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Tuaisceart Éireann

 

 
520 vs. Wales
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522 vs. Scotland

Tuesday, 16 May 1978
Home International Championship 1977-78 (83rd) Match

England 1 Northern Ireland 0 [1-0]
 

 

Match Summary
England Squad
Northern Ireland Squad

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 50,000;
Kick-off: tbc BST

England - Phil Neal (Watson headed back a corner from the edge of the area for Neal to shoot from eight-yards 44)
 
Results 1975-1980

Northern Ireland kicked-off. ? minutes (? & ?).

 

Match Summary

Officials from Scotland

England

Type

Northern Ireland

Referee (black) - John Robertson Gordon
x (-), Newport-on-Tay, Fife.

Linesmen - A.S. Harris and J. Thomson

Reserve Linesman - H. Dempsey, Essex

Teams presented to Walter Winterbottom, C.B.E.

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

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 7th to 6th
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: Emlyn Hughes, fifteenth captaincy Manager: Ronald Greenwood, 56 (11 November 1921), appointed as caretaker 17 August 1977, permanent on 17 December 1977,
7th match, W 4 - D 2 - L 1 - F 10 - A 4.
England Lineup - Squad numbers used
12 Clemence, Raymond     G Liverpool   GA
15 Neal, Philip J. 27 20 February 1951 RB Liverpool FC 11
3 Mills, Michael D. 29 4 January 1949 LB Ipswich Town FC 17 0
4 Greenhoff, Brian 25 28 April 1953 RHB Manchester United FC 15 0
5 Watson, David V. 31 5 October 1946 CHB Manchester City FC 32 0
6 Currie, Anthony       Leeds    
7 Coppell, Steven       Manchester United    
14 Hughes, Emlyn       Liverpool    
19 Pearson, J. Stuart 28 21 June 1949 CF Manchester United FC 15 5
18 Woodcock, Anthony S. 22 6 December 1955 F Nottingham Forest FC 1 0
16 Wilkins, Raymond C. 21 14 September 1956 M Chelsea FC 13 0
England Substitutes
1              

unused substitutes:

(Barnes, Latchford and Brooking all injured)
 
4-3-3 Clemence -
Neal, Hughes, Watson, Mills -
Wilkins, Currie, Greenhoff -
Coppell, Pearson, Woodcock.

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

Northern Ireland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 29th to 30th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Green v-necked collared jerseys with white Adidas trim/collars/cuffs, white shorts with green Adidas trim, green socks with white Adidas trim.
Capt: Bryan Hamilton Manager: Robert Dennis Blanchflower, 52 (10 February 1926), appointed October 1976.
twelfth match, W 2 - D 3 - L 7 - F 10 - A 19.
Northern Ireland Lineup - Squad numbers used
14 Platt, James A. 26 26 January 1952 G Middlesbrough FC, England 3 2 GA
12 Hamilton, Bryan 31 21 December 1946 RB Millwall FC, England 40 3
20 Scott, Peter W. 25 19 Semptember 1952
born in Walton, England
CHB York City FC, England 8 0
4 Nicholl, Christopher J. 32 12 October 1945
born in Wilmslow, England
CHB Southampton FC, England 15 1
15 McGrath, R. Christopher 22 29 November 1954 LF Manchester United FC, England 17 4
6 Nicholl, James M. 21 28 December 1956
born in Hamilton, Canada
LB Manchester United FC, England 13 0
7 O'Neill, Martin H.M. 26 1 March 1952 LM Nottingham Forest FC, England 23 4
8 McCreery, David 20 16 September 1957 CM Manchester United FC, England 15 0
9 Armstrong, Gerald J. 23 23 May 1954 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 7 2
10 McIlroy, Samuel B. 23 2 August 1954 RM Manchester United FC, England 28 2
11 Anderson, Trevor 27 3 March 1951 RF Peterborough United FC, England 20 3
Northern Ireland Substitutes
1? Cochrane, Terence G., on for McGrath 25 23 January 1953 LM Burnley FC, England 3 0

unused substitutes:

-Bryan Johnston

team notes:

Manager Danny Blanchflower also played for Northern Ireland against England on twelve seperate occasions from 1950 until 1962.
 
4-3-3 Platt -
Hamilton, Scott,
C.Nicholl, J.Nicholl -
McIlroy, McCreery, O'Neill -
Anderson, Armstrong, McGrath
(Cochrane).

Averages:

Age 25.1 Appearances/Goals 17.2 1.4

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Phil Neal scored his first goal for England seconds before half-time to break the resistance of a brave Northern Ireland team for whom Middlesbrough goalkeeper Jim Platt was in outstanding form. The two best chances of the second-half both fell to Dave Watson, who was twice denied goals by the brilliance of Platt.  It was Watson who had created the opening for Neal's goal with a clever back heel, and the Liverpool right back drove through through a forest of legs past the unsighted Platt. Tony Woodcock made his debut and went close to scoring two goals in the final moments, each time being prevented from getting on the scoresheet by man-of-the-match Platt.

Source Notes

TheFA.com
Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats

Norman Giller
, Football Author

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CG