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Danny honoured

Posted on 29 March 2015  - 11:10

Danny Blanchflower's memory has been honoured by the Ulster History Circle with the unveiling of a commemorative blue plaque at his former Belfast home.

The plaque at Danny's former home in BelfastPat Jennings at the ceremonyPat with Peter Robinson, First Minister of Northern   Ireland, at Stormont CastleDanny's daughter Gayle at the ceremony

A native of the Bloomfield area, the midfielder made 56 appearances for Northern Ireland - many as captain - during a legendary career that included him playing 382 senior games for us between 1954-63 and famously captaining our double-winning team of 1960-61.

Pat Jennings was Guest of Honour as the plaque was unveiled by Danny's daughter, Gayle, on Friday.

All-time Spurs and Northern Ireland great Pat told us how much Danny meant to his country.

"You just have to think that Danny was a boy from Northern Ireland who went on to win the double at Spurs and was named Football of the Year twice in his career, you may never see that again," said Pat.

"As a kid, my dad used to take me to watch Northern Ireland internationals and he was a key member of the team that reached the World Cup Finals in 1958.

"For me to then join Spurs in 1964 and Danny to still be there was fantastic. He was brilliant to me and always had words of encouragement. He was a special player and special person."

Below: Danny and Bill Nicholson

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Danny joined us from Aston Villa in December, 1954, and went on to be named ‘Footballer of the Year’ in 1958, the same year that he led Northern Ireland in the World Cup finals in Sweden.

He was ‘Footballer of the Year’ again in 1961, played a key role as we retained the FA Cup the following year and then famously lifted the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963. He later managed Chelsea and Northern Ireland.

He sadly passed away in December, 1993, at the age of 67.

Ahead of the unveiling ceremony, Pat was hosted by Peter Robinson, First Minister of Northern Ireland, at Stormont Castle.