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Theo Foley

26 June 2020

Millwall Football Club is saddened to hear of the passing of Theo Foley.

Dublin-born Foley spent five years with his first English club Exeter City, where he started 155 League matches before signing for Northampton Town in 1961. His association with The Cobblers as their captain coincided in Northampton's finest period of their history, with a meteoric rise from the Fourth Division to the First over the course of five seasons.
 
Having made 220 appearances for The Cobblers, he turned down a coaching role to pursue a player/coach capacity with Charlton Athletic in 1970. By the following close season Theo had become team manager of The Addicks, a post which he held for the next four years before the axe fell in April 1974. He then coached Dulwich Hamlet for a spell and began his broadcasting career with LBC radio.
 
A brief spell with Dartford ended when Millwall's new manager, Gordon Jago, hired Theo as his assistant. Following an instant promotion in 1976, a run of desperate results the following season saw Jago depart, and when Theo was ruled out for the hot seat, he resigned soon after Christmas 1977.
 
His next role came at QPR, where he first worked with George Graham, and when the Scot was handed the manager's job at The Den, he brought Theo with him as his assistant in December 1982. The dynamic duo turned a struggling Millwall into a forceful hard to beat side which obtained promotion in 1985. 
 
It came as no surprise when Graham became Arsenal's new manager in 1986 that he would take his faithful Theo with him, and that time would see the pair gain further success as The Gunners won the Littlewoods Cup and the League Championship in 1989.
 
In 1990, Theo was back on his stomping ground when Northampton appointed him as their manager. When The Cobblers hit financial difficulties he was relieved of his duties by the administrators two years later. Theo's nomadic ways in the south-east saw him work with Fulham's youth team, then with Ronnie Whelan at Southend United. His last involvement was with Tottenham Hotspur, when ex-Lion John Alexander was the secretary. 
 
Living locally, Theo was often seen at The Den after his retirement, and all at The Den wish to send our condolences to his family and friends.
 
RIP, Theo.

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