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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
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
Midfielder
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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.