23rd April – Today In Our Footballing History

23/04/1986 Belfast Morocco 2-1 Colin Clarke, Jimmy Quinn

Pat Jennings (Jim Platt), Paul Ramsey, Mal Donaghy, John O’Neill, Alan McDonald, Ian Stewart (Dave Campbell), Norman Whiteside (Billy Hamilton), Bernard McNally, Colin Clarke, Sammy McIlroy, Steve Penney (Jimmy Quinn)

This match was Northern Ireland’s last before they departed for high altitude training in America prior to the Mexico World Cup in 1986.

Morocco were chosen as opponents because Northern Ireland would face fellow African nation Algeria in their World Cup group, alongside Spain and Brazil.

Colin Clarke opened the scoring in the 13th minute for Northern Ireland. John O’Neill however, brought down a Moroccan opponent early in the second half Muhammed Timouni scored from the resulting penalty. Substitute Jimmy Quinn scored the winner for Northern Ireland with an 86th minute header.

Author: Magheramesk

Down Memory Lane: Morocco return to different picture at Windsor Park (Malcolm Brodie)



Northern Ireland Footballing Greats



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