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Former Irish international Alan McLoughlin has died at the age of 54 after battling the disease.
McLoughlin scored one of the most iconic goals in the country’s football history. His late hit in Belfast on a fiery night in November 1993 secured the draw with Northern Ireland, which won the Republic of Ireland’s place in the following Summer World Cup final. The midfielder was a regular and part player under Jack Charlton, but this one Tor cemented his status as a key figure in a golden era.
He hadn’t made it through to qualification up to that point, even though he was on every roster he was available for.
« It was just wonderful for me, in any way, shape or form, « McLoughlin said in a 2018 interview with Vincent Hogan in the newspaper.
The 54-year-old grew up in an Irish family in Manchester and had a stint as a trainee at Manchester United but he really made a name for himself as a player at Swindon and had stint at Southampton (which signed him for £ 1million) was a big fee in 1990) prior to a long stint in Portsmouth.
He ended his career briefly at Wigan, Rochdale and Forest Green Rovers before moving into the coaching sphere, a route he followed as an academy manager Swindon Town.
McLoughlin won 42 caps for Ireland and was a member of the 1990 and 1994 World Cup teams, with the last moment before Gary Waddock, winning for Italy.
In March, McLoughlin announced that that he was battling renal cell carcinoma, a form of kidney cancer, and announced that he would be undergoing radiation therapy and new medication.
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