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Northern Ireland's Post-War Penalties

In 1892 Ireland were awarded the first ever penalty in an international match. Sam Torrans' kick, against England, was saved by William Rowley. It wasn't until 1896 that the first international penalty was scored as Bob Milne converted his attempt as Ireland drew 3-3 with Scotland. Milne would go on to miss three international penalties, all against England in 1897, 1898 and 1902. The idea of the penalty kick had been proposed by an Armagh-man, William McCrum, in 1890 and adopted into the laws of the game the following year.

Since the Second World War Northern Ireland have enjoyed a mixed record from the spot. The known penalty takers are listed below.

Date
Opponent
Ven
Res
Comp
Taker
Outcome
16/04/47
Wales
H
2-1
BC
Doherty
Scored
(1/1)
12/05/51
France
H
2-2
FR
Ferris
Scored
(1/1)
03/10/53
Scotland
H
1-3
WCQ /BC
Lockhart
Scored
(1/1)
01/05/57
Portugal
H
3-0
WCQ
McIlroy
Scored
(1/1)
06/11/57
England
A
3-2
BC
McIlroy
Scored
(2/2)
18/11/59
England
A
0-1
BC
McIlroy
Saved
(2/3)
06/04/60
Wales
A
2-3
BC
Blanchflower
Scored
(1/1)
09/11/60
Scotland
A
2-5
BC
Blanchflower
Scored
(2/2)
29/04/64
Uruguay
H
3-0
FR
Crossan
Scored
(1/1)
29/04/64
Uruguay
H
3-0
FR
Crossan
Scored
(2/2)
14/10/64
Switzerland
H
1-0
WCQ
Crossan
Scored
(3/3)
07/05/65
Albania
H
4-1
WCQ
Crossan
Scored
(4/4)
21/10/67
Scotland
H
1-0
ECQ
Crossan
Missed
(4/5)
03/02/71
Cyprus
A
3-0
ECQ
Best
Scored
(1/1)
12/05/73
England
H
1-2
BC
Clements
Scored
(1/1)
17/10/79
England
H
1-5
ECQ
Moreland
Scored
(1/1)
14/11/84
Finland
H
2-1
WCQ
Armstrong
Scored
(1/1)
17/02/88
Greece
A
2-3
FR
Clarke
Scored
(1/1)
06/02/91
Poland
H
3-1
FR
Magilton
Scored
(1/1)
11/05/91
Faroe Islands
A
5-0
ECQ
Clarke
Scored
(2/2)
07/09/94
Portugal
H
1-2
ECQ
Quinn
Scored
(1/1)
26/04/95
Latvia
A
1-0
ECQ
Dowie
Scored
(1/1)
15/11/95
Austria
H
5-3
ECQ
Dowie
Scored
(2/2)
11/02/97
Belgium
H
3-0
FR
Magilton
Scored
(1/1)
02/04/97
Ukraine
A
1-2
WCQ
Dowie
Scored
(3/3)
28/03/00
Malta
A
3-0
FR
Hughes
Scored
(1/1)
28/03/01
Bulgaria
A
3-4
WCQ
Healy
Scored
(1/1)
06/10/01
Malta
A
1-0
WCQ
Healy
Scored
(2/2)
30/05/04
Barbados
A
1-1
FR
Healy
Missed
(2/3)
04/06/05
Germany
H
1-4
FR
Healy
Scored
(3/4)
03/09/05
Azerbaijan
H
2-0
WCQ
Feeney
Scored
(1/1)
12/09/07
Iceland
A
1-2
ECQ
Healy
Scored
(4/5)
20/08/08
Scotland
A
0-0
FR
Healy
Saved
(4/6)
17/11/10
Morocco
H
1-1
FR
Patterson
Scored
(1/1)
15/08/12
Finland
H
3-3
FR
Paterson
Scored
(1/1)
08/10/16
San Marino
H
4-0
WCQ
Davis
Scored
(1/1)
01/09/17
San Marino
A
3-0
WCQ
Davis
Scored
(2/2)
21/03/19
Estonia
H
2-0
ECQ
Davis
Scored
(3/3)
16/11/19
Netherlands
H
0-0
ECQ
Davis
Missed
(3/4)


Taken
Scored
Success %
Peter Doherty
1
1
100%
Ray Ferris
1
1
100%
Norman Lockhart
1
1
100%
Jimmy McIlroy
3
2
67%
Danny Blanchflower
2
2
100%
John Crossan
5
4
80%
George Best
1
1
100%
Dave Clements
1
1
100%
Vic Moreland
1
1
100%
Gerry Armstrong
1
1
100%
Colin Clarke
2
2
100%
Jim Magilton
2
2
100%
Jimmy Quinn
1
1
100%
Iain Dowie
3
3
100%
Michael Hughes
1
1
100%
David Healy
6
4
67%
Warren Feeney
1
1
100%
Rory Patterson
1
1
100%
Martin Paterson
1
1
100%
Steven Davis
4
3
75%

39
34
87%

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