World Cup, Birmingham 2002
7th-8th September

Northern Ireland returned to International competition after a 6 year absence & were drawn against Belgium, Germany & Rep of Ireland in the group stages. Belgium topped the group ahead of Germany, as expected, and the North won the 'Battle of Ireland'. Italy beat Belgium in the Final. Individual champion was Gil Delogne of Belgium. Full Results

Thanks to the Irish Football Association for supplying us with team shirts and to News Extracts, Simon Stewart's employer, who made the trip possible for him by providing his travel and accommodation expenses.

Northern Ireland Team: Barry Spence, Simon Stewart, Kenny Beggs

Northern Ireland v Rep of Ireland

The Irish derby was refereed by Norway