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Birthday Boy - Gerry Armstrong

Born in May: Gerry Armstrong.

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Gerry Armstrong possessed all the ingredients to be a top class centre-forward. And on his day he certainly was. Unfortunately his goals return did not reflect his overall contribution to games but then one night in Valencia showcased his talents to a worldwide audience.

The big man was a massive part of Northern Ireland’s 1982 World Cup challenge when he finished as the UK’s highest scorer with three goals. The leading marksman in the tournament was Italy’s Paolo Rossi with six.

Considering that the Irish only reached the second round while Italy went on to lift the trophy, Gerry’s return on a goals-per-game ratio was certainly impressive.



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