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Transfers Summer/Autumn 2020

Player - Previous club > New club - Source Paul Paton - Dunfermline > East Kilbride - Record Charlie Lindsay - Glentoran > Rangers - BBC Michael O'Connor - Salford City > Glenavon -  BBC Mikhail Kennedy - Charlton Athletic > retired through injury - Journal Michael Forbes - Dungannon Swifts > West Ham United - Herald Dale Gorman - Leyton Orient > Glentoran - BBC Chris Brunt - West Bromwich Albion > Bristol City - BBC   BBC Kyle Lafferty  - Sunderland > Reggina 1914 [ITA] - BBC Shay McCartan - Bradford City > Ballymena United - BUFC Rory McArdle - Scunthorpe United > Exeter City - BBC Ben Kennedy - Stevenage > Crusaders - BBC Callum Camps - Rochdale > Fleetwood Town - BBC Jamie Sendles White - Crawley Town > Aldershot Town - ATFC Ethan Patterson - unattached > Þróttur Vogum [ISL] - Twitter Ruairi Croskery - Limestone University > Portadown - BelfastLive Jared Thompson - Exeter City > Brentford - BFC Jamie Reid - Torquay

Miscellaneous (Northern) Ireland international player records

Most appearances in English Leagues: 757 - Pat Jennings Most goals in English Leagues: 222 - Derek Dougan [300 - Peter Doherty (inc War-Time)] Most appearances in Scottish Leagues: 563 - Patsy Gallagher Most goals in Scottish Leagues: 209 - Patsy Gallagher Most appearances in the NASL (1967-1984): 184 - Bill Irwin (Amateur international); 177 - Vic Moreland Most goals in the NASL (1967-1984): 57 - George Best Most appearances in MLS: 76 - Jonny Steele Most goals in MLS: 8 Jonny Steele Most goals in the League of Ireland: 135 - Sean McCarthy (Victory International)

Managerial Awards

The image of Bob Paisley or Brian Clough grinning while clinching a huge bottle of Bell's Scotch was a familiar one from the 1970s and '80s as they racked up Manager of the Year or Manager of the Month awards. The Bell's (later Barclays) award ran from 1965-1993 and was won by managers of both English and Scottish clubs, but never by a Northern Irishman. Since then we have provided many winners of the top managerial honours in both England and Scotland... Danny Wilson - LMA Award Winner 1997 ENGLAND League Managers Association Manager of the Year (first awarded 1994) (main award) 1997 Danny Wilson (Barnsley/Division One[II]) 2014 Brendan Rodgers† (Liverpool/Premier League[I]) (divisional award) 1994 Martin O'Neill (Wycombe Wanderers/Division Three[IV]) 1996 Martin O'Neill (Leicester City/Division One[II]) 2004 Nigel Worthington (Norwich City/Division One[II]) 2007 Danny Wilson (Hartlepool United/League Two[IV]) 2021 Grant McCann (Hull City)

Musem of Jerseys

The wonderful Museum of Jerseys is a fantastic site for those with an interest in the colours of football. From oddities and rarities to fantasies, it covers such a wide range of topics and has, of course, touched on Northern Ireland's GAWA on a few occasions... Northern Ireland's Irreplacable Kit Republic of Ireland Away 1988-89 Fantasy Kits - Home Nations Special

Northern Ireland Players in Premier League Sticker Albums 1993-2020

1992/93 wasn't the big watershed in English football that everyone keeps harping on about. For sticker collectors at least, that was to come a season later when Panini were usurped as the "premier" sticker collection of the game by Merlin (later Topps, then Merlin again). Panini did produce the first sticker album of the Premier League era, but notable it wasn't endorsed by the league, "only" by the PFA. Merlin's albums were more stat heavy than Panini's, but lacked the "pen-pics" that had gone before. The scope and size of Merlin's albums varied through the years, starting at 479 stickers in the first edition and rising to around 550 stickers in the late 90s to a peak of 649 in 2008, the collection shrunk to just 310 by the 2019 edition. Merlin also released a series of smaller "Kick-Off" (a few of which were "pocket" sized) and transfer update albums. After nearly three decades in the wilderness, which incl