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PremierLeague-News.Com - Jack Charlton wanted John Aldridge to rescue Ireland against Mexico in the 1994 World Cup but things escalated when he couldn't get onto the pitch

Liverpool news Fuming Liverpool hero aimed X-rated blast at officials after touchline farce PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Jack Charlton wanted John Aldridge to rescue Ireland against Mexico in the 1994 World Cup but things escalated when he couldn't get onto the pitch

Liverpool news  Fuming Liverpool hero aimed X-rated blast at officials after touchline farce PremierLeague-News.Com
24 June 2022 - 02:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! With no World Cup to look forward to until the winter, the only football that can be consumed from now until the start of the season is memories of tournaments gone by. It's 28 years to the day since the Republic of Ireland faced Mexico in a group stage match in the United States at the World Cup of 1994 - a tournament that England had failed to qualify for. But a number of players who had either played for or would go on to represent Liverpool were to be found in Jack Charlton's Republic of Ireland squad, with Jason McAteer, Phil Babb, Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and John Aldridge all involved. And it is the latter who ended up having the most significant involvement in this match - both on and off the pitch. READ MORE: Liverpool might face an even bigger blow than Sadio Mane exit READ MORE: Liverpool could unleash Academy star after double transfer Ireland had got their campaign off to a brilliant start, beating one of the favourites Italy 1-0 thanks to a goal from Houghton. But their second match against the Mexicans represented an altogether different challenge. Played at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, the bright sparks at FIFA decided that it would be a good idea to play a summertime fixture in America's sunshine state at midday. Although Disneyland is based in Florida, it was never confirmed if Micky Mouse had been in charge of scheduling for the fixture. And whereas the Mexicans were quite used to knocking a ball about in 90 degree+ heat, Ireland's ageing squad knew they were in for a tough afternoon in sweltering conditions and so it proved. Taking full advantage of the situation, the South Americans took a 1-0 lead thanks to a late first-half goal from Luis Garcia. Ireland boss Charlton needed to alter the course of the game and decided to throw on McAteer and Aldridge - who by now was banging the goals in for Tranmere Rovers - in the pursuit of an equaliser. And it is here that things started to get very ugly. McAteer came on first for Staunton in the 66th minute and Tommy Coyne made way for Aldridge. But an apparent botching of the changeover by officials resulted in the two exiting players leaving the field but only McAteer being allowed on before play resumed. The result was not only Ireland having only 10 men on the pitch as the match carried on but Aldridge completely blowing up on the sideline after Garcia immediately scored a second for Mexico.

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. After delivering enough cross words to fill a book for your holidays, the prolific marksman was eventually allowed onto the pitch. But even then wasn't quite finished with his new acquaintance, shouting and eye-balling him from across the field. In an interview shortly after the tournament, Aldridge admitted that his fury at not being allowed on had completely tipped him over the edge. He said: "When I saw it afterwards I was embarrassed at my antics, but at the time I was very frustrated. I was supposed to have gone on when we were 1-0 down and in the meantime they made it 2-0. We'd brought two players off and only put one on. So we're 2-0 down with 10 players on the field and I've got dragged back off. My frustrations boiled over to the point where everyone saw it." A furious Charlton continued the row in the technical area but Aldridge repaid his boss with six minutes remaining when he pulled a goal back for Ireland. A good move saw the two substitutes combine as Aldridge headed home McAteer's cross to give his country hope. It was not enough in the end as the Mexicans held on in the soaring heat for a 2-1 win, but Aldridge's goal still turned out to be a vital one. Ireland would draw their final group game with Norway 0-0 and remarkably, all four teams in Group E finished on four points. But thanks to a goal from a player nicked-named 'the gun-slinger' by all-time great Tranmere manager Johnny King, Ireland sneaked into the knockout stages ahead of Norway on goals scored. Fortunately, we'll never know how Aldridge might have reacted had they been eliminated. READ NEXT Roberto Firmino Liverpool 'leaving date' named by Sir Kenny Dalglish signing Liverpool £7m signing made dramatic career change after merciless Anfield ridicule Manchester United's stance on former Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards revealed Chelsea are desperately trying to sign what Liverpool have had for six years Liverpool could sign £85m Inter Milan star to unleash midfield revolution

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