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The Last Five Irish Players To Add An FA Cup Winners' Medal To Their Trophy Cabinet

The Last Five Irish Players To Add An FA Cup Winners' Medal To Their Trophy Cabinet
By Mikey Traynor Updated

With the venerable football institution that is FA Cup final weekend upon us we thought we'd have a look back at the most recent Irish internationals who earned the right to lift the famous trophy aloft.

Irish players have a long history in the FA Cup, and hopefully this season will see an Irishman make the walk up the steps at Wembley as a winning finalist after none were included in Arsenal's squads of the past two years (cheers Arsene).

Here are the last five Irish FA Cup winners, starting with the most recent.

James McCarthy - Wigan - 2013

James McCarthy had an absolute stormer in midfield at Wembley for Roberto Martinez's Wigan Athletic, and was a constant pain in City's side before Ben Watson popped up with a dramatic winner in stoppage time.

McCarthy would then follow Martinez to Everton in the next transfer window, and he also returned to Wembley just over two weeks after the final for a friendly against England.

Shay Given - Man City - 2011

Joe Hart got the nod, much to the disgust of Irish fans everywhere as Shay Given sat on the bench for the 2011 FA Cup Final.

Yaya Toure hit the winner on the day, but we all know that Shay's calming influence from the bench was the real reason that Roberto Mancini's men won the cup.

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Steve Finnan - Liverpool - 2006

Steven Gerrard was in his prime, and he hauled Liverpool back to life after they looked dead and buried with a goal that you're so familiar with I don't even need to include the clip.

Liverpool won on penalties, and Finnan didn't take one, but you know he would have buried it top shelf had it come around to him.

John O'Shea - Man United - 2004

Current Ireland captain and all-round hero John O'Shea won his first major honor in the same season he nutmegged Luis Figo. Not bad for a lad from Waterford.

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Cristiano Ronaldo showed flashes of what was to come with an impressive performance in a comfortable 3-0 win over Millwall.

Roy Keane - Man United - 2004

Also a winner in 2004, that medal was certainly not Keane's first, but rather his last for Manchester United.

Ruud Van Nistelrooy was a player Roy Keane has since admitted he greatly admired, and the Dutchman bagged the other two goals as Keane bossed a midfield of Millwall who featured an Irishman at left back in Robbie Ryan, and two more on the bench in Barry Cogan and Alan Dunne.

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