David Langan an Irish Soccer Hero

On the 15/2/1957 a future Irish soccer star David Langan was born in Dublin. Over the last year I have got to know Davy and I have to admit I am a bit in awe of the guy,as I use to go to Lansdowne Road many years ago to cheer him on whilst playing for the Republic of Ireland.Davy would have run through walls for his country and it was terrible sad that Jack Charlton decided not to bring Langy to the 1988 European Championships.

David started off his football career in schoolboy football with the famous Cherry Orchard,over the years that club has been a conveyor belt of talent to the English game.David got himself a move across the water to Derby County where he would be managed by the legendary  Brian Clough.Cloughie looked after the young Irishman and eventually David made his first team debut in 1977.Langy played over 150 games for Derby.Birmingham City then came knocking on the Derby door,and Dave moved to St.Andrews for a then record club fee of £350,000.I remember reading one time that manager Jim Smith said it was money well spent.During his time at City,Davy started to struggle with injuries,both back and knees.Injuries were to take there toll and eventually he would be on the move to Oxford who were now managed by Jim Smith, Langy,s old boss at Birmingham.During his time at Oxford,Davy won the League Cup,when his Oxford team beat QPR convincingly at Wembley.I was delighted to see Dave pick up a winners medal that day.In later years he wound down his career with Bournemouth and Peterborough as injuries finished his career.

In May of 1980,an Argentinian side came to Dublin to play the Republic of Ireland in a friendly.I was lucky to have a ticket to attend that night and traveled across the city  to see the South American side,who were after all the World Champions.They had a little midfielder called Diego Armando Maradona in there side and he was going to be marked by one David Langan.To be perfectly honest I thought the Irishman was brilliant that night.He did not give Diego a minutes peace or an inch throughout the game.One of the everlasting memories I have of that game was David with head down, going down the wing as I looked on from the Lansdowne Road end.As I said, it has been amazing to have been in contact with an Irish hero over the past year,and he has brought back many memories to me of his time in football.Thanks Davy " An Irish Soccer Hero " in my eyes

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