Northern Ireland’s Euro-dream ends…

LAST night’s disappointment for Northern Ireland’s Euro 2008 hopes was tempered by the good news that England (in a softer group) also failed to go through. Bye bye, McLaren. Ah well, at least NI can hold their heads high – particularly Healy, with his record 13 goals. (It wasn’t that long ago we were wondering if NI could score a single goal in 13 games!) Still, how many years is it since none of the UK or Ireland teams went through to the next stage? And someone mentioned to me that the IFA’s ‘never-on-a-Sunday’ rule had a narrow escape at the weekend – if the waterlogged pitch had been declared unplayable on the Saturday, apparently UEFA would have forced the game to be played the following day. Dunno if it’s true, maybe the anoraks can help…

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