INTERVIEW: Irish goalkeeping legend Packie Bonner speaks to TheFutbolNetwork about his Italia 90 memories & the new Premier League season

Packie Bonner

Packie Bonner in action at the World Cup in 1990

  • Pauric Clerkin – TFN Columnist

To celebrate the official launch of our new page, we have been rolling back the years to Italia 90. 25 years-ago Ireland shocked the world of football to reach the Quarter Finals of the World Cup. It was the first time Ireland had ever reached the World Cup finals, and so far had managed to progress to the knockout stages despite having not won a game in Group F. Three draws with England, Egypt, and Netherlands saw Ireland face Romania in the last 16 of the World Cup. After 90 minutes and extra time had passed the match was still scoreless and the entire country’s hopes rested on a penalty shootout. Kevin SheedyRay HoughtonAndy Townsend and Tony Cascarino converted each of their penalties, with each of Romania’s kick takers doing likewise. When Romania’s Daniel Timofte took a short run and drove the ball close to Bonner’s right side, however, the Donegal man took full advantage and pulled off a great save. It was then up to David O’Leary to smash the ball past keeper Silviu Lung and send Ireland to the World Cup Quarter Finals. Italia 90 hero and Irish goalkeeping legend Packie Bonner took time out to speak with our reporter Pauric Clerkin about his memories of the World Cup in 1990, the talent coming out of the League of Ireland, his thoughts on Ireland’s progress under Martin O’Neill and his predictions for the upcoming Premier League Season. Click link to interview: http://media.northernsound.ie/mediamanager/embed/player/podcasts/60/item/42772   By Pauric Clerkin (Writer for TheFutbolNetwork & Journalist with Northern Sound Radio)

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