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Beating Maradona: Inside the night when seven Irishmen took on the elite of European football

Frank Stapleton recalls scoring the winner for Manchester United against Diego Maradona's Barcelona on a night when seven Irishmen were taking on the elite across Europe - and winning

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Manchester United’s Graeme Hogg, Frank Stapleton and Kevin Moran celebrate after team-mate Bryan Robson scored the opening goal against Barcelona. Photo: PA

Manchester United’s Graeme Hogg, Frank Stapleton and Kevin Moran celebrate after team-mate Bryan Robson scored the opening goal against Barcelona. Photo: PA

Manchester United’s Graeme Hogg, Frank Stapleton and Kevin Moran celebrate after team-mate Bryan Robson scored the opening goal against Barcelona. Photo: PA

They were the tremors, created by a group of Irishmen, which were felt across the continent.

It was the night that Irish footballers took on the best in Europe. And won.

When records were broken and one of the greatest players of all time, from one of the biggest clubs in the world, was beaten and then ousted from European competition by a product of a Christian Brothers school on the northside of Dublin.