England v Italy 1977

It was all about goals – about setting Italy an impossible target in their final World Cup Qualifier which would come against Luxembourg in Rome. Six goals for England was surely out of the question, but any number would help. If they got two, Italy would only need to win 1-0 in Rome; three would ask the Italians to get three for themselves in Rome.

It was one of Ron Greenwood’s first matches in charge, and England were cheered off at the end. Here’s why:


It’s interesting to be reminded just how bad 1970s professional fouling could be, and how much things have improved – yes, improved! since.