Ah next morning none of the experts gave us the slightest chance
They said that the English team would lead us on a merry dance
Ah with their union jacks all them English fans for victory they were set
Until Ray Houghton got the ball and he stuck it in the net
Christy Moore - Joxer goes to Stuttgart 

It was 30 years ago today that the Republic of Ireland played their first game at a major international football tournament, Euro 88 in Germany.

The English opposition were hot favourites but Jack Charlton's assertion to Gay Byrne that he "would fancy us" proved prophetic as Ray Houghton's sixth-minute header ensured a famous 1-0 victory over the old rivals.

Ireland went on to draw 1-1 with the Soviet Union and lose 1-0 to eventual champions the Netherlands as they finished third in their group.

Listen here for Gabriel Egan's radio commentary of one of the most famous goals in Irish football history.

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