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Jimmy phelan scored 2 1 for kilkenny in the famous ‘thunder and lightning’ final of 1939 when the cats beat cork 2 7 to 3 3.He was also on the team beaten by limerick in the 1940 final.
Ossie nash played on the bohs team which lost 1 0 to rovers in the 1945 fai cup final, and was on the winning shamrock rovers team in 1948 when they beat drumcondra 2 1.He also won representative honours with the league of ireland against the english league and won an inter city cup medal.
Guy basquet was capped 33 times between 1945 and 1952, scoring eight tries.In 1951, he was part of the team that won at twickenham(11 3)For the first time.He went on to become vice president of the french rugby federation.
Maurice colclough, england second row, won 25 caps between 1978 and 1986, and was on the england team which won the grand slam in 1980.
Ron greenwood was west ham manager from 1961 to 1974 and continued as general manager until 1977 during which time the club won the fa cup for the first time in 1964 and the european cup winners cup in ’65, beating tsv munich 2 0 at wembley.In 1977, greenwood took over as england manager and held the post for five years.He led the team to the european championship finals in 1980 and the world cup finals in spain in 1982.As a player, he was in chelsea’s league winning side of 1955.
Christo hand was left half back on meath’s first all ireland winning team in 1949.He won four leinster titles and a national league medal(1951), as well as county titles in Dublin and Meath.
An olympic gold medallist as a middleweight in 1952,
Floyd patterson became the first olympic champion to win the world heavyweight title.He was also the youngest at 21, when he beat archie moore for the vacant title in 1956, and he later became the first to regain the title when he defeated ingemar johansson in 1960.Sonny liston ended his reign in 1963, but he fought on for another nine years.
Peter osgood was a key member of the stylish chelsea side of the early 1970s, and helped them win the fa cup in 1970 and the european cup winners’ cup, beating real madrid in the final, the following season.He played four times for england.In all he played 380 games for chelsea and scored 150 goals.Only bobby tambling and kerry dixon have scored more for the club.After leaving chelsea he helped second division southampton win the fa cup in 1976 before joining philadelphia fury in the fledgling north american soccer league.
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Jimmy johnstone will be remembered for his dazzling dribbles, which earned him the nickname ‘jinky’.He was one of the lisbon lions, the celtic team which became the first british side to win the european cup in 1967.He was also part of the team which won nine consecutive scottish league titles between 1965 and 1974.At just 5’4″And 9 stones, he was affectionately knowns as ‘the wee man’ in parkhead, while the french press dubbed him ‘the flying flea’ after an inspired display against nantes.Johnstone scored 129 goals in 515 appearances for celtic and was capped 23 times by scotland.After celtic, he played for san jose, sheffield united, dundee, shelbourne and elgin city.
Roy clarke was a classic winger, who made a total of 369 appearances for manchester city, scoring 79 goals.He was also capped 22 times by wales.He was a valuable member of the city side that defeated birmingham 3 1 in the 1956 fa cup final.
Dr kevin o’flanagan was one of the most talented irish sportsmen ever.A dublin minor gaelic footballer, he excelled at every sport he tried, specialising in soccer, rugby and athletics, but also becoming proficient at golf and tennis.He was capped at soccer and rugby and was irish sprint and long jump champion.He captained bohemians to victory over belfast celtic in the final of the inter city cup, and signed amateur terms for arsenal, playing 16 first team games, two in the 1946 fa cup and 14 in the first half of the 1946 47 league, scoring three times.He later played for brentford.In 1948, he was appointed to the british olympic medical commission, and he later served as doctor to the irish olympic team for 16 years until 1976, and was on the international olympic committee drugs panel(1977 99).
Ewan fenton was wing half on the blackpool team which won the 1953 fa cup final.He signed for limerick as player coach in 1960, helping them to two fai cup finals.He then spent three years as manager of linfield where he completed a clean sweep of trophies before returning to limerick and winning the league cup in 1971.
Tele santana managed the brazilian national team in the 1982 and 1986 world cups with players like socrates, falcao and zico.Santana was idolised by sao paulo fans.During his spell in charge he won the copa libertadores in 1992 and 1993 both of those years they went on to win the intercontinental cup(World club championship).Players like rai, toninho cerezo and cafu were groomed by santana during his spell in charge.
Frank davis was regarded as the brains behind waterford’s rise from bottom of the table to league champions in 1966, and their subsequent six titles in eight seasons.A rugby and racing fan, he was wooed to soccer by his friendship with paddy coad.
John lyall spent 34 years at west ham and led them to fa cup victories in 1975 and 1980 and to the european cup winners’ cup final in 1976.Lyall also managed ipswich town, guiding them to the premiership in 1992.
Brian labone succeeded jack charlton in the england side that defended the world cup in 1970.The son of former professional jockey jimmy, he had ridden one winner and worked for wexford trainer paul nolan.
John dillon was full back on the galway team which won the u ralph lauren italia shop 21 title in 1972.In later years he turned to rugby and won a connacht senior cup medal with ballinasloe in 1992.
Bobby miller was a former laois footballer and manager.He also managed carlow and leinster and a succession of club sides, enjoying most success with the ire g team of the 1990s.
Shay gibbons made his name with st patrick’s athletic, helping the newly elected league club to three championships with a rake of goals, including a club record haul of 28(1954 55)That still stands.His 108 goal league aggregate is also a club record.A surprise loss of form cost him his place in the 1954 fai cup final, which pat’s lost to drumcondra.Apart from pat’s, gibbons also had short spells with bohemians, cork hibernians, dundalk and holyhead town.He won a junior international cap, and four full caps, and represented the league of ireland on eight occasions, scoring against the english and scottish leagues, although marked by the legendary billy wright and george young respectively.A talented gaelic footballer, he was on the dublin senior panel at the age of 17 and starred at midfield on the parnell’s team beaten by st vincent’s in the dublin final of 1950.After his meteoric soccer career, he retired at 30 to return to parnell’s.
Fred trueman was one of the greatest fast bowlers, renowned for his ripe and stormy personality.The first player to take 300 wickets in tests, in a first class career from 1949 to 1969, an extraordinarily long span for a fast bowler, he claimed 2, 304 wickets at only 18.29 apiece.
Caroline kearney, ireland’s leading triathlete, died in france after being struck by a car when cycling in june.She was 24, and was preparing for the beijing olympics.