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Wednesday, 21 September 1983
European Championship 1984 Group Three Qualification Match

England 0 Denmark 1 [0-1]

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off: 7.45pm BST
Live on ITV (UK) -
Commentator: Brian Moore and Brian Clough

Denmark - Allan Simonsen (penalty 36) Match Summary
England Squad
Denmark Squad
Denmark - Soren Lerby (87)
Results 1980-1985

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


Match Summary

Officials from Belgium




Referee (-) - Alexis Ponnet
x (-).

Linesmen - Alphonse Costantin and Louis Delsemme.

Reserve Linesman - R.G. Smith, Oxford.

Teams presented to His Grace The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Robert A.K. Runcie, MC.
The teams wore black armbands as a mark of respect following the untimely death of Dr. Artemio Franchi, Presdient of UEFA.

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England Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 1980 Admiral home uniform - White v-necked lightweight jerseys with royal blue/red shoulder panels, royal blue shorts with red side stripe and white seam, white socks with red/blue tops.
Capt: Ray Wilkins, third captaincy Manager: Robert W. Robson, 50 (18 February 1933), appointed 7 July 1982,
13th match, W 6 - D 5 - L 2 - F 23 - A 7.
England Lineup
1 Shilton, Peter L. 34 18 September 1949 G Southampton FC 54 35 GA
2 Neal, Philip J. 32 20 February 1951 RB Liverpool FC 50 5
3 Sansom, Kenneth G. 24 26 September 1958 LB Arsenal FC 36 0
4 Lee, Samuel, off 77th min. 24 7 February 1959 M Liverpool FC 8 1
5 Osman, Russell C. 24 14 February 1959 CD Ipswich Town FC 11 0
6 Butcher, Terence I. 24 28 December 1958
born in Singapore
CD Ipswich Town FC 20 1
7 Wilkins, Raymond C. 27 14 September 1956 M Manchester United FC 55 3
8 Gregory, John 29 11 May 1954 M Queen's Park Rangers FC 4 0
9 Mariner, Paul 30 22 May 1953 CF Ipswich Town FC 31 11
10 Francis, Trevor            
11 Barnes, John, off 70th min.            
England Substitutes
15 Chamberlain, Mark, on 70th min. for Barnes            
16 Blissett, Luther, on 77th min. for Lee            

unused substitutes:

12-Graham Roberts, 13-Ray Clemence, 14-Gary Mabbutt.
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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


Denmark Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 24th to 21st
Colours: Made by Hummel - Red v-necked shadow striped jerseys with white chevron trim, white shorts with red chevron trim, red socks with white trim.
Capt: Morten Olsen Manager: Josef Emanuel Hubertus Piontek, 43 (5 March 1940), appointed 1 July 1979;
Denmark Lineup
1 Kjr, Ole     G     GA
2 Rasmussen, Ole            
3 Nielsen, Ivan            
4 Olsen, Morten, off 85th min.            
5 Busk, Soren            
6 Lerby, Soren            
7 Bertelsen, Jens-Jorn            
8 Olsen, Jesper            
9 Simonsen, Allan            
10 Laudrup, Michael            
11 Berggreen, Klaus            
Denmark Substitutes
15 ElKjr, Preben, on 46th min. for ?            
13 Molby, Jan, on 85th min. for Olsen            

unused substitutes:

12-Ole Madsen, 14-Frank Arnesen, 16-Troels Rasmussen.
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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

A first-half Allan Simonsen penalty decided this European championship qualifier on a soaking-wet pitch and gave Bobby Robson what he described as 'the blackest day of my career.' England disputed the penalty that was awarded when the ball bounced up and struck Phil Neal on the hand. The midfield trio of Sammy Lee, John Gregory and Ray Wilkins failed to function together, and England did not deserve to take a point from the Danes, who were always the more inventive and industrious team. The England players were jeered off and a section of the crowd turned on Robson as he made the long, lonely walk back to the dressing-room.  The tabloid press were unmerciful with their criticism and poured scorn on Robson, who said privately: 'Even the Prime Minister does not get the pressure and criticism of an England manager. Some of things written and said are completely out of order, but you just have to bite your tongue and take it.'

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