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Wednesday, 18 November 1981
World Cup 1982 UEFA Group Four Qualification Match

England 1 Hungary 0 [1-0]
 

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 92,000;
Receipts: 671,000 (a new Wembley record), Kick-off: 7.45pm GMT
Live on BBC (UK) -
Commentator: John Motson

England - Paul Mariner (16) Match Summary
England Squad
Hungary Squad
 
Results 1980-1985

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Match Summary

Officials from France

England

Type

Hungary

Referee (-) - Georges Konrath
x (-).

Linesmen - A. Delmer and C. Bouillet

Reserve Linesman - D.J. Axcell, Essex.

Teams presented to H.R.H. The Duke of Kent, F.A. President.

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England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 13th to 11th
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, 28th captaincy Manager: Ronald Greenwood, 60 (11 November 1921), appointed as caretaker 17 August 1977, permanent on 17 December 1977,
44th match, W 25  - D 9 - L 10 - F 74 - A 37.
England Lineup
1 Shilton, Peter L. 32 18 September 1949 G Nottingham Forest FC 35 27 GA
2 Neal, Philip J. 30 20 February 1951 RB Liverpool FC 34 3
3 Mills, Michael D. 32 4 January 1949 LB Ipswich Town FC 35 0
4 Thompson, Philip B. 27 21 January 1954 RHB Liverpool FC 31 1
5 Martin, Alvin E. 23 29 July 1958 CD West Ham United FC 3 0
6 Robson, Bryan 24 11 January 1957 M Manchester United FC 14 1
7 Keegan, J. Kevin 30 14 February 1951 OR Southampton FC 59 20
8              
9 Mariner, Paul 28 22 May 1953 CF Ipswich Town FC 18 6
10 Brooking, Trevor D. 33 2 October 1948 IL West Ham United FC 44 5
11 McDermott, Terence 29 8 December 1951 M Liverpool FC 21 3
England Substitutes
1 Morley, W. Anthony, on 65th min. 27 26 August 1954 OR Aston Villa FC 1 0

unused substitutes:

-
 
- -

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

Hungary Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 20th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Red collared jerseys with white Adidas trim, white shorts with red Adidas trim, green socks with white Adidas trim.
Capt:   Manager: Kalman Meszoly
Hungary Lineup
1       G     GA
2              
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11              
Hungary Substitutes
1              

unused substitutes:

-
 
- -

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

    Match Report by Norman Giller

England came back from the dead to clinch a place in the World Cup finals with this nervously constructed victory over Hungary. The door to the finals in Spain was re-opened by group favourites Rumania making a mess of their final qualifying match, and England needed only a point against Hungary to book their tickets. Paul Mariner scored the vital match-winning goal in the sixteenth minute, scrambling the ball into the net after a mishit shot by Trevor Brooking had confused the Hungarian defenders. Hungary were already assured of their place in the finals, and were content to concentrate on defence and they looked in danger of conceding a second goal only in the final moments when Tony Morley, making his debut as a substitute, had his shot well saved by goalkeeper Meszaros.  Rumours of the death of English football were greatly exaggerated.

Source Notes

TheFA.com
Original newspaper reports
Official Matchday Programme
Rothman's Yearbooks
News of the World Football Annual
1985-86
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