Northern Ireland national Junior football team

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Northern Ireland Juniors
Nickname(s) Green and White Army, Norn Iron
Association Irish Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coachHarry McConkey
Captain William Armstrong
Most caps Brian Hylands (25) [1]
Home stadiumvarious
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First colours
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Second colours
First international
Saint Patrick's Saltire.svg  Ireland 0–11 Scotland  Flag of Scotland.svg
(Glasgow; 15 February 1890)
Biggest win
Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 5–0 Luxembourg  Flag of Luxembourg.svg
(Luxembourg; 1 October 2000)
Biggest defeat
Saint Patrick's Saltire.svg  Ireland 0–11 Scotland  Flag of Scotland.svg
(Glasgow; 15 February 1890)
UEFA Regions Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2007)
Best resultFinals Group Stage

The Northern Ireland Junior national football team, commonly referred to as Northern Ireland Juniors, represents Northern Ireland in international association football matches for teams selected outside national professional leagues. Originally selected on an all-Ireland basis, the team is now limited to selecting players appearing in intermediate and junior leagues within Northern Ireland. A number of players have graduated from the Junior international side to the senior international side, notably Norman Uprichard and Dick Keith who played at the 1958 World Cup. The most recent player to graduate to the senior team was Stuart Dallas.



Ireland Juniors played their first representative match against Scotland in 1890. The Scots became the primary opponents for Ireland Juniors through to the 1990s with only occasional matches against Wales and the Republic of Ireland for variety. [2]


The main competition for junior level national teams in Europe is the UEFA Regions Cup. Northern Ireland Juniors first entered in 2000 but a change in the rules mean that since 2007 the national team has been unable to enter and a regional select has entered in its stead. [3] Since this change the Eastern Region have been the representatives five times and the Western Region once having won a play-off.

In addition Northern Ireland Juniors regularly compete in the International Quadrangular Tournament along with Scotland, the Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man. Northern Ireland have won this competition three times, in 1995, 1996 and 2017.

Current squad

The following players were selected for the Junior International Quadrangular Tournament held in Glasgow, Scotland from 11–14 October 2017. [4]

Kit NumberPositionNameClub
1 GK Jordan Williamson PSNI
12 GK Paul Wells Limavady United
2Dale Montgomery Loughgall
3William Armstrong (C) Harland & Wolff Welders
4Scott McMillan Harland & Wolff Welders
5Dean Curry Institute
6Ryan Deans Harland & Wolff Welders
7Dylan Wilson PSNI
8Jordan Gibson Lurgan Celtic
9Warner Mullen Lurgan Celtic
10Ryan Campbell Dergview
11Ricky Thompson Dollingstown
13Ryan Morrow Institute
14Aaron Walsh Maiden City
15Ryan Arthurs Knockbreda
16Adam Gray Ballyclare Comrades
17Stewart Nixon Ballyclare Comrades
18Stephen Curry Institute
19Mark Kelly Ballyclare Comrades
20Craig Harris Harland & Wolff Welders

Competition Records

UEFA Regions' Cup

1999 [5] Did not enter
2001 [6] Qualifying Round Flag of Luxembourg.svg 311184
2003 [7] Qualifying Round Flag of the Netherlands.svg 310243
2005 [8] Qualifying Round Flag of Slovenia.svg 311163
2007 [9] 1Finals – Group Stage Flag of Bulgaria.svg 9531116
2009 [10] 1Intermediate Round Flag of Germany.svg 311133
2011 [11] 1Intermediate Round Flag of North Macedonia.svg 621366
2013 [12] 1Finals – Group Stage Flag of Italy.svg 95221512
2015 [13] 1Finals – Group Stage Flag of Ireland.svg 6411157
2017 [14] 2Intermediate Round Flag of Moldova.svg 300326
2019 [15] 1Intermediate Round Ulster Banner.svg 310234

Since 2007, Northern Ireland has been represented by the winner of a play-off between the Eastern Region1 and Western Region2.

Quadrangular Tournament

Flag of Ireland.svg 1993–94Did not enter1
Flag of Scotland.svg 1994–95Final1st211043
Flag of the Isle of Man.svg 1995–96Final1st220031
Ulster Banner.svg 1996–97Final2nd201123
Flag of Ireland.svg 1997–983rd place play-off4th201114
Flag of Scotland.svg 1998–993rd place play-off4th200218
Flag of the Isle of Man.svg 1999–20003rd place play-off4th200213
Ulster Banner.svg 2000–01 League [16] 3rd310225
Flag of Ireland.svg 2002-03League4th301239
Flag of Scotland.svg 2004–05League3rd311134
Flag of the Isle of Man.svg 2007–08League3rd302167
Ulster Banner.svg 2009–10League4th302124
Flag of Ireland.svg 2013–14League3rd310236
Flag of Scotland.svg 2017–18League1st321083

1 A Mid Ulster side represented Northern Ireland

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