World Cup heroes swigged lager and wine to try to pee for drug test after upset

On the back of one of the greatest upsets in the history of international football at the 1982 World Cup in Spain, two star players turned to booze in the middle of a routine drug-test.

Northern Ireland heroes Tommy Cassidy and Gerry Armstrong turned to the beverages in a bid to rehydrate their bodies and supply the sample required by the FIFA official following their memorable 1-0 victory.

The iconic side, led by the late great Billy Bingham, beat the hosts thanks to Armstrong's strike early in the second-half in a moment that became part of Northern Irish football folklore on their way through the first group stage.

Northern Ireland sub Cassidy revealed in 2010 that he and Gerry Armstrong had to find a solution after being handed an unexpected problem after the game.

"Immediately after the game finished, myself and Gerry Armstrong were taken away for a drugs test," Cassidy told the Lancashire Telegraph. "We were both so dehydrated that it took us an hour and a half to give a sample.

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"We were sat under armed guards, next to FIFA doctors and officials, and it was just so funny that it took us so long. We simply couldn't pee.

"We tried and tried, drinking water, lager and even wine to help us. Gerry drank so much alcohol that he was little bit drunk.

"He was singing 'Danny Boy' and all sorts. It was hilarious – even one of the guards began to sway to his singing."

Iconic boss Bingham played for Northern Ireland between 1951 and 1963 and managed them across two spells, the second lasting between 1980 and 1993

His passing away this week at the age of 90 has been met with tributes from far and wide, with son David said that he and his family are "very proud of all our dad achieved".

The Irish Football Association said: "Billy holds a unique place in the football hearts of Northern Ireland in that he both played at and managed in World Cup final tournaments with Northern Ireland, being part of Peter Doherty's historic team of 1958 in Sweden and then managing Northern Ireland in the 1982 and 1986 finals."

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