Well, after posting up a slection of the best classic football clips and the best news coverage of historical events, this week’s Youtube round-up focuses on Irish League/Northern Ireland football related related video miscellany.
The first video is from a show called ‘Super 8 Stories’ which was broadcast on BBC Northern Ireland between 2005 and 2006.
The show is a compilation of videos filmed on Super 8 and the person who filmed it narrates the story.
One such feature was filmed by a Linfield fan during the 1960s, with unlimited access on matchday and training sessions.
Players from that era then spoke over the clips of their memories from that era, including Tommy Stewart (no relation to, and not to be confused with the current Shamrock Rovers player of the same name, who played for Linfield from 2006-2008), who sadly died soon after the show was broadcast.
It’s amazing how little the street leading up to Windsor Park has changed (For shame, I don’t actually know what it’s called)
The next clip is from ‘Sportsnight’ in 1989, a network BBC production broadcast on Wednesday nights (Like a Midweek version of Grandstand, for those who don’t know) previewing Derry City’s European Cup tie against Benfica, managed by Sven Goran Eriksson (Making his second visit to Northern Ireland as a manager, his third would prove to be memorable), who went on to reach the final that season.
Keep an eye out 2 minutes in for Felix Healy singing. I won’t spoil it, but his singing is as good as his punditry.
The next video is the greatest end to a league season in British football history, far more dramatic than Liverpool-Arsenal in 1989.
Portadown top, level on points with Glenavon and Linfield, with Portadown and Glenavon playing each other.
The ultimate winner takes all showdown, with a draw doing neither side a favour.
I was at Windsor Park that day, and it was a day i’ll never forget, the intense atmosphere, and the tension of waiting for the score from Mourneview Park.
If it happened this season, i’d have spent those agonising 6 minutes on Twitter, hitting refresh and possibly breaking my phone.
No matter how many times I watch this, I still think Portadown are going to score a last-minute winner.
With all the recent chat about Matty Burrows becoming an internet sensation, though not as sensational as the Leave Britney Alone Guy and Tron Guy, enjoy this far superior goal by Lee Feeney against Crusaders in 1998, stealing the headlines of Irish League record signing Glenn Ferguson, who made his Linfield debut that day.
Talking of spectacular goals, enjoy this compilation from a show broadcast on UTV reviewing the 94/95 Irish League season (Champions Crusaders, Cup Winners Linfield)
Prefer not to dwell too much on the Zeke Rowe in Bangor’s 5-0 win at Windsor Park. I turned down the chance to go to that match, instead going to see the Lion King, which turned out to be a good choice. Hakuna Matata.
I can vaguely remember that goal by Judas Bastard Haylock, even though I wasn’t at that match. There was a brief time in the 90s when Linfield would face Portadown as underdogs, and turn them over.
Now we face them as favourites, and turn them over.
Fucking hell, they even got Sir Stanley Matthews to choose the winner, proper footballing royalty.
The video is also notable for two things, Stephen Watson with hair, and Stephen Watson giving a shit about football.
Whatever happened to Joey Cunningham?
No Irish League Youtube compilation would be complete without this. No words are needed.
As classic Boxing Days go, 1995 takes some beating. Snow, White Ball, the stuff of legend.
The next league fixture between the two took place at Windsor Park in February. I remember this game as it was a few days after my 13th birthday, on which Take That had split up.
Linfield won the match 2-0 with two goals from Paul Millar.
Ten years exactly to the day, Paul Millar would be taking charge of his first game as Glentoran manager, and Take That would be three months into their reformation. It’s a funny old life.
One more video, a reminder of how depressing European Football has become for Irish League Clubs in recent years.
Nowadays, the likes of Dynamo Borat, Bjorksportacus and BK Morten Harket visit our shores during July, but there was once a time, when big-name and exotic opposition used to come and play our teams.
Well, Tottenham Hotspur, but it’s all relative (Talking of which, it was a game against Coleraine, in the European Cup Winners Cup)
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