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Wednesday, 8 December 1965
International Friendly Match

Spain 0 England 2 [0-1]


Match Summary
Spain Squad
England Squad

El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Chamartín, Madrid
Attendance: 25,000/35,000;
Kick-off: 8.30pm local & 7.30pm BST

England - Joe Baker (8), Roger Hunt (55)
Results 1965-1970

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Match Summary





Referee (-) - Concetto lo Bello
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc

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Spain Team

Current European Champions Colours: Red crew necked jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with red/yellow/red tops.


No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 8th to 9th
Capt:   Manager: José Villalonga Llorente, 46 (4 December 1919).
Spain Lineup
  Iribar Kortajarena, José Ángel 22 1 March 1943 G Athletic Club   GA
2 Zoco Esparza, Ignacio 26 31 July 1939 RB Real Madrid CF    
3 Sanchís Martínez, Manuel 27 26 March 1938 LB Real Madrid CF    
4 Reija Vazquez, Severino 27 25 November 1938 RHB Real Zaragoza SAD    
5 Olivella Pons, Ferran 29 22 June 1936 CHB FC Barcelona    
6 Glaría Jordan, Jesús 23 2 January 1942 LHB Club Atlético de Madrid SAD    
7 Rodríguez Sanchez, Adelardo 26 26 September 1939 OR Club Atlético de Madrid SAD    
8 Ufarte Ventoso, José Armando 24 17 May 1941 IR Club Atlético de Madrid SAD    
9 Martínez Cao, Marcelino 25 29 April 1940 CF Real Zaragoza SAD    
10 Lapetra Coarasa, Carlos, off 35th min. 27 29 November 1938 IL Real Zaragoza SAD    
11 Ansola San Martin, Fernando 25 27 January 1940 OL Real Betis Balompie SAD    
Spain Substitutes
  Neme, Montejo, Nemesio Martín, on 35th min. for Lapetra 25 31 December 1939 F Pontevedra CF SAD    

unused substitutes:

Antonio Betancort, Eladio Silvestre, Tonono (Antonio Afonso), Koldo Aguirre, Ignacio Martín-Esperanza.
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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th to 4th
Colours: The 1965 Umbro home jersey - White crew necked jerseys, white shorts, white socks.
Capt: Bobby Moore, eighteenth captaincy Manager: Alfred Ernest Ramsey, 45 (22 January 1920), appointed 25 October 1962, effective part-time 31 December, full from May 1963.
30th match, W 17 - D 7 - L 6 - F 75 - A 44.
England Lineup
  Banks, Gordon 27   G Leicester City FC 21 25ᵍᵃ
2 Cohen, George 26   RB Fulham FC 18 0
3 Wilson, Ramon 30 17 December 1934 LB Everton FC 39 0
4 Stiles, Norbert P. 23 18 May 1942 RM Manchester United FC 8 0
5 Charlton, John 30   CHB Leeds United AFC 9 0
6 Moore, Robert F.C. 24 12 April 1941 CHB West Ham United FC 35 0
7 Ball, Alan 20   LM Blackpool FC 4 1
8 Hunt, Roger 27   IR Liverpool FC 7 8
9 Baker, Joseph, off 35th min. 25   CF Arsenal FC 7 3
10 Eastham, George 29   CM Arsenal FC 17 1
11 Charlton, Robert 28   IL Manchester United FC 62 35
England Substitutes
840 3 Hunter, Norman, on 35th min. for Baker 22     Leeds United AFC 1 0

unused substitutes:


team notes:

Norman Hunter becomes the first England player to make his first appearance as a substitute.
Manager Alf Ramsey played for England against Spain in the World Cup Finals defeat in June 1950.
4-3-3 Banks -
J.Charlton, Moore, Wilson -
Stiles, Eastham, Ball -
Hunt, Baker
(Hunter), R.Charlton


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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

One of the most significant games in Alf Ramsey's managerial life. He gave full rein to his 4-3-3 formation for the first time following the experiment in Nuremburg, and the resounding victory convinced him that he had found the tactics best suited to England for the World Cup. The defence was as it would appear throughout the World Cup finals – Banks behind a back line of Cohen, Jack Charlton, Moore and Wilson. Stiles patrolled the midfield as a ball winner alongside the fetch and carrying Alan Ball, with George Eastham orchestrating things from a deep position in centre midfield (the role that would eventually become Bobby Charlton's). Here in Spain Bobby wore the number eleven jersey and was delegated an attacking role alongside out-and-out strikers Roger Hunt and Joe Baker, who spoke with such a heavy Scottish accent that many of his colleagues could not always understand him. It was Baker who gave England an early lead on a pitch soaked by melting snow before limping off in the thirty-fifth minute with a pulled muscle. Norman 'Bites Yer Legs' Hunter became the first England player to make his debut as a substitute. Alan Ball famously put his hands together as Hunter came on to the pitch, and said; "For what they are about to receive!" Roger Hunt clinched victory with a classic goal on the hour after  a sweeping length-of-the-pitch passing movement involving George Cohen, Bobby Charlton and Bobby Moore. The Liverpool striker was making a strong challenge for the England jersey usually worn by the absent, unwell Greaves.

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