31st August – Today In Our Footballing History

31/08/1996 Belfast Ukraine 0-1

Alan Fettis, Danny Griffin (Michael O’Neill), Keith Rowland (Jim Magilton), Colin Hill, Steve Morrow, Steve Lomas, Keith Gillespie, Neil Lennon, Iain Dowie, Phil Gray, Michael Hughes

Bryan Hamilton’s side had made a serious challenge to reach the Euro 96 finals and only for a disastrous defeat at home to Latvia would have at least had a play-off with Holland — although a win that night would have secured qualfication. Ukraine were new to competitive football, but it didn’t show and Sergei Rebrov announced his arrival on the world stage with the winning goal.

Source: belfasttelegraph.co.uk

* Trivia –

Iain Dowie who was born in Hatfield, England became the first non-Ulster man to captain Northern Ireland in a competitive match.

Ukraine’s pain for Hamilton

Picture: Gary Hancock

Picture: Gary Hancock

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