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Quiz: Name All Irish Players Involved In FA Cup Finals Since 2000

Quiz: Name All Irish Players Involved In FA Cup Finals Since 2000

This weekend marks the start of the FA Cup third round, the juncture where the big boys of English football enter the tournament and giant-killings are plentiful.

This is when most tune into the cup campaign for the first time, but the FA Cup began at the very grassroots of English football.

Irish footballers have had a varied history with English football's showpiece tournament.

Kevin Moran was infamously the first player to ever been sent off in an FA Cup final when playing for Manchester United in 1985.

Some of the nations greatest footballing exports have lifted the historic trophy, from Wicklow's Edward Bowen and Limerick's Edmond Cotter who competed in the first FA Cup final in 1872 to the likes of John Giles and Liam Brady winning the cup in the 1970s.

The international nature of the world's game has meant that Irish players have become few and far between at the top table of English football since the 1870s, but they are still in relatively plentiful supply.

So, like we did with League Cup finals, we're tasking you with naming all the Irish players involved in FA Cup finals since the year 2000.

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We're not including Irish players that were involved in the FA Cup campaigns of clubs that have reached the final, just players that were involved in the matchday squads for the final itself.

Playing on the day isn't a prerequisite, just being named in the squad is enough.

We're giving you seven minutes to name all 22 players, but there is some crossover between years.

22 to get, seven minutes on the clock, how will you fare?

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Sean Meehan

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