09th September – Today In Our Footballing History

09/09/1992 Belfast Albania 3-0 Colin Clarke, Kevin Wilson, Jim Magilton

Tommy Wright, Gary Fleming, Nigel Worthington, Gerry Taggart, Alan McDonald, Mal Donaghy, Kevin Wilson, Jim Magilton, Colin Clarke (Michael O’Neill), Iain Dowie, Michael Hughes

N.Ireland 3 Albania 0

Reporter: Gary Spain

This result was not as convincing as the score line suggests. Albania took the game to Northern Ireland and produced some brilliant goalkeeping by Newcastle’s Tommy Wright. Colin Clarke scored his 13th international goal after Albania had controlled much of the opening quarter. Kevin Wilson made it two after 30 minutes and Jim Magilton added a 3rd before the break. The Northerners cut through the Albanian defence at will but also looked vulnerable at the back. In the 2nd half they were content to defend their lead, producing a dull and lifeless affair. The Albanian manager considered the Northern side to be better than the Republic. * Clarke has now set a new Northern Ireland goal-scoring record, surpassing the 12 goals scored by Joe Bambrick, Billy Gillespie and Gerry Armstrong.

Group Three Table:…………P..W..D..L..Pts

…………………R. of Ireland…… 2..2..0..0….4

…………………N.Ireland………. 2..1..1..0….3

…………………Lithuania………. 3..1..1..1….3

…………………Spain………….. 1..1..0..0….2

…………………Albania………… 4..1..0..3….2

…………………Denmark………… 1..0..1..0….1

…………………Latvia…………..3..0..1..2….1

Source: emigrant.ie

* Trivia –

Many sources have credited Ireland’s first goal in the 2-1 win over Wales on 19 January 1914 to Sam Young, it has since been established that Billy Gillespie was the scorer, and that his career total was 13, not 12 as widely accepted. Therefore Colin Clarke actually equaled Billy Gillespie’s total of 13 by scoring against Albania, rather than holding the record outright. At the time however, this was not known and the assumption was that Colin broke the record of 12 held jointly by Billy Gillespie, Gerry Armstrong and Joe Bambrick.

Colin Clarke:

“I’m relieved it’s all over It was starting to get to me a little for Gerry Armstrong held it for quite a while. I’d like to think that I can now relax a little and improve on it. No one is in striking distance although Gerry Taggart is the one to watch out for. My most memorable goal was against them [Spain] during the a World Cup in Mexico. I scored from a back pass with a looping header. It seemed to take the ball ages to drop into the net but it was a great moment for me. We were beaten 2-1, but I’ll never forget the World Cup in Guadalajara [Mexico]… It’s getting very hard to score at international level. A few years back you got the odd easy game… Turkey, Malta etc. but now they have all got foreign coaches to sort them out. Look at the supposedly easy sides in our group, Lithuania, Latvia and Albania. They are proving a handful and I think the group will go right to the final games.”

Billy Bingham:

“Over the last two seasons the team has, however, gradually taken shape, become more experienced. I would say we have a chance of making it to the USA ’94 – a reasonable chance but I would not put it beyond that… having to pick up points in away matches, hopefully maximum against the Baltic states Latvia, Lithuania and Albania.”

Back: Nigel Worthington, Colin Clarke, Steve Morrow, Michael O’Neill, Gary Fleming

Middle: John McVey (physio), Derek McKinley (attendant), Mal Donaghy, Tommy Wright, Alan Fettis, Iain Dowie, Jim Magilton, Jimmy Nicholl (asst manager)

Front: Michael Hughes, Kingsley Black, Alan McDonald (capt), Billy Bingham (manager), Keith Rowland, Kevin Wilson, Raymond Campbell

Source: http://nifootball.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/419-9-september-1992.html

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