England's soccer prestige, badly dented by defeat at the hands of West Germany last month, was completely shattered tonight (Tuesday) as Northern Ireland scared their first victory over England in 15 years.
England's soccer prestige, badly dented by defeat at the hands of West Germany last month, was completely shattered tonight (Tuesday) as Northern Ireland scared their first victory over England in 15 years. The Irish achieved their shock win at Wembley without the help of star forward George Best -- who picked this week to announce his retirement from the game.
Manager Alf Ramsey had largely remodelled the England side, bringing in uncapped Colin Todd of Derby and Tony Currie of Sheffield United, and relative newcomers Malcolm Macdonald and goalkeeper Pater Shilton.
But although England attacked ceaselessly, the only goal came from the Irish. Wolves star Danny Hogan took a corner for the Irish, and player-manager Terry Neill deserted his defensive role to flick in the winning goal.
SYNOPSIS: Northern Ireland, playing right to left, kick off in Tuesday's international against England at Wembley. A drastically remodelled England side was still trying to make amends for last month's defeat by West Germany. The previous weekend, they won back some prestige with a convincing victory over Wales.
A foul by Storey on Clements showed that England were still playing the tough, physical game which caused criticism in the matches with West Germany. For the first time, England were fielding a side without any of the 1966 World Cup winning side. Skipper Bobby Moore was one of several established players to miss the game through injury. Ireland were without star forward George Best.
Here's one of England's new players, Tony Curries, in action. Curris chips a neat pass out to Summerbee on the right wing....Summerbee centres the ball back to Currie who drives a powerful shot just over the bar.
England attacked relentlessly. But superb goalkeeping and stubborn defence prevented them scoring. At the other end, Ireland were largely restricted to breakaway attacks, and they missed the goal-scoring power of George Best. Then, just after half an hour,England gave away a corner.
Danny Hogan takes the kick, and Ireland player-manager Terry Neill flicks the ball down to score. It was the only goal of the match, and England plunged to another shock defeat -- their first against Ireland in fifteen years.