N Ireland 2 Scotland 0

Norman Whiteside

North­ern Ire­land 2 Scot­land 0, Wind­sor Park, Brit­ish Ho­me Cham­pi­on­ship, Dec­ember 13, 1983. North­ern Ire­land over­came Scot­land by 2-0 in Bel­fast thanks to a goal apiece from Man­chester Uni­ted ace Nor­man White­side and Sto­ke City´s Sam­my McIlroy. 

The Ir­ish came fresh from a 1-0 Euro­pean Cham­pi­on­ship Quali­fier win ag­ainst West Ger­many at Volk­s­park­sta­di­on in Ham­burg, whi­le Scot­land had lost 2-1 to East Ger­many at Kurt-Wab­bel Sta­di­on in Halle in their qual­i­fy­ing mat­ch. The Scots al­most took an early lead when Liver­pool mid­fielder Graeme Soun­ess hit the up­right in the sixth min­ute of the tie. In­stead it was North­ern Ire­land who went ahead as Burnley´s Billy Ham­ilton set up strik­ing part­ner Nor­man White­side who slot­ted the ball in­to the back of the net fol­low­ing sev­en­teen min­utes of ac­tion. Scot­land had the ball in the net nine min­utes la­ter, but Souness´s goal was ruled out as Eng­lish ref­er­ee Neil Midgley had al­ready blown his whistle for a foul by Ab­er­deen wing­man Pe­ter Weir. The Ul­ster­men then doubled their ad­vant­age ten min­utes in­to the sec­ond pe­riod when Terry Co­chrane, who had joi­ned Third Di­vi­sion club Gilling­ham from Sec­ond Di­vi­sion Middles­brough two months earli­er, sent a chipped ball to Sam­my Mc­Ilroy who­se fierce shot flew in­to the bot­tom right-hand cor­ner of the net leav­ing Scot­land goal­keeper Jim Leigh­ton wi­th no chan­ce to save. Af­ter suf­fer­ing a 1-0 set­back to Eng­land at Wemb­ley Sta­dium in their next ga­me, North­ern Ire­land ma­naged a 1-1 draw ag­ainst Wales at Swansea City´s Vetch Field in their fi­nal fix­ture, which was enough to win the Brit­ish Ho­me Cham­pi­on­ship. The tour­na­ment came to an end in 1984, how­ever, when Eng­land and Scot­land an­nounced their with­draw­al from the com­pet­i­tion. North­ern Ire­land Te­am: Pat Jen­nings, Mal Don­aghy, John Mc­Cle­l­land, Jim­my Nich­oll, Ger­ry McEl­hin­ney, Paul Ram­sey, Ian Stew­art, Sam­my Mc­Ilroy, Terry Co­chrane, Billy Ham­ilton, Nor­man White­side. Sub­sti­tute: John O’Neill. Scot­land Te­am: Jim Leigh­ton, Al­ex McLeish, Doug Rougvie, Rich­ard Gough, Roy Aitken, Paul Mc­Stay, Graeme Soun­ess, Gor­don Stra­chan, Da­vid Dodds, Frank McGar­vey, Pe­ter Weir. Sub­sti­tute: Ma­rk McGhee.


Northern Ireland Quickfacts

North­ern Ire­land be­at Scot­land 1-0 in an Euro­pean Cham­pi­on­ship Qual­i­fy­ing mat­ch at Wind­sor Park on the 21st of Oct­ober 1967 cour­tesy of a goal from Cov­entry City wing­er Dave Clements.


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