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Wednesday, 3 February 1971
European Championship 1972 Group Three Qualification Match

Malta 0 England 1 [0-1]


Match Summary
Malta Squad
England Squad

The Stadium, Triq D'Argens, Il-Gzira, Northern Harbour
Attendance: 29,751 to 33,000;
Kick-off: 3.00pm local, tbc BST

England - Martin Peters (35)
Results 1970-1975

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Match Summary

Officials from Austria




Referee (-) - Ferdinand Marschall
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Linesmen - tbc

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Malta Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 128th
Colours: Red crew necked jerseys, white shorts, red socks with white/red striped tops.
Capt: Joe Cini Manager: Karm Borg
Malta Lineup
  Mizzi, Alfred     G     GA
2 Grima, Joseph      RB      
3 Mallia, Alfred      LB      
4 Camilleri, Anthony      RHB      
5 Micallef, Emmanuel     CHB      
6 Darmanin, Edward      LHB      
7 Cocks, Ronnald     OR      
8 Vassallo, William      IR      
9 Cini, Joseph     CF      
10 Thobald, Edward      IL      
11 Arpa, Louis      OL      

unused substitutes:

12-John Privitera, 13-Louis Pace, 14-Alfred Delia, 15-John Bonnet, 16-Vincent Borg Bonaci.
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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


England Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 2nd
Colours: The 1965 Umbro home uniform - White crew necked jerseys, blue shorts, white socks.
Capt: Alan Mullery, first and only captaincy Manager: Sir Alfred Ernest Ramsey, 51 (22 January 1920), appointed 25 October 1962, effective part-time 31 December, full from May 1963.
85th match, W 54 - D 19 - L 12 - F 176 - A 79.
England Lineup
1 Banks, Gordon     G     GA
2 Reaney, Paul 26 22 October 1944 RB Leeds United AFC 3 0
3 Hughes, Emlyn     LB      
4 Mullery, Alan P. 29 23 November 1941 RHB Tottenham Hotspur FC 33 1
5 McFarland, Roy L. 22 5 April 1948 CHB Derby County FC 1 0
6 Hunter, Norman     LHB      
7 Ball, Alan     OR      
8 Chivers, Martin     IR      
9 Royle, Joseph 21 8 April 1949 CF Everton FC 1 0
10 Harvey, J. Colin 26 16 November 1944 IL Everton FC 1 0
11 Peters, Martin S. 27 8 November 1943 OL Tottenham Hotspur FC 44 17

unused substitutes:

12-Ray Clemence, 14-Derek Parkin, 15-Tony Brown, 16-Ralph Coates. Geoff Hurst (poorly)

team notes:

Geoff Hurst was due to start, but he withdrew because of illness, his place going to Harvey.
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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Alan Mullery was skipper in place of Bobby Moore, who had been suspended by his West Ham club following the 'Blackpool Affair' (Bobby along with West Ham team-mates Jimmy Greaves and Clyde Best had been caught drinking in a nightclub on the eve of an FA Cup tie they thought was going to be cancelled because of snow – the match went ahead and West Ham lost). Martin Chivers, Roy McFarland and Everton team-mates Joe Royle and Colin Harvey made their debuts in a European championship qualifying match played on an iron-hard pitch that Gordon Banks described as 'the worst I have ever seen.' It had a sand surface that had been rolled flat by a steam-roller. Martin Peters scored the only goal after half a dozen chances had been missed. 

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Official matchday programme (Greece April 1971)
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author