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Wednesday, 27 March 1991
European Championship 1992 Group Seven qualification match

England 1 Republic of Ireland 1 [1-1]


Match Summary
England Squad
Republic of Ireland Squad

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 77,753; Receipts: 1.25million (new British record);
Kick-off: 8.00pm BST
Live on BSB The Sports Channel (UK) -
Commentator: Martin Tyler

England - Steve Staunton (own goal often credited as a Lee Dixon goal 9)
Republic of Ireland - Niall Quinn (29)
Republic of Ireland - Paul McGrath (27)
Results 1990-1995

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Match Summary

Officials from Switzerland



Republic of Ireland

Referee (-) - Karl Rothlisburger
x (x), FIFA listed x.

Linesmen - Daniel Roduit and Rolf Blattmann.

Reserve Official - R.E. Budden, Devon, England.

Teams presented to Mr Robert Atkins, MP, Minister of Sport.

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England Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 3rd
Colours: The 1990 Umbro home uniform - White collared jersey with shadowed diamonds and navy collar/cuff, navy shorts with white panel and red triangle, white socks with navy tops.
Capt: Bryan Robson, 65th and final captaincy Manager: Graham Taylor, 46 (15 September 1944), appointed 23 July 1990,
5th match, W 3 - D 2 - L 0 - F 7 - A 2.
England Lineup
1 Seaman, David A. 27 19 September 1963 G Arsenal FC 5 3 GA
2 Dixon, Lee            
3 Pearce, Stuart 28 24 April 1962 LB Nottingham Forest FC 35 1
4 Adams, Tony            
5 Walker, Desmond            
6 Wright, Mark 27 1 August 1963 CD Derby County FC 35 1
7 Robson, Bryan 34 11 January 1957 M Manchester United FC 89 26
8 Platt, David A. 24 10 June 1966 M Aston Villa FC 15 4
9 Beardsley, Peter            
10 Lineker, Gary W., off 76th min. 30 30 November 1960 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 63 39
11 Barnes, John            
England Substitutes
16 Sharpe, Lee S., on 46th min. 19 27 May 1971 M Manchester United FC 1 0
15 Wright, Ian E., on 76th min. for Lineker 27 3 November 1963 F Crystal Palace FC 2 0

unused substitutes:

12-Gary Stevens, 13-Chris Woods, 14-Geoff Thomas.

team notes:

Lee Sharpe becomes the first nineteen year old to play for England since John Barnes in May 1983.
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Republic of Ireland Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 9th to 8th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Green v-necked jerseys with white Adidas trim and white/orange overlapping collar, white shorts with green Adidas trim, green socks with white Adidas trim.
Capt: Kevin Moran Manager: John Charlton, appointed January 1986
Republic of Ireland Lineup
1 Bonner, Patrick     G     GA
2 Irwin, Dennis            
3 Staunton, Stephen            
4 O'Leary, David            
5 Moran, Kevin            
6 Townsend, Andrew            
7 McGrath, Paul            
8 Houghton, Raymond            
9 Quinn, Niall            
10 Aldridge, John, off 72nd min.            
11 Sheedy, Kevin            
Republic of Ireland Substitutes
12 Cascarino, Anthony, on 72nd min. for Aldridge            

unused substitutes:

13-Chris Hughton, 14-John Sheridan, 15-Alan McLoughlin, 16-Gerry Peyton.
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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Lee Dixon's first goal for England in the ninth minute of this European championship return match was cancelled out eighteen minutes later by Niall Quinn. Manchester United's exciting young prospect Lee Sharpe was introduced to international football at the start of the second-half, but England were lamentable in front of goal against Irish defenders who took no prisoners. Bryan Robson was called up for the first time by Graham Taylor, but he could not galvanise England into winning action. It was Robson's eighty-ninth cap. Injuries robbed him of at least another twenty caps.

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Official Teamsheet
Match Programme
News of the World Football Annual 1991-92
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author