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#LOI Legends

# loi-legends - Sunday 20 September, 2020

Joining Manchester United at 16, glory in Ireland and the 'rollercoaster' of management Looking Back This post contains videos

Joining Manchester United at 16, glory in Ireland and the 'rollercoaster' of management

Martin Russell recounts his career on both sides of the water.

# loi-legends - Sunday 2 August, 2020

'I was considered not to be Irish... I could have buckled at any stage and drank' Dedication This post contains videos

'I was considered not to be Irish... I could have buckled at any stage and drank'

John O’Flynn reflects on his career with Cork City, Peterborough United, Limerick and others.

# loi-legends - Sunday 24 May, 2020

‘It was only after we scored, you’re 50 odd minutes in and thinking: we’re 1-0 up in White Hart Lane’ Dreams This post contains videos

‘It was only after we scored, you’re 50 odd minutes in and thinking: we’re 1-0 up in White Hart Lane’

Stephen Rice on how he recovered from difficulties early in his career to enjoy a memorable time at Shamrock Rovers.

# loi-legends - Sunday 17 May, 2020

'I was just hoping to get a game with the reserves... staying for 17 years was beyond my wildest dreams'

Derek Tracey spent his entire career with Shamrock Rovers during the homeless period before their move to Tallaght Stadium.

# loi-legends - Sunday 19 April, 2020

Working with Martin McGuinness in a meat company, singing for the Dalai Lama and playing at the World Cup Interview This post contains videos

Working with Martin McGuinness in a meat company, singing for the Dalai Lama and playing at the World Cup

Felix Healy looks back on his remarkable football career and life.

# loi-legends - Monday 13 April, 2020

Coming up against a great Liverpool side, breaking records and trying to get Stephen Cluxton to play soccer LOI Legends This post contains videos

Coming up against a great Liverpool side, breaking records and trying to get Stephen Cluxton to play soccer

Former Dundalk, UCD and Shamrock Rovers star Alan O’Neill looks back on his remarkable career in the game.

# loi-legends - Sunday 26 January, 2020

'The senior guys, they didn't like me, they didn't want an Irish guy coming over'

Waterford legend Alfie Hale reflects on his remarkable career in Irish and British football.

# loi-legends - Sunday 27 October, 2019

'There's no hard-luck story with me. I wasn't good enough to play Premier League football' No Regrets This post contains videos

'There's no hard-luck story with me. I wasn't good enough to play Premier League football'

Ex-Ireland underage international Barry Ferguson looks back on his career with Coventry, Longford and others.

# loi-legends - Sunday 6 October, 2019

The Irish striker whose 'little demons' couldn't get the better of him Journey This post contains videos

The Irish striker whose 'little demons' couldn't get the better of him

Dave Mooney on his League of Ireland beginnings and ultimately carving out a successful career abroad.

# 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.

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