19 February 2015

Spirit of 58

A documentary about Northern Ireland's heroic performance at the 1958 World Cup.


Clackity Films present the first ever documentary on the incredible journey of the Northern Ireland football team of the 1950s who overcame all odds to transform themselves from constant also-rans to a team able to beat what seemed like an invincible English team at Wembley, beat the twice World Champions Italy to qualify for the 1958 World Cup and then come tantalisingly within reach of a semi final date with Brazil at the final stages in Sweden..

Today, with their story almost forgotten, only five of these heroic players remain alive. We have interviewed all of them and left no stone unturned in the search for photographs, memorabilia and moving images associated with their triumphs to bring vividly to life once more the glory of those far-off years.

And now we need your help.

The documentary will be screened as part of this year's 15th Belfast Film Festival. However, we have included lots of fantastic archive footage and photographs which need to be paid for, some of which, from the World Cup itself, are particularly costly.

We need £13,500 to pay for clearance rights to show this documentary at festivals around the world and once more shine a spotlight on the achievements of this remarkable team.

Whether you're a fan of the Northern Ireland team wanting to see for the first time a forgotten segment of their history or a fan of archive-based documentary making you can make a difference. We have the platform to screen this film in place and now all we need are the crucial funds to clear the wonderful archive we have spent so much time uncovering. We want to share this fantastic story with sports fans in Northern Ireland and around the world but it can't happen without your help.

Please visit the "Spirit of 58" crowd funding page and help to share this documentary with the world.

17 January 2015

Player Transfers - January 2015

2013/14 - 2014/15 - 2015/16
Club Appearances - Transfers (summer 2014 - January 2015) - Cups, Ups & Downs -


Permanent moves:
03-Jan Paul McElroy (Linfield to Portadown) story
07-Jan Dermot McCaffrey (Dungannon Swifts to Rochedale Rovers-AUS) story 
08-Jan Johnny Steele (Newcastle Jets-AUS to Minnesota United-USA) story
10-Jan Eddie McCallion (Glenavon to Bangor) story
14-Jan Grant McCann (Peterborough United to Linfield) story
16-Jan Sean Shields (Dagenham & Redbridge to Ebbsfleet United) story
19-Jan Robin Shroot (IL Hodd-NOR to Sogndal-NOR) story
28-Jan Paddy McNally (Glenavon to Ballymena United) story
28-Jan Jamie Harney (West Ham United to Colchester United) story
20-Jan Billy McKay (Inverness Caledonian Thistle to Wigan Athletic) story
02-Feb Michael Duffy (Derry City to Celtic) story
13-Feb Rory Patterson (Derry City to Cockburn City-AUS) story story

Loan moves:
03-Jan Greg Tempest (Notts County to Boston United) story
05-Jan Billy Kee (Scunthorpe United to Mansfield) story
08-Jan Rory Donnelly (Swansea City to Tranmere Rovers) story
09-Jan Tom Flanagan (MK Dons to Plymouth) story
13-Jan Cameron McGeehan (Norwich City to Cambridge United) story
17-Jan Jason Mooney (York City to Alfreton Town) story
26-Jan Martin Paterson (Huddersfield Town to Orlando City) story
02-Feb Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday to Chesterfield) story
02-Feb Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City to Caykur Rizespor-TUR) story
02-Feb Shane Ferguson (Newcastle United to Rangers) story
02-Feb Andrew Mitchell (Southport to Annan Athletic) story

Players released:
Sean McCashin (Dungannon Swifts)

Players available:
Shane McEleney (Derry City)
Gary Browne (Coleraine)

Are there any deals missing? Get in touch.

19 December 2014

The Hereford United Connection

It is always sad when a football club "goes to the wall", and today that fate befell Hereford United. The Bulls' most famous moment pre-dated their 31 years as a Football League side, and it was a Northern Ireland goalkeeper, Iam McFaul, who clasped helplessly as Ronnie Radford's shot for the then Southern League club helped defeat the giants of Newcastle United in the 1972 FA Cup third round.


Founded: 1924
Folded: 2014
Ground: Edgar Street (1924-2014)

Club Honours:
Football League best season: 22nd Division Two (II) 1976/77
Division Three (III) Champions 1975/76
Division Four/Division Three/League Two (IV) Runners-Up 1972/73, Third 2007/08, Play-Off Winners 1995/96
Football Conference Play-Off Winners 2005/06
FA Cup best season: Fourth Round (8 times)
Football League Cup best season: Third Round 1974/75
Welsh Cup Winners 1989/90, Runners-Up 1967/68, 1975/76, 1980/81

League Career:
Birmingham & District League 1928/29-38/39; Southern League 1938/39-1971/72; Football League Division Four (IV) 1972/73; Division Three (III) 1973/74-75/76; Division Two (II) 1976/77; Division Three (III) 1977/78; Division Four (IV) 1978/79-91/92; Division Three (IV) 1992/93-96/97; Football Conference (V) 1997/98-05/06; League Two (IV) 2006/07-07/08; League One (III) 2008/09; League Two 2009/10-11/12; Conference Premier (V) 2012/13-13/14; Southern League 2014/15 (folded mid-season).

Hereford never fielded a "current" full Northern Ireland player, but a number of Ulstermen did appear for the club in their 90-year history.

Player
Hereford
Career
League
Games/Goals
International Career
Tony Capaldi (loan)
Ray Campbell (loan)
Matty Lund (loan)
Paul Millar (loan)
01/02
87/88
98/99
85/86-92/93
79/80-86/87
07/08
10/11
WW2
09/10-12/13
90/91
00/01
96/97
12/ 0
4/ 0
19/ 1
272/ 4
278/38
0/ 0
2/ 0
-
76/ 6
5/ 2
2/ 0
10/ 0
22 Full, Under-21*
18 Full
Uncapped
Under-21
3 Full, Under-21
Under-21
Uncapped
Under-21
B, Under-23, Under-21
46 Full
1 Full, B
* caps earned while with club.

Links:
FCHD
Wikipedia
Official Website

16 December 2014

599: 25 March 2015

598 vs Romania - 599 - 600 vs Finland
International Friendly
Wednesday, 25th March 2015. KO 19:45
SCOTLAND (SCO) - NORTHERN IRELAND (NIR)

Venue: Hampden Park, Glasgow

NORTHERN IRELAND
Manager: Michael O'Neill

SCOTLAND
Manager: Gordon Strachan

Pre-Match:
Announcement


14 December 2014

European Championships 1992

1960 - 1964 - 1968 - 1972 - 1976 - 1980 - 1984 - 1988 - 1992 1996 - 
2000 - 2004 - 2008 - 2012 - 2016 - 2020 -

Qualifying Group Four:

PldWDLGFGAGDPts
 Yugoslavia8701244+2014
 Denmark8611187+1113
 N. Ireland8233111107
 Austria8116614−83
 Faroe Islands8116326−233
 AustriaDenmarkFaroe IslandsNorthern IrelandSocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Austria 0-33-00-00-2
Denmark 2-14-12-10-2
Faroe Islands 1-00-40-50-2
N. Ireland 2-11-11-10-2
Yugoslavia 4-11-27-04-1
In May 1992 Yugoslavia were suspended from UEFA as a result of sanctions imposed by the UN due to the ongoing civil war in the country. At late notice, Denmark took their place at the Finals in Sweden.

Northern Ireland Results:
12/09/1990
Northern Ireland
0-2
Yugoslavia
Belfast
17/10/1990
Northern Ireland
1-1
Denmark
Belfast
14/11/1990
Austria
0-0
Northern Ireland
Vienna
27/03/1991
Yugoslavia
4-1
Northern Ireland
Belgrade
01/05/1991
Northern Ireland
1-1
Faroe Islands
Belfast
11/09/1991
Faroe Islands
0-5
Northern Ireland
Landskrona
16/10/1991
Northern Ireland
2-1
Austria
Belfast
13/11/1991
Denmark
2-1
Northern Ireland
Odense

Northern Ireland Squad:
Players
Apps
Starts
Sub
Goals
Fettis
Alan (gk)
1
1
(0)
0
Kee
Paul (gk)
5
5
(0)
0
Wright
Tommy (gk)
2
2
(0)
0
Black
Kingsley
8
8
(0)
1
Clarke
Colin
8
6
(2)
5
Dennison
Robbie
7
5
(2)
0
Donaghy
Mal
8
8
(0)
0
Dowie
Iain
8
6
(2)
1
Fleming
Gary
1
1
(0)
0
Hill
Colin
3
3
(0)
1
Hughes
Michael
1
1
(0)
0
Magilton
Jim
5
5
(0)
0
McBride
Stephen
3
1
(2)
0
McDonald
Alan
5
5
(0)
1
Morrow
Steve
3
2
(1)
0
O'Neill
Colin
1
1
(0)
0
O'Neill
Michael
1
0
(1)
0
Quinn
Jimmy
1
0
(1)
0
Rogan
Anton
4
4
(0)
0
Taggart
Gerry
7
7
(0)
1
Williams
Paul
1
0
(1)
0
Wilson
Danny
5
4
(1)
0
Wilson
Kevin
7
7
(0)
1
Worthington
Nigel
6
6
(0)
0

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