Packie Bonner - Irish Soccer Legend, Television pundit, Media Personality and After Dinner Speaker
A well-known and respected media and football personality, Packie is best known for the legendary status he acquired during his time as Republic of Ireland and Celtic goalkeeper.
A native of Burtonport, Co. Donegal; he enjoyed a glittering football career at Celtic having been spotted by the famous Jock Stein keeping goal for Leicester City in an FA Youth Cup match.
Packie’s media credits include working as a football presenter with Irish television station TV3. In 2003 was named as Technical Director with the FAI. Previously, he had held the role of goalkeeping coach to the senior squad within the organization.
He has worked, in conjunction with JGA Sports Agency, on many projects including after dinner speaking, launches, personal appearances and photocalls.
Packie Bonner Press Conference
Celtic and Ireland Hero
With an amazing 642 appearances, Packie is the most prolific goalkeeper in the history of Celtic Football Club. His domestic successes include 5 Scottish League titles (1979, ’81, ’82, ’86, ‘88), 4 Scottish Cups (1980, ’88, ’89, ’95) and 1 Scottish League Cup (1983).
World Cup - Italia '90
It was with his national team that Packie was most revered. An international career earning 80 caps saw him directly involved in some of Irish sporting history’s most memorable moments. Along with his saves during the win over England in Euro ’88, his penalty save from Daniel Timofte of Romania at Italia ’90 sent Ireland to the quarter finals of the World Cup for the first and only time to date and in turn cemented his place in the hearts of a nation.