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657: 25 March 2021

656 vs Romania - 657 - 658 vs TBC   FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier ITALY (ITA) - NORTHERN IRELAND (NIR) Venue: Ennio Tardini Stadium, Parma ( announcement ) Parma's Ennio Tardini Stadium with a 22,000 capacity will host the match

230: 20 October 1962

229 vs Poland - 230 - 231 vs Scotland NORTHERN IRELAND (NIR) 1-3 ENGLAND (ENG) (H-T 0-1) Venue: Windsor Park, Belfast Goalscorers: NIR Barr*; ENG Greaves, O'Grady (2) * possibly a Jimmy Armsfield own goal Another Northern Ireland v England match anniversaries today. On 20th October 1962 N.IRELAND 1 - 3 ENGLAND Although... Posted by Northern Ireland Football Museum on  Tuesday, 20 October 2020

271: 11 November 1970

270 vs Wales - 271 - 272 vs Cyprus 1972 European Championship Qualifier SPAIN (SPA) 3-0 NORTHERN IRELAND (NIR) Venue: Seville Northern Ireland Willie McFaul, David Craig, Terry Neill, Sammy Nelson, Liam O'Kane, Dave Clements, Tommy Jackson, George Best, Derek Dougan [Sammy Todd], Terry Harkin, David Sloan 50 years ago today (11th November 1970) Northern Ireland played Spain in Seville. Yesterday we looked back on the... Posted by Northern Ireland Football Museum on  Wednesday, 11 November 2020

262: 11 December 1968

261 vs Turkey -  262 - 263 vs England  1970 World Cup Qualifier TURKEY (TUR)  0-3 NORTHERN IRELAND (NIR) Venue: Istanbul Goalscorers: Terry Harkin (2), Jimmy Nicholson Northern Ireland: Pat Jennings, David Craig, Martin Harvey, Jimmy Nicholson, Terry Neill, Arthur Stewart, Bryan Hamilton, Eric McMordie, Dave Dougan, Terry Harkin, David Clements Notes:  Pat Jennings saved a penalty when the scores was 0-2. 52 years ago today (11th December 1968) Northern Ireland played Turkey in a qualifying match for the 1970 World Cup... Posted by Northern Ireland Football Museum on  Friday, 11 December 2020

BBC Sports Award Winners

The BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award was launched in 1954 and remains one of the channel's major broadcasts of the Christmas period. As well as the main Sports Personality  there are also a number of other awards as well as a local BBC Northern Ireland regional awards ceremony. Sports Personality of the Year (no overall winners) 1969 George Best (third place) 1971 George Best (second place) Lifetime Achievement Award 2002 George Best Coach of the Year BBC NI Sports 2015 Michael O'Neill ( BBC Video ) Unsung Hero Award 2015 Damien Lindsay (St James Swifts FC founder) Sports Personality of the Century (one off award) 1999 George Best (finalist) Northern Ireland Sports Personality of the Year 2005 David Healy 2007 David Healy BBC Sports

Northern Ireland - Unofficial Football World Champions

The CW Alcock Cup When Northern Ireland's senior team next take the field they will face Italy for the virtual honour of the CW Alcock Cup and the title: Unofficial Football World Champions [ UFWC ] . The last time we competed for the crown we were a missed penalty away from taking it from the Netherlands! The idea of the UFWC follows the boxing model, a title holder defends his belt in each match, retaining it if he wins or draws, or passing it on to the one that defeats him. The idea goes back to 1967 when Scotland defeated World Cup holders England, and were jokingly proclaimed as World Champions. Given Northern Ireland had faced England in their first post-'66 match, we could have held the UFWC title if not for the small matter of a 2-0 defeat! Formalised in 2003 by Paul Brown, the award was retrospectively dated back to the second ever international fixture in 1873, when England claimed the title with a 4-2 win over Scotland. This was a repeat of the first ever internatio
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