Match No. 508 - Wednesday, 30th March 1977, 8:00pm

  • Assist: David Watson. "Gidman's cross was nodded back and down by Royle and Watson, with a nicely disguised flick of the right foot...lifted the ball up for Keegan to head in." Kevin Keegan7th of 21 goals. Header from 2 yards., 11'
  • Assist: Gordon Hill. "Following Hill's corner on the left there was much heavy-footed work in the penalty area, with Keegan [actually Hill] getting an important touch before Francis scored his first goal at full international level." Trevor Francis1st of 12 goals. Left-footed from 7 yards., 59' 58:32
  • Assist: Paul Mariner. "Six minutes later Mariner challenged Zender sucessfully f[rom] Francis's centre and Kennedy scored with a well taken low shot from a narrow angle." Ray Kennedy2nd of 3 goals. Right-footed from 9 yards., 65' 64:43
  • Assist: Gordon Hill. "Within four minutes England had scored a fourth, a simple affair with Channon in plenty of space as he met another corner from Hill..." Mick Channon18th of 21 goals. Header from 6 yards., 69' 68:40
  • "The fifth was a penalty, Channon scoring again after he had been tripped, although to some it appeared that the ball was out of play when the offence occured." Mick Channon19th of 21 goals. Right-footed from 12 yards., 81' 80:34 (pen)
    • 1
    • Ray ClemenceLiverpool, 26th of 61 caps
      28 years, 7 months, 25 days
    • 2
    • John GidmanAston Villa, Only Cap
      23 years, 2 months, 20 days
    • 4
    • Ray KennedyLiverpool, 5th of 17 caps
      25 years, 8 months, 2 days
    • 5
    • David WatsonMan City, 19th of 65 caps
      30 years, 5 months, 25 days
    • 6
    • Emlyn HughesLiverpool, 42nd of 62 caps
      29 years, 7 months, 2 days
    • 7
    • Kevin KeeganLiverpool, 28th of 63 caps
      26 years, 1 month, 16 days
      (c)6th captaincy
    • 8
    • Mick ChannonSouthampton, 39th of 46 caps
      28 years, 4 months, 2 days
    • 9
    • Joe RoyleMan City, 6th of 6 caps
      27 years, 11 month, 22 days
    • 'HT46:00
    • 11
    • Gordon HillMan Utd, 4th of 6 caps
      22 years, 11 month, 29 days
    • 16
    • Paul MarinerIpswich, 1st of 35 caps
      23 years, 10 months, 8 days
    • 'HT46:00
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    • 1
    • Raymond ZenderRaymond Zender.
      Born 18th Jul 1950.
    • 2
    • Roger FandelRoger Fandel.
      Born 9th Apr 1951, Mondorf.
    • 3
    • Jean-Louis MargueJean-Louis Margue.
      Born 9th Aug 1952.
    • 4
    • Léon MondLéon Mond.
      Born 13th Dec 1952.
    • 5
    • Louis PilotLouis Pilot.
      Born 11th Nov 1940, Esch-sur-Alzette.
      (c)
    • 6
    • Jean ZuangJean Zuang.
      Born 27th Sep 1952, Dudelange.
    • 7
    • Marcel Di DomenicoMarcel Di Domenico.
      Born 17th Jun 1955, Differdange.
    • '7675:56
    • 8
    • Gilbert DreschGilbert Dresch.
      Born 14th Sep 1954.
      66:04 Kicking the ball away after Marque had fouled Channon on the edge of the area. & 86:06 Hacking at Channon just outside the other side of the box.
    • 9
    • Nico BraunNico Braun.
      Born 26th Oct 1950, Luxembourg City.
    • 10
    • Paul PhilippPaul Philipp.
      Born 21st Oct 1950, Dommeldange.
    • 11
    • Gilbert DussierGilbert Dussier.
      Born 23rd Dec 1949, Oicha-Beri, Belgian Congo.
    • 15
    • Nibio OrioliNibio Orioli.
      Born 2nd Apr 1948.
    • '7675:56

Notes

  • Fourth GoalBased on the TV footage Channon's headed effort is cleared off the line by Fandel before it wholly crosses. Despite this the referee awards the goal.
  • Dresch Red CardDespite on commentry, Brian Moore thinking it was for two foul challenges, the first yellow card was actually for kicking the ball away after a foul (66:04) and then for a total hack at Channon (86:06).
  • Penalty: Mick Channon2nd scored from 2 taken (100.0%). England's 59th overall. 81st minute. "The fifth was a penalty, Channon scoring again after he had been tripped, although to some it appeared that the ball was out of play when the offence occured."
  • Player MilestoneJohn Gidman's Only Cap
  • Player MilestoneJoe Royle's Last Cap
  • Player MilestonePaul Mariner's 1st Cap
  • Goal MilestoneTrevor Francis' 1st Goal

Sources

  • Wembley - The Complete Record 1923 - 2000 by Glen Isherwood (Sports Books 2006)
  • England - The Quest for the World Cup - A Complete Record by Clive Leatherdale (Two Heads Publishing 1994)
  • Official Match Programme
  • England: The Complete Post-War Record by Mike Payne (Breedon Books Publishing Company 1993)
  • The Guardian "England persevere", Thursday 31st March 1977, page 22.

Managers

  • England Don Revie
  • Luxembourg Gilbert Legrand

Referee

  • Malta Paul Bonett

Attendance

  • 81,718

Half Time Score

ELO Ratings

  • No change in rank, gaining 1 ranking points to 1945 points England - 7th
  • Luxembourg - 122nd

World Cup 1978 Q

(Group 2)

    •  
    • Pts
    • GD
    • L
    • D
    • W
    • P
    • Italy
    • 10
    • +14
    • 1
    • 0
    • 5
    • 6
    • England
    • 10
    • +11
    • 1
    • 0
    • 5
    • 6
    • Finland
    • 4
    • -5
    • 4
    • 0
    • 2
    • 6
    • Luxembourg
    • 0
    • -20
    • 6
    • 0
    • 0
    • 6
    • Final Standings.