LiveWC Rewind - Spain v N Ireland 1982

Summary

  1. FT: Spain 0-1 Northern Ireland
  2. NI qualify for second round
  3. Armstrong scores in 47th minute
  4. Donaghy sent off for NI

Live Reporting

By Emlyn Begley

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So thanks for joining us on a day that will never be forgotten by Northern Ireland fans - even those who haven't been born yet.

Let me leave you with the words of Dana.

"When yer man gets the ball, Northern Ireland has it all,

"Oh we're off to Spain, never mind the rain, when yer man gets the ball."

If you want to watch this again - and if you support Northern Ireland, why wouldn't you - it's repeated on BBC Red Button tonight from 22:30-00:45 BST.

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Northern Ireland substitute Tommy Cassidy revealed in 2010 a problem he and Gerry Armstrong had after the game.

"Immediately after the game finished, myself and Gerry Armstrong were taken away for a drugs test," Cassidy told the Lancashire Telegraph.

"We were both so dehydrated that it took us an hour and a half to give a sample.

"We were sat under armed guards, next to Fifa doctors and officials, and it was just so funny that it took us so long. We simply couldn't pee.

"We tried and tried, drinking water, lager and even wine to help us. Gerry drank so much alcohol that he was little bit drunk.

"He was singing 'Danny Boy' and all sorts. It was hilarious - even one of the guards began to sway to his singing."

Spain coach Jose Emilio Santamaria: ''It is sad and lamentable that our goalkeeper played three games without even touching the ball and in the three attacks against us they scored three goals.

"We did not play a lesser game than we played against Yugoslavia. We dominated from beginning to end and had the misfortune that in one counter-attack a goal was scored against us."

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Nigel: Cracking performance, amazing victory, heroes every one.

Christopher: WOW!! We've done it! Its all gonna go off now and there's going to be a party like the country has never seen before! Yeeeesssss!

Irish Football Association president Harry Cavan: "Our success here in Spain already means that the development of the game in Ulster is already assured for a long period.

"The money we earn here will be used to ensure all-round progress at every level of the game in the province."

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Here's a great anecdote from Billy Hamilton in a BBC Northern Ireland webchat 12 years ago.

"When we beat Spain, we had to move onto Madrid and the hotel we were going into, the Yugoslavian team from our section had to pack their bags and get out because they were that sure we were not going to beat Spain.

"We actually crossed them on the stairs!"

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Ricky, Omagh: What a performance, the term 'midfield terrier' must have been invented for wee Dee McCreery, what a player he was! I think our skipper would make a good manager someday!

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Gerry Armstrong

Former Northern Ireland striker

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"It changed a lot of things because I was with Watford at the time and we had just got promoted. Obviously, no-one fancied Watford to do particularly well in the First Division the following year, yet we finished runners-up and just behind Liverpool.

"So we had a magnificent season and that was a springboard for me to go to Spain and play for Real Mallorca. That two years playing in Spain gave me an insight into Spanish football and I've been working on Spanish football for Sky now for 18 seasons."

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Andrew: That was 'wee' Northern Ireland doing what we do best, beating the big boys against all of the odds. That's what we're famous for.

Ian: How good was that, almost as good as the first time.

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WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?

Spain went into a group with England and West Germany.

The West Germans qualified with victory over Spain. The other two games were goalless.

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?

Northern Ireland's victory meant they topped Group 5 with four points with Spain coming second on three.

They advanced to the next round in a three-pronged group with France and Austria. Unfortunately they finished bottom on one point and went out. Billy Hamilton scored twice in a 2-2 draw with Austria, and Gerry Armstrong scored his third goal of the World Cup in a 4-1 defeat by France.

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John Motson

BBC commentator at Estadio Luis Casanova

"Bingham must be wondering how much longer this stoppage time will go on? And he's blown! Northern Ireland have done it! The proudest moment in Irish football history surely!

"They have won the group! Northern Ireland go into the second phase against all the odds, their supporters celebrate, and my word rightly so. A fabulous performance. Billy Bingham embraces the goalscorer Gerry Armstrong, and Northern Ireland are the surprise team of the first round of the 1982 World Cup.

"They beat the host nation in Valencia, and even though Spain go through, their fans are chanting: 'Out, out' because they know their team has come off second best."

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Gerry Armstrong

Former Northern Ireland striker

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"Without a shadow of a doubt it was the best moment of my career. Every player wants to play in the World Cup finals but to play in the World Cup finals knowing you have to win and you're playing the host nation in their own backyard, you do it against all the odds and go down to 10 men.

"You couldn't write the script for it. I was very fortunate that I was in a brilliant team with some fantastic guys, who worked tremendously hard. Pat Jennings was probably the only world-class player we had but I was fortunate that the guys I played with all gave 120%.

"It's just part and parcel of the folklore in Northern Ireland, that team went on to qualify for the 1986 World Cup as well. We went almost six years undefeated at Windsor Park - we were a real force to be reckoned with. We beat West Germany home and away, we beat a lot of teams at Windsor Park. I just think that was part of a special era and I was just fortunate to play with some fantastic guys and players and qualify for two World Cup finals."

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Spain also progress to the next round but the home fans are furious with what they've seen here. The hosts finish second in the group and face England in the next round now.

FULL-TIME

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Can you believe what you've seen here?! Northern Ireland, with 10 men for 30 minutes, have held on to beat hosts Spain and reach the second group stage of the World Cup.

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Spain almost equalise with practically the last kick of the game. Miguel Alonso's long ball over the top is set to bounce into the top corner but Pat Jennings just about keeps it out.

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John Motson

BBC commentator at Estadio Luis Casanova

"I make the 90 minutes up now, we are going into time that this Paraguayan referee may have added on for stoppages. I hope he can tell the time. They've played a minute over already. There are whistles coming from the crowd but the one we are waiting for is the referee's. Northern Ireland are in suspense here. Billy Bingham's nerves are frayed."

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We're in stoppage time now. Restless home fans are whistling.

INJURY TIME

Northern Ireland have the ball in the corner, Martin O'Neill was doing keepy-ups. We're in injury time.

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Anonymous: Great to see the second half of the match. I was sat on the stairs too scared to watch in 1982!

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Two minutes until stoppage time. We won't know how much injury time there is as referees don't have to tell you back here in the 1980s...

Jose Antonio Camacho shoots but it's straight at Pat Jennings.

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John Motson

BBC commentator at Estadio Luis Casanova

"When you think how poor Northern Ireland were in qualifying, how well have they risen to the occasion here. If only they could hang on it would cause the biggest shock among the second round qualifiers. Nobody thought they would make it through, except perhaps the Irish themselves and their belief has come through so strongly."

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Martin O'Neill runs forward - this is Northern Ireland's first break in what feels like a lifetime. A couple of team-mates come up to support him but he gets his pass wrong. He's exhausted, they all are. This had been an immense team performance.

If Spain draw, lots will decide if Northern Ireland or Yugoslavia qualify by the way.

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Jose Alesanco heads wide from a corner. Four minutes left.

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Juanito bursts into the box but Martin O'Neill tackles him and it's a corner which comes to nothing. Five minutes to go.

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Adam: Heart in mouth moment! We've somehow survived that one.

Brian: Slightly crazy keeping from Jennings just then!

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A feint rendition of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' coming from the Northern Ireland fans now. A delighted pocket of fans in a massively unhappy stadium.

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Jimmy Hill

BBC pundit at Estadio Luis Casanova

"That was the nearest Spain have come for some time, there was a Spaniard who had a chance from point blank range but he appeared to duck out of it.

"There was no foul again - the Irish defenders did just as they have done throughout this game - they stood up and played it fairly as they have have done magnificently, all of them.

"But the Irish just don't have the strength to attack the Spanish half of the pitch - it's almost like a training session where one team attacks and the other defends, and that is how it's going to be until the end."

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It's a 9-0-0 formation against a 0-0-10 one now.

Rafael Gordillo has another shot on target but it's saved by Pat Jennings. This is unbearably tense.

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Eight minutes to go in Valencia. How are your nerves?

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Paul: How well are John McClelland and Chris Nicholl playing? World class - that's how well. Hang in there...

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How have Spain not scored there?

A wonderful cross comes in from the left which Quini fails to get his head onto. It falls at the back post for Enrique Saura, who makes a mess of it and doesn't get a proper shot away.

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Rafael Gordillo has a shot on target for Spain - they haven't had too many of them - but's straight at Pat Jennings.

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This is one of the classic backs-to-the-wall performances. Only 11 minutes left to hold on now.

Jimmy Nicholl does brilliantly to take the ball clear for Northern Ireland under pressure from Juanito. But Spain just come again. it's attack versus defence by this stage.

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Christopher: Watched game at home and electric went out midway during second half! No 50ps for the meter - got a clip off my mum for swearing.

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John Motson

BBC commentator at Estadio Luis Casanova

"Spain would still go through if they only lose 1-0 but can they risk it? Tonight at the very climax of his career at the World Cup, Pat Jennings's performance could see Northern Ireland qualify for the second round.

"Jennings hasn't let the atmosphere of the occasion one bit and that has spread through the ranks.

"What do Spain do? Do they chase the game and get an equaliser, or do they accept defeat? It's a perplexing situation for the host nation."

SUBSTITUTION

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Northern Ireland make a second change - it's Sammy Nelson, a 33-year-old Brighton defender, who comes on for 17-year-old attacker Norman Whiteside.

It's just a case of 'can Northern Ireland hold on' now?