Republic of Ireland B national football team


Republic of Ireland B national football team

Infobox National football team
Name = Republic of Ireland B
Badge = FAIreland logo.png FIFA Trigramme = IRL
Nickname = The Boys in Green
Association = Football Association of Ireland
Confederation = UEFA (Europe)
Coach = flagicon|Ireland Pat Devlin
Asst Manager = flagicon|Ireland Pat Fenlon
Captain = Alex Bruce
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Top scorer = Christy Doyle
Daryl Clare
David Kelly
Jackie Hennessy
Neale Fenn
Niall Quinn (all 2 goals each)

Home Stadium = Dalymount Park
Lansdowne Road
Tolka Park
Turner's Cross
Carlisle Grounds

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First game = Flagicon|Ireland Republic of Ireland B 1 - 0 Romania B flagicon|Romania (Dalymount Park, Dublin, Republic of Ireland; October 20, 1957)
Largest win = Flagicon|Ireland Republic of Ireland B 4 - 1 England B flagicon|England (Turner's Cross, Cork, Republic of Ireland; March 27, 1990)
Largest loss = flagicon|England England B 2 - 0 Republic of Ireland B Flagicon|Ireland (Anfield, Liverpool, England; December 1, 1994)
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Republic of Ireland B is the reserve team of the Republic of Ireland national football team. There are no competitions for B teams. However since 1957 the Football Association of Ireland has arranged occasional friendlies.

History

Early B internationals

The FAI first introduced B internationals during the 1950s. In an era when League of Ireland players were getting less opportunities to break into the senior team, these games were seen as a chance for these players to gain some international experience. The Republic of Ireland B played their first game on October 20 1957 at Dalymount Park against Romania B. They held the visitors to a 1-1 draw. Three days later, on October 23, the Romanians lost 6-0 to a Northern Ireland B team. [ [http://nifootball.blogspot.com/2007/09/northern-ireland-b-internationals.html Northern Ireland’s Footballing Greats] ]

In August 1958 a Republic of Ireland B team travelled to Reykjavik and beat Iceland 3-2. Then in September 1960, Iceland made a return visit to Dalymount Park, this time losing 2-1. On both occasions Iceland fielded their senior team and the Football Association of Iceland regard these games as full internationals. [ [http://www.geocities.com/Colosseum/Park/3802/Iceland/index.html?200716 www.geocities.com] ] [ [http://www.rsssf.com/tablesi/ijs-intres.html Iceland results at Rsssf] ] In between the two games against Iceland, the Republic of Ireland B also beat South Africa 1-0 at Dalymount Park. The South Africans also regard this as a full international. Several League of Ireland players who played in these games subsequently played for the senior Republic of Ireland team. These included Christy Doyle, who had scored against both Iceland and South Africa, Jackie Hennessy who had scored twice against Iceland and Liam Tuohy.

After the game against Iceland in 1960 it would be thirty years before a Republic of Ireland B team officially played again. However on May 24 1971, the FAI, celebrating its Golden Jubilee arranged a special game at Lansdowne Road. This should have been a full international, however their opponents, England, only sent a B team. Steve Heighway scored for an unofficial "Republic of Ireland B" team in the subsequent 1-1 draw. ["The Boys In Green - The FAI International Story" (1997): Sean Ryan [http://www.amazon.ca/dp/1851589392] ]

1990s

Under Jack Charlton, B internationals were revived and during the 1990s the Republic of Ireland B played England B twice. They recorded their biggest win to date when they beat England B 4-1 at Turner's Cross on March 27 1990. However four years later England B avenged this defeat when they beat the Republic of Ireland B 2-0 at Anfield on December 1 1994. This remains their biggest defeat to date. [ [http://www.rsssf.com/tablese/eng-b-intres-det.html England B at Rsssf] ]

In between the two games against England B, the Republic of Ireland B also beat Denmark B 2-0 at Tolka Park on February 12 1992. Under Mick McCarthy, the Republic of Ireland B played a further three games, including two against a League of Ireland XI and one against a Northern Ireland B team. [ [http://nifootball.blogspot.com/2007/09/northern-ireland-b-internationals.html Northern Ireland’s Footballing Greats] ]

Recent Years

In April 2006 the FAI announced that Pat Devlin would join the management team of Steve Staunton as manager of the Republic of Ireland B and as Eircom League co-ordinator. The intention was for Devlin to monitor players in the league, report on potential international players and introduce them to international football at B level. [ [http://www.rte.ie/sport/2006/0411/devlin.html?rss www.rte.ie] ] Since then the Republic of Ireland B has played Scotland B twice.

Results [ [http://www.rsssf.com/tablesi/ier-b-intres.html Republic of Ireland B results from Rsssf] ]

footballbox | date = October 20, 1957

team1 = flagicon|Ireland Republic of Ireland B |score = 1–1|report= |team2 = Romania B flagicon|Romania |goals1 = Neville |goals2 = Semenescu
stadium = Dalymount Park, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Friendly Attendance: Referee:
----footballbox | date = August 11, 1958

team1 = Iceland flagicon|Iceland |score = 2–3|report= |team2 = Republic of Ireland B flagicon|Ireland |goals1 = Björgvinsson,
Þórðarson |goals2 = Doyle
Nolan
McCann |stadium = Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik, Iceland
Friendly
Attendance:
Referee:
----footballbox | date = October 11, 1958

team1 = flagicon|Ireland Republic of Ireland B |score = 1–0|report= |team2 = fb|RSA|1928 |goals1 = Doyle |goals2 = |stadium = Dalymount Park, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Friendly Attendance: Referee:
----footballbox | date = September 11, 1960

team1 = flagicon|Ireland Republic of Ireland B |score = 2–1|report= |team2 = Iceland flagicon|Iceland |goals1 = Hennessy
Hennessy |goals2 = Beck |stadium = Dalymount Park, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Friendly Attendance: Referee:
----footballbox | date = May 24, 1971

team1 = flagicon|Ireland Republic of Ireland B [unofficial international] |score = 1–1|report= |team2 = England B flagicon|England |goals1 = Heighway|goals2 = ? ?|stadium = Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Friendly Attendance: Referee:
----footballbox | date = March 27, 1990

team1 = flagicon|Ireland Republic of Ireland B |score = 4–1|report= |team2 = England B flagicon|England |goals1 = McLoughlin
Kelly (pen)
Quinn
Quinn|goals2 = Atkinson |stadium = Turner's Cross, Cork, Republic of Ireland
Friendly Attendance: 10,000 Referee: Cooper (Wales)
----footballbox | date = February 12, 1992

team1 = flagicon|Ireland Republic of Ireland B |score = 2–0|report= |team2 = Denmark B flagicon|Denmark |goals1 = Fenlon
Kelly|goals2 = |stadium = Tolka Park, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Friendly Attendance: Referee:
----footballbox | date = December 1, 1994

team1 = flagicon|England England B |score = 2–0|report= |team2 = Republic of Ireland B flagicon|Ireland |goals1 = Cole
Fowler |goals2 = |stadium = Anfield, Liverpool, England
Friendly
Attendance: 7,431
Referee: Hugh Dallas (Scotland)
----footballbox | date = March 17, 1997

team1 = flagicon|Ireland Republic of Ireland B |score = 1–1|report= |team2 = League of Ireland XI flagicon|Ireland |goals1 = Foley|goals2 = Morley |stadium = Tolka Park, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Friendly Attendance: Referee:
----footballbox | date = February 11, 1998

team1 = flagicon|Ireland Republic of Ireland B |score = 0–1|report= |team2 = Northern Ireland B flagicon|Northern Ireland |goals1 = |goals2 = O'Boyle |stadium = Tolka Park, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Friendly Attendance: Referee:
----footballbox | date = February 9, 1999

team1 = flagicon|Ireland Republic of Ireland B |score = 4–3|report= |team2 = League of Ireland XI flagicon|Ireland |goals1 = Fenn
Fenn
Clare
Clare |goals2 = Coughlan
Gormley (pen)
Tony Cousins|stadium = Carlisle Grounds, Bray, Republic of Ireland
Friendly Attendance: Referee:
----footballbox | date = November 14, 2006

team1 = flagicon|Ireland Republic of Ireland B |score = 0–0|report= [http://www.fai.ie/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1436 Report] |team2 = Scotland B flagicon|Scotland |goals1 = |goals2 = |stadium =Dalymount Park, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Friendly Attendance: Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)
----footballbox | date = November 20, 2007

team1 = flagicon|Scotland Scotland B |score = 1 –1|report= [http://www.fai.ie/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2665 Report] |team2 = Republic of Ireland B flagicon|Ireland |goals1 = Howard |goals2 = Byrne|stadium = Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie, Scotland
Friendly
Attendance:
Referee: Joseph Attard (Malta)
----footballbox | date = October 9, 2008

team1 = Republic of Ireland B flagicon|Ireland |score = 2 –0|report= [http://www.fai.ie/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3680 Report] |team2 = flagicon|England Nottingham Forest F.C. |goals1 = Folan
Keogh |goals2 = | stadium = Dalymount Park, Dublin, Ireland
Friendly
Attendance: 4040
Referee: Damien Hancock (Republic of Ireland)

Current squad

Squad for game against Scotland B on November 20 2007. Clubs listed are those the players were attached to at time of above game.

ee also

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References


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