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11th December – Today In Our Footballing History

11/12/1968 Istanbul Turkey 3-0 Terry Harkin (2), Jimmy Nicholson

Pat Jennings, Dave Craig, Martin Harvey, Jimmy Nicholson, Terry Neill, Arthur Stewart, Bryan Hamilton, Eric McMordie, Derek Dougan, Terry Harkin, Dave Clements

Having defeated Turkey 4-1 at Windsor Park only three month previously Northern Ireland faced the same opponents away from home, and won 3-0, with goals from Terry Harkin (2) and Jimmy Nicholson. This win gave Northern Ireland 4 points (only 2 for a win in those days) and with only two games to play against the USSR fans were confident that we would qualify for Mexico ’70. Sadly two defeats against the Soviet Union meant it wasn’t to be.

Author: Magheramesk

* Trivia –

Bottles were continually thrown towards the Northern Irish bench during the match. The entire bench including manager Billy Bingham had to run for safety upon the final whistle.

Terry Neill contracted hepatitis during his stay in Turkey.

Terry Harkin:

“Billy [Bingham] signed me for Southport, but he was also Northern Ireland manager at the time as well and he gave me my first cap. “It was unbelievable because I went in for the schoolboy trials and the youth team trials but never got picked. “I got an under 23 cap but that was part of the deal when I left Coleraine, they’d get money if I was to play in the under 23’s. But Billy gave me my first cap at the age of 28.”

“I was treated with the upmost respect by everybody there and didn’t have any bother playing at Windsor Park.” “Whenever I was young my uncles used to take me up to Windsor Park and squeeze me in and to think one day I could be playing out there so the first thing I did was rent a mini-bus for everybody to come and watch me.”

“I was brought up supporting Northern Ireland so when I was picked for Northern Ireland; it was great moment, I was so proud.”

Source: thecityherald.info

Northern Ireland Step Nearer Mexico

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12th November – Today In Our Footballing History

12/11/2017 Basel Switzerland 0-0

Michael McGovern, Aaron Hughes, Gareth McAuley, Jonathan Evans, Chris Brunt, Steven Davis, Oliver Norwood (Josh Magennis), George Saville, Jamie Ward (Jordan Jones), Stuart Dallas, Conor Washington (Paddy McNair)

Northern Ireland’s hopes of making the World Cup finals for the first time since 1986 ended as Switzerland won their play-off 1-0 on aggregate after Sunday’s stalemate in Basel.

The tie was decided by Ricardo Rodriguez’s controversial penalty in Belfast as Michael O’Neill’s team failed in their bid to reach back-to-back major tournaments for the first time.

Northern Ireland came within inches of forcing extra time in injury time at the end of the tie, only for West Brom defender Jonny Evans to see his header hacked off the line by Rodriguez.

Both sides wasted chances to score in a nervy contest at a rain-soaked St Jakob-Park, with Switzerland striker Haris Seferovic particularly guilty following a string of missed attempts.

O’Neill’s team failed to register a shot on target at Windsor Park in the first leg, but this was a far more adventurous display and, after several near misses from Chris Brunt in the first half, they were almost rewarded late on – only for Evans to be denied.

The result secures Switzerland a place in Russia – their fourth consecutive World Cup – and means Northern Ireland’s hopes of a fourth finals appearance are over.

Source: bbc.co.uk

Steven Davis:

“There are a lot of emotions in the dressing room and everyone is gutted. We didn’t let the decision in the first leg affect us and we gave it everything.
No-one outside our country gave us a hope. We caused them a lot of problems and if we’d got the goal it would have been very difficult for them to recover mentally. Unfortunately it just wasn’t meant to be.”

Jonny Evans:

“We can be proud that we gave everything. We showed why we were in the play-offs. When it’s so late in the game you’re seeing five different balls coming across the box but their lad was in the right place at the right time to clear my effort off the line. Sometimes in football things like that penalty decision in the first leg can happen. We are experienced enough to know refereeing decisions can go against you and in the second leg we did ourselves proud.”

Michael O’Neill: Northern Ireland run an ‘amazing achievement’


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12/11/1986 Izmir Turkey 0-0

Phil Hughes, Mal Donaghy, Nigel Worthington (Bernard McNally), Alan McDonald, John McClelland, David McCreery, Danny Wilson, Dave Campbell, Jimmy Quinn (Lawrie Sanchez), Colin Clarke, Steve Penney

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11th November – Today In Our Footballing History

11/11/1952 Paris France 1-3 Charlie Tully

Norman Uprichard, Len Graham, Alf McMichael, Danny Blanchflower, Billy Dickson, Frank McCourt, Billy Bingham, Jimmy D’Arcy, Eddie McMorran, Bertie Peacock, Charlie Tully

This was the first time a team actually billed as “Northern Ireland” played an international match. It would be two years before FIFA officially requested that the name of the team be changed from simply Ireland.

Northern Ireland may have lost this return friendly match in Paris but it will be remembered for France’s two first half goals. The first was scored with 12 French players on the pitch while the second came from a pass via a player who was yards offside!

Northern Ireland had the first chances to score when a McCourt free-kick narrowly missed Cesar Ruminiski’s left-hand post. Eddie McMorran also had a chance on goal following good work from Bertie Peacock and Charlie Tully on the left.

On 26 minutes French player Thadée Cisowski was injured following a collision with Frank McCourt and was replaced by Jean Baratte. However, the French trainer instructed the injured Cisowski to renter the field but Baratte did not leave his position! On 30 minutes Baratte the extra man on the pitch appeared to handle the ball before crossing for Joseph Ujlaki to score past Norman Uprichard. The Northern Irish players surrounded the referee in protest who should have disallowed the goal because he did not signal for Cisowski to return to the pitch.

France scored their second through Raymond Kopa however, André Strappe who made the assist was so far offside that the Northern Irish defence stood still and looked at him expecting the referee to blow his whistle.

Regardless Northern Ireland grabbed a goal back on 40 minutes. A Danny Blanchflower free-kick found its way to Charlie Tully who subsequently tucked it away.

Northern Ireland sought an equaliser with Tully, McCourt and Blanchflower coming close but on the break France remained dangerous and could have scored another themselves with two decent saves from Uprichard via Kopa and Strappe shots.

The game was sealed when Kopa raced down a gap within the middle of the Northern Irish defence and struck a low shot past Uprichard and into the net.

Source: Magheramesk

France Beat Ireland



1952_france_ireland_03 Source: Miroir Sprint from 17/11/52

Source: Miroir Sprint from 17/11/52

Source: Billy, A Biography of Billy Bingham by Robert Allen (1986)


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11/11/1987 Belfast Turkey 1-0 Jimmy Quinn

Allen McKnight, Gary Fleming, Nigel Worthington, Mal Donaghy, Alan McDonald, John McClelland, Norman Whiteside, Kevin Wilson (Dave Campbell), Colin Clarke, Jimmy Quinn, Danny Wilson (Lee Doherty)

Billy Bingham:

“Since then [1986 World Cup in Mexico] it had been a mere holding operation as personnel changed. For us it was a time for using tactics to prevent us from being turned over. That would have been disastrous for morale in the long process of rebuilding on limited playing resources.”




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23rd October – Today In Our Footballing History

23/10/1968 Belfast Turkey 4-1 George Best, Eric McMordie, Derek Dougan, Billy Campbell

Pat Jennings, Dave Craig, Martin Harvey, Jimmy Nicholson, Terry Neill, Dave Clements, Billy Campbell, Eric McMordie, Derek Dougan, Willie Irvine, George Best

Source: http://nifootball.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/261-23-october-1968.html

Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly (December 1968)

Source: http://nifootball.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/261-23-october-1968.html

Northern Ireland vs Turkey match programme (30 March 1983)

Billy Campbell –

“All the Turks thought I was [George] Best that night and pestered me for autographs, it was the nicest compliment I’ve ever had. In my book, George was the greatest of all time, but that night he was over on the other wing having a quiet match by his standards. It was one of those dreamlike games for me. Every touch went right and I felt I could run forever. I scored my only goal for Northern Ireland and laid one right on ‘The Doog’s’ [Derek Dougan] head.”

Irish Score Three In Second Half



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30th March – Today In Our Footballing History

30/03/1983 Belfast Turkey 2-1 Martin O’Neill, John McClelland

Jim Platt, Jimmy Nicholl, Mal Donaghy, John O’Neill, John McClelland, Ian Stewart, Norman Whiteside, Martin O’Neill, Gerry Armstrong, Sammy McIlroy, Noel Brotherston

A more comfortable victory than the final scoreline suggested, Martin O’Neill scored via a deflection on 5 at the end of a corner and John McClelland, also from a corner on 18 gave Northern Ireland an early 2 goal advantage, but no further goals were forthcoming for the home side and the Turks pulled one back on 55 through Sengün.

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Source: OurWeeCountry.co.uk Fanzine Issue 18

Source: OurWeeCountry.co.uk Fanzine Issue 18

Photographer: Mark Jamieson


Photographer: Mark Jamieson


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