Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Hall of Fame winer: Gerry Armstrong

Gerry Armstrong
Ballyclare High School
Janice McGeagh, Wendy Houvenaghel and Todd Kelman

To young football fans Gerry Armstrong is the excellent and must-listen to Spanish football pundit for Sky Sports.

To the more mature followers of sport, though, Gerry will forever be regarded as a Northern Ireland legend who scored the most famous goal in our wee country's history.

With this being the 2012 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards, inducting Gerry into our Hall of Fame 30 years on from THAT goal seemed appropriate. It was, of course, in Espana 1982 when Billy Bingham's boys took on hosts Spain with Armstrong firing the ball into the net to give Northern Ireland a stunning 1-0 victory. Gerry netted two other goals in those finals and 12 in total for his country during 63 international appearances, but the strike against the Spanish has iconic status. The 58 year-old also acted as assistant manager for Northern Ireland on two occasions and enjoyed a fine club career playing with a number of teams including Bangor, Spurs, Watford, Real Mallorca, Brighton and Glenavon.

Now he is shining as a TV pundit and match summariser for IFA Premiership games. Gerry can talk and he could play – a Northern Ireland hero and a welcome addition to the Belfast Telegraph Hall of Fame.

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