SPIREITES: Ex-Chesterfield keeper Marton Fulop dies aged 32

Former Sunderland goalkeeper Marton Fulop has died at the age of 32.
Former Sunderland goalkeeper Marton Fulop has died at the age of 32.

Former Chesterfield keeper Marton Fulop has died aged 32 after losing his battle with cancer.

The one-time Hungarian international’s death was announced by his former club MTK Budapest.

He made his Football League debut in a brief spell with the Spireites in 2005 from Tottenham Hotspur before further loan moves to Coventry City and Sunderland.

He made the move to Wearside permanently in January 2007.

He stayed with the Black Cats until 2010, making more than 40 appearances - although he also had loan stints at Leicester and Stoke during that time.

Manchester City signed Fulop on an emergency loan in 2010 because of injuries to regular number one Shay Given and back-up keepers Stuart Taylor and David Gonzalez, while current England number one Joe Hart was on loan at Birmingham.

Fulop made just one appearance for City before signing a two-year deal with Ipswich in 2010. The Suffolk side were managed by Roy Keane, who signed him at Sunderland.

After more than 30 appearances for Ipswich, just one followed in a one-year spell at West Brom, before he joined Greek side Asteras Tripoli in 2012.

A statement on MTK’s official website read: “We are deeply sorrowful and grieved to announce that after a long illness, Marton Fulop has died.”