05th September – Today In Our Footballing History

05/09/2001 Belfast Iceland 3-0 David Healy, Michael Hughes, George McCartney

Maik Taylor, Danny Griffin, Peter Kennedy, Aaron Hughes, George McCartney, Jim Magilton, Keith Gillespie (Paul McVeigh), Phil Mulryne, David Healy, Kevin Horlock, Michael Hughes

Precious little change

BBC Northern Ireland’s GAA presenter Jerome Quinn wore his Tyrone jersey to Windsor Park for the World Cup soccer match against Iceland, but kept it well covered up.

Source: news.bbc.co.uk/sport

Sammy McIlroy –

“I think I have been boring a few people by saying so often how promising our youngsters are. People have not believed me because our recent results have been so disappointing.”

“Have you ever seen a more composed debut from a boy? George has looked confident ever since he joined the squad and that confidence was there for all to see against Iceland. He never looked out of place, he was never embarrassed and I never saw him caught out of position.”

George McCartney –

“Getting a goal capped it all for me. I don’t think too many players have scored on their international debut, so that made it even more special.”

Three-goal Irish sink Iceland


Northern Ireland Footballing Greats




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