A much-loved hero at Sunderland and Reading, Charlie Hurley, has passed away aged 87.

A Republic of Ireland international, the defender played over 400 times for Sunderland after moving from Millwall.

In 1964, Hurley came second to England captain Bobby Moore in the Football Writer's Association voting but was named Sunderland's Player of the Century in 1979.

Gates at the Stadium of Light are named the 'Hurley Gates' in his honour.

Joining Reading as manager in 1972, the Biscuitmen were Hurley's only managerial role.

Finishing mid-table for four seasons, but enduring memorable FA Cup ties against Arsenal and a homecoming to Sunderland, Hurley won promotion with the club to the third tier in 1976.

Perhaps his biggest coup was uncovering a gem at non-league Hayes FC- namely, Robin Friday.

A cult hero at Reading, Friday was top scorer in successive seasons under Hurley despite leading a wild life off the pitch.

Hurley left in 1977 but remained in the South of England, keeping in touch with many friends in Berkshire long after his departure.