Michael Alphonsus "Al" Finucane played his first game for his local club Limerick as a 17-year-old in 1961.
He enjoyed incredible longevity in his football career as he played into his 40s and holds the all-time League of Ireland appearance record on 634.
Amazingly, when retired after a remarkable 28 years in the game, he did so having never been sent off and he only received three yellow card in that time.
Overall he spent nine seasons with Limerick then moved to Waterford City for five campaigns before returning to Market’s Field again. He would play for Waterford again before finishing his career with Newcastle West.
In 1965, he played for Limerick against CSKA Sofia in Europe and 21 years later he played for Waterford against Bordeaux aged 44 years to make him the oldest player to ever have played in a European club competition.
During his career he won three FAI Cup winners medals, two with Limerick and one with Waterford while he also played for Ireland on 11 occasions, captaining the side in 1971 away to Austria.