W Germany 0 N Ireland 1

Norman Whiteside

West Ger­many 0 North­ern Ire­land 1, Volk­s­park­sta­di­on, UEFA Euro­pean Cham­pi­on­ship Quali­fier, Nov­ember 16, 1983. North­ern Ire­land caused a ma­jor up­set as Billy Bingham´s boys edged out West Ger­many 1-0 in Ham­burg. The win­ning goal ar­rived in the 49th min­ute of the en­counter and was sco­red by Man­chester Uni­ted stri­ker Nor­man Whiteside. 

A for­mer wing­er wi­th, among oth­ers, Sun­der­land, Luton To­wn, and Ever­ton, Billy Bing­ham had kick-star­ted his ma­na­geri­al ca­reer at Lea­gue Di­vi­sion Four out­fit South­port in 1965 and steer­ed The Sand­ground­ers to pro­mo­tion to the Third Di­vi­sion two years la­ter. Due to his suc­cess at Haig Av­en­ue, Bing­ham was ap­poin­ted as head coach of North­ern Ire­land in 1967, dur­ing which time he also ma­naged Ply­mouth Argyle and ho­me-to­wn club Lin­field. The Ul­ster­man then had a two-year stint as head coach of the Greek Na­tion­al Te­am be­fore tak­ing the ma­na­geri­al reigns at his pre­vi­ous em­ploy­ers Ever­ton in the sum­mer of 1973. Af­ter man­agement posts at Pan-Thes­sa­lo­ni­an Ath­let­ic Club of Con­stantino­pol­it­ans, com­monly known as PAOK FC, and Mans­field To­wn, the pipe smoking gen­tle­man took charge of North­ern Ire­land as man­ager for the sec­ond time in 1980 and gui­ded his coun­try to the 1982 Wor­ld Cup Fi­nals in Spain where his te­am rea­ched the sec­ond ro­und of the tour­na­ment af­ter draw­ing wi­th Yugo­slavia and Hon­dur­as and beat­ing the host nation.

The Ir­ish con­tin­ued to get good res­ults, but the re­al test oc­cured in an Euro­pean Cham­pi­on­ship Qual­i­fy­ing ga­me ag­ainst West Ger­many in the Fed­er­al State of Lower Sax­ony on the 16th of Nov­ember 1983. North­ern Ire­land, who had nev­er qual­i­fied for an Euro­pean Cham­pi­on­ship, had beaten the West Ger­mans 1-0 in the re­verse en­counter at Wind­sor Park in Bel­fast on the 17th of Nov­ember 1982 cour­tesy of an eight­eenth-min­ute goal from twenty-one-year-old Queens Park Ran­gers fa­vour­ite Ian Stew­art, and Die Mannschaft ob­vi­ously wanted to ex­tract re­venge on The Green and White Army. The ho­me si­de dom­in­ated large parts of the fir­st pe­riod at Hamburg´s Volk­s­park­sta­di­on, but the two te­ams went in at the ha­lf-time break goal­less. The de­cis­ive mo­ment came four min­utes af­ter the re­sump­tion when Co­logne goal­keeper Har­ald Schu­mach­er par­ried out a right-footed shot by Stew­art in­to the path of Lei­cester City mid­fielder Paul Ram­sey who­se ef­fort was in­ter­cep­ted by Old Traf­ford young­ster Nor­man White­side who cooly slot­ted the ball in­to the back of the net. The Teuto­ni­ans sent on Pierre Litt­barski and Ger­hard Strack for Norbert Mei­er and Ul­rich Stie­like re­spect­ively as the ha­lf wore on and fou­ght des­per­ately for an equal­ising goal for the re­mainder of the clash, but the lads in green shirts ma­naged to hold the op­pos­i­tion at bay to clinch the win. In the af­ter­math of the qual­i­fy­ing mat­ch, West Ger­many man­ager Jupp Derwall said that North­ern Ire­land was one of the hard­est te­ams to be­at in the wor­ld. And he was prob­ably right too. West Ger­many Te­am: Har­ald Schu­mach­er, Klaus Au­genthaler, Karl­heinz For­ster, Hans Pe­ter Briegel, Ul­rich Stie­like, Wolf­gang Dremmler, Lothar Mat­thaus, Norbert Mei­er, Karl-Heinz Rum­menigge, Wolf­gang Rolff, Her­bert Waas. Sub­stitutes; Ger­hard Strack, Pierre Litt­barski. North­ern Ire­land Te­am: Pat Jen­nings, Mal Don­aghy, John Mc­Cle­l­land, Jim­my Nich­oll, Ger­ry McEl­hin­ney, Paul Ram­sey, Mar­tin O’Neill, Ian Stew­art, Ger­ry Arm­strong, Billy Ham­ilton, Nor­man White­side. Sub­stitutes: None.


Norman Whiteside Quickfacts

Nor­man White­side con­trib­uted 67 hits in 274 fir­st te­am ap­pear­ances for Man­chester Uni­ted be­fore he agreed to a four-year con­tract wi­th Ever­ton at the be­gin­ning of the 1989-90 campaign. 


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