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Thursday, 28 September 1961
Campeonato Mundial de Futbol Copa Jules Rimet UEFA Group Six Qualification Match

postponed 24 hours

England 4 Luxembourg 1 [3-0]


Match Summary
England Squad
Luxembourg Squad

Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, Islington, County of London
Attendance: 33,409;
Kick-off: 7.30pm BST

England - Ray Pointer (35), Dennis Viollet (37), Bobby Charlton (45, 78)
Luxembourg - Camille Dimmer (free-kick 69)
Results 1960-1965

? kicked-off. ? minutes (? & ?).


Match Summary

Officials from Belgium




Referee (-) - Gérard Versyp
x (-).

Linesmen - G.T. Powell, Newport, Wales, and W.B. Jones, Glasgow, Scotland (possibly Welsh)

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
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  Corner Kicks Won  
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  Fouls Conceded  

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 7th to 6th
Colours: The 1959 Bukta home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, red socks with white calf hoop.
Capt: Jimmy Armfield, first captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 48 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
125th match, W 71 - D 29 - L 25 - F 356 - A 182, one abandoned
England Lineup
  Springett, Ronald D. 26 22 July 1935 G Sheffield Wednesday FC 14 24ᵍᵃ
2 Armfield, James     RB Blackpool FC 18 0
3 McNeil, Michael 21 7 February 1940 LB Middlesbrough FC 9 0
final app 1960-61
4 Robson, Robert W. 28 18 February 1933 RHB West Bromwich Albion FC 16 4
5 Swan, Peter 24 8 October 1936 CHB Sheffield Wednesday FC 13 0
6 Flowers, Ronald 27 28 July 1934 LHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 25 4
7 Douglas, Bryan     OR Blackburn Rovers FC 24 5
798 8 Fantham, John     IR Sheffield Wednesday FC 1 0
only app 1961
799 9 Pointer, Raymond 24 10 October 1936 CF Burnley FC 1 1
10 Viollet, Dennis S. 26 20 September 1933 IL Manchester United FC 2 1
final app 1961
11 Charlton, Robert     OL Manchester United FC 28 23

unused substitutes:


team notes:

Viollet replaced Johnny Haynes at inside-left.
2-3-5 Springett -
Armfield, McNeil -
Robson, Swan, Flowers -
Douglas, Fantham, Pointer, Viollet, Charlton


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


Luxembourg Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 118th
Colours: Red jerseys, white shorts, blue socks.
Capt:   Manager: Robert Heinz
Luxembourg Lineup
  Steffen, Paul     G Jeunesse Esch   GA
2 Brenner, Ernst     RB Stade Dudelange    
3 Hoffmann, Jeannot     LB Aris Bonnevoie    
4 Zambon, Jules     RHB Alliance Dudelange    
5 Brosius, Fernand     CHB Spora Luxembourg    
6 Konter, François     LHB Chiers Rodange    
7 Dimmer, Camille     OR Crossing Molenbeck    
8 Cirelli, Henri     IR Alliance Dudelange    
9 Hoffman, Nicolas     CF Aris Bonnevoie    
10 Schneider, René     IL The National Schifflange    
11 Schmit, Ady     OL Fola Esch    

unused substitutes:


team notes:

Camille Dimmer's 69th minute free-kick was the seventh direct free-kick England have conceded. Also the first free-kick conceded in competition (non-BC).
2-3-5 Steffen -
Brenner, J.Hoffmann -
Zambon, Brosius, Konter -
Dimmer, Cirelli, N.Hoffmann, Scheider, Schmit.


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

With Greaves and Hitchens otherwise engaged in Italy and Haynes injured, Johnny Fantham, Ray Pointer and Dennis Vioilett teamed up together for the first time in this World Cup qualifier. It was a combination that struggled to get into gear against the part-timers of Luxemburg, who had been swamped 9-0 in the first meeting. The Highbury crowd continually booed and slow-handclapped England, but they were finally silenced by two long-range goals from Charlton - one from his left foot and the other from his right. The following month the same Luxemburg team caused one of the greatest of all upsets in the World Cup qualifying rounds when they beat Portugal 4-2.

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author
Drew Herbertson, Scottish FA historian