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535 vs. Northern Ireland
537 vs. Republic of Ireland

Thursday, 22 November 1979
Postponed 24 hours because of fog
European Championship 1980 Group One Qualification Match

England 2 Bulgaria 0 [1-0]


Match Summary
England Squad
Bulgaria Squad

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 71,491  (85,621 paid);
Kick-off: 7.45pm GMT

England - Dave Watson (10), Glen Hoddle (68)
Results 1975-1980

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Match Summary

Officials from Sweden




Referee (-) - Erik Frederiksson
x (-).

Linesmen - Alf Hakansson and Ingemar Johansson

Reserve Linesman - R. Logan, Royal Air Force F.A.

On 21 November, the teams were to be presented to The Earl of Derby, M.C., D.L., F.A. Hon-Vice President. It is unknown as to whether the Earl was available the next night.

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England Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 4th to 3rd
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, red socks with white/blue trim.
Capt: Phil Thompson, first captaincy Manager: Ronald Greenwood, 58 (11 November 1921), appointed as caretaker 17 August 1977, permanent on 12 December 1977,
22nd match, W 15 - D 5 - L 2 - F 44 - A 15.
England Lineup
1 Clemence, Raymond     G     GA
2 Anderson, Vivian     RB      
3 Sansom, Kenneth G. 21 26 September 1958 LB Crystal Palace FC 2 0
4 Thompson, Philip B. 25 21 January 1954 LHB Liverpool FC 18 1
5 Watson, David V. 33 5 October 1946 RHB Southampton FC 47 4
6 Wilkins, Raymond C. 23 14 September 1956 CM Manchester United FC 27 1
7 Reeves, Kevin P. 22 20 October 1957 RF Norwich City FC 1 0
8 Hoddle, Glenn 22 27 October 1957 RM Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 1
9 Francis, Trevor     CF      
10 Kennedy, Raymond 28 28 July 1951 LM Liverpool FC 12 3
11 Woodcock, Anthony S. 23 6 December 1955 LF 1. FC Köln eV, Germany 7 2

unused substitutes:

12-Phil Neal, 13-Peter Shilton, 14-Trevor Cherry, 15-Terry McDermott, 16-Steve Coppell.

team notes:

Kevin Keegan had been due to start and captain the England team, but the 24-hour postponement resulted in him missing the match, because he had to return to Hamburg. Reeves took his place.
4-3-3 Clemence -
Anderson, Watson, Thompson, Sansom -
Hoddle, Wilkins, Kennedy -
Reeves, Francis, Woodcock


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


Bulgaria Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 38th to 37th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Red crew necked jerseys with white Adidas trim/collar/cuffs, green shorts with red Adidas trim, white socks.
Capt: Andrey Zhelyaskov Manager: Dragomir Taschkov
Bulgaria Lineup
1 Hristov, Christo     G     GA
2 Karakolev, Roman     RB      
3 Dimitrov, Borislav     LHB      
4 Bonev, Georgi     LB      
5 Iliev, Ivan     CHB      
6 Dmitrov, Gueorgui     RHB      
7 Barzov, Todor     RM      
8 Markov, Plamen     LM      
9 Zhelyaskov, Andrey     RF      
10 Velitchov, Boicho, off 87th min.     AM      
11 Tsvetkov, Chavdar, injured off 30th min.     LF      
Bulgaria Substitutes
13 Kostadinov, Kostadin, on 30th min. for Velitchov            
14 Manolov, Krassimir, on 87th min. for Velitchov            

unused substitutes:

12-Vanio Kostov, 15-Georgi Gugalov, 16-Ivan Iltchev
5-3-2 Hristov -
Karakolev, Dmitrov, Iliev, Dimitrov, Bonev -
Brazov, Velitchov, Markov -
Zhelyaskov, Tsvetkov.


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Fog caused the first ever postponement of a Wembley international and the twenty-four hour delay meant that Kevin Keegan had to miss the game to return to Hamburg. Phil Thompson took over as skipper, and Kevin Reeves and Glenn Hoddle came in for their international debuts. Dave Watson scored the first goal when he headed in a Hoddle cross in the eighth minute, and it was Hoddle who made his debut one to remember with the second match-clinching goal when he side footed the ball powerfully into the net from twenty yards in the sixty-ninth minute. Hoddle said later: 'There is nothing to beat the satisfaction of scoring your first goal for your country.'

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Official teamsheet
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author