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Wednesday, 30 March 1983
European Championship 1984 Group Three Qualification Match

England 0 Greece 0 [0-0]

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off: 7.45pm BST

  Match Summary
England Squad
Greece Squad
Greece - Babis Xanthopoulos (81), Nikos Sarganis (83)
Results 1980-1985

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Match Summary

Officials from Czechoslovakia




Referee (-) - Dusan Krchnak
x (-).

Linesmen - Josef Poucek and Jiri Jasek.

Reserve Linesman - G. Claridge, Essex.

Teams presented to The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Harewood, LL.D., F.A. Hon-Vice President.

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England Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 2nd to 3rd
Colours: The 1982 Admiral away uniform - red v-necked jerseys with white collars/cuffs with blue/red trim and royal blue/white shoulder panels, white shorts with royal blue side stripe and red seam, white socks with red/blue tops.
Capt: Peter Shilton, third captaincy Manager: Robert W. Robson, 50 (18 February 1933), appointed 7 July 1982,
6th match, W 3 - D 2 - L 1 - F 17 - A 5.
England Lineup
1 Shilton, Peter L. 33 18 September 1949 G Southampton FC 47 33 GA
2 Neal, Philip J. 32 20 February 1951 RB Liverpool FC 44 5
3 Sansom, Kenneth G. 24 26 September 1958 LB Arsenal FC 32 0
4 Lee, Samuel 24 7 February 1959 M Liverpool FC 4 1
5 Martin, Alvin E. 24 29 July 1958 CD West Ham United FC 8 0
6 Butcher, Terence I. 24 28 December 1958
born in Singapore
CD Ipswich Town FC 13 1
7 Coppell, Stephen         42  
8 Mabbutt, Gary V. 21 23 August 1961 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 5 0
9 Francis, Trevor            
10 Woodcock, Anthony S., off 72nd min. 27 6 December 1955 F Arsenal FC 28 11
11 Devonshire, Alan, off 72nd min.            
England Substitutes
16 Blissett, Luther, on 72nd min. for Woodcock            
14 Rix, Graham, on 72nd min. for Devonshire 25 13 October 1957 M Arsenal FC 16 0

unused substitutes:

12-Mike Duxbury, 13-Ray Clemence, 15-Gordon Cowans.
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Greece Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 53rd to 48th
Colours: Made by Puma - White collared jerseys with blue collars/broad trim/pinstripes, blue shorts with white sides, white socks with blue trim.
Capt: Giannis Gounaris Manager: Christos Archondidis
Greece Lineup
1 Sarganis, Nikos     G     GA
2 Gounaris, Giannis            
3 Karulias, Nikos            
4 Galitsios, Giannis            
5 Mihos, Petros            
6 Xanthopoulos, Charalambos            
7 Kousoulakis, Evangelos            
8 Kouis, Dinos            
9 Anastopolous, Nikos, off 87th min.            
10 Mitropoulos, Anastasios, off 78th min.            
11 Kostikos, Giorgios            
Greece Substitutes
13 Ardizoglou, Christos, on 78th min. for Mitropoulos            
14 Dontas, Giannis, on 87th min. for Anastopoulos            

unused substitutes:

12-Apostolakis Papaioanou, 15-Georgios Plitsis, 16-Giorgos Semertzidis.
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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

England were frustrated by a Greek team that came only to defend in this European championship return match. Trevor Francis was the one England forward to play with any penetration, and he might have had a hat-trick before he was subdued by some spiteful tackles. The match was a sad milestone for Steve Coppell, whose international career ended after forty-two caps because of a serious knee injury. After-match quotes by Bobby Robson about Alan Devonshire were taken out of context, and he had to contact the West Ham player to tell him that he had not meant to make him the so-called 'scapegoat' for England's dismal performance.

Source Notes

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