Ireland v Italy in World Cup qualification match

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Details

Location

Belfast, Windsor Park

Year

1958

Source

British Pathe

Format

35mm

black and white

Length

02min 14sec

Silent

sound

Courtesy

British Pathé

Rights Holder

British Pathé

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Description

Ireland beat Italy in a qualification match for the 1958 World Cup.

Notes

Up until 1923, the Belfast-based Irish Football Association (IFA), regulated football in Ireland. Shortly after Partition in 1921, the Football Association of the Irish Free State (FAIFS)- later to become the Football Association of Ireland (FAI)- split from the IFA and organised their own international Ireland football team. In 1923 the FAI was officially recognised by FIFA as the regulating body for the newly formed Irish Free State.

Between 1936 and 1950 there were two Irish international football teams, chosen by the two rival Associations. Both claimed jurisdiction over the whole of Ireland and selected players from the whole island. At least thirty-eight players were selected to represent both teams during this period.

In 1950, when both Ireland teams entered the FIFA World Cup qualification, four players (all from the South) played for the two teams in the tournament. FIFA intervened after the FAI lobbied to prevent the IFA from selecting players from the South. FIFA ruled that player eligibility was to be based on the political border. FIFA went on to rule in 1953 that neither team could refer to itself as “Ireland” in tournaments that both were eligible to enter and that the FAI team would now officially called the Republic of Ireland and the IFA team was to be named  Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland went on to qualify for the 1958 World Cup which was held in Sweden. The team reached the quarter finals of the competition.

Shot List

Shots of the match in progess intercut with audience reactions. The score is Ireland: 2, Italy: 1.

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