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

CZECHOSLOVAKIA 2 WEST GERMANY 2 – 1976 European Championship Final – The Red Star Stadium, Belgrade – 20th June 1976

A truly iconic football image. The moment the Panenka was created West Germany had come to dominate the football world over the four years from 1972 to 1976. ¬†They had become European Champions in 1972 and World Champions in 1974, and Bayern Munich’s three consecutive European Cups had seen them become the dominant force in

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

YUGOSLAVIA 2 WALES 0 – EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER FINAL 1st LEG – Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb – 24th April 1976

Wales had waited 18 years to appear on the big stage again, after their excellent World Cup campaign in 1958 where they had run Pele and Brazil close in the quarter final, only losing 1-0. A qualification group containing Austria, Hungary and Luxembourg had climaxed with a 1-0 win over the Austrians in Wrexham with

ENGLAND 2 WEST GERMANY 0 – International Friendly, 12th March 1975, Wembley Stadium

After the enthusiasm which had surrounded Don Revie’s new look England team after the win over Czechoslavakia, the goalless draw at home to Portugal had sucked away some of the new found optimism. ¬†With the next two qualifiers coming up against the minnows of the group, Cyprus, it was vital that England entered those games

WEST GERMANY 2 HOLLAND 1 – 1974 World Cup Final, The Olympiastadion, Munich – 7th July 1974

West Germany became the first team to be European and World Champions at the same time as their professionalism overcame Dutch arrogance to clinch their second World Cup win with victory on home soil. After a sometimes rocky road to the final the West Germans recovered from a disastrous start to capitalise on a sloppy