The boys of Wind­sor 1993

What hap­pened af­ter and where are they now?

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SOCCER - By Em­met Mal­one


TOMMY WRIGHT Hadastin­tat Manch­ester City be­fore fin­ish­ing his play­ing ca­reer at Bolton in 2001. Moved into coach­ing at Nor­wich, then worked with a few Ir­ish League clubs, as well as hav­ing a stint as goal keep­ing coach at Sham­rock Rove rs. Landed as­sis­tant man­ager’s role at St John stone in 2011. Got main job two years later and led them to Cup glory a year af­ter that. Still there. GARY FLEM­ING Der­ry­man made more than 200 Barn sley be­fore in­jury ended his ca­reer early. Trained as a phys­io­ther­a­pist and worked with Not­ting­ham For­est for a decade. Now works in pri­vateprac­tice. GERRY TAG­GART Hav­ing gone on to en­joy some suc­cess dur­ing a spell un­der Martin O’Neill at Le­ices­ter, he later had a stint as care­taker­boss at the club. Moved on, spent three years as as­sis­tant man­ager at Old­ham, but re­newed his ties to Le­ices­ter where he works for the club and out­side me­dia as a pun­dit. ALAN McDON­ALD The big de­fender had a re­mark­able ca­reer at QPR, play­ing around 500 games for the club and had a spell coach­ing there be­fore re­turn­ing home to man­age Glen to ran. Won Ir­ish League ti­tle in 2009 but re­signed the fol­low­ing year. Also worked with North­ern Ir­ish un­der -21 team. Had a re­tail busi­ness. Died sud­denly, aged 48, in June 2012. NIGEL WOR­THING­TON Moved into man­age­ment at Black­pool where he ended his play­ing days and sub­se­quently had spell sin charge of Nor­wich and Le­ices­ter be­fore get­ting the North­ern Ire­land job. De­spite some bright mo­ments, he re­signed in 2011 af­ter four years in charge. He sub­se­quently had 18 months in charge of York City. KEVIN WIL­SON The for­mer Chelsea striker fin­ished his play­ing ca­reer at Northamp­ton Town where he moved into man­age­ment. Had a suc­ces­sion of jobs, most of them with non-league clubs, the last of which was at Nun eaton Town. He now runs a player agency /event pro­mo­tions busi­ness, Sportz Con­nex­ions.

JIM MAG­ILTON Fin­ished his ca­reer with seven sea­son sat Ip­swich Town who then made him man­ager. Had three years there, a much shorter but event­ful spell with QPR, be­fore stints work­ing in Aus­tralia and with Sham­rock Rovers un­der Michael O’Neill. Had two years

as un­der-21 North­ern Ire­land man­ager. Now works as elite per­for­mance di­rec­tor with the IFA. MAL DON­AGHY Af­ter a ca­reer that in­cluded stints at Manch­ester United and Chelsea, Don ag hy moved home. Af­ter spells work­ing for Newry Town, Clifton ville and Done gal Celtic, he joined the staff of the IFA where he had a long spell in charge of the un­der-19s. Now works as foot­ball-for-all schools of­fi­cer, help­ing dis­abled kids play the game.

MICHAEL HUGHES Had de­cent spell at West Ham to­wards the end of a ca­reer that was ef­fec­tively ended when he fell out with then Coven­try City boss Chris Cole­man. Played on for a while with non-league out­fit St Neot’s Town, where he and Steve Lo­mas worked in man­age­ment to­gether. Came home and ended up as ma­jor­ity share­holder – and man­ager – at Carrick Rangers. Has worked with Viv An­der­son’ s Play On Pro, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that runs events in­volv­ing re­tired play­ers. Di­vides his time be­tween Eng­land, the US, and home. JIMMY QUINN Was get­ting on a bit when he scored North­ern Ire­land’s goal in 1993, but didn’ t end his ca­reer for an­other decade. The then 44 year-old fi­nally packed it in at Shrews bury Town, hav­ing played more than 600 league games. Wen t into man­age­ment and worked at Read­ing and S wind on among oth­ers. His last job of real note was he lasted just four months. PHIL GRAY Af­ter Sun­der­land, he had a spell in France, with Nancy, be­fore wind­ing down his ca­reer at a suc­ces­sion of lower league clubs. Has made a new life for him­self in busi­ness and works as di­rec­tor of Prow­ell Sports De­sign which spe­cial is es in cy­cling hel­mets. IAIN DOWIE (for Gray, 71

mins) Went on to play for Crys­tal Palace, West Ham and Q PR be­fore mov­ing into man­age­ment, the high point of which was prob­a­bly the dra­matic im­pact he had at Crys­tal Palace when they were pro­moted to the Premier league dur­ing his first sea­son in charge. Now works as as­so­ciate di­rec­tor at GOTO Group, which spe­cial is es in house mov­ing ser­vices. Also a reg­u­lar on TV. KINGS­LEY BLACK (for

Wil­son, 83 mins) A team­mate of Roy Keane’ s at For­est a cou­ple of years ear­lier, Black never re­ally re­cov­ered his early ca­reer mo­men­tum af­ter the club was rel­e­gated. Had five de­cent years at G rims by be­fore re­tir­ing at Lin­coln in 2002. Now lives in his na­tive Lu ton where, hav­ing had a spell in the prop­erty busi­ness, he works for the club, coach­ing in lo­cal col­leges.


PACKIE BON­NER Af­ter an­other few years with Celtic, a spell as a coach, Bon­ner be­came the tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor at the FA I and, more re­cently, worked as an advi ser on goal keep­ing is­sues to Uefa. Has also done a lot of work in the me­dia and pub­lished an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, The Last Line. DE­NIS IRWIN Had an­other five years with Ire­land and a few af­ter that play­ing for Manch­ester United, and then Wolves. Moved into me­dia work, much of it here in print and on TV, but pri­mar­ily works these days for MU TV, the club’ s own sub­scrip­tion chan­nel. TERRY PHE­LAN Played on for more than a decade dur­ing which time he had spells at Ever­ton and Chelsea be­fore mov­ing to the States where he played for Charleston Bat­tery. Took on role of head coach with O ta go United, then moved to In­dia where he con­tin­ues to work in coach­ing. ALAN KER­NAGHAN A loan spell at St John stone in 1997 kicked off a suc­ces­sion of stints in Scot­land. Kern ag han be­gan the tran­si­tion into man­age­ment at Clyde where he did quite well hav­ing take non the player/man­ager role. Had roles at F al kirk, Dundee, Rangers and Brent ford be­fore tak­ing over at Glentoran in Novem­ber 2015 but lasted less than a year.

PAUL Mc­GRATH Af­ter a play­ing ca­reer blighted by his bat­tles with al­co­hol, Mc­Grath’ s prospects of a lu­cra­tive line in pun­dit ry af­ter­wards suf­fered sim­i­larly when a con­tract with the BBC for the 2002 World Cup was can­celled just be­fore the tour­na­ment. De­spite be­ing revered by fans here and at the club she played for, he has been ham­pered by his shy­ness too. Does some me­dia and cor­po­rate work from his home in

Wexford. ROY KEANE Af­ter a spec­tac­u­lar fall­ing out with Alex Fer­gu­son, he had a spell at Celtic be­fore mov­ing into man­age­ment. Spell sat Sun­der­land and Ip­swich fol­lowed but af­ter ini­tial suc­cess at the for­mer, he strug­gled to meet his own stan­dards. Is now as­sis­tant to Martin O’ Neil lin the in­ter­na­tional setup.

ANDY TOWNSEND De­clined op­por­tu­ni­ties togo into coach­ing to­wards the end of his play­ing ca­reer, pre­fer ring to con­cen­trate on me­dia work. Was prom­i­nent with I TV be­fore it lost most of its foot­ball con­tent. Has worked with BBC Ra­dio too, but is pri­mar­ily in­volved with B TS port these days.

RAY HOUGHTON En­hanced his al­ready firmly estab­lished hero sta­tus among Ir­ish fans with his goal against Italy in the World Cup fi­nals the fol­low­ing summer. That and his time at Liver­pool and As­ton Villa made him very mar­ketable as a me­dia pun­dit when he hung up his boots. He has done ex­cep­tion­ally well on the cir­cuit, pre­sent­ing his own ra­dio pro­gramme in Bri­tain while work­ing very prom­i­nent lyon tele­vi­sion on both side soft he Ir­ish Sea. JOHN ALDRIDGE Played on for a few years at T ran mere where he sub­se­quently man­aged. Has since moved into me­dia work, pri­mar­ily in print here, and print and broad­cast in Bri­tain. A reg­u­lar on Liver­pool’s LFCTV. Known for his some­times feisty pres­ence on so­cial me­dia and still play­ing a bit on the “masters” cir­cuit. ED­DIE McGOLDRICK

Left Ar­se­nal for Manch­ester City where he strug­gled to es­tab­lish him­self. Re­tired af­ter three years but played on in non-league and vet­er­ans’ foot­ball. Had a spell in the prop­erty busi­ness, moved to Aus­tralia, then came back. Now works for the academy at Crys­tal Palace.

NIALL QUINN Had an­other cou­ple of years at Manch­ester City be­fore mov­ing to Sun­der­land where he would even­tu­ally end up run­ning things, hir­ing in Roy Keane as man­ager. Now head­ing up a cou­ple of e-com­merce ven­ture sand, af­ter a long stint with Sky, back work­ing in tele­vi­sion pun­ditry with Virgin Me­dia. ALAN McLOUGH­LIN (for Houghton, 70 mins) – The Re­pub­lic’s scorer that night had spell sat Wig an and Rochdale be­fore re­tir­ing in 2003. Landed a job back at Portsmouth in coach­ing and was as­sis­tant man­ager for a while. Left in 2014 and re­turned to the club where he made his first team­break­through, S wind on Town, where he heads up the academy and man­ages the un­der-18s. TONY CASCARINO (for Aldridge, 81 mins) His colour­ful char­ac­ter helped the big striker to es­tab­lish him­self as one of the best known of the many me­dia pun­dits to emerge from the team. Cascarino con­tin­ues to work in print and broad­cast­ing, as well as for the bet­ting in­dus­try. Re­cently un­der went surgery to re­move a be­nign brain tum our but is back work­ing.

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