Belfast Telegraph

McFall leads the tributes to true Glentoran great Manley

 

By Graham Luney

Glentoran manager Ronnie McFall last night led the tributes to one of the Irish League's greatest ever players and gentlemen, Ron 'Yorkie' Manley.

Manley, who has passed away at the age of 56, was adored by Glentoran fans during the 1980s, and his growing list of admirers became even longer when he joined Cliftonville in the early 90s.

McFall, who gave Manley his Glens debut, said: "I'm completely devastated by this news and first and foremost I offer my deepest condolences to the family circle.

"As well as being a great footballer Ron was a lovely guy and a guy you could depend on week in week out to give absolutely everything no matter how the team was playing.

"He hardly missed a match in the 1981 season when we won the league despite the fact he was only 19. He and Gary Blackledge were outstanding all that season. Ron was a very honest, hard working player who often didn't get the credit he deserved. He made great players like Blackledge and Gerry Mullan even better than they already were.

"Ron was a Glenman through to his bones and he'll be very sadly missed by everyone at the club who knew him."

A brilliant player on the pitch and a true gentleman off it, Ron Manley will be greatly missed by his many friends in football.

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