Former Republic of Ireland hero Alan McLoughlin passes away

Former Irish International Alan McLoughlin He died at the age of 54 after a second battle with cancer in recent months, the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) announced in a statement.

Manchester-born McLoughlin played for Portsmouth in England after also being at Swindon Town and Southampton. He retired in 2003 after a brief stint at Forest Green Rovers.

He was capped 42 times for Ireland and scored the tying goal against Northern Ireland in 1993 that sent his country to the World Cup final in the United States the following year.

“Alan will always be remembered for that goal in Belfast, a goal that put the whole country on its feet,” said FAI President Gerry McAnaney of Ireland’s 1996 Player of the Year.

“He was a great player for Ireland, a fantastic footballer who coached so many young players and a proud family man. We were lucky to have him as part of our Irish football family. “