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451 vs. Greece
453 vs. Northern Ireland

Wednesday, 12 May 1971
European Championship 1972 Group Three Qualification Match

England 5 Malta 0 [2-0]


Match Summary
England Squad
Malta Squad

Empire Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 38,500 to 41,534;
Kick-off: 7.45pm BST

England - Martin Chivers (1, 47), Colin Lee (41), Allan Clarke (penalty 46), Chris Lawler (74)
England - Alan Mullery (missed penalty)
Results 1970-1975

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Match Summary

Officials from Norway




Referee (-) - Einer Røed
x (-).

Linesmen - Egil Bergstad and Kjell Wahlen

Teams presented to Lieut-General Sir Thomas Pearson, K.C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O. (F.A. Hon. Vice-President).

  Goal Attempts 0
  Attempts on Target 0
  Hit Bar/Post 0
  Corner Kicks Won 0
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  

England Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 3rd
Colours: The 1965 Umbro home uniform - White crew necked jerseys, blue shorts, white socks.
Capt: Bobby Moore, 69th captaincy Manager: Sir Alfred Ernest Ramsey, 51 (22 January 1920), appointed 25 October 1962, effective part-time 31 December, full from May 1963.
87th match, W 56 - D 19 - L 12 - F 184 - A 79.
England Lineup
  Banks, Gordon     G     GA
2 Lawler, Christopher 27 20 October 1943 RB Liverpool FC 1 1
3 Cooper, Terence     LB      
4 Moore, Robert F.C. 30 12 April 1941 RHB West Ham United FC 87 2
5 McFarland, Roy L. 23 5 April 1948 CHB Derby County FC 3 0
6 Hughes, Emlyn     LHB      
7 Lee, Francis H. 27 29 April 1944 OR Manchester City FC 20 9
8 Coates, Ralph     IR      
9 Chivers, Martin     CF      
10 Clarke, Allan     IL      
11 Peters, Martin S., off 62nd min 27 8 November 1943 OL Tottenham Hotspur FC 46 17
England Substitutes
15 Ball, Alan, on 62nd min. for Peters 26 12 May 1945        

unused substitutes:

12-Peter Shilton, 14-Tommy Smith, 16-Geoff Hurst, 17-Peter Storey.

team notes:

Gordon Banks did not have one save to make.  He touched the ball only four times throughout this match, and they were from back-passes.
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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


Malta Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 127th
Colours: Red crew necked jerseys, white shorts, red socks with white/red striped tops.
Capt: Ronnie Cocks Manager: Karm Borg, 39
Malta Lineup
  Bonaci, Vincent Borg, off 62nd min.     G     GA
2 Pace, Louis     RB      
3 Grima, Joseph     LB      
4 Camilleri, Anthony     RHB      
5 Darmanin, Edward     CHB      
6 Delia, Alfred     LHB      
7 Cocks, Ronnie     OR      
8 Vassallo, William     IR      
9 Bonnett, John     CF      
10 Theobald, Edward     IL      
11 Arpa, Louis     OL      
Malta Substitutes
16 Mizzi, Alfred, on 62nd min. for Bonaci     GK      

unused substitutes:

12-Francis Mifsud, 13-George Faure, 14-Charles Micallef, 15-Joseph Cini.
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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Allan Clarke scored one penalty and missed another and Martin Chivers netted twice and might have had five goals. Francis Lee was on the mark, and Chris Lawler decorated  his debut with a spectacular long-range goal from thirty yards. But it was not enough to please the 36,500 spectators who jeered and slow-handclapped England's performance in this return European championship match.  It was so one-sided that Gordon Banks did not have a single shot to save, and touched the ball only from back passes aimed to him by colleagues.

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Official matchday programme
Rothman's Yearbooks
News of the World Football Annual 1994-95
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author