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  Saturday, 1 June 1991
Quit International Tour Match

Australia 0 England 1 [0-1]
 

Sydney Football Stadium, Moore Park, Sydney
Kick-off (AEST): 7.30pm 10.30am BST
Attendance: 35,472

   
[0-0] Ian Gray diving header hits the post

[0-1]   Ian Gray headed og 40
hit Gray's head after Zabica missed his punched clearance from a farside freekick
   
Aurelio Vidmar
Paul Parker
Highlights on BBC Grandstand Commentator: John Motson with Trevor Brooking
 

Match Summary

Officials

Australia Squad

Type

England Squad
Referee (black) - Barry Arthur Tasker
x (-), Wellington, New Zealand.

Linesmen - tbc

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  

Australia Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 33rd to 34th
Colours: Made by Kingroo - Gold and green of various shades abstracted brush strokes v-necked jersey with black collar, green shorts with gold side panel, green socks with gold trim.
Capt: Paul Wade Manager: Eddie Thomson, 44 (25 February 1947 in Rosewell, Scotland), appointed 1990.
Australia Lineup
1 Zabica, Robert 27
53 days
9 April 1964 G Adelaide City FC 8 GA
15 Vidmar, Antony 20
332 days
4 July 1970 RB Adelaide City FC 2 0
3 Duraković, Mehmet 25
231 days
13 October 1965
in Titograd, Yugoslavia
LB South Melbourne FC 6 0
4 Zelic, Nedjeljko 19
332 days
4 July 1971 CD Sydney Croatia FC 2 0
5 Tobin, Alexander H. 25
210 days
3 November 1965 CD Adelaide City FC 11 1
17 Gray, Ian 27
314 days
22 July 1963 M Marconi Stallions FC 10 1
the 32nd own goal scored for England
7 Wade, Paul 29
73 days
20 March 1962
in Altrincham, England
M South Melbourne FC 41 4
8 Petersen, Michael 26
26 days
6 May 1965 M South Melbourne FC 18 1
9 Arnold, Graham J. 27
302 days
3 August 1963 F SV Roda Juliana Combinaatsiejoeën Kirchroa, Netherlands 35 14
16 Tapai, Ernie, off 72nd min. 24
107 days
14 February 1967
in Subotica, Yugoslavia
M Adelaide City FC 4 0
11 Vidmar, Aurelio 24
118 days
3 February 1967 M Adelaide City FC 5 1
Australia Substitutes
scoreline: Australia 0 England 1
20 Brown, Greg, on 72nd min. for Tapai 28
307 days
29 July 1962
in Manchester, England
F Parramatta FC 3 0
result: Australia 0 England 1

unused substitutes:

10-David Lowe, 12-Andrew Marth, 14-Milan Blagojević, 21-Branko Milošević, 22-John Filan.

team notes:

Aurelio and Antony Vidmar are brothers
 
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Averages:

Age 25 years 125 days Appearances/Goals 12.9 2.0

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 3rd
Colours: The 1990 Umbro home shirt - White collared jersey with shadowed diamonds and navy collar/cuff, white shorts with blue and red triangle, white socks with navy tops.
Capt: Gary Lineker
(sixth captaincy (18) (5))
Manager: Graham Taylor, 46 (15 September 1944), appointed 23 July 1990,
9th match, W 6 - D 3 - L 0 - F 14 - A 5.
England Lineup
1 Woods, Christopher C.E. 31
199 days
14 November 1959 G Rangers FC, Scotland 21 6ᵍᵃ
2 Parker, Paul A. 27
58 days
4 April 1964 RB Queen's Park Rangers FC 15 0
3 Pearce, Stuart 29
38 days
24 April 1962 LB Nottingham Forest FC 38 1
4 Batty, David 22
181 days
2 December 1968 LM Leeds United AFC 3 0
5 Walker, Desmond S. 25
187 days
26 November 1965 CD Nottingham Forest FC 33 0
6 Wright, Mark 27
304 days
1 August 1963 CD Derby County FC 38 1
7 Platt, David A. 24
356 days
10 June 1966 CM Aston Villa FC 19 7
8 Thomas, Geoffrey R. 26
300 days
5 August 1964 RM Crystal Palace FC 4 0
9 Clough, Nigel H. 25
74 days
19 March 1966 RF Nottingham Forest FC 3 0
10 Lineker, Gary W., off 81st min. 30
183 days
30 November 1960 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 66 40
1027 11 Hirst, David, off 46th min. 23
176 days
7 December 1967 LF Sheffield Wednesday FC 1 0
the 39th Wednesday player to represent England
England Substitutes
scoreline: Australia 0 England 1
17 16 Salako, John A., on 46th min. for Hirst 22
110 days
11 February 1969
in Ibadan, Nigeria
M Crystal Palace FC 1 0
1028 29th foreign-born player the eighth Palace player to represent England
15 Wise, Dennis F., on 81st min. for Lineker 24
167 days
16 December 1966 M Chelsea FC 3 2 1
1
result: Australia 0 England 1

unused substitutes:

12-Tony Dorigo, 13-Nigel Martyn, 14-Ian Wright.

substitute notes:

John Salako is the 56th player to debut for England as a substitute.
 
4-3-3 Woods -
Parker, Walker, Wright, Pearce -
Thomas, Platt, Batty -
Clough, Lineker, Hirst

Averages:

Age 26 years 288 days Appearances/Goals 21.9 4.5

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

Despite all the arguments and the questions on the wisdom of an exhausting tour of Australia at the end of a long and hard domestic season. England duly arrived in Sydney to play this match and fulfill their obligations. Just as England found eight years earlier the 'Socceroos', as Australia were affectionately known, produced a high level of skill and effort to frustrate the 'Poms'. In fact England had to be thankful that Chris Woods was in fine form in goal.

Early on England were on top and they created several good chances, Mark Wright, Gary Lineker and David Platt all went close in the space of three minutes but the best chance probably fell to Nigel Clough. Alas, his shot from 12 yards was pulled wide. Despite England's overall dominance the Aussies refused to capitulate to the pressure and, indeed, they were quite dangerous in the breakaways. A mistake by David Batty left Arnold with a clear opening and only a tremendous save by Woods prevented a goal. Almost immediately the goalkeeper produced an even better save to foil Gray's goalbound header.

On 40 minutes, though, England took the lead. A Stuart Pearce free-kick was drilled into the area and in a scramble to clear the ball Gray put through his own goal. The goal was little fortuitous, but none the less deserved for England's first-half superiority.

The second half was not a particularly good one. England remained mostly in control, although Australia did produce good efforts from A.Vidmar and Gray as they both came close to wiping out England's lead. Another chance fell to Tapai and he looked a certain scorer as he strode clear of England's defence. But a brilliantly-timed tackle by Paul Parker saved the situation and England were never really threatened again.

Unfortunately England did not look like scoring in this half either and they created not one chance worthy of the name, especially after Lineker had to go off with a leg injury. But the win gave Graham Taylor his ninth unbeaten result since he took charge of the team, a record equalling Don Revie's start in 1974-75.

      

Source Notes


TheFA.com
BBC Sport
Official Teamsheet
  OzFootbal.net
Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks

Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
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