Match No. 557 - Wednesday, 9th September 1981, 5:00pm

  • "Following a corner from Lund on the right Clemence half-punched the ball clear but it was quickly paid back to Lund who chipped towards the near post. Clemence seemed to have it covered but suddenly Albertsen darted in front of the England goalkeeper and deflected it past him." Roger Albertsen, 36'35:09
  • "Five minutes before half-time they took the lead...McDermott...having intercepted a square pass from Okland on the right, then lost control of the ball and allowed Thoresen the chance to beat Clemence." Hallvar Thoresen, 41'40:11
    • 1
    • Tore AntonsenTore Antonsen.
      Born 9th Mar 1950, Hamar.
    • 2
    • Bjarne BerntsenBjarne Berntsen.
      Born 21st Dec 1956, Sandnes.
    • 3
    • Åge HareideÅge Fridtjof Hareide.
      Born 23rd Sep 1953, Hareid.
    • 4
    • Einar AasEinar Jan Aas.
      Born 12th Oct 1955, Moss.
    • 5
    • Svein GrøndalenSvein Grøndalen.
      Born 8th Feb 1955, Halden.
    • 6
    • Roger AlbertsenRoger Albertsen.
      Born 15th Mar 1957, Tyssedal.
    • 7
    • Anders GiskeAnders Giske.
      Born 22nd Nov 1959, Kristiansund.
    • 8
    • Hallvar ThoresenHallvar Thoresen.
      Born 12th Apr 1957, Larvik.
      Son of Gunnar Thoresen
      (c)
    • 9
    • Arne Larsen ØklandArne Larsen Økland.
      Born 31st May 1954, Bomlo.
    • '8786:51
    • 10
    • Pål Jacobsen Pål Jacobsen.
      Born 20th May 1956, Molde.
    • 11
    • Tom LundTom Arne «Tommy» Lund.
      Born 10th Sep 1950, Lillestrom.
    • '7675:27
    • 14
    • Arne DokkenArne Dokken.
      Born 27th Aug 1955, Drammen.
    • '7675:27
    • 13
    • Trond PedersenTrond Pedersen.
      Born 10th Feb 1951, Krisitansund.
    • '8786:51
  • Assist: Kevin Keegan. "Keegan flicked on a ball from Mariner and Robson surged through a large gap to ward off a clumsy challenge, draw the goalkeeper and shoot into the empty net." Bryan Robson1st of 26 goals. Left-footed from 6 yards., 15' 14:47
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    • 1
    • Ray ClemenceSpurs, 57th of 61 caps
      33 years, 1 month, 4 days
    • 2
    • Phil NealLiverpool, 33rd of 50 caps
      30 years, 6 months, 17 days
    • 3
    • Mick MillsIpswich, 34th of 42 caps
      32 years, 8 months, 5 days
    • 4
    • Phil ThompsonLiverpool, 30th of 42 caps
      27 years, 7 months, 19 days
    • 5
    • Russell OsmanIpswich, 5th of 11 caps
      22 years, 6 months, 23 days
    • 6
    • Bryan RobsonWBA, 13th of 90 caps
      24 years, 7 months, 29 days
    • 7
    • Kevin KeeganSouthampton, 58th of 63 caps
      30 years, 6 months, 23 days
      (c)27th captaincy
    • 8
    • Trevor FrancisNotts Forest, 23rd of 52 caps
      27 years, 4 months, 20 days
    • 9
    • Paul MarinerIpswich, 17th of 35 caps
      28 years, 3 months, 18 days
    • '7877:21
    • 10
    • Glenn HoddleSpurs, 8th of 53 caps
      23 years, 10 months, 13 days
    • '6564:20
    • 16
    • Peter BarnesLeeds, 21st of 22 caps
      24 years, 2 months, 29 days
    • '6564:20
    • 15
    • Peter WitheAston Villa, 4th of 11 caps
      30 years, 0 months, 10 days
    • '7877:21

Notes

  • Norwegian ReactionAt the conclusion of the match, Bjorge Lillenlien, commentating on Norwegian television entered folklore, "Lord Nelson! Lord Beaverbrook! Sir Winston Churchill! Sir Anthony Eden! Clement Atlee! Henry Cooper! Lady Diana! Maggie Thatcher, can you hear me, Maggie Thatcher! Your boys took one hell of a beating! Your boys took one hell of a beating!"
  • World Cup QualificationThis result put England's World Cup qualification into some doubt. England still topped the group with seven points but they had only one game left to play - against Hungary (5 points) who had four fixtures left. Romania and Switzerland (6 and 4 points respectively) both had three games to play. England had to sweat it out for over two months whilst any one of five games could have sealed their fate. Fortunately, luck was on their side - Romania only manged a further two points from their three games and Switzerland three. England went into the last game knowing a draw would be enough to see them through on goal difference.
  • Goal MilestoneBryan Robson's 1st Goal

Sources

  • England - The Quest for the World Cup - A Complete Record by Clive Leatherdale (Two Heads Publishing 1994)
  • www.fotball.no
  • England: The Complete Post-War Record by Mike Payne (Breedon Books Publishing Company 1993)
  • The Guardian "England blunder into dark", Thursday 10th September 1981, page 28.

Managers

Referee

  • Poland Jerzy Kacprzak

Attendance

  • 28,500

Half Time Score

ELO Ratings

  • Down 4 places, losing -35 ranking points to 1886 points England - 14th - 4
  • Norway - 67th

World Cup 1982 Q

(Group 4)

    •  
    • Pts
    • GD
    • L
    • D
    • W
    • P
    • Hungary
    • 10
    • +5
    • 2
    • 2
    • 4
    • 8
    • England
    • 9
    • +5
    • 3
    • 1
    • 4
    • 8
    • Romania
    • 8
    • 0
    • 2
    • 4
    • 2
    • 8
    • Switzerlan...
    • 7
    • -3
    • 3
    • 3
    • 2
    • 8
    • Norway
    • 6
    • -7
    • 4
    • 2
    • 2
    • 8
    • Final Standings.