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The Corrs grieve for football star uncle.

POP band the Corrs were yesterday mourning the death of their famous footballing uncle.

Peter Corr, the brother of their dad Gerry, died after a three-year battle against Alzheimer's disease, aged 77.

He brought glory to the Corr family before the band members were even born.

Peter made his name as a professional footballer with Preston North End, Everton and the Republic of Ireland.

He was orginally a Gaelic footballer in his home town on Dundalk, before signing for Preston in 1947 for the then massive fee of pounds 2500.

His appearances were limited because he had competition on the wing from the legendary Sir Tom Finney.

Peter then moved to Everton and the highlight of his career was playing for Eire in their 2-1 victory over England in 1949.

Peter died in Preston, where his son Francis, 42, said yesterday: "He was a lovely, modest man who achieved so much.

"He was proud of what he had done in his life and proud that the Corr family, his nieces and nephew, are doing so well with their music.

"I know how much they will be missing him at this time ."

After his footballing career ended, Peter opened a news-agents with former Manchester United manager Frank O'Farrell.

But he continued to scout for Everton, bringing several household names to the club.

Sir Tom Finney said: "He was a devoted family man and always cheerful."

Peter was part of the Irish sporting Hall of Fame in Dublin and a tribute to him appeared in the programme for the Republic's game against Portugal yesterday.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 3, 2001
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