May 25, 2024

Republic of Ireland Senior Football Team Results 1960 to 1969

As Irish soccer entered the 1960’s the Republic of Ireland had only played 20 competitive football matches in total with mixed results.

In 1960 the inaugural European Championship Finals were hosted by France and this addition to the European soccer landscape provided further opportunities for the Irish team to play competitive fixtures on a more regular basis. However at this time World Cup qualifying groups were very small so there very few World Cup matches for teams that did not qualify for the Finals.

For the 1962 World Cup qualifiers Ireland featured in a group with Czechoslovakia and Scotland. Four football matches played and four poor results. Ireland lost all four group matches including a heavy 7-1 defeat to Czechoslovakia in Prague.

Ireland in 1966 World Cup Play Offs Against Spain

Qualifying for the 1966 World Cup in England involved a two match play-off with Spain when Syria withdrew from the competition. Despite a good result in the home match, a 1-0 victory in Dublin, the Republic went on to lose the away match in Seville by a score line of 4-1.

The tie went to a third match at a neutral venue which Spain won 1-0. The circumstances surrounding this match and the behaviour of the FAI rank as one of the darkest days in Irish soccer. Follow this link to learn more about Ireland V Spain in Paris in 1965. TV soccer pundit Eamon Dunphy made his debut in this match.

It was only in the qualifying stages for the 1970 World Cup that Ireland first featured in a four team group. During the 1960’s decade the Irish soccer great, Johnny Giles, established himself as a World class midfielder.

Republic of Ireland Match Results 1960 to 1969 (inclusive)

Home Team
Match Result
Away Team Date & Venue Competition
Chile 30/03/1960 Dublin Friendly Match
Germany FR
0:1 (0:1)
Ireland 11/05/1960 Dusseldorf Friendly Match
Ireland 18/05/1960 Malmo Friendly Match
Wales 28/09/1960 Dublin Friendly Match
Norway 06/11/1960 Dublin Friendly Match
4:1 (2:0)
Ireland 03/05/1961 Glasgow World Cup Qualifier
0:3 (0:2)
Scotland 07/05/1961 Dublin World Cup Qualifier
1:3 (1:1)
Czechoslovakia 08/10/1961 Dublin World Cup Qualifier
7:1 (4:0)
Ireland 29/10/1961 Prague World Cup Qualifier
2:3 (0:1)
Austria 08/04/1962 Dublin Friendly Match
4:2 (2:0)
Iceland 12/08/1962 Dublin European Qualifier
1:1 (0:1)
Ireland 02/09/1962 Reykjavik European Qualifier
1:0 (1:0)
Scotland 09/06/1963 Dublin Friendly Match
Ireland 25/09/1963 Vienna European Qualifier
3:2 (1:1)
Austria 13/10/1963 Dublin European Qualifier
5:1 (4:1)
Ireland 11/03/1964 Seville European Qualifier
0:2 (0:1)
Spain 08/04/1964 Dublin European Qualifier
3:1 (1:1)
Ireland 10/05/1964 Krakow Friendly Match
Ireland 13/05/1964 Oslo Friendly Match
1:3 (1:2)
England 24/05/1964 Dublin Friendly Match
3:2 (1:2)
Poland 25/10/1964 Dublin Friendly Match
0:2 (0:1)
Belgium 24/03/1965 Dublin Friendly Match
1:0 (0:0)
Spain 05/05/1965 Dublin World Cup Qualifier
4:1 (2:1)
Ireland 27/10/1965 Seville World Cup Qualifier
1:0 (0:0)
Ireland 10/11/1965 Paris World Cup Qualifier
0:4 (0:2)
Germany FR 04/05/1966 Dublin Friendly Match
1:0 (0:0)
Ireland 22/05/1966 Vienna Friendly Match
2:3 (2:1)
Ireland 25/05/1966 Liege Friendly Match
Spain 23/10/1966 Dublin European Qualifier
2:1 (0:0)
Turkey 16/11/1966 Dublin European Qualifier
0:0 (2:0)
Ireland 07/12/1966 Valencia European Qualifier
2:1 (1:0)
Ireland 22/02/1967 Ankara European Qualifier
0:2 (0:1)
Czechoslovakia 21/05/1967 Dublin European Qualifier
1:2 (0:0)
Ireland 22/11/1967 Prague European Qualifier
2:2 (0:2)
Poland 15/05/1968 Dublin Friendly Match
1:0 (0:0)
Ireland 30/10/1968 Chorzow Friendly Match
2:2 (0:1)
Austria 10/11/1968 Dublin Friendly Match
1:2 (1:0)
Czechoslovakia 04/05/1969 Dublin World Cup Qualifier
2:0 (1:0)
Ireland 27/05/1969 Copenhagen World Cup Qualifier
1:2 (0:1)
Hungary 08/06/1969 Dublin World Cup Qualifier
1:1 (1:1)
Scotland 21/09/1969 Dublin Friendly Match
3:0 (3:0)
Ireland 07/10/1969 Prague World Cup Qualifier
1:1 (1:0)
Denmark 15/10/1969 Dublin World Cup Qualifier
4:0 (1:0)
Ireland 05/11/1969 Budapest World Cup Qualifier

Scores in parentheses are half-time scores

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