Ireland naitional fitbaw team (1882–1950)

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Ireland
to 1950
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Irish Football Association
Maist kaips Elisha Scott (31)
Tap scorer Billy Gillespie (12)
Joe Bambrick (12)
Hame stadium Various
FIFA code EIR[1]
First colours
Elo rankin
Heichest 4 (1882–1885)
Lawest 37 or 41 (1923 or 1946[2])
First international
Ireland Ireland 0–13 Ingland 
(Belfast, 18 Februar 1882)
Biggest win
Ireland Ireland 7–0 Wales 
(Belfast, 1 Februar 1930)
Biggest defeat
Ireland Ireland 0–13 Ingland 
(Belfast, 18 Februar 1882)

The Ireland naitional fitbaa team representit Ireland at association fitbaa frae 1882 till 1950. It wis organisit bi the Irish Football Association (IFA), an is the fowert auldest internaitional team in the warld. It mainly played in the British Home Championship against Ingland, Scotland an Wales. Tho aften vyin wi Wales tae avoid the widden spoon, Ireland did win the Championship in 1914, an shared it wi Ingland an Scotland in 1903.

Efter the pairtition o Ireland in the 1920s, awtho the IFA's admeenistration o club fitbaa wis restrictit tae Northren Ireland, the IFA naitional team continued tae select players frae the whole o Ireland till 1950, an did no adopt the name "Northren Ireland" till 1954 in FIFA competeetion, an the 1970s in the British Home Championship.[n 1] The IFA's modren Northren Ireland naitional fitbaa team is recognisit as the successor tae the oreeginal Ireland naitional team. Durin this era a separate international team, organisit bi the separate Football Association of Ireland (the F.A.I.), haed briefly fieldit a team cried Ireland, an this team nou represents the Republic o Ireland.

Honours[eedit | eedit soorce]

Up tae 1950

See an aw[eedit | eedit soorce]

Notes[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. The last match played as Ireland wis 1978 versus Scotland,[3] housomeivver, apairt frae this match, aw British Championship matches haed been played as "Northren Ireland" syne the 1973-74 tournament.[4] In the 1972-73 toornament, the first twa matches wur played as "Ireland" an the third as "Northren Ireland". In the 1971-72 toornament, the first wis played as "Ireland" an the seicont an third as "Northren Ireland". 1970-71 wis the last toornament in which aw matches wur played unner the name "Ireland".[5]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "England – Northern Ireland". FIFA.com(If necessary, check the show all matches box) 
  2. The official Elo ratings pages combine the Ireland national football team (1882–1950) results with the post—1923 FAI team. The lowest ranking for the pre—1923 team is 37th. ("World Football Elo Ratings: Ireland". Retrieved 25 February 2008. ) The "new" Northern Ireland team is introduced to the Elo ranking in 1923, with an initial points total higher than the FAI team inherits from the "old" IFA team: 1600 as opposed to 1522. The lowest rank the IFA team subsequently attains, based on this, is 41st, ("World Football Elo Ratings: Northern Ireland". Retrieved 25 January 2008. 
  3. Ireland v Scotland programme
  4. Match programmes 1972-75
  5. Northern Ireland programmes 1968-72