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Wednesday, 17 October 1973
WM 74 UEFA Group Five Qualification Match

England 1 Poland 1 [0-0]

Empire Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 100,000;
Kick-off: 7.45pm BST
Live on ITV (UK) -
Commentator: Hugh Johns and Billy Wright

Poland - Jan Domarski (55)
England - Allan Clarke (penalty 63)
Match Summary
England Squad
Poland Squad
Results 1970-1975

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Match Summary

Officials from Belgium




Referee (-) - Vital Loraux
x (-).

Linesmen - P. Wouters and J. Peeters

Teams presented to Sir Stanley Rous, C.B.E., FIFA President.

39 Goal Attempts 2
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
23 Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  

England Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 3rd to 4th
Colours: The 1965 Umbro home uniform - White crew necked jerseys, blue shorts, white socks.
Capt: Martin Peters, third captaincy Manager: Sir Alfred Ernest Ramsey, 53 (22 January 1920), appointed 25 October 1962, effective part-time 31 December, full from May 1963.
111th match, W 69 - D 26 - L 16 - F 224 - A 97.
England Lineup
1 Shilton, Peter L. 24  18 September 1949 G Leicester City FC 15 12ᵍᵃ
2 Madeley, Paul 29 20 September 1944 RB Leeds United AFC 15 0
3 Hughes, Emlyn W. 26 28 August 1947 LB Liverpool FC 28 1
4 Bell, Colin 27 26 February 1946 RHB Manchester City FC 31 5
5 McFarland, Roy L. 25 5 April 1948 CHB Derby County FC 21 0
6 Hunter, Norman 29 29 October 1943 LHB Leeds United AFC 25 2
7 Currie, Anthony W. 23 1 January 1950 OR Sheffield United 5 1
8 Channon, Michael R. 24 28 November 1948 IR Southampton FC 10 4
9 Chivers, Martin H., off 88th min. 28 27 April 1945 RF Tottenham Hotspur FC 24 13
10 Clarke, Allan J. 27 31 July 1946 LF Leeds United AFC 15 10 (3)
35th penalty kick scored
11 Peters, Martin S. 29 8 November 1943 OL Tottenham Hotspur FC 64 20
England Substitutes
890 16 Hector, Kevin J., on 88th min. for Chivers 28 2 November 1944 LF Derby County FC 1 0

unused substitutes:

12-Bobby Moore, Kevin Keegan

substitute notes:

Kevin Hector is the fifth England player to make his senior debut as a substitute, the second in a competitive match. His substitute appearance is the latest made in a match so far.
He is also the thirtieth different England player to be used as a substitute.
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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


Poland Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 4th to 3rd
Colours: Made by Adidas - Red jerseys, red shorts, red socks with white tops
Capt: Kazimierz Deyna Manager: Kazimierz Gorski
Poland Lineup
  Tomaszewski, Jan 25 9 January 1948 G ŁKS Łódź   GA
2 Szymanowski, Antoni J. 22 13 January 1951 RB      
3 Gorgoń, Jerzy P. 24 18 July 1949 LHB KS Górnik Zabrze    
4 Musiał, Adam 24 18 December 1948 LB Wisła Kraków SA    
5 Bulzacki, Mirosław A. 21 23 October 1951 RHB ŁKS Łódź    
6 Kasperczak, Henryk W. 27 10 July 1946 LHB      
7 Lato, Grzegorz B. 23 8 April 1950 OR
8 Ćmikiewicz, Lesław 25 25 August 1948 CM Legia Warszawa SA    
9 Deyna, Kazimierz 25 23 October 1947 LM Legia Warszawa SA    
10 Domarski, Jan A. 26 28 October 1946 IL FKS Stal Mielec    
11 Gadocha, Robert 27 10 January 1946 LF Legia Warszawa SA    

unused substitutes:

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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

England had thirty five goal attempts to two by Poland, but it was the Poles who went through to the World Cup finals at England's expense. Poland had the man of the match in goalkeeper Tomaszewski, who was labeled a clown by Brian Clough. He gave England nothing to laugh about as he saved at least four goals with eccentric but effective goalkeeping. It was Poland who took the lead in the fifty-fifth minute in a rare breakaway raid. Norman Hunter, the most feared tackler in English football, mistimed a challenge out on the touchline and the ball was transferred to unmarked Domarski, whose low shot went under the diving Peter Shilton. Allan Clarke equalised from the penalty spot eight minutes later. England were denied the victory they needed to clinch a place in the World Cup finals when late substitute Kevin Hector headed wide from close range in the last minute of the most frustrating match of Ramsey's reign. In the closing moments the tragedy briefly turned to Monty Pythonesque farce. Kevin Keegan, on the substitutes' bench, recalled:  'Alf Ramsey proved yet again that he was uncomfortable with the substitute rule when he left it until the eighty-fifth minute before he decided to make a change. He called over his shoulder to the substitutes sitting in a row behind him, "Kevin, get stripped." It was panic stations as goalkeeper Ray Clemence tugged at my tracksuit bottoms to help me get ready for action. My Liverpool team-mate was so eager that he pulled down my shorts as well! My embarrassment was complete when Alf then made it clear that his command had been meant for Kevin Hector, not this Kevin! Talk about "Don't panic, Mr Mainwaring.'' There were just ninety seconds left when the Derby Country striker at last got on to the pitch, and he was desperately unlucky not to score with his first and only touch of the ball. The game finished at 1-1, and England were out of the World Cup.

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
Kevin Keegan's My Autobiography