Where are they now? No 19: Frank O'Farrell

 

Club career: Joined West Ham from Cork United in 1948, spending eight years at Upton Park before moving on to Preston North End. Appointed player-manager at non-league Weymouth in 1962, beginning his league managerial career two seasons later at Torquay. In December 1968 he took over at second division Leicester City, leading the club to promotion and the 1969 FA Cup final, which they lost to Manchester City. In June 1971 he succeeded Matt Busby (who had come out of retirement to replace Wilf McGuinness) as Manchester United manager, making him the only Irishman to manage the club. It was a short lived reign, though O'Farrell was sacked in December 1971 after a 5-0 defeat by Crystal Palace left United deep in relegation trouble. He returned to Torquay, had a brief spell in charge of Cardiff before accepting a coaching job in the United Arab Emirates. International career: O'Farrell, a wing-half, won eight Irish caps (scoring twice) between 1952 and 1959, making his debut in a 6-0 defeat by Austria in Vienna. Where is he now? Now 71 O'Farrell is retired and living with his Waterford-born wife Ann in Devon, where they ran a nursing home until recently. Heavily involved in church affairs, he was president of the St Vincent de Paul Conference and last summer he completed his third charity pilgrimage in France, walking 70 miles in three days.