Ireland U-18 Champs – Where Are They Now?

February 29, 2008 at 1:12 am 4 comments

Following yesterday’s post about the Ireland U-18 team that conquered Europe a decade ago, On the Ditch was wondering where they are now. Well, a few broke into the senior Ireland international team, and most are still playing football for clubs ranging from the English Premiership down to non-league level, and from League of Ireland to North America. One of them nearly became Time magazine’s Person of the Century, and another has played for Harchester in Dream Team.

Here’s what they all did next: >>>

Goalkeepers

Alex O’Reilly. Then: at West Ham. Since then: Played for several lower division English teams, including Bristol City and Northampton Town. Played Alex O’Mare, goalkeeper for Harchester United in the TV show Dream Team.

Dean Delaney. Then: at Everton. Since then: Moved to Port Vale in 2000, to Shelbourne in 2004, and Waterford in 2007. Now: Moved back to Shelbourne in 2007.

Defenders

Gary Doherty. Then: at Luton Town. Since then: Moved to Tottenham in 2000. Has played for the Ireland senior team. Now: Moved to Norwich City in 2004.

Keith Doyle. Then: at Saint Pats Athletic. Since then: Moved to Bray Wanderers, then to Shamrock Rovers in 2002. Now: Retired from football in 2005.

Richard Dunne. Then: at Everton. Has played for the Ireland senior team. Now: Moved to Manchester City in 2000.

Jason Gavin. Then: at Middlesboro. Since then: Moved to Bradford City in 2003, and briefly to Shamrock Rovers in 2005. Now: Moved to Drogheda in 2005.

Thomas Heary. Then: at Huddersfield. Now: Moved to Bohemians in 2003.

Midfielders

Ryan Casey. Then: at Swansea. Since then: Moved to Saint Patrick’s Athletic in 2003.

Ger Crossley. Then: at Celtic. Since then: Moved to Hamilton, Galway and Cliftonville.

Paul Donnelly. Then: at Leeds. Since then: Moved to Saint Pats in 1999, and to Kilkenny City in 2006. Now: Moved to Kildare County in 2007.

Stephen McPhail. Then: at Leeds. Since then: Moved to Barnsley in 2004. Has played for the Ireland senior team. Now: Moved to Cardiff City in 2006.

Ronnie O’Brien. Then: at Liverpool. Since then: Moved to Juventus in 1999, after which a prank email campaign put him number one in a Time magazine internet poll for Person of the Century. Moved to FC Dallas in 2006. Now: Moved to Toronto FC in 2007.

Alan Quinn. Then: at Sheffield Wednesday. Since then: Moved to Sheffield United in 2004. Now: Moved to Ipswich Town in 2008.

Barry Quinn. Then: at Coventry City. Since then: Has played 5 times for the Ireland senior team. Now: Moved to Oxford United in 2004, where he is now captain.

Forwards

David Freeman. Then: Nottingham Forest. Since then: Moved to Carlisle United in 2002, to Ilkeston Town and Saint Patricks Athletic in 2003, to Drogheda United in 2004, to Dublin City in 2005, and to Longford Town in 2006. Now: Moved to Shelbourne in 2008.

Liam George. Then: at Luton Town. Since then: Played for fifteen different teams, mostly non-league English teams, between 2002 and 2007. Now: Moved to Barton Rovers in 2007.

Robbie Keane. Then: at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Since then: Moved to Coventry City in 1999, to Inter Milan in 2000, to Leeds United in 2001. Has played for the Ireland senior team. Now: Moved to Tottenham in 2002.

Richard Partridge. Then: at Liverpool. Since then: Moved to Sheffield Wednesday in 2005, and to Rotherham United in 2006. Now: Moved to Chester City in 2007.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. JL Pagano  |  February 29, 2008 at 10:43 am

    Anyone mind if a Spurs fan adds “Became Ireland’s all-time leading scorer” and “Won the Carling Cup” to Robbie’s profile?

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  • 2. Michael Nugent  |  February 29, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    JL,

    That’s fine, as long as you don’t mind if a Leeds fans adds that we were kind enough to give you Keane, along with Paul Robinson, Aaron Lennon and (indirectly) Jonathan Woodgate. 🙂

    Reply
  • 3. Hot Lunch  |  March 2, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    I’d forgotten The Doc, aka Gary Doherty, was on that team! Hard to believe we used to rely on him as a last minute super sub in World Cup qualifiers…

    Nice to find out about the entire team, and also quite pleasing to learn that none of them ended up in jail, contrary to what a friend of mine once claimed.

    Reply
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