Soccer great remembered
FORMER English soccer great Roger Hoy, who played first division football on the Gold Coast after a 112-game professional career in the UK, has died in a northern NSW nursing home.
London-born Hoy and his wife Julia migrated to Australia in the 1970s following Hoy’s Football League career with Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace, Luton Town and Cardiff City.
He died early yesterday at Coraki, near Lismore, after battling an illness over the past two years. He was 74.
Long-time friend Ian Anderson recalled yesterday how in the late 1970s, at half-time in a Gold Coast premier league game between the Palm Beach side that Anderson captained and Southport, Hoy approached him from the sideline and asked if there was any chance of a game.
“I said what’s your name and he said Roger Hoy,’’ Anderson said. “I said did you play for Tottenham and he said yeah. I went and saw the coach and said don’t let this bloke get away.’’
He said Hoy was instrumental in Palm Beach winning the President’s Cup in 1978.
Hoy was in the Palm Beach side the following week and played with the team through to the grand final against Broadbeach, which Palm Beach won.
“He was a proud but humble man,’’ Anderson said.
Hoy’s junior football was played at Tottenham. His senior professional career as a defender centre-back in the Football League began at Tottenham in 1965 before he moved to Crystal Palace in 1968, Luton in 1970 and Cardiff in 1971, where he played until 1973 before moving into non-League football at Dagenham.
After settling on the Gold Coast and playing for Palm Beach, Hoy also coached Twin Towns United in the NSW state league and then Mt Gravatt in the State League competition in Brisbane.
Hoy is survived by his wife Julia, daughter Deborah and son Roger, and four grandchildren. His son Roger, who played in the Australian Institute of Sport side that toured Canada and the US, told the Bulletin a celebration of his father’s life would be held for friends and the football community at Roger Jr’s Bilambil home on December 8.
“Everyone can grieve first and then come and celebrate the life of a good man,’’ he said.
Roger Hoy has passed away in a northern NSW nursing home.