N Ireland 3 England 3

Bobby Charlton

North­ern Ire­land 3 Eng­land 3, Wind­sor Park, Brit­ish Ho­me Cham­pi­on­ship, Oct­ober 4, 1958. Wal­ter Winterbottom´s Eng­land si­de opened the Bristish Ho­me Cham­pi­on­ship wi­th a three-all draw ag­ainst North­ern Ire­land wit­nessed by 58,000 people at Wind­sor Park in Bel­fast. Man­chester Uni­ted fa­vour­ite Bob­by Charl­ton re­gistered a brace for Eng­land, whi­le Pre­ston North End wing­er Tom Fin­ney also fou­nd the back of the net for The Three Li­ons. 

North­ern Ire­land launched them­selves in­to the lead six­teen min­utes in­to the fir­st pe­riod when Leeds United´s Wil­bur Cush be­at Co­lin Mc­Donald in the Eng­land goal wi­th a well-pla­ced ef­fort from in­side the area. Eng­land wor­ked hard for an equal­iser and lev­elled the score a min­ute pa­st the ha­lf-hour ma­rk as Bob­by Charl­ton ham­mered a power­ful shot pa­st Man­chester Uni­ted and North­ern Ire­land goal­keeper Harry Gregg and in­to the net. The Ir­ish re­gained the ad­vant­age nine min­utes af­ter the break thro­ugh Glas­gow Celt­ic de­fender Ber­tie Pea­cock, but the vis­it­ors fou­ght their way back to par­ity for a sec­ond time sev­en min­utes la­ter when the one and on­ly Tom Fin­ney bril­liantly pla­ced the ball pa­st Gregg and in­to the bot­tom left-hand cor­ner of the net. Cheered on by a bois­ter­ous 58,000 strong ho­me crowd, North­ern Ire­land went ahead for the third time in the mat­ch on 67 min­utes wi­th an op­por­tun­ist­ic goal by Ports­mouth mid­fielder Tom­my Ca­sey, on­ly for Eng­land to snatch a draw from the jaws of de­feat in the 77th min­ute cour­tesy of an­oth­er fine fin­ish from Charl­ton. North­ern Ire­land Te­am: Harry Gregg, Wil­lie Cun­ning­ham, Rich­ard Keith, Len Gra­ham, Dan­ny Blanch­flower, Ber­tie Pea­cock, Tom­my Ca­sey, Billy Bing­ham, Pe­ter Mc­Parland, Wil­bur Cush, Jim­my Mc­Ilroy. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. Eng­land Te­am: Co­lin Mc­Donald, Tom­my Banks, Ron­nie Clay­ton, Don Howe, Billy Wright, Wilf McGuin­ness, Bob­by Charl­ton, Pe­ter Brab­rook, Johnny Haynes, Pe­ter Broad­bent, Tom Fin­ney. Sub­stitutes: No­ne.

 

Bobby Charlton Quickfacts

Bob­by Charl­ton net­ted bo­th goals in his sec­ond ap­pear­ance for Eng­land as The Three Li­ons over­came Por­tugal by 2–1 in an in­ter­na­tion­al friendly clash at Wemb­ley on the 7th of May 1958.

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