10 March 2017

621: 26 March 2017

620 vs Croatia - 621 - 622 vs --
26th March 2017. KO 19:45 GMT
NORTHERN IRELAND (NIR) - NORWAY (NOR)

Venue: Windsor Park, Belfast
Attendance:
Referee:
Assistant Referees:

NORTHERN IRELAND:
Manager: Michael O'Neill

NORWAY:
Manager: Lars Lagerback (SWE)

Squad: (BBC)
GoalkeepersMichael McGovern (Norwich City), Alan Mannus (St Johnstone), Roy Carroll (Linfield).
Defenders Aaron Hughes (Hearts), Gareth McAuley (West Brom), Jonny Evans (West Brom), Chris Brunt (West Brom), Craig Cathcart (Watford), Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town), Lee Hodson (Rangers), Ryan McLaughlin (Oldham Athletic), Tom Flanagan (Burton Albion), Daniel Lafferty (Sheffield United)
Midfielders Steven Davis (Southampton), Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), Oliver Norwood (Brighton), Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers), Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest), Stuart Dallas (Leeds Utd), Paul Paton (St Johnstone), Matthew Lund (Rochdale).
Forwards - Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City), Josh Magennis (Charlton Athletic), Conor Washington (QPR), Liam Boyce (Ross County).

5 March 2017

03 April 1879

Friendly Match
BELFAST 3-5 GLASGOW (h/t 1-5)
** first association football match by an Irish team ***

Venue: Ulster Cricket Grounds, Ballynafeigh, Belfast
Attendance: "vast number of spectators"

BELFAST: 
Goal - J. Watson; backs - H. Davis and J.M. Mack; half-backs - R.M. Sloan and W.A. Glass; forwards - W.T. Herron, W. Jackson, J. Henderson, R. Hughes, J.A. MacDonald and A. Murray;
Reserve: R.M.Potts

GLASGOW/LENZIE FC:
Captain: Sydney Broadfoot
Goal - C. Cree; backs - O. Buck and J. Archer; half-backs - S. Broadfoot and W. Patterson; forwards - F. Archer, J. Macgregor, J. Macpherson, J. Cree, D. Dewar and M. Broadfoot

Report:
Belfast Morning News (4th April 1879)
A match between the representatives of the Lenzie (Glasgow) Club and a local team came off yesterday on the grounds of the Ulster Cricket Club, and was the first under the Scottish Association rules in which an Irish team has taken part. The weather was most favourable, and the game was witnessed by a vast number of spectators. The strangers having won the toss, elected to play with the wind, and almost immediately after the kick off, the Belfast team carried the first goal. This seemed to put the Scotchmen on their mettle, for they went to work in right earnest, and rapidly scored four goals in succession. Towards the end of the first half the strangers scored again, and the Belfast men took two goals in the second half. The match, which throughout proved most agreeable, thus closed  in favour of the Scotchmen by five goals to three. In the course of the game W.T.Herron took the first goal for Belfast and played very well, being ably supported by Jackson, M'Donald, and M'Aleavy. Altogether the play of our local team was very good, and showed that they require only a little practice to enable them to compete with all comers. Before leaving the ground Mr. Sydney Broadfoot, captain of the Scotch team, took the opportunity of presenting two association balls to the Belfast Club in remembrance of their pleasant match and in the hope that they would be used to further in Ireland. 
Notes: 
  • The Belfast team is also variously recorded as being Ulster FC or an Ulster representative side, though this is likely a later assumption based on the game being played at Ulster Cricket Grounds.
  • Lenzie is actually a small town around 10 miles outside Glasgow. It seems likely that they were promoted as a big-name team in order to add kudos to the match.
  • Although the exact identities of the Belfast players is hard to ascertain, some guesswork would point to the following going on to play in some of Ireland's earliest internationals: J. Watson; J.M. Mack/McAleavy (McAlery?); J. HendersonR.M. Potts.
  • Sydney Broadfoot and Melbourne Broadfoot were brothers.
Sources:

13 February 2017

Head-To-Head: New Zealand

New Zealand Football

Founded: 1891
Home Venue: Wellington Regional Stadium
Main Colours: All white
Confederation: OFC (Oceania)

New Zealand / Aoteraroa 
(NZL)
Kit
Played 0
Won 0
Drew 0
Lost 0
Win Ratio -%
Result Ratio -%

Northern Ireland's Overall Record Against New Zealand
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D
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F
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GD
CS
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Pts %
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Northern Ireland's Record Against New Zeland by Competition
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Northern Ireland's Results Against New Zealand
No.
Date
Venue
Type
F
A
Result
1
(-)
02/06/17
Windsor Park, Belfast
FR
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-
H-










Irish FA XI's Results Against New Zealand
No.
Date
Venue
Type
F
A
Result
1
(---)
10/10/79
The Oval, Belfast
FR
2
0
H-








29 January 2017

Football League 100 Legends


In 1998 the Football League announced 100 Legends that had made a significant contribution during 100 seasons of league football. Eight (Northern) Irish players made the list - Bill McCracken, Elisha Scott, Peter Doherty, Jackie Carey (dual international), Danny Blanchflower, Jimmy McIlroy, Pat Jennings and George Best.

The full list can be found here.

16 December 2016

22 February 1955

(Friendly match)
BRITISH ARMY C-C IRELAND

This match was arranged for 8th December 1954, but was postponed due to the pitch at Highbury being unplayable. It was re-scheduled for February, but once again cancelled and subsequently was not re-arranged.

Referee:
Venue: Highbury, London
Goals:

Ireland:
Manager:
Peter Doherty (Doncaster Rovers)
Trainer: 
Gerry Morgan (Linfield)

(as named in December)
N. Uprichard (Portsmouth); W. Cunningham (Leicester City), L. Graham (Doncaster Rovers), T. Casey (Newcastle United), W. Dickson (Arsenal), R. Peacock (Celtic), W. Bingham (Sunderland), J. McIlroy (Burnley), J. Blanchflower (Manchester United), C. Tully (Celtic), P. McParland (Aston Villa)*
* McParland withdrew with Tully moving to outside-left and J. Crossan (Blackburn Rovers) brought into the line-up as inside-forward.

(as named in February)
N. Uprichard (Portsmouth); L. Graham (Doncaster Rovers), A. McMichael (Newcastle United), T. Casey (Newcastle United), W. Cunningham (Leicester City), W. Cush (Glenavon), G. Burrell (Huddersfield Town), E. Crossan (Blackburn Rovers), J. Blanchflower (Manchester United), J. McIlroy (Burnley), J. McKenna (Blackpool)
Reserves: M. Masters (Glenavon), J.W. McCleary (Cliftonville)

Belfast News Letter (21 February 1955) [courtesy of Steve Bell]

15 November 2016

620: 15 November 2016

15th November 2016. KO 19:45 GMT
NORTHERN IRELAND (NIR) 0-3 CROATIA (CRO) (H/T 0-2)


Attendance: 16,803

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant referees: Jake Collin (ENG), Simon Beck (ENG)
Fourth officials: Andre Marriner (ENG)

Goals: CRO: Mandzukic 9, Cop 35, Kramaric 67



NORTHERN IRELAND:
Manager: Michael O'Neill
Captain: Niall McGinn (Game 1: Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 1)
NIR: (4-3-2-1) A. Mannus; L. Hodson, C. Brunt [C. McLaughlin 46], G. McAuley [R. McGivern 46], J. Evans; O. Norwood, M. Lund [S. Davis 45], P. McNair; N. McGinn [P. Paton 62], J. Magennis [K. Lafferty 56]; L. Boyce [W. Grigg 68]
Unused subs: R. Carroll (gk); W. Grigg, C. Evans, M. Duffy, T. Flanagan

CROATIA:

Manager: Ante Cacic
Captain: 
CRO: Kalinic [Vargic 82]; Jedvaj, Leovac, Vida [Vrsaljko 60], Mitrovic, Badelj [Brozovic 51], Bradaric, Rog [Pivaric 87], Cop, Kramaric, Mandzukic [Coric 72]

Match Programme/Ticket:

Match Photos:
(courtesy of Roy Cathcart)
Chris Brunt, Josh Magennis, Alan Mannus, Gareth McAuley, Jonny Evans, Paddy McNair
Lee Hodson, Oliver Norwood, Niall McGinn, Matthew Lund, Liam Boyce


Match Reports:

BBC
Daily Mail

Squads:
Northern Ireland (BBC)
Goalkeepers: M McGovern (Norwich City), A Mannus (St Johnstone), T Carson (Hartlepool United), R Carroll* (Linfield)
Defenders: A Hughes (Kerala Blasters), G McAuley (West Brom), J Evans (West Brom), C Brunt (West Brom), R McGivern (Shrewsbury Town), C McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town), L Hodson (Rangers), T Flanagan (Burton Albion)
Midfielder: S Davis (Southampton), N McGinn (Aberdeen), O Norwood (Brighton), C Evans (Blackburn Rovers), J Ward (Burton Albion), S Ferguson (Millwall), S Dallas (Leeds United), P McNair (Sunderland), P Paton (St Johnstone), M Lund (Rochdale).
Forwards: K Lafferty (Norwich City), J Magennis (Charlton Athletic), C Washington (QPR), W Grigg (Wigan Athletic)



Croatia
Goalkeepers: Danijel Subašić (Monaco), Lovre Kalinić (Hajduk), Ivan Vargić (Lazio)
Defenders: Šime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Vedran Ćorluka (Lokomotiv), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kijev), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Ivan Strinić (Napoli), Josip Pivarić (Dinamo), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen)
Midfielder: Luka Modrić (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitić (Barcelona), Ivan Perišić (Inter), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Mateo Kovačić (Real Madrid), Marcelo Brozović (Inter)
Forwards: Marko Pjaca (Juventus), Duje Čop (Sporting Gijon), Mario Mandžukić (Juventus), Nikola Kalinić (Fiorentina), Andrej Kramarić (Hoffenheim)


Notes:
  • Niall McGinn was awarded the captaincy to mark his fiftieth cap.
  • There were small disturbances caused by protesting Croatian fans in the stands.

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