12th April – Today In Our Footballing History

12/04/1967 Belfast Wales 0-0

Roddy McKenzie, Dave Craig, Alex Elder, Arthur Stewart, Terry Neill, Jimmy Nicholson, Eric Welsh, Danny Trainor, Derek Dougan, Walter Bruce, Dave Clements

A disappointing tournament for Northern Ireland thus far after defeats to both England and Scotland respectively. Prior to the Northern Ireland versus England match at Windsor Park in October 1966, Bobby Moore and his teammates paraded the The Jules Rimet Trophy to the Irish crowd.

Northern Ireland needed to win the game against Wales to avoid the wooden spoon and thus finishing in last position. Wales having drawn with Scotland in their opening game only needed a draw therefore to avoid last place.

Unfortunately for the Windsor Park crowd the match was lacklustre affair without goals and lacked the quality expected from a group of international footballers.

Derek Dougan (Leicester City) was the best Irish player on the pitch closely followed by Authur Stewart (Glentoran) and Terry Neill (Arsenal).

For Wales only Graham Williams (West Brom) and Ron Davies (Southampton) stood out in a dull game of little chances.

In the last match of the tournament Scotland surprisingly defeated England at Wembley to claim the Championship. After England had won the 1966 World Cup the Scottish fans therefore crowned Scotland “World Champions” while some fans invaded and stole much of the pitch after the game in celebration.

* Trivia –

The 1966-67 British Home Championship also formed the first half of the qualifying stages for the 1968 UEFA European Football Championship.

Ireland’s First Point

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Northern Ireland Footballing Greats

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