Tony Izzi R.I.P.
Everybody at Dundalk Football Club is saddened to learn of the death of Tony Izzi at the age of just 48.
Tony arrived at Dundalk at the end of his playing career. Born in Dublin but brought up in Italy, he played at under-16 level with a Lazio team and later played semi-professional football with Cassino FC. His League of Ireland career began at Shelbourne in 1993 before moving to St Patrick’s Athletic, Limerick and Cobh Ramblers.
Izzi’s 16 League goals in 1999/00 had played a major part on Cobh’s third place finish in Division One. Tony also blitzed the Garda side in a first round FAI Cup replay during the same season, scoring four times in a 6-1 victory.
With Dundalk suffering a goal drought, he was signed by manager Terry Eviston in January 2000. He made his debut on 3rd January against Stephen Kenny’s Longford Town and became an instant favourite when he scored twice in a 4-1 win.
Although he came to Dundalk with just half the season remaining, he finished as the club’s leading league scorer with 8 goals from 17 games. Dundalk had lost out by a single point for a place in the promotion/relegation play-off with Kilkenny City, after a couple of failed visits to the High Court over the Fran Carter affair.
Everybody at Dundalk Football Club sends our deepest condolences to all of Tony’s family and friends.