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Remembering 1992…again

2 months ago
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I went onto the Twitter feed of one of our former players earlier this week and it was good cràic – the excellent Kevin Sheedy.

Kevin was one of our Newcastle United promotion heroes in 1993 and also a survivor of the team that had somehow staved off relegation to the third division a season earlier.

Kevin Sheedy is 61 now but seems in good spirits.

The one piece of information that I took particular interest in, was a piece from May of this year, concerning the passing of former Portsmouth and Republic of Ireland star Alan McLoughlin.

In a recent article on The Mag, I wrote about how important David Kelly’s late winner was against Portsmouth in 1992, and how possibly this was the stand out game throughout my time as a supporter.

I also mentioned the fact that Pompey’s Alan McLoughlin was the game’s outstanding player but missed a golden chance in the first half.

This was to prove pivotal as David Kelly conjured up his late rescue act with the help of Ray Ranson and Micky Quinn, pushing Portsmouth’s promotion chalenge onto the skids.

Kevin Sheedy was an established international and Alan McLoughlin also played for the Republic of Ireland. They were also face to face as adversaries at St James’s Park on that nail-biting day…the 25th April 1992.

Not to be outdone, Newcastle and Portsmouth both took the second division by storm the following season, with David Kelly and Guy Whittingham picking up most of the plaudits.

Alan McLoughlin was only 54 but is still remembered, not just on the South Coast.

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