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Luke Inspired by Doherty Legacy

4 June 2014

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Doncaster Rovers defender Luke McCullough could feature against World Class opposition again.

One hundred and one years on since the birth of former Doncaster Rovers and Northern Ireland legend, Peter Doherty, current Rovers defender Luke McCullough will take to the field in the emerald green of his country in what will be just his second international cap.

Doherty, who was born in Magherafelt, died aged 76 in 1990 and led the strong connection between the Province and the South Yorkshire Club which has paved the way for many more high profile names including Len Graham, Harry Gregg, Dean Shiels, David Healy and now Portadown-born McCullough to take to the international stage.

While Graham and Shiels were both capped 14 times by their country, Healy is the nation’s leading goalscorer with 36 goals and Gregg was voted the best goalkeeper at the 1958 World Cup.

It was during that tournament, while under the stewardship of Doherty, that the Irishmen reached the quarter finals; their best ever performance.

Rovers defender McCullough explained his delight at his involvement with the national team recently and played the whole game against England’s World Cup opponents Uruguay.

Tonight (1am), the Ulsterman should double his tally of international caps when Michael O’Neill’s side get underway against Chile and potentially begin to follow in the footsteps of the man from the other side of Lough Neagh.

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