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Editor's Viewpoint: Northern Ireland squad's thoughtfulness is fitting tribute to legend Joey Dunlop

 

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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

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NI manager Michael O’Neill, assistant manager Jimmy Nicholl and winger Stuart Dallas visit the memorial to Joey Dunlop near Tallinn in Estonia

Michael O'Neill, the Northern Ireland football manager, and his players paid a touching tribute to the late Joey Dunlop after their 2-1 win on Saturday in the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

O'Neill, with assistant Jimmy Nichol and winger Stuart Dallas, visited Joey's memorial in Tallinn, erected in the Estonian capital some time after Joey was killed while competing in a road race there in July 2000, aged just 48.

O'Neill placed a floral tribute yesterday, and Dallas, a big road racing fan, draped a number 14 shirt over the memorial. What a fitting tribute by Northern Ireland's football heroes in honour of an Ulster legend and hero of road racing.

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