1 August 2016

Transfers Summer 2016

2015/16 - 2016/17 - 2017/18
- Club Appearances - Transfers (Summer 2016 - January 2017) - Cups, Ups & Downs -

Transfers
Paddy McNair has joined
Sunderland from
Manchester United

Michael Gault (Portadown to Crusaders) BBC
Philip Lowry (Portadown to Crusaders) BBC
Chris Hegarty (Linfield to Dungannon Swifts) LFC
Johnny Flynn (Cliftonville to Ballymena United) CFC Ballymena Times
James Gray (Wrexham to Southport) BBC SFC
Roy Carroll (Notts County to Linfield) NCFC LFC
Ryan McGivern (Port Vale to Shrewbury Town) BBC BBC
Robbie Weir (Burton Albion to Leyton Orient) BBC BBC
Josh Doherty (Watford to Leyton Orient) WFC BBC
Paul Paton (Dundee United to St Johnstone) BBC
Seanan Clucas (Derry City to Dungannon Swifts) DSFC
Luke Conlan (Burnley to Morecambe) BBC
Josh Robinson (Crusaders to York City)
Ben Hall (Motherwell to Brighton & HA) BBC
Johnny Taylor (Ballymena United to Ards) AFC
Chris Ramsey (Portadown to Cliftonville)
Lee Hodson (MK Dons to Rangers) BBC
Michael O'Connor (Port Vale to Notts County) Sentinal NCFC
Matt Ball (Wealdstone to St Albans City) SAFC
Jeff Hughes (Cambridge United to Tranmere Rovers) BBC
Thomas Stewart (Sacramento Republic to Ottawa Fury) OFFC
Michael McGovern's Euro 2016
performances earned him
 a move to Norwich City
Jamie McDonagh (Alfreton Town to Greenock Morton) GT
Sammy Clingan (unattached to Linfield) LFC
Michael McGovern (Hamilton Academical to Norwich City) BBC
Paddy McCourt (Luton Town to Glenavon) BBC Twitter
Paddy McNally (Ballymena United to Carrick Rangers)
Jason Rooney (Accrington Stanley to Cliftonville)
Adam McGurk (Portsmouth to Cambridge United) BBC
Nathan Hanley (Ballymena United to Carrick Rangers) CRFC
Emmett Friars (Ballinamallard United to Ards)
Johnny Steele (Ottawa Fury to Miami FC) OFFC
Ross Glendinning (Linfield to Ballymena United) BBC
Aaron Hughes (Melbourne City to Kerala Blasters) SK
Mark Hughes (Chelmsford City to Eastbourne Borough) Essex Chronicle EBFC
Ivan Sproule (Linfield to Dergview) UH
Josh Carson (York City to Linfield) York Press LFC
Oliver Norwood (Reading to Brighton & Hove Albion) Argus
Ryan McLaughlin (Liverpool to Oldham Athletic) LAN BBC
Michael Ingham (York City to Tadcaster Albion) York Press Harrogate Advertiser
Paddy McNair (Manchester United to Sunderland) SAFC
Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock to Charlton Athletic) BBC
Robbie McDaid (Leeds United to Maldon & Tiptree) LUFC M&TFC
Liam Donnelly (Fulham to Hartlepool United) BBC
Dean Shiels (Rangers to Dundalk) DR BBC
 
Billy McKay will spend 2016/17
on loan at Oldham Athletic
Loan
Michael Duffy (Celtic to Dundee) BBC
Billy McKay (Wigan Athletic to Oldham Athletic) BBC
Jamie Reid (Exeter City to Torquay United) TUFC
Jordan Thompson (Rangers to Raith Rovers) RRFC

Released
Michael Duff (Burnley) (retired)
Andrew Little (Preston North End) PNEFC
Martin Paterson (Blackpool) BBC
Conor Brennan (Kilmarnock) KFC
John Convery (Ards) AFC (retired)
Gary Browne (Ards)

17 July 2016

Spirit of '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

Euro 2016 Finals

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We're off to France!

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.

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