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Northern Ireland's Gerry Armstrong blasts his infamous strike past Luis Arconada

Northern Ireland's Gerry Armstrong blasts his infamous strike past Luis Arconada

Billy Hamilton and Pat Jennings celebrate Northern Ireland’s win over Spain at the World Cup in 1982

Billy Hamilton and Pat Jennings celebrate Northern Ireland’s win over Spain at the World Cup in 1982

John Motson has fond memories of the 1982 World Cup

John Motson has fond memories of the 1982 World Cup

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Northern Ireland's Gerry Armstrong blasts his infamous strike past Luis Arconada

Two words, two surnames. “Arconada… Armstrong!” Too good. The legendary John Motson in the Estadio Luis Casanova in Valencia capturing the greatest moment in Northern Ireland football and one of the most memorable goals in World Cup history.

We are 40 years on from that glorious evening when Billy Bingham’s boys beat Spain 1-0, creating shockwaves around the planet and celebrations across Northern Ireland. Like the titan of commentary he is, Motty can still recall uttering that iconic line.


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