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Former Irish international Alan McLoughlin, who scored one of the most iconic goals in the country’s football history and in Belfast, died at the age of 54 following a battle with the disease.
McLoughlin’s later goals in Belfast in A fiery night in November 1993 secured a draw with Northern Ireland, which booked the Republic of Ireland place in the following Summer World Cup final.
The midfielder was a regular and part player under Jack Charlton, but this goal cemented his status as a key figure a golden era.
He hadn’t taken part in the qualification up to this point, although he was included in every roster he was available for.
« It was just wonderful for me, in some way, being involved in any shape or form, « McLoughlin said in a 2018 interview with Vincent Hogan in this newspaper.
The 54-year-old grew up in an Irish Family up 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 a stint at Southampton (which signed him for £ 1m was a big fee in 1990) before 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 that brought him back to Swindon Town as an academy manager.
McLoughlin won 42 caps for Ireland and was a member of the 1990 and 1994 World Cup teams, winning Italy at the last moment before Gary Waddock.
In March, McLoughlin announced that he was playing against renal cell carcinoma, a form of kidney cancer, and announced that he would be undergoing radiation therapy and new medication.
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