28 November 2006

Hall of Fame - Good Old Boys


Northern Ireland have been blessed with some players with outstanding longevity...

The following Players represented (Northern) Ireland beyond their fortieth year.

Player
Date
Age
Birth
Last Cap
Years
Days
Absolute Days
24/08/1893
11/03/1936
42
200
15539
12/06/1945
12/06/1986#
41
0
14975
31/07/1844*
11/04/1885
40
254
14864+
31/12/1843*
23/02/1884
40
54
14664+
04/09/1971
11/10/2011
40
37
14647
29/01/1883
03/03/1923
40
33
14642
19/06/1864
21/03/1904
39
276
14519
06/08/1891
20/10/1930
39
75
14319

* Exact date of birth unconfirmed, the recorded date is the latest they could have been born. Wilson is believed to have been considerably older than noted above. 
# Jennings' final cap was gained on his 41st birthday against Brazil at Mexico 86. At the time that made him the oldest player to appear at a World Cup finals, though the record has since been surpassed by Cameroon's Roger Milla. Jennings remains second in the list.
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Ireland's oldest confirmed debutant was Jack Henderson, though Matt Wilson is believed to have been older by "several months".

At 38 years and 283 days, (Northern) Ireland's oldest scorer is believed to be Archie Goodall.

More information may be added to this article as it becomes available.

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