Q. from Alan Petcher, Bradford, England, April 8,
2000. I am in the process of writing a biography of Evelyn Henry Lintott who played 7
professional games for England in 1907/08. But he also played 5 times as an amateur in 1908. Can anybody tell me who against and what
were the teams, also where were they played. Also he played in the 1908 Olympic Games for Great Britain, winning the Gold Medal.
Can you tell me anything about it? Does anybody have any photographs or information about him at all?
A. from PY. Most of the information we have on
Lintott comes from the brief biographical sketch in Douglas Lamming's superb An
English Football Internationalist's Who's Who (Hutton Press, 1990). He
was born in Godalming, Surrey, November 2, 1883 and was killed in action on the
Somme July 1, 1916 while serving with the 1st Yorkshire Regiment. After
playing with Woking and Plymouth Argyle, he joined Queen's Park Rangers as
an amateur in September, 1907 and turned professional in May, 1908, the year
they won the Southern League championship. He went on to Bradford City in
November, 1908 and to Leeds City in June, 1912.
Lintott made five appearances as an England amateur
international and one appearance for the Football League. We have no
information on these matches, and, if you have not done so already, you might
inquire of the Association of Football
Statisticians, who have just revamped their website.
Lintott earned seven full England caps at left
halfback while with Queen's Park and Bradford City, beginning with the 3-1
victory over Ireland in Belfast on February 15, 1908 and ending with the 8-2 win
over Hungary in Budapest on May 31, 1909. He did not score for England.
That Lintott turned professional in May, 1908 means
he could not have competed in the Olympic Games, held later in 1908. In
fact, the Rec.Sport Soccer Statistical Foundation Archive's
summaries for the 1908 Games do not include him in the line-ups for Great
Later, Lintott, a school teacher, served as chairman
of the Players Union.
Q. from Gábor Voda, Hungary, April 8, 2000. I'm a big ENGLAND fan. I write to
you because I would like to ask something. If you could send me wallpapers about ENGLAND, please contact me.
Thank you in advance.
A. from PY. Very well done England wallpaper and screensaver may be found on
official Euro 2000 website.
Q. from Al Hayhurst, London, England, April 3, 2000. My
Nan went to watch England
v. Ireland on 05/11/1947. She has asked me if I could possibly find out the players for both teams and any information about the match. We know it finished 2-2.
A. from PY. We've posted the summary and report for
No. 237. Your Nan was fortunate to see an England team featuring one
of the greatest forward lines ever assembled--Stanley Matthews, Stan Mortensen,
Tommy Lawton, Wilf Mannion and Tom Finney--in an enthralling match that ended in
dramatic fashion. Early this morning (April 14, 2000), a few minutes after
I typed Mannion's name in the summary as one of the game's goalscorers, I got
the news that he had died. Now only Finney survives from this tremendous
Q. from Mark Kinver, U.K., March 19, 2000. Hiya.
I was wondering whether the England's training sessions at Bisham Abbey are open to the public - and if so, is it a case of just turning up or is there more to it than
that? Thanks for your time.
A. from PY. Readers, can you help? The only information we
have is that during Euro '96 security was very tight during training
sessions. We posed your question to the
Association website by e-mail several weeks ago, but have received no
Q. from Nick Bromwich, London, England, March 13, 2000. Do you know what clubs Walter Winterbottom managed besides England?
A. from PY. None.
Q. from Bjoern Holzgrabe, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen,
Germany, March 12, 2000. I'm a student at the University of
Dortmund, Germany, working on a paper about the four British national teams (history, national identity and so on).
Found your page on competitions, but had to find out that your pages about the BIC aren't ready yet.
Hope you can help me anyway. I have several questions about the British International Championships.
Why were they set up? By whom? Why were they cancelled in 1984 ('83?)?
What are the records? What was the role of the 'International Football Association Board'?
How long did the IFAB exist? What was the status of the IFAB and the BIC in relation to the FIFA
(UEFA?) and the World Cup? I have lots more questions but these might keep you busy enough.
Can you name me any literature where I can get information on the IFAB
and the BIC? Thanks.
A. from PY. The British or Home International Championship was the
world's first international football tournament. It was contested annually
from the 1883-84 season through the 1983-84 season with the exception of
intervals of five and seven years during the two world wars. We have not
completed our pages on this tournament yet, but in the meantime an adequate
record may be found in the
Statistical Foundation Archive.
The championship was a natural progression from the series of annual
matches the home countries began playing against each other in the 1870's and
early 1880's. England began playing Scotland in 1872, Wales in 1879 and
and Ireland in 1882. Wales began playing Scotland in 1876 and Ireland in
1882. Scotland's first match with Ireland in 1884 completed the itinerary
and was the first match played in the first home international tournament.
The birth of the championship is intertwined with the creation of the
International Football Association Board, the first and oldest of international
football's governing bodies. The first matches between England and
Scotland were played according to the laws of the home country, English rules
prevailing one year and Scottish the next. In 1882, the Football
Association, firm in its resolve there should be uniformity in the laws, invited
the associations of Scotland, Wales and Ireland to a meeting to discuss the
formation of a board to settle their differences and to organize an
international championship. Scotland at first declined the invitation,
relenting only after the Football Association threatened to end the yearly
international matches. At the meeting, held in Manchester on December 6,
1882, the four associations adopted a uniform code and established the
International Football Association Board to approve changes in the
laws. Each association was given equal voting rights on the board.
When FIFA was founded in 1904, the
Board was the game's acknowledged lawmaking body. In 1905, FIFA assured
the four home associations that the Board would continue as the sole lawmaking
body. England joined FIFA in 1906 and the other three home associations
followed in 1910. But not until 1913 did the British associations allow
two FIFA representatives to join the International Board. When the British
associations withdrew from FIFA in 1920 in protest of postwar Austro-German
membership, they voted the FIFA representatives off the Board. FIFA's
participation on the Board resumed when the British associations rejoined FIFA
in 1924 and since then it has been continuous, despite a second British
withdrawal from FIFA between 1928 and 1946.
Today the Board continues to exercise hegemony over the laws of the
game. It is composed of the four delegates from each of the four British
associations as permanent members and four FIFA delegates. The FIFA
FIFA section describes the Board as "an abiding acknowledgement of the
historic significance of the British associations in world football."
That website also reproduces
The International Football Association Board has lasted longer than the
international championship it was set up to regulate. Although there is little doubt that fan violence and other disturbances
made ending the British International Championship an easier decision, the
primary reason for the tournament's demise in 1984 was fixture congestion.
Most of the crowd problems had occurred when England and Scotland met, and if
those problems had been the main reason for ending the championship, then those
matches would have ended, too. Instead, England and Scotland continued to
meet each other annually for the next five years in the
As early as the 1960's, with the growing importance of the World Cup and
the emergence of the European Championship, the Football League, whose
membership then included the top level English clubs, began pressing for
discontinuance of the British International Championship because of the player demands it made.
The Football Association resisted at first, but eventually
yielded. As Ted Coker, F.A. general secretary at the time, explained in
his autobiography, The First Voice You Will Hear Is ... (Collins, London,
"as long as the home international championship continued, we had
eight [World Cup or European Championship] qualifying matches and six home
internationals in each two-year programme, that is, 14 matches plus, we hope,
participation in a finals tournament. No leeway was left for other
matches. That was the main reason for abandoning the Home International
"The European Championship competition is against European countries,
obviously, and similarly the World Cup qualifying games are in opposition to
familiar European countries. So much for the need for experience against
South American opposition! When we took part in the 1982 World Cup finals
only one of our opponents, Kuwait, was from outside Europe.
"Another problem is that with the seeding that goes on in the
international competitions we tend to avoid many of the countries we need to
play for experience, such as West Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, Italy and
Spain. To be drawn against such opposition is not impossible but is still
unlikely, even in five-nation groups.
"Therefore, to meet these teams, we must arrange friendly
matches. By careful planning we have managed to play Spain, Brazil,
Argentina, Holland, West Germany and Russia [sic: the Soviet Union] at
Wembley in recent years. These facts help to highlight the difficulty of
persisting with the home internationals and explain why they were dropped in
[As an aside, Croker's views on the importance of friendly matches may be
contrasted with those of manager Kevin Keegan and the current F.A.
administration, who, yielding to club pressures, have left
dates for friendly matches vacant and will send
inadequately prepared team into this year's European Championship.]
Q. from Rory Leavy, Athlone, Republic of
Ireland, March 8, 2000. Could you tell me how many black players have played for
England and does England have the record in Europe for the amount of black players playing for
them? Could you name England's squads for Italia 90 and Euro 92?
Finally don't you think that Ugo Ehiogu and Trevor Sinclair should both be starters for
England in Holland and Belgium?
A. from PY. We've posted the England squads you asked for on our
Cup 1990 and
European Championship 1996
pages, which are still in preparation.
One of this website's authors, Alan Brook,
glanced through the list of about 1,300 England players and counted 24 black
players who have earned England caps, although he's not sure he got them all.
Another, Josh Benn, who's attended England's Wembley matches for many years,
believes manager Graham Taylor started five or six black players in a
couple of matches. Readers, can you help further on this? The only
national team in Europe that could possibly come close to England in number of
black players who have earned caps is France.
I'm not confident either Sinclair or Ehiogu will make the
England squad, much less start, although both have earned consideration. Manager Kevin Keegan has called
Sinclair to recent
squads, but he has yet to earn his first cap. Ehiogu gained his
only cap as a substitute against China almost four years ago when Terry Venables
was in charge.
Q. from Richard Perry, U.K., March 6,
2000. I would really like to know the date and whereabouts of England's
next match with Wales. I work for a management company representing an
artist who is hotly tipped to have written the England song for the Euro2000
championships, if you would like a copy, please feel free to get in touch.
Keep it up, its an impressive sight!
A. from PY. England have no scheduled
matches with Wales. Although the Football Association of Wales expressed
some interest in a match against England at the new Millennium Stadium in
Cardiff, England discouraged an invitation. It used to be that England and
Wales played once a year in the British Championship, also known as the Home
International Championship, but that competition ended in 1984, exactly 100
years after it began. The last match between the two was May 2, 1984
at the The Racecourse in Wrexham with Wales winning, 1-0.
Q. from Steven Rigby, Lisburn, Northern Ireland, March 3,
2000. Hi I am writing a project on the England Football team and would
like to ask you When Was The England Team Established? Please could you
send me the answer as soon as possible please!!!!
A from PY. One can justifiably assert that the England national football team was established in either 1870 or 1872. Most people probably would say 1872, the year the first official international football match was
held, but 1870 is probably the more accurate answer.
An England national football team was first called together for a match against Scotland by a letter from Football Association Secretary Charles W. Alcock published in The Sportsman, a London newspaper, on February 5, 1870.
Severe frost caused postponement of the match, originally scheduled for February 19 at
The Oval, and it eventually took place on March 5, 1870, resulting in a 1-1 draw.
Another England-Scotland match was held in late 1870,
two more in 1871
and still another in early 1872.
These initial matches were rather informal contests, and they are not viewed as official because the Scotland team was composed of London-based Scots plus a few "all-comers" needed to make a full team.
The world's first official international football match was held November 30, 1872 at Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow, and resulted in a scoreless draw between England and Scotland.
Q. from Ken Talbot, Manchester, England, March 2, 2000. Could you
please tell me the England squad for 1966? Was it originally 30 players
reduced to 22? Many thanks.
A. from PY. The 1966 World Cup squad was the product of
a rather protracted winnowing process. Manager Alf Ramsey originally named
a squad of 40 men, which was eventually pared to 28, including three
replacements, for more than two weeks of training at Lilleshall. Only 27
showed up; one withdrew because of injury. Finally, Ramsey named his final
squad of 22 men, which embarked on a four-match tour of Northern Europe as a
final tune-up before the tournament began on July 11. Details and squad statistics have now been posted on our
Cup 1966 page, which is still in preparation.
Q. from Gerry, Glasgow, Scotland, March 1, 2000.
I am sending this in the hope you are online just now as I need the answer pretty quickly.
Could you please tell me who was the first black player to play for England. I am between Luther Blissett, Laurie Cunningham, Viv Anderson, Cyril Regis,
but of course it may be none of them. Thank you for your time.
A. from PY. Right fullback Viv Anderson was the first black player to appear
for England. His first cap came in a 1-0 victory against Czechoslovakia at
Wembley on November 29, 1978, when he played for Nottingham Forest. He
later earned caps while playing for Arsenal and Manchester United. While
he was a
member of both the 1982 and 1986 World Cup squads, his only appearance in the finals of a major
tournament came in the 2-1 victory over Spain in the European Championship
finals of 1980 in Italy. Altogether he made 30 England appearances spread over
a 10-year international career that came to a close in the 1-1 Rous Cup draw with Colombia
at Wembley on May 24, 1988. Now an assistant manager
at Middlesbrough under his former England teammate and captain Bryan Robson,
Anderson was awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours List published
December 31, 1999.
Laurie Cunningham made his England debut in a goalless draw with Wales at
Wembley on May 23, 1979. Cyril Regis first appeared for England in a 4-0
victory over Northern Ireland at Wembley on February 23, 1982. Luther
Blissett got his first cap in a 2-1 loss to West Germany at Wembley on October
By the way, the first black player to captain England was Paul Ince.
The occasion was England's 1-1 U.S. Cup draw with Brazil on June 13, 1993 at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Washington, D.C.
[N.B. This is wrong; it was England's 2-0 U.S. Cup loss to the U.S.A. on 9
June 1993 at Foxboro Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.] Another
black player, Sol Campbell, also has captained England.
from Dan Reid, U.K., February 22, 2000. Who presented Alan Shearer with
the golden boot at Euro 96? Did Alan Shearer present whoever gave him the
golden boot with a signed England Shirt? Are any photos available of this
presentation taking place? Where could I get a copy of one?
Thanks in anticipation of response.
A. from PY. Sorry, we haven't the vaguest idea. It appears you're considering buying an
England shirt on the representation that Alan Shearer signed it and gave it to
the person who presented him with the Golden Boot at Euro '96. If our readers send us information on your questions, we'll
Q. from Tony Pratt, Scarborough, England, February 18,
2000. Hope you can help me. I saw the previous answer concerning the 1970
England world cup squad. What I am after though is the final 11 that made the
starting line up. Also line ups for the rest of the tournament would be great if
you have them.
A. from PY. The summaries for England's 1970 World Cup matches are not
yet posted on our website. In the meantime, we've sent you a complete set
of match summaries for the 1970 World Cup. Summaries for all World Cup
matches may be obtained from the
RSSSF World Cup Archive.
If you look in the Appendices section of our website, you
will find our
Sources Index, which directs you to our
list of the very best World Cup websites. All
our Sources pages have been carefully compiled, and they include only the best
and most reliable football websites. An hour or two spent surfing the
websites listed in our Sources pages is well worthwhile.
Q. from Andy Eve, U.K., February 3, 2000.
Could you please tell me the three fathers and sons who have played full
internationals for England. I already have got the Lampards and the
Cloughs but need one more.
A. from PY. George E. and George R.
Eastham were the first of the three father-and-son sets who have won full
England caps. The senior Eastham recently died in South Africa.
Q. from Iain Rose, Gibraltar, January 7,
2000. Hi I'm Iain, I would be grateful if you could give me the England
squad together with their squad numbers from the 1982 world cup in Spain. Thanks.
A. from PY. England's
World Cup 1982 squad:
1 Clemence, Ray; 2 Anderson, Viv; 3 Brooking, Trevor; 4 Butcher, Terry; 5
Coppell, Steve; 6 Foster, Steve; 7 Keegan, Kevin; 8 Francis, Trevor; 9 Hoddle,
Glenn; 10 McDermott, Terry; 11 Mariner, Paul; 12 Mills, Mick; 13 Corrigan, Joe;
14 Neal, Phil; 15 Rix, Graham;
16 Robson, Bryan; 17 Sansom, Kenny; 18 Thompson, Phil; 19 Wilkins, Ray; 20
Withe, Peter; 21 Woodcock, Tony; 22 Shilton, Peter.
Manager Ron Greenwood assigned squad numbers alphabetically according to
the players' last names, making exceptions for captain Keegan and the three
goalkeepers. Clemence, Anderson, McDermott, Corrigan and Withe did not
make any appearance in England's five matches at the 1982 World Cup
finals. As noted in the answer to the question immediately below, Keegan
and Brooking were injured and did not appear until the last 23 minutes of the
fifth and last match. We've posted the squad statistics on our
Cup 1982 page, which is still in preparation.