Winger Ernie passes away

Former North End player Ernie Hannigan has died aged 72
Former North End player Ernie Hannigan has died aged 72
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Former Preston North End winger Ernie Hannigan has died at the age of 72 in Australia.

The Scotsman played 108 games for PNE and scored 28 goals between 1964 and 1968, having joined for a £15,000 fee from Queen of the South.

Ernie Hannigan scoring a hat-trick in May 1966

Ernie Hannigan scoring a hat-trick in May 1966

Hannigan scored North End’s winner against Tottenham in the fifth round of the FA Cup in 
1966, a victory which set them up with a quarter-final tie with Manchester United.

On the last day of the 1965/66 season, he and Brian Godfrey both scored hat-tricks in a 9-0 win over Cardiff City at Deepdale.

Early in the 1967/68 season, Hannigan left PNE to join Coventry City in a £55,000 deal.

He later went back to Scotland to play for Morton, then had a spell playing in the United States for New York Cosmos.

Hannigan settled in Perth, Australia, in the early 1970s after playing for local sides Stirling City and Morley Windmills.

He ran an industrial building cleaning business.

Three years ago, Hannigan was inducted into Western Australia soccer’s Hall of Fame.