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Wednesday, 30 October 1974
UEFA/FSJ V Prvenstvo Evrope u Fudbalu Group One Qualification Match

England 3 Czechoslovakia 0
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (GMT): 7,45pm
Attendance: 83,858/86,000

Mick Channon kicked off  

[0-0] Frank Worthington header from corner hits post 9
[0-0] Ján Pívarník 35-yard shot strikes bar
[1-0] Mick Channon header 72
 headed unchallenged towards the far post from 8yds following a Dave Thomas cross from the right
[2-0] Colin Bell 79
 slid on the greasy surface to sweep the ball in from 13yds following a left-sided thro' ball from Mick Channon

[3-0] Colin Bell header 81
 headed in from 7yds a left-side Mick Channon cross, injuring himself.
    Ivan Pekárik 42
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Officials (black) from France

England Squad Team Records Czechoslovakia
Michel Kitabdjian
44 (7 May 1930), Nice.
  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
Linesmen   Corner Kicks Won  
E. Edleplace Raymond Jules Maurice Poncin
48 (23 December 1925), Calais
  Offside Calls Against  
Teams presented to HRH The Duke of Kent, F.A. President.
  Fouls Conceded  

England Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 5th
Colours: The 1974 Admiral home uniform - White collared jerseys with red/blue sleeve trim and red/blue trimmed collar/cuffs, blue shorts with red/white side stripes, white socks with red/blue tops.
first match, W 1 - D 0 - L 0 - F 3 - A 0.
Capt: Emlyn Hughes
8th, W 4 - D 3 - L 1 - F 12 - A 7.
Manager: Donald G. Revie, 47 (10 July 1927), appointed 4 July 1974.
first match, W 1 - D 0 - L 0 - F 3 - A 0.
England Lineup
(three changes to last match)
1 Clemence, Raymond N. 26
86 days
5 August 1948 G Liverpool FC 6 4ᵍᵃ
2 Madeley, Paul E. 30
40 days
20 September 1944 RB Leeds United AFC 17 1
3 Hughes, Emlyn W. 27
63 days
28 August 1947 LB Liverpool FC 37 1
4 Dobson, J. Martin, off 64th min. 26
258 days
14 February 1948 RM Everton FC 5 0
the 43rd Everton player to represent England final app 1974
5 Watson, David V. 28
25 days
5 October 1946 RCD Sunderland AFC 7 0
6 Hunter, Norman 31
1 day
29 October 1943 LCD Leeds United AFC 28 2
final app 1965-74
7 Bell, Colin 28
246 days
26 February 1946 CM Manchester City FC 40 7
the sixteenth player to reach this milestone

Channon, Michael R. 25
336 days
28 November 1948 LF Southampton FC 20 8
the 61st player to reach this milestone
9 Worthington, Frank S., off 64th min. 25
341 days
23 November 1948 CF Leicester City FC 7 2
10 Keegan, J. Kevin 23
258 days
14 February 1951 RF Liverpool FC 9 2
900 11 Francis, Gerald C.J. 22
328 days
6 December 1951 LM Queen's Park Rangers FC 1 0
the fifth Ranger to represent England
England Substitutes
16  Brooking, Trevor D., on 64th min. for Dobson 26
28 days
2 October 1948 RM West Ham United FC 6 5 0
901 14 Thomas, David, on 64th min. for Worthington 24
25 days
5 October 1950 CF Queen's Park Rangers FC 1 0
the sixth Ranger to represent England
result: England 3 Czechoslovakia 0
unused substitutes: 12-Kevin Beattie, 13-Peter Shilton, 15-Alec Lindsay.
substitute notes: Dave Thomas is the seventh England player to make his first appearance as a substitute, the fourth in a competitive fixture.
records: Of the four England managers to have played at Wembley, only Revie and Mercer kept a clean sheet at their first Wembley appearance.
4-3-3 Clemence -
Madeley, Watson, Hunter, Hughes -
(Brooking), Bell, Francis -
Keegan, Worthington
(Thomas), Channon.

Averages: (start)

Age 26 years 348 days
26 years 205 days
Appearances/Goals 16.1 1.8


Czechoslovakia Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 15th to 13th
Colours: Red crew-necked jerseys, white shorts, blue socks.
Capt: Ján Pívarník Manager: Václav Ježek, 51 (1 October 1923), appointed 1972.
Czechoslovakia Lineup
1 Viktor, Ivo 32
162 days
21 May 1942 G

FC Dukla Prague

45 0
2 Varadín, Vojtech 26
33 days
27 September 1948 LB FC Spartak Trnava 3 0
3 Čapkovič, Jozef, off 64th min. 26
292 days
11 January 1948 LCD SK Slovan Bratislava 3 0
4 Ondruš, Anton 24
217 days
27 March 1950 RCD SK Slovan Bratislava 8 1
5 Pívarník, Ján 26
351 days
13 November 1947 RB SK Slovan Bratislava 22 1
6 Gajdůšek, Miroslav 23
40 days
20 September 1951 LM FC Dukla Prague 9 0
7 Bičovský, Přemysl, off 70th min. 24
73 days
18 August 1950 RM Sklo Union Teplice 17 5
8 Švehlík, Ján 24
286 days
17 January 1950 CF SK Slovan Bratislava 5 2
9 Pekárik, Ivan 22
207 days
6 April 1952 CM SK Slovan Bratislava 7 1
42nd min. for handling the ball
10 Masný, Marián 24
78 days
13 August 1950 RF SK Slovan Bratislava 3 1
11 Stratil, Pavel 29
196 days
17 April 1945 LF Sklo Union Teplice 19 2
Czechoslovakia Substitutes

Vojáček, Rostislav, on 64th min. for Čapkovič

249 days
23 February 1949 CD FC Banik Ostrava 4 0

Kuna, Ladislav, on 70th min. for Bičovský

210 days
3 April 1947 RM FC Spartak Trnava 47 9
result: England 3 Czechoslovakia 0
unused substitutes: 14-Karol Dobias, 15-Zdenek Nehoda, 22-Alexander Vencel.
team notes: Ivan Pekárik will die prematurely at the age of 28 years to acute leukemia, on 28 July 1980.
4-3-3 Viktor -
Pivarník, Ondruš, Čapkovič (Vojáček), Varadín -
Bičovský (Kuna), Pekárik, Gajdúšek -
Masný, Švehlík, Stratil

Averages: (start)

Age 25 years 343 days
26 years 53 days
Appearances/Goals 12.8 1.2


    Match Report by Mike Payne

A new manager, a new strip and a new challenge as England set off on their European Championship quest with a convincing victory over Czechoslovakia. Don Revie has been given the reins after Joe Mercer's cameo role and his first move was to give England a new outfit. Still white shirts and blue shorts, but each with a red, white and blue stripe down the sides. Very bright and a marketing man's dream!

As for the game, England took a long time to settle it after missing several good chances early on. Three times in the opening 15 minutes the home side should have scored. Mike Channon, twice, and Frank Worthington both missed from good positions and all too often the frustrations built up as the Czech's doggedly held out. Channon's two effort's were bad misses as he headed and then volleyed over the bar from close in after being set up by lovely crosses from Worthington. Worthington himself then went close when his header hit the upright after a corner by Emlyn Hughes. Even then, Channon might have scored from the rebound.

The match could and should have been all over by half-time, but as it was England had to wait until the 65th minute to finally reach a turning point. Revie made a double substitution, bringing on Dave Thomas and Trevor Brooking, and it proved a master-stroke.

Immediately the pair made their presence felt and within five minutes, Thomas made the first goal. The winger soon started to give his marker Varadín problems, and one run down the right ended with the defender tripping the England man. Thomas took the free-kick himself and floated the ball in for Channon to atone for his earlier misses by leaping high to head past Viktor.

That goal was just the lift England badly needed at that stage and within ten minutes of the opening goal they had another to celebrate. A break by the ever-willing Channon ended with a superb diagonal cross which Kevin Keegan dummied cleverly, allowing Bell to come in with a beautifully guided low shot. Almost at once it was 3-0. Again the Bell-Channon combination did the trick, first when Bell sent Channon galloping down the left, and then when Channon's cross came over for Bell to follow up at high speed to head home a magnificent goal.

Bell had gained his reward in his best game for England so far, and with the solid Dave Watson and the promising Gerry Francis also giving fine displays then it all augered well for the future. Needless to say, Revie could barely hide his delight, and neither could the crowd.

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Don Revie boldly opened his career as England manager by making a double substitution in the seventieth minute of this European championship qualifier. Revie sent on Dave Thomas and Trevor Brooking for Frank Worthington  and Martin Dobson, and it was Thomas who created the first goal when his cross was headed in by Mike Channon. Two more goals followed in the next nine minutes. Channon found Bell with a superb diagonal pass, and he steered it into the net with a well placed shot. Then the inspired Channon crossed the ball for Bell to head in the third goal that sent choruses of 'Land of Hope and Glory' thundering around Wembley for an England team newly decked out in jerseys with red and blue shoulder stripes. The Admiral was in command, and there was huge criticism of the way England had sold their image to a sportswear company that had their name 'Admiral' splashed across the tracksuits.

    Match Report by Glen Isherwood

Czechosloavkia had prevented England from scoring in their only previous Wembley appearance in 1966. England had beaten them in the 1970 World Cup in Guadalajara and 1973 had seen a 1-1 draw in Prague. They had reached the semi-finals of the first European Championship in 1960, but, like England, had failed to qualify for the recent World Cup, finishing runners-up in their qualifying group to Scotland. This was the opening match in Group One and England's first under new manager, Don Revie.
England, in their new red, white and blue kit, created several chances, but the Czechs held out until a cross from substitute Thomas was met with a superb header from Mike Channon. Viktor was rooted to the spot as the ball flew past him. Eight minutes later, Channon split the Czech defence and Colin Bell stretched to stab the ball past Viktor for the second. Within three minutes, Channon had crossed for Bell to rise above the defence and score again. After holding out for so long the Czechs had crumbled.
Following such a convincing victory, it was difficult to believe that Czechoslovakia would go on to win the European Championship, two years later after beating England 2-1 in the return in Bratislava, the following year. In the final, they beat West Germany, the reigning World and European Champions, on penalties in Belgrade. Yet Scotland, once again, prevented them from qualifying for the World Cup, in 1978. Later that year, the European Champions returned to Wembley.


     Match Report as appears in the F.A. Yearbook 1975-76, page 40

England made a flying start in their bid to be Champions of Europe for the first time. Czechoslovakia were well and truly outplayed although for 70 frustrating minutes it looked as if the 1973-74 story of total ascendancy without goals would be repeated.
In spite of incessant pressure on the Czech goal, a none-too-safe goalkeeper, and, at times, shaky defence, it seemed that the all-important first goal would elude our forwards. Before a crowd of 82,00 and wearing the new strip, the experienced campaigners of the home country outmatched their opponents in speed, skill and attacking flair. In mid-field, Bell was having an outstanding game with new cap Francis providing plenty of action up front. Channon saw two chances just miss in the opening quarter of an hour while at the other end the Czechs in one rare break-away clipped the top of the bar from a shot by Pivarnik.
In a thrilling climax to the match England scored three times without reply. The spate of goals was preceded by a double substitution, when Worthington and Dobson were replaced by Thomas and Brooking. Thomas's pace down the right wing spread panic in the Czech defence and it was from a centre by the Q.P.R. winger that Channon opened the scoring with a well-judged header on the blind side of the defence.
With ten minutes to go Channon sent a magnificent diagonal pass through the middle which Bell met in full flight, steering the ball wide of Viktor in the Czech goal. This Manchester City player's anticipation and split-second timing were a feature of the game. Bell headed England's third goal a minute later as he again found himself in the right spot to head Channon's cross from the left flank.


Source Notes
Original newspaper reports
Official matchday programme
The Complete Book of the British Charts
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record

Norman Giller, Football Author
Glen Isherwood's Wembley Records
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