Roy Keane is regarded as one of the best midfielders of his generation. In 2004 Keane was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players. In 2007, The Times placed him at number 11 in their list of the 50 "hardest" footballers in history.
In his 18-year playing career, Keane played for Cobh Ramblers, Nottingham Forest and Manchester United, before ending his career at Celtic. Keane was a dominating box-to-box midfielder, noted for his aggressive and highly competitive style of play, an attitude that helped him excel as captain of Manchester United from 1997 until his departure in 2005. Keane helped United achieve a sustained period of success during his 12 years at the club. He then signed for Celtic, where he won a domestic double before he retired as a player in 2006.
Keane played at the international level for the Republic of Ireland over 14 years, most of which he spent as captain.
John "Jack" Charlton OBE DL (8 May 1935 – 10 July 2020) was an English footballer and manager who played as a defender. He was part of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup and managed the Republic of Ireland national team from 1986 to 1996 achieving two World Cup and one European Championship appearances.
Niall Quinn learned his trade at Arsenal before enjoying a successful career in the top flight. The Dublin-born striker could have forged a successful career for himself in either Gaelic football, hurling or Australian Rules Football before electing for football. Quinn joined Arsenal shortly after his 17th birthday and made a goalscoring debut in December 1985 against Liverpool.
The tall striker played 12 times that season before holding down a regular place in the 1986/87 campaign under new manager George Graham.
Quinn scored eight goals in 35 appearances as Arsenal finished fourth in Division One but struggled to hold down a regular place in the following two campaigns. He did start in Arsenal's 1987 League Cup final success against Liverpool, however, and earned 13 caps for the Republic of Ireland during his seven years at Highbury. Quinn left to join Manchester City for £700,000 in March 1990 with a goalscoring record of 20 goals in 81 starts.
The powerful striker enjoyed a successful six-year spell at Maine Road - but the best was yet to come. Quinn joined Sunderland in August 1996 for a club-record £1.3 million before going on to forge a successful strike partnership with Kevin Phillips and help cement the Black Cats' place in the Premier League.