Reunion plans for 1998 squad underway


Reunion plans for 1998 squad underway

Plans are underway to set up a reunion of the Republic of Ireland Under-16 team that won the European Championships 21 years ago.
1st Apr 2019

In 1998, Brian Kerr's squad of fresh-faced teenagers achieved the unthinkable by going all the way in the UEFA European Under-16 Championships in Scotland and lifted the trophy after a thrilling final win over Italy.

Amongst that squad were the likes of John O'Shea, Andy Reid, Jonathan Douglas, and the late Liam Miller. Some of them are now based in Ireland, others in the UK, while Kevin Grogan lives in the United States.

The Football Association of Ireland are working to bring the group of players back together for a ceremony to remember their success and tie it in with inspiring the current generation of Irish youngsters set to compete in the Under-17 EUROs.

As part of numerous promotional initiatives for this year's tournament, it is important to recognise what that 1998 squad achieved as they beat Finland, Spain, Denmark, Portugal, and Italy on their way to becoming champions.

While O'Shea is actively involved as official tournament ambassador, the other players (and staff members) will be invited to Dublin for a special function ahead of the Final on May 19 in Tallaght Stadium.