Former Republic of Ireland international, Dave Langan. File picture. INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Dave Langan to sell medals and Ireland caps to help clear debt

The former Ireland player says he’s had to sell his house and will buy a mobile home.

FORMER IRELAND DEFENDER Dave Langan says he he plans to sell his medals and international caps as he battles mounting financial issues.

The Dubliner played 26 times for the Boys in Green between 1978 and 1987, lining out for the likes of Derby County, Birmingham City and Oxford United before injuries ended his career.

The 56-year says he sold the home he and his wife share in England this week and he has made the ‘devastating’ decision to cash in on his football honours, despite objections from his Dublin-based family.

“I have to do it because I’ve had to sell my house here. I’ve got to pay a lot of debts off and I’m going to try to find a mobile home to live in, which is a lot cheaper,” Langan told Chris O’Donoghue on Newstalk today.

“We just can’t afford to live here any more and we have to raise some funds somehow and that’s the only way I c an really do it.

“An auction [house] have already been on to me and they’re going to organise the selling of the medals that I won at Oxford and if I want them to do the caps as well there’s no problem, they will do it all for me.  I’m devastated about it but there’s just no other road I can take.”

He added: “I’ve got 26 caps and everyone of them is precious to me because you play 26 times for your country. I think I’ve gone on record before as saying it was the greatest thing that ever happened to me. I’m not going to lie, I’m very cut up about it but I can’t see another way.”

Langan says financial worries came to a head when both he and his wife saw their hours cut in their respective jobs.

Listen to the Newstalk interview here

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