With just over a week until the Euro 2016 tournament kicks off, the Times caught up with three fans who’ll be travelling to cheer on Michael O’Neill’s side in France.
Treasurer of the Larne NISC, Paul Duffin, has been following Northern Ireland since 1971. He’s only missed one home game in that time and has not missed a match either home or away since 1999. He attended both World Cups in 1982 and 1986.
•Favourite NI player of all time - David Healy
•Favourite NI player now - Gareth McAuley
•Match looking forward to most - Germany
Chairman of the Newtownabbey NISC, Angus Henry, has been supporting NI for over 40 years. This will be his first tournament as a Northern Ireland fan.
•Favourite NI player of all time - George Best
•Favourite player now - Paddy McNair
•Match looking forward to most - Poland
Carrickfergus man, Adrian Ashe is travelling to a tournament for the first time. He started following the national side in the 1970s.
•Favourite players of all time - Sammy McIlroy / Norman Whiteside
•Favourite player now - Steve Davis
• Match looking forward to the most - ‘I’ll enjoy them all!’
Check out next week’s Times for more in-depth coverage on our local fans.