17 July 2016

Spirit if '58

This afternoon I spent an enjoyable few hours chatting with Evan Marshall, the man behind the Spirit of '58 documentary and book. We covered all of football history from that glorious 50s era through the ups-and-downs of the intervening near-60 years right up to our most recent successes and the World Cup qualifying campaign ahead. We also talked about his forthcoming projects that will cover the halcyon days of Billy Bingham's team of the 1980s and the inherent vagaries of documentary production.


Although it is highly unlikely that the Spirit of '58 documentary will see a wider release, there are plans to show it to limited audiences, so should the opportunity present itself please look out for those. The Spirit of '58 book is available to buy online or at all good bookshops across the country.


Good look to Evan for his forthcoming projects which should become available to the public in 2017. Keep up to date by following Clackity Films on Facebook and Twitter.

25 June 2016

615: 25 June 2016

614 vs Germany - 615 - 616 vs ---
25th June 2016. KO: 18:00 CET / 17:00 BST
NORTHERN IRELAND (NIR) 0-1 WALES (WAL) (H/T 0-0)

Venue: Parc des Princes, Paris (FRA)
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant referees: Michael Mullarkey (ENG), Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional assistants: Michael Oliver (ENG), Craig Pawson (ENG)
Fourth official: Felix Brych (GER)

NORTHERN IRELAND: (white shirts, green shorts, white socks)
Manager: Michael O'Neill
Captain: Steven Davis
(4-5-1) M. McGovern; A. Hughes, J. Evans, G. McAuley [J. Magennis 84], C. Cathcart; C. Evans, O. Norwood [N. McGinn 79], S. Davis _, J. Ward [C. Washington 69], S. Dallas _; K. Lafferty

WALES: (red shirts, white shorts, red socks)
Manager:
Chris Coleman
Captain: Ashley Williams
(5-3-2) W. Hennessey; C. Gunter, N. Taylor, B. Davies, J. Chester, A. Williams; J. Allen, J. Ledley, A. Ramsey; S. Vokes, G. Bale

Match Ticket:
Match Photos:
Notes:


9 June 2016

Art of Football Tees

With the Euros just days away, is your wardrobe/suitcase tournament ready?

The Art of Football have recreated classic footballing moments as hand crafted t-shirts.

The Northern Ireland Collection features unique images of Best, Healy, Lafferty and Davis in euphoric moments from their illustrious international playing careers, right up to the successful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

Shirts are available in multiple colours (most importantly green) and orders before Sunday will receive a 25% discount.


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6 June 2016

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Northern Ireland have been drawn in Group C.

Group Stage:
GROUP A
GROUP B
GROUP C
GROUP D
GROUP E
GROUP F
France (1)
England (1)
Germany (1)
Spain (1)
Belgium (1)
Portugal (1)
Romania (3)
Russia (2)
Ukraine (2)
Italy (2)
Iceland (4)
Albania (4)
Wales (4)
Poland (3)
Turkey (4)
Austria (2)
N. Ireland (4)
Croatia (2)
Sweden (3)
Hungary (3)
Seedings in brackets.
Top two in each group progress to the second round along with the four best third place teams.

Venues:
The tournament will run from 10th June - 10th July across ten host cities.
Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux
Bordeaux (42,115)

Stade Bollaert-Delelis
Lens (38,223)

Stade Pierre-Mauroy
Lille (50,186)

Stade des Lumières
Lyon (59,286)

Stade Vèlodrome
Marseille (67,394)

Allianz Riviera
Nice (35,624)

Parc des Princes
Paris (47,000)

Stade de France
Saint-Denis (81,338)

Stade Geoffroy-Guichard
Saint-Etienne (41,965)
Stadium Municipal
Toulouse (33,300)

Northern Ireland Fixtures:
12/06/16 18:00 CET / 17:00 BST Poland (Nice) Lost 0-1
16/06/16 18:00 CET / 17:00 BST Ukraine (Lyon) Won 2-0
21/06/16 18:00 CET / 17:00 BST Germany (Paris) Lost 0-1
25/06/16 18:00 CET / 17:00 BST Wales (Paris) Lost 0-1

Northern Ireland Squad:
12

Goalkeeper
Age: 38
Notts Co
Caps: 44


Age: 34
Goalkeeper
St. Johnstone
Caps: 8
23
1

Age: 31
Goalkeeper
Hamilton Academical
Caps: 10

Age: 24
Defender
Fleetwood Town
Caps: 17
2
22

Age: 24
Defender
MK Dons
Caps: 15

Age: 36
Defender
West Bromwich Alb.
Caps: 60 / Goals: 7
4
5

Age: 28
Defender
West Bromwich Alb.
Caps: 48 / Goals: 1

Age: 34
Defender
Derby County
Caps: 77
6
15

Age: 22
Defender
Doncaster Rovers
Caps: 5

Age: 21
Defender
Manchester United
Caps: 8
17
18

Age: 36
Defender
Melbourne City
Caps: 99 / Goals: 1

Age: 27
Defender
Watford
Caps: 27 / Goals: 2
20
7

Age: 28
Midfielder
Aberdeen
Caps: 41 / Goals: 2


Age: 31
Midfielder
Southampton
Caps: 82 / Goals: 8
8
13

Age: 25
Midfielder
Blackburn Rovers
Caps: 33 / Goals: 1

Age: 25
Midfielder
Leeds United
Caps: 13 / Goals: 1
14
16

Age: 25
Midfielder
Reading
Caps: 33

Age: 30
Midfielder
Nottingham Forest
Caps: 21 / Goals: 2
19
3

Age: 24
Midfielder
Millwall
Caps: 24 / Goals: 1

Age: 24
Forward
Wigan Athletic
Caps: 8 / Goals: 1
9
10

Age: 28
Forward
Norwich City
Caps: 50 / Goals: 17

Age: 24
Forward
Queens Park Rangers
Caps: 3 / Goals: 2
11
21

Age: 26
Forward
Kilmarnock
Caps: 18 / Goals: 1

Age: 46
Manager
-
Caps: 31 / Goals: 4

MO
Age/caps/goals correct at date of squad announcement (28th May 2016). Clubs listed are permanent clubs at the close of the 2015/16 season.



Michael O'Neill's coaching staff will include: Jimmy Nicholl (assistant manager), Austin MacPhee (assistant coach/analyst), Stephen Robinson (first team coach), Maik Taylor (goalkeeping coach), 
The players will be looked after by: David White (team doctor), Caroline Woods (head physio), Darren McMaster (physio), Richard McCann (head of sports science), Paul Prentice (therapist), Paul Walsh (sport scientist)
Further support will come from: Stephen Ferguson & Colin McGiffert (kitmen), Raymond Millar (kit & equipment officer), Neil Devlin (hotel & player liaison), Craig Stanfield (football operations manager), David Currie (international teams administration manager)

The provisional 28 man squad also included: Daniel Lafferty (Burnley), Michael Smith (Peterborough United), Ben Reeves (MK Dons), Liam Boyce (Ross County) and Billy McKay (Wigan Athletic). UEFA requires squads to be officially lodged by the 31st May. Replacements may be called-up in the event of injury or illness right up to Northern Ireland's opening match. As well as the 23 traveling squad members, Joel Cooper (Glenavon) and Paul Smyth (Linfield) have joined the squad for training exercises.

3 June 2016

611: 4 June 2016

International Friendly
Saturday, 4th June. KO: 18:45
SLOVAKIA (SVK) 0-0 NORTHERN IRELAND (NIR) (H/T 0-0)

Venue: City Arena, Trnava
Attendance:
Referee: Radu Petrescu (ROU)
Assistant referees:

NORTHERN IRELAND (green/blue shirts, green shorts and socks)
Manager: Michael O'Neill
Captain: Steven Davis
M. McGovern; P. McNair _ [C. McLaughlin 90+1], S. Ferguson [L. Hodson 86], C. Cathcart [A. Hughes 30], J. Evans, G, McAuley, C. Baird, O. Norwood [C. Evans 84], S. Davis, J. Ward [J. Magennis 45], K. Lafferty [C. Washington 55]
Unused subs: R. Carroll (gk), A. Mannus (gk); N. McGinn, W. Grigg, L. McCullough.

SLOVAKIA (all white)
Manager: Jan Kozak
Captain: Martin Skrtel
Kozacik; Pekarik, Skrtel, Durica, Svento; Hrosovsky; Kucka [Nemec 84], Hamsik; Mak [Stoch 65], Duris [Duda 65], Weiss.
Unuses subs: Mucha, Novota, Gregus, Sestak, Gyomber, Salata, Pecovsky, Skriniar.
Match Reports:
BBC
Daily Mail
Irish FA

Pre-match:
Northern Ireland Squad:
(squad for Euro 2016)

Slovakia Squad:
Goalkeepers: Matúš Kozáčik (FC Viktoria Plzeň), Ján Mucha (ŠK Slovan Bratislava), Ján Novota (SK Rapid Viedeň)
Defenders: Peter Pekarík (Hertha Berlín), Milan Škriniar (Sampdoria Janov), Martin Škrtel (FC Liverpool), Norbert Gyömbér (AS Rím), Ján Ďurica (Lokomotiv Moskva), Kornel Saláta (ŠK Slovan Bratislava), Tomáš Hubočan (FC Dinamo Moskva), Dušan Švento (1. FC Köln), Lukáš Tesák (Kairat Almaty)
Midfielders: Viktor Pečovský (MŠK Žilina), Matúš Bero (AS Trenčín), Róbert Mak (PAOK Solún), Erik Sabo (PAOK Solún), Juraj Kucka (AC Miláno), Patrik Hrošovský (FC Viktoria Plzeň), Ján Greguš (FK Jablonec), Stanislav Šesták (Ferencváros Budapešť), Marek Hamšík (SSC Neapol), Ondrej Duda (Legia Varšava), Miroslav Stoch (Bursaspor), Vladimír Weiss (Al Gharafa)
Forwards: Michal Ďuriš (FC Viktoria Plzeň), Adam Nemec (Willem II Tilburg), Adam Zreľák (ŠK Slovan Bratislava)

Notes:
  • Northern Ireland's final warm-up match prior to the Euro 2016 finals in France.
  • Aaron Hughes wins his 100th cap, becoming only the second Northern Ireland player to reach the milestone after Pat Jennings. He is also the oldest British outfield player to achieve a century if international appearances.
  • Northern Ireland extend their record unbeaten run to 12 games.

28 May 2016

613: 16 June 2016

16th June 2016. KO: 18:00 CET / 17:00 BST
UKRAINE (UKR) 2-0 NORTHERN IRELAND (NIR) (H/T 0-0)

Venue: Stade de Lyon (Stade des Lumieres), Lyon (FRA)
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant referees: Roman Slyško (SVK), Tomáš Mokrusch (CZE)
Additional assistants: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE), Michal Paták (CZE)
Fourth official: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Goalscorers: NIR: McAuley 49, McGinn 90+6

NORTHERN IRELAND
Head coach: Michael O'Neill
Captain: Steven Davis
(4-5-1) M. McGovern; A. Hughes, J. Evans _, G. McAuley, C. Cathcart _, C. Evans [P. McNair 90+3], O. Norwood, S. Davis, J. Ward _ [N. McGinn 69], S. Dallas; C. Washington [J. Magennis 84]

UKRAINE
Head coach: Mykhaylo Fomenko
Captain: Vyacheslav Shevchuk
(4-4-1-1) Andriy Pyatov; Yevhen Khacheridi, Taras Stepanenko, Andriy Yarmolenko, Viktor Kovalenko [Olexandr Karavaev 83], Yevhen Konoplyanka, Yevhen Seleznyov _ [R. Zozulya 71], Vyacheslav Shevchuk, Serhiy Sydorchuk _ [Denys Garmash 76], Artem Fedetskiy, Yaroslav Rakitskiy

Match Ticket:

Match Photos:
Notes:

  • There was a minutes applause after 24 minutes in honour of fan Darren Rodgers who died after a fall after the previous game against Poland.
  • This result guaranteed third place at least in Group C.

612: 12 June 2016

12th June 2016. KO: 18:00 CET / 17:00 BST
POLAND (POL) 1-0 NORTHERN IRELAND (NIR) (H/T 0-0)

Venue: Stade de Nice (Allianz Riviera), Nice (FRA)
Attendance: 33,742
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan
Assistant referees:
Additional assistants:
Fourth official:
Goals: POL Milk 51

NORTHERN IRELAND (green shirts, white shorts, green socks)
Head coach: Michael O'Neill
Captain: Steven Davis
Michael McGovern; Conor McLaughlin, Shane Ferguson [Conor Washington 66], Gareth McAuley, Jonny Evans, Craig Cathcart, Chris Baird [Jamie Ward 76], Paddy McNair [Stuart Dallas 45], Oliver Norwood, Steven Davis, Kyle Lafferty

POLAND (white shirts, red socks, white socks)
Head coach: Adam Nawałka

Post Match
BBC

614: 21 June 2016

21st June 2016. KO: 18:00 CET / 17:00 BST
NORTHERN IRELAND (NIR) 0-1 GERMANY (GER) (H/T 0-1)

Venue: Parc des Princes, Paris (FRA)
Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA)
Assistant referees: Frederic Cano (FRA), Nicolas Dano (FRA)
Additional assistants: Benoit Bastien (FRA), Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Fourth official: Slavko Vincic (SVK)
Goals: GER Gomez 30

NORTHERN IRELAND
Head coach: Michael O'Neill
Captain: Steven Davis
(4-5-1) M. McGovern; A. Hughes, J. Evans, G. McAuley, C. Cathcart; C. Evans [N. McGinn 84], O. Norwood, S. Davis, J. Ward [J. Magennis 70], S. Dallas; C. Washington [K. Lafferty 59]

GERMANY
Head coach: Joachim Löw
Captain: Manuel Neuer
(4-4-1-1) M. Neuer; J. Kimmich, J. Hector, M. Hummels, J. Boateng [B. Howedes 76], S. Khedira [B. Schweinsteiger 69], T. Kroos, M. Ozil, M. Gotze [A. Schurrle 55], T. Muller, M. Gomez

Match ticket:

Match Photos:


Notes:
  • Northern Ireland qualify for the last sixteen as one of the best third place teams.
  • There was a minutes applause in the 64th minute for fan Archie Rainey who collapsed and died during the previous match against Ukraine.

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