Thursday, September 08, 2005


RIP Noel Cantwell

Ireland captain Noel Cantwell shakes hands with Olivella of Spain in a World Cup Qualifier at Dalymount park on the 5th May, 1965. (pictured left) Ireland won the match 1-0.

I'm very saddened at the news that former Manchester United and Ireland captain Noel Cantwell has
died at the age of 73 after a battle against cancer.

The Corkman cost United £29,500 when he joined from West Ham in November 1960.

He was captain of the team that won the 1963 FA Cup and helped the club win the 1965 and 1967 league titles.

In total, he made 144 appearances for United, scoring eight goals and he was capped 36 times for his country, scoring 14 goals and narrowly missed out on leading the team to the 1966 World Cup finals in England.

He also represented Ireland in cricket.

RIP Noel Cantwell. You were a great servant for Irish football and sport in general.

There are many Manchester United fans in Ireland and I'm sure they have many fond memories of Noel Cantwell, one of the few Irish players who was really successful in that era of football.

A sad day for Irish sports fans.


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