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1986 World Cup Qualifiers - Appearances Made and Goals Scored

In Group 8 of the 1986 World Cup qualifiers the Irish team was drawn in a group with Denmark, the former Soviet Union, Switzerland, and Norway. This was the last qualification campaign for Eoin Hand as Republic of Ireland manager. Despite an impressive start at Lansdowne Road (Aviva Stadium) with a 1-0 over the USSR the campaign was a bit of a disaster as the Irish could only manage one more victory in the group. Ireland lost away to Norway, the so-called whipping boys of the group, and could only manage a 0-0 draw at home. Following a humiliating 1-4 defeat at home to a rampant Denmark, Ireland finished fourth in the group table just a single point ahead of bottom-placed Norway. Following the 1986 World Cup qualifiers Eoin Hand was replaced by Jack Charlton as Irish football manager.

Irish Player Appearances in World Cup 1986 Qualifiers

Eoin Hand used 25 different Irish players in eight matches during qualifiers. The following players appeared for the Republic of Ireland during the 1986 World Cup qualification campaign matches.

David O'Leary
Liam Brady
Seamus McDonagh
Mark Lawrenson
Frank Stapleton
Jim Beglin
Tony Grealish
Michael Robinson
Ronnie Whelan
Kevin Sheedy
Kevin O'Callaghan
Paul McGrath
Chris Hughton
Mick McCarthy
Tony Galvin
Mickey Walsh
Gerry Daly
Tony Cascarino
Gary Waddock
David Langan
John Devine
Eamonn O'Keeffe
Pat Byrne
Packie Bonner
Kevin Moran

Irish Goal Scorers During World Cup 1986 Qualifiers

The following players scored goals for the Republic of Ireland during the 1986 World Cup qualification campaign matches.

Goals Scored
Frank Stapleton
Tony Grealish
Mickey Walsh
Kevin Sheedy

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