Martin Harvey, Sunderland legend, dies at the age of 78 after brief illness

Martin Harvey, Sunderland legend, dies at the age of 78 after brief illness

- Martin Harvey who played for Sunderland has died at the age of 78

- The former Northern Ireland international played more than 300 games for Sunderland

- Sunderland announced the death of their former player on social media page

English League One side Sunderland have announced the death of their legend Martin Harvey who passed away at the age of 78 after brief illness.

Sunderland took to their official social media page to announce the death of Martin who retired early after a serious back injury cut his career short during the 1971/72 season aged just 30.

In the space of 13 years during his active playing days, Martin Harvey played more than 300 games for Sunderland before he hanged his boots.

He played 34 international games for Northern Ireland before he retired and Martin Harvey was also assistant manager to Billy Bingham when Northern Ireland reached the World Cup in 1982.

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After injury forced him to retirement, Martin Harvey coached Carlisle and Plymouth.

“We’re deeply saddened by the passing of former #SAFC player Martin Harvey at the age of 78.

“The thoughts of everybody at #SAFC are with Martin’s family and friends at this sad time. Rest in peace, Martin,'' Sunderland announced.

Meanwhile, Sunderland are presently not doing well this season in the League One and they are not likely to get promotion to the Championship.

They are currently occupying 10th position with 26 points after 16 games played this season in League One.

Previously, had reported how a 14-year-old footballer identified as Luca Campanaro died at the Royal London Hospital after reportedly being involved in a freak accident with another player during a youth football match.

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According to the report, Campanaro, a Bedgrove Dynamos goalkeeper from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, was seriously hurt during an away match in Hillingdon, west London.

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