WALES 0 ENGLAND 2 1974 Home International Championship Ninian Park, 11th May 1974

Kevin Keegan scores his first international goal – Picture from The Daily Mail

England started life without Sir Alf Ramsey with a comfortable victory over the hapless Welsh in Cardiff. With Don Revie still not released from his contract at Leeds United, the FA had appointed Joe Mercer as a caretaker manager to oversee the Home Internationals and the tour of Eastern Europe which would follow.

Mercer handed Emlyn Hughes the captains armband, the Liverpool skipper’s first time as the leader of his national team. Only one debut was given, to Leicester City’s Keith Weller as Mercer stuck pretty much to the tried and tested. Stan Bowles retained his place in attack.

The Welsh had not scored in the competition for four years so were not expected to be much of a match for England. Without John Toshack their attack looked toothless and unlikely to trouble the Derby County pairing of McFarland and Todd in the heart of the English defence.

Coverage was as usual shared between the BBC & ITV. David Coleman ran solo for the Beeb whilst Brian Moore had Jack Charlton alongside him. Highlights of the game were broadcast that evening; however I have been unable to find any footage.

Bowles and Keegan notched the goals either side of half time, maiden international goals for both of them, as England cruised to victory.

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