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OwlsFan
15/01/2014, 12:08 PM
A friend has drawn my attention to this excellent piece from Dundalk FC on the 'superstars' of English & Scottish football who came to Ireland to play (usually very briefly) in the LoI at the end of their careers, mainly in the '70s but also into the '80s and '90s... Best, Charlton, Tambling, Dixie Dean, Banks, Hurst, Brooking, Lorimer, McDermott, Channon, etc, etc.

http://www.dundalkfc.com/history/irish-football-time-capsule/superstars-of-the-league-of-ireland/

Stuttgart88
15/01/2014, 2:00 PM
I didn't know Venables played for Pats. If I had I wouldn't have written all that stuff about him here after Stan was fired :)

Does Ray Hankin count?

DannyInvincible
15/01/2014, 6:34 PM
Whether or not they all fit the "superstars" bill, I'm not sure, but England internationals Ernie Taylor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernie_Taylor_(footballer_born_1925)), Alan Sunderland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Sunderland), Luther Blissett (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luther_Blissett) and Dennis Tueart (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Tueart) all had spells at Derry. Scotland's Jimmy Delaney (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Delaney) also played for Derry, as did John Mackenzie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_McKenzie_(footballer)). I believe Josť Mukendi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Mukendi) was also a Zaire international whilst Derek Philips (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Phillips_(footballer_born_1975)) was capped by Trinidad & Tobago.

osarusan
15/01/2014, 10:35 PM
Sam Allardyce at Limerick. Steve Archibald at Home Farm. Not exactly superstars, but big enough names in their day.

Kenny Clements had a brief and disastrous spell as Limerick player-manager too.

nigel-harps1954
15/01/2014, 11:39 PM
The original supersub David Fairclough made a brief appearance in a Finn Harps shirt at the end of his career.

TheBoss
16/01/2014, 12:27 AM
Few other names mentioned in this thread from a few years back.

http://foot.ie/threads/133339-England-Internationals-who-have-played-in-the-League-of-Ireland

Professor K
16/01/2014, 1:37 PM
Bobby Collins as well, who passed away a few days ago. His debut for Shamrock Rovers against Cork Celtic in Milltown in November 1973 was built up as Collins v Tambling in midfield, as Bobby Tambling was with Cork at the time.

Dodge
16/01/2014, 3:05 PM
I didn't know Venables played for Pats. If I had I wouldn't have written all that stuff about him here after Stan was fired :)


Can't quite remember the journalist who wrote a piece about him (if I was to guess I'd say it was Dave Kelly) but he approached him at a pre-season frinedly in Dublin

"Terry can I have a quick word about playing for St Patrick's Athletic"

"You can have two; twice & terrible"

SkStu
16/01/2014, 8:26 PM
Can't quite remember the journalist who wrote a piece about him (if I was to guess I'd say it was Dave Kelly) but he approached him at a pre-season frinedly in Dublin

"Terry can I have a quick word about playing for St Patrick's Athletic"

"You can have two; twice & terrible"

that's brilliant

gspain01
23/01/2014, 11:34 AM
Raich Carter played with Cork Athletic in 1953. Jimmy Delaney also played with them in 1956. Charlie Tully was player manager with Cork Hibs in 1960 - he also guested for Limerick in a friendly.

OwlsFan
02/06/2014, 5:47 PM
The original supersub David Fairclough made a brief appearance in a Finn Harps shirt at the end of his career.

Did he score?

nigel-harps1954
02/06/2014, 6:05 PM
Did he score?

He did indeed.

http://inbedwithmaradona.com/journal/2013/3/29/when-super-sub-came-to-town

OwlsFan
03/06/2014, 6:28 AM
He did indeed.

http://inbedwithmaradona.com/journal/2013/3/29/when-super-sub-came-to-town

He looks as if he's yawning :) Quite a small keeper beside him and who is the black player the other side of him? There wouldn't have been too many black players in the league in those days.

SkStu
05/06/2014, 2:29 AM
He did indeed.

http://inbedwithmaradona.com/journal/2013/3/29/when-super-sub-came-to-town

Great article!

geysir
16/06/2014, 10:22 AM
Not quite anything directly to do with the thread topic.
Just in case it was missed, there is some footage up on RTE archives on Santos v Bohs/Drums X1 (http://www.rte.ie/archives/2014/0609/622506-pele-attracts-30-000-to-dalymount/) Dalymount 1972,
notable for quality sideburns and a spectacular dive by Santos' nr 10 (on 75secs), who otherwise looked a handy player.

OwlsFan
16/06/2014, 4:10 PM
I was at that game. Might even have the programme for it some place.

peadar1987
16/06/2014, 4:56 PM
Xano, obviously.

Hitman
08/01/2015, 2:33 PM
An article on Bobby Charlton's stint with Waterford.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/these-football-times/2015/jan/08/when-bobby-charlton-played-waterford-united-ireland

OwlsFan
12/01/2015, 2:12 PM
I had forgotten that one of my boyhood heroes, Mick Leech, had played for Waterford. He had scored for fun for Rovers prior to playing for the Blues.

OwlsFan
15/01/2018, 9:25 AM
I saw Bobby Tambling on Football Focus on Saturday. Still lives in Ireland. Looking at Wikipedia I see he finished his football career at Cork Alberts - one of the plethora of Cork teams who played in the LoI over the past 30 years. Like Finn Harps they made their league debut against the Hoops.

Martinho II
15/01/2018, 12:18 PM
I saw Bobby Tambling on Football Focus on Saturday. Still lives in Ireland. Looking at Wikipedia I see he finished his football career at Cork Alberts - one of the plethora of Cork teams who played in the LoI over the past 30 years. Like Finn Harps they made their league debut against the Hoops.

if my memory serves me right and I stand corrected I think he was Cork Citys first ever boss!

osarusan
16/01/2018, 12:11 PM
My brother was born in the day Cork Celtic won the league in 1974. My Cork-born father had travelled down from his home in Dublin to watch the game, only to find out that his wife had gone into labour, so he (perhaps a little reluctantly) had to travel back to Dublin straight away.

He was on the train when he heard that Cork Celtic had won the league, and went straight to the dining car and ordered 11 whiskeys, one for each player. Later he barrelled his way into the hospital ward and insisted that the newborn boy be named after one of those players, and my mother chose the name Robert after Bobby Tambling.