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The Irish Under 16 team that won the Euros in 1998… Pen Pics from Then and what happened them. January 23, 2013

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Sport.

In May 1998 Brian Kerrs Irish Under 16 side created history as they won the European Championship when beating Italy 2- 1 in the final with goals from David McMahon and Keith Foy.
These pics are from a souvenir booklet produced by Pennys that I have at home.  Below I’ve posted the Squad pic as well as player profiles from the booklet.
So how have the players fared since

Brian O’Callaghan made over 70 appearances for Barnsley before finishing his career at Limerick via spells in Iceland and Notts County
David McMahon had spells in Scotland and Darlington on loan from Newcastle, but I can find nothing about him since 2002.
Joe Murphy is currently playing for Coventry after spells with Tranmere, Sunderland, West Brom and Scunthorpe. He has also won 2 senior caps for Ireland.
John O’Shea Playing for Sunderland after 12 years at Manchester United. Holder of 83 Irish Senior caps to date.
Jim Goodwin is currently playing for St Mirren, having had spells at Celtic, Scunthorpe, Stockport, Huddersfield and Hamilton. He won a senior cap in 2002.
David Madden , the sub goalkeeper, gave up soccer and played for Nemo Rangers for a few years.
John Thompson Is currently with Mansfield having previously played for Nottm Forest, Notts County, Oldham and Tranmere. He also has a senior cap for Ireland.
Jonathon Douglas. having began with Monaghan United, played for Blackburn ,Leeds, Swindon and is currently lining out for Brentford. He won 8 senior caps.
Shaun Byrne was the captain of the team and had a spell where he made a few appearnces for West Ham before ending up at Dublin City under Roddy Collins and ended up in Non League in the UK.
Ian Rossiter had spells with Galway United, Newry Town, Athlone Town, Sligo  and Finn Harps.
Dessie Byrne having been released by Stockport made his name with St Pats before joining Wimbledon. From there he joined Roddy Collins at Carlisle before returning home to play for Pats and Bohs.
Graham Barrett played for Arsenal, Coventry , Falkirk and St Johnstone as well as some teams on loan before returning home to join Shamrock Rovers. He retired due to injury in 2010. He won 6 caps for the Senior team.
Keith Foy after playing for Nottm Forest, Doncaster and St Pats was last seen at Monaghan United in 2010
Liam Miller currently with Perth Glory having previously played with QPR, Hibernian, Celtic, Manchester United and Sunderland. Won 21 senior caps.
David Warren had a spell with Wrexham before heading home to play for Cork City, had spells at Waterford and Cobh and was released by Cork in 2010
Brendan McGill was with Sunderland but never made the first team, he joined Roddy Collins at Carlisle before joining Gretna, Barrow,Drogheda, Bohs and Shels. Currently without a club.
Andy Reid is still playing for Nottingham Forest, the team he initially made his name with. He later had spells with Spurs, Charlton, Sunderland and Blackpool. Has won 27senior caps.
Kevin Grogan A really talented player whos career was blighted and cut short by injury. Was on the books of Manchester United, played for UCD, had spells at Millwall , St Pats and Glentoran. Now coaching full time.

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1. Joe - January 24, 2013

Heroes all.


2. Dylan - May 10, 2018

Great article, I found it as I read today about John O Shea’s retirement from international football. What a great servant he turned our to be. Andy Reid and Liam Miller also went on to have stellar careers I football but very sad also to see the passing of this year of the latter.
An updated version of this article would be interesting as all player are now I their late 30s. ..

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