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Timeline of Jack's magical decade as Ireland manager

 

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Mark Lawrenson

Mark Lawrenson

Mark Lawrenson

February 7, 1986: The 50-year-old is named Ireland manager after a lengthy FAI recruitment process and a complicated board vote that was originally topped by Bob Paisley.

March 26, 1986: In his first game in charge, Ireland suffer a disappointing 1-0 friendly defeat to Wales in front of just 16,500 at Lansdowne Road.

February 18, 1987: Charlton registers his first competitive win, a 1-0 victory over Scotland in Glasgow with Mark Lawrenson bagging the decisive goal.

November 11, 1987: Ireland's Euros fate is out of their hands, but a shock win for the Scots in Bulgaria, with Gary Mackay on target, delivers the major tournament breakthrough.

June 12, 1988: Ray Houghton puts the ball in the English net on a historic day as Ireland's campaign starts with a win before ending with an agonising near miss against the Dutch.

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John Aldridge. Photo: Sportsfile

John Aldridge. Photo: Sportsfile

John Aldridge. Photo: Sportsfile

 

November 15, 1989: John Aldridge's double in Malta confirms that Ireland will be going to Italia '90 after qualifying from a group in which the only defeat was away to a Spanish side beaten in Dublin.

June 25, 1990: The defining moment of the era, the World Cup penalty shoot-out win over Romania books passage to the quarter-finals. Ireland fall short against Italy, but the trip spawns memories to last a lifetime.

March 27, 1991: A dominant display in a 1-1 draw with England at Wembley is hailed as possibly the best performance of the era. But a failure to convert draws into wins sees Charlton's team miss out on a Euros won by Denmark.

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Alan McLoughlin. Photo: Getty Images

Alan McLoughlin. Photo: Getty Images

Alan McLoughlin. Photo: Getty Images

 

November 17, 1993: On a feisty night in November, a late equaliser from Alan McLoughlin in Belfast sends Ireland to a second World Cup. Once again, they go through as runners-up to Spain with a John Sheridan consolation in a 3-1 loss in Dublin actually proving vital for goal difference.

June 18, 1994: Houghton does it again in New York against the Italians, securing a victory that leaves optimists dreaming of World Cup glory. But the campaign runs out of steam in the heat and Holland are comfortable winners in the last 16.

December 13, 1995: The Dutch finish Charlton's tenure with a play-off success at Anfield, but Ireland's Euro '96 hopes had actually died in a regular qualifying collapse which included abject defeats to Austria and a scoreless draw in Liechtenstein.

December 20, 1995: Charlton is asked to resign by the FAI board.

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