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‘Cascarino said there’ll be a player on £100,000 a week eventually and I was saying to him no chance. How wrong was I’

Thirty years on from the birth of the Premier League, Irish players who lived through the transition recall the first days of the game’s brave new world

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Ronnie Whelan was winding down his career just as the Premier League was taking off

Ronnie Whelan was winding down his career just as the Premier League was taking off

Ronnie Whelan was winding down his career just as the Premier League was taking off

Ronnie Whelan can vividly recall the dressing-room discussions.

Thirty years ago this month, English football changed forever with the birth of the Premier League. Seasoned professionals could see the way the wind was blowing.


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