England 4 N Ireland 0
England 4 Northern Ireland 0, Wembley Stadium, British Home Championship, May 11, 1976. Don Revie´s England team overcame Northern Ireland by 4-0 at home courtesy of a double by Mick Channon and a goal each from Gerry Francis and Stuart Pearson.
Manchester United ace Stuart Pearson registered his first goal for England as The Three Lions defeated Northern Ireland by four goals to nil at Wembley. England gave themselves the lead five minutes past the half-hour mark when a flick-on from Southampton striker Mick Channon found Queens Park Rangers midfielder Gerry Francis who rounded Northern Ireland goalkeeper Pat Jennings and put the ball into the net. The provider then turned goal scorer as he beat Jennings from the penalty spot in the 36th minute of the match after having been brought down by Newcastle United´s Tommy Cassidy inside the area. In the second half, the hosts stretched their advantage further in the 63rd minute through a close range effort by Pearson after Jennings had failed to hold a Ray Kennedy shot, while the final goal of the game came twelve minutes later when Channon struck a loose ball from just outside the six-yard box and into the left-hand side of the net. England Team: Ray Clemence, Mick Mills, Colin Todd, Brian Greenhoff, Phil Thompson, Gerry Francis, Peter Taylor, Ray Kennedy, Stuart Pearson, Mick Channon, Kevin Keegan. Substitutes: Tony Towers, Joe Royle. Northern Ireland Team: Pat Jennings, Pat Rice, Sammy Nelson, Allan Hunter, Chris Nicholl, David McCreery, Tommy Cassidy, Sammy McIlroy, Derek Spence, Bryan Hamilton, Dave Clements. Substitute: Peter Scott.
Stuart Pearson Quickfacts
Stuart Pearson notched up five goals in fifteen senior appearances for England during an international career spanning a little over two years. He scored his last goal for his country in a 2-1 friendly defeat against West Germany at the Olympic Stadium in Munich on the 22nd of February 1978.