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How the spirit of NI’s Spain 1982 heroes still lives on after 40 years

Ahead of the release of his new book, Evan Marshall looks back on the incredible World Cup run that immortalised a squad that dared to dream

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Gerry Armstrong celebrating with manager Billy Bingham after their win over the hosts in Valencia

Gerry Armstrong celebrating with manager Billy Bingham after their win over the hosts in Valencia

Warriors: The Northern Ireland team at the World Cup in Spain in 1982

Warriors: The Northern Ireland team at the World Cup in Spain in 1982

Billy Hamilton and Pat Jennings at the 1982 World Cup. Credit: Belfast Telegraph

Billy Hamilton and Pat Jennings at the 1982 World Cup. Credit: Belfast Telegraph

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Gerry Armstrong celebrating with manager Billy Bingham after their win over the hosts in Valencia

For every Northern Ireland football fan who witnessed the glorious World Cup campaign of 1982, the events are seared into our collective memory.

Gerry Armstrong’s winning goal against host nation Spain to progress to the quarter-finals has been deservedly passed down to generations born since that balmy night as one of the pinnacles of our nation’s sporting history.


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