It was with great sadness that St Patrick's Athletic FC learned of the death of former player Tommy 'Longo' White, one of the greatest players in the history of St Pat's.
Longo was a key figure in some of our greatest successes, boasting some truly great feats during his time with the Supersaints having been one of only a handful of players to win three league championship medals (seasons 1951/52, 54/55, 55/56), while Longo was also the first player to score a winning goal for the club in a League of Ireland match.
Despite interest from clubs in England in securing the signature of Longo, one such club being Everton, the midfielder decided to stay with the Saints and play alongside other club greats including all-time club top-scorer Shay Gibbons, Ginger O'Rourke and Harry Boland.
Longo thrilled the masses that turned up to watch both him and the Saints in the 1950's - his exciting skills and close control of the ball earned him many plaudits from supporters across the League of Ireland - while his popularity amongst those connected with the club remained throughout his life as he was famed for his kindness and reputation as being a true gentleman.
Longo's funeral takes place at 10am on Monday morning in St. Brendan's Church, Coolock - full details of which can be found here.
An article on the late Tommy 'Longo' White, written by Tom Hanley for the March 12th, 1999 game against Cork City, can be found here.
Tommy 'Longo' White - Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis
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