29th November – Today In Our Footballing History

29/11/1978 Sofia Bulgaria 2-0 Gerry Armstrong, Billy Caskey

Pat Jennings, Jimmy Nicholl, Sammy Nelson, Bryan Hamilton, Chris Nicholl, David McCreery, Billy Caskey, Martin O’Neill, Gerry Armstrong, Sammy McIlroy (Vic Moreland), Terry Cochrane (Chris McGrath)

In the pouring rain Gerry Armstrong put the Irish ahead on 17 taking advantage of a mix up between keeper and defender. The Irish thought they had scored a 2nd on 58 when a Martin O’Neill lob appeared to drop over the line off the underside of the bar, but it was not given. Billy Caskey sealed the win at the end of a corner on 83. Northern Ireland manager Danny Blanchflower declared; “This was the finest performance since I took over as manager. We could have won by four goals. I came here with an open mind about tactics and realised we didn’t have to defend.”

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Terry Cochrane –

“I didn’t get on with Danny’s assistant Tommy Kavanagh. He used to call me The Barfly. He was really running the show, not Danny and at one match in Bulgaria, I right hooked a defender and he took me off straight away. Chris McGrath came on and got nutmegged straight away, went on his arse and got his two front teeth knocked out. ‘Good substitution Tommy’ I said and he just stared at me.”

“Danny once said that we could have played like his 1960’s Spurs team but there was no way. We were at a match somewhere in Eastern Europe once and an orchestra was playing. Danny got a bit carried away and started conducting them, which only served to fire them and their team up even more. He really was senile, I tell you.”

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Victory Shoots Ireland To Top Of England’s Group

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Billy Caskey 1978 Bulgaria v Northern Ireland Match Worn Shirt

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