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490 vs. Cyprus

Wednesday, 16 April 1975
European Championship 1976 Group One Qualification Match

England 5 Cyprus 0 [2-0]


Match Summary
England Squad
Cyprus Squad

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 68,245;
Kick-off: 7.45pm BST

England - Malcolm Macdonald (3, 32, 52, 56, 87)
Cyprus - Christakis Kovis (25)
Results 1970-1975

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Match Summary

Officials from Finland




Referee (-) - Martti Hirviniemi
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Linesmen - A. Mattson and K. Teras

Teams presented to His Grace The Duke of Marlborough, DL, F.A. Hon. Vice-President.

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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.
Capt: Alan Ball, second captaincy Manager: Donald G. Revie, 47 (10 July 1927), appointed 4 July 1974, 
4th match, W 3 - D 1 - L 0 - F 10 - A 0.
England Lineup
  Shilton, Peter L. 25  18 September 1949 G Stoke City AFC 21 17 GA
2 Madeley, Paul     RB      
3 Beattie, Kevin     LB      
4 Bell, Colin 29 26 February 1946 RHB Manchester City FC 43 8
5 Watson, David V. 28 5 October 1946 CHB Sunderland AFC 10 0
6 Todd, Colin 26 12 December 1948 LHB Derby County FC 12 0
7 Ball, Alan     OR      
8 Channon, Michael, off 65th min.     IR      
Macdonald, Malcolm I. 25 7 January 1950 CF Newcastle United FC 9 6
10 Hudson, Alan A. 23 21 June 1951 IL Stoke City AFC 2 0
11 Keegan, J. Kevin 24 14 February 1951 OL Liverpool FC 11 2
England Substitutes
16 Thomas, David, on 65th min. for Channon 24 5 October 1950 F Queen's Park Rangers FC 3 0

unused substitutes:

12-Emlyn Hughes, 13-Ray Clemence, 14-Roger Kenyon, 15-Dennis Tueart.
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Cyprus Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 120th to 119th
Colours: Blue collared jerseys with white collars/cuffs, white shorts, blue socks.
Capt: Andreas Stylianou Manager: Panicos Iacovou
Cyprus Lineup
  Akliviades, Michalis, off 60th min.     G     GA
2 Kovis, Christakis     RB      
3 Kizas, Dimitris     LB      
4 Pantziaras, Nikos     RHB      
5 Koureas, Kyriacos     CHB      
6 Savva, Gregory     LHB      
7 Theodorou. Michalakis     OR      
8 Michael, Stephanis     IR      
9 Marcou, Marios     CF      
10 Charalambous, Nikos, off 46th min.     IL      
11 Stylianou, Andreas     OL      
Cyprus Substitutes
12 Constantinou, Andreas, on 46th min. for Charalambous            
13 Constantinou, Andreas (II), on 60th min. for Akliviades            

unused substitutes:

14-Stavros Stylianou, 15-Panikos Efthymaides, 16-Melis Asprou.
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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Malcolm Macdonald scored all five goals - four of them with his head - in an extraordinary display of finishing. He became the first player to score five at Wembley and it equalled the five-goal haul by Tottenham's Willie Hall for England against Northern Ireland at Old Trafford in 1938. Macdonald scored his first in the second minute, made it 2-0 in the thirty-fifth minute and added two more early in the second-half against an outplayed, outclassed Cypriot team. He finished off his one-man spectacular with a brilliantly headed goal in the closing stages. Macdonald's team-mates came off at the end wondering how between them they had managed to miss at least six more goals. 'To be honest,' said Macdonald, 'I should have had eight goals. I managed to miss three fairly easy chances. But I suppose I can't complain!'

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