ENGLAND 0 HOLLAND 2 – Friendly International – 9th February 1977, Wembley Stadium

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

ENGLAND 1 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND 1 – International Friendly – Wembley Stadium – 8th September 1976

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

WALES 1 ENGLAND 2 – Welsh FA Centenary Match – The Racecourse Ground, Wrexham – 24th March 1976

Four months after failing to qualify for the 1976 European Championship, Don Revie and England turned their minds to the next international cycle and the task of qualifying for the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. The draw which had taken place the day after their disappointing draw in Portugal which dashed their hopes of European

YUGOSLAVIA 2 ENGLAND 2 – International Friendly – Crvezna Zvezeda Stadion, Belgrade – 5th June 1974

England completed their East European Tour with a trip to Belgrade to take on Yugoslavia, another side heading off to West Germany and the World Cup. The fixture was an ideal warm-up for the Yugoslav’s who would be facing Scotland in the final game of the opening group stage. Once again the build up to

BULGARIA 0 ENGLAND 1 – International Friendly – Vasili Levski Stadium, Sofia – 1st June 1974

England continued their tour of Eastern Europe with another clash against a side which had qualified for the forthcoming World Cup in West Germany. The match against Bulgaria almost didn’t go ahead as there were problems with the hotel the touring party were staying in, which resulted in the players bunking together in rooms allocated

EAST GERMANY 1 ENGLAND 1 – International Friendly – The Zentral Stadion, Leipzig 29th May 1974

With no World Cup to play in England, for the second consecutive year, headed off to Eastern Europe, this time to provide warm up opposition for three sides who had qualified for the tournament. The first of these games was against first time qualifiers, East Germany, who had reason to look forward to the competition

ENGLAND 2 ARGENTINA 2 – International Friendly, Wembley Stadium – 22nd May 1974

With the World Cup on the horizon, England’s immediate future  was unfortunately to take on the role of warm up act for nations who would be competing in West Germany in the coming weeks. The first of those nations were to be Argentina, making a first visit to Wembley since the infamous afternoon in 1966