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Wednesday, 17 October 1973
World Cup 1974 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 - 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
  Shilton, Peter L. 24  18 September 1949 G Leicester City FC 15 12 GA
2       RB      
3       LB      
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       LHB      
7       OR      
8       IR      
9       CF      
10 Clarke, Allan     IL      
11 Peters, Martin S. 29 8 November 1943 OL Tottenham Hotspur FC 64 20
England Substitutes
16 Hector, Kevin J., on 88th min. 28 2 November 1944 LF Derby County FC 1 0

unused substitutes:

12-Bobby Moore, Kevin Keegan
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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:   Manager: Kazimierz Gorski
Poland Lineup
  Tomaszewski, Jan     G     GA
2       RB      
3       LB      
4       RHB      
5       CHB      
6       LHB      
7       OR      
8       IR      
9       CF      
10       IL      
11       OL      
Poland Substitutes

unused substitutes:

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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    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