Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

We'll never know if Warrenpoint Town could have powered through to a win over Glenavon

Sometimes it's not the players who change the course of history in football. In the spring of 1980, an Israeli electrician armed with a screwdriver and piece of fuse wire helped Northern Ireland on their way to the 1982 World Cup.

Struggling to cope with a determined Israel team, Billy Bingham rallied his troops in the dressing room after a floodlight failure and when power was restored they battled to a 0-0 draw.

Twenty months later, Northern Ireland qualified for Spain by finishing ONE POINT ahead of Sweden.

Warrenpoint Town were distraught on Friday when their big night, their first Premiership match at Milltown, was ruined; by a floodlight failure at half-time.

Winning 1-0 at the time, the disappointment is understandable after they were unable to get power back into the faulty light and the match was abandoned.

We'll never know if they'd have gone on to win the game. Come the end of the season, if they stay in the top flight, nobody will care about the night the lights went out.

I also wonder what the Warrenpoint and Glenavon players did on Saturday afternoon.

A fortnight ago, Galatasaray's Champions League match against Juventus was abandoned after 32 minutes because of snow. The teams returned the following afternoon and played not 90 minutes, but the remaining 58.

If it's good enough for the biggest competition in Europe then surely the Irish League could have had the match completed on Saturday afternoon – in daylight.

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