A Tipperary town soccer legend received his international cap at the weekend - nearly half a century after making his debut for the Republic of Ireland.
It was a proud day for Marty Hogan as family and friends travelled to the FAI headquarters in Abbottstown to receive the cap from another Tipp man, FAI boss John Delaney.
On March 1, 1963, Marty made his Republic of Ireland debut against Northern Ireland in a 1-1 draw at Dalymount Park in the Home Nations tournament and he featured again in the return leg in Belfast which the Republic lost 3-2.
He lined out with Limerick at the time.
Among the players who featured in those games were Northern Ireland goalkeeper Pat Jennings while Paddy Mulligan and Turlough O’Connor lined out for the Republic of Ireland.
Now 48 years later, the native Tipperary man has been honoured with an international cap by the FAI Chief Executive Officer, John Delaney.
The St. Michael’s club man could have starred in the Irish and English Leagues after spells with Limerick and later Arsenal on trial but the Tipperary native opted to stay at his home and became a Tipperary hero when he led St. Michaels to FAI Junior Cup victory in 1974, defeating Tolka Rovers 2-1 in the final, ending Dublin clubs stranglehold on the competition .