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Ray Houghton (second from right, and partially hidden) heads home the winner past England ‘keeper Peter Shilton in Stuttgart in 1988

Ray Houghton (second from right, and partially hidden) heads home the winner past England ‘keeper Peter Shilton in Stuttgart in 1988

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Ray Houghton (second from right, and partially hidden) heads home the winner past England ‘keeper Peter Shilton in Stuttgart in 1988

Jack Charlton was the Englishman who held a mirror up to the Irish nation that said, 'you are good enough, now go and compete'.

It is a great thing to live at a time when legends are forged. I remember exactly where I was when Ray Houghton stuck the ball in the English net at Euro 88: I was in Carrick-on-Suir with two gardai identifying my car that had been stolen from outside a nightclub in Clonmel a few nights earlier.

The thieves had left the keys in the ignition; one of the guards turned them and tuned in the radio. Two minutes later the three of us are looking at it in astonishment.