FORMER Sunderland and Northern Ireland legend Martin Harvey has died aged 78.
Belfast born Harvey was a one club man full-back who played more than 300 times for Sunderland over the space of 13 years.
Tributes have poured in for Harvey who bagged 34 international caps and was also assistant manager to Billy Bingham when Northern Ireland reached the World Cup in 1982.
Harvey also managed Carlisle and Plymouth – having two spells as caretaker boss at the latter.
All three clubs posted tributes to Harvey on their official Twitter accounts.
Sunderland wrote: “We’re deeply saddened by the passing of former
#SAFC player Martin Harvey at the age of 78.
“The thoughts of everybody at
#SAFC are with Martin’s family and friends at this sad time.
“Rest in peace, Martin.”
Plymouth posted a condolence message of their own to the 5ft 9in defender on their website.
And Carlisle tweeted: “Our thoughts are with the family, friends & loved ones of former Blues boss Martin Harvey on receiving the news that he has passed away.
“Martin was with us under Bobby Moncur, and then took the reins when he departed early in February 1980, saving us from relegation.
The Northern Irishman won his first cap for his country in April 1961 – a 3-2 defeat to Italy.
But he was forced to retire from playing early after a serious back injury cut his career short during the 1971/72 season aged just 30.
He was eventually given a testimonial match by Sunderland against Newcastle in April 1975.
Martin Harvey, September 19, 1941 – November 25, 2019.