Northern Ireland & the 2018 World Cup
If Northern Ireland reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia, it was simply be an incredible achievement.
Arguably the greatest achievement in the country’s footballing history.
Northern Ireland were drawn into Group C for their World Cup qualifiers. That saw Michael O’Neill’s side pitted against the likes of Germany, the Czech Republic and Norway.
And with two rounds of fixtures remaining, Northern Ireland are firmly place in second place in their group.
It’s been an amazing few weeks for Northern Ireland as the’ve recorded back to back wins against San Marino and over the Czechs.
Leeds’ Stuart Dallas
Following the win over the Czechs this week, a story has emerged involved Leeds and Northern Ireland midfielder Stuart Dallas.
The Leeds star gave tickets to Johnathan Smyth and his sons Alfie and Theo for the Northern Ireland-Czech match.
Stuart Dallas reached out to the family after he found out that mum Jolene O’Hagan had sadly and suddenly passed away.
Dad Johnathan Smyth spoke to the Belfast Telegraph to explain what happened:
When Jolene passed away two months ago, Stuart, being from Cookstown, had obviously heard about that.
But now he’s given Alfie and Theo a massive smile on their faces with this gesture.
This surprise means the world to us, it’s a very nice thing for Stuart to do and it just shows you not all footballers let the money go to their heads.
Stuart Dallas reached out to Johnathan Smyth on WhatsApp to offer him the tickets.
A copy of Stuart Dallas’ brilliant text message is below.
— Chris (@Rio17gfc) September 4, 2017