Pat Lally (footballer)

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Pat Lally
Personal information
Full name Patrick Anthony Lally[1]
Date of birth (1952-01-11) 11 January 1952 (age 65)
Place of birth Paddington, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
?–1970 Millwall
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1971 Millwall 1 (0)
1971–1973 York City 71 (5)
1973–1978 Swansea City 161 (10)
1975 Aldershot (loan) 3 (0)
1978–1982 Doncaster Rovers 122 (0)
1982–? Burton Albion ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Patrick Anthony "Pat" Lally (born 11 January 1952) is an English former footballer who played as a midfielder.


Born in Paddington, London, Lally started his career with Millwall after signing as a professional in January 1970 and made one appearance in the Football League before signing for York City on a two-month trial in July 1971.[2] He made his debut in a 1–0 defeat to Oldham Athletic on 31 August 1971 and he finished the 1971–72 season with 43 appearances and two goals.[2][3] He made 38 appearances and scored three goals during the 1972–73 season,[4] and he became known for "driving runs from midfield" during his time at York.[2] He was signed by Swansea City for a fee of £7,000 in August 1973 and he made 161 league appearances and scored 10 goals for the club.[1][2] While at Swansea, he had a loan with Aldershot, who he joined in October 1975, and made three league appearances.[1] He left Swansea in September 1978 when he joined Doncaster Rovers, where he made 122 league appearances, before leaving at the end of the 1981–82 season.[1] He went on to have a spell with non-League side Burton Albion, later becoming an education officer for the Professional Footballers' Association,[2] and he now works as the regional League Football education officer for the North.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946-2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 357. ISBN 1-85291-665-6. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Jarred, Martin; Windross, Dave (1997). "Football League Players". Citizens and Minstermen, A Who's Who of York City FC 1922-1997. Citizen Publications. p. 59. ISBN 0-9531005-0-2. 
  3. ^ Batters, Dave (2008). "Season Statistics". York City The Complete Record. The Breedon Books Publishing Company Limited. pp. 336–337. ISBN 978-1-85983-633-0. 
  4. ^ Batters. York City The Complete Record. pp. 338–339. 
  5. ^ Flett, Dave (2009-06-02). "Pat Lally in plea not to ditch York City's youth team". The Press. Retrieved 2009-06-02.