26th October – Today In Our Footballing History

26/10/1960 Belfast West Germany 3-4 Billy McAdams (3)

Jack McClelland, Dick Keith, Alex Elder, Danny Blanchflower, Tommy Forde, Bertie Peacock, Billy Bingham, Jimmy McIlroy, Billy McAdams, Jimmy Hill, Peter McParland


The Times – Thursday 27th October

In spite of three goals by McAdams, the Bolton Wanderers centre-forward, Northern Ireland lost the first leg of their world cup game against west Germany, who won by 4-3 at Windsor Park, Belfast, yesterday. The goals for Germany were scored by Bruells, Seeler, and Doerfel (two).

Ireland showed considerable promise and in the first half, in particular, it seemed as if they might emerge as winners when, for a time, they had Germany on the run. In the second half, after taking a 2-1 lead, they fell away and allowed the quick-moving German forwards to take control.

Ireland were certainly the more dangerous early in the game, but Germany scored first, Bruells hitting a brilliant goal from just outside the penalty area. After a period of German domination, however, McAdams scored the first of his three goals when he headed a centre from Bingham well out of Tilkowski’s reach…

McAdams scored 10 minutes after the interval, but the Irish lead was short-lived, for Seeler took advantage of a defensive slip to put his side level again. Then Doerfel made it 3-2 two minutes later when the ball came in from the right over McClelland’s head…

Ten minutes from the end Doerfel raced in from the left to score his side’s fourth goal, and just on the final whistle McAdams, from six yards, drove the ball into the net for Ireland’s third.

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Hero of the 1958 World Cup for Northern Ireland, Harry Gregg pulled out of this match through injury. Jack McClelland a 19 year old goalkeeper from Arsenal deputised and earned his first Northern Ireland cap. Another 19 year old player Alec Elder was winning only his 3rd cap as was Tommy Forde and Jimmy Hill.

The McAdams hat-trick was the first for Northern Ireland since Joe Bambrick scored six against Wales in 1930.

Author: Magheramesk

Bill McAdams (Northern Ireland hat-trick) – “…we spent the evening in the Grand Central Hotel feeling sick. I suppose it must be some kind of record to score three in a World Cup game and finish among the losers. But it was fun knocking them in – particularly a cross from Billy Bingham.”

Ireland’s Narrow World Cup Defeat



Tommy Forde, Uwe Seeler & Dick Keith

Tommy Forde, Uwe Seeler & Dick Keith


Northern Ireland Footballing Greats



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