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Martin Harvey (Sunderland, Northern Ireland)

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Former Sunderland wing half Martin Harvey has passed away at the age of 78.

Harvey scored his first goal for something like 6 years on the day I was born, then picked up an injury which effectively ended his career later in the same game.

After finishing playing, he was manager at Carlisle, assistant and caretaker manager at Plymouth Argyle, assistant to Jimmy Nicholl at Raith Rovers and Millwall and, perhaps most famously, assistant to Billy Bingham during Northern Ireland's World Cup exploits in the 1980s.

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HARVEY, Martin
born 19th September 1941, Belfast, Northern Ireland
died Monday 25th November 2019, aged 78

Northern Ireland Schools
Northern Ireland Under 23 (3)
Northern Ireland B (2)
Northern Ireland 34/3 (1961-71)

Boyland (Belfast)
Burnley (trial)
Sept 1958 Sunderland Youth
1959-1971 Sunderland 311/5

A back injury forced his early retirement but Harvey stayed on at Sunderland joining the coaching staff, and appeared in his own testimonial match against Newcastle United in April 1975.

He took a similar role at Carlisle United under manager Bobby Moncur. When Moncur left the club in February 1980, Harvey was appointed as caretaker manager, and a strong run of form under Harvey saw the side climb to 6th earning him the manager's job on a permanent basis.

However he was sacked after five games the following season after a series of defeats.

When Moncur was appointed manager of Plymouth Argyle in 1981, he brought Martin Harvey with him as assistant manager. The following year, Harvey was assistant to Northern Ireland manager Billy Bingham at the World Cup finals.

When Moncur left Argyle in September 1983, Harvey found himself temporarily in charge. He stayed on as assistant manager and in October 1984 when Johnny Hore was dismissed he found himself in the driving seat again for six weeks until Dave Smith was appointed.

In 19851986, Martin Harvey left Argyle briefly to work with Billy Bingham in Saudi Arabia and, for the second time, as assistant manager at the World Cup finals.

He returned to Home Park, however, and continued to work for the club as a coach until 1990.

Harvey was appointed assistant manager of Raith Rovers in 1990 by new manager Jimmy Nicholl. In their time in charge together at Stark's Park the club experienced unprecedented success, winning the old Scottish First Division (now Championship) in 1992/93 and again in 1994/95, gaining promotion to the Scottish Premier Division.

Raith also won a major trophy for the first time in their history, a League Cup Final win on penalties over Celtic in 1994/95.

Nicholl and Harvey left Raith Rovers in February 1996 to take over at Millwall, a position they held until leaving the South London club in February 1997.

Harvey then retired to Devon.

(This post was edited by John Treleven on Nov 26, 2019, 4:16 PM)