England 4 N Ireland 0

Bryan Robson

Eng­land 4 North­ern Ire­land 0, Wemb­ley Sta­dium, Brit­ish Ho­me Cham­pi­on­ship, Feb­ruary 23, 1982. Man­chester Uni­ted mid­field­ers Bry­an Rob­son and Ray Wil­kins net­ted a goal each as Eng­land over­came North­ern Ire­land 4-0 on their own soil. Also ma­king the score­sheet were New­castle United´s Kev­in Kee­gan and Glenn Hoddle of Tot­ten­ham Hotspur.

Eng­land cruised to a com­fort­able 4-0 Brit­ish Ho­me Cham­pi­on­ship vic­tory ag­ainst North­ern Ire­land at Wemb­ley in a mat­ch where Brighton and Hove Al­bion de­fender Ste­ve Fo­ster and West Brom­wich Al­bion marks­man Cyrille Re­gis bo­th made their de­buts for The Three Li­ons, the lat­ter as a sec­ond-ha­lf sub­sti­tute for Samp­dor­ia for­ward Tre­vor Fran­cis. Eng­land fou­nd them­selves a goal up with­in the fir­st min­ute of the clash as Fran­cis ran in­to the eight­een-yard box and de­livered the ball on a sil­ver plat­ter for Bry­an Rob­son who made no mis­take from a few yards out. England´s sec­ond goal ar­rived three min­utes af­ter the in­ter­val, wi­th cap­tain Kev­in Kee­gan head­ing ho­me a bril­liantly cros­sed ball from Fran­cis, and as the sta­dium clock ticked on, the men in white shirts had their third in the 84th min­ute thro­ugh Ray Wil­kins who­se de­flec­ted shot from out­side the area went pa­st Ar­senal cus­todi­an Pat Jen­nings and in­to the top left-hand cor­ner of the net. And barely a couple of min­utes la­ter Glenn Hoddle notched up the fi­nal goal of the con­test wi­th a clo­se ran­ge fin­ish af­ter Jen­nings had par­ried an at­tempt from his High­bury team­mate Ken­ny Sansom. In their next Brit­ish Ho­me Cham­pi­on­ship fix­ture, Eng­land would go on to edge out Wales by 1-0 at Car­diff City´s Nini­an Park thanks to a goal from the in­form Fran­cis, whi­le North­ern Ire­land, for their part, would be held to a 1-1 draw ag­ainst Scot­land at Wind­sor Park in Bel­fast, wi­th Sto­ke City play­maker Sam­my Mc­Ilroy net­ting for the Ul­ster­men and Ips­wich Town´s John Wark find­ing the tar­get for the Scot­tish si­de. Eng­land Te­am: Ray Clem­ence, Viv An­der­son, Ste­ve Fo­ster, Ken­ny Sansom, Dave Wat­son, Glenn Hoddle, To­ny Mor­ley, Bry­an Rob­son, Tre­vor Fran­cis, Ray Wil­kins, Kev­in Kee­gan. Sub­stitutes: Cyrille Re­gis, To­ny Wood­cock. North­ern Ire­land Te­am: Pat Jen­nings, Mal Don­aghy, Sam­my Nel­son, Chris Nich­oll, Jim­my Nich­oll, John O’Neill, Noel Broth­er­ston, Mar­tin O’Neill, Ger­ry Arm­strong, Sam­my Mc­Ilroy, Billy Ham­ilton. Sub­stitutes: Da­vid Mc­Creery, Terry Cochrane.


England Quickfacts

Alf Ramsey´s Eng­land de­mol­ished North­ern Ire­land to the tune of a com­pre­hens­ive 8-3 sco­reline in a Brit­ish Ho­me Cham­pi­on­ship en­counter at Wemb­ley Sta­dium on the 20th of Nov­ember 1963 cour­tesy of four goals from Jim­my Greaves and three from Terry Paine, plus one goal by Bob­by Smith. 


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