25 November 2006

British Champions 1980

British Championship
1880s - 1890s - 1900s - 1910s - 1920s - 1930s - 1940s - 1950s - 1960s - 1970s - 1980s -
Champions
- 1914 - 1980 - 1984 -

As the Irish Football Association celebrated its centenary in 1980, Northern Ireland decided the perfect way to mark the occasion was to win their first British Championship in 66 years...


Back Row: Jack Balmer (medical consultant), Mal Donaghy, Gerry Armstrong, John O'Neill, George Dunlop, Eric McManus, Jim Platt, Chris Nicholl, Billy Hamilton, John McClelland, Bobby McGregor (physio).Front Row: Tom Finney, Tommy Cassidy, Terry Cochrane, Sammy McIlroy, Billy Bingham (manager), Noel Brotherston, David McCreery, Derek Spence, Jimmy Nicholl.

16-05-1980 N. Ireland 1-0 Scotland.. [Windsor Park, Belfast]
17-05-1980 Wales..... 4-1 England... [Racecourse Ground, Wrexham]
20-05-1980 England... 1-1 N. Ireland [Wembley Stadium, London]
21-05-1980 Scotland.. 1-0 Wales..... [Hampden Park, Glasgow]
23-05-1980 Wales..... 0-1 N. Ireland [Ninian Park, Cardiff]
24-05-1980 Scotland.. 0-2 England... [Hampden Park, Glasgow]
Team.......Pl W.D.L.F.A.Pts
N. Ireland
. 3 2 1 0 3 1. 5
England.... 3 1 1 1 4 5. 3
Wales...... 3 1 0 2 4 3. 2
Scotland... 3 1 0 2 1 3. 2

Harry Cavan, President of the Irish FA and Vice-President of FIFA, with the British Championship trophy outside the Maysfield Liesure Centre, Belfast, which hosted part of the IFA Centenary Exhibition.

- 1914 - 1980 - 1984 -

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I will never forget the thrill of that win in 1980. It was the first silverware won by my favourite team in my lifetime. I was also thrilled that my wee brother was in Cardiff to see the lads finish the job. Magic!

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