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#LOI Legends

# loi-legends - Sunday 22 September, 2019

The Irishman who made his La Liga debut in front of 90,000 at the Camp Nou LOI Legends This post contains videos

The Irishman who made his La Liga debut in front of 90,000 at the Camp Nou

Liam Buckley on a remarkable career that encompassed stints in Canada, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland and Ireland.

# loi-legends - Sunday 1 September, 2019

'If you were from Ballymun, you could be turned away from an interview, let alone a job' Origin Story This post contains videos

'If you were from Ballymun, you could be turned away from an interview, let alone a job'

Bohs legend Tony O’Connor looks back on his League of Ireland career.

# loi-legends - Sunday 18 August, 2019

'My second oldest brother was a Rovers fanatic... All I could see were the tears running down his face' Local Hero This post contains videos

'My second oldest brother was a Rovers fanatic... All I could see were the tears running down his face'

John Coady on fulfilling a boyhood dream and a difficult period at Chelsea.

# loi-legends - Sunday 14 July, 2019

The Irish star who joined Premier League giants in their mid-90s peak LOI Legends This post contains videos

The Irish star who joined Premier League giants in their mid-90s peak

Jim Crawford reflects on his career at Newcastle, Shelbourne and his current role as Stephen Kenny’s number two.

# loi-legends - Sunday 30 June, 2019

‘John Giles didn't want me to leave, but I was determined to play first-team football’

Harry McCue reflects on his career in the League of Ireland and discusses his FAI role with underage footballers.

# loi-legends - Sunday 9 June, 2019

'I feel like I was Irish' - The Barbados-born footballer who found a second home Looking Back This post contains videos

'I feel like I was Irish' - The Barbados-born footballer who found a second home

Ex-Longford and Galway player Eric Lavine recalls his career in the League of Ireland.

# loi-legends - Sunday 26 May, 2019

'Did I think Damien Duff was going to make it? I always thought he had a real chance' LOI Legends This post contains videos

'Did I think Damien Duff was going to make it? I always thought he had a real chance'

Pat Devlin reflects on a distinguished career in Irish football.

# loi-legends - Sunday 12 May, 2019

'I look back on my life and for a fella with such a lack of ability on the ball, it's been amazing'

One of the great characters of Irish football, Dermot Keely relives his highs and lows — both as a player and in management.

# loi-legends - Sunday 28 April, 2019

'I had never played centre midfield until my very first game at Leicester, when Martin O'Neill told me to'

Fergal Harkin looks back at his time in England as well as highs and lows in the League of Ireland, during spells with Bohemians and Finn Harps.

# loi-legends - Sunday 31 March, 2019

'We used to kick lumps out of each other in training and Pat Fenlon would just sit back and laugh'

Former Dundalk and Shelbourne defender David Crawley looks back on his playing days.

# loi-legends - Monday 18 March, 2019

‘I would have come from the flats… Brian Kerr gave me the confidence to go into any room and meet people’ Mentor This post contains videos

‘I would have come from the flats… Brian Kerr gave me the confidence to go into any room and meet people’

St Patrick’s Athletic legend Johnny McDonnell reflects on his memorable career in football.

# loi-legends - Sunday 3 March, 2019

'We beat Le Tissier's Southampton. Lawrie McMenemy shook my hand and said: 'Listen kid, sensational f*****g goal'' Longread This post contains videos

'We beat Le Tissier's Southampton. Lawrie McMenemy shook my hand and said: 'Listen kid, sensational f*****g goal''

Brian Morrisroe chats to The42 in the latest instalment of our League of Ireland Legends series.

# loi-legends - Sunday 17 February, 2019

'You give everything you have, running around like a lunatic, and I’m still doing that at nearly 70' Football Man This post contains videos

'You give everything you have, running around like a lunatic, and I’m still doing that at nearly 70'

National team kit man and former League of Ireland star Mick Lawlor reflects on his football career.

# loi-legends - Sunday 28 October, 2018

'Bayern Munich had already sold tickets for the next round... We were minutes away from history' Good Times This post contains videos

'Bayern Munich had already sold tickets for the next round... We were minutes away from history'

Mick Kearin reflects on going up against Franz Beckenbauer, being the only Kildare man to be capped by Ireland and the difficulties in loving a “foreign game”.

# loi-legends - Sunday 21 October, 2018

'Leeds United were over for a second or third look at me the day I got my ankle broken in two places'

Con McLaughlin, the first Donegal man to score 100 goals in the League of Ireland, looks back on his career.

# loi-legends - Sunday 14 October, 2018

'Boredom leads to a lot of things and we ended up going to the pub and wasting ourselves'

Remembered best for scoring two goals in the Old Firm derby, ex-Celtic midfielder Paul Byrne has more than his fair share of regrets.

# loi-legends - Sunday 23 September, 2018

‘I’ve good friends that are in prison and some that are dead. For me football was an escape’ Goalscorer This post contains videos

‘I’ve good friends that are in prison and some that are dead. For me football was an escape’

Mark Quigley discusses his time at Millwall and his League of Ireland career where the Dubliner won every domestic honour and was named PFAI Player of the Year.

# loi-legends - Sunday 16 September, 2018

'It’s nice to have the feeling that you belong to a club and I don’t think there are any better than Bohs'

Former Bohemians captain Kevin Hunt looks back at a decade with the Gypsies, playing in Asia and life after retirement.

# loi-legends - Sunday 9 September, 2018

Facing Zidane in Dublin, an ill-fated stint in England and becoming one of Irish football's all-time top scorers LOI Legends This post contains videos

Facing Zidane in Dublin, an ill-fated stint in England and becoming one of Irish football's all-time top scorers

Former Bohemians and UCD star Derek Swan reflects on a memorable career.

# loi-legends - Sunday 2 September, 2018

'It does make you stay awake at night and struggle to sleep, and not want to get up in the morning' Looking Back This post contains videos

'It does make you stay awake at night and struggle to sleep, and not want to get up in the morning'

Ex-Ireland international Noel Hunt on persistent abuse from fans as well as highs and lows at Reading, Leeds and elsewhere in his football career.

# loi-legends - Sunday 26 August, 2018

'It had become slightly more difficult. Your wife starts to realise that actually, weekends exist' LOI Legends This post contains videos

'It had become slightly more difficult. Your wife starts to realise that actually, weekends exist'

Former UCD, Drogheda and Shamrock Rovers star Andy Myler reflects on his career in football.

# loi-legends - Sunday 19 August, 2018

'My mother told me to stick with the butcher's trade as she said I'd need it more than the football'

Former St Patrick’s Athletic, Bohemians and Derry City striker Joe Lawless looks back on his playing days.

# loi-legends - Sunday 5 August, 2018

'I played for that jersey' - The Limerick lad who marked Maradona and battled Real Madrid in the European Cup Local Lad This post contains videos

'I played for that jersey' - The Limerick lad who marked Maradona and battled Real Madrid in the European Cup

Pat Nolan reflects on winning the Premier Division and FAI Cup with Limerick, playing against Real Madrid in Europe and being tasked with marking Diego Maradona.

# loi-legends - Sunday 29 July, 2018

'We had another bottle of beer. Next thing, the agent came in and said: You have to play a match tonight' Looking Back This post contains videos

'We had another bottle of beer. Next thing, the agent came in and said: You have to play a match tonight'

One of the League of Ireland’s all-time top goalscorers, Mick Byrne, reflects on a brilliant career.

# loi-legends - Sunday 22 July, 2018

'I learned English in school but it wasn't really the same English in Derry': from Belgrade to the Brandywell

Alex Krstic on conquering the Derry accent, the club’s mid-80s revolution and being a local sex symbol.

# loi-legends - Sunday 8 July, 2018

'The fans were thinking: F**k sake, we paid that amount of money for this lad and he's useless'

The hero of the 1992 FAI Cup final reflects on his career in football.

# loi-legends - Sunday 1 July, 2018

'You’d get phone calls at 4am, lads would have had a few drinks and this fella is roaring down the phone' Stuey This post contains videos

'You’d get phone calls at 4am, lads would have had a few drinks and this fella is roaring down the phone'

Former Shelbourne, Drogheda and Longford midfielder Stuart Byrne reflects on his career in football,

# loi-legends - Sunday 17 June, 2018

'In my eyes, I was doing enough to warrant a night-out on a Saturday with my mates' LOI Legends This post contains videos

'In my eyes, I was doing enough to warrant a night-out on a Saturday with my mates'

Philip Hughes on a career with 19 transfers, 11 clubs and 138 goals.

# loi-legends - Sunday 10 June, 2018

'I ended up working for DHL Express and Zidane went on to manage Real Madrid'

Former St Patrick’s Athletic and Bohemians defender Maurice O’Driscoll on facing one of the greats, a brief spell managing in the LOI and his highly-rated son Aaron.

# loi-legends - Sunday 3 June, 2018

'I was so disillusioned that, believe it or not, I don’t even watch football anymore' Speak Memory This post contains videos

'I was so disillusioned that, believe it or not, I don’t even watch football anymore'

Jonathan Speak on winning the treble with Derry, getting relegated on the last day with Finn Harps and numerous other highs and lows.

# loi-legends - Sunday 20 May, 2018

'Sometimes you can feel sorry for yourself but there's no point - I was the lucky one'

Tony Cousins on Chelsea in the 1980s, those infamous Liverpool Christmas parties and a legendary League of Ireland career.

# loi-legends - Sunday 13 May, 2018

'I drew crowds wherever I went. Even when we played away I put a couple of thousand on the gate'

Carl Davenport was a star on and off the pitch for Cork Celtic and Hibs during a golden period for football on Leeside.

# loi-legends - Sunday 6 May, 2018

'Things were going really well and what killed me looking back was Ron Atkinson got the bullet'

Alan Kirby talks to The42 about his time at Aston Villa and his fond memories of playing with various League of Ireland teams.

# loi-legends - Sunday 29 April, 2018

"I walked down the road. It was the loneliest walk. I said 'there's 20 years of my life'" FAGO This post contains videos

"I walked down the road. It was the loneliest walk. I said 'there's 20 years of my life'"

Sligo Rovers legend Tony Fagan on his long love affair with the club where he made his name.

# loi-legends - Sunday 22 April, 2018

'I told Fergie to shove his Manchester United contract and he told me to get out of his office'

Joe Hanrahan’s career included League of Ireland and FAI Cup medals, plus a spell at Old Trafford.

# loi-legends - Sunday 15 April, 2018

"They asked me about Effenberg. And I said: 'If he thinks I was like his father, he played like my mother'" Remember When This post contains videos

"They asked me about Effenberg. And I said: 'If he thinks I was like his father, he played like my mother'"

Cork City legend Dave Barry on winning All-Irelands, scoring against Bayern Munich, Patsy Freyne’s fondness for a smoke and representing Ireland against Man United.

# loi-legends - Sunday 8 April, 2018

'Liam Brady ran across to me and said ‘Paddy, your Panathinaikos players are f***ing mad!''

Ex-Ireland, Shamrock Rovers, Chelsea and West Brom full-back Paddy Mulligan on his beginnings and a wonderful playing career.

# loi-legends - Sunday 1 April, 2018

‘We weren't allowed use a soccer ball… GAA would have been the sport in the school’ Different Times This post contains videos

‘We weren't allowed use a soccer ball… GAA would have been the sport in the school’

Shamrock Rovers and Shelbourne legend Mick Neville on growing up in a different Ireland, his illustrious playing career and coaching future stars.

# loi-legends - Sunday 25 March, 2018

'I'm honest enough to admit I wasn't good enough to be playing for Aston Villa in the Premier League'

One of the League of Ireland’s great goalscorers reflects on his career.

# loi-legends - Sunday 18 March, 2018

'Ireland was gone as a country. Michael Jackson played Páirc Uí Chaoimh... Next day, I was on a plane' His Father's Son This post contains videos

'Ireland was gone as a country. Michael Jackson played Páirc Uí Chaoimh... Next day, I was on a plane'

One of the League of Ireland’s greatest strikers, Pat Morley, on his road to becoming a Cork City legend.

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