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1980 Euro Championship - Irish Qualifying Campaign

The 1980 Euro Championship saw the expansion of the finals stage from four teams to eight. The winner of each of the two groups of four reached the Euro 1980 final.

In the qualifying stages Ireland were drawn against the old enemy England, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria and Denmark. This was to be John Giles' last campaign as Republic of Ireland soccer manager following a poor qualification campaign.

Ultimately England ran away with the group only dropping one point along the way and that was in a 1-1 draw with Ireland at Lansdowne Road.

Ireland's first match in the group was a thrilling 3-3 draw with the Danes in Copenhagen. This was followed by the historic meeting of the two Irish international soccer teams.

In a tense affair the teams played out a sterile 0-0 draw in Belfast. Then came the draw with the English which was followed by a victory over Denmark at Lansdowne Road (now Aviva Stadium) .

A further home 3-0 victory over Bulgaria was not enough for Ireland as the team lost three out of four of it's last football matches in Group 1 of the 1980 Euro qualifiers.

 

Euro Championship 1980 Qualifying Campaign - Group Table

1980 European Football Championship - Qualifying Group 1
Nation
Played
Won
Drew
Lost
Goals F
Goals A
Points
England
8
7
1
0
22
5
15
Northern Ireland
8
4
1
3
8
14
9
Ireland
8
2
3
3
9
8
7
Bulgaria
8
2
1
5
6
14
5
Denmark
8
1
2
5
13
17
4

Republic of Ireland Euro Championship 1980 Qualifiers - Match Results

24/05/1978: Copenhagen: Denmark 3-3 Ireland
Jensen 33, Nielsen 79 Pen, Lerby 80 / Frank Stapleton 11, Tony Grealish 25, Gerry Daly 65

20/09/1978: Lansdowne Road, Dublin: Ireland 0-0 Northern Ireland

20/09/1978: Copenhagen: Denmark 3-4 England

11/10/1978: Copenhagen: Denmark 2-2 Bulgaria

25/10/1978: Lansdowne Road, Dublin: Ireland 1-1 England
Gerry Daly 27 / Latchford 8

25/10/1978: Belfast: Northern Ireland 2-1 Denmark

29/11/1978: Sofia: Bulgaria 0-2 Northern Ireland

07/02/1979: London: England 4-0 Northern Ireland

02/05/1979: Lansdowne Road, Dublin: Ireland 2-0 Denmark
Gerry Daly 44, Don Givens 66

02/05/1979: Belfast: Northern Ireland 2-0 Bulgaria

06/06/1979: Sofia: Bulgaria 1-0 Ireland
Zvetkov 81

29/11/1979: Sofia: Bulgaria 0-3 England

06/06/1979: Copenhagen: Denmark 4-0 Northern Ireland

12/09/1979: London: England 1-0 Denmark

20/09/1979: Lansdowne Road, Dublin: Ireland 3-0 Bulgaria

Mick Martin 39, Tony Grealish 46, Frank Stapleton 83

17/10/1979: Belfast: Northern Ireland 1-5 England

31/10/1979: Sofia: Bulgaria 3-0 Denmark

21/11/1979: Belfast: Northern Ireland 1-0 Ireland
Armstrong 54

22/11/1979: London: England 2-0 Bulgaria

06/02/1980: London: England 2-0 Ireland
Keegan 34, 74



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