Terry Conroy

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Terry Conroy
Terry Conroy.jpg
Conroy pictured in 2013
Personal information
Full name Gerard Anthony Francis Conroy
Date of birth (1946-10-02) 2 October 1946 (age 68)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Playing position Winger, Forward
Youth career
Home Farm
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1967 Glentoran 24 (17)
1967–1979 Stoke City 271 (49)
1979 Bulova SA
1980–1981 Crewe Alexandra 37 (5)
1981–1982 Waterford 14 (0)
1982–1983 Limerick United 1 (0)
Total 332 (61)
National team
1969–1976 Republic of Ireland 26 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Gerard Anthony Francis "Terry" Conroy (born 2 October 1946) is an Irish former professional footballer, who spent most of his career with Stoke City.[1][2][3]

Career[edit]

Stoke City[edit]

Conroy was born in Dublin and began his career with Home Farm, where he won four Irish youth caps.[1] He moved to Northern Irish club Glentoran where he believed that he would have a better chance of being spotted by an English club.[1] Sure enough, in a friendly match against Stoke City, he impressed manager Tony Waddington.[1] Conroy initially turned down Stoke's offer as he wanted to finish his printer's apprenticeship but after completing it he moved across the Irish Sea in March 1967 for a fee of £10,000. He made an instant impact at the Victoria Ground by scoring the winning goal in a 3–2 victory over Leicester City on his debut in 1967–68.[1] In 1968–69 he won a regular place in the side and finished as second top-scorer with nine.[1] His performances for Stoke soon attracted the attentions of some heavy tackles from opposing defenders, which injured him for long spells of his Stoke career. As a result, he played 30 or more games in only three of his twelve seasons at Stoke. He was second top-scorer again in 1970–71 with 14 and in 1971–72 he scored the winning goal against West Ham United in the semi-final of the League Cup.[1]

Conroy then scored the first of Stoke's two goals which defeated Chelsea 2–1 in the final. He suffered an injury in 1973–74 and made return in 1974–75 as he scored ten goals in 16 First Division matches as Stoke missed out on the chance to win their first title.[1] He remained with Stoke until he was released by Alan Durban after making 333 appearances for the "Potters" scoring 67 goals in 12 years at the Victoria Ground.[1]

After Stoke[edit]

Capped by the Republic of Ireland 26 times, he left the Victoria Ground for the Hong Kong club Bulova on a free transfer in 1979.[1] He returned to England in 1980 to play for Crewe Alexandra, scoring five goals in 37 League appearances. He signed for Waterford United in September 1981. After a spell out of the game he signed for Limerick in November 1982.[1]

Post retirement[edit]

After doing PA work at the Britannia Stadium, he made his exit from Stoke during the half time of the West Bromwich Albion match on 22 November 2008 to loud applause. He was appointed welfare officer for the Football Association of Ireland on 28 November.[4] January 2009, he pledged continuing support as patron of charity funds at Staffordshire based Castle Comfort Stairlifts as well as being on the voting panel of the group's Carer of the Year award. He returned to Stoke as a matchday host in 2010. In March 2011 Conroy fell seriously ill with a suspected vascular aneurism.[5][6] He is currently recovering from the illness, and working with Stoke City to highlight the condition.

Style of play[edit]

Conroy was a firm fan favourite at Victoria Ground with his ability create something out of nothing as well as his distinctive appearance of pale skin and bright ginger hair and sideburns.[1]

"This red-haired ghost impressed me at Anfield where he was bundled over the touchline by a massive Liverpool defender. Terry got up took the return pass and after battling down the wing he flicked the ball past Tommy Lawrence with the outside of his boot. That is flair"

Daily Express journalist Derek Potter.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke City[3] 1967–68 First Division 9 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 11 1
1968–69 First Division 31 7 4 2 1 0 0 0 36 9
1969–70 First Division 31 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 33 2
1970–71 First Division 34 11 9 2 2 1 2 0 47 14
1971–72 First Division 27 4 6 4 11 3 2 0 46 11
1972–73 First Division 33 4 1 0 3 0 2 1 39 5
1973–74 First Division 9 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 11 1
1974–75 First Division 16 10 1 0 2 3 2 0 21 13
1975–76 First Division 16 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 19 4
1976–77 First Division 36 5 0 0 2 1 0 0 38 6
1977–78 Second Division 22 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 23 1
1978–79 Second Division 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 9 0
Total 271 49 25 8 26 8 11 2 333 67
Crewe Alexandra 1979–80 Fourth Division 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
1980–81 Fourth Division 30 4 1 0 1 2 0 0 32 6
Total 37 5 1 0 1 2 0 0 39 7
Career Total 308 54 26 8 27 10 11 2 372 74
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the UEFA Cup, Texaco Cup, Watney Cup, Anglo-Italian Cup and Anglo-Scottish Cup.

Honours[edit]

Glentoran
Stoke City

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Stoke City 101 Golden Greats. Desert Islands Books. 2002. ISBN 1-874287554. 
  2. ^ Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  3. ^ a b "Terry Conroy". Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ "New welfare officer appointed". FAI.ie. 21 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Conroy 'Critical But Stable'". stokecityfc.com. 21 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Stoke City legend Terry Conroy in hospital". BBC Sport. 21 March 2011. 

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