Packie Bonner

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Robbie Brady hits the bar against Bulgaria. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

23 Darren Randolph (West Ham United) Became the third Ireland goalkeeper after Packie Bonner and Shay Given to reach 50 caps, but didn’t have much to(...)

World Cup, Stadio Sant’Elia, Cagliari, Italy,  1990. Ireland’s  Kevin Sheedy scores a vital goal. File photograph: Inpho

1. June 11th, 1990 World Cup (Cagliari) Republic of Ireland 1 (Kevin Sheedy, 73) England 1 (Gary Lineker, 9). You might remember this one. Of all pe(...)

Jack Charlton and assistant Maurice Setters walk out into the cauldron of Windsor park to play against Northern Ireland in 1993. Photograph: Pacemaker

Ask any reporter and they’ll tell you being inside a glassed-in press box is no way to watch a sporting event. Echoey, removed and unnatural. But on t(...)

Irish fans  in the stands of the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa for the World Cup round of 16 game against Romania in 1990. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

This summer will go down as the strangest that Ireland has ever experienced- except for those hallucinogenic few weeks that were Italia 90. Thirty yea(...)

O’Leary took his penalty with princely elegance, and the roar that followed would have awoken the moon from its stony, distant slumbers. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

And so it came to pass, the worst of all finishes to a football match - a penalty shoot-out, a means of deciding a match which has all the pleasantnes(...)

Diego Maradona was fouled 53 times in the 1990 World Cup. Photograph: Bongarts/Getty

Oh, come on, everybody remembers Italia 90. Do they, though? Yes. What, all of it? Well, not all of it, obviously. Go on then, what do you remember?(...)

Roy Keane was sent home by manager Mick McCarthy from the 2002 World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

It was three o’clock in the morning in a noodle bar by the train station in Daejeon when I ran into an English reporter I’d shared a hotel with at the(...)

Aaron Connolly celebrates scoring a goal against Tottenham Hotspur  back in October. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

The list of players’ nationalities at Brighton’s academy is pretty typical by modern day Premier League standards. French, Swedish, Serbian . . . tale(...)

Sligo Rovers chairman Martin Heraghty, a former civil servant at the Department of Agriculture, is already a member of the FAI board. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

The election to succeed Donal Conway as president of the FAI will be a two-horse race between Sligo Rovers chairman Martin Heraghty and long-time Defe(...)

 Goalkeeper of the Year Gary Rogers  and International Achievement Award winner Packie Bonner at the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland awards  at the Clayton Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper and FAI technical director Packie Bonner says he would gladly play a part in reviving Irish football from its cu(...)

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