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How infamous Night in November showdown between Northern Ireland and Republic at Windsor Park was a microcosm of the toxicity of the time

 

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Opposite sides: Republic boss Jack Charlton and NI manager Billy Bingham ahead of the game

Opposite sides: Republic boss Jack Charlton and NI manager Billy Bingham ahead of the game

In battle: NI ace Gerry Taggart and John Aldridge of the Republic

In battle: NI ace Gerry Taggart and John Aldridge of the Republic

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Lining up: Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland ahead of the Windsor Park showdown

Lining up: Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland ahead of the Windsor Park showdown

Staying focused: NI’s Keith Gillespie goes on a run

Staying focused: NI’s Keith Gillespie goes on a run

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The Republic’s Alan McLoughlin celebrates

The Republic’s Alan McLoughlin celebrates

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First strike: Northern Ireland ace Jimmy Quinn

First strike: Northern Ireland ace Jimmy Quinn

Opposite sides: Republic boss Jack Charlton and NI manager Billy Bingham ahead of the game

It's 27 years to the day since that Night in November. In an article originally posted to mark the 25th anniversary in 2018, Belfast Telegraph sports editor Jim Gracey recalls his memories of the time.

When all sense, sanity and humanity go out the window, months like October and November 1993 occur.

For those young and fortunate enough to have been spared the horrors of that time, the staging of a football match between two neighbouring countries might seem inconsequential, a distraction even, when set against the backdrop of the terrible atrocities on the Shankill Road, at Greysteel and the litany of murderous attacks less well documented amid the 25-year anniversaries just marked.


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