FORMER Cobh Ramblers and League Of Ireland striker Tony Izzi has died aged 48.
In a career that saw him start off in the youth set-up at Lazio, Tony spent five years at St Colman’s Park between 1996 and 2000. His total of 16 league goals in the 1998/1999 season remains a Ramblers club record.
Those goals played a big role in Cobh’s third-place finish in the First Division that campaign. Ramblers ended up losing in a promotion/relegation play-off tie against Bohemians over two legs.
Toni also blitzed the Garda side in a first-round FAI Cup replay in the same season, scoring four times in a 6-1 win.
Izzi is one of only two Ramblers players to have been named First Division Player of the Year.
“Cobh Ramblers are very saddened to hear of the passing of former striker Tony Izzi,” said the club in a statement.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. May he rest in peace.”
His career in League Of Ireland football also saw him play for St Patrick’s Athletic, Limerick, Dundalk, Athlone Town and Shelbourne.
With Dundalk suffering a goal drought, Izzi was signed by manager Terry Eviston in January 2000. He made his debut on January 3 against Stephen Kenny’s Longford Town and became an instant favourite when he scored twice in a 4-1 win.
Although Izzi came to Dundalk halfway through the season, he finished as the club’s leading league scorer with eight goals from 17 games.