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Wednesday, 11 December 1968
International Friendly Match

England 1 Bulgaria 1 [1-1]
 

 

Match Summary
England Squad
Bulgaria Squad

Empire Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 80,000; Ramsey surpasses two million supporters at the Stadium
Kick-off: 7.45pm BST

England - Geoff Hurst (36)
Bulgaria - Georgi Asparuhov (32)
Results 1965-1970

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Match Summary

Officials

England

Type

Bulgaria

Referee (-) - Michel Kitabdjian
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc

  Goal Attempts  
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  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
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England Team

 
Current World Champions Colours: The 1965 Umbro home uniform - White crew necked jerseys, blue shorts, white socks.

Rank:

No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 1st
Capt: Bobby Moore, 48th captaincy Manager: Sir Alfred Ernest Ramsey, 48 (22 January 1920), appointed 25 October 1962, effective part-time 31 December, full from May 1963.
62nd match, W 39 - D 14 - L 9 - F 135 - A 64.
England Lineup
855 1 West, Gordon 25   G Everton FC 1 1ᵍᵃ
2 Newton, Keith, off 80th min 27   RB Blackburn Rovers FC 12 0
3 McNab, Robert 25 20 July 1943 LB Arsenal FC 2 0
4 Mullery, Alan P. 27 23 November 1941 RM Tottenham Hotspur FC 13 0
5 Labone, Brian 28 23 January 1940 CHB Everton FC 13 0
6 Moore, Robert F.C. 27 12 April 1941 CHB West Ham United FC 65 2
856 7 Lee, Francis H. 24 29 April 1944 OR Manchester City FC 1 0
8 Bell, Colin 22 26 February 1946 RCM Manchester City FC 3 0
9 Charlton, Robert 31   LCM Manchester United FC 89 46
most goals 1968
10 Hurst, Geoffrey 27   IL West Ham United FC 23 11
11 Peters, Martin S. 25 8 November 1943 LM West Ham United FC 23 8
England Substitutes
857 14 Reaney, Paul, on 80th min. for Newton 24 22 October 1944 RB Leeds United AFC 1 0

unused substitutes:

-

substitute record:

Paul Reaney is the third player, after Norman Hunter and Bob McNab, to make his England debut as a substitute.
Keith Newton is the first England player to be replaced by a substitute twice.
 
4-4-2 West -
Newton
(Reaney), Labone, Moore, McNab -
Mullery, Bell, Charlton, Peters -
Lee, Hurst

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

Bulgaria Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 11th
Colours: Red jerseys, white shorts, red socks.
Capt: Boris Gaganelov Manager: Stefan Bozhkov
Bulgaria Lineup
1 Simeonov, Simeon     G     GA
2 Peshev, Stoichko     RB      
3 Dimitrov, Ivan     LB      
4 Gaganelov, Boris     CHB      
5 Penev, Dimitar     RM      
6 Zhechev, Peter     CHB      
7 Popov, Georgi, off 46th min.     OR      
8 Bonev, Hristo     IR      
9 Asparuhov, George     IL      
10 Yakimov, Dimitar     LM      
11 Dermendzhiev, Dinko     OL      
Bulgaria Substitutes
12 Zhekov, Petar, on 46th min. for Popov            

unused substitutes:

-
 
4-2-4 Simeonov -
Peshev, Gaganelov, Zhecev, Dimitrov -
Penev, Yakimov -
Popov
(Zhekov), Bonev, Asparuhov, Dermendzhiev

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Francis Lee made his first England appearance alongside his Manchester City team-mate Colin Bell, and his thrusting runs down the right wing were a continual source of danger to a packed Bulgarian defence. There were also first England caps for goalkeeper Gordon West and Leeds full-back Paul Reaney, who came on as a substitute for injured Keith Newton. Geoff Hurst scored England's goal, and the Bulgarians replied with a magnificent solo goal by powerful centre-forward Asparuhov.

Source Notes

TheFA.com
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

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CG