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Sport must tackle this cruel disease... Cass and others like him surely deserve that

Steven Beacom


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Tommy Cassidy lining up to play for Northern Ireland in 1980

Tommy Cassidy lining up to play for Northern Ireland in 1980

Tommy Cassidy lining up to play for Northern Ireland in 1980

Tommy Cassidy was the life and soul of the party. He would enter a room and light it up with a quip, a story or a smile.

Few could tell a yarn better than Cass. From tales about his old Northern Ireland team-mate and hero Georgie Best to his run-ins with supporters when he was managing Glentoran, the guy was a hoot. No wonder people gravitated towards him.

In the 1970s and 1980s Tommy was a superb footballer, adored by Newcastle and Burnley fans and respected elsewhere. He played in the 1982 World Cup for Northern Ireland and was a popular figure in a squad filled with national treasures like Pat Jennings, Gerry Armstrong, Norman Whiteside and Martin O'Neill.


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