Former Ireland midfielder Alan McLoughlin has passed away at the age of 54.
Alan McLoughlin had been battling cancer and issued a personal statement in March to update fans on his condition. The news of his death was confirmed by his former club Portsmouth this afternoon.
— Portsmouth FC (@Pompey) May 4, 2021
McLoughlin was an integral part of the Irish team under the management of both Jack Charlton and Mick McCarthy throughout the 1990s. He is perhaps best remembered for scoring the goal that secured World Cup 1994 qualification against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park in November 1993.
Fans have reacted to the news by paying tribute to 42-times-capped international online...
Terribly sad news. https://t.co/CyAUROssLK
— Irish Football Fan TV (@irishfantv) May 4, 2021
Ah no, that’s awful news. Just 54 years of age. Thanks for one of the fondest childhood football memories. RIP https://t.co/AvUBzrJLQi
— Back Page Football (@bpfootball) May 4, 2021
— YBIG (@YouBoysInGreen) May 4, 2021
Alan McLoughlin 1967-2021
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam 💚 pic.twitter.com/kW2DtvRVjF
— Irish Football Pics (@irish_pics) May 4, 2021
Manchester-born McLoughlin most notably played for Portsmouth and Swindon Town during and 18-year club career, having started out as a trainee at Manchester United. In recent years, he turned his hand to coaching.