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Sammy McIlroy

North­ern Ire­land 0 Eng­land 0, Wind­sor Park, Brit­ish Ho­me Cham­pi­on­ship, May 17, 1975. Bo­th North­ern Ire­land and Eng­land en­joyed plenty of goal scor­ing op­por­tun­it­ies through­out the mat­ch, but neither was able to find the back of the net at Wind­sor Park.

North­ern Ire­land and Eng­land played out a goal­less, but en­ter­tain­ing, draw in the fir­st en­counter be­tween the two coun­tries at Wind­sor Park in four years. The Ir­ish, who were led by play­er-man­ager Dave Cle­m­ents, had de­feated Yugo­slavia 1-0 in Bel­fast in their pre­vi­ous fix­ture, where­as Eng­land had beaten Cyprus by the same score at Tsiri­on Sta­dium in Li­mas­sol. The fir­st chan­ce fell to The Three Li­ons early on when Liverpool´s Kev­in Kee­gan hit the cross­bar wi­th a dan­ger­ous head­er from a De­nis Tue­art cor­ner be­fore Sun­der­land stop­per Dave Wat­son saw his shot from the re­bound bloc­ked by Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur and North­ern Ire­land goal­keeper Pat Jen­nings. Alan Ball and his col­leagues kept on push­ing for­ward and the vis­it­ing si­de had sev­er­al good op­por­tun­it­ies as the fir­st pe­riod mo­ved on, but they failed to cap­it­al­ise on them. Now, if the fir­st ha­lf be­longed to Eng­land, the sec­ond be­longed to North­ern Ire­land. Spurred on by a 36,500 strong ho­me crowd, Cle­m­ents and com­pany cre­ated a num­ber of scor­ing chances fol­low­ing the re­start, but struggled to find a way pa­st Ray Clem­ence in the Eng­land goal. Man­chester United´s Sam­my Mc­ilroy, who dom­in­ated mid­field af­ter the break, and Derek Spence of Third Di­vi­sion Bury bo­th came ag­on­isingly clo­se to scor­ing in the sec­ond pe­riod, on­ly to watch their ef­forts go un­re­war­ded. And so the ga­me ended wi­th the two te­ams shar­ing the spoils. North­ern Ire­land Te­am: Pat Jen­nings, Pat Rice, Chris Nich­oll, Liam O’Kane, Al­lan Hun­ter, Dave Cle­m­ents, Bry­an Ham­ilton, Mar­tin O’Neill, Derek Spence, Sam­my Mc­Ilroy, Tom­my Jack­son. Sub­sti­tute: Tom Fin­ney. Eng­land Te­am: Ray Clem­ence, Steph­en Whit­worth, Co­lin Todd, Em­lyn Hug­hes, Dave Wat­son, Co­lin Vil­joen, Co­lin Bell, Alan Ball, Mal­colm Mac­Don­ald, Kev­in Kee­gan, Den­nis Tue­art. Sub­sti­tute: Mick Channon.

 

Sammy McIlroy Quickfacts

Sam­my Mc­Ilroy made his in­ter­na­tion­al de­but for North­ern Ire­land in a 1-1 Euro­pean Cham­pi­on­ship Quali­fier draw wi­th Spain at Hull City´s Booth­ferry Park on the 16th of Feb­ruary 1972. 

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