Gareth McAuley wins 50th Cap!
Relative of our N Ireland Clan Commissioner Laurence McAuley, English Premiership footballer West Bromwich Albion’s Gareth McAuley last month earned his 50th international cap for Northern Ireland in the teams 2-0 European Championship away victory over Greece.
To beat Greece in their own backyard, a team that in the summer had narrowly lost out on a World Cup Quarter Final place on penalties was quite something.
Gareth had also scored the opening goal in the 2-0 victory against the Faroe Islands a few days previous. Incredibly the two victories sent Northern Ireland to the top of their qualifying group with a maximum of nine points out of nine!
A few more victories and the many ‘McAuley’ Northern Ireland fans could be starting to dream of a place in the European Finals for the first time!