24 September 2016

Paul Smyth

Name: Paul Smyth
Born: 10 September 1997, Belfast
Position: Forward

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: Under-21, Under-19.

Club Career:
Linfield 15/16- date

A pacy striker, Paul Smyth played his first games for Linfield when just eighteen. A Northern Ireland Youth international, after an impressive first season with the Blues he was invited to train with the senior international squad in preparation for Euro 2016.


More to follow.

Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:
06-09-2016 FYR Macedonia A L 0-2 ECQ
still active

Chris Paul

Name: Christopher Paul
Born: 25 September 1997, Enfield (Eng)
Position: Midfielder

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: Under-21, Under-19, Under-17.

Club Career:
Teams ........... --Seasons-- Signed -Fee- League
Tottenham Hotspur .................. Youth 0(0)/0
QPR ............. 16/17- date May-16 .Free

Midfielder who is also capable in defence, Chris Paul was on the books at Spurs before he was released to allow him to join QPR in May 2016. He became a match-day squad regular at Loftus Road early on and earned elevation to the Northern Ireland Under-21 squad before his nineteenth birthday.


More to follow.

Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:
06-09-2016 FYR Macedonia A L 0-2 ECQ sub
still active

Mark Sykes

Name: Mark Sykes
Born: 4 August 1997
Position: Midfielder

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: Under-21, Under-19, Under-18

Club Career:

A product of the Glenavon youth set-up, Mark Sykes came to the fore in the club's 2015 Harry Cavan Youth Cup win and he signed a professional deal ahead of the following season. A member of the Northern Ireland Under-18 schools squad, he earned rapid elevation through the Under-19 to the Under-21 set-ups.

More to follow.


Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:
06-09-2016 FYR Macedonia A L 0-2 ECQ
still active

17 September 2016

05 January 1910

(International Trial Match)
Wednesday, 5th January 1910

Venue: Grosvenor Park, Belfast
Attendance: 4,000
Goals: Anglos: Meaney; Home: Robertson (pen), Enright, McKeown

Line-ups: (line-ups as published in the Dundee Evening Telegraph on 23rd December 1909 (see right), some changes evidently occurred per the match report below)
F. McKee (Cliftonville)
S. Burnison (Distillery)
P.J. Thunder (Bohemians)
J. Wright (Cliftonville)
J. Connor (Belfast Celtic)
J. Darling (Linfield)
R. Lyner (Glentoran)
J. Robertson (Cliftonville)
J. McDonnell (Bohemians)
J. Enright (Shelbourne)
F. Thompson (Cliftonville)
W.S. McBirnie (St Mirren)
McCrossan (Dykehead)
C.G. Webb (Brighton Utd [sic])
H. Hampton (Dundee)
C. Mercer (Greenock Morton)
J. Maginnes (Greenock Morton)
J. Meaney (Leith Athletic)
J.M. Murray (Motherwell)
J. Murphy (Bradford City)
J.C. Slemin (Bradford City)
Reserve: P. McCann (Belfast Celtic)

Match report: 
(from Dublin Daily Express - 6th January 1910)
This game was played at Distillery ground, Belfast, in dull weather. There were four thousand spectators. Play opened pretty fast and in favour of the home side, whose work was very good. Burnison and Hill had hard luck. Thompson got hurt and retired, leaving his side short for a while. Meaney, with a fine shot scored for the Anglos. Interval score:-
Anglo-Irish 1
Home Irish 0
In the second half the Anglos rearranged their attack. Renneville, out-side right, going centre, and Murphy into the latter's position. The home lot had several chances of equalising, but were poor at close quarters. However, a penalty kick, McCrossan bringing down Thompson, and Robertson taking the kick, equalised, and Enright got a second in the last minute. McBirnie in kicking out punted the ball against McKeown. Result:-
Home Irish 3
Anglo-Irish 1

Players with links were capped at full or amateur international level and are profiled elsewhere on NIFG. Players without full profiles:
Roly Lyner (Glentoran) also played for Linfield. Won titles with both Glens and Blues. Inter-League representative. Brother of Davy.
William McBirnie (St Mirren) also played for Derry Celtic (two spells), Linfield and Johnstone (Scottish Division Two).
McCrossan (Dykehead) Dykehead competed in the Scottish Football Union, which also included some league clubs' "A" sides. This is presumably how McCrossan came to the selectors' attention. No further details available.
Charles Mercer (Greenock Morton) also played for Distillery where he was part of the 1905/06 Irish League winning squad.
John Maginnes (Greenock Morton) also played for Kilbarchan.
John Meaney (Leith Athletic) also played for Falkirk, Hibs and East Stirlingshire. Born Tralee, 6th September 1886.

Match details kindly forwarded by John Meffen of Falkirk Historian.

4 September 2016

616: 4 September 2016

615 vs Wales616 - 617 vs San Marino
4th September 2016. KO: 19:45 BST / 20:45 CET

Venue: Generali Stadium, Prague
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant referees: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE), Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)
Fourth official: Georgios Kyzas (GRE)
Goals: -

NORTHERN IRELAND: (white shirts, green shorts, white socks)
Manager: Michael O'Neill
Captain: Steven Davis
(4-5-1) M. McGovern; C. McLaughlin, S. Ferguson [L. Hodson 66], G. McAuley, J. Evans, P. McNair, O. Norwood _, S. Davis, J. Ward _ [N. McGinn 74], K. Lafferty [J. Magennis 59], S. Dallas
Unused subs: A. Mannus (gk), T. Carson (gk); L. Boyce, C. Washington, C. Evans, R. McGivern, M. Smith, M. Lund, C. Morris

CZECH REPUBLIC: (red shirts)
Head coach: Karel Jarolim
Captain: Marel Suchy
(4-4-2) T. Vaclik; P. Kaderabek, M. Kadlec, V. Darida, J. Skalak [J. Kopic 77], D. Pavelka _, V. Kadlec [M. Vydra 83], M. Suchy, L. Krejci, M. Skoda [T. Necid 68], F Novak


Match Programme/Ticket:

Northern Ireland Squad:
Goalkeepers: Michael McGovern (Norwich), Alan Mannus (St Johnstone), Trevor Carson (Hartlepool)
Defenders: Gareth McAuley, Jonny Evans (both West Brom), Craig Cathcart (Watford), Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood), Lee Hodson (Rangers), Michael Smith (Peterborough), Tom Flanagan (Burton), Ryan McGivern* (Shrewsbury), Callum Morris* (Aberdeen)
Midfielders: Steven Davis (Southampton), Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), Oliver Norwood (Brighton), Corry Evans (Blackburn), Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest), Shane Ferguson (Millwall), Stuart Dallas (Leeds), Paddy McNair (Sunderland), Michael Duffy (Celtic, on loan at Dundee), Matthew Lund* (Rochdale)
Forwards: Kyle Lafferty (Norwich), Josh Magennis (Charlton), Conor Washington (QPR), Liam Boyce (Ross County)
* late call-up

3 September 2016

Conor Mitchell

Name: Conor Mitchell
Born: 9 May 1996, Portrush
Height: 6.00 ft / 1.83 m
Weight: 11.06 st / 72kg
Position: Goalkeeper

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: Under-21, Under-19, Under-17.

Club Career:
Burnley ...................... Youth
Sheffield.. 15/16 ..... Aug-15 .Loan
Bradford PA 15/16 ..... Jan-16 .Loan

To follow.

Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:
02-09-2016 Iceland H L 0-1 ECQ

Jordan Thompson

Name: Jordan Thompson
Born: 3 January 1997, Antrim
Height: 5.09 ft / 1.75 m
Position: Midfielder

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: Under-21, Under-19, Under-17.

Club Career:
Teams ...... --Seasons-- Signed -Fee- League
Manchester United ............. Youth 0(0)/0
Rangers .... 15/16- date c/s-15 .Free
Airdrie .... 15/16 ..... Feb-16 .Loan 7(0)/1
Raith Rovers 16/17 ..... Aug-16 .Loan 

To follow.


Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:

02-09-2016 Iceland H L 0-1 ECQ

Louis Rooney

Name: Louis Rooney
Born: 28 September 1996, Plymouth (England)
Height: 5.11 ft / 1.80 m
Weight: 11.00 st / 70 kg
Position: Forward

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: Under-21, Under-19

Club Career:
Plymouth Argyle 15/16- date

To follow.


Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:
02-09-2016 Iceland H L 0-1 ECQ sub

Dion Charles

Name: Dion Charles
Born: 7 October 1995, Preston (England)
Height: 5.10 ft / 1.78 m
Weight: 10.09 st  / 65 kg
Position: Midfielder

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: Under-21; England: C

Club Career:
Blackpool ....................... Youth
AFC Flyde
Fleetwood Town 16/17- date Jul-16 .Free

To follow.


Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:
02-09-2016 Iceland H L 0-1 ECQ sub

Rhys Marshall

Name: Rhys Marshall
Born: 16 January 1995
Position: Defender

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: Under-21
Club Honours: (with Glenavon) Irish Cup Winner 2013/14, 2015/16.

Club Career:
Glenavon 13/14- date Youth

To follow.

Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:
02-09-2016 Iceland H L 0-1 ECQ

31 August 2016

Callum Morris

Name: Callum Morris
Born: 3 February 1990, Newcastle upon Tyne (England)
Position: Defender

International Career: Republic of Ireland: Under-21, Youth.

Club Career:
Clubs ....... --Seasons-- Signed -Fee- League FA Cup FL Cup
Newcastle United ............... Youth 0(0)/0
Blyth Spartans .......... Aug-10 .Free
Jerez Industrial ........ Feb-11
Hayes & Yeading ......... Nov-11
Morpeth Town ............ Sep-12
Dunfermline A 12/13-13/14 Aug-12 .Free 53(1)/3 6(0)/0 4(0)/0
Dundee United 14/15-15/16 Jun-14 .Free 36(2)/1 3(0)/0 4(0)/2
Aberdeen .... 16/17- date Jun-16 .Free

Defender called-up to the Northern Ireland squad for the first time for a September 2016 World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic. He remained an unused sub throughout a 0-0 draw.


1 August 2016

Shayne Lavery

Name: Shayne Lavery
Born: 8 December 1998
Position: Forward

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: Under-21, Under-19, Under-17

Club Career:
Glenavon Youth
Everton. Youth

To follow.

Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:
02-09-2016 Iceland H L 0-1 ECQ

Transfers Summer 2016

2015/16 - 2016/17 - 2017/18
- Club Appearances - Transfers (Summer 2016 - January 2017) - Cups, Ups & Downs -

Paddy McNair has joined
Sunderland from
Manchester United

Michael Gault (Portadown to Crusaders) BBC
Philip Lowry (Portadown to Crusaders) BBC
Chris Hegarty (Linfield to Dungannon Swifts) LFC
Johnny Flynn (Cliftonville to Ballymena United) CFC Ballymena Times
James Gray (Wrexham to Southport) BBC SFC
Roy Carroll (Notts County to Linfield) NCFC LFC
Ryan McGivern (Port Vale to Shrewbury Town) BBC BBC
Robbie Weir (Burton Albion to Leyton Orient) BBC BBC
Josh Doherty (Watford to Leyton Orient) WFC BBC
Paul Paton (Dundee United to St Johnstone) BBC
Seanan Clucas (Derry City to Dungannon Swifts) DSFC
Luke Conlan (Burnley to Morecambe) BBC
Josh Robinson (Crusaders to York City)
Ben Hall (Motherwell to Brighton & HA) BBC
Johnny Taylor (Ballymena United to Ards) AFC
Chris Ramsey (Portadown to Cliftonville)
Lee Hodson (MK Dons to Rangers) BBC
Michael O'Connor (Port Vale to Notts County) Sentinal NCFC
Matt Ball (Wealdstone to St Albans City) SAFC
Jeff Hughes (Cambridge United to Tranmere Rovers) BBC
Thomas Stewart (Sacramento Republic to Ottawa Fury) OFFC
Michael McGovern's Euro 2016
performances earned him
 a move to Norwich City
Jamie McDonagh (Alfreton Town to Greenock Morton) GT
Sammy Clingan (unattached to Linfield) LFC
Michael McGovern (Hamilton Academical to Norwich City) BBC
Paddy McCourt (Luton Town to Glenavon) BBC Twitter
Paddy McNally (Ballymena United to Carrick Rangers)
Jason Rooney (Accrington Stanley to Cliftonville)
Adam McGurk (Portsmouth to Cambridge United) BBC
Nathan Hanley (Ballymena United to Carrick Rangers) CRFC
Emmett Friars (Ballinamallard United to Ards)
Johnny Steele (Ottawa Fury to Miami FC) OFFC
Ross Glendinning (Linfield to Ballymena United) BBC
Aaron Hughes (Melbourne City to Kerala Blasters) SK
Mark Hughes (Chelmsford City to Eastbourne Borough) Essex Chronicle EBFC
Ivan Sproule (Linfield to Dergview) UH
Josh Carson (York City to Linfield) York Press LFC
Oliver Norwood (Reading to Brighton & Hove Albion) Argus
Ryan McLaughlin (Liverpool to Oldham Athletic) LAN BBC
Michael Ingham (York City to Tadcaster Albion) York Press Harrogate Advertiser
Paddy McNair (Manchester United to Sunderland) SAFC
Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock to Charlton Athletic) BBC
Robbie McDaid (Leeds United to Maldon & Tiptree) LUFC M&TFC
Billy McKay will spend 2016/17
on loan at Oldham Athletic
Liam Donnelly (Fulham to Hartlepool United) BBC
Dean Shiels (Rangers to Dundalk) DR BBC
Martin Paterson (Blackpool to Port Vale) BBC BBC
Conor Brennan (Kilmarnock to Raith Rovers) KFC RRFC
Rory McKeown (Raith Rovers to Accrington Stanley) BBC
Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday to Sheffield United) BBC
Cameron Dummigan (Burnley to Oldham Athletic) BBC

Michael Duffy (Celtic to Dundee) BBC
Billy McKay (Wigan Athletic to Oldham Athletic) BBC
Jamie Reid (Exeter City to Torquay United) TUFC
Jordan Thompson (Rangers to Raith Rovers) RRFC
Joe Gormley (Peterborough United to St Johnstone) STV
Daniel Lafferty (Burnley to Sheffield United) BBC
Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest to Burton Albion) BBC
Michael McLellan (Linfield to H&W Welders) LFC

Michael Duff (Burnley) (retired)
Andrew Little (Preston North End) PNEFC
John Convery (Ards) AFC (retired)
Gary Browne (Ards)

17 July 2016

Spirit of '58

This afternoon I spent an enjoyable few hours chatting with Evan Marshall, the man behind the Spirit of '58 documentary and book. We covered all of football history from that glorious 50s era through the ups-and-downs of the intervening near-60 years right up to our most recent successes and the World Cup qualifying campaign ahead. We also talked about his forthcoming projects that will cover the halcyon days of Billy Bingham's team of the 1980s and the inherent vagaries of documentary production.

Although it is highly unlikely that the Spirit of '58 documentary will see a wider release, there are plans to show it to limited audiences, so should the opportunity present itself please look out for those. The Spirit of '58 book is available to buy online or at all good bookshops across the country.

Good look to Evan for his forthcoming projects which should become available to the public in 2017. Keep up to date by following Clackity Films on Facebook and Twitter.

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