MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SCORE – MAY 1999

This week, we go back to the turn of the century, and the short lived Irish League magazine Score, with Kevin Horlock being the cover star, in action for Northern Ireland against Germany in a recent European Championship Qualifier.

As you open the magazine, there is a full page profile of Dundela.

David Larmour of Linfield gets a profile, across the page of a profile of Davy O’Hare. It is expected that O’Hare will spend the summer of 1999 choosing between signing for Linfield (Neil Inglis getting binned after an error in the Irish Cup Semi-Final) or Glentoran (Wayne Russell possibly signing for Bohemians).

Paul Leeman takes a quiz on Irish League football, only managing a score of 8 out of 10, getting a question wrong on when Glentoran last won the league.

Lee Feeney writes a diary on his time in Glasgow, having just signed for Rangers. One of team-mates is Scott Young’s brother, with whom he has Irish League banter.

Another ex Linfield player profiled is Billy Murray, who had come out of retirement in his 40s to play in John Easton’s Testimonial, and looks back on his career, mostly spent with Linfield.

The magazine is Belfast centric, and all the clubs in the city have a news update, from the four top flight clubs to those in the lower leagues.

Joining the four Belfast clubs in the top flight for 1999-2000 will be Distillery, soon to be renamed Lisburn Distillery, and Jim McCloskey gives the lowdown on his team-mates.

Glentoran won the league title in 1999, and the celebrations get a full page profile.

The back page focuses on the national side with fans being urged to get behind manager Lawrie McMenemy, at the halfway point of Euro 2000 Qualifiers.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : NI FOOTBALL – SUMMER 2008

Nigel Worthington, manager of Northern Ireland, is the cover star of NI Football during the Summer of 2008.

There is a profile of Andrew Waterworth, who has just won promotion to the SPL with Hamilton Academical, and is looking forward to playing at Celtic Park and Ibrox, hoping that he can break into the Northern Ireland team. He also says he is learning a lot from his team-mate James McCarthy, even though he is a few years younger than him.

He signed for Glentoran that summer.

Cover star Worthington gets interviewed as he reflects on his first year in charge of the national team, and looking forward to the forthcoming 2010 World Cup Qualifiers.

He spoke highly of Michael O’Connor, who made his international debut in a recent friendly against Georgia, and he gets a full page interview.

He would have been hoping to get a cap in the upcoming away friendly against Scotland in August, which gets a preview.

There is a review of the three divisions, which saw Linfield win their third successive title.

The Setanta Cup is taking place across two Irish League seasons, and the second half of the group stages gets previewed ahead of the group stage resuming in September.

As well as winning the league, Linfield won the Irish Cup in 2008, and the final, a 2-1 win over Coleraine, gets a two page review.

Paul Leeman spills the beans on his Glentoran team-mates, revealing that Sean Ward is nicknamed “Google” because he knows everything.

Off the pitch, the IFA have been recognised by UEFA for their marketing success.

In ads, there are adverts for Linfield and Glentoran’s new kits, both made by Umbro, side by side on successive pages.