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Thursday 21 August 2014

Down Memory Lane Frank O'Neill

Published 28/05/2008 | 07:18

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ONE of the undoubted greats of the domestic game, Frank O'Neill is the highest capped League of Ireland player ever.

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The former Shamrock Rovers man made 20 appearances for the Irish International team, scoring his only goal in 1966 in a European qualifier against Turkey.

The winger was much more prolific during his time with one of the greatest Shamrock Rovers sides ever and, following a spell at Arsenal during which he made two full appearances, O'Neill scored two goals on his Hoops debut in 1961.

He went on to play over 300 games for the Rovers and alongside another Rovers legend, Pat Courtney, is one of only two players to hold six FAI Cup medals from the famous six-in-a-row winning streak between 1964-1969.

Where is he now?

O'Neill went on to have some success as a player-manager with his beloved Shamrock Rovers, whom he took to a league title play-off in the 1970-71 season.

He was then assistant to Jim McLaughlin at Dundalk between 1978 and 1979, snapping up a League of Ireland and FAI Cup double, before managing Shelbourne briefly.

O'Neill is now semi-retired from the freight business. He doesn't get to see much of the Rovers any more, saying: "I was never much of a spectator, I always wanted to play," but was at Croke Park for Ireland's friendly with Serbia.

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