31 December 2006

Derek Spence

Name: Derek William Spence
Born: 18 January 1952, Belfast
Height: 5.10 ft
Weight: 11.03 st
Position: Forward

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 29 Full Caps/3 Goals (1975-1982).
Club Honours: (with Bury) Football League Division Four 4th Place 1973/74 (promoted); (with Southend) Football League Division Four Champion 1980/81 (promoted).


Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
FL Cup
Other
Crusaders
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-
-
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-
-
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Oldham Athletic
70/71-72/73
Sep-70
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5 (1)/ 0
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-
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Bury
72/73-76/77
Feb-73
£2,250
140 (0)/44
10(0)/4
13(0)/ 7
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Blackpool
76/77
Oct-76
£40,000
24 (3)/ 2
2(0)/1
-
-
Olympiakos
77/78
c/s-77
-
21 (0)/ 6
/1
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-
Blackpool
78/79-79/80
Aug-78
£27,000
58 (0)/18
4(0)/0
7(0)/ 2
3(1)/1
Southend United
79/80-81/82
Dec-79
Exchange
100 (4)/32
2(0)/0
4(0)/ 1
3(0)/0
Sparta.Rotterdam
-
-
-
/ 0
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-
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See Bee
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-
-
(Hong Kong)
Rangers
-
-
-
(Hong Kong)
Bury
83/84
-
Aug-83
9 (4)/ 1
1(0)/0
3(0)/ 0
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Oldham Dew
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-
-
(North-West Counties League)
TOTALS
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£-
336(12)/97
19(0)/5
27(0)/10
6(1)/1

Biography:

A steady scorer throughout his League career, Derek Spence was capable of some sublime goals.Spence's inclusion in the Northern Ireland squad by Dave Clements while playing in the comparative obscurity of the Third Division with Bury was described by Malcolm Brodie as a "masterstroke" and his play as "effervescent, effective, and unquestionably the most promising striker to wear the green jersey in many years" - that was before he had even scored an international goal. Sadly, he never really brought the goals of his domestic game to the higher stage, but he will be long-remembered for his equalising goal against the Dutch in 1976.

During his time at Olympiakos, Spence's name was absent from several Northern Ireland squads - the reason? The Irish FA sent telegrams notifying him of his inclusion in the squad to AEK Athens! His international career was brought to an end with the bitter disappointment of exclusion from the squad for the 1982 World Cup Finals despite earlier hints from Billy Bingham to the contrary.

More to follow.


Northern Ireland Cap Details:
16-04-1975 Yugoslavia.. H W 1-0 ECQ
17-05-1975 England..... H D 0-0 BC
20-05-1975 Scotland.... A L 0-3 BC
23-05-1975 Wales....... H W 1-0 BC
03-09-1975 Sweden...... H L 1-2 ECQ
24-03-1976 Israel...... A D 1-1 FR
08-05-1976 Scotland.... H L 0-3 BC. sub
11-05-1976 England..... A L 0-4 BC
14-05-1976 Wales....... A L 0-1 BC
13-10-1976 Netherlands. A D 2-2 WCQ sub 1 Goal
27-04-1977 West Germany A L 0-5 FR. sub
28-05-1977 England..... H L 1-2 BC. sub
01-06-1977 Scotland.... A L 0-2 BC. sub
03-06-1977 Wales....... H D 1-1 BC. sub
11-06-1977 Iceland..... A L 0-1 WCQ sub
20-09-1978 Rep. Ireland A D 0-0 ECQ
25-10-1978 Denmark..... H W 2-1 ECQ sub 1 Goal
07-02-1979 England..... A L 0-4 ECQ sub
02-05-1979 Bulgaria.... H W 2-0 ECQ sub
19-05-1979 England..... H L 0-2 BC. sub
22-05-1979 Scotland.... A L 0-1 BC
25-05-1979 Wales....... H D 1-1 BC..... 1 Goal
06-06-1979 Denmark..... A L 0-4 ECQ
21-11-1979 Rep. Ireland H W 1-0 ECQ
26-03-1980 Israel...... A D 0-0 WCQ sub
11-06-1980 Australia... A W 2-1 FR. sub
25-03-1981 Scotland.... A D 1-1 WCQ sub
03-06-1981 Sweden...... A L 0-1 WCQ sub
24-03-1982 France...... A L 0-4 FR. sub

Summary: 13(16)/3. Won 6, Drew 8, Lost 15.


(sources AFS, Times On-Line, Rothmans Yearbook 1975-76)

30 December 2006

Mark Hughes


Name: Mark Anthony Hughes
Born: 16 September 1983, Dungannon
Height: 5.10 ft (1.78 m)
Weight: 12.04 st (78 kg)
Position: Midfielder/Right-Back
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Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 2 Full Caps (2006), 1 Under-23 Cap (2004), 12 Under-21 Caps (2002-2005), Youth Caps.
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Club Career:
Clubs......... --Seasons-- Signed --Fee-- League FA Cup Lge Cup Other
Tottenham H. . 01/02-04/05 Aug-01 Trainee .0(0)/0
Northampton T. 04/05...... Aug-04 ...Loan .3(0)/0
Oldham Ath.... 04/05-05/06 Nov-04 Nominal 55(5)/1 7(0)/0 1(0)/0 2(3)/0
Thurrock...... 06/07...... Jul-06 ...Free (Football Conference South)
Chesterfield.. 06/07...... Nov-06 ...Loan .2(0)/1 1(0)/0
Stevenage Boro 06/07...... Jan-07 ...Free .8(2)/2 ............. 3(0)/0 (Conf. Nat'l)
Chester City.. 07/08-08/09 Aug-07 ...Free 64(5)/4 2(0)/0 1(0)/0 3(0)/0
Barnet ....... 08/09-11/12 Feb-09 .. Free 123(5)/7 5(0)/0 4(0)/1 8(0)/1
Eastleigh .... 12/13 ..... Aug-12 .. Free (Football Conference South)
Chelmsford C. .13/14-15/16 Jul-13 .. Free (Football Conference South/National League South)
Eastbourne Bor 16/17- date c/s-16 .. Free (National League South)
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Biography:
A tough-tackling midfielder, also capable at right-back, Mark Hughes came through the ranks at Tottenham and was a regular in the Northern Ireland at various youth levels. After a brief loan spell with Nortmapton he impressed while on a temporary deal at Oldham where the deal became permanent. Established as a regular at Boundary Park, Lawrie Sanchez included Hughes in the young Northern Ireland squad for the USA tour in 2006. He played in both matches, coming on as a substitute against Uruguay and Romania.
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Shortly after his return from the US, Hughes, having fallen out of favour, secured an early release from his contract at Oldham. Initially signed by Conference South club, Thurrock, he returned to the Football League on an emergency two month loan with Chesterfield in November. Although he scored on his Spireites debut against Gillingham, he was unable to convince boss Roy McFarland to offer him a permanent deal and he returned to Thurrock.
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Hughes signed for Stevenage Borough in January 2007, but was released the following May. He returned to the Football League for the 2007/08 season with Chester City and in February 2009 he was released to join Barnet. For the Bees he played under Lawrie Sanchez during the 2011/12 season as captain and scored the goal that secured their League status on the closing day of the season against Burton.

Hughes was released when his contract expired in the summer of 2012. He joined non-league Eastleigh. He was then captain at Chelmsford until his release in June 2016.
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Northern Ireland Cap Details:
21-05-2006 Uruguay ........... N L 0-1 FR sub
26-05-2006 Romania ........... N L 0-2 FR sub
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Summary: 0(2)/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 2.

Northern Ireland Under-23 Cap Details:
27-04-2004 Serbia & Montenegro H D 0-0 FR sub

Summary: 0(1)/0. Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 0.

Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:
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Bill Hayes

Name: William Edward Hayes
Born: 7 November 1915, Cork
Died: 22 April 1987
Height: 5.08 ft
Weight: 10.09 st
Position: Full-Back

Representative Honours: Ireland: 4 Full Caps (1937-1938); Eire: 2 Full Caps (1946-1947); League of Ireland: 2 Caps.
Club Honours: (with Cork United) League of Ireland Champion; FAI Cup Runner-Up 1941/42, 1942/43.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
War-Time
Other
St Vincent's
(Sheffield)
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-
-
-
-
-
Huddersfield.T.
34/35-49/50
Apr-33
Amat.
184/5
14/0
53/4
-
Cork United
-
-
Guest
-
-
-
-
Burnley
49/50-50/51
Feb-50
-
12/0
-
-
-
TOTALS
-
£-
196/5
14/0
53/4
-

Biography:
"As tough as they come", Cork-born dual international full-back Billy Hayes moved to England as a youth. He learnt the game playing junior football in the Sheffield area before signing amateur terms with Huddersfield in June 1932. The following April he was awarded a professional deal and he made his League debut against Derby in August 1934, still just eighteen years-old.

Although it took him a few years to fully establish himself in the Terrier's first eleven, by the outbreak of World War Two Hayes was first choice right-back and recognised penalty taker. He had also been capped by the Irish FA, stepping in as a replacement for the legendary Bertie Fulton (with Everton’s Billy Cook switching to Fulton’s left-back role) for four internationals in 1937 and 1938.

During the War, Hayes initially remained in Yorkshire, playing in war-time football through the 1939/40 and 1940/41 campaigns. He then returned to his native Cork, and won Inter-League honours while playing with Cork United. He also helped the team to dominate the League of Ireland Championship and claim League of Ireland Shield and Munster Cup successes. He also played in two FAI Cup Finals, finishing runner-up on both occasions to Dundalk and Drumcondra.

After the War, Hayes returned to Huddersfield, and was honoured by the FAI, winning caps at left-back in a 1-0 defeat by England in September 1946 and a 2-0 defeat by Portugal in May 1947, both matches played at Dalymount Park. Ahead of the 1948/49 season Hayes retired, but was back playing again that September. He did eventually leave Leeds Road behind in February 1950 after fifteen war-interrupted years, all spent in the top-flight of English football. He joined Burnley, also a First Division side, but made the last of just twelve appearances against Newcastle in January 1951.

Also a gifted golfer, Hayes is recorded as having won the Professional Footballers' Golf Championship in 1949, having been the runner-up the previous year.

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Ireland Cap Details:
23-10-1937 England. H L 1-5 BC
10-11-1937 Scotland A D 1-1 BC
08-10-1938 Scotland H L 0-2 BC
16-11-1938 England. A L 0-7 BC

Summary: 4/0. Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 3.


Eire Cap Details:
30-09-1946 England. H L 0-1 FR
04-05-1947 Portugal H L O-2 FR

Summary: 2/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 1.

Jimmy Hill

Name: Matthew James Hill
Born: 31 October 1935, Carrickfergus
Height: 5.08 ft
Weight: 11.00 st
Position: Inside/Outside-Left
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Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 7 Full Caps (1959-1963), 2 'B' Caps (1957-1960), 1 Amateur Cap (1953), Junior; Irish League: 6 Caps (1956-1968).
Club Honours: (with Linfield) Irish League Champion; (with Norwich) Football League Division Three Runner-Up 1959/60 (promoted); Football League Cup Winner 1961/62; (with Derry) Irish Cup Runner-Up 1970/71.
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Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
FL Cup
Europe
Other
Carrickfergus YMCA
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Youth
-
-
-
-
-
Carrick Rangers
-
-
(Intermediate League)
Linfield
53/54-56/57
-
Amateur
-
-
-
-
-
Newcastle U.
57/58
Jul-57
Exchange
11(0)/ 2
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-
-
-
Norwich City
58/59-62/63
Jul-58
-
161(0)/55
25(0)/5
9(0)/6
-
-
Everton
63/64-65/66
Aug-63
£25,000
7(0)/ 1
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-
-
-
Port Vale
65/66-67/68
Oct-65
-
63(0)/ 8
7(0)/3
2(0)/0
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-
Derry City
68/69-70/71
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Linfield
71/72
-
-
-
-
-
0(1)/0
-
TOTALS
-
£-
242(0)/66
32(0)/8
11(0)/6
0(1)/0
0(0)/0
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Biography:
Jimmy Hill was a goalscoring winger who caught the eye with hometown club Carrick Rangers before joining Linfield in the mid-1950s. At Windsor Park he picked up a League title as well as Inter-League honours, prompting Newcastle to sign him in part-exchange for Jackie Milburn in 1957. They were big boots to fill at St James' Park, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Hill failed to impress the Magpies' faithful.

It was at Norwich City that Hill's Football League career really took off. In 1959 he was the creative force (along with former Irish international forward Bobby Brennan) in the team that reached the FA Cup semi-final, despite their Third Division status; and the following season he top-scored with 16 goals as the club finished as runners-up and clinched promotion to the Second Division. In 1962 Hill was part of the Norwich team that won their first major honour, scoring in the 4-0 aggregate win over Rochdale in the League Cup Final. With 66 goals he still ranks amongst the Canaries' all-time top goalscorers.

With Billy Bingham's Everton career drawing to a close, Harry Catterick was perhaps excited by the prospect of replacing one Irish winger with another and consequently stumped up £25,000 for Hill's signature in the summer of 1963. Once again Hill failed to make an impact on the English top-flight, and hampered by injury, he made just seven appearances in two seasons. Early in the 1965/66 season Hill left Goodison for Port Vale, once again attempting to fill in where Bingham had left off.

Hill returned to the Irish League as player-manager of Derry City in 1968, guiding them to runners-up spot in the City Cup and Irish League in his first season and to the Irish Cup Final in 1971. He also added further Irish League caps to his collection. In 1971 he once again replaced Billy Bingham, taking over the role of Linfield manager, but he lasted just a season at Windsor Park before resigning for personal reasons.
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Hill remained outside the game for almost twenty years, running a sportshop in his native Carrickfergus, before taking the job as Carrick Rangers manager in November 1988. With Carrick struggling in the Irish League, he resigned in February 1991.
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Northern Ireland Cap Details:
22-04-1959 Wales....... H W 4-1 BC
06-04-1960 Wales....... A L 2-3 BC
26-10-1960 West Germany H L 3-4 BC
07-10-1961 Scotland.... H L 1-6 BC
12-10-1963 Scotland.... H W 2-1 BC
30-10-1963 Spain....... H L 0-1 BC
20-11-1963 England..... A L 3-8 BC

Summary: 7/0. Won 2, Drew 0, Lost 5.


Northern Ireland B Cap Details:
23-10-1957 Romania.... H W 6-0 FR
16-03-1960 France..... A L 0-5 FR

Summary: 2/0. Won 1, Drew 0, Lost 1.

Northern Ireland Amateur Cap Details:

12-09-1953 England..... H W 2-1

Summary: 1/0. Won 1, Drew 0, Lost 0.

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