Before it was fully built, the new incarnation of Windsor Park had already had it’s first memorable night, as September 2015 saw Northern Ireland take on Hungary knowing that a win sound send them to Euro 2016.
Northern Ireland didn’t get the win they wanted, but a dramatic late draw kept their destiny in their own hands, and sent the fans home happy.
The new Railway Stand had it’s first international goal in that game. Richard Guzmics is the name to remember for future pub quizzes.
By late September, work had progressed to the point that 1,500 extra tickets for the Northern Ireland v Greece match in early October.
Progress was also being made in terms of staffing, as the position of Assistant to the Stadium Director was advertised in early October 2015.
Assistant to the Stadium Director wasn’t the only job at Windsor Park being advertised in early October 2015, as Warren Feeney resigned as Linfield manager to join Newport County in some earth shattering news.
Thankfully for the progress of the redevelopment, it was only metaphorically earth shattering.