Martin O’Neill began his successful playing career with Rosario before moving to Distillery where he won the Irish Cup in 1971 and scored twice in the final against Derry City.
That led to him scoring against Barcelona in the European Cup Winner’s Cup later that year before moves to Nottingham Forest, Norwich City (two spells), Manchester City, Notts County, Chesterfield, and Fulham followed before he retired.
It was undoubtedly at Nottingham Forest where he enjoyed his best years as, under the guidance of Brian Clough, he won the league, two league cups, and two European Cups.
He would also enjoy great success as a manager, most notably winning two League cups with Leicester City and three leagues, three cups, and a league cup with Celtic.
After managing Aston Villa and Sunderland in the Premier League, O’Neill was appointed the Republic of Ireland manager on the 5th of November 2013 and oversaw 55 games during his five-year period in charge.
He would enjoy some unforgettable moments during his reign including wins over the World Champions Germany, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Austria and Wales.
He also ran the best EUROs campaign in Ireland's history in France in 2016, which included an incredible late victory against Italy in Lille to reach that last 16 of the tournament and followed that by making it out of a tough group to reach the play-offs for the 2018 FIFA World Cup before stepping down later that year.