Soccer Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland

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List of the best soccer players from Northern Ireland. List includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from Northern Ireland, along with photos when available. This list of best Northern Irish soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous Northern Irish soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for.

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Aaron Hughes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Defender Aaron William Hughes is a Northern Irish professional footballer who plays for English club Brighton & Hove Albion and the Northern Ireland national team as a defender. Hughes plays mainly ...more

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Adrian Coote is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Adrian Coote Forward Adrian Coote is a former professional footballer. Coote, a striker, came through the youth system at Norwich City, for whom he scored 3 goals in 61 appearances. While at Carrow Road, he won 6 ...more

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Aidan Davison is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Goalkeeper Aidan John Davison is an English-born Northern Irish former professional footballer and coach who is without a club after previously holding the position of Head Coach at USL Premier Development ...more

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Aidan O'Kane is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Midfielder Aidan O'Kane is a footballer, currently playing for Cliftonville. While at Cliftonville, he played in the UEFA Intertoto Cup. From his time at York he played against Leeds, Boro, Sheff Wed and ...more

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Alan Blayney is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Goalkeeper Alan Blayney is a professional footballer from Belfast, Northern Ireland, currently with Glenavon, having signed at the end of the 2013–14 NIFL Premiership season following his release from ...more

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Alan Fettis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Goalkeeper Alan William Fettis is a Northern Ireland former professional footballer and Academy goalkeeping coach at Premier League side Manchester United. As a player he was as a goalkeeper from 1988 to ...more

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Alan Mannus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Goalkeeper Alan Mannus is a Northern Irish professional football goalkeeper currently playing for St. Johnstone. He began his career at Linfield, and during his time there he had spells on loan at Larne ...more

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Alan McDonald is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Defender Alan McDonald was a Northern Ireland footballer and manager. As a player, he spent most of his career in England with Queens Park Rangers, as well as having short spells with Charlton Athletic ...more

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Alf McMichael is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Alf McMichael Defender Alfred "Alf" McMichael was a footballer who played as a left-back. Belfast-born "Alf" McMichael began his career at Linfield, before signing for Newcastle United in 1949. He ...more

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Allan Hunter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Allan Hunter Defender Allan Hunter is a former international footballer and manager. Hunter began his career with Coleraine before playing for Oldham Athletic, Blackburn Rovers, Ipswich Town and Colchester United. He ...more

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Andy Kirk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Andy Kirk Forward Andrew Robert "Andy" Kirk born 29 May 1979 in Belfast is a Northern Irish footballer, currently without a club. He has previously played for Glentoran, Heart of Midlothian, Boston ...more

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Barry Hunter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Barry Hunter Defender Barry Hunter is a former Northern Ireland international footballer turned scout. Hunter made his name with Wrexham before transferring to Reading for £400,000. On ending his playing career ...more

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Barry Molloy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
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Bernard McNally is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Bernard McNally Midfielder Bernard Anthony McNally is a former Northern Ireland international footballer who played in midfield. During his club career he played for Shrewsbury Town, West Bromwich Albion, Hednesford Town, ...more

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Bertie Peacock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Bertie Peacock Defender John Robert "Bertie" Peacock MBE was a Northern Ireland international footballer and manager who played for Celtic. After starting his career with local side Coleraine F.C., Peacock ...more

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Billy Bingham is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Billy Bingham Outside forward William Laurence "Billy" Bingham, MBE is a former international footballer and football manager, who now works as a scout for English Championship side Burnley. As a player, his first ...more

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Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Billy Hamilton Forward William Robert Hamilton is a former Northern Ireland international footballer who played as a forward. At club level, Hamilton played for Linfield, QPR, Burnley, Oxford United, Limerick, Sligo ...more

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Billy McAdams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Billy McAdams William "Billy" John McAdams was a Northern Irish footballer. McAdams played in the inside forward position. On leaving school at 15, he took an apprenticeship as a heating engineer ...more

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Billy McCullough is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Defender William James "Billy" McCullough is a Northern Ireland former footballer. Born in Carrickfergus, McCullough first played for Portadown, before being signed in 1958 by London club ...more

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Billy McMillan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
William McMillan, commonly referred to as Billy McMillan, was an Irish footballer who played for Belfast Celtic and Ballymena United. McMillan was also a dual international and played for both ...more

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Billy Simpson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Billy Simpson Forward William "Billy" J. Simpson is a former Northern Ireland international footballer. Simpson signed for Rangers from Linfield for a sum of £11,500 in 1950. He spent nine years at ...more

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Bobby Campbell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Bobby Campbell Forward Robert McFaul "Bobby" Campbell is a former Northern Irish international footballer who played as a centre forward. Born in Belfast, Campbell started his career at Aston Villa, making ...more

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Brian McLean is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Defender Brian Stuart McLean is a Scottish born Northern Ireland international professional footballer currently playing for Brunei DPMM of the Singaporean S.League. He began his career with Rangers and ...more

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Bryan Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Bryan Hamilton Bryan Hamilton is a Northern Irish former professional football player and manager. He gained 50 caps for Northern Ireland between 1969 and 1980, and later managed the national team for four ...more

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Bryan Harkin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Bryan Harkin Bryan Harkin is a Northern Irish soccer player who currently plays for Crystal Palace Baltimore in the USSF Second Division.

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Charlie Tully is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Charles Patrick "Charlie" Tully was a famous footballer of Celtic Football Club. Tully was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 1944 he was struggling to break into a very strong ...more

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Chris Baird is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Defender, Midfielder Christopher Patrick "Chris" Baird is a Northern Irish footballer who plays for Premier League side West Bromwich Albion and the Northern Ireland national football team. He has ...more

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Chris Brunt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Midfielder Christopher "Chris" Brunt is a Northern Irish professional footballer who plays for and captains English club West Bromwich Albion. He plays as a left winger and more recently an ...more

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Chris Casement is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Chris Casement Defender Christopher Casement is a Northern Irish professional footballer who plays for Portadown in the NIFL Premiership. Casement attended Newtowbreda High School in south Belfast.

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Chris Nicholl is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Defender Christopher John "Chris" Nicholl is an English-born former Northern Ireland international footballer who later worked as a coach and manager.

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Chris Walker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Chris Walker Defender Chris Walker is a Northern Irish former footballer. Walker played as a centre back for Glentoran from 1994 until January 2007. He previously played for First Liverpool, a minor league club based ...more

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Colin Clarke is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Colin Clarke Forward Colin John Clarke is a former Northern Ireland international footballer who played for several English clubs including Peterborough United and Southampton. He is the head coach for Carolina ...more

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Colin Murdock is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Colin Murdock Defender Colin James Murdock is a Northern Irish former footballer. He is currently a trainee solicitor at Manchester law firm George Davies LLP. He also is a member of The Football Association's ...more

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Colin Nixon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Colin Nixon Defender Colin Nixon is a footballer from Northern Ireland who plays for Bangor. Nixon is the son of Hugh and Alice Nixon, and has five siblings.Colin has played for Glentoran for all of his professional ...more

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Conall Murtagh is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Conall Murtagh Midfielder Conall Francis Murtagh is a Northern Irish footballer who currently plays for Bala Town. He has made over 70 appearances in the Scottish League, the Welsh Premier League, the Football League and ...more

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Conor Downey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Conor Downey Midfielder Conor Downey is a professional footballer from Northern Ireland and plays for Donegal Celtic. Downey played for Carrick Rangers before joining Cliftonville in 2000. In his first spell at the ...more

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Craig Cathcart is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Defender Craig George Cathcart is a Northern Irish professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Watford and the Northern Ireland national team. He has also captained his country's under-21 ...more

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Curtis Allen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Curtis Allen Forward Curtis Allen is a Northern Irish footballer who plays for Glentoran as a striker in the NIFL Premiership. Allen scored a hat trick in his UEFA Tournament debut as a 16-year-old for Northern ...more

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Damien Johnson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Midfielder Damien Michael Johnson is a Northern Irish footballer who is currently working as an academy coach at Blackburn Rovers He began his career with Portadown FC in his native Northern Ireland from ...more

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Danny Blanchflower is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Midfielder Robert Dennis "Danny" Blanchflower was a former Northern Ireland international footballer and football manager, and journalist who captained Tottenham Hotspur F.C. during its ...more

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Danny Griffin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Danny Griffin Defender, Midfielder Daniel Joseph "Danny" Griffin is a retired Northern Irish footballer. He was primarily a defender, but could also play in midfield. He is a youth coach with his first professional

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Danny Sonner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Midfielder Daniel James "Danny" Sonner is an English-born former Northern Ireland international footballer. He won thirteen caps in a seven-year international career. A much-travelled midfielder, ...more

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Danny Wilson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Midfielder Daniel Joseph "Danny" Wilson is a former footballer and manager. He has previously coached Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City, Milton Keynes Dons, Hartlepool United, Swindon Town, ...more

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Darren Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Darren Fitzgerald Forward Darren Fitzgerald is a Northern Irish football player who plays as a forward. He currently plays for Ards F.C. in the Irish League. Fitzgerald played youth football for Rangers and made one ...more

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Darren Kelly is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Darren Kelly Defender Darren Kelly is a Northern Irish former professional footballer who played as a defender. He is now a coach with Sunderland. Kelly began his career at hometown club Derry City and before moving ...more

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Darren Patterson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Darren Patterson Defender Darren James Patterson is a Northern Irish former footballer and manager. He was most recently the caretaker manager of Rotherham United following Andy Scott's dismissal as manager on 19 March ...more

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Darron Gibson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Midfielder Darron Thomas Daniel Gibson is an Irish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Everton and the Republic of Ireland national team. He has also played for Manchester United and on loan for Royal ...more

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Daryl Smylie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Daryl Smylie Midfielder Daryl Smylie is a Northern Irish footballer who plays for Swedish Superettan club Jönköpings Södra as a midfielder.

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Dave Clements is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Dave Clements Winger, Defender, Midfielder Dave Clements in Larne in County Antrim, was a football player and manager from Northern Ireland. He started his career as a left winger but also played as a defensive midfielder and left full ...more

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Dave McClements is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Dave McClements Midfielder David "Dave" McClements is a Northern Irish footballer, who plays in midfield. He currently plays for Tobermore Utd and has played for his country at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-20