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Ray Brady

16 November 2016

Sad passing of former Lions favourite

Millwall FC were saddened to hear of the death of former player Ray Brady on Tuesday 15th November.

Ray joined Millwall as a full-back from Transport FC, a League of Ireland club, in July 1957.

At six foot he was often employed at centre-half for The Lions and made the position his own towards the end of the 1960-61 season. A rugged no-nonsense player, Ray's tackling inspired those around him to greater effort.

He missed only one game during The Lions' Fourth Division Championship season of 1961-62 and went on to make 183 appearances for The Lions in all competitions, scoring five goals.

Ray moved across London in 1963 to QPR. Ray's older brother, Pat, also joined QPR from Millwall that same year, after he had joined him at The Lions in 1959.

During a three-year spell at Loftus Road Ray made 89 appearances for QPR and gained six Republic of Ireland international caps (against Austria twice, Spain twice, and one each against Poland and Norway) before moving on to Hastings United, who were in the Southern League.

He spent two years at Hastings United in East Sussex before returning to Ireland where he finished off his playing career at St Patrick's Athletic in 1964.

After retiring from football Ray returned to England and for over 30 years, ran the Railway and Bicycle public house in Sevenoaks, where he was a hugely popular landlord.

Our thoughts are with his brothers Pat and Liam, and all of Ray's family and friends at this difficult time.

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