Northern Ireland national under-19 football team

The Northern Ireland national under-19 football team also known as Northern Ireland under-19s or Northern Ireland U19s represents Northern Ireland in association football at under-19 level. It is controlled by the Irish Football Association and began under the name of Ireland Youth when the Home Nations first held a round robin of friendly matches in 1948. The same year they entered the first International Youth Tournament, now the UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship. Their best performance was in 1963 when they finished as runner-up. The team evolved into the Northern Ireland under-18 team then the current under-19 team. As well as the UEFA Under-19 Championships the team also enters the annual Milk Cup (currently as an under-20 side). In addition, the team plays regular friendlies, sometimes as an under-20 or under-18 team by agreement of the opposing association.

Northern Ireland Under-19
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The GAWA, Norn Iron
AssociationIrish Football Association
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachGerard Lyttle
Home stadiumvarious
FIFA codeNIR
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Ireland Youth 0–4  Wales
(Solitude, Belfast; 10 January 1948)
European Championship
Appearances13 (first in 1948)
Best resultRunners-Up: 1963

Competitive recordEdit

  Champions   Runners-up   Third Place   Fourth Place

European ChampionshipsEdit

  • 1948–1954 – FIFA Junior Tournament
  • 1955–1980 – UEFA Junior Tournament
  • 1981–2001 – UEFA European U-18 Championship
  • 2002–present – UEFA European U-19 Championship
UEFA European Under-18/19 Championship Finals record Qualification record
Year* Round Pld W D L GF GA GD Pld W D L GF GA GD
  1948 Sixth place 3 1 0 2 7 12 −5 No qualification needed
  1949 Fourth place 3 0 1 2 3 10 –7 No qualification needed
  1950 Did not enter Did not enter
  1951 Fourth place 3 1 0 2 3 3 0 No qualification needed
  1952 Did not enter Did not enter
  1953 Fifteenth place 4 1 0 3 11 16 −5 No qualification needed
  1954 Eighteenth place 5 0 0 5 4 22 −18 No qualification needed
  1955 Group stage 3 0 1 2 2 9 −7 No qualification needed
  1956 Did not enter Did not enter
  1957
  1958
  1959
  1960
  1961
  1962
  1963 Runners-up 5 2 2 1 9 11 –2 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1
  1964 Group stage 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1 No qualification needed
  1965 Did not enter Did not enter
  1966
  1967
  1968
  1969
  1970
  1971
  1972
  1973
  1974
  1975 Group stage 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 2 2 0 0 5 2 +3
  1976 Group stage 3 0 0 3 3 10 −7 Walkover against   Scotland
  1977 Group stage 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1
  1978 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 2 9 −7
  1979 4 1 1 2 4 6 −2
  1980 Group stage 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2
  1981 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4
  1982 2 1 0 1 1 2 −1
  1983 4 0 1 3 2 9 −7
  1984 2 1 0 1 1 3 −2
  1986 6 0 2 4 5 12 −7
  1988 6 1 1 4 8 14 −6
  1990 Did not enter Did not enter
  1992 Did not qualify 6 0 3 3 4 10 −6
  1993 4 0 1 3 8 14 −6
  1994 2 0 2 0 1 1 0
  1995 2 2 0 2 6 6 0
  1996 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1
  1997 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6
  1998 2 1 0 1 6 2 +4
  1999 5 3 0 2 9 5 +4
  2000 5 3 1 1 12 5 +7
  2001 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3
  2002 3 1 1 1 2 2 0
  2003 6 2 1 3 10 6 +4
  2004 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3
  2005 Group stage 3 0 0 3 1 4 −3 Qualified as hosts
  2006 Did not qualify 6 2 1 3 10 9 +1
  2007 3 0 0 3 2 8 −6
  2008 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2
  2009 3 1 0 2 4 7 −3
  2010 6 1 1 4 10 9 +1
  2011 3 1 1 1 3 3 0
  2012 3 1 0 2 5 8 −3
  2013 3 1 1 1 9 4 +5
  2014 3 1 0 2 1 4 −3
  2015 3 1 0 2 5 7 −2
  2016 6 1 1 4 4 9 −5
  2017 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3
  2018 3 0 1 2 2 9 −7
  2019 3 1 1 1 4 5 −1
  2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic Qualified as hosts
  2021 Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
  2022 Did not qualify 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3
  2023 To be determined To be determined
  2024 To be determined Qualified as hosts
  2025 To be determined To be determined
Total Runners-up 43 9 6 28 53 109 –56 134 35 25 76 166 230 –64
*Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.

HonoursEdit

Milk Cup Elite SectionEdit

  • Winners: 1997, 2008, 2009, 2014

CoachesEdit

Coaches of the Northern Ireland youth/under-18/under-19 side include:

Manager Career
  Billy Cook [1]
  Norman Kernaghan [2]
  Joe Kinkead [3]
  Tommy Casey
  Jackie Cummings 1979–??[4]
  Roy Millar 1983–1999
  Mal Donaghy 2000–2008
  Steve Beaglehole 2008–2011[5]
  Stephen Robinson 2011–2013[6]
  Stephen Craigan 2013–2016[7]
  Stephen Frail 2016–2020[8]
  Gerard Lyttle 2021–[9]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

Players born on or after 1 January 2003 will be eligible until the end of the 2022 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. Names in bold denote players who have been capped by Northern Ireland in a higher age group.

The following players were named in the squad for the 2023 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualification games against   Slovenia,   Netherlands and   Moldova on 21, 24 and 27 September 2022 respectively.[10]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1GK Josh Clarke (2004-07-28) 28 July 2004 (age 18)   Celtic
1GK Stephen McMullan (2004-12-31) 31 December 2004 (age 17)   Fleetwood Town

2DF Matty Carson (2004-04-29) 29 April 2004 (age 18)   Southampton
2DF Michael Forbes (2004-04-29) 29 April 2004 (age 18)   West Ham United
2DF Brodie Spencer (2004-05-06) 6 May 2004 (age 18)   Huddersfield Town
2DF Josh Roney (2004-07-19) 19 July 2004 (age 18)   Stoke City
2DF Daithí McCallion (2005-04-08) 8 April 2005 (age 17)   Derry City
2DF Ruairi McConville (2005-05-01) 1 May 2005 (age 17)   Brighton

3MF Charlie Lindsay (2004-01-26) 26 January 2004 (age 18)   Rangers
3MF Conor Scannell (2004-01-28) 28 January 2004 (age 18)   Glenavon
3MF Aaron Wightman (2004-02-23) 23 February 2004 (age 18)   Glentoran
3MF Dylan Sloan (2004-04-15) 15 April 2004 (age 18)   Larne
3MF Patrick Kelly (2004-10-02) 2 October 2004 (age 17)   West Ham United
3MF Darren Robinson (2004-12-29) 29 December 2004 (age 17)   Derby County
3MF Lewis Trickett (2005-04-27) 27 April 2005 (age 17)   Accrington Stanley
3MF Rio Oudnie-Morgan (2005-12-06) 6 December 2005 (age 16)   Ipswich Town

4FW Makenzie Kirk (2004-02-06) 6 February 2004 (age 18)   Hearts
4FW Callum Marshall (2004-11-28) 28 November 2004 (age 17)   West Ham United
4FW Sam Glenfield (2005-05-10) 10 May 2005 (age 17)   Fleetwood Town
4FW Reece Evans (2005-09-25) 25 September 2005 (age 17)   Leicester City

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have previously been called up to the Northern Ireland under-19 squad and remain eligible.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Pierce Charles (2005-07-21) 21 July 2005 (age 17) - -   Sheffield Wednesday v.   Malta, 10 June 2022
GK Dylan Graham (2004-10-31) 31 October 2004 (age 17) - -   Everton Football Federations Cup, 23–28 March 2022

DF Reece Jordan (2005-03-06) 6 March 2005 (age 17) - -   Portadown v.   Malta, 10 June 2022
DF Callum Wilson (2004-02-29) 29 February 2004 (age 18) - -   Sunderland v.   Malta, 10 June 2022
DF Tommy Fogarty (2004-03-15) 15 March 2004 (age 18) - -   Birmingham City Football Federations Cup, 23–28 March 2022
DF Bobby Deane (2004-04-11) 11 April 2004 (age 18) - -   Dergview Football Federations Cup, 23–28 March 2022
DF Darragh McCloskey - -   Derry City Football Federations Cup, 23–28 March 2022

MF Jamie McDonnell (2004-02-16) 16 February 2004 (age 18) - -   Nottingham Forest v.   Malta, 10 June 2022

FW Ryan Donnelly - -   Dungannon Swifts v.   Malta, 10 June 2022
FW Conor Falls (2004-01-02) 2 January 2004 (age 18) - -   Huddersfield Town v.   Malta, 10 June 2022
FW Omari Kellyman (2005-09-25) 25 September 2005 (age 17) - -   Aston Villa Football Federations Cup, 23–28 March 2022
FW Jamie Donley (2005-01-03) 3 January 2005 (age 17) - -   Tottenham Hotspur v.   Faroe Islands, 3 September 2021

COVID = Player withdrew due to a positive COVID test or from being in close contact with someone with a positive COVID test.
INJ = Player withdrew from the squad before any games had been played.
PRE = Preliminary squad / standby.
SEN = Player withdrew from the squad due to a call up to the senior team.
SUS = Suspended from national team.
WTD = Withdrew due to other reasons.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Player Profile: Billy Cook". NIFG. 6 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Best was class from the start". BBC Sport. 15 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Player Profile: Joe Kinkaid". NIFG. 10 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Player Profile: Jackie Cummings". NIFG. 2 June 2013.
  5. ^ "BBC SPORT – Football – Internationals". BBC. 12 June 2008.
  6. ^ "Robinson Named As U19 & U17 Manager". Irish FA. 28 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Northern Ireland U19 & U21 Appointments". Irish FA. 22 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Stephen Frail appointed Northern Ireland Under 19 and Under 17 manager". Irish FA. 19 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Gerard Lyttle appointed as Northern Ireland's U19 and U17 manager". Irish FA. February 2020.
  10. ^ "Northern Ireland U19 squad named for upcoming Euro qualifiers". The Irish Football Association. 16 September 2022.

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