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Sunday, 12 June 1988
European Championships 1988 Finals Group Two, match one

England 0 Republic of Ireland 1 [1-0]

Neckarstadion, Wasen, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany
Attendance: 51,373;
Kick-off: 3.30pm local, tbc BST
Live on ITV (UK) -
Commentator: Brian Moore and Ron Atkinson

Republic of Ireland - Ray Houghton (6) Match Summary
England Squad
Republic of Ireland Squad
Results 1985-1990

England kicked-off. 92 minutes (45:12 &  46:37).


Match Summary




Republic of Ireland

Referee (-) - tbc
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
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England Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 1st to 4th
Colours: The 1987 Umbro home uniform - White crew-necked buttoned jersey with shadow diamonds, navy collar and red/navy/white cuffs, navy shorts, with white seams and red trim, white socks with navy/red Umbro diamond trim.
Capt: Bryan Robson, 43rd captaincy Manager: Robert W. Robson, 55 (18 February 1933), appointed 7 July 1982,
67th match, W 34 - D 19 - L 14 - F 117 - A 39.
England Lineup
1 Shilton, Peter L. 38 18 September 1949 G Derby County FC 99 64 GA
2 Stevens, M. Gary 25 27 March 1963 RB Everton FC 24 0
3 Sansom, Kenneth G. 29 26 September 1958 LB Arsenal FC 84 1
4 Webb, Neil J., off 60th min. 24 30 July 1963 M Nottingham Forest FC 8 1
19 Wright, Mark 24 1 August 1963 CD Derby County FC 21 0
6 Adams, Tony A.            
7 Robson, Bryan 31 11 January 1957 M Manchester United FC 67 21
12 Waddle, Christopher R.            
9 Beardsley, Peter A., off 82nd min.            
10 Lineker, Gary W. 27 30 November 1960 CF Barcelona FC, Spain 33 26
11 Barnes, John C.         40 6
England Substitutes
17 Hoddle, Glenn, on 60th min. for Webb. 30 27 October 1957 M AS Monaco FC, France 51 8
18 Hateley, Mark W., on 82nd min. for Beardsley 26 7 November 1961 CF AS Monaco FC, France 29 9

unused substitutes:

Chris Woods, Viv Anderson, 15-Steve McMahon.
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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


Republic of Ireland Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 19th to 13th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Green collared v-necked jerseys with white Adidas trim/grey sleeve panel and white collar/cuffs, white shorts with green Adidas trim, green socks.
Capt: Frank Stapleton Manager: John Charlton
Republic of Ireland Lineup
1 Bonner, Patrick     G     GA
2 Morris, Christopher            
3 Hughton, Christopher            
4 McCarthy, Michael            
5 Moran, Kevin            
6 Whelan, Ronald            
7 McGrath, Paul            
8 Houghton, Raymond       Liverpool FC, England    
9 Aldridge, John       Liverpool FC, England    
10 Stapleton, Frank, off 65th min.            
11 Galvin, Anthony            
Republic of Ireland Substitutes
20 Quinn, Niall, on 65th min. for Stapleton            
15 Sheedy, Kevin            

unused substitutes:

Gerry Peyton, John Byrne, John Anderson.
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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Jack Charlton's 25-1 outsiders took a shock sixth minute lead through Ray Houghton and then defied all attempts by England to save this opening game in the European championship finals. England put too much responsibility on the shoulders of Gary Lineker, who took a buffeting as he missed a hat-trick of chances before goalkeeper Paddy Bonner produced a miracle save to stop him snatching a late equaliser. It was a tactical triumph for Jack Charlton, who employed Ray Houghton and Tony Galvin as nuisance-makers in midfield, crowding out England's engine room so that it was unable to function properly. It was not pretty, but it was effective. 'You have to have the ball to be able to play with it,' Charlton explained. 'We decided not to let England have it. Simple as that.'

Source Notes

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