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‘I was never as proud to be part of a team.’ PAT JENNINGS
By the end of the 1970s, the Northern Ireland football team was in the doldrums. Against a background of civil unrest, the team had endured long periods of playing games away from home and had finished bottom of the British Championship. Two years later they walked onto the pitch to play for a place in the 1982 World Cup semi-finals.
Evan charts Northern Ireland’s incredible World Cup journey, from the appointment of Billy Bingham as manager and the winning of the British Home Championship in 1980 through the ups and downs of qualifying, and that night of pulsating drama against Spain in Valencia.
Based on interviews with Billy Bingham, players including Pat Jennings, Martin O’Neill, Gerry Armstrong and Norman Whiteside, this book vividly captures the struggles, spirit and magic of Northern Ireland’s 1982 World Cup campaign.