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
Type
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D
L
F
A
GD
CS
Win %
Pts %
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Home
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Away
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Northern Ireland's Record Against New Zeland by Competition
Type
P
W
D
L
F
A
GD
CS
Win %
Pts %
W/L
FR
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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
-
-
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.

14 January 2017

2017 Dates for your Diary


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

619 vs Azerbaijan - 620 - 621 vs ---
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.

11 November 2016

619: 11 November 2016

11th November 2016. KO 19:45 GMT
NORTHERN IRELAND (NIR) 4-0 AZERBAIJAN (AZE) (H/T 2-0)


Attendance: 18,404

Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA)
Assistant referees: Cyril Gringore (FRA), Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Fourth officials: Frank Schneider (FRA)

Goals: NIR: Lafferty 27, McAuley 40, McLaughlin 66, Brunt 83


NORTHERN IRELAND: (green shirts, white shorts, green socks)
Manager: Michael O'Neill
Captain: Steven Davis
NIR: (4-3-2-1) M. McGovern; C. McLaughlin, C. Brunt, G, McAuley, J. Evans; C. Evans _ [P. McNair 81], O. Norwood, S. Davis; J. Magennis, S. Ferguson _ [N. McGinn 73]; K. Lafferty [W. Grigg 62]
Unused subs: A. Mannus (gk), T. Carson (gk); L. Hodson, L. Boyce, R. McGivern, A. Hughes, P. Paton, M. Lund, T. Flanagan

AZERBAIJAN: (all red)

Manager: Robert Prosenecki
Captain: Rahid Amirguliyev
AZE: (4-1-4-1) Agayev; Mirzabekov, Medvedev, Huseynov, Dashdemirov; Garayev [Ramazanov 75]; Ismayilov, Makhmudov _ [Nazarov 70], Amirguliyev, Gurbanov; Sheydaev [Yilmaz 46].

Match Report: 

UEFA
Irish FA
BBC
Daily Mail

Match Programme/Ticket:
Digital Download


Match Photos:
(courtesy of Roy Cathcart)
Kyle Lafferty, Josh Magennis, Chris Brunt, Michael McGovern, Gareth McAuley, Jonny Evans
Shane Ferguson, Oliver Norwood, Steven Davis, Corry Evans, Conor McLaughlin)


Squads:
Northern Ireland (BBC)
Goalkeepers: M McGovern (Norwich City), A Mannus (St Johnstone), T Carson (Hartlepool United)
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), Michael Duffy* (Celtic, on loan at Dundee)
Forwards: K Lafferty (Norwich City), J Magennis (Charlton Athletic), C Washington (QPR), W Grigg (Wigan Athletic), L Boyce* (Ross Co)
* late call-up

Azerbaijan
Kamran Aghayev (Sumgayit), Anar Nazirov  (Zira), Salahat Aghayev  (Inter), Tarlan Guliyev (Inter), Maksim Medvedev  (Qarabagh), Badavi Huseynov  (Qarabagh), Rashad Sadigov (Qarabagh), Pavel Pashayev  (Stal (UKR)), Magomed Mirzabekov  (Gabala), Arif Dashdamirov (Qarabagh), Ruslan Abishov  (Inter), Rahid Amirguliyev (Qarabagh), Gara Garayev (Qarabagh), Elvin Mammadov  (Zira), Afran Ismayilov  (Qarabagh), Dmitry Nazarov  (Erzgedirge Aue (GER)), Rahman Hajiyev  (Neftchi), Araz Abdullayev  (Neftchi), Eddi Israfilov (Cadiz (SPA)), Emin Mahmudov  (Boavishta (POR)), Aghabala Ramazanov  (Inter), Ruslan Gurbanov (Neftchi), Namik Alaskarov  (Qarabagh), Ramil Sheydayev  (Trabzonspor (TUR)), Mahir Madatov (Qarabagh)

Notes:
  • This match coincided with Remembrance Day. FIFA rules controversially prohibited the wearing of a Poppy by the players, however they did wear black armbands as a mark of respect while there was a minute's silence, a wreath laying, bucket collection and card display in the Kop Stand. FIFA then launched an investigation into what they deemed "political" displays. Eventually the Irish FA was levied with a 15,000 SFr (£11,770) fine.

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