If ever there was a must win game, then this was it for England, but not only did they have to win it, they needed to smash little Luxembourg to pieces if they were to put any pressure on Italy in World Cup qualification. No more games had been played in Group 2 since the
1977 would be a happy and glorious year in England with the Queen celebrating her Silver Jubilee, but it would certainly prove to be an “Annus Horribilis” for the nation’s football team and particularly it’s manager, Don Revie. A year that would see him become a pariah in the English game started as it meant
10 years earlier, England were proudly proclaimed as champions of the World. Following this horrific afternoon in Rome, the Three Lions had never looked further away from winning the World Cup again. A comprehensive defeat to Italy meant that England would now need a minor miracle to make it to the finals in Argentina and
International football in the 1970’s was a very different animal to the game we see today. There was no international window and fixtures were very much played on an ad hoc basis. There were far fewer games during the season itself, and the chance for experimentation in friendly fixtures were few and far between, normally
Whilst the top sides in Europe prepared for the semi-finals of the 1976 European Championship, England were setting out on the road to qualification for the next major tournament, the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. After five weeks of preparation in the Home Internationals and the US Bicentennial tournament, Don Revie’s team faced their most
With England fully in preparation mode for the forthcoming World Cup qualifier in Finland, and with Italy their main rival in the quest to qualify for Argentina 1978, Don Revie went back to experimental mode for the second match of the 1976 US Bicentennial tournament. Following on from the heartbreak of a last minute loss
Whilst the top four sides in Europe were preparing for the Finals of the 1976 European Championships, England had flown halfway around the world to prepare for the qualifying tournament for the 1978 World Cup. The United States was celebrating its Bicentennial and a four team tournament had been arranged as part of the festivities.