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one I'd also add having seeing it in live was John Aldridge celebrating in Couto's face after scoring the winner against Portugal. Alas, that would be our last good result under Charlton and he was gone by Christmas 







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Keane's goal in Bari, Brady's penalty against France, Brady's goal in Zenica, the final whistle in Estonia 2011, they'd all be up there for me, with most of the above.

Honourable mentions too for Slovakia 0-4 Armenia,  Georgia 1-0 Scotland, and when it was announced Roy Keane was returning to play for Ireland.



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Best moment being there was Long v Germany and Brady v Italy.

Not being there was the 2nd leg play off v Iran. Was in the Palace on Camden st and place was packed at something like 2 in the day. It was mental and amazing.
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Gary mackay v bulgaria first time we ever qualified.not to forget both sheedy and quinns late equaliser s in Italia 90
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1/ The Genoa game 1990 and shoot out , nothing inn all these years has come close really .
2/ Shane Long Germany game Lansdowne , Just the sheer madness in 114 never seen anything like in in that section .
3/ Wales in Croke Park , I was in tears as soon as the anthems started as a life time been told it would never happen but it did .
Lansdowne Road debut aged 52 and 201 days .
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Can't choose between Long against Germany and Brady in Lille. Both absolute carnage in the stands, shed a tear at both. Brady's i probably went even more mental because with Long's it was nervousness mixed with cautious optimism that we might get a draw before the goal went in, with Brady's everyone was deflated because Wes had just missed "the chance" or so we thought a minute before
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Hard to rank them personally,

Brady v Italy Euro 2016, didnt know what to do with myself for 24hrs. Didnt even need a drink, was running off pure adrenaline. Ended up hopping a train to Lyon instead of my train home.

O'Shea v Germany, last kick of the game. Was getting ready to walk towards the exits. Jaysus I must have fell 20 rows forward celebrating. Cuts and bruises head to toe. Never experienced a last gasp goal like that one. Ended up on the beer for 5 nights afterwards in DusseldorfLOL

Brady v France Euro 2016, could barely breath when it went in. Tears were shed and 60mins we couldnt stop dreaming.

Keane v Germany WC 2002, no explanations.

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Richard Dunne's homemade jersey against Russia away.
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Probably Long V Germany for a number of reasons
nobody expected it
we had to hang on for 20 mins ( we would not have hung on against Italy for 20 mins)
they were world champions
it actually mattered as we qualified
first tie the Aviva was really rockin
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Thankfully Ive a few to choose from but Im going to go for Robbie Keane in Paris and Robbie Brady in Lille. Paris was my first away game and I brought my da to it. The sing songs, the banter, the anticipation was just something else. When I close my eyes, despite the copious amounts of alcohol, I can still see that goal played out. Ended up 3 or 4 rows behind me somehow, in the arms of some young wan. Stuck the head on her in the celebrations and ran back down to find me da resulting in probably the tightest embrace ever!!

By the time Euro 16 came Id been living in Canada almost 4 years and visa trouble meant I couldnt travel back for it. Brady's goal was a bit more personal because we're both from Baldoyle and I've known him pretty much all my life. Knocked off work early for the Italy game and Im pretty sure I still had my head in my hands after Weso's miss and then it came. To see your mate score a goal of that magnitude for our country in a major championships was something else. Then seeing his brothers Cian, Darren, Redser and his girlfriend at the final whistle sent me into tears. A brilliant night that was
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McLoughlin v Northern Ireland
Houghton v Italy
McAteer v Holland
Robbie Keane v Germany
O'Shea v Germany
Long v Germany
Brady v Italy
Kenny has 8 wins in charge of Ireland after 30 matches which came against Scotland, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Malta, Lithuania, Andorra, Qatar and Luxembourg. In other words, nobody of note.
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After the double dejection of the performance and result in Bordeaux and the short 4-day turnaround, it was difficult initially to get up again for the Italy game. Everyone I knew was flying back home after the Belgium game. After ten days on the batter, I was half-tempted to join them myself. 

It was hard to spend the Monday and Tuesday in Paris watching the Northern Irish and Welsh celebrating their own qualification, when I couldn't see us beating Italy at that stage.

That all changed when you landed in Lille. There was a special atmosphere and build-up around the city all day. That only intensified when you entered the stadium and experienced the wall of Irish noise under the closed roof. 

The performance was great but would have counted for nothing without the win. The goal celebrations were manic. I was in the first row on the second tier directly behind the goal. I was glad of the perplex wall that protected us from the tier below. The rendition of ybig in the 88th minute was a moment I will take to the grave. 

Five minutes later, the full time whistle and the tears flowed. Strangers on all sides were hugged. The one or two Italians behind us and the match day stewards wore smiles almost as big as my own. You can't put a price on the quiet contentment and pride you felt on the metro back to the city centre and the return train to Paris.



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McLoughlin's equaliser v the North. Balled my eyes out when it went in. The babysitter thought I was a freak!
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Long against Germany for me. I was heading into Lansdowne with my 9 yr old and he turned to me and said 'Dad, you know we've no chance, they won the world cup'. I replied 'no son, we have to believe'. As soon as I said it, I was terrified that it'd be another 5-0 and he'd be scarred for life!!

Slowly things started to point to a possible surprise, the Germans were missing everything, the lads were getting stuck in. About 70 mins, I shouted out 'its time to believe, lads'.

2 minutes later, Shane was bearing down on goal and his sweet strike stung the back of the net. We were in the front row of 116. I picked up my son and turned him to see the crazy celebrations behind us. He kicked me to turn around and there was Shane and the rest of the lads celebrating right in front of us.

The next morning 7.30am flight to Warsaw, wrecked, a free seat beside me. An auld lad, 80 at least, struggled down the aisle. I was thinking, please don't sit there (shame on me)..He stopped at my row and I helped him up with his case.

He sat down and said, 'here, do you want to read my Indo, son'. I thanked him and looked at the big picture on the front page. There I was with my mouth open ready to lift my son right in front of Shane's lifted arms. I turned to look out the window of the plane, tears in my eyes.

'y'alright, son?'

'I'm grand'
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Keane V Germany in '02. 

Robbie Brady V Italy in Lille.

Noel Hunt V Italy in Bari. 


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Brady against Italy followed by O'Shea away to Germany
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Originally posted by Hickster74 Hickster74 wrote:

Long against Germany for me. I was heading into Lansdowne with my 9 yr old and he turned to me and said 'Dad, you know we've no chance, they won the world cup'. I replied 'no son, we have to believe'. As soon as I said it, I was terrified that it'd be another 5-0 and he'd be scarred for life!!

Slowly things started to point to a possible surprise, the Germans were missing everything, the lads were getting stuck in. About 70 mins, I shouted out 'its time to believe, lads'.

2 minutes later, Shane was bearing down on goal and his sweet strike stung the back of the net. We were in the front row of 116. I picked up my son and turned him to see the crazy celebrations behind us. He kicked me to turn around and there was Shane and the rest of the lads celebrating right in front of us.

The next morning 7.30am flight to Warsaw, wrecked, a free seat beside me. An auld lad, 80 at least, struggled down the aisle. I was thinking, please don't sit there (shame on me)..He stopped at my row and I helped him up with his case.

He sat down and said, 'here, do you want to read my Indo, son'. I thanked him and looked at the big picture on the front page. There I was with my mouth open ready to lift my son right in front of Shane's lifted arms. I turned to look out the window of the plane, tears in my eyes.

'y'alright, son?'

'I'm grand'


Brilliant story! Makes all the miserable disappointing nights worth while!
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Originally posted by Hickster74 Hickster74 wrote:

Long against Germany for me. I was heading into Lansdowne with my 9 yr old and he turned to me and said 'Dad, you know we've no chance, they won the world cup'. I replied 'no son, we have to believe'. As soon as I said it, I was terrified that it'd be another 5-0 and he'd be scarred for life!!

Slowly things started to point to a possible surprise, the Germans were missing everything, the lads were getting stuck in. About 70 mins, I shouted out 'its time to believe, lads'.

2 minutes later, Shane was bearing down on goal and his sweet strike stung the back of the net. We were in the front row of 116. I picked up my son and turned him to see the crazy celebrations behind us. He kicked me to turn around and there was Shane and the rest of the lads celebrating right in front of us.

The next morning 7.30am flight to Warsaw, wrecked, a free seat beside me. An auld lad, 80 at least, struggled down the aisle. I was thinking, please don't sit there (shame on me)..He stopped at my row and I helped him up with his case.

He sat down and said, 'here, do you want to read my Indo, son'. I thanked him and looked at the big picture on the front page. There I was with my mouth open ready to lift my son right in front of Shane's lifted arms. I turned to look out the window of the plane, tears in my eyes.

'y'alright, son?'

'I'm grand'

 Lovely story, truly a great moment ClapClap


Edited by Deane - 04 Oct 2016 at 11:25pm
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