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Jimmy Hasty Radio Ulster Documentary

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// 11 Apr 2015

A special radio documentary on the fascinating life of Belfast man and former Dundalk FC striker Jimmy Hasty will air on Sunday 12th April at 12.30pm on BBC Radio Ulster.

Stories In Sound: ‘A Diamond in the Rough’, tells the story of the one-armed striker, who was shot dead in Belfast in October 1974. The documentary will uncover the hidden history of Hasty’s sporting achievement against the odds and show rare archive never before seen by family and friends.

Listeners can tune into the show on BBC Radio Ulster by clicking HERE.

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One of Dundalk’s greatest ever players Jimmy overcame his physical disability and never let it hamper his desire for football. Arriving from Newry Town Hasty was 22 years old when he made his League debut for Dundalk in Oriel Park in a 2-2 draw with Cork Celtic on November 20th 1960. He scored once and left the crowd stunned at how his 6ft 1in frame could graciously glide past players. Jimmy was a crucial figure in the 1962-63 season scoring 19 goals as Dundalk won their first league title in 31 years. The following season he would score 35 goals, two of which came in the European Cup game against FC Zurich when Dundalk became the first Irish club team to win an away European tie.

In the 170 games he played with Dundalk, Jimmy scored 103 goals, becoming the fourth player to join the legendary Dundalk Centurion’s Club. He left Dundalk in 1966.

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Tragically in 1974 he became the innocent victim of the sectarian troubles when, at the age of 35, he was murdered as he walked to work on the streets of Belfast by Loyalist paramilitaries.

Sunday’s documentary features input from Jimmy’s family, former teammates Francy Callan and John Murphy, and Dundalk supporters Kevin Maguire and Paddy Malone.