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Saturday, 30 May 1981
World Cup 1982 UEFA Group Four Qualification Match

Switzerland 2 England 1 [2-0]
 

 

Match Summary
Switzerland Squad
England Squad

Sankt Jakob Stadium, Sankt Jakob, Basel
Attendance: 40,000;
Kick-off: 8.00pm UHR, tbc BST
Live on BBC (UK) -
Commentator: John Motson

Switzerland - Scheiwiler, Sulser
England - Terry McDermott (55)
 
Results 1980-1985

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

 

Match Summary

Officials

Switzerland

Type

England

Referee (-) - tbc
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc

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

Switzerland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 58th to 50th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Red collared jerseys with white collars/piping and Adidas trim, white shorts with red Adidas trim, red sicks with white Adidas trim.
Capt:   Manager: Paul Wolfisberg, appointed early 1981
Switzerland Lineup
1       G     GA
2              
3              
4              
5              
6              
7              
8              
9              
10              
11              
Switzerland Substitutes
1              

unused substitutes:

-
 
- -

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 11th to 15th
Colours: The 1980 Admiral home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with royal blue/red shoulder panels, royal blue shorts with red side stripe and white seam, white socks with red/blue tops.
Capt: Kevin Keegan, 25th captaincy Manager: Ronald Greenwood, 59 (11 November 1921), appointed as caretaker 17 August 1977, permanent on 17 December 1977,
41st match, W 23 - D 9 - L 9 - F 69 - A 34.
England Lineup
1       G     GA
2 Mills, Michael D. 32 4 January 1949 RB Ipswich Town FC 32 0
3 Sansom, Kenneth G. 22 26 September 1958 LB Arsenal FC 18 0
4 Wilkins, Raymond C. 24 14 September 1956 M Manchester United FC 41 2
5 Watson, David V., off 80th min. 34 5 October 1946 CHB Southampton FC 62 4
6 Osman, Russell C. 22 14 February 1959 CD Ipswich Town FC 4 0
7 Keegan, J. Kevin 30 14 February 1951 OR Southampton FC 56 19
8 Robson, Bryan 24 11 January 1957 M West Bromwich Albion FC 11 0
9 Mariner, Paul 28 22 May 1953 CF Ipswich Town FC 15 5
10              
11              
England Substitutes
14 McDermott, Terence, on 46th min. for Francis 29 8 December 1951 M Liverpool FC 18 3
1? Barnes, Peter, on 80th min. for Watson            

unused substitutes:

-
 
- -

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

    Match Report by Norman Giller

For nearly thirty minutes England outplayed Switzerland in this World Cup qualifier, and it was totally unexpected when the Swiss suddenly swept into the lead with two goals in a minute. Ron Greenwood attempted a salvage operation by sending on Terry McDermott for Trevor Francis and pushing Kevin Keegan forward into a striker's role. It was McDermott who at last ended England's run of almost eight hours without a goal when he collected a Steve Coppell pass in the fifty-fifth minute and buried a shot in the Swiss net. But Switzerland held out under enormous pressure to record their first victory over England for thirty-four years. To add to England's despair, the hooligan element among their supporters caused more sickening problems on the terraces. Only a victory in the following match in Hungary could keep alive England's slim hopes of making it into the World Cup finals. The appalling behaviour of the England supporters meant that most neutrals would have been quite happy to see them fail to make it to Spain, and there were whispers that the powers-that-be at FIFA were considering a ban on England.

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)
Norman Giller
, Football Author

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CG