Former Ireland midfielder Alan McLoughlin dies aged 54
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Former Ireland midfielder Alan McLoughlin dies aged 54

TRAGIC NEWS.

Former Ireland midfielder Alan McLoughlin has died at the age of 54.

The Irish football hero had been living with cancer, which he announced to the world in March of this year.

After clarifying his health situation earlier this year, he asked for privacy.

McLoughlin earned 42 international caps for the Republic of Ireland during the 1990s, famously scoring a crucial goal at Windsor Park which helped Ireland qualify for the 1994 World Cup in the USA.

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He began his football career as a trainee with Manchester United in 1983 before turning professional two years later.

He went on to play for Wigan, Swindon and Portsmouth, among other top British clubs.

The FAI paid tribute to McLoughlin on Tuesday afternoon, saying: "The FAI join Ireland fans everywhere in remembering the great Alan McLoughlin on this sad day for Irish football

"We will always have that night in November."

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Rest in Peace Alan.