17 July 2015

Switzerland 1954 FIFA World Cup - Qualifying

FIFA World Cup 
1930 - 1934 - 1938 - 1950 - 1954 - 1958 (Finals) - 1962 - 1966 -
1970 1974 - 1978 - 1982 (Finals) - 1986 (Finals) - 1990 - 1994 1998 -
2002 - 2006 - 2010 - 2014 - 2018 - 2022 -

The 1954 World Cup was the second entered by the Home Nations. Qualifying took the same format as for the 1950 finals, with the 1953/54 British Championship series doubling up as World Cup qualifiers. The top two were the same, England and Scotland, and this time both would take up their places.

Although they recorded just one win in their three matches, Northern Ireland's results were showing a marked improvement. Gone were the hammerings of old, to be replaced by "plucky" defeats, and indeed a win over Wales. Also, names that would enter footballing folklore in the later 1950s were beginning to establish themselves in the Irish eleven.

Qualifying Group 3
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
England
3
3
0
0
11
4
7
6
03/10/53
Belfast
N.Ireland
1-3
Scotland
2
Scotland
3
1
1
1
8
8
0
3
10/10/53
Cardiff
Wales
1-4
England
3
N.Ireland
3
1
0
2
4
7
-3
2
04/11/53
Glasgow
Scotland
3-3
Wales
4
Wales
3
0
1
2
5
9
-4
1
11/11/53
Liverpool
England
3-1
N.Ireland
31/03/54
Wrexham
Wales
1-2
N.Ireland
03/04/54
Glasgow
Scotland
2-4
England

Northern Ireland Line-Ups

Danny Blanchflower, Len Graham, Billy Smyth, Billy Simpson, Billy Dickson
Jimmy McIlroy, Wilbur Cush, Alf McMichael, Eddie McMorran, Billy Bingham, Norman Lockhart
Match Programmes

No comments:

Who was Northern Ireland's Greatest World Cup Player & Team? (select up to eleven players)

© NIFG 2006-2015