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Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 adventure was proudest time of my career, reveals former Irish FA President Jim Shaw

The man who led the way for new-look Windsor Park and made sure Michael O’Neill remained in a job reflects on his influential reign at helm of the Association

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Then Irish FA President Jim Shaw presents Gareth McAuley with his 50th international cap in 2015

Then Irish FA President Jim Shaw presents Gareth McAuley with his 50th international cap in 2015

Jim Shaw was instrumental in the appointment and retention of Michael O’Neill as Northern Ireland boss

Jim Shaw was instrumental in the appointment and retention of Michael O’Neill as Northern Ireland boss

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Then Irish FA President Jim Shaw presents Gareth McAuley with his 50th international cap in 2015

Jim Shaw rhymes off the names of Ballymena United’s 1958 Irish Cup-winning team like he is counting from one to 11. Bang, bang, bang.

Shaw’s recollection is impressive. So too was his reign as Irish FA President. The humble 77-year-old would never tell you that, but consider this: he steadied a sinking ship when becoming the Association’s figurehead in 2010, was key to appointing Michael O’Neill as Northern Ireland manager in 2011, instrumental in keeping him a couple of years later when many wanted a change and was an influential force in ensuring that government money was handed over to transform Windsor Park into a modern 18,000-capacity stadium.


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