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1966 World Cup Qualifiers - Appearances Made and Goals Scored

In Group 9 of the 1966 World Cup qualifiers the Irish team was drawn in a small group with Spain and Syria. Syria withdrew in protest at the number of places allocated by FIFA to African teams. This meant that there was a straight two-match competition between the Irish and the Spanish. Ireland won the home match 1-0 at Dalymount Park but lost the away leg 4-1. In those days goal difference did not count so there was a need for a third match at a neutral venue. It is an infamous episode in Irish football history that the Ireland / Spain play-off match in 1965 was played in Paris but the net result was that Spain won 1-0 and qualified for the 1966 World cup finals in England.

Irish Player Appearances in World Cup 1966 Qualifiers

The FAI selection committee used 25 different Irish players in three matches during qualifiers. The following players appeared for the Republic of Ireland during the 1966 World Cup qualification campaign matches.

Noel Cantwell
Pat Dunne
Tony Dunne
Johnny Giles
Joe Haverty
Andy McEvoy
Frank O'Neill
Mick McGrath
Theo Foley
Mick Meagan
Shay Brennan
Charlie Hurley
Jackie Hennessy
Eamon Dunphy
Eric Barber

Irish Goal Scorers During World Cup 1966 Qualifiers

The following players scored goals for the Republic of Ireland during the 1966 World Cup qualification campaign matches.

Goals Scored
Andy McEvoy
Iribar - Spain own goal

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