Langan: My Rovers dream nearly came true

Updated: October 8, 2012

Former Republic of Ireland international and cult hero Dave Langan has said he never got to fulfil his dream of playing for Shamrock Rovers.

Speaking ahead of his book signing at Tallaght Stadium before Saturday’s game between Rovers and Derry to promote his autobiography Running Through Walls, Langan said how close he came to signing for his boyhood team.

“My dream was to play for Rovers and it nearly came true when I finished in England,” he said, “the Rovers manager Noel King rang me and wanted me to sign, but my injuries were too bad.

“I was gutted as Rovers are my team from a young lad growing up in Dublin.”

Langan who was famously dropped by Jack Charlton for Euro ’88 after being an important part of the squad that qualified will be returning to Landsdowne Road for the first time since its renovation for Friday’s World Cup qualifier with Germany.

“I Cant wait to watch the Irish game as it will be my first visit to the new stadium, so looking forward to it,” he said, “it will also give me a chance to see Ireland live and run the rule over them.”

Langan will be signing copies of Running Through Walls and offering fans the chance to meet him in the D4 Hotel following Friday’s game.

The former Oxford United and Derby County player has enjoyed hero status amongst Irish fans due to his all action playing style and commitment to the Irish jersey.

Langan will be signing books and chatting with fans at the D4 Hotels from around 10pm on Friday and at Tallaght Stadium from 6pm on Saturday.

Read an exclusive extract from Running Through Walls in which Langan discusses his time spent homeless after retiring due to injury, CLICK HERE

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