Tuesday 28 February 2017

John Delaney’s glamorous other half Emma English steals the show at UEFA EURO Draw

Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

FAI Chief Executive John Delaney with Emma English before the start of the UEFA EURO Final Tournament Draw. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
FAI Chief Executive John Delaney with Emma English before the start of the UEFA EURO Final Tournament Draw. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
FAI Chief Executive John Delaney with Emma English before the start of the UEFA EURO Final Tournament Draw. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Emma English in a 2009 photocall
FAI chief executive John Delaney (right) with partner Emma English in the stands during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Nick Potts/PA Wire
Emma English in 2007
TENSE MOMENT: Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill, assistant coach Roy Keane, FAI president John Delaney and his girlfriend Emma English watch the UEFA Euro 2016 Final Draw
FAI boss John Delaney with his partner, Emma English

It was the much anticipated moment where Ireland finally discovered who we’d be playing in France next summer, but all eyes were on John Delaney’s glamorous other half Emma English.

The mother-of-four was on hand to offer her partner of 18 months her support at the UEFA EURO Final Tournament Draw in Paris.

Emma, who works in event management and PR, seemed at ease as she took her seat alongside Delaney, Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and Assistant Manager Roy Keane.

The businesswoman added an injection of glamour to the event, wearing a red swing dress and on trend knee high black boots.

FAI Chief Executive John Delaney with Emma English before the start of the UEFA EURO Final Tournament Draw. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
FAI Chief Executive John Delaney with Emma English before the start of the UEFA EURO Final Tournament Draw. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Given the high profile nature of the draw, the gala at Le Palais des Congrès de Paris attracted a host of familiar faces in football.

Delaney and English have never shied away from declaring their love for one another, with the FAI boss previously gushing that Emma filled a void in his life he never thought would be complete.

“I couldn’t be more grateful to her for what she has brought into my life,” he said.

Emma has been similarly open about her beau of 18 months  by writing on Facebook: “He is the “Love of my Life whom I love & Adore. I know it sounds mushy but I have to say it because it's true  and I'm currently residing in the Love Bubble where I plan to stay til I'm old & grey!! Lol.”

TENSE MOMENT: Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill, assistant coach Roy Keane, FAI president John Delaney and his girlfriend Emma English watch the UEFA Euro 2016 Final Draw
TENSE MOMENT: Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill, assistant coach Roy Keane, FAI president John Delaney and his girlfriend Emma English watch the UEFA Euro 2016 Final Draw

The pair began dating in 2014 and things are moving moved in together in June in Wicklow. She has been a constant by his side at Ireland games and was even pictured in the dressing room celebrations after Ireland's victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina in November.

FAI boss John Delaney with his partner, Emma English
FAI boss John Delaney with his partner, Emma English
Emma English in a 2009 photocall
Emma English in a 2009 photocall

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