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!