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Alan McLoughlin
Alan McLoughlin
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As fans continue to debate Alan McLoughlin’s shock departure from Fratton Park, here’s our list of facts about the Pompey legend.

*Pompey signed him from arch rivals Southampton, for whom he played between 1990 and 92

GOALSCORER ALAN McLOUGHLIN, EIRE, CELEBRATES AFTER GAME v NORTHERN IRELAND PPP-140906-180546002

GOALSCORER ALAN McLOUGHLIN, EIRE, CELEBRATES AFTER GAME v NORTHERN IRELAND PPP-140906-180546002

*Born in Manchester, his fist professional contract was with Manchester United.

*He has scored a winning goal at Wembley - for Swindon Town in the 1987 Division One play-off final against Sunderland.

*His final club before he retired as a player in 2003 was Forest Green Rovers.

*One of the quickest goals he ever scored was a second-minute strike against Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest in 1992 that took Pompey to the FA Cup semi-finals

Alan McLoughlin PPP-140511-115726001

Alan McLoughlin PPP-140511-115726001

*He scored 54 goals for Pompey.

*His goal against Northern Ireland earned the Republic of Ireland a place in the world cup finals in America in 1994.

*In the USA tournament, he became the first Pompey player to appear in the finals since 1958.

*Pompey paid £400,000 for him when they signed him from Saints.

*He reportedly once said it took a year at Pompey before he no longer heard boos because of his Southampton connection.

*His autobiography A Different Shade of Green was shortlisted for the Irish Sports Book of the Year Award this year but he lost out to The Test by Brian O’Driscoll.