On This Day in the LOI – 11th May 11th May 1989: Christy Fagan was born on this day in Dublin. The former St. Patrick's Athletic striker was one of the most prolific strikers in the league over recent years. He returned home from England and Lincoln
On This Day in the LOI – 11th May
11th May 1989: Christy Fagan was born on this day in Dublin. The former St. Patrick's Athletic striker was one of the most prolific strikers in the league over recent years. He returned home from England and Lincoln City in 2011 with Bohemians in his first season in the league. Fagan's form attracted the attentions of St. Patrick's Athletic and during his six years with the club, he scored 64 goals in 124 league appearances. He scored a match-winning brace to clinch Pat’s the FAI Cup in 2014 against Derry City and scored a host of goals in European competition. During his time at Pat’s, Fagan also helped Pat’s win the 2013 Premier Division title and the League Cup in 2015 & 2016.
On This Day in Irish Football - 11th May
11th May 1930: Ireland travelled to Brussels to take on Belgium and secured an impressive 3-1 victory in the Stade Charles Malis on this day. It was only Ireland's fifth international match and produced a third successive victory – all against Belgium. Debutant Jimmy Dunne (32, 57) scored a brace and John-Joe Flood (77) added the third to complete the win. The Belgians took the lead through Desire Bastin (20) who was a member of the Belgian team that won the football tournament in the 1920 Olympic Games which were held in his home city of Antwerp. Frank McLoughlin and Fred Horlacher also made their international debuts in this match. This was Billy Lacey’s final international match and at the age of 40 years 229 is Ireland’s oldest ever international player. His record of having played international football in four different decades was equalled by Jari Litmanen who won 137 caps for Finland between 1989 and 2010.
11th May 1958: The Republic of Ireland became the first Western European country to play in Poland since the end of WW2. A huge attendance of 100,000 at the Slaski Stadium in Katowice witnessed a 2-2 draw. Ireland led twice with goals from Dermot Curtis (13) and George Cummins (49) but the Poles struck back each time with goals from Gerard Cieslik (25) and Edmund Zientara (75).
11th May 1960: The Republic of Ireland won on German soil for the first time when they defeated West Germany by 1-0 in Dusseldorf on this day. Fionan Fagan of Derby County scored the winning goal in the 30th minute of the match. It was his first international goal and came in his fourth appearance in an Irish jersey. A crowd of 51,000 attended the match which was played at the Rhine Stadium. The Germans, who were managed by the legendary Sepp Herberger, were unbeaten in their previous ten home match since losing to Scotland almost three years earlier.