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James Williams

Name: James Richard Williams Position: Forward Representative Honours: Ireland: 2 Full Caps / 1 Goal (1886) . Club Honours: (with Ulster) Irish Cup Runner-Up 1882/83 . Club Career: Ulster Biography: To follow. Ireland Cap Details: 27-02-1886 Wales... A L 0-5 BC 13-03-1886 England. H L 1-6 BC 1 Goal Summary: 2/1. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 2.

Edward Whitfield

Name: Edward Riddlesdale Whitfield Position: Left-Back Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Full Cap (1886) . Club Career: Dublin University Biography: To follow. Ireland Cap Details: 27-02-1886 Wales... A L 0-5 BC Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 1.

Edward Turner

** Evidence points towards to Edward Turner not actually being an international as previously thought, with this cap actually being the second awarded to Adam Turner ** Name: Edward Turner Born: Died: 2 September 1917 (tbc) Height: Weight: Position: Forward Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Full Cap (1896) . Club Honours: (with Cliftonville) Irish Cup Runner-Up 1892/93 Club Career: Teams Seasons Signed Fee League FA Cup Other Cliftonville 91/92 - - - - - Linfield 92/93 c/s-1892 - - - - Clftonville - c/s-1894 - - - - TOTALS - £0 - - - Biography: An inside-left, Edward Turner had two spells with Cliftonville, playing with Linfield and attending college in between. He was capped for the only time in a 2-0 defeat by England in front of a 12,000 crowd on his home ground of Solitude in 18

Adam Turner

Name: Adam Turner Born: c.1875,   Belfast Died: 12th   August 1939, Belfast Position: Forward Representative Honours: Ireland: 2* Full Caps  (1896) . Club Honours: TBC (with Linfield) Irish League Champion 1892/93 ; (with Cliftonville) Irish Cup Runner-Up 1892/93 . Club Career: Cliftonville Linfield ... 1892/93 Cliftonville Biography: "Addie" Turner was the son of the well-know Clifton Street undertaker, Adam Turner. As befitting a footballer of status in Belfast, young Addie signed for his local all-amateur club, Cliftonville as a forward. He was still a comparative youth when selected for Ireland's trip to face Wales at Wrexham. The Welsh were 4-0 up at half-time, and it was five by the time Turner scored a 70th minute consolation goal before the hosts rounded out the final score of 6-1. On 23rd September 1899 Turner provided an open-top bus to the Kaffirs touring team from the Orange Free State to transport them up The Falls to face Belfast Celtic at the

William Turner

Name: William Stewart Turner Position: Foward Representative Honours: Ireland: 3 Full Caps (1886-1888). Club Honours: (with Cliftonville) Irish Cup Winner 1887/88, Runner-Up 1886/87 ; Charity Cup Winner. Club Career: Cliftonville Biography: An accomplished all-round sportsman, William Turner also played cricket for Ireland. He played in successive Irish Cup Finals for Cliftonville, scoring in the 3-1 1887 Final defeat by Ulster and claiming a winner's medal the following season as Distillery were defeated 2-1. Capped three times by Ireland, all on the left-hand side of attack, Turner finished on the end of heavy defeats on each occasion. Ireland Cap Details: 13-03-1886 England. H L 1- 6 BC 20-03-1886 Scotland H L 2- 7 BC 24-03-1888 Scotland H L 2-10 BC Summary: 3/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 3.

The Kilmarnock Connection

Players capped by (Northern) Ireland while playing for Kilmarnock: Josh Magennis (15) -  club's most capped player Jordan Jones (9) Kyle Lafferty (8) Sammy Clingan (6) Matty Kennedy (2*) Brad Lyons (1) Lee Hodson (1) Davy Lyner  (1) Dean Shiels (1) * current player Other Full internationals to have played for Kilmarnock: Kyle Vassell* Liam Donnelly Alex Bruce The following players have won under-age caps while with Kilmarnock: Rory McKeown (U21) Conor Brennan (U21) Euan Deveney (U19) Jude Winchester (U21) Kenny Shiels and Tommy Wright have been manager while Jimmy Nicholl has had two spells as assistand-manager.

The Morton Connection

Players capped by (Northern) Ireland while playing for Morton (Greenock Morton since 1994): Alex Craig Other links: Bob Hamilton Robert McKenzie (Amateur international) Joe Miller Johnny Morrow (B international) Charlie O'Hagan Bertie Peacock (loan)

The West Brom Connection

Players to have been capped by (Northern) Ireland while with West Bromwich Albion: Gerry Armstrong 4 Chris Brunt .... current player Danny Hegan .... 1 Gareth McAuley . current player Jimmy Nicholl . 11 James Quinn ... 15 Reg Ryan ....... 1 Jackie Vernon . 15 Dave Walsh ..... 9 Paul Williams .. 1 Other links: Paul Agnew (Under-23 and Youth international) Louis Bookman Dave Campbell Joe Connor Bob Crone Robbie Dennison Peter Doherty (guest) Allan Elleman Alan Fettis (loan) Val Harris (trial) Billy Lunn (Schoolboy international) Bernard McNally Jack Reynolds Jack Taggart

The Greatest Polls

Over the coming months NIFG will be running polls to find Northern Ireland's greatest ever side. Please vote from the selection on the left-hand side... Players will be selected in the following categories to play in a classic 4-4-2 formation. The line-up has now been decided - still a few more polls to go! Results to date: Manager : Winner Billy Bingham (74%) From Peter Doherty, Billy Bingham, Lawrie Sanchez, Nigel Worthington . Goalkeeper: Winner Pat Jennings (80%) From Elisha Scott, Harry Gregg, Pat Jennings, Tommy Wright, Maik Taylor. Full-Backs (x2): Winners Mal Donaghy (46%) and Pat Rice (42%) From Bill McCracken, Alf McMichael, Alex Elder, Dave Craig, Pat Rice, Jimmy Nicholl, Sammy Nelson, Mal Donaghy, Nigel Worthington. Centre-Backs (x2): Winners Jackie Blanchflower (37%) and Aaron Hughes (25%) From Jackie Blanchflower, Terry Neill, Allan Hunter, Chris Nicholl, John O'Neill, John McClelland, Alan McDonald, Gerry Taggart, Barry Hunter, Aaron Hughes, Stephen Craig

Jim Anderson

Name: James Henry Anderson Born: 21 June 1901, Ballymenoch, Castlereagh, Belfast Died: 17 April 1966, Belfast Position: Half-Back Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Full Cap (1924) ; Irish League: 1 Cap (1924) . Club Honours: (with Distillery) Irish Cup Winner 1924/25 ; Gold Cup Winner 1924/25 , Runner-Up 1923/24 ; Co. Antrim Shield Runner-Up 1920/21, 1921/22, 1923/24 ; (with Glentoran) Charity Cup Winner 1928/29 (shared). Club Career: Teams Seasons Signed Fee League FA Cup War-Time Castlereagh - - - - - - Distillery 20/21-27/28 Jan-21 - *211/24 * * Glentoran 28/29 1928 - * 11/ 0 * * Dundela 29/30-32/33 May-29 - - - - TOTALS - -

The World at Their Feet: Northern Ireland in Sweden

The highly anticipated new book by Ronnie Hanna, author of Six Glorious Years: Following Northern Ireland 1980-1986 , is released on Friday 5th September. Having had the benefit of a sneak preview, NIFG cannot recommend the book highly enough! The World At Their Feet: Northern Ireland In Sweden chronicles the adventures of Peter Doherty's men in qualifying for and then excelling at the 1958 World Cup against all odds. About the book: Northern Ireland were the smallest country to reach the World Cup in Sweden and this is the story of how, against the odds, with a patched-up squad and fewer players than any of the other countries, they did better than England and Scotland and more than held their own against world champions West Germany to reach the quarter-finals. Ronnie Hanna talked to the stars of the World Cup squad - Billy Bingham, Harry Gregg, Jimmy McIlroy, Peter McParland and Norman Uprichard - to compile a vivid account of a great adventure.

Billy Leslie

Name: William Leslie Born: 17 September 1866, Dundonald, Ayr (Scotland) Died: September 1938, Bournemouth (England) Position: Centre-half Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Cap (1887) ; Ulster representative Club Honours: (with Glentoran) Charity Cup Finalist 1885/86 ; (with Y.M.C.A.) Irish Cup Finalist 1888/89 ; Charity Cup Finalist 1886/87 ; County Antrim Shield Finalist 1888/89 . Club Career: Teams Seasons Signed Fee League Irish Cup Other Glentoran 82/83-85/86 - Amateur - /3 - Y.M.C.A. 86/87-88/89 - Amateur - - *1/0 Cliftonville 89/90-90/91 - Amateur - - *2/0 Y.M.C.A. 91/92 - Amateur - - - TOTALS - £- - - - * English FA Cup Biography: Billy/Billie Leslie was one of a family of five born in Dundonald, Ayr to John Leslie and Agnes (nee Murray). The