ENGLAND 5 LUXEMBOURG 0 – World Cup Qualifier, Wembley Stadium, 30th March 1977

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

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

ITALY 2 ENGLAND 0 – World Cup Qualifier – 17th November 1976, Olympic Stadium, Rome

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

ENGLAND 3 ITALY 2 – US Bicentennial Tournament – Yankee Stadium, New York – 28th May 1976

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

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

ENGLAND 1 NORTHERN IRELAND 0 1974 Home International Championship – Wembley Stadium, 15th May 1974

England made it two wins from two for Joe Mercer as they overcame a stubborn Northern Ireland team at Wembley. The highlights of the game were broadcast by the BBC on their Sportsnight programme, with David Coleman commentating. Joe Mercer named an unchanged side and it was one of the players he had introduced, Keith

WALES 0 ENGLAND 2 1974 Home International Championship Ninian Park, 11th May 1974

England started life without Sir Alf Ramsey with a comfortable victory over the hapless Welsh in Cardiff. With Don Revie still not released from his contract at Leeds United, the FA had appointed Joe Mercer as a caretaker manager to oversee the Home Internationals and the tour of Eastern Europe which would follow. Mercer handed