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Stuart Dallas: Record was even better with my granda Jimmy there

By Steven Beacom

Northern Ireland's record breaking exploits were extra special for Stuart Dallas because his grandad Jimmy was there to see them.

Jimmy has been in ill health for some time, but made it to Windsor Park on Monday night as Northern Ireland set a new unbeaten record of 10 games in a row with a 1-0 victory over Slovenia.

Leeds United star Dallas came off the bench to maintain his record of playing in all 10 matches during the history-making run.

The appearance of the ex-Crusaders hero in the second-half made the night for one family member, who had been given a special seat in the stadium.

"My granda was there, he wasn't fit enough to get up and down the steps but he wanted to be there and it was great to see him straight after the game," said Dallas.

"After everything he's come through, it was great to have him there.

"He used to go to see me playing for Crusaders so I was grateful to David Currie from the Irish FA who was able to sort out a ticket which was ideal for him.

"It was great to break the record but having my granda there as well was a bonus and made it all the more special for me.

"For me personally, to play in every game during the 10-game unbeaten run was brilliant.

"I was talking to Kyle (Lafferty) before the game and was saying I had only one cap just over a year ago. Now I have 12 having played against Scotland at Hampden and the 10 unbeaten games.

"I'm loving every second of it and I just want to push on and hopefully get many more.

"It's not about any of us on a personal level though, it's about the team. Long may our run continue."

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