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Former Irish international Alan McLoughlin, who scored one of the most iconic goals in the country’s football history, passed away at the age of 54 following a battle with the disease.
McLoughlin’s late goal in Belfast on a fiery night A draw with Northern Ireland in November 1993 secured 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 that goal cemented his status as a key figure in a golden era .
He hadn’t made it through to qualification at this point, even though he was on every roster he was available for.
« It was just wonderful for me, in some way, in any way or to be involved in any way, « McLoughlin said in a 2018 interview with Vincent Hogan in the newspaper.
The 54-year-old grew up in an Irish family in Manc hester up 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 one 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 World Cup teams in 1990 and 1994, the last moment before Gary Waddock he won the contract for Italy.
In March McLoughlin announced that he was against renal cell carcinoma, a form of kidney cancer , struggled, and announced that he was going to undergo radiation therapy and new medication.
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