8 October 2006

World Cup - Sweden 1958

In 1958 Northern Ireland qualified for the World Cup for the first time. Finishing top of a qualifying group containing European giants Italy and Portugal, the Irish battled their way to the quarter-finals in Sweden - the smallest country ever to make it to the last eight of the World Cup...

Qualifying Group 8 (Europe)

16-01-1957 Portugal.. 1-1 N. Ireland [Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon]
25-04-1957 Italy..... 1-0 N. Ireland [Stadio Olympico, Rome]
01-05-1957 N. Ireland 3-0 Portugal.. [Windsor Park, Belfast]
26-05-1957 Portugal.. 3-0 Italy..... [Estádio Nacional, Lisbon]
22-12-1957 Italy..... 3-0 Portugal.. [San Siro, Milan]
12-01-1958 N. Ireland 2-1 Italy..... [Windsor Park, Belfast]

....................Pl W D L F:A
1. Northern Ireland. 4 2 1 1 6:3
2. Italy............ 4 2 0 2 5:5
3. Portugal......... 4 1 1 2 4:7

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Finals
First Round - Group A

08-06-1958 N. Ireland 1-0 Czecho'kia [Halmstad, Örjans Vall]
08-06-1958 W. Germany 3-1 Argentina. [Malmö, Malmö Stadion]
11-06-1958 Argentina. 3-1 N. Ireland [Halmstad, Örjans Vall]
11-06-1958 W. Germany 2-2 Czecho'kia [Hälsingborg, Olympiavalle]
15-06-1958 W. Germany 2-2 N. Ireland [Malmö, Malmö Stadion]
15-06-1958 Czecho'kia 6-1 Argentina. [Hälsingborg, Olympiavalle]

....................Pl W D L F:A
1. West Germany..... 3 1 2 0 7:5

2. Czechoslvakia.... 3 1 1 1 8:4
3. Northern Ireland. 3 1 1 1 4:5
4. Argentina........ 3 1 0 2 5:10

Play-Off
17-06-1958 N. Ireland 2-1 Czecho'kia [aet]
[Malmö, Malmö Stadion]

Quarter-Finals
19-06-1958 France.... 4-0 N. Ireland [Norrköping, Idrottsparken]

Squad of Players

No Pos Name...............Age.(Club - Country)
_1 GK. Harry Gregg.........25 (Manchester United - ENG)

_2 DF. Willie Cunningham . 28 (Leicester City - ENG)
_3 DF. Alf McMichael ..... 30 (Newcastle United - ENG)
_4 MD. Danny Blanchflower. 32 (Tottenham Hotspur - ENG) captain
_5 DF. Dick Keith ........ 25 (Newcastle United - ENG)
_6 MD. Bertie Peacock .... 29 (Celtic - SCO)
_7 FW. Billy Bingham ..... 26 (Sunderland - ENG)
_8 MD. Wilbur Cush ....... 29 (Leeds United - ENG)
_9 FW. Billy Simpson ..... 28 (Rangers - SCO)
10 FW. Jimmy McIlroy...... 26 (Burnley - ENG)
11 FW. Peter McParland ... 24 (Aston Villa - ENG)
12 GK. Norman Uprichard .. 30 (Portsmouth - ENG)
13 MD. Tom Casey ......... 28 (Newcastle United - ENG)
14 FW. Jackie Scott ...... 24 (Grimsby Town - ENG)
15 FW. Sammy McCrory ..... 33 (Southend United - ENG)
16 FW. Derek Dougan ...... 20 (Portsmouth - ENG)
17 FW. Fay Coyle ......... 25 (Nottingham Forest - ENG)
18 GK. Roy Rea*............25 (Glenavon)
19 DF.
Len Graham*.........32 (Doncaster Rovers - ENG)

20 MF. Sam Chapman*........20 (Portsmouth - ENG)
21 DF. Tommy Hamill*.......?? (Linfield)
22 FW. Bobby Trainor*......?? (Coleraine)
* Did not travel to Sweden

Manager: Peter Doherty (Bristol City - ENG)
Trainer: Gerry Morgan. (Linfield)

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The following are some of the players included in the initial squad of forty (if you can help to complete the list please get in touch):
Goalkeeper - Victor Hunter (Coleraine)
Backs - Paddy Corr (Glenavon), Tommy Lucas (Glentoran), Billy Marshall (Burnley), Billy Wilson (Linfield)
Forwards - John Crossan (Derry City), Jimmy Jones (Glenavon), Ed Nash (Derry City), Charlie Tully (Celtic), Jimmy Walker (Portadown)

The signed postcard above was sent from Sweden to site contributor George Glass by the 1958 squad. Tournament souvenir programme scan kindly forwarded by Tommy Don. For pictures of the individual match programmes click here.

- Sweden 1958 - Spain 1982 - Mexico 1986 -

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