Luxury Watches – Alan McLoughlin Once Did The Soundest Thing For Roy Keane
The US Cup was an invitational competition held between the United States team and three other sides, and Ireland were invited – along with Portugal and Italy – to the very first edition in 1992. On the trip, McLoughlin struck up a friendship with a young 20-year-old from Nottingham Forest by the name of Roy Keane.
In the interview with Portsmouth, McLoughlin describes Keane’s longing for a watch he spotted in a jewellery shop. The Forest midfielder couldn’t afford the watch, though, and McLoughlin took it upon himself to treat his teammate.
It was actually in America, yeah. It was before the halcyon days of him earning 50, 60 thousand pound a week, he was on pittance at Nottingham Forest and we would go for a walk in the afternoon. We were playing the US Cup in ’92 and we would go for a walk in the afternoon.
[There was] this second-hand jeweller’s shop and he kept stopping in the shop and looking at the watch and I didn’t…I stopped him the first couple of days. So I said, what are you looking at? He said, ‘there’s a nice little Rolex there. It’s $1,200.’ I said, are you buying it? And he said, ‘I can’t afford to buy it.’
So, anyway, I left it that day. When we walked past it two days later, and we stopped again, so I felt a bit sorry for him. So I decided to…I was earning a bit more money and could afford it, so I stumped up the agreement that I would buy the watch and he would pay me when he came for the next five Irish trips. He would pay me the money. So I bought him the watch.
It’s a lovely story, and is a reflection of the gentleman McLoughlin is widely remembered as being. It does have a rather hilarious ending though – the Irish team hotel was robbed that very night and with the stolen goods went Keane’s new watch.
Thankfully, Keane managed to snag a move to Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United the following year, and it wasn’t exactly a monetary issue to repay his Irish teammate.
This story is just one of many heartwarming tales being shared this evening in memory of Alan McLoughlin, a player and man who will be sorely missed by all in Irish football.
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