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29th February – Today In Our Footballing History

29/02/2012 Belfast Norway 0-3 9,759

Lee Camp, Gareth McAuley (Lee Hodson), Aaron Hughes (Michael Duff), Jonathan Evans, Ryan McGivern, Corry Evans (Grant McCann), Sammy Clingan, Steven Davis, Shane Ferguson (Pat McCourt), Dean Shiels, Martin Paterson (David Healy)

Michael O’Neill’s first match in charge of Northern Ireland didn’t change their fortunes as Norway defeated them 3-0.

Michael O’Neill –

“We are very disappointed with the result, there is no getting away from that. But it was not a fair reflection on the game. When we look at it tomorrow we will find a lot of positives there, and there were some good performances. We had to make changes in the back four and that disrupted us. It was disappointing to lose a goal to a set piece just before half-time. But we saw some players like Shane Ferguson and Dean Shiels who had very good games and Sammy Clingan did well too. It is disappointing to lose two late goals when we were pushing to get something out of the game. I thought the scoreline was slightly harsh on us.”

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill not too downhearted

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28th February – Today In Our Footballing History

28/02/2001 Belfast Norway 0-4

Maik Taylor, Aaron Hughes, Peter Kennedy (Danny Griffin), Gerry Taggart (Stuart Elliott), Colin Murdock, Jon McCarthy (Damien Johnson), Jim Magilton, Neil Lennon (Mark Williams), David Healy (Andrew Kirk), Glenn Ferguson (Phil Gray), Jeff Whitley (Danny Sonner)

This match will be remembered for the booing of Neil Lennon by a section of the Windsor Park crowd. Lennon had recently signed for Glasgow Celtic from Leicester City but had also recently given his backing to an ‘all-Ireland’ football team. Lennon was substituted at half-time and subsequentrly left the ground.

A month later against the Czech Republic Northern Ireland’s fans cheered Lennon every time he touched the ball, and many stayed behind afterwards to chant, “There’s only one Neil Lennon.” Whenever anyone began singing sectarian rubbish, other fans would drown it out with the new theme tune: “We’re not Brazil, we’re Northern Ireland.” It worked until next year’s death threat.

Neill Lennon:

“In the main, the reception I received was brilliant. A lot of people got behind me tonight and I was touched by that. There are minorities in all walks of like who make trouble for everyone else. But there are a lot more good people than bad in this country. I hope to be back but first I will talk things over with my club and family and take it from there.”

IFA President Jim Boyce:

“We live in a sad, sick, sectarian society. Some people in this country are determined never to forget the past. It is so tragic.”

Gerry Taggart:

“People have to realise that heckling a player because of who he plays for or because of his religion is not going to help Northern Ireland now or in the long run. They cannot be allowed to chase out one of our finest players. It’s hard to believe that some people might actually believe that any Catholic who plays for Northern Ireland does not care for the team. How can people think that way? I have always played with pride for the shirt – and so has Neil Lennon.”

Lennon to think over NI future

The Celtic divide in Belfast

Copyright: Colin McMaster

Picture: Colin McMaster

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27th February – Today In Our Footballing History

27/02/1892 Bangor Wales 1-1 Olphert Stanfield

John Clugston, Willie Gordon, Robert Stewart, Nathaniel McKeown, Sammy Spencer, Bill Cunningham, William Dalton, George Gaffikin, Olphert Stanfield, Sam Torrans, John Peden

Ireland had a pool of players with superior ability to previous Irish squads in recent history so expectation was enhanced going into the annual match with Wales. In the previous ten matches between the country’s Wales had won seven, Ireland two with one match drawn.

The match took place on a bright day at Penrhyn Park in Bangor (Wales) but media reports at the time complained about the “inadequate provision for the comfort of the many spectators” within the enclosure.

With the players on show it was expected that the game would be entertaining however, the play from neither side “rose above mediocrity”. There were glimpses of good play from both sets of forwards, with some “brilliant runs” being made however, the majority of the match was lacklustre.

The play was fairly even between the sides during the early stages of the game but Wales quickly managed to “assume the upper hand” and on 15 minutes Benjamin Lewis (Chester City) scored for the Welsh. Wales continued the pressure but Ireland goalkeeper John Clugston (Cliftonville) was having a good game. The score remained 1-0 to Wales as the half-time whistle was blown.

The second half was marginally better than the first in terms of play. Ireland began to take some authority of the game through John Peden’s (Newtown AFC) and William Dalton’s (Linfield) attacks, but it wasn’t until the 87th minute that Ireland equalised.

Olphert Stanfield (Distillery) “cleverly ran the ball down and ended with a successful shot at goal.” The goal was disputed by the Welsh team as they believed an Irish player was in an offside position however, the referee allowed it to stand. The full-time whistle was blown shortly afterwards with a final scoreline of Wales 1 – 1 Ireland.

Author: Killultagh

The Glasgow Herald Match Report

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On 27th February 1985 (and then again in 1987) Irish Republican terrorists placed car bombs close to Windsor Park in Belfast. The target on both occasions was the Northern Ireland v England games.




Original Source: The Irish News (28 Feb 1985)

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26th February – Today In Our Footballing History

26/02/1986 Paris France 0-0

Pat Jennings, Jimmy Nicholl, Mal Donaghy, John O’Neill, Alan McDonald, David McCreery (John McClelland), Norman Whiteside, Steve Penney (Mark Caughey), Jimmy Quinn (Gerry Armstrong), Colin Clarke, Sammy McIlroy

The Parc de Princes pitch resembled a skating rink after a heavy snowfall and temperatures below freezing. However, a superb defensive display from Northern Ireland produced a solid draw.

Author: Killultagh

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This 'away' kit seems to have been worn only once (tbc), in a World Cup 1986 warm-up match with France along with white shorts and socks.

This ‘away’ kit seems to have been worn only once (tbc), in a World Cup ’86 warm-up match with France along with white shorts and socks.

Source: http://nifootball.blogspot.co.uk/2006/10/kits-out.html

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25th February – Today In Our Footballing History

25/02/1928 Glasgow Scotland 1-0 Jimmy Chambers

Elisha Scott, Andy McCluggage, Bob Hamilton, Sam Irving, George Moorehead, Gerry Morgan, Jimmy Chambers, Bobby Irvine, Sammy Curran, Jimmy Ferris, Jackie Mahood

Not since 1910 had Ireland defeated Scotland in association football. However, on this date in 1928 Ireland defeated a strong Scotland side at Firhill Park, Glasgow thanks to a goal from Jimmy Chambers (Bury). The Irish team was made up largely of second string players, and triumphed against all the odds. George ‘Barney’ Moorehead (Linfield) neutralized Scotland’s Jimmy McGrory (Celtic) while Elisha Scott (Liverpool) the Irish goalkeeper played the game of his life with contents bills of local newspapers contained the headline ‘Great Scott beats Scots!’ Irish fans who numbered a few hundred paid more for the bills as souvenirs than for the newspapers themselves!

When the match had finished and the large crowd began to disperse there was severe congestion and several persons were injured in the rush to leave the ground. Some fans were taken to the local Royal Infirmary with bruising and crushing injuries while an Edward Skidmore collapsed while leaving and narrowly avoided being trampled.

Author: Killultagh

Original Source: The Times

Online Source: http://www.londonhearts.com/scores/images/1928/1928022503.htm

Irish Soccer Teams Pluck Rewarded

British Pathe Video: Ireland Wins – thrilling Soccer International with Scotland after close game by one goal to nil.

Original Source: The Scotsman

Online Source: http://www.londonhearts.com/scores/images/1928/1928022502.htm

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24th February – Today In Our Footballing History

24/02/1900 Llandudno Wales 0-2

Tom Scott, John Pyper, Mick Cochrane, John McShane, Archie Goodall, Hugh Maginnis, George Sheehan, Thomas Morrison, Jack Kirwan, Alfie Kearns, Joseph McAllen

Played at The Oval, Llandudno in Wales Ireland returned to the same venue where they had defeated Wales in 1898. The attendance was recorded at around 6,000 and the fans got to enjoy the fine weather while watching the association football match. The pitch was in good condition generally but for one of the goalmouths which was muddy.

The Glasgow Herald states that the “game was fast and entertaining from beginning to end.”

Wales won the toss and chose to play “with their backs to the light wind that was blowing.” Ireland did well in the opening period with George Sheehan (Bohemians) and Thomas Morrison (Burnley) causing problems within Welsh territory. The Irish attacks were not to be rewarded however, and Wales nearly took the lead when Tom Scott (Cliftonville) saved well from David Jones (Bangor City).

The score remained 0-0 at half-time.

The crowd picked up in the second half driving the Welsh team forward. However, it was the Irish who nearly scored after a shot by Alfie Kearns (Distillery) was dropped by Welsh goalkeeper Leigh Rose (Aberystwyth Town) although William Harrison (Wrexham) was on hand to clear the ball.

Wales scored soon afterwards from David Davies (Hereford) as he took the ball from Billy Mederith (Manchester City). His shot hit the back of the net but it was ruled out as the player was judged to be in an off-side position.

With the scores still level at 0-0 the game entered into the final quarter of an hour, with Wales pressing hard on home turf for the goal to obtain the victory. Their fortitude was rewarded on 80 minutes when Jones centred for Thomas Parry (Oswestry) who scored past Scott.

Not long after, Wales were able to wrap up the match with a second goal from the penalty spot, after the ball struck the hand of John Pyper (Cliftonville). Mederith scored the resulting penalty.

The game finished Wales 2 – 0 Ireland.

Author: Killultagh

* Trivia –

On February 24, 1900, Ireland were coached by former national defender Robert Torrans. The importance of the team captain was far greater in the 19th century than it is today, and the post carried with it more authority and duties.

Robert Torrans won the most national cup competitions in one or more countries as either player and trainer (coach) during the 19th century. In 1892, 1893 and 1895 he won the Irish Cup three times as player with Linfield, and twice in 1898 and 1899 as trainer with the same club. Robert Torrans, born in Belfast on November 26, 1866, was three years older than his brother Sam. “Rab” Torrans, who also played a full international for Ireland in 1893, was a versatile player who preferred the position of left half-back, but could also play on outside left or left full-back. As a trainer he was very circumspect and determined.

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The Ireland side which faced Wales in Llandudno 1900

The Ireland side which faced Wales in Llandudno 1900

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23rd February – Today In Our Footballing History

23/02/2000 Luxembourg Luxembourg City 3-1 David Healy (2), James Quinn 1,800

Roy Carroll (Maik Taylor), Ian Nolan, Danny Griffin (Pat McGibbon), Aaron Hughes, Steve Lomas, Mark Williams (Colin Murdock), David Healy, James Quinn (Adrian Coote), Keith Gillespie (Stephen Robinson), Damien Johnson (Michael Hughes), Jim Magilton (Danny Sonner)

Things didn’t get off to the best of starts when the Northern Ireland’s team flight was cancelled. Sammy McIlroy was demanding answers while the players were making their feelings known about the farcical situation to the Irish Football Association representatives.

Eventually David Healy made his senior Northern Ireland debut scoring twice to give new boss Sammy McIlroy a winning start in his in Luxembourg. Healy – then 20 – scored in the 21st and 48th minutes to secure a 3-1 victory. At the time Healy had played just one senior game for Manchester United (against Aston Villa in the League Cup) showed great skill and commitment and was unlucky not to have grabbed a hat-trick after he was denied a penalty in the 16th minute.

David Healy: “I had played for the schoolboy team, under 16s, under 19s and under 21s and I felt ready to go into the senior side and I’ll always be grateful to Sammy McIlroy for giving me my chance in Luxembourg. I still remember Sammy telling me a few days before that I was going to play and feeling so excited that I could hardly sleep ahead of the game. Thankfully it went well and we won and I scored a couple of goals. It was a great night.”

Healy gives McIlroy perfect start

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This Fully Signed Northern Ireland No 5 shirt was worn by Mark Williams (9th Cap) in the game between Luxembourg v Northern Ireland on the 23/02/2000

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23rd February – Today In Our Footballing History

23/02/2000 Luxembourg Luxembourg City 3-1 David Healy (2), James Quinn 1,800

Roy Carroll (Maik Taylor), Ian Nolan, Danny Griffin (Pat McGibbon), Aaron Hughes, Steve Lomas, Mark Williams (Colin Murdock), David Healy, James Quinn (Adrian Coote), Keith Gillespie (Stephen Robinson), Damien Johnson (Michael Hughes), Jim Magilton (Danny Sonner)

Things didn’t get off to the best of starts when the Northern Ireland’s team flight was cancelled. Sammy McIlroy was demanding answers while the players were making their feelings known about the farcical situation to the Irish Football Association representatives.

Eventually David Healy made his senior Northern Ireland debut scoring twice to give new boss Sammy McIlroy a winning start in his in Luxembourg. Healy – then 20 – scored in the 21st and 48th minutes to secure a 3-1 victory. At the time Healy had played just one senior game for Manchester United (against Aston Villa in the League Cup) showed great skill and commitment and was unlucky not to have grabbed a hat-trick after he was denied a penalty in the 16th minute.

David Healy: “I had played for the schoolboy team, under 16s, under 19s and under 21s and I felt ready to go into the senior side and I’ll always be grateful to Sammy McIlroy for giving me my chance in Luxembourg. I still remember Sammy telling me a few days before that I was going to play and feeling so excited that I could hardly sleep ahead of the game. Thankfully it went well and we won and I scored a couple of goals. It was a great night.”

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This Fully Signed Northern Ireland No 5 shirt was worn by Mark Williams (9th Cap) in the game between Luxembourg v Northern Ireland on the 23/02/2000

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22nd February – Today In Our Footballing History

22/02/1902 Cardiff Wales 3-0 Andy Gara (3)

James Vincent Nolan-Whelan, William Gibson, Bill McCracken, Johnny Darling, Bob Milne, Harold Nicholl, Toby Mercer, James Maxwell, Andy Gara, Alfie Kearns, Jack Kirwan

Ireland had a three nil success against Wales at Cardiff Arms Park with Andy Gara of Preston North End scoring a hat-trick. However, this was not the first hat-trick scored by an Irish player in an international match. That honour went to William Dalton who scored three goals in the seven two win over Wales in 1891.

Author: Killultagh

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21st February – Today In Our Footballing History

21/02/1931 Belfast Scotland 0-0

Alf Gardiner, Joe McNinch, Bertie Fulton, Billy McCleery, Jack Jones, Tom Sloan, Hugh Blair, Edward Falloon, Fred Roberts, Johnny Geary, Harold McCaw

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Goalless Draw – Poor Scottish Forwards

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