Former Republic and Portsmouth midfielder dies aged 54 – fr

Former Republic and Portsmouth midfielder dies aged 54 – fr

Alan McLoughlin celebrates at the final whistle after his goal won a 1-1 draw with Northern Ireland and a 1994 World Cup qualifier

Former Republic of Ireland and Portsmouth midfielder Alan McLoughlin has died aged 54.

Manchester-born McLoughlin, whose other clubs included Swindon Town and Southampton, revealed in March he had cancer.

He made his Republic debut in 1990 and won 42 caps.

McLoughlin is best remembered for his equalizer goal against Northern Ireland who won the 1994 World Cup final qualification.

He was diagnosed with a kidney tumor in 2012 and a successful operation, but McLoughlin said in March he had cancer and it had spread to the kidneys, chest wall and lungs.

The FAI paid tribute to McLoughlin, who scored two goals in a nine-year international career and was on the Republic squad for the 1990 and 1994 World Cup finals.

The most sincere sympathies

“The Irish Football Association expresses its deepest condolences to Debbie, Abby and Megan McLoughlin on the passing today of our former international midfielder Alan McLoughlin at the age of 54,” the FAI said on Tuesday.

“Alan had bravely faced a second battle with cancer in recent months, his courage in the face of adversity being an example to all who knew and loved him.

Alan McLoughlin played over 300 games for Portsmouth between 1992 and 1999

“Selected 42 times by the Republic of Ireland under Jack Charlton and Mick McCarthy, Alan marked Windsor Park’s equalizer against Northern Ireland in November 1993 which sent the Republic of Ireland to the United States in 1994. He was named Irish Player of the Year in 1996.. ”

FAI President Gerry McAnaney added: “Alan will always be remembered for that goal in Belfast 18 years ago, a goal that put the whole country on its feet.

“He was a great player for Ireland, a fantastic footballer who has coached so many young players and a very proud family man.

“We have been fortunate to have him in our Irish football family and I know I speak on behalf of everyone involved in Irish football when I sympathize with Debbie and her family in these most difficult times. “


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