The Football Association of Ireland having extended their deepest sympathies to Debbie, Abby and Megan McLoughlin following the death of former international midfielder Alan McLoughlin at the age of 54.
Alan had bravely faced into a second battle with cancer in recent months with his courage in adversity an example to all those who knew him and loved him. Capped 42 times by the Republic of Ireland under Jack Charlton and Mick McCarthy, Alan famously scored the Windsor Park equaliser against Northern Ireland in November 1993 that sent the Republic of Ireland to USA ’94. He was named Ireland’s Player of the Year in 1996.
FAI President Gerry McAnaney said:
Alan will always be remembered for that goal in Belfast, a goal that brought the entire country to its feet. He was a great player for Ireland, a fantastic footballing man who coached so many young players and a very proud family man. We were lucky to have him as one of our Irish football family and I know I speak on behalf of everyone involved with Irish football when I sympathise with Debbie and his family at this most difficult of times.
FAI Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Hill added:
This is most tragic news and our thoughts now are with Alan’s wife Debbie, his two daughters and his extended family. I spoke with Alan before we honoured him at the Luxembourg game in March and I know how proud he was of his 42 appearances in the Ireland jersey. He went to two World Cups with Ireland and will always be remembered for that night in November in 1993. May he rest in peace.
You can relive that famous night and goal below.