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493 vs.
495 vs. Czechoslovakia (abandoned)
495 vs. Czechoslovakia

Wednesday, 3 September 1975
International Friendly Match

Switzerland 1 England 2 [1-2]

Team line-up

Sankt Jakob Stadium, Sankt Jakob, Basel
25,000; Kick-off: tbc;

England - Kevin Keegan (8), Mick Channon (19)
England - Kevin Keegan (penalty saved 12)

Switzerland - Kudi Müller (29)
Match Summary
Switzerland Squad

England Squad
Results 1975-1980  

? kicked-off. 9- minutes (-).


Match Summary

Officials from West Germany




Referee (black) - Walter Eschweiler
x (x), x, FIFA listed x.

Linesmen - x

..a form of double-take deception was played on two leading Czechoslovak representatives who went to Basle to spy. All the England players wore a mixture of numbers on their jerseys to confuse the East European observers....It is a ploy used by Mr Revie once before when Leeds United played Juventus. Designed to put the opposition off their stroke at the beginning of a match. - George Green

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Switzerland Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 39th to 40th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Red crew necked short-sleeved jerseys with white Adidas trim/collars, white shorts with red Adidas side trim, white socks with red Adidas trim.
Capt: x Manager: René Hüssy, appointed May 1973.
Switzerland Lineup
1 Burgener, Erich x 15 February 1951 x Lausanne 10 x GA
2 Stohler, Jörg x 27 August 1949 x Basel 1 0
3 Trinchero, Serge x 27 August 1949 x Sion 2 x
4 Guyot, Gilbert x 4 July 1948 x Servette 13 x
5 Fischbach, Pius x   x Zürich 3 x
6 Schild, Hanspeter, off 63rd min x 21 April 1950 x Young Boys 10 x
7 Hasler, Réne x 18 June 1948 x Basel 19 x
8 Botteron, Réne x 17 October 1954 x Zürich 10 x
9 Pfister, Hans-Jörg  x 4 May 1951 x Sevette 9 x
10 Müller, Kurt x 9 May 1948 x Servette 22 x
11 Jeandupeux, Daniel x 7 February 1949 x Bordeaux 27 x
Switzerland Substitutes
  Elsener, Rudi, on 63rd min. for Schild x 18 February 1953 x Grasshopper 3 x

unused substitutes:

formation formation -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age tbc Appearances/Goals tbc tbc


England Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 5th
Colours: The 1974 Admiral home uniform - White collared lightweight 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: Gerry Francis, first captaincy Manager: Donald G. Revie, 48 (10 July 1927), appointed 4 July 1974,
9th match, W 6 - D 3 - L 0 - F 20 - A 4.
England Lineup
1 Clemence, Raymond N. 27 5 August 1948 GK Liverpool FC 13 8ᵍᵃ
4 Whitworth, Stephen 23 20 March 1952 RB Leicester City FC 6 0
6 Watson, David V. 28 5 October 1946 CHB Manchester City FC 15 0
7 Todd, Colin 26 12 December 1948 CHB Derby County FC 17 0
8 Beattie, T. Kevin 21 18 December 1953 LB Ipswich Town FC 4 1
9 Bell, Colin 29 26 February 1946 RM Manchester City FC 47 9
10 Currie, Anthony W. 25 1 January 1950 CM Sheffield United FC 7 1
11 Francis, Gerald C.J. 23 9 December 1951 LM Queen's Park Rangers FC 5 2
3 Channon, Michael R. 26 28 November 1948 RF Southampton FC 28 9
14 Johnson, David E., off 57 min. 23 23 October 1951 CF Ipswich Town FC 3 3
Keegan, J. Kevin
missed penalty 12
24 14 February 1951 LF Liverpool FC 15 4
England Substitutes
16 Macdonald, Malcolm I., on 57th min. for Johnson 25 7 January 1950 CF Newcastle United FC 12 8 6

unused substitutes:


substitute notes:

Malcolm Macdonald's fifth substitute appearance is a new record for England substitutes used.
4-3-3 Clemence -
Whitworth, Todd, Watson, Beattie -
Bell, Currie, Francis -
Channon, Johnson
(Macdonald), Keegan

Averages (Starting XI):

Age tbc Appearances/Goals tbc tbc


    Match Report by Mike Payne

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Kevin Keegan scored from close range in the eighth minute and had a penalty saved three minutes later. David Johnson laid on a second goal for Mike Channon in the nineteenth minute and England looked on course for a comfortable victory. But they got caught in the clutches of complacency, and the Swiss were allowed back into the game after sloppy marking had allowed Muller he freedom of the penalty area for a headed goal in the thirtieth minute. England's defence was often at full stretch in the second-half, but the best scoring chances fell to the feet of substitute Malcolm Macdonald who missed the target twice in the closing stages. Alan Ball was surprised to find himself axed, and started a one-man vendetta against Revie's style of management. It was the first sign that all was not well beneath the surface in the Revie empire.

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