07th May – Today In Our Footballing History

07/05/1965 Belfast Albania 4-1 Johnny Crossan (3 (1 pen)), George Best

Pat Jennings, Jimmy Magill, Alex Elder, Martin Harvey, Terry Neill, John Parke, Billy Humphries, Johnny Crossan, Willie Irvine, Jimmy Nicholson, George Best

The Times – Saturday 8th May

Northern Ireland completed their home World Cup qualifying programme with a victory over Albania at Windsor Park, Belfast, last night. But it was not an impressive performance and leaves doubts about their ability to stage a repeat in the away leg at Tirana next October.

Best, who scored direct from a corner kick and Crossan, whose three goals included a penalty, scored for Ireland. Jashari, the outside left, scored Albania’s goal.

NORTHERN IRELAND go back top of Group Five again

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Ireland Beat Albania

The forgotten story of … John Crossan’s ban from football

George Best: the green Northern Ireland No.11 international jersey worn when he scored his first international goal at Windsor Park v Albania 7th May 1965, long-sleeved, white crew-neck collar and cuffs, embroidered IFA cloth badge In this 1966 World Cup qualifying match Northern Ireland beat Albania 4-1 with George Best scoring his fist home international goal, and Johnny Crossan scoring a hat-trick. It was George Best’s third international goal having netted in Lausanne and at Hampden Park in 1964.

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IFA Secretary Billy Drennan Meets The Albanian Party At Nutts Corner Airport

IFA Secretary Billy Drennan Meets The Albanian Party At Aldergrove Airport


Northern Ireland Footballing Greats



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