Play off victory secures League title on this May 20 date in 1961

Posted : 20th May 2020 at 00:07:01

On this May 20 date in 1961, Linfield won the Irish League title following a play off / test match.

Linfield and Portadown both finished on 32 points after 22 league games and with no goal difference in operation at that time, the title had to be settled by way of a play off. Two points were awarded for wins at that time.

Linfield won 4 league titles in the post war period in this manner - in 1949/50, 1954/55, 1960/61 and 1961/62.

Linrield won the 1960/61 test match 3-2 against Portadown at the Oval.

The goals were scored by Jim Reid (2) and Billy Ferguson and the team line up was - Irvine, Gilliland, Graham, Wilson, Hamill, Gough, Stewart, Ferguson, Reid, Dickson and Braithwaite.

A week earlier Linfield defeated Glentoran 2-1 in the County Antrim Shield final at Solitude, with Ferguson and Dickson grabbing the goals.

Four days prior to the Shield final, the Glens had defeated Linfield 4-2 in the Gold cup final at Solitude. The Irish Cup also ended in disappointment, after a 5-1 reverse at the hands of Glenavon on April 22, also at Solitude.

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