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    Foreign "Superstars" who played in the League of Ireland

    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/iri...ue-of-ireland/
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    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?

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    Whether or not they all fit the "superstars" bill, I'm not sure, but England internationals Ernie Taylor, Alan Sunderland, Luther Blissett and Dennis Tueart all had spells at Derry. Scotland's Jimmy Delaney also played for Derry, as did John Mackenzie. I believe Josť Mukendi was also a Zaire international whilst Derek Philips was capped by Trinidad & Tobago.

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    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.
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    The original supersub David Fairclough made a brief appearance in a Finn Harps shirt at the end of his career.

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    Few other names mentioned in this thread from a few years back.

    http://foot.ie/threads/133339-Englan...gue-of-Ireland

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuttgart88 View Post
    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"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dodge View Post
    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

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigel-harps1954 View Post
    The original supersub David Fairclough made a brief appearance in a Finn Harps shirt at the end of his career.
    Did he score?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OwlsFan View Post
    Did he score?
    He did indeed.

    http://inbedwithmaradona.com/journal...b-came-to-town

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigel-harps1954 View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nigel-harps1954 View Post
    Great article!

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    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 Dalymount 1972,
    notable for quality sideburns and a spectacular dive by Santos' nr 10 (on 75secs), who otherwise looked a handy player.

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    I was at that game. Might even have the programme for it some place.
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    An article on Bobby Charlton's stint with Waterford.

    http://www.theguardian.com/football/...united-ireland
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    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.
    Forget about the performance or entertainment. It's only the result that matters.

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    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.
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