By The Numbers: Ireland v Austria
54: The number of goals scored in those three matches with Ireland scoring 18 goals and Austria scoring 36 goals.
21: A total of 21 players have made their international debut v Austria:
Frank O’Farrell (1952); Joseph “Robin” Lawler (1955); Mick McGrath (1958); Tony Dunne, Alfie Hale and Dinny Lowry (1962) all in friendly matches.
Ray Brady, Willie Browne and Ronnie Whelan Snr (1963 Vienna); Noel Campbell, Jimmy Dunne and Jimmy Holmes (1971 Dalymount Park); Mick Gannon, John Herrick, Mick Kearin, Mick Martin, Tommy McConville, Damien Richardson and Paddy Roche (1971 Linz); Mark Kennedy (1995 Vienna) and Anthony Pilkington (2013 Aviva Stadium) all in competitive matches.
Jimmy Dunne, Gannon, Kearin and Lowry were never subsequently capped.
17 years 200 days: Jimmy Holmes (Coventry City) became the youngest player ever to play for Ireland when he replaced Don Givens in the 74th minute of the 4-1 defeat to Austria in a European Championship qualifying match at Dalymount Park on 30th May 1971 to set a record which still stands today.
12: A record number of 12 League of Ireland players drawn from seven different clubs played for Ireland in the 6-0 defeat to Austria in a European Championship qualifying match in Linz on 10th October 1971:
Paddy Roche and Mick Gannon (Shelbourne), Al Finucane (Limerick), Tommy McConville and Turlough O’Connor (Dundalk), John Herrick (Cork Hibernians), Mick Kearin, Frank O’Neill, Mick Leech and Damien Richardson (Shamrock Rovers), Mick Martin (Bohemians) and Alfie Hale (Waterford). The only English League player in the team was Paddy Mulligan of Chelsea.
44: Today's game is Ireland’s 44th home match to be played at the Aviva Stadium.
10: Austria will become the 10th country to play Ireland here at the Aviva Stadium at least twice: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia (three times), Germany, Oman, Poland, Scotland, Slovakia, Uruguay and Wales.
45: Ireland defeated Iran by 2-1 in a Brazilian Independence Cup match in Recife on this date in 1972.
27: Ireland drew 1-1 with England in Cagliari in a World Cup Finals match on this date in 1990.
22: Ireland lost 1-3 to Austria in a European Championship match at Lansdowne Road on this date in 1995.
17: Ireland defeated South Africa by 2-1 in a US Cup match in New Jersey on this date in 2000.
15: Ireland defeated Saudi Arabia by 3-0 in Yokohama in a World Cup Finals match on this date in 2002.
14: Ireland defeated Georgia by 2-0 in a European Championship match at Lansdowne Road on this date in 2003.