On This Day in the LOI – 8th May 8th May 1941: Eddie Bailham was born on this day in Dublin. The striker played his underage football with Home Farm before signing for Cork Hibernians in August 1959. The following season Bailham signed for Rovers an
On This Day in the LOI – 8th May
8th May 1941: Eddie Bailham was born on this day in Dublin. The striker played his underage football with Home Farm before signing for Cork Hibernians in August 1959. The following season Bailham signed for Rovers and was a huge success. He was top scorer in the league on two occasions; 1961-62 & 1963-64 seasons, and his goals helped Rovers secure the 1963-64 league title. He scored 61 goals for the Hoops during his four seasons and won his only cap for the Republic of Ireland in May 1964 in a 3-1 defeat to England at Dalymount Park. He scored for the League of Ireland XI which famously defeated the English League by 2-1 in October 1963. He moved to England in 1964 and went on to play non-League football for Cambridge City, Worcester City and Wimbledon with whom he scored 64 goals in 155 appearances. He passed away on 18th December 2016 at the age of 75 years.
On This Day in Irish Football - 8th May
8th May 1932: Ireland secured a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam on this day. Joe O’Reilly (20) and Paddy Moore (48) scored the goals in what was only the eighth international for Ireland. Only two players in the team came from outside the League of Ireland – Mick O'Brien (captain) of Watford and Jimmy Kelly of Derry City.
8th May 1935: Ireland travelled to Dortmund to take on Germany on this day. Ireland suffered a 3-1 defeat. Leo Dunne (19) put Ireland ahead but the Germans struck back with goals from Ludwig Damminger (31, 49) and Ernst Lehner (88). The match was played before 35,000 spectators at the Stadion Rote Erde – the first of only two internationals (the other v Albania in 1967) to be played at the venue which is also known as the Red Earth Stadium and is now the home of Borussia Dortmund’s second team.
8th May 1935: Jack Charlton was born on this day in Ashington, Northumberland. The former Republic of Ireland boss led Ireland to the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup, the round of 16 in the 1994 World Cup and the 1988 European Championships when only eight countries qualified the Finals. As a player, he won the 1966 World Cup with England and made a club record 629 League appearances (762 in all competitions) scoring a total of 95 goals (70 in the League) for Leeds United between 1953 and 1973. He scored six times in his 35 matches for England. He shared in all of the Leeds United successes in that time and won the Footballer of the Year Award in 1967. At club level he managed Sheffield Wednesday, Middlesbrough and Newcastle United.
8th May 1957: Ireland travelled to Wembley Stadium to face England on this day in a World Cup qualifying match. Ireland suffered a 5-1 defeat in London as Tommy Taylor (9, 18, 40) who later died in the Munich Air Disaster, scored a hat-trick and Bristol City legend John Atyeo (38, 89) added another two goals. Dermot Curtis (56), who started his career with Shelbourne and then playing for Bristol City scored Ireland's only goal. The attendance was 51,000 for what was the first World Cup match to be played at Wembley Stadium and it was the last game Stanley Matthews played for England at Wembley.
8th May 1974: Ireland travelled to Montevideo to take on Uruguay on this day. It was the second game of the tour of South America having played Brazil just three days earlier. Ireland were defeated by 2-0 with Fernando Morena (16, 26) scoring both goals. The match was played in the Centenario Stadium, the venue in which Uruguay won the inaugural World Cup in 1930.
8th May 1979: Barry Quinn was born on this day in Dublin. Quinn was signed from Manortown United by Coventry City as a trainee in 1998 and he went on to make over 80 appearances for the Sky Blues. During his time with Coventry, he made four appearances for the Republic of Ireland under Mick McCarthy and won the Republic of Ireland U-21 Player of the Year award in 2000. After six years at Coventry, Quinn had spells with Rushden & Diamonds and Oxford United. He made his international debut against Greece at Lansdowne Road in April 2000 and won further caps in the US Cup matches in June against Mexico, U.S.A. and South Africa.
8th May 1998: Ireland beat Italy to win the U-16 European Championships, Ireland's first-ever underage success. Brian Kerr managed the side, assisted by Noel O'Reilly as David McMahon and Keith Foy scored in the final to secure the title. The team included Joe Murphy, John Thompson, John O'Shea, Jim Goodwin, Liam Miller, Graham Barrett and Andy Reid. Former Chelsea and Napoli midfielder Samuel Dalla Bona played in the Italy side.