Player of the Day: Ambrose Fogarty

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by Ashley Houghton

Former Irish frontman in the spotlight.

Ambrose ‘Amby’ Fogarty made 174 appearances for Sunderland between 1957 and 1964 after moving over from his native Ireland.

The Dublin-born forward, who could play in both wide and central positions, began his career locally and was schooled at the famous Home Farm nursery.

Fogarty spent time in the League of Ireland with Bohemians and then across the border with Glentoran before his eventual move to Wearside in October 1957 for a fee of £3,000.

Amby made his debut in a 3-2 away win at Birmingham City before he scored on his home debut in a 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Roker Park.

However, life in the north-east wouldn’t get off to such a positive start as Alan Brown’s Black Cats suffered relegation from the top flight at the end of the 1957-58 season.

Fogarty made only three appearances in Sunderland’s first-ever season in Division Two before returning to the fold for the 1959-60 campaign.

It was during the early 1960’s that Fogarty would become a regular member of the Black Cats’ squad in the Second Division.

This period also provided Amby with his ten Ireland caps, the first against West Germany in May 1960.

Fogarty’s double that earned the Black Cats a point on his first start of the 1959-60 season, was the turning point in his time on Wearside as he rarely missed a game in the remainder of his time at Roker Park.

Amby finished that campaign with 12 goals in 39 appearances before returning ten goals in 46 games a season later.

Combining regularly with international colleague and club captain Charlie Hurley, Fogarty scored in the Black Cats' first-ever League Cup tie in a 4-3 defeat at Brentford.

Amby left at the start of the 1963-64 campaign to move to fellow north-east club Hartlepool United.

He scored 22 goals in 127 games for Pools, winning his final Ireland cap whilst plying his trade Victoria Park.

Following his retirement, Fogarty spent time managing in his native Ireland, most notably with Athlone Town.