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Armstrong relishing top-class SuperCup NI


Huge fan: Gerry Armstrong
Huge fan: Gerry Armstrong

By Robert Jones

Northern Ireland World Cup legend Gerry Armstrong hopes the next generation can catch the eye at this year's SuperCup NI.

Armstrong, who netted the famous winner against hosts Spain at the 1982 World Cup finals, will open the prestigious international youth tournament this year, which runs from July 21-27.

Armstrong, who made 63 Northern Ireland appearances, said: "I've been privileged to attend the event for many years and witness its development into a world-class tournament.

"I believe that because of the longevity of the competition it is sometimes taken for granted but we should never become complacent because it continues to be a jewel in the crown so far as attracting visitors to the country.

"It does this by offering us top-class football by attracting a truly international line-up of talent."

Armstrong knows first hand the quality and worldwide drawing power of the SuperCup NI.

He said: "No matter where I go, so many people talk to me about the tournament. It is one of the success stories for Northern Ireland not only in terms of football but also tourism."

Armstrong is remembered for his goal that helped Northern Ireland shock the world against the hosts at Spain '82.

"It's the most memorable goal I ever scored, but the way people talk about it still surprises me," said Armstrong. "Young fans talk about it as if they were there. It's the power of social media."

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