Northern Ireland v Poland

30 Mar

A few pictures from Ali and me at Saturday’s World Cup Qualifying encounter with Poland in Windsor Park. A 3-2 victory courtesy of Arthur Boruc.

 

Arthur Boruc

 

The Riots

Sadly I forgot to stop and take pictures of what many of our readership would find the most interesting part of our excursion. En route to IFA Headquarters to collect our tickets we found ourselves inbetween Northern Ireland fans, Riot Police and the visiting Poles whilst glass bottles flew over our heads. I have to admit it was rather scary and I don’t know all the ins and outs of what happened both preceding and following kick off. However, PSNI officers were blaming the infamous Polish fans for instigating the violence which marred the build-up to the game and the post-match celebrations. Supporters of Poland are known across Europe for thuggery and organised violence yet they are still allowed to participate in international fixtures? If English fans were guilty of the same misdemenours they would be thrown out of competition fast than they could shout “We won the War!” FIFA should be acting not against an isolated idiot from Northern Ireland, who threw a coin at the linesman before being swiftly ejected by stewards with the support of the crowd, but rather against the Polish FA who have allowed their Neo-Nazi hooligans to rampage unchecked. Act now FIFA!

Qualification

Yes I’m beginning to dream again…

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying : Group Three Table
Saturday, 28 March 2009 21:40 UK
    P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Northern Ireland 6 3 1 2 11 6 5 10
2 Slovakia 4 3 0 1 8 5 3 9
3 Czech Republic 5 2 2 1 5 2 3 8
4 Slovenia 5 2 2 1 5 3 2 8
5 Poland 5 2 1 2 8 7 1 7
6 San Marino 5 0 0 5 1 15 -14 0
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5 Responses to “Northern Ireland v Poland”

  1. Ali March 30, 2009 at 6:24 pm #

    Check out the Tags, raging after 5 years of friendship, James still cannot spell my name…

  2. James March 30, 2009 at 6:33 pm #

    There’s another “a” in it or something silly isn’t there?

  3. Ali March 30, 2009 at 7:41 pm #

    Every one please take note….ALASTAIR…

  4. Joel "U2" Loughridge April 4, 2009 at 11:49 am #

    3 minutes 33 seconds of joy. it’s so childish.

  5. James April 4, 2009 at 3:52 pm #

    Sheer joy! An amazing video Joel.

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