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#LOI Legends

'I ended up working for DHL Express and Zidane went on to manage Real Madrid'
# Long Read
From The42
# Long Read

'I ended up working for DHL Express and Zidane went on to manage Real Madrid'

Jun 10th 2018, 9:30 PM 47,955 Views 9 Comments

Former St Patrick’s Athletic and Bohemians defender Maurice O’Driscoll on facing one of the greats, a brief spell managing in the LOI and his highly-rated son Aaron.

'I was so disillusioned that, believe it or not, I don’t even watch football anymore'
# Speak Memory
From The42
# Speak Memory

'I was so disillusioned that, believe it or not, I don’t even watch football anymore'

Jun 3rd 2018, 9:54 PM 42,580 Views 5 Comments

Jonathan Speak on winning the treble with Derry, getting relegated on the last day with Finn Harps and numerous other highs and lows.

'Sometimes you can feel sorry for yourself but there's no point - I was the lucky one'
# Taking Liberties
From The42
# Taking Liberties

'Sometimes you can feel sorry for yourself but there's no point - I was the lucky one'

May 20th 2018, 9:30 PM 24,133 Views 1 Comment

Tony Cousins on Chelsea in the 1980s, those infamous Liverpool Christmas parties and a legendary League of Ireland career.

'I drew crowds wherever I went. Even when we played away I put a couple of thousand on the gate'
# The Dav
From The42
# The Dav

'I drew crowds wherever I went. Even when we played away I put a couple of thousand on the gate'

May 13th 2018, 9:30 PM 28,090 Views 10 Comments

Carl Davenport was a star on and off the pitch for Cork Celtic and Hibs during a golden period for football on Leeside.

'Things were going really well and what killed me looking back was Ron Atkinson got the bullet'
# The Town
From The42
# The Town

'Things were going really well and what killed me looking back was Ron Atkinson got the bullet'

May 6th 2018, 8:55 PM 27,327 Views 7 Comments

Alan Kirby talks to The42 about his time at Aston Villa and his fond memories of playing with various League of Ireland teams.

"I walked down the road. It was the loneliest walk. I said 'there's 20 years of my life'"
# FAGO
From The42
# FAGO

"I walked down the road. It was the loneliest walk. I said 'there's 20 years of my life'"

Apr 29th 2018, 9:30 PM 53,707 Views 8 Comments

Sligo Rovers legend Tony Fagan on his long love affair with the club where he made his name.

'I told Fergie to shove his Manchester United contract and he told me to get out of his office'
# No Show Like A Joe Show
From The42
# No Show Like A Joe Show

'I told Fergie to shove his Manchester United contract and he told me to get out of his office'

Apr 22nd 2018, 9:30 PM 148,991 Views 37 Comments

Joe Hanrahan’s career included League of Ireland and FAI Cup medals, plus a spell at Old Trafford.

"They asked me about Effenberg. And I said: 'If he thinks I was like his father, he played like my mother'"
# Remember When
From The42
# Remember When

"They asked me about Effenberg. And I said: 'If he thinks I was like his father, he played like my mother'"

Apr 15th 2018, 9:30 PM 40,588 Views 11 Comments

Cork City legend Dave Barry on winning All-Irelands, scoring against Bayern Munich, Patsy Freyne’s fondness for a smoke and representing Ireland against Man United.

'Liam Brady ran across to me and said ‘Paddy, your Panathinaikos players are f***ing mad!''
# LOI Legends
From The42
# LOI Legends

'Liam Brady ran across to me and said ‘Paddy, your Panathinaikos players are f***ing mad!''

Apr 8th 2018, 9:30 PM 37,897 Views 17 Comments

Ex-Ireland, Shamrock Rovers, Chelsea and West Brom full-back Paddy Mulligan on his beginnings and a wonderful playing career.

‘We weren't allowed use a soccer ball… GAA would have been the sport in the school’
# Different Times
From The42
# Different Times

‘We weren't allowed use a soccer ball… GAA would have been the sport in the school’

Apr 1st 2018, 9:30 PM 29,537 Views 10 Comments

Shamrock Rovers and Shelbourne legend Mick Neville on growing up in a different Ireland, his illustrious playing career and coaching future stars.

'I'm honest enough to admit I wasn't good enough to be playing for Aston Villa in the Premier League'
# Perfect 10
From The42
# Perfect 10

'I'm honest enough to admit I wasn't good enough to be playing for Aston Villa in the Premier League'

Mar 25th 2018, 9:30 PM 52,428 Views 9 Comments

One of the League of Ireland’s great goalscorers reflects on his career.

'Ireland was gone as a country. Michael Jackson played Páirc Uí Chaoimh... Next day, I was on a plane'
# His Father's Son
From The42
# His Father's Son

'Ireland was gone as a country. Michael Jackson played Páirc Uí Chaoimh... Next day, I was on a plane'

Mar 18th 2018, 9:30 PM 53,897 Views 12 Comments

One of the League of Ireland’s greatest strikers, Pat Morley, on his road to becoming a Cork City legend.

'Out of the blue, I got a phone call to say Manchester United were interested in me'
# Dreams
From The42
# Dreams

'Out of the blue, I got a phone call to say Manchester United were interested in me'

Mar 11th 2018, 9:31 PM 50,503 Views 12 Comments

Liam O’Brien reflects on a memorable career that included stints at Shamrock Rovers, the Red Devils and Newcastle.

‘No other clubs were offering full-time deals... I’d just bought a house and had a kid’
# Fabio
From The42
# Fabio

‘No other clubs were offering full-time deals... I’d just bought a house and had a kid’

Mar 4th 2018, 9:30 PM 54,579 Views 10 Comments

One of the League of Ireland’s all-time top goalscorers, Declan O’Brien, reflects on a career that saw him to go from hero to villain and back again.

'I genuinely don’t have any regrets. I’m honest enough to realise that I didn’t put in the work'
# Long Read
From The42
# Long Read

'I genuinely don’t have any regrets. I’m honest enough to realise that I didn’t put in the work'

Feb 25th 2018, 9:30 PM 57,011 Views 5 Comments

Alan Cawley talks joining Leeds United as a teenager, winning a league title with Shelbourne and getting into TV punditry.

'The doorbell rings at 4am. It's a taxi with Joe Royle... We ended up having rasher sandwiches in the kitchen'
# Karl Marx Of The Left Wing
From The42
# Karl Marx Of The Left Wing

'The doorbell rings at 4am. It's a taxi with Joe Royle... We ended up having rasher sandwiches in the kitchen'

Feb 18th 2018, 9:30 PM 33,291 Views 24 Comments

As The42′s League of Ireland legends series is renewed for a second season, we chat to former Dundalk, Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers star Terry Eviston.

'I don't think I would get a good reception if I went back to the club and that is disappointing'
# The Life Of Brian
From The42
# The Life Of Brian

'I don't think I would get a good reception if I went back to the club and that is disappointing'

Dec 23rd 2017, 3:00 PM 35,792 Views 3 Comments

The last defender to win the PFAI Player of the Year award on life in New Zealand and what went before it.

'It was getting harder and harder... They pretty much refused to pay us most of the time'
# LOI Legends
From The42
# LOI Legends

'It was getting harder and harder... They pretty much refused to pay us most of the time'

Nov 4th 2017, 9:30 PM 24,884 Views 3 Comments

Cork City are looking to end a memorable season on a high in the FAI Cup final this weekend. Dan Murray, one of the club’s most highly regarded ex-players, has been present for the good times and the bad.

‘It was a scandal! It was revealed afterwards there was skulduggery going on in the background’
# Interview
From The42
# Interview

‘It was a scandal! It was revealed afterwards there was skulduggery going on in the background’

Oct 29th 2017, 9:30 PM 49,914 Views 7 Comments

Eoin Hand chats to The42 about his incredible career in football.

'John Giles came to the house... He wanted to get a group of young lads together, the best in the country'
# LOI Legends
From The42
# LOI Legends

'John Giles came to the house... He wanted to get a group of young lads together, the best in the country'

Oct 22nd 2017, 9:30 PM 28,734 Views 7 Comments

Ex-Shamrock Rovers player and current Bray boss Harry Kenny chats to The42 about his distinguished career in the League of Ireland.

"I was going in training with the youth team and I just thought: 'What's the point?'"
# Interview
From The42
# Interview

"I was going in training with the youth team and I just thought: 'What's the point?'"

Oct 15th 2017, 9:31 PM 43,954 Views 3 Comments

Gary Twigg tells The42 how he overcame a number of setbacks to become a League of Ireland legend.

'I told Bobby Robson I wasn’t coming back to England'
# Interview
From The42
# Interview

'I told Bobby Robson I wasn’t coming back to England'

Oct 8th 2017, 9:30 PM 28,826 Views 13 Comments

Dundalk, Athlone and Bohemians legend Turlough O’Connor reflects on a memorable career in the League of Ireland.

'The Irish lads at Leeds were so good to us. They would always be giving us money and stuff'
# Long Read
From The42
# Long Read

'The Irish lads at Leeds were so good to us. They would always be giving us money and stuff'

Oct 1st 2017, 9:30 PM 40,180 Views 7 Comments

Midfielder Paul Keegan opens up about his playing days in England and returning home to help Waterford’s cause.

"You're thinking: 'We're 45 minutes away from the group stages of the Champions League'"
# LOI Legends
From The42
# LOI Legends

"You're thinking: 'We're 45 minutes away from the group stages of the Champions League'"

Sep 24th 2017, 9:30 PM 18,118 Views 7 Comments

Ollie Cahill chats to The42 about a memorable career in the League of Ireland.

'I was actually offered a new contract but that was taken away when Souness left'
# Peerless
From The42
# Peerless

'I was actually offered a new contract but that was taken away when Souness left'

Sep 17th 2017, 9:30 PM 35,862 Views 4 Comments

Gavin Peers looks back on a decorated career that saw him win every major honour in Irish football.

‘People think that football started in Ireland with Jack Charlton, but that’s simply not true’
# Goal Machine
From The42
# Goal Machine

‘People think that football started in Ireland with Jack Charlton, but that’s simply not true’

Sep 10th 2017, 11:02 PM 24,207 Views 19 Comments

Legendary League of Ireland striker Mick Leech looks back on his record-breaking career with Shamrock Rovers that included a brief period of swapping Milltown for Tinseltown.

'That was the beginning of the end at Cork City because the new owners were strange, strange people'
# Rico
From The42
# Rico

'That was the beginning of the end at Cork City because the new owners were strange, strange people'

Sep 3rd 2017, 11:58 PM 27,982 Views 5 Comments

Having just turned 70, we catch up with one of the most unmistakable personalities in Irish football — Damien Richardson.

‘I was confident that I was good enough… But I was worried about having a nightmare’
# LOI Legends
From The42
# LOI Legends

‘I was confident that I was good enough… But I was worried about having a nightmare’

Aug 27th 2017, 9:30 PM 28,066 Views 12 Comments

Neale Fenn tells The42 about making his debut against Manchester United and winning titles at Cork, Bohs and Rovers.

'This is Cork... there's no way those f**kers are coming down and taking the league from us'
# The Case For The Defence
From The42
# The Case For The Defence

'This is Cork... there's no way those f**kers are coming down and taking the league from us'

Aug 20th 2017, 9:30 PM 36,035 Views 18 Comments

From the Cork minor football panel to the first team at Brighton and success in the League of Ireland.

'Pat hands me the phone and it was Kenny Dalglish. He goes ‘We really want you to sign’'
# LOI Legends
From The42
# LOI Legends

'Pat hands me the phone and it was Kenny Dalglish. He goes ‘We really want you to sign’'

Aug 13th 2017, 9:30 PM 34,790 Views 11 Comments

Eddie Gormley tells us all about his time in England, returning to the League of Ireland and falling into management.

'Captaining your hometown club to the league makes all those nights training in the rain and dark worthwhile'
# Candystripes
From The42
# Candystripes

'Captaining your hometown club to the league makes all those nights training in the rain and dark worthwhile'

Aug 8th 2017, 8:00 AM 11,822 Views 5 Comments

Peter Hutton reflects on his Derry City career which featured three FAI Cups and the Premier Division title in 1997, as well as making Ryan McBride club captain in 2014.

'Ollie Byrne said ‘listen, we’ve got a chance of beating Deportivo’. That was the belief he had'
# Nutsy
From The42
# Nutsy

'Ollie Byrne said ‘listen, we’ve got a chance of beating Deportivo’. That was the belief he had'

Jul 30th 2017, 9:30 PM 22,808 Views 19 Comments

Pat Fenlon looks back on a glittering career in football — both as a player and a manager.

'I'd given everything to Cork, but there's always that tinge - that little bit of regret'
# UNSUNG HERO
From The42
# UNSUNG HERO

'I'd given everything to Cork, but there's always that tinge - that little bit of regret'

Jul 23rd 2017, 10:27 PM 27,772 Views 14 Comments

The current Republic of Ireland U-17 boss on a potential porn career, leaving GAA behind, the Rebel Army and regrets.

'It was weeks before I realised that it was actually Eusebio'
# LOI Legends
From The42
# LOI Legends

'It was weeks before I realised that it was actually Eusebio'

Jul 16th 2017, 9:30 PM 28,017 Views 3 Comments

Brendan Bradley on his remarkable League of Ireland legacy and playing alongside a footballing icon.

"I hated football and was contemplating getting a 'real job'... Then I got called up by Libya"
# Interview
From The42
# Interview

"I hated football and was contemplating getting a 'real job'... Then I got called up by Libya"

Jul 9th 2017, 9:30 PM 46,090 Views 16 Comments

Eamon Zayed chats to The42 about a remarkable career in the League of Ireland and beyond.

'You were against Pele and Beckenbauer. It was like going to play in Hollywood'
# LOI Legends
From The42
# LOI Legends

'You were against Pele and Beckenbauer. It was like going to play in Hollywood'

Jul 2nd 2017, 9:30 PM 25,477 Views 11 Comments

Pat Byrne recalls growing up with Kevin Moran, success at Shamrock Rovers, managing Shelbourne, playing in the US and ending Liverpool’s 85-game unbeaten run with Leicester.

'We used to kick the s**t out of each other in training but the bond was incredible'
# Talk To Joe
From The42
# Talk To Joe

'We used to kick the s**t out of each other in training but the bond was incredible'

Jun 25th 2017, 9:30 PM 33,216 Views 10 Comments

Joe Gamble, the last domestic player to represent Ireland, reflects on an eventful career at home and abroad.

'He said 'there’s no f***ing way you’re leaving this room until you sign the contract!''
# Long Read
From The42
# Long Read

'He said 'there’s no f***ing way you’re leaving this room until you sign the contract!''

Jun 18th 2017, 9:25 PM 49,546 Views 10 Comments

We chat to Pat Scully about his career in England, representing his country at every level and success in the League of Ireland — both as a player and a manager.

‘I knew I was a good player but the manager didn’t believe me’
# LOI Legends
From The42
# LOI Legends

‘I knew I was a good player but the manager didn’t believe me’

Jun 5th 2017, 9:30 PM 45,926 Views 10 Comments

Dismissed as a youngster, Jason Byrne tells The42 how he went on to become a League of Ireland legend.

'Players who travel away, they might have loads of money but they don't have the memories I have'
# No Regrets
From The42
# No Regrets

'Players who travel away, they might have loads of money but they don't have the memories I have'

May 28th 2017, 9:30 PM 34,545 Views 8 Comments

Paul Doolin chats to The42 about a distinguished career as a player and coach in the League of Ireland.