VIDEO: Savour Ireland's Longest Ever Winning Streak In International Football (8 Games)

VIDEO: Savour Ireland's Longest Ever Winning Streak In International Football (8 Games)

It's hard to pinpoint the exact peak of Jack Charlton's reign. Ireland's performance levels were not subject to any major dips or troughs in the years between 1987 and 1994.

However, a perusal of the records indicate strongly that the peak, in so far as there was one, may have arrived earlier in Jack's reign rather than later.

For one thing, Euro 88 is the only qualification campaign in which Ireland finished at the head of the table. For Euro 2000, we were seconds away from doing likewise, at the expense of Yugoslavia this time, but then...

Between May 1987 and May 1988, Ireland played eight internationals and won all of them.

It began with a memorable 1-0 friendly win over Brazil. Next came a professional away win in Luxembourg and was followed by an unconvincing, hype-puncturing 2-1 win over the same opposition at home.

In October came one of Ireland's best competitive performances of the decade. Bulgaria were demolished 2-0 in Lansdowne Road. Liam Brady was magnificent (although he was sent off shortly before the end) and McGrath and Moran grabbed the goals.

The day before Gary Mackay wrote his name in lights in Sofia, Israel were murdered 5-0 in a friendly in Dalymount Park.


The warm-up games for Euro 88 saw more victories. Romania, Yugoslavia and Poland all came to Dublin between March and May and were beaten 2-0, 2-0 and 3-1 respectively.

The sequence was only broken by a 0-0 draw in a friendly in Oslo, the final warm-up game before Stuttgart.

23 May 1987 - Ireland 1-0 Brazil



28 May 1987 - Luxembourg 0 - 2 Ireland

9 September 1987 -  Ireland 2 - 1 Luxembourg


14 October 1987 -  Ireland 2 - 0 Bulgaria

10 November 1987 -  Ireland 5 - 0 Israel


23 March 1988 -  Ireland 2 - 0 Romania


27 April 1988 - Ireland 2 - 0 Yugoslavia

Tough to acquire footage of this one.



22 May 1988 -  Ireland 3 - 1 Poland

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Conor Neville
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