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Republic of Ireland B is the reserve team of the Republic of Ireland national football team. There are no competitions for B teams. However since 1957 the Football Association of Ireland has arranged occasional friendlies.

History

Early B internationals

The FAI first introduced B internationals during the 1950s. In an era when League of Ireland players were getting less opportunities to break into the senior team, these games were seen as a chance for these players to gain some international experience. The Republic of Ireland B played their first game on October 20 1957 at Dalymount Parkmarker against Romania B. They held the visitors to a 1-1 draw. Three days later, on October 23, the Romanians lost 6-0 to a Northern Ireland B team.

In August 1958 a Republic of Ireland B team travelled to Reykjavikmarker and beat Iceland 3-2. Then in September 1960, Iceland made a return visit to Dalymount Park, this time losing 2-1. On both occasions Iceland fielded their senior team and the Football Association of Iceland regard these games as full internationals. In between the two games against Iceland, the Republic of Ireland B also beat South Africa 1-0 at Dalymount Park. The South Africans also regard this as a full international. Several League of Ireland players who played in these games subsequently played for the senior Republic of Ireland team. These included Christy Doyle, who had scored against both Iceland and South Africa, Jackie Hennessy who had scored twice against Iceland and Liam Tuohy.

After the game against Iceland in 1960 it would be thirty years before a Republic of Ireland B team officially played again. However on May 24 1971, the FAI, celebrating its Golden Jubilee arranged a special game at Lansdowne Roadmarker. This should have been a full international, however their opponents, England, only sent a B team. Steve Heighway scored for an unofficial Republic of Ireland B team in the subsequent 1-1 draw.

1990s

Under Jack Charlton, B internationals were revived and during the 1990s the Republic of Ireland B played England B twice. They recorded their biggest win to date when they beat England B 4-1 at Turner's Cross on March 27 1990. However four years later England B avenged this defeat when they beat the Republic of Ireland B 2-0 at Anfieldmarker on December 1 1994. This remains their biggest defeat to date.

In between the two games against England B, the Republic of Ireland B also beat Denmark B 2-0 at Tolka Parkmarker on February 12 1992. Under Mick McCarthy, the Republic of Ireland B played a further three games, including two against a League of Ireland XI and one against a Northern Ireland B team.

Recent Years

In April 2006 the FAI announced that Pat Devlin would join the management team of Steve Staunton as manager of the Republic of Ireland B and as Eircom League co-ordinator. The intention was for Devlin to monitor players in the league, report on potential international players and introduce them to international football at B level.
Since then the Republic of Ireland B has played Scotland B twice.


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Current squad

Squad for game against Nottingham Forest on October 9 2008.

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