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Alfie Hale
Margaret Aylward Raymond Chandler Paddy Coad Patrick Comerford John Condon Donnchadh Ruadh Frank Edwards Alfie Hale D. P. Moran Cardinal Wiseman

 


Alfie is the youngest of the Hales, one of the three great soccer families in Waterford, the others being the Coads and the Fitzgeralds. Alfie's father (also Alfie) and his uncles, Tom and John, comprised a very good half-back line for the "Blues" in the 1930's and Alfie snr. went on to play with Shamrock Rovers in the League of Ireland. On a tour of America with Rovers Alfie snr. signed for the famous River Plate club in Buenos Aires.  Young Alfie's brothers Georgie (R.I.P.), Dixie and Harry all played for Ireland in various grades and were great favourites with the Waterford club all through their long careers, but Alfie was the star of the family. The Hales originated in the Southampton area of England and were a military family.  Alfie's great-grandfather was a British soldier serving in St. Thomas Mount in India where Alfie's grandfather, George, was born. George also joined the Army and it was he who came to Waterford in the early 1900's.  
The Hales lived in Ard-na-Greine, that nursery of sporting excellence in the city and Alfie joined St.Joseph's soccer club where he played his under-age football. He began playing for Waterford at age sixteen and in little over a year he was a regular on the senior team and had gained an amateur international cap. In 1960 he signed professional forms with Aston Villa F.C. with whom he played in the English First Division. He also played with Doncaster Rovers before returning to Waterford in 1967 and began what turned out to be one of the most successful careers in League of Ireland history. Over the following decade he won, with Waterford FC,  every honour in the domestic game except a cup-winners medal. He won six League medals and three F.A.I. Cup runners-up medals, Munster Cup medals, Shield medals and Top Four medals. During that time he gained fourteen international caps with Ireland and, in 1972/73, his greatest honour - the Football Personality of the Year Award.  

When his playing career was over, Alfie moved into football management and in 1982 he was appointed manager of the new Waterford United club. In 1984/85 the club won the League Cup and in 1986 reached the Cup final and qualified for European competition. He managed the Kilkenny club for a number of years when his tenure with Waterford came to an end. In 1994 he received the Merit Award of the Professional Footballer's Association and in 1997 he won the Soccer Writers of Ireland Award for his forty years service to Irish soccer. Alfie is a successful businessman in his native city. 

International appearances (14); 1962, v.Austria, Iceland; 1964, v.Spain (2); 1966, v.Spain; 1968, v.Poland (2), Austria, Denmark; 1969, v.Czechoslovakia, Spain; 1970, v.Poland; 1971, v.Austria; 1973, v.Poland.

 

 

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