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Northern Ireland 1982 World Cup

Northern Ireland 1982 World Cup

Northern Ireland qualified for the world cup of 1982 by finishing runners up to Scotland in the UEFA qualifying Group 6.  It began with a 0 – 0 draw away to Israel (who were then managed by Salford native Jack Mansell), in the late March of 1980.  They were managed by Billy Bingham who had just been installed as the national team boss of Northern Ireland, Billy had little time to get comfortable in the managers hot seat before he was off to Israel with his Northern Ireland team.  It was Bingham’s second time in charge of his home country’s...


Manchester United 1980-82 Away Shirt

Manchester United 1980-82 Away Shirt

As far the United board of directors were concerned, four seasons under Dave Sexton was enough, in came Big Ron Atkinson and for a time at least United certainly played a pretty tune. Despite an FA Cup final appearance in ’79 and finishing as runners up at the end of the 1979 – 1980 season, the board thought a change in management would be wise. They weren’t wrong, United’s football under Sexton wasn’t good, one thing I remember is that the team became draw specialists. However, one positive that came out of Sextons time at United was the signing of...


United In Blue 1981 – 1982

United In Blue 1981 – 1982

Big Ron arrived during the summer of 1981 to take charge of United, replacing Dave Sexton as first team manager. Sexton’s United had finished in 8th place the season before in the old Division One, yet despite winning their last seven games of the season it just wasn’t good enough for a club like United and the United board of Directors saw Atkinson as just the man to take United forward in the right direction. Atkinson was new chairman Martin Edward’s first appointment, Edward’s father Louis had passed away leaving his son to take the chairman’s seat. United fans were...


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