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Greatest Games: Spain 0 Northern Ireland 1, 1982


On this week's Greatest Games, Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller are joined by Michael Taylor to discuss Northern Ireland's win over Spain at the 1982 World Cup.

A win or a 2-2 draw is what Northern Ireland needed if they were to progress through to the second round of the tournament. However, they had never beaten Spain in their history and the tournament hosts has qualification aspirations of their own.

Jonathan Wilson founded The Blizzard in 2011 and is editor of the magazine. He’s contributed to numerous publications including the Guardian and Sports Illustrated as well as having authored Behind the Curtain, Inverting the Pyramid, The Outsider, Angels with Dirty Faces and most recently The Names Heard Long Ago, among others.

Marcus Speller is a host of the Football Ramble podcast as well as Answerable Questions with Questionable Answers. Marcus also regularly hosts our live Q&A events across the country alongside Jonathan.

Michael Taylor is a historian and author whose book The Interest: How the British Establishment Resisted the Abolition of Slavery was shortlisted for the 2021 Orwell prize for political writing.

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