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

FINLAND 1 ENGLAND 4 – 1978 World Cup Qualifier – Olympic Stadium, Helsinki – 13/06/76

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

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

SCOTLAND 2 ENGLAND 1, 1976 Home International Championship – Hampden Park Glasgow – 15th May 1976

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

ENGLAND 4 NORTHERN IRELAND 0 – Home International Championships, Wembley Stadium 11th May 1976

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

MANCHESTER UNITED 0 SOUTHAMPTON 1 – FA Cup Final – Wembley Stadium, 1st May 1976

The mid seventies were a very dark time for the side from the red half of Manchester. The end of the Matt Busby era had seen the side slide from the pinnacle of the English game and had even seen them relegated from the top flight in 1974. Promotion back to the top flight was

CZECHOSLOVAKIA 2 ENGLAND 1 – European Championship Qualification Group 1- Tehene Pole, Bratislava – 30th October 1975

England’s hopes of returning to the grand stage in World football took a huge blow after a bizarre and brutal few days in Bratislava. The weather, referees and bad fortune conspired to hinder England’s hopes of qualification for the 1976 European Championship Finals and left Don Revie once again cursing his luck. Once again, Revie