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Wednesday, 23 February 1966
International Friendly Match

England 1 West Germany 0 [1-0]


Match Summary
England Squad
West Germany Squad

Empire Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 75,000;
Kick-off: 7.45pm GMT

England - Nobby Stiles (41)
Results 1965-1970

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Match Summary

Officials from Netherlands



West Germany

Referee (-) - Pieter P. Roomer
x (-).

Linesmen - J.M. Godding (flame flag) and J. Regtop (orange flag)

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 1965 Umbro home uniform - White crew necked jerseys, blue shorts, red socks.
Capt: Bobby Moore, twentieth captaincy Manager: Alfred Ernest Ramsey, 46 (22 January 1920), appointed 25 October 1962, effective part-time 31 December, full from May 1963.
32nd match, W 18 - D 8 - L 6 - F 77 - A 45.
England Lineup
  Banks, Gordon 28   G Leicester City FC 23 26ᵍᵃ
2 Cohen, George 26   RB Fulham FC 20 0
842 3 Newton, Keith, injured off 42nd min. 24   LB Blackburn Rovers FC 1 0
4 Moore, Robert F.C. 24 12 April 1941 RHB West Ham United FC 37 1
5 Charlton, John 30   CHB Leeds United AFC 11 0
6 Hunter, Norman 22   LHB Leeds United AFC 2 0
7 Ball, Alan 20   LM Blackpool FC 6 1
8 Hunt, Roger 27   IR Liverpool FC 9 8
9 Stiles, Norbert P. 23 18 May 1942 F Manchester United FC 10 1
843 10 Hurst, Geoffrey C. 24   IL West Ham United FC 1 0
11 Charlton, Robert 28   IL Manchester United FC 63 35
England Substitutes
  Wilson, Ramon, on 42nd min. for Newton 31 17 December 1934 LB Everton FC 41 40 0

unused substitutes:


substitute records:

This is the first occasion that England have used two substitutes on two separate occasions in the same season. Ray Wilson is the oldest England substitute so far (until May 1980)
4-3-3 Banks -
Cohen, Newton
(Wilson) -
Moore, J.Charlton, Hunter -
Ball, Hunt, Stiles, Hurst,


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


West Germany Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 7th
Colours: Green jerseys, white shorts, white socks
Capt: Horst Szymaniak Manager:  
West Germany Lineup
  Tilkowski, Hans     G     GA
2 Lutz, Alfred     RB      
3 Schulz, Willi     LB      
4 Weber, Wolfgang     RHB      
5 Lorenz, Max     CHB      
6 Beckenbauer, Franz A.     LHB      
7 Szymaniak, Horst     OR      
8 Krämer, Werner     IR      
9 Held, Sigfried     CF      
10 Netzer, Günter T.     IL      
11 Hornig, Heinz, off 44th min.     OL      
West Germany Substitutes
  Heiß, Alfred, on 44th min. for Hornig            

unused substitutes:

2-3-5 Tilkowski -
Lutz, Lorenz -
Schulz, Weber, Szymaniak -
Krämer, Beckenbauer, Held, Netzer, Hornig


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

This was to prove a dress rehearsal for the World Cup Final just five months later. Nobby Stiles, wearing the number nine jersey but playing in midfield, scored the only goal of the match and of his international career. Some of the less educated football reporters wrote that Stiles had played at centre-forward and that 'Ramsey's gamble of playing him as a spearhead' paid off with a goal. They were yet to understand that jersey numbers were becoming meaningless. Little had been learned since back in the 1950s when Nandor Hidgekuti completely baffled England's defence by playing a withdrawn role in the number nine jersey. Geoff Hurst made an impressive England debut, and Keith Newton's first England game ended just before half-time when he limped off to be replaced by substitute Ray Wilson. The Germans claimed an equaliser when Heiss turned in a cross from Held, but the referee disallowed it after consulting a flag-waving linesman. The shape of things to come! The appearance together of Stiles and Hunter meant the game became a bruise on the memory of several of the Germans.

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