Saturday 10 December 2016

Ireland v England: Memorable Meetings

Published 07/06/2015 | 02:30

Gardai patrol the pitch as supporters leave Lansdowne Road after rioting broke out in the Upper West Stand which resulted in the friendly between the Republic of Ireland and England being abandoned
Gardai patrol the pitch as supporters leave Lansdowne Road after rioting broke out in the Upper West Stand which resulted in the friendly between the Republic of Ireland and England being abandoned
Ireland v Ireland: Then and now

Republic of Ireland 0 England 1 - September 30, 1946

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Just over a year after World War II had come to an end, England and Ireland met for the first time in front of 32,000 at Dalymount Park in Dublin, home of Bohemians. Tom Finney, who had spent the war in the Royal Armoured Corps, scored England's winner eight minutes from time.

England 0 Republic of Ireland 1 - June 12, 1988

Who will forget Euro '88? Ray Houghton gave Ireland a shock win in their first appearance at a major international tournament. Kenny Sansom failed to clear Tony Galvin's cross properly and the ball ballooned up to John Aldridge, who headed it to Houghton and he nodded past Peter Shilton.

Republic of Ireland 1 England 1 - November 14, 1990

A sign of what was to come five years later. More than 100 people were arrested as England and Ireland fans clashed in Dublin after the game. On the pitch, David Platt tapped in Lee Dixon's cross to put England ahead, but substitute Tony Cascarino headed past Chris Woods to equalise, before being mobbed by ecstatic home fans who ran on to the pitch at Lansdowne Road.

Republic of Ireland 1 England 0 - February 15, 1995 (match abandoned due to crowd trouble)

The most memorable match between the two nations - but for all the wrong reasons. The game at Lansdowne Road had to be abandoned after 27 minutes when England fans in the upper west stand started ripping up seats and benches and hurling them at home supporters below. Twenty supporters were injured in the incident. It later emerged that far-right groups such as Combat 18 had bought tickets for the match to cause trouble. Jack Charlton could not hide his fury, saying afterwards: "Every Englishman should be ashamed." Terry Venables, then in charge of England, described the night as "sickening".

England 1 Republic of Ireland 1 - May 29, 2013

It was not until 18 years later that the countries would meet again. A minority crammed the words of anti-IRA song 'No Surrender' into God Save The Queen, despite Roy Hodgson's letter to fans. However, English heads were shaken due to the limitations of their team rather than scenes in the stands. The team fell behind to a Shane Long goal after 13 minutes. Defeat was avoided as Frank Lampard saved England's blushes in a performance Gary Lineker claimed was a return to the "dark ages".

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