Noel Euchuria Cornelius Cantwell was born in Cork on the 28th of February 1932 but sadly passed away on the 8th of September 2005.
Cantwell had a prestigious playing career as a full-back, which began at Western Rovers before he progressed to Cork Athletic, then West Ham United, and finally Manchester United.
At West Ham, captained the Hammers to the Division Two title in the 1957–58 season thereby leading the club into the top flight for the first time since 1932.
In November 1960, Cantwell joined Matt Busby’s Manchester United for £29,500 which at the time was a record for a full back.
There he helped the club win the 1965 and 1967 league titles while he also captained to Old Trafford club to victory in the 1963 FA Cup Final, where they defeated Leicester City 3-1.
With the Republic of Ireland, he won 36 International caps playing at left full-back and on several occasions at centre-forward.
Cantwell made his debut against Luxembourg in October 1953 and would score 14 goals and captain his country 22 times before his final appearance away to Turkey in February 1967.
After retiring from playing football he got his first management job at Coventry City where he was in charge for four and half years before he coached in America and twice with Peterborough United while he was also chairman of the PFA for a period of time.