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Watch: Alan McLoughlin Remembering Windsor Park Will Really Get You Going For Tonight

By Daniel Kelly
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It's almost 24 years since Alan McLoughlin sent the Republic of Ireland to the 1994 World Cup.

Coming off the bench in Windsor Park against Northern Ireland, the-then Portsmouth midfielder scored in the final 15 minutes to earn a 1-1 draw. Combined with Spain's win over Denmark in Seville, the goal sent Ireland to their second World Cup.

McLoughlin's strike was one of only two international goals he scored in his career. On that night in Belfast, RTE commentator George Hamilton said; "If he never scores another goal in an Irish shirt, Alan McLoughlin will be a hero for the rest of his life".


Those words remain true over two decades later.

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As part of Three's #TheCallUp campaign, McLoughlin spoke about that fateful November night in Belfast, where he came off the bench to write his name in Irish football history.

I knew I had to go on and make some sort of impact into the game.

I remember watching Denis [Irwin] about to take a free-kick, and I was on the edge of the box by myself.

At that moment everything zoned in for me. I knew when I hit it, it was a goal, and I knew the goalkeeper had no chance.

It's a night that wont be forgotten in a hurry.


Who will be our Alan McLoughlin tonight? Just a reminder, Wes Hoolahan  is wearing 14 tonight, as McLoughlin was all those years ago.

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