IT is with great sadness that we report the death of ex-Scarborough Football Club midfielder Gerry Donoghue.
When Scarborough FC supporters reminisce about their favourite all-time players, Gerry’s name is frequently mentioned.
The Sunderland-based midfielder was an aggressive, tenacious all-action player, who gave total commitment in every match he played. He joined Boro from South Shields in January 1972, and quickly became established in the team. One of the most dedicated, whole-hearted players ever to pull on a Boro shirt, he gave outstanding service over the next nine years, apart from a brief spell with Blyth Spartans in 1975.
Gerry had the respect of all his teammates and was popular both on and off the field. He played 389 competitive first team games for Boro, many of them as team captain, appeared in three FA Trophy finals at Wembley, was Player of the Year in 1979, and had a short period as player-coach, before surprisingly being released by manager Jimmy McAnearney in the summer of 1981.
Gerry passed away last week, aged 67, at a nursing home in his home town having finally succumbed to bowel cancer after a long battle.