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Wednesday, 17 October 1979
European Championship 1980 Group One Qualification Match

Northern Ireland 1 England 5 [0-2]
 

 

Match Summary
Northern Ireland Squad
England Squad

Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, county Antrim
Attendance: 17,755/25,000;
Kick-off: 3.00pm BST

England - Trevor Francis (from a Wilkins pass 18, scored after Woodcock knocked the ball down from a Coppell cross 62), Tony Woodcock (laid on by Francis 33, headed in a Francis diagonal cross 70), Jimmy Nicholl (deflected a Phil Neal shot into his own net 74)
Northern Ireland - Victor Moreland (penalty after Mills brought down McIlroy 49)
 
Results 1975-1980

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Match Summary

Officials from Belgium

Northern Ireland

Type

England

Referee (-) - Alex Ponnet
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc

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Northern Ireland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 38th to 35th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Green v-necked collared jerseys with white Adidas trim/collars/cuffs, white shorts with green Adidas trim, green socks with white Adidas trim.
Capt:   Manager: Robert Dennis Blanchflower, 53 (10 February 1926), appointed October 1976.
23rd match, W 5 - D 5 - L 13 - F 18 - A 40.
Northern Ireland Lineup
1 Jennings, Patrick A. 34 12 June 1945 G Arsenal FC, England 81 106 GA
2 Rice, Patrick J. 30 17 March 1949 RB Arsenal FC, England 49 0
3 Nelson, Samuel 30 1 April 1949 LB Arsenal FC, England 41 1
4 Nicholl, James M. 22 28 December 1956
born in Hamilton, Canada
RHB Manchester United FC, England 24 0
5 Hunter, Allan, off 46th min. 30 30 June 1946 CHB Ipswich Town FC, England 52 1
6 McCreery, David 22 16 September 1957 LHB Queen's Park Rangers FC, England 24 0
7 Cassidy, Thomas A. 28 18 November 1950 OR Newcastle United FC, England 12 1
8 McIlroy, Samuel B. 25 2 August 1954 IR Manchester United FC, England 39 2
9 Armstrong, Gerald J. 25 23 May 1954 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 18 4
10 Finney, Thomas, off 70th min. 26 6 November 1952 IL Cambridge United FC, England 8 2
11 Moreland, Victor 22 15 June 1957 OL Derby County FC, England 5 1
Northern Ireland Substitutes
14 Rafferty, Peter C., on 46th min. for Hunter 30 7 November 1948 CHB Linfield FAC 1 0
15 Caskey, William T., on 70th min. for Finney 26 12 October 1953 IR Derby County FC, England 6 1

unused substitutes:

12-Bryan Hamilton, 13-Tom Sloan, 16-Jim Platt.

team notes:

Manager Danny Blanchflower also played for Northern Ireland against England on twelve seperate occasions from 1950 until 1962.
Pat Jennings extends his tally as Northern Ireland's record appearance holder.
 
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Averages:

Age 26.7 Appearances/Goals 32.1 1.1

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 4th to 3rd
Colours: The 1974 Admiral home uniform - White collared jerseys with red/blue sleeve trim and red/blue trimmed collar/cuffs, blue shorts with red/white side stripes, white socks with red/blue tops.
Capt: Kevin Keegan, seventeenth captaincy Manager: Ronald Greenwood, 57 (11 November 1921), appointed as caretaker 17 August 1977, permanent on 17 December 1977,
21st match, W 14 - D 5 - L 2 - F 42 - A 15.
England Lineup
1 Shilton, Peter L. 30 18 September 1949 G Nottingham Forest FC 29 25 GA
2 Neal, Philip J. 28 20 February 1951 RB Liverpool FC 22 3
3 Mills, Michael D. 30 4 January 1949 LB Ipswich Town FC 28 0
4 Thompson, Philip B. 25 21 January 1954 RHB Liverpool FC 17 1
5 Watson, David V. 33 5 October 1946 CHB Southampton FC 46 3
6 Wilkins, Raymond C. 23 14 September 1956 M Manchester United FC 26 1
7 Keegan, J. Kevin 28 14 February 1951 OR SV Hamburger, Germany 48 16
8 Coppell, Stephen       Manchester United    
9 Francis, Trevor       Nottingham Forest    
10 Brooking, Trevor D., off 83rd min. 31 2 October 1948 IL West Ham United FC 33 1
11 Woodcock, Anthony S. 23 6 December 1955 F Nottingham Forest FC 6 2
England Substitutes
16 McDermott, Terence, on 83rd min. 27 8 December 1951 M Liverpool FC 7 0

unused substitutes:

12-Viv Anderson, 13-Ray Clemence, 14-Kenny Sansom, 15-Emlyn Hughes.
 
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Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

    Match Report by Norman Giller

England virtually clinched a place in the European championship finals with this resounding win on a soaking-wet Windsor Park pitch. Both Trevor Francis and Tony Woodcock scored in each half, and the rout was completed in the seventieth minute when Chris Nicholl turned a Phil Neal centre into his own net. Northern Ireland's goal came midway through the second-half from a Moreland penalty. The Irish defence had no answer to the probing runs of Trevor Francis and Tony Woodcock, both of whom gave peak-power performances.

Source Notes

TheFA.com
UEFA.com
Original newspaper reports
Official Teamsheet
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats

Norman Giller
, Football Author

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CG