Portsmouth Football Club was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the death of Alan McLoughlin.
The Blues legend passed away at the age of just 54 following a brave battle with cancer and social media quickly became awash with messages from those who knew him well.
My whole heart, my best friend, my hero— MK (@McloughlinMeg) May 4, 2021
I’m so so sorry. I would die a thousand times if it meant you didn’t have to.
I’m so proud of you, and i’m so blessed to be your daughter. I will always love you more than anything.
Your baby girl 💔 pic.twitter.com/Dv6zDFumxR
Our hero 💔❤️ my dad. I will love you forever x pic.twitter.com/Y09k7PIOYs— Abby Mcloughlin (@AbbyMcloughlin) May 5, 2021
It’s heartbreaking to hear of the passing of Alan McCloughlin a great lad and player, my love and prayers go out to all the family RIP 🙏❤️x pic.twitter.com/HQtToCbdpm— paul walsh (@paul_walsh9) May 4, 2021
RIP Macca. So sad to hear of this news. Played such a big part in mine and many others development in becoming players and more importantly men. 😔 pic.twitter.com/Ykn0eWpPen— Adam Webster (@AdamWebster31) May 4, 2021
Dreadful news about Macca. Such a great player when I was @Pompey and an even better person. RIP mate.— Darren Anderton (@DarrenAnderton) May 4, 2021
Thoughts are with Debs and the family ❤️
Macca was a genuine and decent man, had a good relationship with him during my time at Pompey and whenever our paths crossed thereafter. Such sad news RIP https://t.co/IrrPJNLwmG— Paul 5 Robbo (@Paul5Robbo) May 4, 2021
You had a heart of gold Macca. Will cherish the moments we shared together, thank you for everything mate! Rest in peace ❤️ https://t.co/YXMn1uFVhV— Daniel Butler (@Danielbutler26) May 4, 2021
So often a friend & a voice of wisdom at the end of the phone. I’m going to miss you mate. Thankyou for the belief, advice & friendship! ☘️🥺💙 pic.twitter.com/cPSKnAhxUK— Jed Wallace (@jedwallace12) May 4, 2021
There are not nearly enough Macca's in this world! Absolutley heartboken on news, but so proud you were my mate, thank you @4AFMac R.I.P— Liam Daish (@liamdaish) May 4, 2021
😞😞— Brandon Haunstrup (@B_Haunstrup) May 4, 2021
Devastated, helped me through one of the toughest times of my life when I was growing up in the academy which I will be forever grateful for, full of wisdom and wit, an all round great guy and coach.
Pleasure to have known you, rest easy Macca💙 https://t.co/TZO9jO3YJy
Gutted to just hear my ex teammate Alan Mcloughlin has died 😔 What a top player he was and always looked out for me as a kid when I was coming through at Pompey. RIP Macca 💙⚽️ pic.twitter.com/u9x9NrSqF4— Deon Burton (@RochdaleMids) May 4, 2021
Proud to have been able to call you my friend ❤️😞 @4AFMac— Gavin Maguire (@GavinMaguire2) May 4, 2021
RIP Macca you wouldn’t want anyone else in the trenches with you. Love and thoughts to Deb, Abby & Megan he was a great man— Guy Whittingham (@guywhittingham) May 4, 2021
A tribute to Alan McLoughlin— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) May 4, 2021
We will always have that night in November 🇮🇪 pic.twitter.com/A4b6CVQBAR
It's absolutely terrible news about #Pompey legend Alan McLoughlin.— Sam Matterface (@sammatterface) May 4, 2021
A legend for his country for scoring an iconic goal, a man with great stories and super company.
Three years touring the Prem with @Pompey, usually squeezing three of us in to one ibis room.
RIP Macca 💔 pic.twitter.com/rsmsX6MEtA
Just such awful news, a wonderful man. All my thoughts are with his friends and family https://t.co/1it7jsAZ24— Andrew Moon (@mrandrewmoon) May 4, 2021
Absolutely gutted. Macca, you had such a big influence on me in so many ways. Gave me valuable advice when I needed it most. Will be deeply missed by so many💙 RIP 🕊😢 pic.twitter.com/SE51sIYLBj— Conor Chaplin (@ConorChaplin10) May 4, 2021
Terrible news😩 a great guy and a great coach who has taught and helped me a lot in the game, RIP Macca💙 https://t.co/MueaiCKzp5— Adam May (@adam_may97) May 4, 2021
Devastating news that Alan McLoughlin has died at only 54. Great bloke and fine player with knack of getting vital goals from midfield for Pompey and Ireland. Thanks for the memories, Macca.— Ian Darke (@IanDarke) May 4, 2021
RIP Macca you were truly great to me over the last 2 & 1/2 years, Thank you for every chat we had I loved every minute of them Xxxx https://t.co/FjGlC1I2vt— Noel Hunt (@Noelhunt20) May 4, 2021
Very very sad to hear the news of Macca passing away. He was a wonderful player, so easy to coach. In fact, it was a privilege to do it. Wonderful memories shared, specially at Wembley. RIP Macca. My thoughts and prayers with his family and friends. https://t.co/3nYmUYoaax— osvaldo ardiles (@osvaldooardiles) May 4, 2021