22 March 2015

600: 29 March 2015

599 vs Scotland - 600 - 601 vs Qatar
Sunday, 29th March 2015. 17:00 GMT
NORTHERN IRELAND (NIR) 2-1 FINLAND (FIN) (H/T 2-0)

Venue: Windsor Park, Belfast
Attendance: 10,264
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referees: Paweł Sokolnicki (POL), Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Radosław Siejka (POL)
Additional Assistant Referees: Paweł Raczkowski (POL), Tomasz Musiał (POL)
Goalscorers: NIR Lafferty 33, 38; FIN Sadik 90+1

NORTHERN IRELAND (green shirts, white shorts, green socks)
Manager: Michael O'Neill (Game 24)
Captain: Steven Davis (Game 26)
Carroll; C. McLaughlin, Chris Brunt _, Gareth McAuley, Jonny Evans, Chris Baird _, Niall McGinn [Stuart Dallas 64], Steven Davis [Corry Evans 46], Jamie Ward, Kyle Lafferty [Josh Magennis 79], Oliver Norwood
Unused subs: Michael McGovern, Alan Mannus; Daniel Lafferty, Billy McKay, Paddy McCourt, Paddy McNair, Aaron Hughes, Will Grigg

FINLAND (white shirts, blue shorts, white socks)
Manager: Mixu Paatelainen
Captain: Niklas Moisander
Hradecky; Sorsa, Moisander, Toivio [Arajuuri _ 46], Eremenko, Pukki [Sadik 70], Sparv, Mattila, Uronen, Ring, Hämäläinen [Pohjanpalo _ 43]
Unused subs: Mäenpää, Moren, Schüller, Lod, Riski, Raitala, Lam, Kauko, Moisander

Match Programme:

Match Photos:

Kyle Lafferty, Roy Carroll, Jonny Evans, Gareth McAuley, Conor McLaughlin
Jamie Ward, Steven Davis, Niall McGinn, Oliver Norwood, Chris Baird
Match Reports:
Sporting Life
BBC
IrishFA

Pre-Match:
Northern Ireland Squad (BBC)
Goalkeepers: R Carroll (Notts County), A Mannus (St Johnstone), M McGovern (Hamilton Academical).
Defenders: A Hughes (Brighton), C Baird (West Bromwich Albion), G McAuley (West Bromwich Albion), J Evans (Manchester United), C Cathcart (Watford), S Ferguson (Newcastle United), C McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town), L McCullough (Doncaster Rovers), P McNair (Manchester United),  D Lafferty* (Burnley), L Hodson* (Watford).
Midfielders: S Davis (Southampton), C Brunt (West Bromwich Albion), S Clingan (Kilmarnock), C Evans (Blackburn Rovers), O Norwood (Reading), R McLaughlin (Liverpool), B Reeves (MK Dons), P McCourt (Brighton), S Dallas (Brentford), P Paton* (Dundee United).
Forwards: K Lafferty (Norwich City), N McGinn (Aberdeen), J Ward (Derby County), J Magennis (Kilmarnock), B McKay (Wigan Athletic), Will Grigg (MK Dons).
* late call-ups, withdrawals

Finland Squad
Lukas Hradecky (Brøndby IF), Niki Mäenpää (VVV-Venlo), Henrik Moisander (FC Lahti), Sakari Mattila (Ålesunds FK), Paulus Arajuuri (KKS Lech Poznan), Joona Toivio (Molde FK), Sebastian Sorsa (HJK), Valtteri Moren (HJK), Niklas Moisander (AFC Ajax), Thomas Lam (PEC Zwolle),
Kari Arkivuo (BK Häcken), Tim Sparv (FC Midtjylland), Roman Eremenko (PFC CSKA Moskva),
Rasmus Schüller (HJK), Alexander Ring (FC Kaiserslautern), Jere Uronen (Helsingborgs IF),
Berat Sadik (FC Thun), Joni Kauko (FSV Frankfurt 1899), Kasper Hämäläinen (KKS Lech Poznan),
Perparim Hetemaj (AC Chievo Verona), Teemu Pukki (Brøndby IF), Riku Riski (Rosenborg BK),
Joel Pohjanpalo (Fortuna Düsseldorf)

Notes:

  • This was (Northern) Ireland's 600th senior international.
  • Kyle Lafferty scored his 13th and 14th international goals, equaling then surpassing Billy Gillespie and Colin Clarke as Northern Ireland's second highest ever goalscorer.

19 February 2015

Spirit of 58

A documentary about Northern Ireland's heroic performance at the 1958 World Cup.


Clackity Films present the first ever documentary on the incredible journey of the Northern Ireland football team of the 1950s who overcame all odds to transform themselves from constant also-rans to a team able to beat what seemed like an invincible English team at Wembley, beat the twice World Champions Italy to qualify for the 1958 World Cup and then come tantalisingly within reach of a semi final date with Brazil at the final stages in Sweden..

Today, with their story almost forgotten, only five of these heroic players remain alive. We have interviewed all of them and left no stone unturned in the search for photographs, memorabilia and moving images associated with their triumphs to bring vividly to life once more the glory of those far-off years.

And now we need your help.

The documentary will be screened as part of this year's 15th Belfast Film Festival. However, we have included lots of fantastic archive footage and photographs which need to be paid for, some of which, from the World Cup itself, are particularly costly.

We need £13,500 to pay for clearance rights to show this documentary at festivals around the world and once more shine a spotlight on the achievements of this remarkable team.

Whether you're a fan of the Northern Ireland team wanting to see for the first time a forgotten segment of their history or a fan of archive-based documentary making you can make a difference. We have the platform to screen this film in place and now all we need are the crucial funds to clear the wonderful archive we have spent so much time uncovering. We want to share this fantastic story with sports fans in Northern Ireland and around the world but it can't happen without your help.

Please visit the "Spirit of 58" crowd funding page and help to share this documentary with the world.

17 January 2015

Player Transfers - January 2015

2013/14 - 2014/15 - 2015/16
Club Appearances - Transfers (summer 2014 - January 2015) - Cups, Ups & Downs -


Permanent moves:
03-Jan Paul McElroy (Linfield to Portadown) story
07-Jan Dermot McCaffrey (Dungannon Swifts to Rochedale Rovers-AUS) story 
08-Jan Johnny Steele (Newcastle Jets-AUS to Minnesota United-USA) story
10-Jan Eddie McCallion (Glenavon to Bangor) story
14-Jan Grant McCann (Peterborough United to Linfield) story
16-Jan Sean Shields (Dagenham & Redbridge to Ebbsfleet United) story
19-Jan Robin Shroot (IL Hodd-NOR to Sogndal-NOR) story
28-Jan Paddy McNally (Glenavon to Ballymena United) story
28-Jan Jamie Harney (West Ham United to Colchester United) story
20-Jan Billy McKay (Inverness Caledonian Thistle to Wigan Athletic) story
02-Feb Michael Duffy (Derry City to Celtic) story
13-Feb Rory Patterson (Derry City to Cockburn City-AUS) story story

Loan moves:
03-Jan Greg Tempest (Notts County to Boston United) story
05-Jan Billy Kee (Scunthorpe United to Mansfield) story
08-Jan Rory Donnelly (Swansea City to Tranmere Rovers) story
09-Jan Tom Flanagan (MK Dons to Plymouth) story
13-Jan Cameron McGeehan (Norwich City to Cambridge United) story
17-Jan Jason Mooney (York City to Alfreton Town) story
26-Jan Martin Paterson (Huddersfield Town to Orlando City) story
02-Feb Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday to Chesterfield) story
02-Feb Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City to Caykur Rizespor-TUR) story
02-Feb Shane Ferguson (Newcastle United to Rangers) story
02-Feb Andrew Mitchell (Southport to Annan Athletic) story

Players released:
Sean McCashin (Dungannon Swifts)

Players available:
Shane McEleney (Derry City)
Gary Browne (Coleraine)

Are there any deals missing? Get in touch.

19 December 2014

The Hereford United Connection

It is always sad when a football club "goes to the wall", and today that fate befell Hereford United. The Bulls' most famous moment pre-dated their 31 years as a Football League side, and it was a Northern Ireland goalkeeper, Iam McFaul, who clasped helplessly as Ronnie Radford's shot for the then Southern League club helped defeat the giants of Newcastle United in the 1972 FA Cup third round.


Founded: 1924
Folded: 2014
Ground: Edgar Street (1924-2014)

Club Honours:
Football League best season: 22nd Division Two (II) 1976/77
Division Three (III) Champions 1975/76
Division Four/Division Three/League Two (IV) Runners-Up 1972/73, Third 2007/08, Play-Off Winners 1995/96
Football Conference Play-Off Winners 2005/06
FA Cup best season: Fourth Round (8 times)
Football League Cup best season: Third Round 1974/75
Welsh Cup Winners 1989/90, Runners-Up 1967/68, 1975/76, 1980/81

League Career:
Birmingham & District League 1928/29-38/39; Southern League 1938/39-1971/72; Football League Division Four (IV) 1972/73; Division Three (III) 1973/74-75/76; Division Two (II) 1976/77; Division Three (III) 1977/78; Division Four (IV) 1978/79-91/92; Division Three (IV) 1992/93-96/97; Football Conference (V) 1997/98-05/06; League Two (IV) 2006/07-07/08; League One (III) 2008/09; League Two 2009/10-11/12; Conference Premier (V) 2012/13-13/14; Southern League 2014/15 (folded mid-season).

Hereford never fielded a "current" full Northern Ireland player, but a number of Ulstermen did appear for the club in their 90-year history.

Player
Hereford
Career
League
Games/Goals
International Career
Tony Capaldi (loan)
Ray Campbell (loan)
Matty Lund (loan)
Paul Millar (loan)
01/02
87/88
98/99
85/86-92/93
79/80-86/87
07/08
10/11
WW2
09/10-12/13
90/91
00/01
96/97
12/ 0
4/ 0
19/ 1
272/ 4
278/38
0/ 0
2/ 0
-
76/ 6
5/ 2
2/ 0
10/ 0
22 Full, Under-21*
18 Full
Uncapped
Under-21
3 Full, Under-21
Under-21
Uncapped
Under-21
B, Under-23, Under-21
46 Full
1 Full, B
* caps earned while with club.

Links:
FCHD
Wikipedia
Official Website

16 December 2014

599: 25 March 2015

International Friendly
Wednesday, 25th March 2015. KO 19:45
SCOTLAND (SCO) 1-0 NORTHERN IRELAND (NIR) (H/T 0-0)

Venue: Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance:
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referees: Gary Beswick (ENG), John Brooks (ENG)
Goals: SCO Berra 85

NORTHERN IRELAND 4-1-4-1 (all blue)
Manager: Michael O'Neill
Captain: Jonny Evans (Game: 1)
McGovern; McNair, D Lafferty, Hughes, J Evans [McCullough 81], Baird [Hodson 58], Dallas, Norwood [Davis 69], Magennis [McKay 75], Grigg [McCourt 58], Reeves [R McLaughlin 70].

SCOTLAND 4-4-2 (white/yellow/pink shirts, white shorts and white socks)
Manager: Gordon Strachan
Captain: Darren Fletcher
Gordon [McGregor 45]; Whittaker [Russell 78], Forsyth, Greer, Martin [Berra 45], McArthur [Morrison 63], D. Fletcher, Ritchie, S. Fletcher [Rhodes 63], Maloney, Anya.

Pre-Match:
Announcement

Programme/Ticket/Teamsheet:

Match Reports:
BBC
IrishFA
SkySports

Squads:
Northern Ireland:
Goalkeepers: R Carroll (Notts County), A Mannus (St Johnstone), M McGovern (Hamilton Academical)
Defenders: A Hughes (Brighton), C Baird (West Bromwich Albion), G McAuley (West Bromwich Albion), J Evans (Manchester United), C Cathcart (Watford), D Lafferty(Burnley) C McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town), L McCullough (Doncaster Rovers), P McNair (Manchester United), L Hodson (MK Dons)
Midfielders: S Davis (Southampton), C Brunt (West Bromwich Albion), C Evans (Blackburn), O Norwood (Reading), R McLaughlin (Liverpool), B Reeves (MK Dons), P McCourt (Brighton), S Dallas (Brentford)
Forwards: K Lafferty (Norwich City), N McGinn (Aberdeen), J Ward (Derby), J Magennis (Kilmarnock), B McKay (Wigan Athletic), W Grigg (MK Dons)

Scotland:
Goalkeepers: C Gordon (Celtic), D Marshall (Cardiff City), A McGregor (Hull City)
Defenders: C Berra (Ipswich), C Forsyth (Derby), G Greer (Brighton), A Hutton (Aston Villa), R Martin (Norwich City), M Reynolds (Aberdeen), A Robertson (Hull City), S Whittaker (Norwich City)
Midfielders: I Anya (Watford), B Bannan (Bolton), S Brown (Celtic), D Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion), J Forrest (Celtic), S Maloney (Chicago Fire), J McArthur (Crystal Palace), J Morrison (West Bromwich Albion), M Ritchie (Bournemouth), J Russell (Derby)
Forwards: S Fletcher (Sunderland), S May (Sheffield Wednesday), S Naismith (Everton), J Rhodes (Blackburn)

Notes:
  • Both teams were showing off their new "away" kits, so Scotland wore white (rather than there normal first choice of blue) and Northern Ireland wore blue.

14 December 2014

European Championships 1992

1960 - 1964 - 1968 - 1972 - 1976 - 1980 - 1984 - 1988 - 1992 1996 - 
2000 - 2004 - 2008 - 2012 - 2016 - 2020 -

Qualifying Group Four:

PldWDLGFGAGDPts
 Yugoslavia8701244+2014
 Denmark8611187+1113
 N. Ireland8233111107
 Austria8116614−83
 Faroe Islands8116326−233
 AustriaDenmarkFaroe IslandsNorthern IrelandSocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Austria 0-33-00-00-2
Denmark 2-14-12-10-2
Faroe Islands 1-00-40-50-2
N. Ireland 2-11-11-10-2
Yugoslavia 4-11-27-04-1
In May 1992 Yugoslavia were suspended from UEFA as a result of sanctions imposed by the UN due to the ongoing civil war in the country. At late notice, Denmark took their place at the Finals in Sweden.

Northern Ireland Results:
12/09/1990
Northern Ireland
0-2
Yugoslavia
Belfast
17/10/1990
Northern Ireland
1-1
Denmark
Belfast
14/11/1990
Austria
0-0
Northern Ireland
Vienna
27/03/1991
Yugoslavia
4-1
Northern Ireland
Belgrade
01/05/1991
Northern Ireland
1-1
Faroe Islands
Belfast
11/09/1991
Faroe Islands
0-5
Northern Ireland
Landskrona
16/10/1991
Northern Ireland
2-1
Austria
Belfast
13/11/1991
Denmark
2-1
Northern Ireland
Odense

Northern Ireland Squad:
Players
Apps
Starts
Sub
Goals
Fettis
Alan (gk)
1
1
(0)
0
Kee
Paul (gk)
5
5
(0)
0
Wright
Tommy (gk)
2
2
(0)
0
Black
Kingsley
8
8
(0)
1
Clarke
Colin
8
6
(2)
5
Dennison
Robbie
7
5
(2)
0
Donaghy
Mal
8
8
(0)
0
Dowie
Iain
8
6
(2)
1
Fleming
Gary
1
1
(0)
0
Hill
Colin
3
3
(0)
1
Hughes
Michael
1
1
(0)
0
Magilton
Jim
5
5
(0)
0
McBride
Stephen
3
1
(2)
0
McDonald
Alan
5
5
(0)
1
Morrow
Steve
3
2
(1)
0
O'Neill
Colin
1
1
(0)
0
O'Neill
Michael
1
0
(1)
0
Quinn
Jimmy
1
0
(1)
0
Rogan
Anton
4
4
(0)
0
Taggart
Gerry
7
7
(0)
1
Williams
Paul
1
0
(1)
0
Wilson
Danny
5
4
(1)
0
Wilson
Kevin
7
7
(0)
1
Worthington
Nigel
6
6
(0)
0

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