September 10, 1986
Belgium 2-Republic of Ireland 2
European Championship Qualifying -Group 7
Venue: Bruxelles-Stade du Heysel (Brussels- Heizelstadion)-Stade du Centenaire
Referee: Ion Igna (Romania)
Goalscorers: (Belgium): Claesen 14'- Scifo 71'
(Republic of Ireland): Stapleton 18'- Brady 89'pen
1-Jean-Marie Pfaff (Fußball-Club Bayern München e.V. / West Germany) [59 caps / 0 goals]
2-Georges Grun (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht) [22 caps / 2 goals]
3-Franky van der Elst (Club Brugge Koninklijke Vereniging) [13 caps / 0 goals]
4-Leo Clijsters (Koninklijke Voetbalclub Mechelen) [16 caps / 0 goals]
5-Patrick Vervoort (Koninklijke Beerschot Voetbal en Atletiek Vereniging) [8 caps / 0 goals]
6-Frank Vercauteren (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht) [55 caps / 7 goals]
7-Stephane Demol (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht) [10 caps / 1 goals]
8- Enzo Scifo (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht) [21 caps / 5 goals]
9-Nico Claesen (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club-London / England) [22 caps / 6 goals]
10-Philippe Desmet (Lille Olympique Sporting Club -Lille Métropole / France) [7 caps / 1 goals]
11- Jan Ceulemans (Club Brugge Koninklijke Vereniging) [64 caps / 13 goals]
Coach: Guy Thys
12- Jacques Munaron (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht)
13-Michel DeWolf (Koninklijke Atletiek Associatie Gent)
14- Leo van der Elst (Club Brugge Koninklijke Vereniging)
15-Daniel Veyt (Koninklijke Sportvereniging Waregem)
16-Erwin Vandenbergh (Lille Olympique Sporting Club -Lille Métropole / France)
Team Captain: Jan Ceulemans
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Uniform Colors: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks
Republic of Ireland:
1-Patrick ‘Paddy’ Bonner (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland) [12 caps / 0 goals]
2-David Francis Langan (Oxford United Football Club / England) [21 caps / 0 goals]
4-Mark Thomas Lawrenson (Liverpool Football Club / England) [36 caps / 4 goals]
5-Kevin Bernard Moran (Manchester United Football Club / England) [22 caps / 2 goals]
3-Christopher William Gerard Hughton (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club-London / England) [31 caps / 1 goals] (12-James Martin Beglin (Liverpool Football Club / England) [13 caps / 0 goals] 81)
7-Raymond James Houghton (Oxford United Football Club / England) [5 caps / 0 goals]
8-Paul McGrath (Manchester United Football Club / England) [11 caps / 1 goals]
6-William ‘Liam’ Brady (Ascoli Calcio/ Italy) [58 caps / 8 goals]
11-Anthony Galvin (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club-London / England) [15 caps / 0 goals] (13-Ronald Andrew ‘Ronnie’ Whelan (Liverpool Football Club / England) [17 caps / 0 goals] 79)
9-Francis Anthony ‘Frank’ Stapleton (Manchester United Football Club / England) [52 caps / 16 goals]
10-John William Aldridge (Oxford United Football Club / England) [5 caps / 0 goals]
Coach: John ‘Jack’ Charlton (England)
Team Captain: Francis Anthony ‘Frank’ Stapleton
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Uniform Colors: Green Shirts, Green Shorts and Green Socks
-Match number 462 for Belgium and number 225 for Republic of Ireland.
-This was the eleventh meeting between the nations.
- Republic of Ireland’s previous victory at Belgium was a friendly on May 25, 1966 at Liege that Republic of Ireland won 3-2.
- Republic of Ireland’s previous match at Brussels, as well as the previous match between the nations, was a World Cup Qualifier in the same stadium on March 25, 1981 that Belgium won 1-0.
Belgium players: Vercauteren and Ceuelemans and Republic of Ireland players: Langan, Moran, Hughton, Brady and Stapelton were the players still remaining from that match.
Belgian Erwin Vandenbergh who remained on the bench in this match played in the 1981 match.
-The next match between the two nations would be the return leg of this UEFA European Championship tie in Belgrade on April 29, 1987 that ended in a 0-0 tie at Dublin’s Lansdowne Road
Belgium’s Pfaff, Grun, Clijsters, Vervoort, Vercauteren, Scifo, Claesen, Desmet and Ceulemans and Republic of Ireland players: Bonner, Moran, Houghton, McGrath, Brady, Galvin, Whelan , Stapelton and Aldridge were the players still remaining from that match.
|Photo from:Onze, October 1986|
-The next match at Brussels as well as the next time Belgium would win would be a World Cup Qualifier on November 15, 1997 (2-1 Belgium win).
Belgium’s Vander Elst and Republic of Ireland ‘s Houghton were the only players still remaining from that match.
-Ireland were awarded their penalty kick after Stapelton was fouled by Pfaff in the box.
Later Stapelton admitted that the penalty should not have been awarded.
-This was the first official match of Republic of Ireland with Englishman Jacky Charlton as amnager.
-Belgium had just finished fourth in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and this was their first match since the World Cup.
-Republic of Ireland qualified from this European Championship Qualifying Group and qualified for the finals of a major tournament for the first time in its history.
-Belgium’s Eric Gerets was unavaialble for this match.
-Every Irish player was based outside of Ireland. All were british based except Brady who played in Italy for Ascoli.
Belgium’s foreign based players were Pfaff, Desmet, Vandenbergh and Claesen.
|Photo from: Mondial, February 1987|
-Belgium’s Nico Claesen played in the English League for Tottenham Hotspur. He was teammates with Ireland’s Hughton and Galvin.
-Arsenal defender David O’Leary had been axed from the Ireland squad by Charlton because of his refusal to participate in the Iceland tournament at the end of 1986 season due to a previously scheduled family holiday. He would apologize and be back in the squad by fall of 1988.
-Franck Vercauteren managed Belgium from May 2009 to end of September 2009.
-Both Ireland’s Brady and Belgium’s Scifo represented Italian Serie A club Internazionale FC Milano in their career. Scifo joined Inter the following season.
-Belgian manager Guy Thys (born December 6, 1922) passed away on August 1, 2003.
-Belgian defender Leo Clijsters (born November 9, 1956) passed away on January 4, 2009 at age 52, due to lung cancer. He was the father of Tennis players Kim and Elke.
-Ireland under Jacky Charlton had accepted the grand-parent rule as a criteria for selection eligibility. As a result Englishman John Aldridge and Scottish Ray Houghton were eligible for selection for Ireland.
John Aldridge, in a conversation with club teammate at Oxford David Langan, had mentioned that his grandmother was from Athlone and had moved to England.
Aldridge in return told Charlton about Houghton, whose father was from Donegal.
-The match was played at Brussels’ Heysel Stadium, where over a year earlier, the ill-fated Champions Cup Final between Juventus and Liverpool took place.
Lawrenson , Whelan and Beglin were part of that Liverpool squad.
This was the first competetive match at Heysel since that day.
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