Kerr's Corner

Kerr's Corner is a regular feature in East Antrim and Newtownabbey editions of The Wizard. David Kerr would like to hear your memories of life in your own area. Maybe you'll trigger some thoughts for a future column. kerrscorner@ulsteronline.org.uk

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Kerr's Collector's Corner - Remember Northern Ireland's Famous Victory

NORTHERN IRELAND’S next match (in their qualifying Group F for the forthcoming Euro 2008 Championship) is against Liechtenstein on Saturday 24th March. With any luck Lawrie Sanchez’s men should get a good result away from home. This would set the team up nicely for their following match against Sweden a few days later on Wednesday 28th March. This vital game will be at Windsor Park – the scene of two memorable victories against England (on 7th September 2005) and Spain (on 6th September 2006).

And it’s back to September 2005 that we’re going with this issue of Kerr’s Collector’s Corner, because an excellent badge is doing the rounds that celebrates that famous victory. This really is one of the most colourful sporting badges I’ve ever seen. Its centre-piece features a large Union Jack shield. Either side of this shield is a player representing Northern Ireland and England. Both are in their national kits and they are shaking hands. Also featured are the badges of the Irish Football Association and the English Football Association. There’s also an inscription which reads: Northern Ireland v England Windsor Park 7th September 2005. All Northern Ireland fans will recall that this match was won by a thunderbolt of a goal scored by - who else? – David Healy.

This excellent six colour Northern Ireland v England commemorative enamel badge is a must for all genuine Northern Ireland fans. It costs only £2.50 (including p&p) each. To get yours simply send a cheque/Postal Order (made payable to Glenwood Publications) to: Glenwood Publications, First Floor, 316 Shankill Road, Belfast, BT13 3AB. If you get hold of one, why not wear it on the day of any Northern Ireland match – you never know, it might end up as a lucky omen. Happy badge collecting!

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