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    Irish players to appear in European Finals

    Always wondered - so looked it up over Christmas:

    Any missing? please add!

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    Irish Players to appear in European Finals							
    							
    European Cup Winners Cup							
    							
    Year	Players	        Team	        Opponent	 Venue        Result		
    1971	John Dempsey	Chelsea v	Real Madrid	Athens	2-1	Replay after 1-1 Draw	
    	Paddy Mulligan						
    							
    1980	David O'Leary	Arsenal v	Valencia	Brussels 0-0 	Lost 6-5 on pens	
    	Liam Brady						
    	Frank Stapelton						
    							
    1984	Mickey Walsh	FC Porto v 	Juventus	Basel	               1-2		
    							
    1985	Kevin Sheedy	Everton v 	Rapid Vienna	Rotterdam	3-1		
    							
    1991	Denis Iwirn	Manchester United v 	Barcelona	Rotterdam	2-1		
    							
    1994	Eddie McGoldrick	Arsenal v  	Parma	Copenhagen	1-0		
    							
    UEFA Cup / Europa League							
    1972	Joe Kinnear	Tottenham v 	Wolves		       2-3	on agg	
    							
    1973	Steve Highway	Liverpool v 	Br. Moenchengladbach	3-2	on agg	
    							
    1976	Steve Highway	Liverpool v 	Club Brugge		4-3	on agg	
    							
    1984	Chris Hughton	Tottenham Hotspur v 	Anderlecht		2-2	on agg 4-3 on pens	
    	Tony Galvin						
    							
    2010	Damien Duff	Fulham v 	Athletico Madrid	Hamburg 	1-2		
    							
    European Cup / Champions League							
    1968	Shay Brennan	Manchester United v 	Benfica	London 4-1		
    	Tony Dunne						
    							
    1975	Johnny Giles	Leeds United v 	Bayern Munich	Paris	0-2		
    							
    1977	Steve Heighway	Liverpool v 	Br. Moenchengladbach	Rome  3-1		
    							
    1978	Steve Heighway	Liverpool  v	Club Brugge	London	1-0		
    							
    1984	Mark Lawrensen	Liverpool v 	AS Roma	Rome	 1-1	won 4-3 on pens	
    	Ronnie Whelan						
    	Michael Robinson						
    							
    1985	Jim Beglin	Liverpool v 	Juventus	Brussels	         0-1		
    	Mark Lawrensen						
    	Ronnie Whelan						
    							
    1999	Denis Iwirn	Manchester United v 	Bayern Munich	Barcelona	2-1		
    							
    2005	Steve Finnan	Liverpool v 	AC Milan	Istanbul	 3-3	won 3-1 on pens	
    							
    2007	Steve Finnan	Liverpool v 	AC Milan	Athens	 1-2		
    							
    2009	John O'Shea	Manchester United v 	Barcelona	Rome  0-2
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    For the record : John Dempsey Chelsea v Madrid 71' CWC final replay and Kevin Sheedy Everton v Vienna 85' CWC Final are the 2 Irish players to score in Major European Finals.
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    Noel Cantwell, then of West Ham United, played in the second leg of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup:

    01.05.1958 Barcelona 6-0 London XI (first leg was 2-2 at Stamford Bridge).

    Best I can tell, Cantwell was the first Irish-born player to feature in a European club final.
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    Noel Cantwell, then of West Ham United, played in the second leg of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup:

    01.05.1958 Barcelona 6-0 London XI (first leg was 2-2 at Stamford Bridge).

    Best I can tell, Cantwell was the first Irish-born player to feature in a European club final.
    Think Giles played in the 67-68 and 70-71 Fairs Cup finals also?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Donie Forde View Post
    Noel Cantwell, then of West Ham United, played in the second leg of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup:

    01.05.1958 Barcelona 6-0 London XI (first leg was 2-2 at Stamford Bridge).

    Best I can tell, Cantwell was the first Irish-born player to feature in a European club final.
    Think Giles played in the 67-68 and 70-71 Fairs Cup finals also?
    Thanks Donie. I only checked the UEFA cup post 71-72 when it was taken over by UEFA. Giles played in the 66-67 Fairs cup final also. He had some career.
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    Mickey Walsh is interesting as the only Irish player to play in a final not representing an English side.
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    I assume you're not counting the Intertoto, the Super Cup or Northern Ireland as part of Ireland! ;-)

    Giles also played in the bizarre Fairs Cup winner-gets-to-keep-the-trophy playoff v Barcelona in 1971.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inter-...rophy_Play-Off

    I see we had an Irish player in each of the three finals in 1984, and four players in the three finals in 1984 and 1985.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seand View Post
    I assume you're not counting the Intertoto, the Super Cup or Northern Ireland as part of Ireland! ;-)
    No, No and No! On No.3 - I just meant Republic of Ireland capped players I guess.

    Quote Originally Posted by seand View Post
    Giles also played in the bizarre Fairs Cup winner-gets-to-keep-the-trophy playoff v Barcelona in 1971.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inter-...rophy_Play-Off
    Great bit of trivia that is.

    Another good one I stumbled across when researching this : The first Republic of Ireland player to play in a group stage of a major European Competition?

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    I see we had an Irish player in each of the three finals in 1984, and four players in the three finals in 1984 and 1985.
    The Glory days indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Real ale Madrid View Post
    Great bit of trivia that is.

    Another good one I stumbled across when researching this : The first Republic of Ireland player to play in a group stage of a major European Competition?
    Charlie Hurley for London, Fairs Cup 56-8

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    He doesn't quite make the list, but an interesting name and story all the same; Glasgow-born Charlie Gallagher, who was our first Scotland-born international, was part of Celtic's 1966-67 squad that lifted the European Cup, although he didn't actually play in the game itself. Teams were limited to just a substitute goalkeeper then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seand View Post
    Charlie Hurley for London, Fairs Cup 56-8
    Correct!
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    Off topic, but it a European Final (albeit an English FA Cup Final), I wonder is Mick McGrath the only Irish man ever to score an OG in an FA Cup Final https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1960_FA_Cup_Final
    Forget about the performance or entertainment. It's only the result that matters.

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