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Alan McLoughlin

Alan McLoughlin

Clubs played for: Manchester United, Swindon Town, Torquay United (loan), Southampton, Aston Villa (loan), Portsmouth, Wigan Athletic, Rochdale, Forest Green Rovers (1985-2003)

Born: 1967

Birthplace: Manchester

Position: Midfielder

Biography: Former Manchester United apprentice, who despite never quite managing to break into the first team at Old Trafford, did later carve out a very successful career at both club and international level. Joined Pompey from Southampton in February 1992 for £400,000. Although he had joined from the team 'up the road', he quickly won over the crowd and went on to make over 300 appearances including the 1992 FA Cup run and become club captain. A McLoughlin goal qualified the Republic of Ireland team for the World Cup in the United States and he became the first Portsmouth player to be included in any World Cup squad since 1958. In December 1999 he was sold to Wigan Athletic for £260,000. Injuries prevented him from making a major impact and a slipped disc brought his playing days to an end. As well as being a familiar voice on local radio, Alan has also scouted for Nottingham Forest and run a soccer clinic and summer soccer schools. Won 42 Republic of Ireland caps.

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