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- Centenary Shield -
While the Northern Ireland Schools Under-14/15/16 side dates back to 1927, it was only in 1988 that they played in their first game at Under-18 level, drawing 1-1 with Australia. Up to first entering the Centenary Shield in 1996 they had played just thirteen games, all friendlies.
The Centenary Shield has generally been played on a league basis throughout its history, but for Northern Ireland's first entry it was played on a knock-out basis. They defeated Wales 2-1 in the semi-final and Switzerland 1-0 in the final. The tournament returned to a league format in 1998/99, featuring only the "Home Nations", with the Republic of Ireland joining in 2002/03.
No matter what the format or who the competitors, Northern Ireland have retained an impressive record in the Centenary Shield, winning it four times outright (1996, 1998, 1999, 2013) and sharing another three titles (2005, 2009, 2011) in twenty entries.
The tournament has enjoyed sponsorship from Heinz, Carnegie (Leeds Metropolitan University) and inspiresport at various times dating back to the 1990s.
|Northern Ireland Schools Under-18|
Centenary Shield Winners 2013