W Germany 0 N Ireland 1
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.