** Latest Transfers **

Transfers Summer 2020

6 August 2020

Matthew Kennedy

Born: Dundonald
Position: Winger

International Career: Scotland: Youth

Club Career:
Kilmarnock youth
Everton 
Tranmere loan
MK Dons loan
Hibernian loan
Cardiff City
Port Vale loan
Plymouth loan
Portsmouth loan
St Johnstone 18/19-19/20 Jul-18
Aberdeen 19/20- date Jan-20 £75k

Biography:
Quick on either wing, Matty Kennedy represented Scotland at all youth levels up to under-21. On being announced in the Northern Ireland squad for the first time in October 2019, Michael O'Neill revealed: "We have known about him for some time. He was born in Dundonald, has Scottish parents and grew up in Scotland. He played for Scotland Under-21s so the paper work took longer than we thought."

Kennedy left Tommy Wright's St Johnstone for Aberdeen in January 2020. Among his rivals for a spot on the wing at Pittodrie is Niall McGinn.

Callum Ferris

Born: 5 July 2001
Position: Forward

International Career: Northern Ireland: Under-21

Club Career:
Portadown 16/17 - date Youth

Josh Kelly

Born: 19 December 1998
Position: Forward

International Career: Northern Ireland: Under-21 (2019)

Club Career:
Maidenhead United 16/17- date Dec-16 Youth
Walton Casuals 17/18 loan

Biography:
A prolific goalscorer...

Lewis McCann

Born: 7 June 2001, Edinburgh (SCO)
Height: 6.02 ft / 1.88 m
Position: Forward

International Career: Northern Ireland: Under-21, Youth

Club Career:
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale Youth
Hearts Youth
Dunfermline 18/19- date May-18 Youth

Biography: 
Born and raised in Scotland to a father from Northern Ireland and a mother from England, Lewis McCann's brother is also a footballer who has played in the Northern Ireland set-up.

Daniel Finlayson

Born: 19 January 2001
Height: 6.03 ft / 1.91 m
Position: Defender

International Career: Northern Ireland: Under-21, Under-19

Club Career
Rangers Youth
Orange County (USL) Feb-20 loan

Kyle McClean

Born: 3 October 1989, Belfast
Position: Midfielder

International Career: Northern Ireland: Under-21, Under-19, Under-17

Club Career:
Crusaders Youth
Nottingham Forest Youth
St Johnstone 17/18- date Jun-17 Free
Linfield 18/19 loan

Biography:

Nathan Kerr

Born:
20 January 1988
Position: Defender

International Career: Northern Ireland: Under-21, Youth

Stevenage
St Albans loan
Glentoran

Danny Amos

Born:
22 December 1999, Sheffield (ENG)
Position: Left-Back

International Career: 
Northern Ireland: Under-21, Under-19

Club Career:
Doncaster Rovers Youth
Hartlepool United 18/19 loan


Pierce Bird

Defender

Northern Ireland: Under-21

Notts Co

Jack O'Mahoney

Defender

Northern Ireland: Under-21

Glenavon

Jared Thompson

Goalkeeper

Northern Ireland: Under-21

Exeter City

Declan Dunne

Goalkeeper

Northern Ireland: Under-21

Cliftonville

Harry Robinson

Forward

Northern Ireland: Under-21

Paul O'Neill

Forward

Northern Ireland: Under-21

Christopher Gallagher

Midfielder

Northern Ireland: Under-21

Jack Scott

Midfielder

Northern Ireland: Under-21

Caolan Boyd-Munce

Midfielder

Northern Ireland: Under-21

Alfie McCalmont

Born:
25 March 2000, Thirsk (ENG)
Position: Midfielder

Northern Ireland: Full, Under-21

Club Career:
Leeds United Youth

Biography:
Highly rated Leeds midfielder, Alfie McCalmont made his enior debut in an EFL Cup match against Salford in August 2019

Having been included in a Northern Ireland training squad during the summer of 2019, he was awarded his first senior cap in a friendly against Luxembourg that September,

Alistair McCann

Midfielder

Northern Ireland: Under-21

Cameron Palmer

Midfielder

Northern Ireland: Under-21

Jake Dunwoody

Midfielder

Northern Ireland: Under-21

Shea Gordon

Midfielder

Northern Ireland: Under-21

Motherwell
Partick loan

Sean Graham

Defender

Northern Ireland: Under-21

Lewis Balmer

Defender

Northern Ireland: Under-21

Kofi Balmer

Defender

Northern Ireland: Under-21

Eoin Toal

Defender

Northern Ireland: Under-21

Caolan Marron

Defender

Northern Ireland: Under-21

Bobby Burns

Name:
Robert Burns
Born: 7 October 1999, Antrim
PositionDefender

International Career: Northern Ireland: Under-21, Youth

Club Career:
Lisburn Youth Youth
Cliftonville Youth
Glenavon Youth 
Knockbreda loan
Hearts
Livingston loan
Newcastle Jets loan (A-League)
Barrow

Nathan Gartside

Name:
Nathan James Gartside
Born: 8 March 1988, Maydown
Height: 1.88 m
Position: Goalkeeper

International Career: Northern Ireland: Under-21, Youth

Club Career:
Institute Youth
Watford Youth
Chelmsford City loan
Derry City Free

Biography:
Nathan Gartside had already appeared on the bench for the Watford football team when his career and life were near brought to a premature end by an inflamed hear.

Liam Hughes

Goalkeeper

Northern Ireland: Under-21

Ethan Galbraith

Name:
Ethan Stuart William Galbraith
Born: 11 May 2001, Belfast
Height: 5.09 ft / 1.75 m
Position: Midfielder

International Career: Northern Ireland: Full, Under-21, Youth

Club Career:
Ballyclare Comrades Youth
Glentoran Youth 0/0
Linfield Youth 0/0
Manchester United Youth
Manchester United U21 Youth

Biography:
A star through Northern Ireland's youth set-up, Ethan Galbraith made his senior debut against Luxembourg in September 2019 when just 18. He made his debut for Manchester United two months later in a Europa League tie against Afghan side, Astana.

Ciaron Brown

Name: Ciaron Maurice Brown
Born: 14 January 1998, Hillingdon
Position: Defender

International Career: Northern Ireland: Full, Under-21

Club Career:
Bedfont Sports (Combine Counties League Premier)
Wealdstone (National League South)
Cardiff City
Livingston 18/19 loan
Livingston 19/20 loan
Livingston 20/21 loan

Biography:
Born in London, Brown qualifies for Northern Ireland through his Belfast-born mother.


Northern Ireland Caps:
09-19 Luxembourg H FR

4 August 2020

The Richest Game

The EFL Championship Play-Off Final is reportedly the most valuable single match in world sport, valued at up to £160 million for the winner!

The Football League play-off system began in fairly humble circumstances in the late-1980s when the game in England was in a major slump. The short-term aim was to allow restructuring of the League's four divisions, with a longer term goal of keeping excitement alive for longer as clubs in mid-table would potentially have something to play for through to the final few matches of the season. Nowadays, the match has all the razmataz of a big final as the teams battle it out for a place in the promised land of the Premier League.

It is interesting to note the Northern Ireland players who have featured in the match, some sneaking into the Premier League via the "back-door" and others who have suffered the heartbreak of missing out on satisfying a life-time ambition of playing in one of the world's elite stages...

Year

Winners

Losers

Notes

Football League Second Division

1988

 -

-

Chelsea

Kevin Wilson

 -

2 legs

1992

 -

-

 -

Leicester

Colin Hill

 -

Football League First Division

1993

 -

-

 -

Leicester

Colin Hill

 -

 -

1995

 -

-

 -

Reading

Jimmy Quinn

sub/①

also p-m

1996

Leicester

Neil Lennon

 -

 -

-

 -

 -

1996

 -

Colin Hill

sub

 -

-

 -

 -

1999

Watford

Peter Kennedy

 -

 -

-

 -

 -

2000

Ipswich

Jim Magilton

 -

 -

-

 -

 -

2001

 -

-

 -

Preston

Colin Murdock

 -

 -

2001

 -

-

 -

 -

David Healy

 -

 -

2002

Birmingham

Damien Johnson

unused

Norwich

Phil Mulryne

 -

 -

2002

 -

-

 -

 -

Paul McVeigh

 -

 -

2004

 -

-

 -

West Ham

Steve Lomas

 -

 -

Football League Championship

2006

 -

-

 -

Leeds

David Healy

sub

 -

2007

Derby Co

Lee Camp

unused

 -

-

 -

 -

2008

 -

-

 -

Bristol C.

Ivan Sproule

sub

 -

2009

Burnley

Michael Duff

 -

Sheff Utd

Jamie Ward

sub

 -

2009

 -

Martin Paterson

 -

 -

-

 -

 -

2010

 -

-

 -

Cardiff

Tony Capaldi

unused

 -

2012

West Ham

George McCartney

sub

Blackpool

Craig Cathcart

unused

 -

2014

QPR

Aaron Hughes

unused

Derby Co

Jamie Ward

 -

 -

EFL Championship

2016

Hull City

Alex Bruce

unused

 -

 -

 -

2018

Fulham

Ollie Norwood

sub

 -

 -


Mangers:
Iain Dowie (won 2004)
Martin O'Neill (won 1996)
Jimmy Quinn (lost 1995 [joint-player-manager])
Brendan Rodgers (won 2011)
Nigel Worthington (lost 2002)

31 July 2020

Transfers Summer 2020

Player - Previous club > New club - Source

Paul Paton - Dunfermline > East Kilbride - Record
Charlie Lindsay - Glentoran > Rangers - BBC
Michael O'Connor - Salford City > released - SCFC
Mikhail Kennedy - Charlton Athletic > retired through injury - Journal
Michael Forbes - Dungannon Swifts > West Ham United - Herald
Dale Gorman - Leyton Orient > released - LOFC
Chris Brunt - West Bromwich Albion > released - BBC
Kyle Lafferty - Sunderland > Reggina 1914 [ITA] - BBC
Shay McCartan - Bradford City > released - BCAFC
Rory McArdle - Scunthorpe United > released - BBC
Ben Kennedy - Stevenage > released - SFC
Callum Camps - Rochdale > Fleetwood Town - BBC
Ryan McLaughlin - Rochdale > released - RAFC
Jamie Sendles White - Crawley Town > released - CTFC
Jack Chambers - West Bromwich Albion > released - ExtraTime
Ethan Patterson - unattached > Þróttur Vogum [ISL] - Twitter
Ruairi Croskery - Limestone University > Portadown - BelfastLive
Jared Thompson - Exeter City > released - ECFC
Jamie Reid - Torquay United > Mansfield Town - BBC
Ciaron Brown - Cardiff City > Livingston (loan) - BBC
Jamie McDonnell - Glentoran > Nottingham Forest - BBC
Matt Ball - Biggleswade Town > Hendon - HFC
Joel Cooper - Linfield > Oxford United - BBC
Jake Dunwoody - Stoke City > Derry City - BBC
Scott Pengelly - Fleetwood Town > Portadown - NIFL
Bobby Deane - Derry City > Lincoln City - DCFC
Jamie McDonagh - Derry > Glentoran - BBC
Luke McCullough - Tranmere Rovers > Glentoran - BBC
Chris Johns - Coleraine - Linfield - BBC
Curtis Allen - Glentoran > Coleraine - BelfastLive
Charlie Allen - Linfield > Leeds United
Dale Taylor - Linfield > Nottingham Forest - LFC
Sean Ward - Crusaders > Glenavon - BBC
Josh Robinson - Linfield > Larne - BBC
Chris Ramsey - Larne > Belfast Celtic 2019 - Twitter
Chris Casement - Linfield > released - BBC
Robbie Weir - Chesterfield > Waterford - News&Star
Lee Camp - Birmingham City > released - BBC
Bobby Burns - Heart of Midlothian > Barrow BBC
Conor Brennan - Dumbarton > East Kilbride EKFC
Keith Gillespie - unattached > FC Mindwell - BBC
Cameron McGeehan - Barnsley > KV Oostende - KVO

Last updated August 7
jcd

30 July 2020

Miscellaneous (Northern) Ireland international player records

Most appearances in English Leagues: 757 - Pat Jennings
Most goals in English Leagues: 222 - Derek Dougan [300 - Peter Doherty (inc War-Time)]
Most appearances in Scottish Leagues: 563 - Patsy Gallagher
Most goals in Scottish Leagues: 209 - Patsy Gallagher
Most appearances in the NASL (1967-1984): 184 - Bill Irwin (Amateur international); 177 - Vic Moreland
Most goals in the NASL (1967-1984): 57 - George Best
Most appearances in MLS: 76 - Jonny Steele
Most goals in MLS: 8 Jonny Steele
Most goals in the League of Ireland: 135 - Sean McCarthy (Victory International)

28 July 2020

Managerial Awards

The image of Bob Paisley or Brian Clough grinning while clinching a huge bottle of Bell's Scotch was a familiar one from the 1970s and '80s as they racked up Manager of the Year or Manager of the Month awards.

The Bell's (later Barclays) award ran from 1965-1993 and was won by managers of both English and Scottish clubs, but never by a Northern Irishman. Since then we have provided many winners of the top managerial honours in both England and Scotland...

Danny Wilson - LMA
Award Winner 1997
ENGLAND

League Managers Association
Manager of the Year (first awarded 1994)
(main award)
1997 Danny Wilson (Barnsley/Division One[II])
2014 Brendan Rodgers† (Liverpool/Premier League[I])
(divisional award)
1994 Martin O'Neill (Wycombe Wanderers/Division Three[IV])
1996 Martin O'Neill (Leicester City/Division One[II])
2004 Nigel Worthington (Norwich City/Division One[II])
2007 Danny Wilson (Hartlepool United/League Two(IV))

LMA 1000 Club (for managers who have taken charge of 1000 professional games)
Danny Wilson (LMA)

Premier League
Manager of the Season
none

Manager of the Month (first awarded 1993/94)
Sep-97 Martin O'Neill (Leicester City)
Oct-98 Martin O'Neill (Leicester City)
Nov-99 Martin O'Neill (Leicester City)
Jan-00 Danny Wilson (Sheffield Wednesday)
Apr-07 Martin O'Neill (Aston Villa) 
Nov-07 Martin O'Neill (Aston Villa)
Dec-08 Martin O'Neill (Aston Villa)
Apr-10 Martin O'Neill (Aston Villa)
Dec-11 Martin O'Neill (Sunderland)
Jan-12 Brendan Rodgers (Swansea City)
Aug-13 Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool)  
Mar-14 Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool)

Football League/EFL

Manager of the Month (first awarded 1996/97 - TBC)
Sep-03 Nigel Worthington (Norwich City/Division One[II])
Dec-03 Nigel Worthington (Norwich City/Division One[II])
Jan-04 Iain Dowie (Crystal Palace/Division One[II])
Apr-04 Nigel Worthington (Norwich City/Division One[II])
Dec-05 Nigel Worthington (Norwich City/Championship[II])
Aug-07 Iain Dowie (Coventry City/Championship[II])
Feb-11 Brendan Rodgers (Swansea City/Championship[II])
----
Aug-01 Danny Wilson (Bristol City/Division Two(III])
Dec-01 Danny Wilson (Bristol City/Division Two(III])
Sep-02 Iain Dowie (Oldham Athletic/Division Two[III])
Oct-02 Danny Wilson (Bristol City/Division Two(III])
Jan-04 Danny Wilson (Bristol City/Division Two[III])
Dec-11 Danny Wilson (Sheffield United/League One[III])
Oct-12 Danny Wilson (Sheffield United/League One[III])
Aug-17 Grant McCann (Peterborough United/League One[III])
Sep-18 Grant McCann (Doncaster Rovers/League One[III]) 
----
Sep-06 Danny Wilson (Hartlepool United/League Two[IV])
Feb-07 Danny Wilson (Hartlepool United/League Two[IV])
Mar-07 Danny Wilson (Hartlepool United/League Two[IV])
Aug-07 Sammy McIlroy (Morecambe/League Two [IV])
Feb-09 Sammy McIlroy (Morecambe/League Two [IV])
Apr-13 Nigel Worthington (York City/League Two[IV])
Mar-14 Nigel Worthington (York City/League Two[IV])
Sep-19 Michael Duff (Cheltenham Town/League Two[IV])

Summary of English Monthly Awards
Manager
Total Awards
Premier League [I]
Division One / Championship [II]
Division Two / League One [III]
Division Three / League Two [IV]
10
1

6
3
8
8


6
4
2
Brendan Rodgers
4
3
1

3
2
1

2

2

2

2
1

1
TOTALS
36
12
7
9
8

SCOTLAND

Scottish Football Writers' Association 
Manager of the Year (first awarded 1986/87)
2001 Martin O'Neill (Celtic)
2002 Martin O'Neill (Celtic)
2004 Martin O'Neill (Celtic)
2012 Neil Lennon (Celtic)
2013 Neil Lennon (Celtic)
2017 Brendan Rodgers† (Celtic)
2020 Neil Lennon (Celtic)

PFA Scotland 
Manager of the Year (first awarded 2006/07)
2017 Brendan Rodgers (Celtic)

SPL 
Manager of the Year (2002/03-2012/13)
2004 Martin O'Neill (Celtic)
2012 Neil Lennon (Celtic)

Manager of the Month [18]
Aug-00 Martin O'Neill (Celtic)
Dec-00 Martin O'Neill (Celtic)
Feb-01 Martin O'Neill (Celtic)
Aug-01 Martin O'Neill (Celtic)
Apr-02 Martin O'Neill (Celtic)
Nov-02 Martin O'Neill (Celtic)
Oct-03 Martin O'Neill (Celtic)
Nov-03 Martin O'Neill (Celtic)
Jan-05 Martin O'Neill (Celtic)
Sep-10 Neil Lennon (Celtic)
Jan-11 Neil Lennon (Celtic)
Apr-11 Neil Lennon (Celtic)
Nov-11 Neil Lennon (Celtic)
Dec-11 Neil Lennon (Celtic)
Feb-12 Neil Lennon (Celtic)
Apr-12 Neil Lennon (Celtic)
Sep-12 Steve Lomas (St Johnstone)
Dec-12 Neil Lennon (Celtic)

Scottish Football League
Manager of the Year (awarded 1984/85-2012/13)
1995 Jimmy Nicholl (Raith Rovers)

Manager of the Month [8]
Feb-07 Michael O'Neill (Brechin City/Division Two[III])
Dec-07 Michael O'Neill (Brechin City/Division Two[III])
Oct-08 Michael O'Neill (Brechin City/Division Two[III])
Jan-09 Danny Lennon┬ (Cowdenbeath/Division Three[IV])
Oct-09 Danny Lennon (Cowdenbeath/Division Two[III])
Nov-09 Danny Lennon (Cowdenbeath/Division Two[III])
Mar-10 Danny Lennon (Cowdenbeath/Division Two[III])
Sep-10 Jimmy Nicholl (Cowdenbeath/Division One(II))

SPFL 
Premiership Manager of the Year (first awarded 2015/16)
2016 Tommy Wright (St Johnstone)
2017 Brendan Rodgers (Celtic)
2018 Brendan Rodgers (Celtic)

League Two Manager of the Year
2019 Danny Lennon (Clyde)

Manager of the Month [25]
Oct-13 Tommy Wright (St Johnstone/Premiership[I])
Dec-13 Neil Lennon (Celtic/Premiership[I])
Jan-14 Neil Lennon (Celtic/Premiership[I])
Feb-14 Jimmy Nicholl (Cowdenbeath/Championship[II])
Mar-14 Neil Lennon (Celtic/Premiership[I])
Aug-16 Brendan Rodgers (Celtic/Premiership[I])
Aug-16 Neil Lennon (Hibernian/Championship[II])
Oct-16 Brendan Rodgers (Celtic/Premiership[I])
Dec-16 Brendan Rodgers (Celtic/Premiership[I])
Jan-17 Neil Lennon (Hibernian/Championship[II])
Apr-17 Brendan Rodgers (Celtic/Premiership[I])
Aug-17 Tommy Wright (St Johnstone/Premiership[I])
Sep-17 Brendan Rodgers (Celtic/Premiership[I])
Oct-17 Neil Lennon (Hibernian/Premiership[I])
Mar-18 Danny Lennon (Clyde/League Two[IV])
Oct-18 Brendan Rodgers (Celtic/Premiership[I])
Nov-18 Tommy Wright (St Johnstone/Premiership[I])
Nov-18 Danny Lennon (Clyde/League Two[IV])
Jan-19 Danny Lennon (Clyde/League Two[IV])
Feb-19 Stephen Robinson (Motherwell/Premiership(I))
Apr-19 Danny Lennon (Clyde/League Two[IV])
Aug-19 Neil Lennon (Celtic/Premiership[I])
Oct-19 James McPake (Dundee/Championship[II])
Nov-19 Neil Lennon (Celtic/Premiership[I])
Feb-20 Neil Lennon (Celtic/Premiership[I])

Summary of Scottish Monthly Awards:
Manager
Total Awards
SPL / Premiership [I]
Division One / Championship [II]
Division Two / League One [III]
Division Three / League Two [IV]
17
15
2


9
9


8

3
5
Br'dan Rodgers
6
6


3
3


3

3

2
2

1
1


1
1


1

1


--
SPL/SFL
--
26
--
18
--
1
--
6
--
1
SPFL
--
25
--
17
--
4
--
-
--
4
--
TOTALS
51
35
5
6
5

All played full international football for Northern Ireland except
  † - Brendan Rodgers, Schoolboy international
  ‡ -  Lawrie McMenemy, English-born Northern Ireland manager 1998-99
  ┬  - Danny Lennon, B International
Names in BOLD also manager Northern Ireland.

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