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Hall of Fame - Most Appearances


Players awarded 50 plus caps by Northern Ireland:

#

Player

Career

Caps

St

Sb

Gls

1

Steven Davis

2005-dt

131

-

-

12

2

Pat Jennings

1964-86

119

119

-

0

3

Aaron Hughes

1998-18

112

-

-

1

4

David Healy

2000-13

95

83

12

36

5

Jonny Evans

2006-dt

92

-

-

4

6

Mal Donaghy

1980-94

91

90

1

0

= 7

Sammy McIlroy

1972-86

88

86

2

5

Maik Taylor

1999-11

88

85

3

0

9

Keith Gillespie

1994-08

86

77

9

2

10

Kyle Lafferty

2006-dt

85

-

-

20

11

Gareth McAuley

2005-18

80

-

-

9

12

Chris Baird

2003-16

79

66

6

0

13

Jimmy Nicholl

1976-86

73

72

1

1

14

Michael Hughes

1991-04

71

67

4

5

15

Niall McGinn

2008-dt

68

-

-

6

= 16

David McCreery

1976-90

67

55

12

0

Corry Evans

2009-dt

67

-

-

2

= 18

Nigel Worthington

1984-97

66

60

6

0

Craig Cathcart

2010-dt

66

-

-

2

20

Chris Brunt

2004-17

65

-

-

3

= 21

Martin O’Neill

1971-84

64

58

6

7

Josh Magennis

2010-dt

64

-

-

8

23

Gerry Armstrong

1977-86

63

56

7

12

= 24

Terry Neill

1961-73

59

59

-

2

Iain Dowie

1990-99

59

51

8

12

Stuart Dallas

2011-dt

59

-

-

3

27

Oliver Norwood

2010-18

57

-

-

0

= 28

Danny Blanchflower

1949-62

56

56

-

2

Billy Bingham

1951-63

56

56

-

9

Damien Johnson

1999-09

56

48

8

0

31

Jimmy McIlroy

1951-65

55

55

-

10

32

Stephen Craigan

2003-11

54

51

3

0

= 33

Allan Hunter

1969-79

53

53

-

1

John McClelland

1980-90

53

50

3

1

Shane Ferguson

2009-dt

53

-

-

2

= 36

Alan McDonald

1985-96

52

51

1

3

Jim Magilton

1991-02

52

50

2

5

Paddy McNair

2015-dt

52

-

-

5

= 39

Sammy Nelson

1971-82

51

48

3

1

Chris Nicholl

1975-83

51

49

2

3

Gerry Taggart

1990-02

51

50

1

7

= 42

Bryan Hamilton

1968-80

50

46

4

4

James Quinn

1996-06

50

35

15

4

 
Honourable Mention:
Pat Rice.......... 1968-1979.. 49.. 49 ..... 0


Cap Milestones
First
to..Player......... Date...... Opponent
. 5 JR Davison..... 26-01-1884 Scotland
. 8 JR Davison..... 28-02-1885 England
. 9 AH Dill........ 11-04-1885 Wales
.10 TB Molyneaux... 20-03-1886 Scotland
.11 TB Molyneaux... 24-03-1888 Scotland
.12 W Crone........ 08-02-1890 Wales
.15 OM Stanfield... 27-02-1892 Wales
.20 OM Stanfield... 24-02-1894 Wales (new world record)
.25 OM Stanfield... 29-02-1896 Wales
.30 OM Stanfield... 27-03-1897 Scotland  (world record stood until 1909)
.31 E Scott........ 11-03-1936 Wales
.40 RD Blanchflower 03-10-1959 Scotland
.50 RD Blanchflower 22-11-1961 England
.56 RD Blanchflower 28-11-1962 Poland 
=56 WL Bingam...... 20-11-1963 England
.59 WJT Neill...... 19-05-1973 Wales
.60 PA Jennings.... 11-05-1976 England*
.75 PA Jennings.... 07-02-1979 England
100 PA Jennings.... 21-09-1983 Austria 
109 PA Jennings.... 27-03-1985 Spain (new British record)
117 PA Jennings.... 03-06-1986 Algeria (new European record)#
119 PA Jennings.... 12-06-1986 Brazil (British and European records stood until 1990)
120 S Davis ....... 08-10-2020 Bosnia-Herzegovina
126 S Davis ....... 31-03-2021 Bulgaria (new British record)
131 S Davis 

#
when Jennings won his 117th cap he surpassed Sweden's Bjorn Nordqvist's European record. At the time it was widely reported as a new world record, however, it had already been surpassed by South Korea's Cha Bum-Kun. Like Jennings, Bum-Kun brought his international career to a close at the 1986 World Cup finals in Mexico with a total of between 121 and 136 caps (depending on criteria used). Similarly, and although also widely reported, when England's Peter Shilton surpassed Jennings in 1990 he only claimed the British and European records.

* Outfield Player Records
.60 SB McIlroy..... 01-07-1982 Austria 
.75 SB McIlroy..... 27-05-1984 Finland
.88 SB McIlroy..... 15-10-1986 England
.91 MM Donaghy..... 11-06-1994 Mexico

.92 DJ Healy....... 29-02-2012 Norway
.95 DJ Healy....... 26-03-2013 Israel
.96 AW Hughes...... 31-05-2015 Qatar
100 AW Hughes...... 04-06-2016 Slovakia
112 AW Hughes...... 03-06-2018 Costa Rica
119 S Davis........ 07-09-2020 Norway

Figures in BOLD denotes a player's final cap.

Appearance Records by Competition:

Finals

FIFA World Cup

 

UEFA Euros

#

Apps

Players

 

#

Apps

Players

= 1

8

Billy Hamilton

 

= 1

4

Steven Davis

David McCreery

 

4

Jonny Evans

Sammy McIlroy

 

4

Gareth McAuley

Jimmy Nicholl

 

4

Craig Cathcart

Norman Whiteside

 

4

Oliver Norwood

 

4

Michael McGovern

 

4

+3 others

Qualifiers

FIFA World Cup

 

UEFA Euros ±

#

Apps

Players

 

#

Apps

Players

1

43

Steven Davis

 

1

39

Steven Davis

2

37

Aaron Hughes

 

= 2

32

Aaron Hughes

3

33

Pat Jennings

 

32

Chris Baird

 

UEFA Nations League

 

#

Apps

Players

 

1

10

Stuart Dallas

 

= 2

9

Steven Davis

 

9

Paddy McNair

Other Matches

British Championships

 

Minor Tournaments*

#

Apps

Players

 

#

Apps

Players

1

43

Pat Jennings

 

= 1

4

Niall McGinn

2

33

Jimmy McIlroy

 

4

Oliver Norwood

= 3

32

Danny Blanchflower

 

= 2

3

4 players

32

Sammy McIlroy

 

 

Friendly Matches

 

#

Apps

Players

 

1

39

Aaron Hughes

 

2

35

Maik Taylor

 

3

34

David Healy

 

± includes matches in European Nations Cup; * includes matches in the Canada Cup, Carling Nations Cup and Copa Antel.

See also:
50 Cap Club

Comments

Anonymous said…
I'm a little surprised to see jim Magilton's name up there for having 52 caps. While I always rated Jim as a very classy central midfield player I didn't think he'd played quite as many times as that for us.

We could still have been doing with him over the past few years even in his veteran years.
jcd said…
It is funny how some players manage to creep to such high cao totals, and others who you think have been around forever, finish lower down.

For instance, Jimmy vs James Quinn. Jimmy was playing on strong at 35, yet only made 46 appearances because he didn't make his debut until he was in his mid-20s. James has now surpassed 46 (47th against Finland) at 31 years-old. I guess its because I remember James braking through in the mid-90s that he still seems like a youngster, whereas, to me, Jimmy was always just there.
gbwa download said…
Steven Davis is a legend and I love him.