ENGLAND 1 NORTHERN IRELAND 0 1974 Home International Championship – Wembley Stadium, 15th May 1974

Keith Weller – Scorer of the only goal

England made it two wins from two for Joe Mercer as they overcame a stubborn Northern Ireland team at Wembley.

The highlights of the game were broadcast by the BBC on their Sportsnight programme, with David Coleman commentating.

Joe Mercer named an unchanged side and it was one of the players he had introduced, Keith Weller, who netted the only goal of the game with a neat header from a cross by debutant Frank Worthington, just two minutes after his introduction. Worthington had replaced Stan Bowles, who would attract all the headlines over the following few days.

The mercurial QPR forward absconded from the England hotel before they left for Scotland the following morning, with Joe Mercer admitting he had no idea where he was. Bowles was tracked down by a reporter and admitted to being depressed and that he would not be travelling to Glasgow for the clash with the Auld Enemy.

England would also be without Roy McFarland for the clash at Hampden Park. The Derby County midfielder damaged his Achilles tendon after half an hour of the clash with the Irish and would be out for six months.


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