LEGENDS PROFILE

Sammy McIlroy

Born : 02 Aug 1954
Signed : 01 Aug 1969
Debut : 6 Nov 1971 v Man City (A) League
Goals total : 71
Appearances total : 419
Position: : Forward
Left United :

years in the late 1970s. He tasted heartbreak in the 1976 and 1979 defeats to Southampton and Arsenal, although he did score a fine equaliser in the latter final. That disappointment sandwiched United’s 2-1 win over Liverpool in 1977, the only major honour of Sammy’s 11-year Reds career.

Ron Atkinson sold McIlroy to Stoke City for £350,000 in 1982. Three years later he moved back to Manchester to join City on a free transfer before moving into management.

Spells with Northwich Victoria, Ashton United and Macclesfield Town preceded the role of Northern Ireland boss, before Sammy took over at Stockport County.

In 2005/06 he was appointed caretaker and then permanent manager at Nationwide Conference club Morecambe.

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