Rye United Star Bela Olah has Died

Bela Olah was Player Manager for Rye United

By Jim Hollands

It is with great sadness we report the passing of the great Hungarian soccer player Bela Olah. Who became Player Manager of Rye United in the late sixties. I believe he was the first Rye player to receive a wage, something like £4 a week.

He came Britain after the Hungarian uprising against the Russians, which was brutaly put down.  He was  a Schoolboy International and played top flight football  when

Bela Olah
Bela Olah

Hungary were the most exciting team in the world.

He played for Northampton Town, Bedford and Hastings before finishing his football career with Rye United.

It has been said that he was one of the most skilful players to grace the Red & Black shirts.

Bela Olah’s  funeral will be at Hastings Crematorium on Weds 30 March at 11 am. everyone welcome.

“Rye’s Own” Bulletin  28 March 2016