Northern Ireland – a poor version of Eyre. Old, but semi-professional clubs, smaller league – only 12 teams, players moving to English clubs earlier, as teenagers, not young adults, and fans taking the ferry to Glasgow for yet one more battle between Catholics and Protestants. Belfast ruled Northern Irish football, but Belfast with its bombs ans skirmishes between IRA and British Police/Army was not merrily Guinness soaked Dublin. Football was regularly played, of course, but it was of little note. Glentoran – one of the two 'big clubs', the other is Linfield – won the championship.
What else could be said for a country calling players from 3rd division English clubs to its national team? FC Bangor and Cliftonville (Belfast) ended at the bottom of the table, 11th and 12th respectively, but that meant nothing, for there was no promotion and relegation. Same 12 clubs were to start anew the next season. George Best was still in the news, but he never played in the domestic championship, so the news had nothing to do with home-played football. High scoring was the best about Northern Irish football – 408 goals were scored in the championship, 3.091 goals per match average.