Soc­cer great re­mem­bered

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - JOHN AF­FLECK

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.

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