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Northern Ireland squad and fans pay tribute to Joey Dunlop after Estonia win

NI manager Michael O’Neill, assistant manager Jimmy Nicholl and winger Stuart Dallas visit the memorial to Joey Dunlop near Tallinn in Estonia
NI manager Michael O’Neill, assistant manager Jimmy Nicholl and winger Stuart Dallas visit the memorial to Joey Dunlop near Tallinn in Estonia
Joey Dunlop
Members of the Armagh NISC pay their respects
Michael O’Neill at the scene of Joey Dunlop’s accident
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

Members of the Northern Ireland football team have paid homage to road racing legend Joey Dunlop, a day after winning their Euro 2020 qualifier in Estonia.

Manager Michael O'Neill, his assistant Jimmy Nicholl and player Stuart Dallas visited the Co Antrim motorcycle racer's memorial in the capital Tallinn yesterday afternoon following their 2-1 victory over Estonia.

"Everyone can identify with someone like Joey Dunlop who was at the top of his sport but equally was just a man of the people," Mr O'Neill said.

Winger Dallas (28) also left his number 14 Northern Ireland shirt from Saturday night's game at the memorial.

Dunlop was killed instantly while contesting a non-title international event on the outskirts of Tallinn on July 2, 2000, when he lost control of his bike in wet conditions and collided with a tree.

He was 48 years old.

His son Gary yesterday thanked the Northern Ireland management and players for their "lovely gesture" in memory of his father.

He tweeted: "Means a lot to our family that he's still thought of so much by the players, staff and the fans.

"Thanks very much!"

Football fans also paid tribute to the legendary Ballymoney racer while supporting the national team at the weekend.

Members of the City of Armagh NI Supporters Club were among those who laid flowers at the memorial.

The Amalgamation of NI Supporters Clubs retweeted the City of Armagh supporters' photo with the words: "A great sportsman and ambassador, always remembered."

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