Former Sunderland goalkeeper Marton Fulop Passes Away
Sunderland Football Club this morning confirmed the sad news this morning that former Sunderland goalkeeper Marton Fulop had lost his long battle with cancer. He played 51 times for Sunderland between 2006-10.
The goalkeeper made five appearances for Roy Keane’s side that won the Championship in 2007, before forcing his way into the first team once back in the Premier League.
He would later follow Keane to Ipswich too and also had spells at British clubs such as Tottenham, West Brom, Manchester City and Leicester. He was capped 24 times by Hungary.
Fulop was forced to take a break from the sport in June 2013 to have a tumour removed from his arm, but sadly he would never get back to playing.
Sunderland had remained in contact with the goalkeeper throughout his illness and he was a guest of the club’s at Wembley for the 2014 League Cup final.
Sunderland chief executive Margaret Byrne said: “We are devastated to hear of Marton’s passing. He was a genuinely lovely man, liked and respected by everyone at the club during his four years with us.
“It is desperately sad when we lose a member of our Sunderland family but to lose one so young and in such circumstances is simply heart-breaking.
“The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the club are with Marton’s family and friends at this terribly sad time.”
Another of his former clubs Stoke City tweeted their condolences, saying: “Stoke City FC wishes to extend sincere condolences to the family and friends of Marton Fulop, who has passed away at the age of 32.
“Marton had a brief loan spell with Stoke in 2008. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”