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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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This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Northern Irish footballers?" and "Who is the greatest Northern Irish soccer player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of Northern Ireland in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular Northern Irish soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.
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Aaron Hughes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Defender from Cookstown, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Aaron William Hughes (born 8 November 1979) is a Northern Irish retired professional footballer who played as a defender. Hughes played mainly at centre back, but was also used at right back or ...more
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Adrian Coote is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Adrian Coote Forward from Belton with Browston, United Kingdom

Nationality: England, Northern Ireland

Adrian Coote (born 30 September 1978 in Belton, near Great Yarmouth) is a former professional footballer. Coote, a striker, came through the youth system at Norwich City, for whom he scored 3 ...more
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Aidan Davison is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Goalkeeper from Sedgefield, United Kingdom

Nationality: Northern Ireland, England

Aidan John Davison (born 11 May 1968) is an English-born Northern Irish former professional footballer and Goalkeeping Coach of Pune City. As a player, he played as a goalkeeper from 1987 until ...more
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Aidan O'Kane is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Midfielder from Belfast, United Kingdom

Nationality: Northern Ireland

Aidan O'Kane (born 24 November 1979 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a retired footballer. While at Cliftonville, he played in the UEFA Intertoto Cup. From his time at York he played against ...more
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Alan Blayney is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Goalkeeper from Belfast, United Kingdom

Nationality: Northern Ireland

Alan Blayney (born 9 October 1981) is a professional footballer from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who currently plays as a goalkeeper.
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Alan Fettis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Goalkeeper from Newtownards, United Kingdom

Nationality: Northern Ireland

Alan William Fettis (born 1 February 1971) is a Northern Ireland former professional footballer and Academy goalkeeping coach at Premier League side Manchester United. As a player, he was as a ...more
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Alan Mannus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Goalkeeper from Toronto, Canada

Nationality: Canada, Northern Ireland

Alan Mannus (born 19 May 1982) is a Northern Irish professional football goalkeeper. He began his career at Linfield, and during his time there he had spells on loan at Larne and Carrick ...more
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Alan McDonald is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Defender from Belfast, United Kingdom

Nationality: Northern Ireland

Alan McDonald (12 October 1963 – 23 June 2012) 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 ...more
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Alf McMichael is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Alf McMichael Defender from Belfast, United Kingdom

Nationality: Northern Ireland

Alfred McMichael (1 October 1927 – 7 January 2006) was a footballer who played as a left back. Belfast-born McMichael began his career at Linfield, before signing for Newcastle United in 1949. ...more
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Allan Hunter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Allan Hunter Defender from Sion Mills, United Kingdom

Nationality: Northern Ireland

Allan Hunter (born 30 June 1946) is a former international footballer and manager. Hunter began his career with Coleraine before playing for Oldham Athletic, Blackburn Rovers, Ipswich Town and ...more
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Andy Kirk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Andy Kirk Forward from Belfast, United Kingdom

Nationality: Northern Ireland

Andrew Robert "Andy" Kirk (born 29 May 1979 in Belfast) is a Northern Irish former professional footballer. Kirk played for Glentoran, Heart of Midlothian, Boston United, Northampton ...more
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Barry Hunter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Barry Hunter Defender from Coleraine, United Kingdom

Nationality: Northern Ireland

Barry Hunter is the name of: Barry Hunter (footballer) (born 1968), former Northern Ireland international footballer. Now a football scout Barry Hunter (bishop) (1927–2015), Anglican Bishop of ...more
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Barry Molloy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Midfielder from Londonderry, United Kingdom

Nationality: Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland

Barry Molloy (born 28 November 1983 in Derry) is a retired Irish footballer who played for Drogheda United, Derry City, Crusaders and Finn Harps. He began his career as a youth player at Derby ...more
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Bernard McNally is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Bernard McNally Midfielder from Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Nationality: Northern Ireland

For the rugby league footballer of the 1950s for Wales, and Rochdale Hornets, see Bernard McNallyBernard Anthony McNally (born 17 February 1963 in Shrewsbury, England) is a former Northern ...more
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Bertie Peacock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Bertie Peacock Defender from Coleraine, United Kingdom

Nationality: Northern Ireland

John Robert 'Bertie' Peacock MBE (29 September 1928 – 22 July 2004) was a Northern Ireland international footballer and manager who played for Celtic.
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Billy Bingham is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Billy Bingham Outside forward from Belfast, United Kingdom

Nationality: Northern Ireland

William Laurence Bingham, (born 5 August 1931) is a former Northern Ireland international footballer and football manager. As a player, his first professional club was Glentoran, whom he played ...more
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Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Billy Hamilton Forward from Bangor, United Kingdom

Nationality: Northern Ireland

William ("Billy") Robert Hamilton (born 9 May 1957 in Gilnahirk, County Down) is a former Northern Ireland international footballer who played as a forward. At club level, Hamilton ...more
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Billy McAdams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Billy McAdams

Nationality: Northern Ireland

William "Billy" John McAdams (20 January 1934 – 13 October 2002) was a Northern Irish footballer who played in the inside forward position.
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Billy McCullough is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Defender from Carrickfergus, United Kingdom

Nationality: Northern Ireland

William James McCullough (born 27 July 1935) is a former footballer who made more than 250 appearances for Arsenal in the Football League and was capped 10 times for Northern Ireland.
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Billy McMillan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland

Nationality: Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland

William McMillan (born Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Ireland; died Carrickfergus, 1991), commonly referred to as Billy McMillan, was an Irish footballer who played for Belfast Celtic and ...more
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Billy Simpson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Billy Simpson Forward from Belfast, United Kingdom

Nationality: Northern Ireland

William J. "Billy" Simpson (12 December 1929 – 27 January 2017) was a Northern Ireland international footballer, who played for Linfield, Rangers, Stirling Albion, Partick Thistle and
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Bobby Campbell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Bobby Campbell Forward from Belfast, United Kingdom

Nationality: Northern Ireland

Robert McFaul "Bobby" Campbell (13 September 1956 – 15 November 2016) was a Northern Irish former international footballer who played as a centre forward. Born in Belfast, Campbell ...more
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Brian McLean is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Defender from Rutherglen, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Brian Stuart McLean (born 28 February 1985) is a professional footballer who plays as a defender for Greenock Morton in the Scottish Championship. He began his career in Scotland as a youth and ...more
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Bryan Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Bryan Hamilton

Nationality: Northern Ireland

Bryan Hamilton (born 31 December 1946) 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 ...more
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Bryan Harkin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Soccer Players from Northern Ireland
Bryan Harkin

Nationality: Northern Ireland

Bryan Harkin (born October 29, 1980 in Derry) is a Northern Irish soccer player who plays for Crystal Palace Baltimore in the USSF Second Division.