Just like watching Brazil…!

NORTHERN Ireland have just beaten the English football team 1-0 in one of the biggest upsets I can remember – unbelievable!

  • Green Bencher

    Beat me to it Gonzo.

    Great result, fluke perhaps, but great none the less….

  • Occasional Commentator

    I don’t think it was a fluke. I don’t remember England having many chances. Well done NI. And to think I was considering venturing into Windsor Park for the first time tonight – I wish now I’d have made an effort to get a ticket.

  • Paul

    Even better than watching Brazil!
    It’s been a long wait but well,well,well worth it.
    Very Proud to be Northern Irish tonight.

  • Alan McDonald

    I’m not from Boston, but they must have felt like this when the Red Sox beat the Yankees.

  • Fanny

    The curse of Robin Livingstone strikes again.

  • Rebecca Black

    I’m not by any means a football fan but tonights match had me glued to the TV, shouting at the ref and engaging like a dedicated fan. Well done Northern Ireland, fantastic match, fantastic victory

  • bertie

    YAAAABBBBBB AAA DDDDAAABBBBAAAA BLOODY DOOOOOO!!!!!

    I am going to have such fun tomorrow at work (London). 🙂 🙂

  • Paul

    Same here Bertie, I’ve a feeling there’ll be a few keeping out of my way!!!

  • Donnie

    I’m a begrudger but fair play. England always have trouble breaking teams down and although they had most possession they never looked likely to score. A poke in the eye for England is great no matter who’s doing the poking!

  • Elvis the dog

    Well done to the boys in green – one of the proudest footballing moments of my life. And it was no fluke – they outplayed England for most of the game and scored with a world-class finish.

    I hope Robin Livingstone was watching, with his eye on the Northern Ireland supporters in particular. What a credit to Northern Ireland they were tonight.

    Sod the begrudgers, well done Northern Ireland!

  • bertie

    Paul

    If you here a few demented “One nil” chants arround Victoria tomorrow, it’s me!!!

    EASY!!! EASY !!!!

  • Young Fogey

    I am going to have such fun tomorrow at work (London).

    As another one of the London exiles, I recommend getting up early so you can pop around to the newsagent’s, buy all the newspapers (yes, even The Sun, actually, especially The Sun), cut the relevant cuttings out and stick them up around your desk before colleagues get into work.

    Go on Poland!

    Oh, and leaving a few on the photocopier might be good for a laugh as well!

  • Durrutti Columnist

    Just woke up in the wee small hours local time to see England huffing and puffing to no effect for the last few minutes. Thought I’d post to say well done, yer jousy bastards. Still, you might have got rid of Sven for us.
    It looked like our Steve Jones (I’m a Crewe supporter) never got on the pitch. I could have drawn a shred of comfort if he’d been the scorer. I’ll now switch into ‘pretending cricket was all I really cared about’ mode. 😀

  • irishman

    Though not a fan, I must say well done to the team. The comfort of an english defeat takes away (only slightly) from the loss to the french. Ah well, bring on the Swiss!

  • George

    Some quotes:

    ”This hurts more than anything else,” England captain David Beckham said afterwards. ”Some strong words have been said by the manager. The lads have to take it because quite honestly this has been an embarrassment.

    ”But we stick together, thats what this team is about. We are going to get the criticism but at the end of the day we stick together.”

    Lawrie Sanchez was full of praise for his triumphant team. ”Credit goes to the players,” he said. ”We made them believe tonight. We were
    magnificent in the second half…the best team won.

    ”To beat a team of that calibre… their best team… this is incredible.”

    Angry chants of ”what a load of rubbish” and ”sack the Swede” rang round Windsor Park as the visiting English fans vented their fury at
    the biggest upset of the World Cup qualifying campaign so far.

    Northern Ireland’s first win over England in Belfast since 1927 and only their seventh win over England in 98 meetings.

    England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson’s first loss in a qualifying game since he took charge
    in 2001.

    England will still qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany if they beat Austria and Poland next month.

  • Mucker

    VALENCIA JUNE 25 1982
    BELFAST SEPTEMBER 7 2005

    I’m re-posting my comments as written earlier this year on the We Exist thread…this one’s for you OCH AYE … WE DO EXIST!!!

    “Isn’t there a thrill in supporting the team that will be forever the under-dog. Doesn’t it get a little boring to see the same friggin teams from South America win time and again, with a European powerhouse thrown in once in a while for good measure.
    For me the joy of supporting Northern Ireland is not only because they represent the place where I was born, it’s that on any given day if the stars line up, we have the potential to beat anybody. On a special night in Valencia 1982 we showed just that…defying all odds with just 10 men. That is the thrill, like a gambler who hits it big once in a blue moon, the day arrives when Northern Ireland are spectacular. It makes a victory even more sweet…doesn’t matter if you are a buddist, jew, catholic, protestant or muslim. Its all about the day when your little team knocks off the big guy. We will never be Argentina or Brazil but one day we will give them a shocker. Norn Iron football delivers every 20-30 years, maybe Africa 2010 will be the one.
    I for one am happy that the likes of the US and Japan are doing well after having been slagged and disrespected for so long. Without Norn Iron in Germany, we can always look to these other teams to knock off the big guys in 2006″.

    Posted by: Mucker at June 30, 2005 04:13 PM

  • crat

    Excellent. They’ll stop rioting on the Shankill tonight?

  • irishman

    Crat

    Hopefully they’ll be too drunk to block the roads in the morning to allow decent people to get to work and school.

  • Dec

    Well done Northern Ireland. Great result. However, Boos and hisses to Thierry Henry, you world class so-and-so…

  • bertie

    Young Fogey and Paul and anyone else working in England tomorrow.

    I plan to get the phrase “one nil” and “I don’t wish to intrude in private grief” in as many conversations that I can manage. Can either of you suggest an other couple and we can have a competition and report back tomorrow about how well we did.

    The idea is that you get up as many people’s noses as possible, without actually getting decked!

  • peteb

    bertie

    Praeties 1.. Swedes 0..?

  • fair_deal

    Just back from the match. I can’t speak, voice is gone. SUPERB display on and off the pitch. Two straight wins 4th place virtually guaranteed and an outside chance of 3rd ye ha (should get a bit of a shift up the rankings too). LAWRIE SANCHEZ GREEEN AND WHITE ARMY!!!!!!

    Crat

    This is a football thread so in response to the begrudgery I quote my old great granpappy
    “Awaa an shite ye buck eejit ye”

  • fair_deal

    When news of the NI goal reached warsaw the Poland fans chanted “Northern Ireland” at the Wales fans. They were not amused

  • Young Fogey

    Can either of you suggest an other couple

    What about:

    “It would be a real tragedy for football if England missed the World Cup in Germany, but it’s starting to look that way.”

  • Eisbrau

    so how do they handle a result like this on the Interfaces ?

    I could see a bit of confusion …. like.

  • bertie

    I like it YF and there are some lovely sypathetic head gestures and teeth sucking that would make an effective accompaniment.

    What about songs to just happen to be singing/humming. We are the Champions is a bit obvious 😉

  • Young Fogey

    What about songs to just happen to be singing/humming

    You’re shit, and you know you are!

  • middle-class taig

    fair play to yousuns – congratulations on what by all accounts was a hard-fought, well-deserved win

    desolation for usuns – disappointing to lose in a match we didn’t deserve to lose. I am utterly gutted.

    this is not a sconce or a sly dig, but it’s amazing to see the joy accompanying a Northern Ireland victory over England. I sometimes think I’ll never understand yousuns. Whatever about that, enjoy the craic tonight; and for those of you across the water, enjoy the slegging at work tomorrow.

  • Mario el Argentino

    Its not like they beat Argentina. ~rolls eyes~
    😉

  • bertie

    Young Fogey

    I’ll start singing is at noon;)

    Do you think that this means that we’re bad people? :0(

  • GavBelfast

    And I simply don’t understand why any Irish republicans – those interested in a garrison game – would have been happier tonight to see fellow Irishmen, albeit of a differnt hue, being beaten by the great imperalist monster.

    But then, maybe when you cut through the veneer, hatred of and begrugery to other Irish people floats their boat more than hatred of Perfidious Albion?

    How disappointing.

    Still, “we’re not Brazil, we’re Northern Ireland ….”

  • fmk

    tonight, everyone is northern irish 🙂

  • Alan McDonald

    I join in the Northern Ireland victory. “Victory has many fathers, while defeat is an orphan.” My very best wishes to all the fans who remained faithful through all the defeats.

    Mazel tov!

  • yerman

    No chants of anything “get rid of the swede” or otherwise echoed around Windsor Park tonight – the English fans were silent from beginning to end.

    I was proud to stand in the kop tonight – and more coherent posts will come tomorrow, but it was an outstanding display from fans and players.

    To be fair, the English fans were superb before and after the game, they mixed and were singing with the NI fans and everyone had a great night out. BUT!!!!…… HEALY HEALY, Green and White Army!!! We beat England a home for the first time in over 70 years……. There is no other sport in NI where over £100 million of talent will come and be beaten….. Its all about belief and the NI fans believed and seen it returned.

    Yes, I was in tears as the final whistle blew – WE’RE NOT BRAZIL, WE’RE NORTHERN IRELAND!

  • yerman

    No chants of anything “get rid of the swede” or otherwise echoed around Windsor Park tonight – the English fans were silent from beginning to end.

    I was proud to stand in the kop tonight – and more coherent posts will come tomorrow, but it was an outstanding display from fans and players.

    To be fair, the English fans were superb before and after the game, they mixed and were singing with the NI fans and everyone had a great night out. BUT!!!!…… HEALY HEALY, Green and White Army!!! We beat England a home for the first time in over 70 years……. There is no other sport in NI where over £100 million of talent will come and be beaten….. Its all about belief and the NI fans believed and seen it returned.

    Yes, I was in tears as the final whistle blew – WE’RE NOT BRAZIL, WE’RE NORTHERN IRELAND!

  • middle-class taig

    Gav

    “And I simply don’t understand why any Irish republicans – those interested in a garrison game – would have been happier tonight to see fellow Irishmen, albeit of a differnt hue, being beaten by the great imperalist monster.”

    I’m not sure if you’re referring to me there. I sincerely hope not. I’m gutted because of the France result. I’m fairly happy for my neighbours that their team has done well.

    I’m not actually sure how many of the kinds of people you refer to are left. Not many, I figure. I hear BBC managed to get Gerry Kelly (no, not the beardy alliancey one on tv, the hard line Shinner) to admit he wanted NI to win tonight.

    The continued existence of such attitudes might be due to what Neil Lennon and Anton Rogan suffered, but that stuff’s more appropriate to another time, and not when you’re celebrating a big win. Enjoy.

  • iluvni

    Just fantastic.
    What a night, what a performance and what an atmosphere.

    Brazil?…no, Norn Iron

  • Alan McDonald

    MCT,

    I also wondered who Gav was talking about until I saw the Robin Livingstone piece in Daily Ireland, then I figured it wasn’t about you.

    On the other hand, you did say that
    it’s amazing to see the joy accompanying a Northern Ireland victory over England.
    I have known Anglophiles from Belfast and from Boston (and I hear there are even some in Dublin), but my own mother (born and raised in Belfast of stout Scottish “planter” stock) had nothing good to say about the English.

  • maca

    GavBelfast
    “And I simply don’t understand why any Irish republicans … would have been happier tonight to see fellow Irishmen, albeit of a differnt hue, being beaten by the great imperalist monster.”

    Funny you should say that as many if not most NI fans appear to take great pleasure from seeing the Republic lose. 🙂

  • Ollie

    Gutted that we (Ireland)lost. Fair play to the UDA eleven though – impressive result.

  • bertie

    You can’t buy this feeling!

  • fmk

    “You can’t buy this feeling!”

    if your name is abramovich, you can 🙂

  • DN

    It wasn’t a dream then ?

    Get in !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • middle-class taig

    AMcD

    I see, I didn’t get a look at DI yesterday, but I can imagine.

    It just seems strange to me that NI fans want to beat the English so much, especially when it puts at risk English qualification for the World Cup. Having said that, it’s a bit like wee brother always wanting to beat big brother. I guess your team’s your team.

  • Mike

    “It just seems strange to me that NI fans want to beat the English so much, especially when it puts at risk English qualification for the World Cup.”

    If it turned out we stopped them from qualifying that would make it all the sweeter for me:)

    Great performance by Norn Iron, fantastic result and I was proud to be in the Kop last night.

    Wish my head would stop pounding now though…

  • The Watchman

    Have a lot of fun in Victoria today Bertie. Sainsbury opposite Army and Navy does Celebration Cakes so treat your colleagues, like I have.

    What a Glorious Day.

    (Would never have happened on Trimble’s watch …)

  • Scotsman

    Middle class taig- are you saying that the Republic of Ireland do not reserve a special relish for victories over the English? Why should NI be any different?

    Perhaps you think they should be grateful for the £8bn subvention and let England win?

    Well done Norn Iron- the Scots of all persuasions were right behind you!

  • Baluba

    An rud is annamh, is iontach – What is rare, is great. Enjoy it.

    P.S. Now watch the All-Ireland Hurling Final on Sunday and see a game where they score more than once in over an hour.

  • Baluba

    An rud is annamh, is iontach – What is rare, is great. Enjoy it.

    P.S. Now watch the All-Ireland Hurling Final on Sunday and see a game where they score more than once in over an hour.

  • spirit-level

    What a brilliant result for Northern Ireland;
    well played and thoroughly deserving of victory.

  • Keith M

    m-c t “I’m gutted because of the France result.” Console yourself with the thought that we’ll have at least six month’s less of the Irish shirt being worn by the Cork scumbag.

  • idunnomeself

    I am still hoarse, so happy, up all night fuelled on cappuccino! Was right behind Healy when he shot, place went mad.

    so good to win. And when I watched the game when i got home have to say I think we deserved to.

    Only dampner now is that it looks like Ireland won’t get through to the finals, i know they are our great rivals but I like to see them do well and I was looking forward to following them in Germany.

    (PS England fans I met a credit to their country, no hint of trouble)

    Does anyone ask a Scot why they don’t support England? I don’t think so.. Billy Hutchinson, slap it up ye..

  • The Watchman

    Spare a thought for poor Lord Glentoran, who, unless the Spanish police took pity on him, must have missed the game.

  • smcgiff

    ‘Console yourself with the thought that we’ll have at least six month’s less of the Irish shirt being worn by the Cork scumbag.’

    Fuck off, Keith, he was the best Irish player on the pitch by a country mile.

    And finally, just fuck off!

  • fair_deal

    Baluba

    “a game where they score more than once in over an hour.”

    Naa,that’s boring, the anticipation is the key and the success all the sweeter

  • fair_deal

    Baluba

    “a game where they score more than once in over an hour.”

    Naa,that’s boring, the anticipation is the key and the success all the sweeter

  • fair_deal

    MCT

    “it’s amazing to see the joy accompanying a Northern Ireland victory over England. I sometimes think I’ll never understand yousuns”

    Every system that draws in a range of peoples suceeds if it has the right balance of commonality and competition.

  • DCB

    Best come back from this mornings tauting and gloating

    “We’re not Brazil, but we’ve almost as much gun crime”

  • Keith M

    Baluba : “Now watch the All-Ireland Hurling Final on Sunday and see a game where they score more than once in over an hour.”. If lots of scoring is your criterium for enjoying a sport you’ll love cricket.

    smcgiff : I think you’ll find that football is a team sport and the Irish team with the scumbag plays no better (and probably worse) than without. He is a divisive element and should never have been allowed back. BTW; we can all do without the f word!

  • smcgiff

    ‘Best come back from this mornings tauting and gloating

    “We’re not Brazil, but we’ve almost as much gun crime”‘

    LOL. Although, to be fair, I’ve not seen much gloating. Pride, yes.

  • offer it up

    Good result, fair play to ‘the Pravince’. An above average performance against a well-below average opposition. Sin é. You would think to hear youse that youse won the World Cup!

  • smcgiff

    ‘BTW; we can all do without the f word!’

    And scumbag really raises the tone.

  • smcgiff

    I’m sad to say, there’s more begrudgery than gloating so far.

    Thankfully, there’s more congratulations than begrudgery though!!!

  • maca

    Keano is our best player by a long shot. We don’t have anyone in midfield who has the precense he does.

    Keith, Ireland plays worse with Keane? Do you even watch football?? Football, ya know, the game with all the blokes in shorts running after a white ball?

  • maca

    Very sad news of another Corkman today, Noel Cantwell has died.

  • smcgiff

    ‘The Cork-born full-back, who guided United to the FA Cup in 1963, was a double international representing his country at both football and cricket.’

    Another good man gone.

    Although I’ll forgive him the cricket, but Utd!?!

    RIP

  • Realist

    To all Detractors/Begrudgers/Pisstakers.

    Shhhhhh!

    We don’t need nor want your hollow congratulations thanks.

    WE’RE NOT BRAZIL, WE’RE NORTHERN IRELAND.

    Unlucky for the ROI…Hopefully they can win their last two games and make the Finals next year.

  • Keith M

    smcgiff “Keith, Ireland plays worse with Keane? Do you even watch football?”. Sean, I’ve followed football for over 30 years. I stand by what I say. Keane is a divisive element. Just because he plays well it does not mean the team plays better. Without him other players fel they have to bear more of the burden and play better. I’m far from being alone in thinking this by the way.

  • Congal Claen

    Hi MCT,

    “It just seems strange to me that NI fans want to beat the English so much”

    Remember, being British doesn’t mean you’re English. Britishness encompasses at least 4 basic identities – English, Scotch, Irish and Welsh. In the same way that you might find it logical for Irish Nationalists to love beating the English, the same can be said for your Unionist countrymen. The English, Scots and Welsh all have their Nationalists as well, yet you wouldn’t find it strange that ProBritish English/Scotch/Welsh/men love beating the English/Scotch/Welsh/men would ye?

  • smcgiff

    Well done, Keith,

    You must have been reading my mind. I do indeed agree with, Maca, but you might want to allow me the courtesy of voicing it first.

  • maca

    A pre-emtive strike for Keith there ‘Sean’ 🙂

  • Dec

    Just because he plays well it does not mean the team plays better. Without him other players fel they have to bear more of the burden and play better. I’m far from being alone in thinking this by the way.,/i>

    Keith

    Prsumably you and those others who feel that way missed the entire qualifying campaign for the 2002 World Cup when Keane, by his sheer output, controlled aggression and determination in those matches, ensured we qualified for that years finals. We’re only left to wonder what could have happened in extra-time against a Spanish team which was out on its feet, if Keano was running the midfield.

  • Dec

    PS Did any NI fans see Billy Hutchinson at last nights game? He must have been gutted.

  • Keith M

    Dec, the qualifying campaign for 2002 was 4 years ago (when Keane was a much better player) and (just as importantly) before Saipan, when he undermined the team.

  • DCB

    There’s only one Keano (robbie)

  • Dec

    Keith

    I know it was 4 years ago. Hence my direct allusion to the qualifying campaign for the 2002 World Cup. In your attacks on Keane you made no mention to a timeframe but at least we now know you’re referring to his performances since his return to the international stage. Lets not get into Saipan as we all know you’d favour an incompetent, clueless Englishman over a Cork ‘scumbag’ any day. Back to the point, presumably you’d prefer Matty Holland in central midfield? Over Roy Keane? Really?

  • maca

    It’s irrelevant if Keane was better or not 4 years ago, what matters is that he’s still our best midfielder and he’s widely respected and even feared internationally. Personally I can’t think of one single other player on the team with half the presence of Keane who could get the team going when they need it.

  • Dandyman

    You heard/read it here first! See post on earlier thread, I think it was ‘playing with the big boys’ – September 6

    I told yiz England were there for the taking!

    Mind you I also predicted that France had no hope whatsoever of getting a result in Lansdowne. Sad to say it but if Sven has to go, so does Brian Kerr. Not qualifying from that group is unacceptable, especially when SO many results went in our favour. He’s talked the talk over the last 2.5 years, but he can’t walk the walk.

    As for NI & England, great result & congratulations to all NI fans but without wanting to take the sheen off it, this England team, like all the others I’ve known in my realtively short time on this earth, are hopelessly over-rated and ridiculously over-hyped. Rio Ferdinand – worth £30 million??? Someone’s having a laugh.

    England are quite an ordinary team and even if they do manage to qualify for Germany 2006, they have no realistic chance of progressing far beyond the group stages.

  • Keith M

    Maca “and he’s widely respected and even feared internationally” the former by the media and the latter by his manager and team mates.

  • eranu

    i saw that ‘i keano’ play a while back, down here in dublin. i dont follow football but got most of the jokes, its was pretty funny 🙂

    well done Northern Ireland !! think everyone in NI has a warm fuzzy feeling inside today !! 🙂

  • smcgiff

    ‘think everyone in NI has a warm fuzzy feeling inside today !! :)’

    Don’t read here very much do ya! 😉

  • eranu

    hehe. im hopeful 🙂

  • maca

    Keith
    “the former by the media and the latter by his manager and team mates”

    He is highly respected by many fellow soccer players, and feared by quite a few midfielders.

  • Pilgrim Pete

    As an Englishman living here for 3 years now, i’m delighted that Norn Iron won last night. I was watching with pride wearing my Plymouth Argyle shirt and cheering on every man jack of them, but especially Tony Capaldi.

    Quite frankly, why I should align my national identity with 11 overpaid, intellectually deficient wasters who were phoning in a performance so they’d be fit for Saturday is beyond me.

    Having predicted a draw, I was both emotional and proud to see Lawrie’s boys pull off a famous win. Here’s to more of them.

    Good to see no official arrests though. England fans like Mark Perryman and the Fans’ Embassy deserve a lot of credit.

  • Southern Republican

    Yeah, definetly brilliant, IMO NI controlled match from start to finish, sterling performance, “at the end of the day, champagne football”.

  • bertie

    “Have a lot of fun in Victoria today Bertie. Sainsbury opposite Army and Navy does Celebration Cakes so treat your colleagues, like I have.

    What a Glorious Day.

    (Would never have happened on Trimble’s watch …)”

    I’ve had a brilliant day!! Loved the Trimble quote 😉

    I stopped counting the number of times I got one-nil chant in. Also managed a few “I’ll go now as I don’t want to intrude in private grief”

    I was at a policing partnership community consutlation thing and brought it up there. At the end we were asked if we had any last questions. Mine was “does anyine know the score of the NI/England match?
    I then had to go to our HQ building for a meeting with some very very big cheeses. Just before the meeting was due to start one of them made the mistake of asking me how I was, which gave me the opportuntity to say that I couldn’t be better after the wonderful match last night!!

    Young Fogey, I bottled the England qualifing dig. When it came to it, I was too much of a Brit to take actual pleasure in the thought myself and aslo because they were all so good natured about it all. It was unsettling. They all seemed pleased for me in my delight and one guy even smiled and said “Ah yes!, it was a wonderful match and you deserved to win”.

    THE BASTARD!!

  • DanDaMan

    Only just gettin time to sit down and post now, BUT WHAT A F*CKING MATCH LAST NITE!!!!!! was in the kop as always, sang from whistle to whistle and whistle again, as we wuda dun if it were 4-0 england, and had the best footballing craic of my life! I will honestly never forget that goal nor the final whistle!
    A few comments concerning issues arising from the game:

    The attitude of the English media has disgusted me. As predicted, more concentration on an English loss, than Northern Irish victory, other than to slate us as a low level bunch of wannabes, if not the stuff of which embarassment is made. One particular headline I thought rather poignant “Sven’s clowns an Irish joke”. Fact is, England WERE below par at Windsor, but they ARE a great team when they want to be, and can’t be just walked over, it STILL took a team to beat them, a team that played as a cohesive unit, didnt play an ultra defensive game, wasnt willing to flatter their opponents, and with nothing to prove was willing to go out there, get forward, create chances, take chances and SCORE!!!And that team (wait for it..) wasnt Brazil, it was NORN IRON!
    Secondly, what was the Kop like?!?!? As bouncing (sometimes literally lol) as Ive ever felt in 10 years of matches in it, and rightly so. Indeed, plaudits were forthcoming from friends who had always given me and the lads stick for supporting NI, but who all of a sudden were congratulating me for sticking with them! Im sure i wasnt alone in that boat.
    Ive posted on the WE EXIST thread about the genuinely WRONG attitude of ppl believing that sectarianism rules at NI matches, and Ive stated that that isnt the case. Should an example be needed, get a copy of the England match. The fans as vocal as theyve ever been (and thats saying something 😉 and no bigotry to report.
    Also gotta say that like loathe or envy him David Beckham was a class act last nite too. Maybe not his best day at the office in footballing terms, but he was their best midfielder and provided some excellent balls in the first half, played a captains role (esp with hothead Rooney) and took his medicine from the fans in good spirit, even giving us a mention before and after the game.
    In closing, well done on an excellent, gutsy, passion filled performance from both players and fans, a night we’ll never forget, a little piece of sporting history and to quote a certain BBC sports broadcaster, “the night England came to Belfast and forgot one thing, we’re not Brazil, we’re Northern Ireland!!!!!!!!” BRING ON THE WELSH!!!!!!!!

    DanDaMan

  • Dandyman

    That wasn’t me by the way.

  • smcgiff

    ‘That wasn’t me by the way.’

    Nah. He was coherent!

    ‘millinaires’ – bloody culchie!

    😉

  • Valenciano

    A great result and will have knock on effects – the higher they finish the better their chances of getting a higher seeding in the future.

    Ironically I was in Valencia when it happened but couldn’t see the match because the dozey ex-pat bars were all showing France-ROI instead. The Irish theme bar opposite Valencia stadium still has 1982 memorabilia but sadly we were deprived of the privilege of watching another such night. Still it was nice to be able to say “good win for the Irish side tonight” to disgruntled Dubliners while keeping a perfectly straight face. Pity that ROI are looking doubtful while England will probably go through. Is it just me or do England always get piss easy group draws, while ROI always languish in Group of Death scenarios?

  • IJP

    That would be just you, Valenciano.

    England had to get past Germany last time, Italy the time before, and the Netherlands the time before that (when they failed and Norway won the group).

  • bertie

    Just to keep the feeling alive 🙂

    Just in case anyone is interested here are two articles by Kate Hoey – arch NI team supporter.

    The first is before the England game
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2005/09/06/sfnhoe06.xml&sSheet=/sport/2005/09/06/ixfooty.html

    and finishes with a Nostramdamous touch
    “I am sure England will go home having enjoyed the warmth of the welcome they will receive from the ‘green and white army’. Hopefully, with a big bit of luck, they might not enjoy the final score.”

    and this is afterwards

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?menuId=35&menuItemId=589&view=HEADLINESUMMARY&grid=C1&targetRule=

    sorry I don’t know how to post links properly.

  • Valenciano

    Yes IJP and I do remember the German team that England had to get past being referred to at the time as “the worst German side in living memory”. (Not forgetting of course that they also had the fallback of playoffs if they failed to overcome the might of Finland and Albania along the way.) Ireland at the same time had Portugal and Netherlands to beat. 1998 ok. 1994 the Norwegian success was a surprise and Netherlands were really the only decent team at that time in the group while Ireland had Spain and reining Euro champions Denmark. So yes in general I’d say England end up with easier draws wouldn’t you?