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
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.
The 1976 club season came to a close on a triumphant note for English football as Liverpool clinched a UEFA Cup/League Championship double for the second time in three years as they held Bruges to the draw required to win the trophy. Unusually the second leg of the UEFA Cup final was the last match
Just 12 months earlier, Don Revie had enjoyed possibly his finest moment as England manager as he watched his side dismantle Scotland 5-1 at Wembley. Now he was about to enter what would be his final year as manager of the national side and it started with defeat to the Auld Enemy. Hampden Park was
In 1965 West Ham used home town advantage to win the European Cup Winners Cup at Wembley Stadium with a win over 1860 Munich. 11 years later the boot was firmly on the other foot as the Hammers travelled to the Heysel Stadium in Brussels to take on Anderlecht. John Lyall’s side had reached their second