Saturday, March 12, 2016

Qualification Phase, Part Two (Republic of Ireland 1990 World Cup Qualifiers)


The Republic of Ireland started the qualification phase of the 1990 World Cup as somewhat of favorites, after their positive displays during the 1988 UEFA European Championships in West Germany.
Ever Since taking over in 1986, Englishman and 1966 World Cup Winner, Jackie Charlton had built a solid (though unspectacular) side that was now able to hold its own with the continent’s best, after decades of disappointments and near qualifications.
The team was virtually made up of veterans from the English and Scottish Leagues. There was no distinguishable star player on the team, it was as a collective and direct approach that they grinded out results.
The Republic were drawn in a group with their fellow Irish neighbors from the North, Spain, Hungary and Malta.
While Northern Ireland had been declining since the 1986 World Cup, Hungary were seen as Ireland’s main obstacle in a group that Spain would likely qualify from.
The Republic started its qualifiers on away soil vs. Northern Ireland at Belfast on September 14th, 1988 (In fact, their first three qualifiers would be away matches).
The Irish were missing their starting goalkeeper Packie Bonner, who was recuperating from surgery. Gerry Peyton started in his place and kept a clean sheet in a typical scrappy British affair. Both teams had chances and the Republic were satisfied in earning an away point in a difficult arena for them.


Photo From: World Soccer, October 1989
(Michael O’Neill and Paul McGrath, September 14, 1988, World Cup Qualifier, Northern Ireland 0-Republic of Ireland 0)

Photo From: France Football, Issue 3052, October 5, 2004
(Tony Cascarino, September 14, 1988, World Cup Qualifier, Northern Ireland 0-Republic of Ireland 0)

In between their next qualifier vs. Spain, they played a friendly vs. Tunisia in October (4-0 win), in a match where Steve Staunton, the youngster from Liverpool, made his International debut. Striker John Aldridge also finally scored his first goal for Ireland in that match.
Ireland traveled to Spain for their second qualifier (and most difficult) vs. group favorites Spain in Sevilla on November 16th.
The Irish were a weakened side and were missing many players due to injuries and unavailability. These included Chris Hughton, Paul McGrath, Ronnie Whelan, Kevin Sheedy and Frank Stapelton.
Charlton pushed Kevin Moran into the midfield to compensate the absences.
He also forgave and recalled Arsenal’s in-form central defender David O’Leary. O’Leary had been persona non-grata for Charlton after refusing a call-up in 1986.
However, the injury-hit Irish were defeated at Sevilla (impregnable venue for the Spaniards) and lost 0-2.
In the new year (1989), Ireland hosted France in a friendly at Dublin (February 7th, 1989, scoreless tie) in preparations for the springtime qualifiers.
Norwich City midfielder Andy Townsend made his National Team debut in this friendly.
Ireland continued its qualifiers (once again away) vs., Hungary at Budapest on March 8th, 1989.
Ireland once again came away with an away point in a scoreless tie. They probably deserved to win and seemed disappointed.
On April 26th, they faced group runaway leaders Spain in Dublin, for their first qualifier on home soil.
Prior to this match, Charlton had changed the team captaincy from Moran to McCarthy. Steve Staunton was back in the squad as left back and Stapelton replaced Aldridge up front.

Photo From: World Soccer, April 1990
(Rafael Martin Vasquez and Chris Hughton, April 26, 1989, World Cup Qualifier, Republic of Ireland 1-Spain 0)

Chris Hughton was switched to right back to replace the injured Chris Morris.
Ireland dominated and took the game to Spain. In the 16th minute they took the lead. Ray Houghton crossed from the right side intended for Stapelton; however, Michel diverted the cross into the net and handed Ireland victory.


Photo From: World Soccer, October 1989
(Michel’s own goal, April 26, 1989, World Cup Qualifier, Republic of Ireland 1-Spain 0)

Photo From: World Soccer, June 1989
(Frank Stapelton, April 26, 1989, World Cup Qualifier, Republic of Ireland 1-Spain 0)

The Spanish frustration was exemplified by the substitution of their captain Emilio Butragueno, who was ineffective and completely stifled by the Irish defense.

Photo From: Football Association of Ireland, 75 Years, Author Peter Byrne, 1996
(Frank Stapelton and Alberto Gorriz, April 26, 1989, World Cup Qualifier, Republic of Ireland 1-Spain 0)

The next month at Dublin (May 28th), they took on Malta and predictably won (2-0). The Irish were missing the injured Captain Mick McCarthy and midfielder John Sheridan. Ronnie Whelan earned a booking that deprived him of their next important match vs. Hungary.

Photo From: Soccer International, Issue 5, May 1990
(Republic of Ireland squad, Top, left to right: Kevin Bernard Moran, Patrick ‘Paddy’ Bonner,  Raymond James Houghton, Stephen Staunton, Christopher William Gerard Hughton, Anthony Guy Cascarino, Paul McGrath, Ronald Andrew ‘Ronnie’ Whelan, Kevin Mark Sheedy, Francis Anthony ‘Frank’ Stapleton, David Anthony O'Leary,  May 28, 1989, World Cup Qualifier, Republic of Ireland 2-Malta 0)

A few days later on June 4th, the Irish hosted the Hungarians at Dublin. In a match that they had to win, the Irish broke through late in the first half through McGrath. The Irish appeared to be tiring in the second half and were lucky that Hungary did not level the scores. Bonner made an impressive save from Imre Garaba in the 77th minute. 


Photo From: Foot Magazine, Issue 102, April 1990
(June 4, 1989, World Cup Qualifier, Republic of Ireland 2-Hungary 0)

Photo From: World Soccer, July 1989
(Imre Garaba and John Aldridge, June 4, 1989, World Cup Qualifier, Republic of Ireland 2-Hungary 0)

Five minutes later, Ireland settled the match with a second goal. Ray Houghton crossed for Cascarino to head home.
With this important victory the Irish were in the driver’s seat for the second qualifying spot for the group.



Photo From: Football Association of Ireland, 75 Years, Author Peter Byrne, 1996
(Tony Cascarino scoring, June 4, 1989, World Cup Qualifier, Republic of Ireland 2-Hungary 0)

Photo From: kicker_WM-Sonderheft_1990
(Republic of Ireland squad, June 4, 1989, World Cup Qualifier, Republic of Ireland 2-Hungary 0)

In the Fall, on October 11th, the All-Irish qualifier took place in Dublin. The Republic had some difficulty in the first half and only scored near the end through Whelan. 

Photo From: Football Association of Ireland, 75 Years, Author Peter Byrne, 1996 3
(Ronnie Whelan and Nigel Worthington, October 11, 1989, World Cup Qualifier, Republic of Ireland 3-Northern Ireland 0)

They picked up the pace in the second half and scored twice early through Cascarino and Houghton.
Qualification was virtually assured, they had only had to beat Malta at La Valetta on November 15th.


Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 11, December 1989
(Ray Houghton, October 11, 1989, World Cup Qualifier, Republic of Ireland 3-Northern Ireland 0)

Photo From: France Football, Issue 2271, October 17, 1989
(Tony Cascarino and Gary Fleming, October 11, 1989, World Cup Qualifier, Republic of Ireland 3-Northern Ireland 0)

For that match, McCarthy was out injured and O’Leary replaced him. Paul McGrath was switched as right back in place of Chris Morris.
Ronnie Whelan captained in McCarthy’s absence.
John Aldridge repaid Charlton’s faith in him by scoring twice (once on a penalty) to help Ireland achieve their first ever qualification.

Photo From: Soccer International, Issue 5, May 1990
(John Aldridge scoring, November 15, 1989, World Cup Qualifier, Malta 0-Republic of Ireland 2)

Photo From: Soccer International, Issue 5, May 1990
(John Aldridge, November 15, 1989, World Cup Qualifier, Malta 0-Republic of Ireland 2)

They went to the World Cup in Italy and were predictably difficult to beat. Through grit and perseverance they reached the quarterfinals and were eliminated by the Italian hosts.
Given expectations, the World Cup was regarded as successful and established Ireland as one of Europe’s improving and consistent teams for the years to come.

Photo From: Soccer International, Issue 5, May 1990
(Chris Morris and Physio Mick Byrne celebrating, November 15, 1989, World Cup Qualifier, Malta 0-Republic of Ireland 2)



1990 World Cup Qualifiers-Euroepan Zone-Group 6

May 21, 1988 (Belfast) (Northern Ireland 3-Malta 0)


September 14, 1988
Northern Ireland 0-Republic of Ireland 0
Venue: Belfast -Windsor Park
Attendance: 19,873
Referee: Michel Vautrot (France)
Goalscorers:
(Northern Ireland): None
(Republic of Ireland): None
Lineups:
Northern Ireland:
1-Alan Darrell McKnight (West Ham United Football Club-London / England)
2-Malachy Martin Donaghy (Luton Town Football Club / England) (13-Anton Gerard Patrick Rogan (The Celtic Football Club –Glasgow / Scotland) 46th )
3-Nigel Worthington (Sheffield Wednesday Football Club / England)
5-Alan McDonald (Queens Park Rangers Football Club-London / England)
4-John McClelland (captain) (Watford Football Club / England)
6-Daniel Joseph Wilson (Luton Town Football Club / England)
7-Stephen Alexander Penney (Brighton Hove and Albion Football Club / England)
11-Kingsley Terence Black (Luton Town Football Club / England)
8-James Martin Quinn (Leicester City Football Club / England) 
9-Colin John Clarke (Southampton Football Club / England)
10-Michael Andrew Martin O'Neill (Newcastle United Football Club / England)

Coach: William Laurence Bingham
Booked: Alan McDonald 3

Republic of Ireland:
1-Gerry Peyton (Bournemouth Association Football Club / England)
2-Christopher Barry Morris (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)
4-Michael Joseph  ‘Mick’ McCarthy  (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)
5-Kevin Bernard Moran (captain) (Real Sporting de Gijón / Spain)
3-Christopher William Gerard Hughton (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club-London / England) 
8-Raymond James Houghton (Liverpool Football Club / England)   
6-Paul McGrath (Manchester United Football Club / England)
7-Ronald Andrew ‘Ronnie’ Whelan (Liverpool Football Club / England) 
11-Kevin Mark Sheedy (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England)
9-John William Aldridge (Liverpool Football Club / England)
10-Anthony Guy Cascarino (Millwall Football Club-London / England)

Coach: John ‘Jack’ Charlton (England)
Booked: Ronnie Whelan 59


Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Northern Ireland
2
1
1
0
3
0
3
3
2
Ireland
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
3
Malta
1
0
0
1
0
3
-3
0
4
Hungary
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
Spain
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0


October 19, 1988 (Budapest) (Hungary 1-Northern Ireland 0)


November 16, 1988
Spain 2-Republic of Ireland 0
Venue: Sevilla -Estadio Benito Villamarin (Betis)         
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Yuri  Savchenko (USSR)
Goalscorers:
(Spain): Manolo 53, Emilio Butragueno 65
(Republic of Ireland): None
Lineups:
Spain:
1-Andoni ‘Zubizarreta’ Urreta (Fútbol Club Barcelona)
2-Enrique ‘Quique’ Sanchez Flores (Valencia Club de Fútbol)  (12-Jesus ‘Solana’ Bermejo (Real Madrid Club de Fútbol)  84th )
6-Alberto ‘Gorriz’ Echarte (Real Sociedad de Fútbol )
5-‘Manuel Sanchis’ Hontiyuelo (Real Madrid Club de Fútbol)        
4-Genar ‘Andrinua’ Cortabarría (Athletic Club de Bilbao)
3-Manuel ‘Jiminez’ Jimenez  (Sevilla Fútbol Club)
8-José Miguel ‘Michel’ Martín del Campo (Real Madrid Club de Fútbol)   
10-‘Roberto’ Fernandez  Bonillo (Fútbol Club Barcelona)
11-Rafael Martin Vazquez (Real Madrid Club de Fútbol) 
9-‘Emilio Butragueňo’ Santos  (captain)  (Real Madrid Club de Fútbol) 
7-Manuel ‘Manolo’ Sanchez Delgado (Club Atlético de Madrid) (15-‘Ramon’ Vasquez Garcia (Sevilla Fútbol Club) 67th )

Coach: Luis ‘Suarez’ Miramontes

Other Subs:
13- Juan Carlos ‘Abladeno’ Iglesias (Real Sporting de Gijón) 
14- Francisco ‘Ferreira’ Colmenero (Club Atlético de Madrid)
16- Aitor ‘Beguiristain’ Mugica (Fútbol Club Barcelona)


Republic of Ireland:
1-Patrick ‘Paddy’ Bonner (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)
2-Christopher Barry Morris (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)
4-Michael Joseph  ‘Mick’ McCarthy  (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)
5-David Anthony O'Leary (Arsenal Football Club-London / England)
3-Stephen Staunton (Liverpool Football Club / England)   
8-Raymond James Houghton (Liverpool Football Club / England)   
7-Kevin Bernard Moran (captain) (Real Sporting de Gijón / Spain)
6-John Joseph Sheridan (Leeds United Association Football Club / England)  (15-Liam Francis O'Brien (Newcastle United Football Club / England)  81st )
11-Anthony Galvin (Sheffield Wednesday Football Club / England) 
10-Anthony Guy Cascarino (Millwall Football Club-London / England)
9-John William Aldridge (Liverpool Football Club / England) (13-Niall John Quinn (Arsenal Football Club-London / England)  64th )

Coach: John ‘Jack’ Charlton (England)
Booked: Ray Houghton 65

Other Subs:
12- Francis Anthony ‘Frank’ Stapleton (Le Havre Athletic Club / France)
14- John Christopher Patrick Anderson (Newcastle United Football Club / England)  
16-Gerry Peyton (Bournemouth Association Football Club / England)



Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Northern Ireland
3
1
1
1
3
1
2
3
2
Spain
1
1
0
0
2
0
2
2
3
Hungary
1
1
0
0
1
0
1
2
4
Ireland
2
0
1
1
0
2
-2
1
5
Malta
1
0
0
1
0
3
-3
0







December 11, 1988 (La Valetta) (Malta 2-Hungary 2)
December 21, 1988 (Sevilla) (Spain 4-Northern Ireland 0)
January 22, 1989 (La Valetta) (Malta 0-Spain 2)
February 8, 1989 (Belfast) (Northern Ireland 0-Spain 2)


March 8, 1989
Hungary 0-Republic of Ireland 0
Venue: Budapest -Nepstadion  
Attendance: 33,996
Referee: Zoran Petrovic (Yugoslavia)
Goalscorers:
(Hungary): None
(Republic of Ireland): None
Lineups:
Hungary:
1-Peter Disztl (Budapesti Honvéd Sport Egyesület)
2-Istvan Kozma (Újpesti Dózsa Sport Club- Budapest) 
3-Janos Sass (Budapesti Honvéd Sport Egyesület)
4-Laszlo Disztl (Budapesti Honvéd Sport Egyesület)
5-Erwin Kovacs (Újpesti Dózsa Sport Club- Budapest) 
6-Zoltan Bognar (Szombathelyi Haladás Vasutas Sport Egyesület)
7-Jozsef  Kiprich (Tatabányai Bányász Sport Club)   
8-Jozsef Gregor (Budapesti Honvéd Sport Egyesület) (15-Imre Boda (Olympiakos Syndesmos Filathlon Pirea-Pireas / Greece) 77th )
9-Ferenc Meszaros (Koninklijke Sporting Club Lokeren / Belgium)   (14-Gyorgy Bognar (Sporting Club de Toulon et du Var / France) 46th )
10-Lajos Detari (Olympiakos Syndesmos Filathlon Pirea-Pireas / Greece)
11-Gyula Hajszan (Raba Eto Gyor)

Coach: Bertalan Bicskei


Republic of Ireland:
1-Patrick ‘Paddy’ Bonner (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)
2-Christopher Barry Morris (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)
3-Christopher William Gerard Hughton (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club-London / England) 
4-Michael Joseph  ‘Mick’ McCarthy (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)
5-Kevin Bernard Moran (captain) (Real Sporting de Gijón / Spain)
6-Paul McGrath (Manchester United Football Club / England)
7-Ronald Andrew ‘Ronnie’ Whelan (Liverpool Football Club / England) 
8-Raymond James Houghton (Liverpool Football Club / England)   
10-John William Aldridge (Liverpool Football Club / England) (12-William ‘Liam’ Brady (West Ham United Football Club-London / England) 79th )
9-Anthony Guy Cascarino (Millwall Football Club-London / England) (17-Niall John Quinn (Arsenal Football Club-London / England) 79th )
11-Kevin Mark Sheedy (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England)

Coach: John ‘Jack’ Charlton (England)



Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Spain
4
4
0
0
10
0
10
8
2
Hungary
3
1
2
0
3
2
1
4
3
Northern Ireland
5
1
1
3
3
7
-4
3
4
Ireland
3
0
2
1
0
2
-2
2
5
Malta
3
0
1
2
2
7
-5
1





March 23, 1989 (Sevilla) (Spain 4-Malta 0)
April 12, 1989 (Budapest) (Hungary 1-Malta 1)
April 26, 1989 (La Valetta) (Malta 0-Northern Ireland 2)


April 26, 1989
Republic of Ireland 1-Spain 0
Venue: Dublin  - Landsdowne Road
Attendance: 49,600
Referee: Horst Brummier (Austria)
Goalscorers:
(Republic of Ireland): Michel (own goal) 16
(Spain): None
Lineups:
Republic of Ireland:
1-Patrick ‘Paddy’ Bonner (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)
2-Christopher William Gerard Hughton (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club-London / England) 
3-Stephen Staunton (Liverpool Football Club / England)   
4-Michael Joseph  ‘Mick’ McCarthy  (captain) (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)
5-Kevin Bernard Moran  (Real Sporting de Gijón / Spain)
7-Paul McGrath (Manchester United Football Club / England)
8-Raymond James Houghton (Liverpool Football Club / England)   
10-Anthony Guy Cascarino (Millwall Football Club-London / England)
9-Francis Anthony ‘Frank’ Stapleton (Le Havre Athletic Club / France)        (12-Andrew David Townsend (Norwich City Football Club / England)  67th )
6-Ronald Andrew ‘Ronnie’ Whelan (Liverpool Football Club / England) 
11-Kevin Mark Sheedy (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England)

Coach: John ‘Jack’ Charlton (England)
Booked: Mick McCarthy 42, Frank Stapleton 66

Spain:
1-Andoni ‘Zubizarreta’ Urreta (Fútbol Club Barcelona)   
2-Enrique ‘Quique’ Sanchez Flores (Valencia Club de Fútbol) (15-‘Eusebio’ Sacristan Mena (Fútbol Club Barcelona) 69th )
3-Manuel ‘Jimenez’ Jimenez (Sevilla Fútbol Club)
4-Ricardo Jesus ‘Serna’ Orozco (Fútbol Club Barcelona)
5- ‘Manuel Sanchis’ Hontiyuelo (Real Madrid Club de Fútbol) 
6-Alberto ‘Gorriz’ Echarte (Real Sociedad de Fútbol)
7-Manuel ‘Manolo’ Sanchez Delgado (Club Atlético de Madrid)
8-José Miguel ‘Michel’ Martín del Campo (Real Madrid Club de Fútbol)  
9-‘Emilio Butragueno’ Santos (captain)  (Real Madrid Club de Fútbol)  (16-Julio ‘Salinas’ Fernandez  (Fútbol Club Barcelona) 69th )
10-‘Roberto’ Fernandez  Bonillo (Fútbol Club Barcelona)
11-Rafael Martin Vázquez (Real Madrid Club de Fútbol) 

Coach: Luis ‘Suarez’ Miramontes
Booked: Julio Salinas 80

Other subs:
Jose Manuel Ochotorena (Valencia Club de Fútbol)
Fernando Hierro (Real Valladolid)
Miguel ‘Chendo’ Porlan (Real Madrid Club de Fútbol) 


Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Spain
6
5
0
1
14
1
13
10
2
Hungary
4
1
3
0
4
3
1
5
3
Northern Ireland
6
2
1
3
5
7
-2
5
4
Ireland
4
1
2
1
1
2
-1
4
5
Malta
6
0
2
4
3
14
-11
2








May 28, 1989
Republic of Ireland 2-Malta 0
Venue: Dublin  - Landsdowne Road
Attendance: 49,600
Referee: Jose Rosa dos Santos (Portugal)
Goalscorers:
(Republic of Ireland): Ray Houghton 32, Kevin Moran 55
(Malta): None
Lineups:
Republic of Ireland:
1- Patrick ‘Paddy’ Bonner (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)
2- Christopher William Gerard Hughton (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club-London / England) 
4- David Anthony O'Leary (Arsenal Football Club-London / England)
5- Kevin Bernard Moran (captain) (Real Sporting de Gijón / Spain)
3- Stephen Staunton (Liverpool Football Club / England)   
8- Raymond James Houghton (Liverpool Football Club / England)  (13-Andrew David Townsend (Norwich City Football Club / England)  69th )
7- Paul McGrath (Manchester United Football Club / England)
6- Ronald Andrew ‘Ronnie’ Whelan (Liverpool Football Club / England) 
11- Kevin Mark Sheedy (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England)
9- Francis Anthony ‘Frank’ Stapleton (Le Havre Athletic Club / France) (14-John William Aldridge (Liverpool Football Club / England) 27th )
10- Anthony Guy Cascarino (Millwall Football Club-London / England)

Coach: John ‘Jack’ Charlton (England)
Booked: David O’Leary 64, Ronnie Whelan 77

Malta:
1-David Cluett (Floriana Football Club)
4-Joseph Galea (Rabat Ajax Football Club)
6-John Buttigieg (Brentford Football Club-London / England)
5-Silvio Vella (Rabat Ajax Football Club)
3-Alex Azzopardi (Hamrun Spartans Football Club)  (13-David Carabott (Hibernians Football Club-Paola) 65th )
2-Edwin Camilleri (Hibernians Football Club-Paola)      
11-Martin Gregory (Sliema Wanderers Football Club)
7-Carmel Busuttil (Koninklijke Racing Club Genk / Belgium)
8-Raymond Vella (captain) (Hamrun Spartans Football Club
10-Michael Degiorgio (Hamrun Spartans Football Club)
9-Charles Scerri II (Hibernians Football Club-Paola)    (Hubert Suda (Sliema Wanderers Football Club))

Coach: Horst Heese (West Germany)
Booked: David Cluett 39, Raymond Vella 41


Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Spain
6
5
0
1
14
1
13
10
2
Ireland
5
2
2
1
3
2
1
6
3
Hungary
4
1
3
0
4
3
1
5
4
Northern Ireland
6
2
1
3
5
7
-2
5
5
Malta
7
0
2
5
3
16
-13
2










June 4, 1989
Republic of Ireland 2-Hungary 0
Venue: Dublin  - Landsdowne Road
Attendance: 49,600
Referee: Egil Nervik (Norway)
Goalscorers:
(Republic of Ireland): Paul McGrath 34, Tony Cascarino 82
(Hungary): None
Lineups:
Republic of Ireland:
1-Patrick ‘Paddy’ Bonner (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)
2-Christopher William Gerard Hughton (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club-London / England) 
3-Stephen Staunton (Liverpool Football Club / England)   
4-David Anthony O'Leary (Arsenal Football Club-London / England)
5-Kevin Bernard Moran (captain) (Real Sporting de Gijón / Spain)
6-Andrew David Townsend (Norwich City Football Club / England) 
7-Paul McGrath (Manchester United Football Club / England)  (13-Christopher Barry Morris (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland) 79th )
8-Raymond James Houghton (Liverpool Football Club / England)   
9-John William Aldridge (Liverpool Football Club / England) (12-William ‘Liam’ Brady (West Ham United Football Club-London / England) 74th )
10-Anthony Guy Cascarino (Millwall Football Club-London / England)
11-Kevin Mark Sheedy (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England)

Coach: John ‘Jack’ Charlton (England)
Booked: Andrew Townsend 36

Hungary:
1-Peter Disztl (Budapesti Honvéd Sport Egyesület)
2-Istvan Kozma (Újpesti Dózsa Sport Club- Budapest) 
3-Jozsef Keller (Ferencvárosi Torna Club- Budapest)
4-Laszlo Disztl (Budapesti Honvéd Sport Egyesület)
5-Jozsef Fitos (Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos-Athinas / Greece)
6-Imre Garaba (Stade Rennais Football Club / France
7-Ferenc Meszaros (Koninklijke Sporting Club Lokeren / Belgium)   (13-Istvan Vincze (Unione Sportiva Lecce / Italy)  71st )
8-Zoltan Bognar (Szombathelyi Haladás Vasutas Sport Egyesület)
9-Imre Boda  (Olympiakos Syndesmos Filathlon Pirea-Pireas / Greece)
10-Lajos Detari (Captain) (Olympiakos Syndesmos Filathlon Pirea-Pireas / Greece)
11-Tibor Csehi (Budapesti Honvéd Sport Egyesület)          (12-Gyorgy Bognar (Sporting Club de Toulon et du Var / France) 66th )

Coach: Bertalan Bicskei
Booked: Lajos Détári 84



Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Spain
6
5
0
1
14
1
13
10
2
Ireland
6
3
2
1
5
2
3
8
3
Hungary
5
1
3
1
4
5
-1
5
4
Northern Ireland
6
2
1
3
5
7
-2
5
5
Malta
7
0
2
5
3
16
-13
2








September 6, 1989 (Belfast) (Northern Ireland 1-Hungary 2)


October 11, 1989
Republic of Ireland 2-Northern Ireland 0
Venue: Dublin  - Landsdowne Road
Attendance: 45,800
Referee: Pietro D'Elia (Italy)
Goalscorers:
(Republic of Ireland): Ronnie Whelan 43, Tony Cascarino 47, Ray Houghton 57
(Northern Ireland): None
Lineups:
Republic of Ireland:
1-Patrick ‘Paddy’ Bonner (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)
2-Christopher Barry Morris (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)
4-Michael Joseph  ‘Mick’ McCarthy  (captain) (Olympique Lyonnais / France)
3-Stephen Staunton (Liverpool Football Club / England)   (12-David Anthony O'Leary (Arsenal Football Club-London / England) 77th )
5-Kevin Bernard Moran  (Real Sporting de Gijón / Spain)
6-Ronald Andrew ‘Ronnie’ Whelan (Liverpool Football Club / England) 
7-Andrew David Townsend (Norwich City Football Club / England) 
8-Raymond James Houghton (Liverpool Football Club / England)   
9-John William Aldridge (Real Sociedad de Fútbol / Spain)
10-Anthony Guy Cascarino (Millwall Football Club-London / England)
11-Kevin Mark Sheedy (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England)

Coach: John ‘Jack’ Charlton (England)
Booked: Chris Morris, John Aldridge

Northern Ireland:
1-George Dunlop (Linfield Football Club-Belfast)
2-Gary James Fleming (Manchester City Football Club / England)
3-Nigel Worthington (Sheffield Wednesday Football Club / England)
4-Malachy Martin Donaghy (captain) (Manchester United Football Club / England)
5-Alan McDonald (Queens Park Rangers Football Club-London / England)
7-Daniel Joseph Wilson (Luton Town Football Club / England)
6-David McCreery (Heart of Midlothian Football Club-Edinburgh / Scotland) (15-Colin O'Neill (Motherwell Football Club / Scotland)  72nd )
11-Robert Dennison (Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club / England)
9-Colin John Clarke (Queens Park Rangers Football Club-London / England)
8-Michael Andrew Martin O'Neill (Dundee United Football Club / Scotland)  (16-Kevin James Wilson (Chelsea Football Club-London / England) 80th )
10-Norman Whiteside (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England)

Coach: William Laurence Bingham
Booked: Whiteside 2, Worthington



Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Spain
6
5
0
1
14
1
13
10
2
Ireland
7
4
2
1
8
2
6
10
3
Hungary
6
2
3
1
6
6
0
7
4
Northern Ireland
8
2
1
5
6
11
-5
5
5
Malta
7
0
2
5
3
16
-13
2







October 11, 1989 (Budapest) (Hungary 2-Spain 2)
November 15, 1989 (Sevilla) (Spain 4-Hungary 0)

November 15, 1989
Malta 0-Republic of Ireland 2
Venue: Valetta -Ta'Qali –National Stadium 
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Jacob Uilenberg (Holland)
Goalscorers:
(Malta): None
(Republic of Ireland): John Aldridge 30, 68 pen
Lineups:
Malta:
1-Reginald Cini (Valletta Football Club)
2-Silvio Vella (Rabat Ajax Football Club)
6-John Buttigieg (captain) (Brentford Football Club-London / England)
4-Joseph Galea (Rabat Ajax Football Club)
3-Alex Azzopardi (Hamrun Spartans Football Club)(Hubert Suda (Sliema Wanderers Football Club) 68)
8-Jesmond Zerafa (Valletta Football Club) (16-Joseph Zarb (Valletta Football Club)  68)
5-Charles Scerri II (Hibernians Football Club-Paola)       
10-Michael Degiorgio (Hamrun Spartans Football Club
11-Martin Gregory (Sliema Wanderers Football Club)
9-David Carabott (Hibernians Football Club-Paola)       
7-Carmel Busuttil (Koninklijke Racing Club Genk / Belgium)

Coach: Horst Heese (West Germany)

Republic of Ireland:
1- Patrick ‘Paddy’ Bonner (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)
2- Paul McGrath (Aston Villa Football Club-Birmingham / England)
4- David Anthony O'Leary (Arsenal Football Club-London / England)
5- Kevin Bernard Moran (Real Sporting de Gijón / Spain) (14-Christopher Barry Morris (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland) 33rd )
3- Stephen Staunton (Liverpool Football Club / England)   
6- Raymond James Houghton (Liverpool Football Club / England)   
7- Ronald Andrew ‘Ronnie’ Whelan (captain) (Liverpool Football Club / England) 
8- Andrew David Townsend (Norwich City Football Club / England) 
11- Kevin Mark Sheedy (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England)
9- John William Aldridge (Real Sociedad de Fútbol / Spain)
10- Anthony Guy Cascarino (Millwall Football Club-London / England)

Coach: John ‘Jack’ Charlton (England)


Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Spain
8
6
1
1
20
3
17
13
2
Ireland
8
5
2
1
10
2
8
12
3
Hungary
8
2
4
2
8
12
-4
8
4
Northern Ireland
8
2
1
5
6
11
-5
5
5
Malta
8
0
2
6
3
18
-15
2

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Points








Republic of Ireland players during the qualification matches

Goalkeeper:
Patrick ‘Paddy’ Bonner (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)
Gerry Peyton (Bournemouth Association Football Club / England)

Defenders:
Christopher Barry Morris (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)
Michael Joseph  ‘Mick’ McCarthy (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland) and then joined Olympique Lyonnais / France) [1989/90]
David Anthony O'Leary (Arsenal Football Club-London / England)
Kevin Bernard Moran (Real Sporting de Gijón / Spain)
Christopher William Gerard Hughton (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club-London / England) 
Stephen Staunton (Liverpool Football Club / England)   
John Christopher Patrick Anderson (Newcastle United Football Club / England)  

Midfielders/Forwards:
Raymond James Houghton (Liverpool Football Club / England)   
Paul McGrath (Manchester United Football Club / England) and then joined (Aston Villa Football Club-Birmingham / England) [1989/90]
Ronald Andrew ‘Ronnie’ Whelan (Liverpool Football Club / England) 
Kevin Mark Sheedy (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England)
John William Aldridge (Liverpool Football Club / England) and then joined (Real Sociedad de Fútbol / Spain) [1989/90]
Anthony Guy Cascarino (Millwall Football Club-London / England)
John Joseph Sheridan (Leeds United Association Football Club / England)  Liam Francis O'Brien (Newcastle United Football Club / England) 
Anthony Galvin (Sheffield Wednesday Football Club / England) 
Niall John Quinn (Arsenal Football Club-London / England)  
Francis Anthony ‘Frank’ Stapleton (Le Havre Athletic Club / France)
William ‘Liam’ Brady (West Ham United Football Club-London / England)
Andrew David Townsend (Norwich City Football Club / England) 

Coach: John ‘Jack’ Charlton (England)
 

3 comments:

  1. Hi Shahan,

    Good job as always. Really enjoyed all of your posts, especially the old magazines. Thanks a lot for allowing all football fans around to learn more about the history of the game.

    I have one question: In the post about the 1993 USA cup tournament match between Brazil and Germany, you mentioned:

    This tournament was the last time Lothar Matthaus played in the midfield for Germany. Starting the fall season, he was switched to Libero. He became the 25 th player to be tried in that position since Franz Beckenbauer’s retirement in 1977.

    Is it possible you could provide the list and the dates of the 25 liberos tried out during this 16-year period. It would be really helpful.

    Thanks.

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    1. i can't think of a definitive list, but tehf ollowing were at various poinst tried as central defenders:
      Bernhard Dietz
      Manfred Kaltz
      Herbert Zimmermann
      Rolf Rüssmann
      Ulrich Stielike
      Rainer Bonhof
      Bernhard Cullmann
      Bernd Schuster
      Wolfgang Dremmler
      Gerhard Strack
      Klaus Augenthaler
      Matthias Herget
      Hans-Günter Bruns
      Ditmar Jakobs
      Thomas Hörster
      Holger Fach
      Stefan Reuter
      Thomas Berthold
      Manfred Binz
      Olaf Thon
      Christian Wörns
      Michael Schulz

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    2. Thanks for the quick reply. Best wishes to you and your family.

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