lining out for the Bannsiders after spells at Portadown and Dundalk. His brother Con also played for Coleraine, Glenavon, Dundalk and Cliftonville, another brother Terry competed for Portadown and Dundalk while their father Hugh Henry Davey was an Ireland international in the 1920s, a talented striker with Glentoran and in England with Portsmouth, Reading and Bournemouth.

The boys were born in Killyleagh but moved to O'Meath in 1953 where they ran a well known pub and shop.

Con said: "Coleraine people were very fond of him. He could have played across the water but he had business commitments at home. He was 77 when he passed away."

Pat's funeral will be at Dominican Chapel, Dominican Street, Newry tomorrow at 12.30pm.

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