30 July 2015

Player Transfers Summer 2015

Transfers
Sam Morrow (Linfield to Coleraine) story story
Jonny Tuffey (Linfield to Glenavon) story story
Alan Blayney (Glenavon to Ballymena United) story
Adam Chapman (Newport County to Mansfield Town) story story
Andrew Mitchell (Southport to Crusaders) story
Greg Tempest (Notts County to Lincoln City) story
David Buchanan (Preston North End to Northampton Town) story
Carl Magnay (Grimsby Town to Hartlepool United) story
Cameron McGeehan (Norwich City to Luton Town) story
Rhys Sharpe (Derby County to Notts County) story story
Nathan Hanley (Crusaders to Ballymena United) story
Johnn Gorman (Barrow to AFC Telford) story story
Michael Carvill (Linfield to Crusaders) story story
Trevor Carson (Cheltenham Town to Hartlepool United) story
Chris Baird (West Bromwich Albion to Derby County) story story
Adam McGurk (Burton Albion to Portsmouth) story
Rory Donnelly (Swansea City to Gillingham) story story
Joe Gormley (Cliftonville to Peterborough United) story
Chris Turner (Dumbarton to Hamilton Academical) story
Billy Kee (Scunthorpe to Accrington Stanley) story
Josh McQuoid (AFC Bournemouth to Luton Town) story story
James Gray (Accrington Stanley to Wrexham) story
Jason Mooney (York City to Accrington Stanley) story
Paddy McCourt (Brighton & Hove Albion to Luton Town) story story
Jamie Ward (Derby County to Nottingham Forest) story story
Eddie McCallion (Bangor to Institute) story
Paddy McLaughlin (Grimsby Town to Gateshead) story story
Aaron Hughes (Brighton & Hove Albion to Melbourne City) story story
Will Grigg (Brentford to Wigan Athletic) story
Jeff Hughes (Fleetwood to Cambridge United) story
Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers to Dagenham & Redbridge) story
Luke Conlan (Burnley to St Mirren) story
Gary Browne (Coleraine to Carrick Rangers) story story
Martin Paterson (Huddersfield Town to Orlando City) story
David Morgan (Ilkeston to Nuneaton Town) story
Shane McEleney (Derry City to St Patrick's Athletic) story

Loans:
Conor Brennan (Kilmarnock to Stranraer) story
Michael Duffy (Celtic to Alloa Athletic) story
Emmet Friars (Crusaders to Ballinamallard United) story
Liam Donnelly (Fulham to Crawley Town) story

Released:
Peter Thompson (Linfield) story
Liam Nolan (Crewe Alexandra) story
Jamie Sendles-White (QPR) story
Ryan Brobbel (Middlesbrough) story
Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) story
Chris Johns (Southampton) story
Joe Dudgeon (Hull City) story
James McQuilkin (Torquay United)
Jonny Steele (Minnesota United) story
Seanan Clucas (Derry City) story

25 July 2015

Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying

FIFA World Cup 
1930 - 1934 - 1938 - 1950 1954 - 1958 (Finals) - 1962 - 1966 -
1970 1974 - 1978 - 1982 (Finals) - 1986 (Finals) - 1990 - 1994 1998 -
2002 - 2006 - 2010 - 2014 - 2018 - 2022 -

The 21st FIFA World Cup will be held in Russia in 2018. Northern Ireland have been placed in European Pot 3. There will be nine European groups with five or six teams in each. The winners of each group qualify for the finals, with the eight best runners-up being drawn in the two-legged play-offs.

32 teams will play at the finals, which will be played between 14th June and 15th July in eleven cities across Russia.

European Qualifying Group CEur
1
2
3
Northern Ireland
4
5
6

Fixtures

AZE
CZE
GER
NIR
NOR
SMR
AZE
---
05/10/17
26/03/17
10/06/17
08/10/16
04/09/17
CZE
11/10/16
---
01/09/17
04/09/16
11/11/16
08/10/17
GER
08/10/17
08/10/16
---
11/10/16
04/09/17
10/06/17
NIR
11/11/16
04/09/17
05/10/17
---
26/03/17
08/10/16
NOR
01/09/17
10/06/17
04/09/16
08/10/17
---
11/10/16
SMR
04/09/16
26/03/17
11/11/16
01/09/17
05/10/17
---

Northern Ireland Fixture Venues (subject to change)
04/09/16
Sun
Czech Republic
A
-
08/10/16
Sat
San Marino
H
Windsor Park, Belfast
11/10/16
Tues
Germany
A
-
11/11/16
Fri
Azerbaijan
H
Windsor Park, Belfast
26/03/17
Sun
Norway
H
Windsor Park, Belfast
10/06/17
Sat
Azerbaijan
A
-
01/09/17
Fri
San Marino
A
Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle
04/09/17
Mon
Czech Republic
H
Windsor Park, Belfast
05/10/17
Thu
Germany
H
Windsor Park, Belfast
08/10/17
Sun
Norway
A
Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo
..

19 July 2015

England 1966 World Cup - Qualifying

FIFA World Cup 
1930 - 1934 - 1938 - 1950 1954 - 1958 (Finals) - 1962 - 1966 -
1970 1974 - 1978 - 1982 (Finals) - 1986 (Finals) - 1990 - 1994 1998 -
2002 - 2006 - 2010 - 2014 - 2018 - 2022 -

With England hosting the 1966 World Cup Finals this was as close to "home" World Cup as Northern Ireland are ever likely to get. Sadly, their qualification campaign fell agonisingly short due to the unfancied Albanians.

European Qualifying Group 5
Rank
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Switzerland
6
4
1
1
7
3
4
9
2
N. Ireland
6
3
2
1
9
5
4
8
3
Netherlands
6
2
2
2
6
4
2
6
4
Albania
6
0
1
5
2
12
-10
1

Results

ALB
NED
NIR
SUI
ALB

0-2
1-1
0-2
NED
2-0

0-0
0-0
NIR
4-1
2-1

1-0
SUI
1-0
2-1
2-1


Northern Ireland Line-Ups

Match Programmes

Chile 1962 World Cup - Qualifying

FIFA World Cup 
1930 - 1934 - 1938 - 1950 1954 - 1958 (Finals) - 1962 - 1966 -
1970 1974 - 1978 - 1982 (Finals) - 1986 (Finals) - 1990 - 1994 1998 -
2002 - 2006 - 2010 - 2014 - 2018 - 2022 -

Paired with West Germany and Greece as they sought to qualify for a second World Cup finals, Northern Ireland put up an honourable, but ultimately fruitless, fight.

European Qualifying Group 3
Rank
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
West Germany
4
4
0
0
11
5
6
8
2
N. Ireland
4
1
0
3
7
8
-1
2
3
Greece
4
1
0
3
3
8
-5
2

Results

GRE
NIR
BRD
GRE

2-1
0-3
NIR
2-0

3-4
BRD
2-1
2-1


Northern Ireland Line-Ups


Match Programmes

17 July 2015

Switzerland 1954 FIFA World Cup - Qualifying

FIFA World Cup 
1930 - 1934 - 1938 - 1950 - 1954 - 1958 (Finals) - 1962 - 1966 -
1970 1974 - 1978 - 1982 (Finals) - 1986 (Finals) - 1990 - 1994 1998 -
2002 - 2006 - 2010 - 2014 - 2018 - 2022 -

The 1954 World Cup was the second entered by the Home Nations. Qualifying took the same format as for the 1950 finals, with the 1953/54 British Championship series doubling up as World Cup qualifiers. The top two were the same, England and Scotland, and this time both would take up their places.

Although they recorded just one win in their three matches, Northern Ireland's results were showing a marked improvement. Gone were the hammerings of old, to be replaced by "plucky" defeats, and indeed a win over Wales. Also, names that would enter footballing folklore in the later 1950s were beginning to establish themselves in the Irish eleven.

Qualifying Group 3
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
England
3
3
0
0
11
4
7
6
03/10/53
Belfast
N.Ireland
1-3
Scotland
2
Scotland
3
1
1
1
8
8
0
3
10/10/53
Cardiff
Wales
1-4
England
3
N.Ireland
3
1
0
2
4
7
-3
2
04/11/53
Glasgow
Scotland
3-3
Wales
4
Wales
3
0
1
2
5
9
-4
1
11/11/53
Liverpool
England
3-1
N.Ireland
31/03/54
Wrexham
Wales
1-2
N.Ireland
03/04/54
Glasgow
Scotland
2-4
England

Northern Ireland Line-Ups

Danny Blanchflower, Len Graham, Billy Smyth, Billy Simpson, Billy Dickson
Jimmy McIlroy, Wilbur Cush, Alf McMichael, Eddie McMorran, Billy Bingham, Norman Lockhart
Match Programmes

Who was Northern Ireland's Greatest World Cup Player & Team? (select up to eleven players)

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