May 25, 2024

Republic of Ireland Senior Football Team Results 1980 to 1984

Eoin Hand Appointed Irish Football Manager

Following the resignation of John Giles as manager of the Republic of Ireland national team manager former international Eoin Hand was appointed in his place. As qualification for the 1980 European Championship Finals was beyond the team his first challenge was to qualify the Irish team for the 1982 World Cup in Spain.

In a very tight group that included Holland, France Belgium and Cyprus the Irish finished in third place. There were just two points between the Dutch in fourth place and Belgium who won the group.

Poor 1984 European Championship Qualifying Campaign

The qualification campaign for the 1984 European Championship Finals was nowhere near as tight. Despite a record 8-0 result over Malta at Lansdowne Road (now the Aviva Stadium) in Dublin, Ireland failed to impress in the group matches.

The only point that the Republic garnered against the bigger teams in the group was from a 3-3 result in Dublin against Spain. Ireland finished a poor third behind Spain and the Netherlands.

Eoin Hand Manages Ireland for Third Qualifying Campaign

Demonstrating a measure of tolerance unheard of in the current soccer environment Hand was given a third opportunity to manage the Irish team through qualification campaign for the World Cup Finals in Mexico in 1986. Despite a September 1-0 result over the former Soviet Union in Dublin in the first qualifying match, 1984 ended poorly with away losses to the Scandinavian pair, Norway and Denmark. The latter was a particularly heavy 3-0 defeat.

The writing was on the wall for Eoin Hand in terms of his career as manager of the Republic of Ireland.

Republic of Ireland Match Results 1980 to 1984 (inclusive)

Home Team
Away Team Date & Venue Competition
2:0 (1:0)
Ireland 06/02/1980 London European Qualifier
2:3 (1:3)
Ireland 26/03/1980 Nicosia European Qualifier
Switzerland 30/04/1980 Dublin Friendly Match
Argentina 16/05/1980 Dublin Friendly Match
2:1 (0:0)
Netherlands 10/09/1980 Dublin World Cup Qualifier
1:1 (1:1)
Belgium 15/10/1980 Dublin World Cup Qualifier
2:0 (1:0)
Ireland 28/10/1980 Paris World Cup Qualifier
6:0 (4:0)
Cyprus 19/11/1980 Dublin World Cup Qualifier
1:3 (1:2)
Wales 24/02/1981 Dublin Friendly Match
1:0 (0:0)
Ireland 25/03/1981 Brussels World Cup Qualifier
3:1 (1:0)
Czechoslovakia 29/04/1981 Dublin Friendly Match
3:0 (2:0)
Ireland 24/05/1981 Bydgoszcz Friendly Match
2:2 (1:1)
Ireland 09/09/1981 Rotterdam World Cup Qualifier
3:2 (3:1)
France 14/10/1981 Dublin World Cup Qualifier
Ireland 28/04/1982 Algiers Friendly Match
Ireland 22/05/1982 Santiago Friendly Match
Ireland 27/05/1982 Uberlandia Friendly Match
Trinidad & Tobago
Ireland 30/05/1982 Port of Spain Friendly Match
2:1 (1:0)
Ireland 22/09/1982 Rotterdam European Qualifier
2:0 (1:0)
Iceland 13/10/1982 Dublin European Qualifier
3:3 (1:1)
Spain 17/11/1982 Dublin European Qualifier
0:1 (0:0)
Ireland 30/03/1983 Ta’Qali European Qualifier
2:0 (0:0)
Ireland 27/04/1983 Zaragoza European Qualifier
0:3 (0:2)
Ireland 21/09/1983 Reykjavik European Qualifier
2:3 (2:0)
Netherlands 12/10/1983 Dublin European Qualifier
8:0 (3:0)
Malta 16/11/1983 Dublin European Qualifier
3:0 (1:0)
Ireland 04/04/1984 Tel Aviv Friendly Match
Poland 23/05/1984 Dublin Friendly Match
China PR
Ireland 03/06/1984 China Friendly Match
Mexico 08/08/1984 Dublin Friendly Match
1:0 (0:0)
Soviet Union 12/09/1984 Dublin World Cup Qualifier
1:0 (1:0)
Ireland 17/10/1984 Oslo World Cup Qualifier
3:0 (1:0)
Ireland 14/11/1984 Copenhagen World Cup Qualifier

Scores in parentheses are half-time scores

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