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10 Years On From His Appointment: A Photo Tribute To Steve Staunton's 2007 USA Tour

10 Years On From His Appointment: A Photo Tribute To Steve Staunton's 2007 USA Tour

It's 10 years to the day that the FAI made the decision to appoint Steve Staunton as Ireland manager, so why not look back at arguably his finest moment?

At the time Ireland were clinging to a chance of second spot in their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, despite a disastrous 5-2 defeat in Cyprus. The tour, coming at the end of the season, was seen as a bit of an oddity by a small minority and many proven internationals stayed home. That gave the likes of the unheralded Darren Potter, Joe Lapira and even Alex Bruce a run.


Ireland 1-1 Ecuador

C. Benitez (13')
K. Doyle (44')

Ireland Team; C.Doyle, A.Bennett, A.Bruce, S.Kelly, S.O'Halloran (J. O'Cearuill, 66), S. Hunt (A. Stokes, 69), Z. Kilbane (S. Gleeson, 79), D. Potter, K. Doyle (S. Long, 60), A Keogh (J. Gamble, 69), D. Murphy (J. Lapira, '83)

The (definitely of age) lads had the craic beforehand
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Good Attacking Line-Up
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Great ball control from Stokes
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Joe Lapira showing great awareness
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Shane Long was good value for his third cap
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A well-contested header from Keogh
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Doyle using an unorthodox technique
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Great use of tactics from Stan
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The Ecuadorian fans went wild for Joe Gamble

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And the players celebrated a monumental 1-1 victory
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Ireland 1-1 Bolivia

S.Long (12')
M. Hoyos (14')

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Ireland Team; N.Colgan, A.Bennett, J. O'Cearuill, S.Kelly, P.Murphy (S. O'Halloran, 46), Alan O'Brien (S. Gleeson, 77), Z. Kilbane (S. Hunt, 66) J. Gamble (D. Murphy, 46) D. Potter, S. Long (K. Doyle, 54), A. Stokes.

Shane Long had a bad start, leaving the emersion on
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The crowd was expectant

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Stan had come straight from his club's dinner dance the previous night

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Stokes made a mazy run

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Kevin Doyle practised Olympic Walking at half time

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Stan spotted his family in the crowd

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A local bridge had to be shut for traffic due to the crowds

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Excellent technique from Long

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And he scored his first ever Irish goal

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What unbelievable memories.

Picture credits: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

See Also: VIDEO: This Kid Shows Steve Staunton How To Handle The Media

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Daryl Bolger

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