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Republic of Ireland Squad at 1988 Euro Finals

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Ireland's first participation in a major football championship finals occurred at Euro 1988. The Irish football manager that achieved the breakthrough was English World Cup winner Jack Charlton. Ireland had topped the Euro 1988 qualification group courtesy of an unlikely win by Scotland in Bulgaria. For Irish fans of that time the name Gary Mackay will always be cherished as it was his late goal in Sofia that led directly to Ireland's qualification for the finals in Germany.

When Jack Charlton chose his squad he largely relied upon the players that had featured during the Euro 88 qualification campaign. The main absentee was Liam Brady who missed the tournament through injury. This meant that one of Ireland's greatest players would never grace a major football championship. David O'Leary who would have made it into most nation's squads did not come into the reckoning because Charlton felt that O'Leary have previously snubbed the Irish manager.

With 63 caps Frank Stapleton was the most experienced player in the squad as well as being Ireland's record goal scorer at the time. Stapleton captained the team during the tournament. With just three caps David Kelly was the least experienced Irish player and he had not played in any of the qualification group matches. Nevertheless his scoring record for Ireland of four goals in his first three matches was impressive.

Republic of Ireland Squad Details

No. Name Position Club
Age
Caps
Goals
1
Packie Bonner Goalkeeper Glasgow Celtic
28
23
0
2
Chris Morris Defender Glasgow Celtic
24
5
0
3
Chris Hughton Defender Tottenham Hotspur
29
36
1
4
Mick McCarthy Defender Glasgow Celtic
29
27
1
5
Kevin Moran Defender Manchester United
32
36
5
6
Ronnie Whelan Midfielder Liverpool FC
26
26
1
7
Paul McGrath Defender Manchester United
28
23
3
8
Ray Houghton Midfielder Liverpool
26
15
0
9
John Aldridge Forward Liverpool
29
15
0
10
Frank Stapleton Forward Derby County
32
63
18
11
Tony Galvin Forward Sheffield Wednesday
31
24
1
12
Tony Cascarino Forward Milwall
25
5
1
13
Liam O'Brien Midfielder Manchester United
23
6
0
14
David Kelly Forward Walsall
22
3
4
15
Kevin Sheedy Midfielder Everton
28
13
3
16
Gerry Peyton Goalkeeper Bournmouth
32
24
0
17
John Byrne Forward Le Harve
27
14
1
18
John Sheridan Midfielder Leeds United
23
4
1
19
John Anderson Defender Newcastle United
28
15
1
20
Niall Quinn Forward Arsenal
21
9
1
     
Averages
27.2
19.3
 



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