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
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 pressure on England manager Don Revie was eased slightly as his side ran out comfortable 4-0 winners over a woeful Northern Ireland team. However with a championship defining match to come at Hampden Park in a few short days, it was a brief respite for the beleaguered England boss. After receiving heavy criticism in
England headed to Lisbon for their final qualifier in fairly low spirits. The defeat in Bratislava had handed the initiative in the group to Czechoslovakia. However there was a glimmer of hope for Don Revie’s men after Portugal had held Czechoslovakia to a 1-1 draw 7 days before England’s trip to Lisbon. That left the