List of international goals scored by David Healy

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David Healy playing for Northern Ireland
David Healy scored 36 international goals for Northern Ireland.

David Healy is a retired footballer, who represented the Northern Ireland national football team between 2000 and 2013. During his international career, he played 95 matches in which he scored 36 goals, becoming his country's top scorer.[1] Healy made his international debut in a friendly against Luxembourg at the Stade Josy Barthel in February 2000, scoring two goals in a 3–1 victory.[2] In June 2004, he became Northern Ireland's all-time top scorer, after netting his 14th international goal in a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago; the previous record of 13 goals was held jointly by Billy Gillespie and Colin Clarke.[3] As of October 2015, Kyle Lafferty is second to Healy in Northern Ireland's all-time scoring record, with 16 goals.[4] Healy's final goal came in 2012, after a four-year goal drought, when he scored a 95th-minute equaliser against Azerbaijan during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification.[5]

Healy is the only Northern Ireland player to have scored two international hat-tricks.[6] Both were achieved during UEFA Euro 2008 qualification matches: the first came in a 3–2 win against Spain in September 2006,[7] and the second in a 4–1 away defeat of Liechtenstein, six months later.[8] Overall, Healy scored 13 goals during that qualification campaign, making him the highest-scoring player in a single European Championship qualification tournament.[6] As a result of this record, he was presented with a special award by Michel Platini on behalf of UEFA.[9] Healy held the record alone until October 2015, when Poland's Robert Lewandowski scored against the Republic of Ireland during qualification for UEFA Euro 2016 and matched Healy's feat.[10]

During Healy's career, Northern Ireland failed to qualify for either the FIFA World Cup or UEFA European Championship finals; the majority of his goals came in qualification matches (22), as opposed to friendlies.[1] Healy has scored more goals (five) against Liechtenstein than any other nation, and more than half of his goals (20) were scored at Windsor Park in Belfast.[1] Upon retirement, he was described by national team manager Michael O'Neill as "an iconic player".[6]

List of international goals

Home team goals listed first. Northern Ireland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Healy goal.[1]
List of international goals scored by David Healy
No. Cap Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1 1 23 February 2000 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 1–0 3–1 Friendly [2]
2 2–1
3 2 28 March 2000 National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta  Malta 3–0 3–0 Friendly [11]
4 4 16 August 2000 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Yugoslavia 1–0 1–2 Friendly [12]
5 6 7 October 2000 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Denmark 1–0 1–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification [13]
6 10 28 March 2001 Balgarska Armia Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Bulgaria 3–4 3–4 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification [14]
7 14 5 September 2001 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Iceland 1–0 3–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification [15]
8 15 6 October 2001 National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta  Malta 1–0 1–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification [16]
9 30 18 February 2004 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Norway 1–3 1–4 Friendly [17]
10 31 31 March 2004 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 1–0 1–0 Friendly [18]
11 33 30 May 2004 Barbados National Stadium, Bridgetown, Barbados  Barbados 1–1 1–1 Friendly [19]
12 34 2 June 2004 Warner Park, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis  Saint Kitts and Nevis 1–0 2–0 Friendly [20]
13 35 6 June 2004 Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet, Trinidad and Tobago  Trinidad and Tobago 1–0 3–0 Friendly [21]
14 3–0
15 38 8 September 2004 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales  Wales 2–0 2–2 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification [22]
16 39 13 October 2004 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Austria 1–1 3–3 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification [23]
17 43 6 April 2005 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Germany 1–0 1–4 Friendly [24]
18 44 17 August 2005 National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta  Malta 1–0 1–1 Friendly [25]
19 46 7 September 2005 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  England 1–0 1–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification [26]
20 50 16 August 2006 Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland  Finland 1–0 2–1 Friendly [27]
21 52 6 September 2006 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Spain 1–1 3–2 UEFA Euro 2008 qualification [7]
22 2–2
23 3–2
24 54 11 October 2006 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Latvia 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualification [28]
25 55 24 March 2007 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein 1–0 4–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualification [8]
26 2–0
27 3–0
28 56 28 March 2007 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Sweden 1–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualification [29]
29 2–1
30 57 22 August 2007 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Liechtenstein 1–0 3–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualification [30]
31 2–0
32 59 12 September 2007 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Iceland 1–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualification [31]
33 61 17 November 2007 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Denmark 2–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualification [32]
34 64 26 March 2008 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Georgia 2–0 4–1 Friendly [33]
35 69 15 October 2008 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  San Marino 1–0 4–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification [34]
36 94 14 November 2012 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Azerbaijan 1–1 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification [35]

Statistics

References

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  2. ^ a b "Healy gives McIlroy perfect start". BBC News. 23 February 2000. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  3. ^ "Profile of Billy Gillespie". Irish Football Association. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. 
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  5. ^ "Healy happy to be back on the mark". Belfast Telegraph. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  6. ^ a b c Fullerton, Darren (3 December 2013). "Euro record-holder Healy announces retirement". UEFA. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  7. ^ a b "Healy hat-trick humbles Spain". UEFA. 7 September 2006. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  8. ^ a b "Liechtenstein 1–4 N Ireland". BBC Sport. 24 March 2007. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  9. ^ "Platini honours NI striker Healy". BBC Sport. 26 March 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Lewandowski equals Healy's scoring record". UEFA. 11 October 2015. Archived from the original on 14 November 2015. 
  11. ^ "NI cruise to Maltese victory". BBC News. 28 March 2000. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  12. ^ "Healy heroics in vain for McIlroy's men". BBC Sport. 16 August 2000. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  13. ^ "Northern Ireland denied by Danes". BBC Sport. 7 October 2000. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  14. ^ "NI beaten by Bulgaria". BBC Sport. 28 March 2001. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  15. ^ "Three-goal Irish sink Iceland". BBC Sport. 5 September 2001. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  16. ^ "Healy makes Malta pay penalty". BBC Sport. 7 October 2001. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  17. ^ "Northern Ireland 1–4 Norway". BBC Sport. 18 February 2004. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  18. ^ "Estonia 0–1 N Ireland". BBC Sport. 31 March 2004. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  19. ^ "Barbados 1–1 Northern Ireland". BBC Sport. 31 May 2004. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  20. ^ "St Kitts 0–2 N Ireland". BBC Sport. 3 June 2004. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  21. ^ "Healy breaks record in win". BBC Sport. 7 June 2004. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  22. ^ "Wales 2–2 N Ireland". BBC Sport. 8 September 2004. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  23. ^ "Northern Ireland 3–3 Austria". BBC Sport. 13 October 2004. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  24. ^ "Northern Ireland 1–4 Germany". BBC Sport. 4 June 2005. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  25. ^ "Malta 1–1 Northern Ireland". BBC Sport. 17 August 2005. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  26. ^ "Northern Ireland 1–0 England". BBC Sport. 7 September 2005. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  27. ^ "Finland 1–2 Northern Ireland". BBC Sport. 16 August 2006. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  28. ^ McCaig, Alvin (11 October 2006). "N Ireland 1–0 Latvia". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  29. ^ "N Ireland 2–1 Sweden". BBC Sport. 28 March 2007. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  30. ^ "N Ireland 3–1 Liechtenstein". BBC Sport. 22 August 2007. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  31. ^ "Iceland 2–1 Northern Ireland". BBC Sport. 13 September 2007. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  32. ^ Jackson, Lyle (17 November 2007). "Northern Ireland 2–1 Denmark". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  33. ^ McCaig, Alvin (26 March 2008). "Northern Ireland 4–1 Georgia". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  34. ^ "N Ireland 4–0 San Marino". BBC Sport. 15 October 2008. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  35. ^ McCaig, Alvin (14 November 2012). "Northern Ireland 1–1 Azerbaijan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
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