Cancer surgery for former Southampton record signing Alan McLoughlin

Daily Echo: Alan McLoughlin takes on Stuart Gray, December 1990. Alan McLoughlin takes on Stuart Gray, December 1990.

FORMER Saints' midfielder Alan McLoughlin has undergone surgery after being diagnosed with cancer.

The Irishman, who made 24 league appearances and scored one goal for Saints between 1990 and 1992, underwent surgery to remove a kidney and a cancerous tumour.

After spotting blood in his urine, a visit to hospital confirmed the worst.

He now has to wait until next month to find out if the operation has been a success.

McLoughlin said: "I just jumped back from the urinal and called out to Lucas, one of the physios who had travelled with us. He told me to go to the hospital."

"I just remember putting my hand up to my face and thinking 'How am I going to tell Deby and my two girls Abby and Megan and my mum and dad?

"The one thing this illness has taught me is perspective -- but it has also made me reminisce about the past and how much we have to be proud of as a family."

McLoughlin, who is best known for scoring the goal which took the Republic of Ireland to the 1994 World Cup, was Saints' record signing when Chris Nicholls splashed out £1m for his services from Swindon.

After leaving Saints, he moved to Portsmouth for £400,000 and spent seven years at Fratton Park and now works there as a youth coach.

 

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2:19pm Mon 22 Oct 12

Just another reader says...

Fingers crossed for a full recovery.
Fingers crossed for a full recovery. Just another reader

4:25pm Mon 22 Oct 12

Over the Edge says...

Just another reader wrote:
Fingers crossed for a full recovery.
2nd by me
[quote][p][bold]Just another reader[/bold] wrote: Fingers crossed for a full recovery.[/p][/quote]2nd by me Over the Edge

6:54pm Mon 22 Oct 12

Abbey Saint says...

Best wishes Alan - all true supporters wish you a speedy return to the game you love and have graced so well
Best wishes Alan - all true supporters wish you a speedy return to the game you love and have graced so well Abbey Saint

7:37pm Mon 22 Oct 12

PTID1898 says...

Would just like to wish Alan a swift and full recovery your a top man like to send you all my support all the best
Would just like to wish Alan a swift and full recovery your a top man like to send you all my support all the best PTID1898

8:03pm Mon 22 Oct 12

Linesman says...

Have met him a number of times and as well as being a top footballer, he is a top gent. Get well soon Aln
Have met him a number of times and as well as being a top footballer, he is a top gent. Get well soon Aln Linesman

8:04pm Mon 22 Oct 12

Linesman says...

Linesman wrote:
Have met him a number of times and as well as being a top footballer, he is a top gent. Get well soon Aln
Best wishes and get well soon Alan.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Have met him a number of times and as well as being a top footballer, he is a top gent. Get well soon Aln[/p][/quote]Best wishes and get well soon Alan. Linesman

8:35pm Mon 22 Oct 12

andrwingrm says...

Best wishes Alan. I hope for a speedy recovery
Best wishes Alan. I hope for a speedy recovery andrwingrm

8:36pm Mon 22 Oct 12

sparkster says...

Get well soon Alan our thoughts are with you and your family
Get well soon Alan our thoughts are with you and your family sparkster

9:03pm Mon 22 Oct 12

City Saint says...

All the best Alan, plenty of friends here in the south are wishing you well and a speedy recovery.
All the best Alan, plenty of friends here in the south are wishing you well and a speedy recovery. City Saint

12:32am Tue 23 Oct 12

Hdg end mo says...

Wishing you a complete recovery all the best to you and your family at this difficult time
Wishing you a complete recovery all the best to you and your family at this difficult time Hdg end mo

4:06pm Tue 23 Oct 12

CB FRY LIVES says...

good luck to AL,he served all his clubs with great pride and professionalism.one of the few players who left SAINTS for Pompey and got better as a player.
good luck to AL,he served all his clubs with great pride and professionalism.one of the few players who left SAINTS for Pompey and got better as a player. CB FRY LIVES

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