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Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy's international service spanned three decades and saw him climb the ladder from international novice to team captain and then finally into the manager's chair.

Born in Barnsley on February 7 1959. He started his career at his hometown club helping them gain promotion from the old English fourth division to the old second division in successive years, before moving to Manchester City in 1983. The following year, Eoin Hand awarded the no-nonsense defender the first of his 57 caps against Poland at Dalymount Park.

Paul McGrath

For many in Ireland, Paul McGrath is a living legend. No player in Ireland's history has had so many column inches written in his honour, yet the defender has always remained modest about his ability.

McGrath spent the first 16 years of his life in an orphanage and started his football career with Dalkey United before joining St Patrick's Athletic. He won the Young Player of the Year award in 1982 and joined Manchester United for a bargain £30,000 the following season.

Con Martin

Like Carey, Martin was incredibly versatile - he even made his second appearance for Ireland as a goalkeeper - though centre back was his favoured position.

Mark Lawrenson

It was former Irish 'keeper Alan Kelly Senior, then on the coaching staff of Preston North End who first tipped off Giles as to Lawrenson's eligibility to play for Ireland as his mother had been born in this country. Giles reacted immediately, awarding the 19-year-old Deepdale youngster his first cap in the scoreless draw with Poland at Dalymount Park on April 24, 1997.

Alan Kelly Snr.

After collecting an FAI Cup winners medal when Drumcondra defeated Shamrock Rovers 2-0 in the 1957 final, a year later he joined English First Division side Preston North End. After that clean sheet against the Germans, Kelly kept his place for the next fixture, a World Cup qualifying game against England at Wembley.

Roy Keane

He won all of the club honours in the game with United, including a European Champions' League title in 1999. Unfortunately for him he missed the final triumph over Bayern Munich in Barcelona because of yellow card bookings in previous games but was an influential figure throughout the campaign.

He helped United win the League and Cup double on two occasions in 1994 and 1996 and in a career at Old Trafford that stretched from 1993 to 2005, he represented the club in 452 matches.

Denis Irwin

His club manager, Alex Ferguson, has often referred to Irwin as his most successful signing and little wonder. He was "Mr. Dependable" for United and he was versatile as well for he played at right-back or left-back with equal effectiveness.

He made 296 Premiership appearances for United and with them he won the European Champions League, the European Cup-Winners' Cup, seven English Championship titles, three FA Cup trophies and the League Cup.

Charlie Hurley

His professional football career began with Millwall who then languished in the English Third Division. But it was not long before Hurley became a cult figure at the Den with his inspiring performances as an old-style centre-half.

Altogether Hurley played 105 games for the London club and then made his international debut against England in a World Cup qualifying tie at Dalymount Park on May, 19, 1957. That was just a mere eleven days after Hungary had been thrashed 5-1 by England at Wembley.

Ray Houghton

There was little indication in that game, when Ian Rush scored the only goal of the afternoon, that the little Glaswegian would go on to win a remarkable 73 caps in a distinguished international career over the next eleven years.

Houghton was signed by then Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish for £675,000 for the then 25 year old and the move paid immediate dividends and in May 1988 the midfielder collected a League Championship medal after 28 appearances and five goals for the Reds.

Don Givens

A natural goalscorer, Givens played for Manchester United, Luton Town, QPR, Birmingham City, Sheffield United and Neuchatel Xamax before moving into management, originally while still as a player with Neuchatel and then the Republic of Ireland Under 21s.

But it was his performances in a green shirt which have made him a hero to anyone who attended Dalymount Park and Lansdowne Road between 1969 and 1981.