pOMPEY HERO Alan McLoughlin doesn’t have to buy a drink when he visits southern Ireland.
Well, according to him anyway.
But he’d be left thirsty if he ever bumped into Stephen Henderson in an Irish bar.
Pompey legend, Macca, scored the goal that took the Republic of Ireland to the 1994 World Cup.
His strike clinched a 1-1 draw in a qualifier against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park – and booked Jack Charlton’s men a place in the USA.
A national hero ever since.
Well, apart from in the Henderson household.
The Pompey keeper has played for Eire at every age group, apart from the seniors.
Born in Dublin, he is every inch a proud Irishman.
One problem, though – he claims to have never heard of our Macca.
His reasoning? He was aged just six when that glorious moment in his country’s football history happened.
n Charleston Battery’s home may have been constructed just 12 years ago but it has a wealth of history.
Impressively, all of it centres on the English game.
The Blackbaud Stadium boasts a museum located within its Three Lions bar, created by joint-owner Tony Backer.
There’s Pele’s signed shirt, autographed balls from the 1966 World Cup, David Beckham’s England number 7 and Bobby Moore’s Three Lions jersey.
But pride of place are the 92 shirts from Football League clubs in the 1999-2000 season.
Among them is a Pompey shirt, carrying the Pompey Centre sponsor.
And whose signature should be on it alongside those of Andy Awford and Dave Waterman?
First-team coach Guy Whittingham.
What’s more, back then he didn’t even need reading glasses to sign it.