Vox Pop on the State of Northern Irish Football

Vox Pop on the State of Northern Irish Football

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Belfast, Ormeau Road




Production 01/04/1961


01min 53sec





black and white


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Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Department for Communities, ITV, UTV Archive

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Ernie Strathdee interviews people regards the poor state of Irish international and national football . Overall opinion is that it is in a poor way with lack of funding, the Munich air disaster, the loss of  Jackie Blanchflower and the religious divide, with one man wanting to see the return of Belfast Celtic to the league.

The interviews take place at the bottom of the Ormeau Road. 


Munich air disaster: The Munich air disaster occurred on 6 February 1958 when British European Airways Flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Riem Airport, West Germany. On the plane was the Manchester United football team, nicknamed the "Busby Babes", along with supporters and journalists. Twenty of the 44 on the aircraft died at the scene. The injured, some unconscious, were taken to the Rechts  der Isar Hospital in Munich where three more died, resulting in 23 fatalities with 21 survivors.

Jackie Blanchflower: John "Jackie" Blanchflower (7 March 1933 – 2 September 1998) was a Northern Irish footballer. He graduated from Manchester United's youth system and played for the club on 117 occasions, winning two league titles, before his career was cut short due to injuries sustained in the Munich air disaster. He was also capped 12 times at senior level by Northern Irelannd. He was the younger brother of Danny Blanchflower, the captain of the Tottenham Hotspur side that dominated English football in the early 1960s.

Belfast Celtic: Belfast Celtic Football Club was a football club in Ireland (now Northern Ireland) that was founded in 1891, and was one of the most successful teams in Ireland until it withdrew permanently from the Irish League in 1949. It left the league for political reasons, as the team and its supporters were largely Catholic and Irish nationalist, and its players had been violently attacked by a mob against its main rival Linfield in December 1948. Belfast Celtic were one of four clubs that attracted the biggest crowds in the Irish League, the other three being Linfield, Distillery, and Glentoran. 



An Ulster Television Production.



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