Bangor great Ricky McEvoy alive and well, with death hoax branded a ‘sick joke’

Bangor legend Ricky McEvoy has been confirmed to be alive and the news of his death was a “cruel joke”.

Ublin-based McEvoy is a very popular character at the Clandeboye Park Club. He was part of the 1993 Irish Cup-winning side Seasiders and also had successful spells at League of Ireland clubs Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk.

On Sunday night, Bangor reported that McEvoy had died at the age of 55. Honors flooded the man who scored a famous goal for Bangor against Apoel Nicosia in the Cup Winners’ Cup.

Former Bangor team-mate Paul Byrne, who scored the 1993 Irish Cup final winner, posted on Facebook: “Heartbroken. have no words To hear that my best man and dear friend Ricky Mac passed away today. I can not believe it. RIP my friend. Our days in Bangor travel by train to our game every Saturday. Some laughs.”

However, it was soon confirmed by McEvoy’s family that the former midfielder was alive and had been the victim of a hoax.

Bangor Football Club released a new statement yesterday morning.

“Fortunately, the weekend’s news about Ricky McEvoy turned out to be untrue.

“Ricky’s family has reported that Ricky was the subject of a cruel joke.

“We wish Ricky and his family all the best and hope to welcome Ricky back to Clandeboye Park in the near future.”

Bangor chairman Graham Bailie called the scam a “sick joke”.

He said: “It’s such a relief and nice to hear Ricky is doing well.

“Anyone who feels the need to make such sick jokes needs to take a good look at themselves.”

The former Ireland youth international played for Shamrock Rovers, Finn Harps and Dundalk before crossing the border in 1992 to help Bangor win the Irish Cup, League Cup and Ulster Cup.

He provided the template for Byrne’s winner against Ards in the famous Irish Cup final trilogy. Bangor great Ricky McEvoy alive and well, with death hoax branded a ‘sick joke’

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