Liverpool headed to Wembley for the 1977 FA Cup Final on the brink of a historical achievement. They had already claimed the Football League 1st Division title for the second consecutive season and were in contention of winning the elusive “double” of if they could see off Manchester United in this Jubilee Cup Final. However
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
Yugoslavia, the side that had ended British hopes for the 1976 European Championships, by beating Wales in the quarter-finals, were rewarded with the honour of hosting the final tournament, which for the final time in the competition’s history would contain just the last four. Joining the hosts were reigning World and European Champions West Germany,
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
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.
Wales could be excused for their disappointing Home Internationals campaign, as they alone of the sides involved had bigger fish to fry in May 1976. The lone representative from these Isles in the European Championship quarter finals faced an uphill task as they tried to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg in Zagreb,