Tributes to a star - and a devoted family man

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Former PNE player and uncle of The Corrs dies at 77

A former Preston North End, Everton and Eire footballer and well-known resident in Preston for 50 years has died after a three-year long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Peter Corr, 77, spent many years as a professional footballer in the 1950s, playing on the right wing and gaining four caps for Eire.

After retiring he became a scout for Everton before opening up a hardware store and a newsagents in Preston.

His brother Gerry is father of the internationally-famous pop group The Corrs. North End legend Tom Finney was today among those who paid tribute to “a good man.”

Mr Corr was a Gaelic footballer in his home town of Dundalk, in Eire, before he signed for Preston in 1947, for the then substantial fee of 2,500.

However, his appearances were severely limited at Deepdale because of the form of Sir Tom, who had made the right-wing position his own.

After a year at Preston, playing three times, he moved to Everton where he made 24 appearances. It was while at Everton that he achieved the highlight of his career, playing for Eire in their famous 2-0 victory against England at Goodison Park in 1949.

After leaving Everton he went on to make further appearances for Bangor City and Wigan Athletic, before hanging up his boots.

In 1947 he married Doreen and they brought up two sons and two daughters together.

Son Francis, 42, from Lancaster, said today: “He was a lovely, modest man who achieved so much.

“He never liked to talk about his football but you could tell he was proud with what he had done with his life.”

After retiring from football, Mr Corr opened a newsagents in Water Lane, Preston, with fellow PNE player Frank O’Farrell, who went on to manage Manchester United.

Years later he also ran Corr’s Hardware Shop, on Sharoe Green Lane with his wife.

As a scout for Everton, he was instrumental in bringing former PNE midfielder Howard Kendall to the club in the 60s.

After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Mr Corr lived for three years in Ingol, before moving into the Crystal Hall Nursing Home in Goosnargh, near Preston, where he died. He leaves behind eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Son Peter, 48, who lives in Germany, said: “He was a very devoted father and a loving man. He had a great deal of integrity and was very well respected.”

Sir Tom said: “I remember him well. We always had a friendly rivalry as their was a very good team spirit at the club.

“He was a typical Irish lad, very friendly and cheerful. He was quite a good player and a very good person. I am very sad to hear of his death.”

Mr Corr is also part of the Irish Sporting Hall of Fame in Dublin and a tribute will appear in the programme at next weeks World Cup International between Ireland and Portugal.