THAT 1982 Goal that Ian Stewart Scored for Northern Ireland against West Germany

European Championship: Windsor Park, Belfast, on Wednesday, 17th November 1982.

The following article appeared in ‘Match Weekly’ on 11th December 1982:

‘Northern Ireland’s young hero Ian Stewart dreamed as a boy of scoring the winning goal for his country against a top footballing nation.

And last month that dream came true to life when the 21-year-old Queen’s Park Rangers forward scored the only goal in Northern Ireland’s historic win over European Champions West Germany.


The goal will remain in the Belfast-born player’s mind forever. He says: “The ball came across from Jimmy Nicholl on the right and Billy Hamilton chested it down as I ran on to it.”

“I took the ball inside the full-back and bent it inside the far post,” said Ian, whose match-winning goal was the first he had scored in senior soccer.

“It was particularly pleasing because it was the first time I had played for my country in my home town of Belfast and all my family and friends were watching.”

Ian scored 4 league and cup goals for the R’s and by far the best of them was at Highbury on 4th February 1984.

I ended up on the North Bank that day and can still see that fantastic goal in my minds eye. And I got away with some celebrating!

Steve Russell

2 thoughts on “THAT 1982 Goal that Ian Stewart Scored for Northern Ireland against West Germany

  1. That goal at Highbury is would be in my top 5 not televised goals that I would love to see again – a magnificent strike into the Clock End goal in the second half. Back in the days when the Rs used to do the double over Arsenal.

  2. Possibly the rudest person I’ve ever met. Even ruder than Lineker which takes some beating. The second time I met him he was with Alan McDonald in Belfast. One of them was a true gent hole the other was an ignorant pig.

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