Match No. 502 - Friday, 28th May 1976, 8:00pm

  • Assist: Joe Royle. "[Brooking] produced a cross from the right wing that put the opposition in trouble. The always splendid Royle managed contact, and when the ball rebounded from Zoff, Channon directed it brusquely to the roof of the net." Mick Channon15th of 21 goals. Right-footed from 9 yards., 46' 45:31
  • Assist: Gordon Hill. "The blow seemed to unnerve the Italians and almost at once Thompson was rising to meet Hill's corner from the right and send back a header that eluded several flailing limbs before going beyond Zoff, who had been distracted by the confusion in front of him." Phil ThompsonOnly Goal. Header from 10 yards., 48' 47:45
  • Assist: Trevor Brooking. "Brooking manoeuvred beautifully for space on the right, and when he centred high, Channon combined power with stealth as he clsoed to score." Mick Channon16th of 21 goals. Left-footed from 7 yards., 54' 53:00
    • 1
    • Jimmy RimmerArsenal, Only Cap
      28 years, 3 months, 18 days
    • 'HT46:00
    • 3
    • Phil NealLiverpool, 2nd of 50 caps
      25 years, 3 months, 8 days
    • 'HT46:00
    • 4
    • Phil ThompsonLiverpool, 6th of 42 caps
      22 years, 4 months, 7 days
    • 5
    • Mike DoyleMan City, 4th of 5 caps
      29 years, 6 months, 3 days
    • 6
    • Tony TowersSunderland, 3rd of 3 caps
      24 years, 1 month, 15 days
      79:30 Kicking the ball away.
    • 7
    • Ray WilkinsChelsea, 1st of 84 caps
      19 years, 8 months, 14 days
    • 8
    • Mick ChannonSouthampton, 35th of 46 caps
      27 years, 6 months, 0 days
      (c)1st captaincy
    • 9
    • Joe RoyleMan City, 4th of 6 caps
      27 years, 1 month, 20 days
    • 11
    • Gordon HillMan Utd, 1st of 6 caps
      22 years, 1 month, 27 days
    • 13
    • Joe CorriganMan City, 1st of 9 caps
      27 years, 6 months, 10 days
    • 'HT46:00
    • 14
    • Mick MillsIpswich, 7th of 42 caps
      27 years, 4 months, 24 days
    • 'HT46:00
  • "[Causio] dispossessed Doyle and made the wide opening for Graziani's first goal after quarter of an hour..." Francesco Graziani, 17'16:13
  • "[Causio] again who passed through a defender's legs to release Benetti for the centre that gave Graziani a quick second." Francesco Graziani, 20'19:13
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    • Dino ZoffDino Zoff.
      Born 28th Feb 1942, Mariano del Friuli.
    • 2
    • Moreno RoggiMoreno Roggi.
      Born 24th Mar 1054, San Miniato.
    • '6059:09
    • 3
    • Francesco RoccaFrancesco Rocca.
      Born 2nd Aug 1954, San Vito Romano.
    • 4
    • Romeo BenettiRomeo Benetti.
      Born 20th Oct 1945, Albaredo d'Adige.
    • '6059:03
    • 5
    • Mauro BellugiMauro Bellugi.
      Born 7th Feb 1950, Buonconvento.
      93:56 Bellugi scythes down Brooking. Should have been a red.
    • 6
    • Giacinto FacchettiGiacinto Facchetti.
      Born 18th Jul 1942, Treviglio.
      (c)
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    • Franco CausioFranco Causio.
      Born 1st Feb 1949, Lecce.
    • '5958:47
    • 8
    • Fabio CapelloFabio Capello.
      Born 18th Jun 1946, San Canzian d'Isonzo.
    • 9
    • Francesco GrazianiFrancesco Graziani.
      Born 16th Dec 1952, Subiaco.
      68:29 Sliding two-footed tackle on Towers.
    • 10
    • Giancarlo AntognoniGiancarlo Antognoni.
      Born 1st Apr 1954, Marsciano.
      79:50 Head-butting Towers after he kicked the ball away. Should have been a red.
    • 11
    • Paolo PuliciPaolino Pulici.
      Born 27th Apr 1950, Roncello.
    • 15
    • Claudio SalaClaudio Sala.
      Born 8th Sep 1947, Macherio.
    • '5958:47
    • 14
    • Renato ZaccarelliRenato Zaccarelli.
      Born 18th Jan 1951, Ancona.
    • '6059:03
    • 13
    • Aldo MalderaAldo Maldera.
      Born 14th Oct 1953, Milan.
    • '6059:09

Notes

  • Playing SurfaceThe pitch was not ideal, the grass was too long and one half of the pitch was the sand of the baseball diamond. However, all the goals were scored at the other end of the pitch. Also, throughout the entire match the stadium announcer updates the mostly Italian-American crowd everytime the ball goes off the pitch or the referee whistles: "Throw in", "Goal Kick", "Offside".
  • Goals DisallowedEngland have the ball in the net in the 62nd minute but Hill is adjudged to be offside. Italy likewise in the 93rd minute; Giacinto Facchetti's last gasp equaliser is ruled out due to Capello's barge into Corrigan.
  • Player MilestoneJimmy Rimmer's Only Cap
  • Player MilestoneTony Towers' Last Cap
  • Player MilestoneRay Wilkins' 1st Cap
  • Player MilestoneGordon Hill's 1st Cap
  • Player MilestoneJoe Corrigan's 1st Cap
  • Goal MilestonePhil Thompson's 1st Goal

Sources

  • www.theantiquefootball.com
  • England: The Complete Post-War Record by Mike Payne (Breedon Books Publishing Company 1993)
  • YouTube
  • The Guardian "Italian feud mars bright outlook", Monday 31st May 1976, page 14.
  • The Observer "England are Yankee doodle dandy", Sunday 30th May 1097, page 18.

Managers

  • England Don Revie
  • Italy F Bernardini & Enzo Bearzot

Referee

  • West Germany Hans-Joachim Weiland

Attendance

  • 40,650

Half Time Score

ELO Ratings

  • No change in rank, gaining 14 ranking points to 1987 points England - 4th
  • Italy - 6th

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