Northern Irish football clubs in European competitions

Northern Irish football clubs have participated in European football competitions since 1957, when in the 1957–58 season, Glenavon took part in the European Cup – the first Northern Irish club to do so. In total, 16 clubs have represented Northern Ireland in European competition.

HistoryEdit

As of the 2020–21 season, the NIFL Premiership champions qualify for the UEFA Champions League. The runners-up, the Europa League play-off winners and the Irish Cup winners qualify for the UEFA Europa Conference League. If, however, the cup winners have already qualified for Europe by finishing first or second in the league, the Europa Conference League place goes to the league's third-placed club.

Only the league champions have ever represented Northern Ireland in the European Cup/Champions League. Glenavon were the first team ever to represent Northern Ireland in any of the four competitions, when in the first round of the 1957–58 European Cup they played out a 0–0 draw against Danish side AGF in Aarhus, Denmark on 11 September 1957. They played the home leg two weeks later, losing 3–0. In the 1959–60 season, Linfield became the first Northern Irish club to win a match in the competition, in what was their first ever European Cup match. They defeated Swedish side Göteborg 2–1 at Windsor Park on 9 September 1959, however two weeks later they lost the away leg 6–1 which meant that they lost the tie 7–3 on aggregate. Linfield hold the record of the most participations in the European Cup/Champions League by any Northern Irish club to date, having appeared in 27 seasons of the competition up to and including 2012–13.

Participation in the secondary competitions began with Glentoran in the 1962–63 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup against Spanish side Real Zaragoza. A 2–0 defeat in the first leg at the Oval was followed by a 6–2 defeat away from home in the second leg. They lost the tie 8–2 on aggregate. Glentoran hold the record of the most participations in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League by any Northern Irish club to date, having appeared in 21 seasons of the competition. They also hold the record of the most appearances by a Northern Irish club in European competitions overall, having appeared in 42 seasons up to and including 2013–14 – one season more than Linfield who have made 41 appearances.

In 1960, Glenavon were drawn to face East German side Wismut in the first round of the 1960–61 European Cup. However, they were forced to withdraw when they were refused visas for East Germany and Wismut were refused visas for the UK. UEFA had allowed the matches to take place in neutral countries but that was not financially viable for Glenavon, so they were left with no option but to withdraw.[1] A similar issue arose the following season when in the first round of the 1961–62 European Cup, Linfield were drawn to face another East German team, Vorwärts. The away leg was played, which Linfield lost 3–0. However, Vorwärts were denied visas for the UK to play the second leg, and similarly to Glenavon the previous season, travelling to play the game in a neutral country was not financially viable for Linfield so they were also forced to withdraw from the competition.[2]

In 1965, Derry City became the first Northern Irish club to win a two-legged European tie. In the 1965–66 European Cup, the club's last ever appearance in European competition as a Northern Irish club, they defeated Lyn 8–6 on aggregate in a high-scoring tie. In the second round, they faced Anderlecht from Belgium but suffered a huge 9–0 loss in the away leg and later withdrew from the competition before the second leg was played, when the Irish Football Association ruled that their home ground was not up to standard.[3] In 1972, the club withdrew from senior Northern Irish football and after 13 years of playing amateur football in lower leagues, they joined the League of Ireland in the Irish Republic in 1985.[4]

In 1969, both Coleraine and Glentoran entered the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, the first time more than one Northern Irish club had ever been entered into the same European competition. Glentoran lost in the first round, but Coleraine impressively got through to the second round. The two most notable successes in Europe are Linfield reaching the quarter-finals of the 1966–67 European Cup and Glentoran reaching the quarter-finals of the 1973–74 European Cup Winners' Cup.

In 1976, Irish League B Division club Carrick Rangers won the Irish Cup by defeating strong favourites Linfield 2–1 in the final. This qualified them to take part in European competition for the first, and to date only time – in the 1976–77 European Cup Winners' Cup. They defeated Aris from Luxembourg 4–3 on aggregate in the first round, before going out 9–3 on aggregate to English side Southampton in the second round. To date, this is the only occasion that a club from outside the top division of football in Northern Ireland has represented the country in European competition.

The 1993–94 UEFA Champions League saw Linfield drawn to face Dynamo Tbilisi of Georgia in the preliminary round. After losing 3–2 on aggregate, they were reinstated when their opponents were expelled from the competition for allegedly attempting to bribe match officials.[5] Linfield then went on to face Copenhagen in the first round proper. They won the first leg 3–0, but lost the second leg 4–0 after extra time. This proved costly, as victory would have meant a financially lucrative tie against eventual champions Milan in the next round.[6] In July 2013, Linfield became the first Northern Irish club to win both the home leg and the away leg of a European tie. In the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League first qualifying round they were drawn to face ÍF Fuglafjørður from the Faroe Islands. They won the away leg 2–0 and then won the home leg 3–0 at Windsor Park to complete a comfortable 5–0 aggregate victory. In the second qualifying round they were drawn to face Skoda Xanthi of Greece and won the first leg 1–0 away from home despite being massive underdogs for the tie. This made it three consecutive victories in Europe for the club, without conceding a goal in the process – another first for a Northern Irish club. However, in the second leg at home they went down 2–1 after extra time, which eliminated them on the away goals rule.

In the 2019-20 UEFA Europa League, Linfield progressed to the Play-Off Round, defeating Azerbaijani champions Qarabag 3-2 at Windsor Park to get within one game of becoming the first ever Northern Irish club to qualify for the group stage of a UEFA competition. However they lost the second leg 2-1 in Baku, and were eliminated on the away goals rule.

StatisticsEdit

As of 29 August 2019

Overall

UEFA coefficient and rankingEdit

For the 2015–16 UEFA competitions, the associations will be allocated places according to their 2014 UEFA country coefficients, which will take into account their performance in European competitions from 2009–10 to 2013–14. In the 2014 rankings used to allocate berths for the 2015–16 European competitions, Northern Ireland's coefficient points total will be 3.625. After earning a score of 0.875 during the 2013–14 European campaign, Northern Ireland will remain as the 47th best association in Europe out of 54 for the second consecutive season.

Appearances in UEFA competitionsEdit

As of 29 August 2019

Club UEFA Champions League UEFA Europa League

(including Inter-Cities Fairs Cup)

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup UEFA Intertoto Cup Total First Appearance Last Appearance
Apps P W D L Apps P W D L Apps P W D L App P W D L Apps P W D L
Linfield[7] 29 69 7 23 39 15 40 13 9 18 3 6 2 0 4 0 0 0 0  0  47 115 22 32 61 1959–60 European Cup 2019–20 UEFA Europa League
Glentoran[8] 12 28 3 7 18 22 46 4 9 33 9 22 3 7 12 0 0 0 0 0 43 96 10 23 63 1962–63 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 2015–16 UEFA Europa League
Crusaders[9] 6 14 1 2 11 11 26 6 4 16 3 6 0 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 20 46 7 8 31 1967–68 European Cup Winners' Cup 2019–20 UEFA Europa League
Portadown[10] 3 6 0 1 5 11 28 3 7 18 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 15 36 4 8 24 1962–63 European Cup Winners' Cup 2012–13 UEFA Europa League
Cliftonville[11] 3 6 0 1 5 7 20 4 4 12 1 2 0 0 2 3 10 1 2 7 14 38 5 7 26 1979–80 European Cup Winners' Cup 2019–20 UEFA Europa League
Coleraine[12] 1 2 0 0 2 11 26 3 6 17 4 8 0 1 7 1 4 1 1 2 17 40 4 8 28 1965–66 European Cup Winners' Cup 2018–19 UEFA Europa League
Glenavon[13] 1[note 1][1] 2 0 1 1 10 20 2 2 16 5 10 1 3 6 1 2 0 1 1 17 34 3 7 24 1957–58 European Cup 2018–19 UEFA Europa League
Ards[14] 1 2 0 0 2 1 2 1 0 1 2 4 0 1 3 1 4 0 0 4 5 12 1 1 10 1958–59 European Cup 1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup
Lisburn Distillery[15] 1 2 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 2 2 4 0 0 4 5 10 0 1 9 1963–64 European Cup 2009–10 UEFA Europa League
Derry City[16][note 2] 1 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 1 0 4 1964–65 European Cup Winners' Cup 1965–66 European Cup
Ballymena United[17] 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 2 1 5 4 8 0 0 8 1 2 0 1 1 8 18 2 2 14 1978–79 European Cup Winners' Cup 2019–20 UEFA Europa League
Bangor[18] 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 2 4 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 0 1 5 1991–92 UEFA Cup 1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Dungannon Swifts[19] 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 1 2 4 1 1 2 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup 2007–08 UEFA Cup
Carrick Rangers[20] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1 0 3 1976–77 European Cup Winners' Cup 1976–77 European Cup Winners' Cup
Omagh Town[note 3] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 1 3 2 4 0 1 3 1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup
Newry Town[21][note 4] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2 0 2 1 4 2 0 2 1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup

Active competitionsEdit

European Cup / UEFA Champions LeagueEdit

Season Club Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
European Cup
1957–58 Glenavon PR   AGF 0–3 0–0 0–3
1958–59 Ards PR   Stade Reims 1–4 2–6 3–10
1959–60 Linfield PR   Göteborg 2–1 1–6 3–7
1960–61 Glenavon PR   Wismut Karl Marx Stadt w/o N/A[note 1][1]
1961–62 Linfield PR   Vorwärts Berlin w/o 0–3 0–3[note 5][2]
1962–63 Linfield 1R   Esbjerg 1–2 0–0 1–2
1963–64 Distillery PR   Benfica 3–3 0–5 3–8
1964–65 Glentoran PR   Panathinaikos 2–3 2–2 4–5
1965–66 Derry City PR   Lyn 5–1 3–5 8–6
1R   Anderlecht w/o 0–9 0–9[note 6][3]
1966–67 Linfield 1R   Aris 6–1 3–3 9–4
2R   Vålerengen 1–1 4–1 5–2
QF   CSKA Sofia 2–2 0–1 2–3
1967–68 Glentoran 1R   Benfica 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)
1968–69 Glentoran 1R   Anderlecht 2–2 0–3 2–5
1969–70 Linfield 1R   Red Star Belgrade 2–4 0–8 2–12
1970–71 Glentoran 1R   Waterford 1–3 0–1 1–4
1971–72 Linfield 1R   Standard Liège 2–3 0–2 2–5
1972–73 None entered[note 7]
1973–74 Crusaders 1R   Dinamo București 0–1 0–11 0–12
1974–75 Coleraine 1R   Feyenoord 1–4 0–7 1–11
1975–76 Linfield 1R   PSV Eindhoven 1–2 0–8 1–10
1976–77 Crusaders 1R   Liverpool 0–5 0–2 0–7
1977–78 Glentoran 1R   Valur 2–0 0–1 2–1
2R   Juventus 0–1 0–5 0–6
1978–79 Linfield 1R   Lillestrøm 0–0 0–1 0–1
1979–80 Linfield PR   Dundalk 0–2 1–1 1–3
1980–81 Linfield 1R   Nantes 0–1 0–2 0–3
1981–82 Glentoran 1R   Progrès Niederkorn 4–0 1–1 5–1
2R   CSKA Sofia 2–1 0–2 2–3
1982–83 Linfield 1R   17 Nëntori 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)
1983–84 Linfield 1R   Benfica 2–3 0–3 2–6
1984–85 Linfield 1R   Shamrock Rovers 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a)
2R   Panathinaikos 3–3 1–2 4–5
1985–86 Linfield 1R   Servette 2–2 1–2 3–4
1986–87 Linfield 1R   Rosenborg 1–1 0–1 1–2
1987–88 Linfield 1R   Lillestrøm 2–4 1–1 3–5
1988–89 Glentoran 1R   Spartak Moscow 1–1 0–2 1–3
1989–90 Linfield 1R   Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 1–2 0–1 1–3
1990–91 Portadown 1R   Porto 1–8 0–5 1–13
1991–92 Portadown 1R   Red Star Belgrade 0–4 0–4 0–8
UEFA Champions League
1992–93 Glentoran 1R   Marseille 0–5 0–3 0–8
1993–94 Linfield PR   Dinamo Tbilisi 1–1 1–2 2–3[note 8][5]
1R   Copenhagen 3–0 0–4 3–4
1994–95 None entered[note 9]
1995–96
1996–97
1997–98 Crusaders 1QR   Dinamo Tbilisi 1–3 1–5 2–8
1998–99 Cliftonville 1QR   Košice 1–5 0–8 1–13
1999–00 Glentoran 1QR   Litex Lovech 0–2 0–3 0–5
2000–01 Linfield 1QR   Haka 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)
2001–02 Linfield 1QR   Torpedo Kutaisi 0–0 0–1 0–1
2002–03 Portadown 1QR   Belshyna 0–0 2–3 2–3
2003–04 Glentoran 1QR   HJK 0–0 0–1 0–1
2004–05 Linfield 1QR   HJK 0–1 0–1 0–2
2005–06 Glentoran 1QR   Shelbourne 1–2 1–4 2–6
2006–07 Linfield 1QR   Gorica 1–3 2–2 3–5
2007–08 Linfield 1QR   Elfsborg 0–0 0–1 0–1
2008–09 Linfield 1QR   Dinamo Zagreb 0–2 1–1 1–3
2009–10 Glentoran 2QR   Maccabi Haifa 0–4 0–6 0–10
2010–11 Linfield 2QR   Rosenborg 0–0 0–2 0–2
2011–12 Linfield 2QR   BATE Borisov 1–1 0–2 1–3
2012–13 Linfield 1QR   B36 Tórshavn 0–0 0–0 0–0 (4–3 p)
2QR   AEL Limassol 0–0 0–3 0–3
2013–14 Cliftonville 2QR   Celtic 0–3 0–2 0–5
2014–15 Cliftonville 2QR   Debrecen 0–0 0–2 0–2
2015–16 Crusaders 1QR   Levadia Tallinn 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a)
2QR   Skënderbeu Korçë 3–2 1–4 4–6
2016–17 Crusaders 2QR   Copenhagen 0–3 0–6 0–9
2017–18 Linfield 1QR   La Fiorita 1–0 0–0 1–0
2QR   Celtic 0–2 0–4 0–6
2018–19 Crusaders 1QR   Ludogorets 0–2 0–7 0–9
2019–20 Linfield 1QR   Rosenborg 0–2 0–4 0–6
2020–21 Linfield PR   Tre Fiori 2–0 N/A 2–0
  Dirta 3–0 N/A 3–0
(awd.)[note 10]
1QR   Legia Warsaw 0–1 N/A 0–1
2021–22 Linfield 1QR   Žalgiris 1–3 1–2 2–5

PR = Preliminary round; 1R/2R = First/Second round; 1QR/2QR = First/Second qualifying round; QF = Quarter-finals

Inter-Cities Fairs Cup / UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa LeagueEdit

Season Club Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
1962–63 Glentoran 1R   Real Zaragoza 0–2 2–6 2–8
1963–64 Glentoran 1R   Partick Thistle 1–4 0–3 1–7
1965–66 Glentoran 1R   Royal Antwerp 3–3 0–1 3–4
1967–68 Linfield 1R   Lokomotive Leipzig 1–0 1–5 2–5
1968–69 Linfield 1R   Vitória de Setúbal 1–3 0–3 1–6
1969–70 Glentoran 1R   Arsenal 1–0 0–3 1–3
Coleraine 1R   Jeunesse Esch 4–0 2–3 6–3
2R   Anderlecht 3–7 1–6 4–13
1970–71 Coleraine 1R   Kilmarnock 1–1 3–2 4–3
2R   Sparta Rotterdam 1–2 0–2 1–4
UEFA Cup
1971–72 Glentoran 1R   Eintracht Braunschweig 0–1 1–6 1–7
1972–73 None entered[note 7]
1973–74 Ards 1R   Standard Liège 3–2 1–6 4–8
1974–75 Portadown 1R   Valur 2–1 0–0 2–1
2R   Partizan 1–1 0–5 1–6
1975–76 Glentoran 1R   Ajax 1–6 0–8 1–14
1976–77 Glentoran 1R   Basel 3–2 0–3 3–5
1977–78 Glenavon 1R   PSV Eindhoven 2–6 0–5 2–11
1978–79 Glentoran 1R   IBV 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)
1979–80 Glenavon 1R   Standard Liège 0–1 0–1 0–2
1980–81 Ballymena United 1R   Vorwärts Frankfurt 2–1 0–3 2–4
1981–82 Linfield 1R   Beveren 0–3 0–5 0–8
1982–83 Glentoran 1R   Baník Ostrava 1–3 0–1 1–4
1983–84 Coleraine 1R   Sparta Rotterdam 1–1 0–4 1–5
1984–85 Glentoran 1R   Standard Liège 1–1 0–2 1–3
1985–86 Coleraine 1R   Lokomotive Leipzig 1–1 0–5 1–6
1986–87 Coleraine 1R   Stahl Brandenburg 1–1 0–1 1–2
1987–88 Coleraine 1R   Dundee United 0–1 1–3 1–4
1988–89 Linfield 1R   TPS Turku 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)
1989–90 Glentoran 1R   Dundee United 1–3 0–2 1–5
1990–91 Glenavon 1R   Bordeaux 0–0 0–2 0–2
1991–92 Bangor 1R   Sigma Olomouc 0–3 0–3 0–6
1992–93 Portadown 1R   Standard Liège 0–0 0–5 0–5
1993–94 Crusaders 1R   Servette 0–0 0–4 0–4
1994–95 Portadown PR   Slovan Bratislava 0–2 0–3 0–5
Linfield PR   FH 3–1 0–1 3–2
1R   Odense 1–1 0–5 1–6
1995–96 Crusaders PR   Silkeborg 1–2 0–4 1–6
Glenavon PR   FH 0–0 1–0 1–0
1R   Werder Bremen 0–2 0–5 0–7
1996–97 Crusaders PR   Zalgiris Vilnius 2–1 0–2 2–3
Portadown PR   Vojvodina 0–1 1–4 1–5
1997–98 Coleraine 1QR   Grasshoppers 1–7 0–3 1–10
1998–99 Linfield 1QR   Omonia 5–3 1–5 6–8
1999–00 Linfield QR   Locomotive Tbilisi 1–1 0–1 1–2
Portadown QR   CSKA Sofia 0–3 0–5 0–8
2000–01 Coleraine QR   Örgryte 1–2 0–1 1–3
Glentoran QR   Lillestrøm 0–3 0–1 0–4
2001–02 Glenavon QR   Kilmarnock 0–1 0–1 0–2
Glentoran QR   Midtjylland 0–4 1–1 1–5
2002–03 Glentoran QR   Wisła Kraków 0–2 0–4 0–6
Linfield QR   Stabæk 1–1 0–4 1–5
2003–04 Coleraine QR   União de Leiria 2–1 0–5 2–6
Portadown QR   Malmö 0–2 0–4 0–6
2004–05 Portadown 1QR   Žalgiris Vilnius 2–2 0–2 2–4
Glentoran 1QR   Allianssi 2–2 2–1 4–3
2QR   Elfsborg 0–1 1–2 1–3
2005–06 Portadown 1QR   Viking 1–2 0–1 1–3
Linfield 1QR   Ventspils 1–0 1–2 2–2 (a)
2QR   Halmstad 2–4 1–1 3–5
2006–07 Glentoran 1QR   Brann 0–1 0–1 0–2
Portadown 1QR   Kaunas 1–3 0–1 1–4
2007–08 Dungannon Swifts 1QR   Sūduva 1–0 0–4 1–4
Glentoran 1QR   AIK 0–5 0–4 0–9
2008–09 Cliftonville 1QR   Copenhagen 0–4 0–7 0–11
Glentoran 1QR   Liepājas Metalurgs 1–1 0–2 1–3
UEFA Europa League
2009–10 Linfield 1QR   Randers 0–3 0–4 0–7
Lisburn Distillery 1QR   Zestaponi 1–5 0–6 1–11
Crusaders 2QR   Rabotnički 1–1 2–4 3–5
2010–11 Glentoran 1QR   KR Reykjavík 2–2 0–3 2–5
Portadown 1QR   Skonto 1–1 1–0 2–1
2QR   Qarabağ 1–2 1–1 2–3
Cliftonville 2QR   Cibalia 1–0 0–0 1–0
3QR   CSKA Sofia 1–2 0–3 1–5
2011–12 Cliftonville 1QR   The New Saints 0–1 1–1 1–2
Glentoran 1QR   Renova 2–1 1–2 3–3 (3–2 p)
2QR   Vorskla Poltava 0–2 0–3 0–5
Crusaders 2QR   Fulham 1–3 0–4 1–7
2012–13 Cliftonville 1QR   Kalmar 1–0 0–4 1–4
Crusaders 1QR   Rosenborg 0–3 0–1 0–4
Portadown 1QR   Shkëndija 2–1 0–0 2–1
2QR   Slaven Belupo 2–4 0–6 2–10
2013–14 Crusaders 1QR   Rosenborg 1–2 2–7 3–9
Glentoran 1QR   KR Reykjavík 0–3 0–0 0–3
Linfield 1QR   ÍF Fuglafjørður 3–0 2–0 5–0
2QR   Skoda Xanthi 1–2 1–0 2–2 (a)
2014–15 Glenavon 1QR   FH 2–3 0–3 2–6
Crusaders 1QR   Ekranas 3–1 2–1 5–2
2QR   Brommapojkarna 1–1 0–4 1–5
Linfield 1QR   B36 Tórshavn 1–1 2–1 3–2
2QR   AIK 1–0 0–2 1–2
2015–16 Glenavon 1QR   Shakhtyor Soligorsk 1–2 0–3 1–5
Glentoran 1QR   MŠK Žilina 1–4 0–3 1–7
Linfield 1QR   NSÍ Runavík 2–0 3–4 5–4
2QR   Spartak Trnava 1–3 1–2 2–5
2016–17 Glenavon 1QR   KR Reykjavík 0–6 1–2 1–8
Linfield 1QR   Cork City 0–1 1–1 1–2
Cliftonville 1QR   FC Differdange 03 2–0 1–1 3–1
2QR   AEK Larnaca 2–3 0–2 2–5
2017–18 Ballymena United 1QR   Odds 0–2 0–3 0–5
Coleraine 1QR   Haugesund 0–0 0–7 0–7
Crusaders 1QR   Liepāja 3–1 0–2 3–3 (a)
2018–19 Cliftonville 1QR   Nordsjælland 0–1 1–2 1–3
Coleraine 1QR   Spartak Subotica 1–1 0–2 1–3
Glenavon 1QR   Molde 2–1 1–5 3–6
2019–20 Ballymena United PR   NSÍ Runavík 2–0 0–0 2–0
1QR   Malmö 0–4 0–7 0–11
Cliftonville PR   Barry Town United 4–0 0–0 4–0
1QR   Haugesund 0–1 1–5 1–6
Crusaders 1QR   B36 Tórshavn 2–0 3–2 5–2
2QR   Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–4 0–2 1–6
Linfield 2QR   HB Tórshavn 1–0 2–2 3–2
3QR   Sutjeska Nikšić 3–2 2–1 5–3
PLR   Qarabağ 3–2 1–2 4–4 (a)
2020–21 Coleraine PR   HB La Fiorita 1–0 N/A 1–0
QR1   Maribor 1–1 (5–4 p) N/A 1–1 (5–4 p)
QR2   Motherwell 2–2 (0–3 p) N/A 2–2 (0–3 p)
Glentoran PR   HB Tórshavn 1–0 N/A 1–0
QR1   Motherwell 1–5 N/A 1–5
Linfield QR2   Floriana 0–1 N/A 0–1

UEFA Europa Conference LeagueEdit

Season Club Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
UEFA Europa Conference League
2021–22 Coleraine 1QR   Velež Mostar 1–2 1–2 2–4
Glentoran 1QR   The New Saints 1–1 0–2 1–3
Larne 1QR   Bala Town 1–0 1–0 2–0
2QR   AGF 2–1 1–1 3–2
3QR   Paços de Ferreira 1–0 0–4 1–4
Linfield 2QR   Borac Banja Luka 4–0 0–0 4–0
3QR   Fola Esch 1–2 1–2 2–4

PR = Preliminary round; QR = Qualifying round; 1R/2R = First/Second round; 1QR/2QR/3QR = First/Second/Third qualifying round; PLR = Playoff round

Defunct competitionsEdit

European Cup Winners' Cup / UEFA Cup Winners' CupEdit

Season Club Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
European Cup Winners' Cup
1961–62 Glenavon PR   Leicester City 1–4 1–3 2–7
1962–63 Portadown 1R   OFK Beograd 3–2 1–5 4–7
1963–64 Linfield 2R   Fenerbahçe 2–0 1–4 3–4
1964–65 Derry City 1R   Steaua București 0–2 0–3 0–5
1965–66 Coleraine 1R   Dynamo Kyiv 1–6 0–4 1–10
1966–67 Glentoran 1R   Rangers 1–1 0–4 1–5
1967–68 Crusaders 1R   Valencia 2–4 0–4 2–8
1968–69 Crusaders 1R   Norrköping 2–2 1–4 3–6
1969–70 Ards 1R   Roma 0–0 1–3 1–3
1970–71 Linfield 1R   Manchester City 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)
1971–72 Distillery 1R   Barcelona 1–3 0–4 1–7
1972–73 None entered[note 7]
1973–74 Glentoran 1R   Chimia Râmnicu Vâlcea 2–0 2–2 4–2
2R   Brann 3–1 1–1 4–2
QF   Borussia Mönchengladbach 0–2 0–5 0–7
1974–75 Ards 1R   PSV Eindhoven 1–4 0–10 1–14
1975–76 Coleraine 1R   Eintracht Frankfurt 2–6 1–5 3–11
1976–77 Carrick Rangers 1R   Aris 3–1 1–2 4–3
2R   Southampton 2–5 1–4 3–9
1977–78 Coleraine 1R   Lokomotive Leipzig 1–4 2–2 3–6
1978–79 Ballymena United 1R   Beveren 0–3 0–3 0–6
1979–80 Cliftonville 1R   Nantes 0–1 0–7 0–8
1980–81 Crusaders 1R   Newport County 0–0 0–4 0–4
1981–82 Ballymena United 1R   Roma 0–2 0–4 0–6
1982–83 Coleraine 1R   Tottenham Hotspur 0–3 0–4 0–7
1983–84 Glentoran 1R   Paris Saint-Germain 1–2 1–2 2–4
1984–85 Ballymena United 1R   Ħamrun Spartans 0–1 1–2 1–3
1985–86 Glentoran 1R   Fram Reykjavík 1–0 1–3 2–3
1986–87 Glentoran 1R   Lokomotive Leipzig 1–1 0–2 1–3
1987–88 Glentoran 1R   RoPS 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)
1988–89 Glenavon 1R   AGF 1–4 1–3 2–7
1989–90 Ballymena United 1R   Anderlecht 0–4 0–6 0–10
1990–91 Glentoran 1R   Steaua București 1–1 0–5 1–6
1991–92 Glenavon 1R   Ilves 3–2 1–2 4–4 (a)
1992–93 Glenavon 1R   Royal Antwerp 1–1 1–1 2–2 (1–3p)
1993–94 Bangor QR   APOEL 1–1 1–2 2–3
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
1994–95 Bangor QR   Tatran Prešov 0–1 0–4 0–5
1995–96 Linfield QR   Shakhtar Donetsk 0–1 1–4 1–5
1996–97 Glentoran QR   Sparta Prague 1–2 0–8 1–10
1997–98 Glenavon QR   Legia Warsaw 1–1 0–4 1–5
1998–99 Glentoran QR   Maccabi Haifa 0–1 1–2 1–3

PR = Preliminary round; QR = Qualifying round; 1R/2R = First/Second round; QF = Quarter-finals

UEFA Intertoto CupEdit

Season Club Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1996 Cliftonville GS   Standard Liège 0–3
  Hapoel Haifa 1–1
  Stuttgart 1–4
  Aalborg 0–4
1997 Ards GS   Royal Antwerp 0–1
  Nea Salamis Famagusta 1–4
  Auxerre 0–3
  Lausanne Sports 0–6
1998 Omagh Town 1R   Rimavská Sobota 2–2 0–1 2–3
1999 Newry Town 1R   Hrvatski Dragovoljac 2–0 0–1 2–1
2R   MSV Duisburg 1–0 0–2 1–2
2000 Glenavon 1R   Slaven Belupo 1–1 0–3 1–4
2001 Cliftonville 1R   Tiligul Tiraspol 1–3 0–1 1–4
2002 Coleraine 1R   Sant Julià 5–0 2–2 7–2
2R   Troyes 1–2 1–2 2–4
2003 Omagh Town 1R   Shakhtyor Soligorsk 1–7 0–1 1–8
2004 Ballymena United 1R   Odense 0–7 0–0 0–7
2005 Lisburn Distillery 1R   Žalgiris Vilnius 0–1 0–1 0–2
2006 Dungannon Swifts 1R   Keflavik 0–0 1–4 1–4
2007 Cliftonville 1R   Dinaburg 1–1 1–0 2–1
2R   Gent 0–4 0–2 0–6
2008 Lisburn Distillery 1R   TPS Turku 2–3 1–3 3–6

GS = Group stage; 1R/2R = First/Second round

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Glenavon qualified for both the 1957–58 European Cup and the 1960–61 European Cup but withdrew from the 1960–61 competition when both clubs were refused visas to enter each other's countries, and it was not financially viable for Glenavon to play the matches in neutral countries.
  2. ^ Derry City played in Northern Irish football until 1985, when they joined the League of Ireland and now represent the Republic of Ireland in European competition.
  3. ^ Omagh Town was dissolved in 2005 due to financial problems.
  4. ^ Newry Town changed its name to Newry City in 2004, and was later dissolved in 2012 due to financial problems.
  5. ^ Linfield withdrew from the competition before the home leg was played, as Vorwärts were denied visas for entry into the UK, and it was not financially viable for Linfield to play the match in a neutral country.
  6. ^ Derry City withdrew from the competition before the home leg was played, as the IFA ruled that their home ground was not up to standard.
  7. ^ a b c No clubs entered European competition this season as a result of the security situation in Northern Ireland. The three clubs that missed out were Glentoran (European Cup), Portadown (UEFA Cup) and Coleraine (Cup Winners' Cup).
  8. ^ Dinamo Tbilisi were later expelled from the tournament and suspended from UEFA tournaments for two years for allegedly attempting to bribe match officials. Linfield were reinstated.
  9. ^ No clubs entered the Champions League during these seasons as a result of restructuring by UEFA, with entry to the competition limited to the continent's top 24 countries. The league champions entered the UEFA Cup instead.
  10. ^ The Drita v Linfield match, originally scheduled to be played on 11 August 2020, could not be played due to two players from Drita testing positive for SARS-2 coronavirus and the whole team being put into quarantine by the Swiss authorities.[22][23] Linfield were subsequently awarded a technical 3–0 victory by UEFA according to the regulations related to COVID-19.[24][25]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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