O'Neill the player in 1978. S&G/S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport
Test your knowledge

QUIZ: How well do you know Martin O'Neill?

The new Ireland manager is unveiled tomorrow so it’s about time you brushed up on him.


1. What county is Martin from originally?
Answer: Derry

2. Who was his favourite footballer growing up?
Answer: Former Ireland and Sunderland defender Charlie Hurley

3.What GAA club did he play for?
Answer: Padraig Pearse’s Kilrea. The club founded by his father Leo

4. Why was he banned from playing a Gaelic football match at Casement Park?
Answer: Because he was playing soccer with Distillery at the time

5. Which Spanish team did he score against as a 19-year-old for Distillery in the European Cup Winners Cup?
Answer: Barcelona, during a 3-1 defeat at Windsor Park in 1971

6. In which year did he agree to join Nottingham Forest?
Answer: 1971 for £25,000

imageThe Forest team in 1973 with O’Neill second left in the back row. Credit: Peter Robinson/EMPICS Sport

7. What was Martin studying at Queen’s University when the offer to sign for Forest came in?
Answer: Law

8. What did O’Neill win during his time at Nottingham Forest?
Answer: One First Division title, two European Cups, a European Super Cup and two League Cups

9. Who scored the winning goal for Northern Ireland when O’Neill captained them to a 1-0 win over hosts Spain in the 1982 World Cup?
Answer: Gerry Armstrong

10. What did O’Neill used to joke about with international team-mate Sammy McIlroy when they played at Windsor Park?
Answer: “I’d say that I didn’t mind being booed off the pitch, it was when you were booed onto it that you might have a concern.”

11. When he retired from playing, who were his first club as a manager?
Answer: Grantham Town, at the time playing in the Beazer Homes League Midlands Division (two leagues below the Conference)

imageO’Neill facing France at the 1982 World Cup. Credit: Peter Robinson/EMPICS Sport

12. What did he achieve for the first time in Wycombe Wanderers’ history in 1992/93?
Answer: He got them promoted to the Football League

13. Why did Martin O’Neill resign as Norwich City after just six months in charge?
Answer: He was upset with chairman Robert Chase after the club’s failed efforts to sign Dean Windass

14. Who did Leicester City beat in the Coca Cola Cup final in a replay in 1997?
Answer: Middlesbrough

15. Name three players who started in the Foxes’ Worthington Cup defeat to Spurs two years later?
Answer: The starting XI was: Kasey Keller, Matt Elliot, Steve Walsh, Gerry Taggart, Robert Ullathorne, Steve Guppy, Neil Lennon, Muzzy Izzet, Robbie Savage, Tony Cottee, Emile Heskey

imageO’Neill celebrates in the 1997 final replay. Credit: Michael Steele/EMPICS Sport

16. How many SPL titles did O’Neill win with Celtic?
Answer: Three ( 2001, 2002 and 2004)

17. Who managed Celtic’s opponents in the 2003 UEFA Cup final?
Answer: Jose Mourinho was in charge of Porto

18. What was O’Neill awarded in 2004?
Answer: An OBE for his services to sport

19. What position in the Premier League did Aston Villa finish in three consecutive seasons under O’Neill?
Answer: Sixth (in 2008, 2009 and 2010)

20. How did O’Neill describe his partnership with Roy Keane as on ITV this week?
Answer: “I think I’m the bad cop and I think he’s the bad, bad cop,” he said.

imageCredit: INPHO/Donall Farmer

So, tell us… what score did you get?

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