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Home Internationals
1955/56 - 1967/68

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1955/56

Sat 08/Oct/1955    Northern Ireland 2 (Blanchflower, Bingham) Scotland 1 (Reilly)
Belfast
*Highlights may have been shown on the BBC's "Sports Special". Jackie Blanchflower on 7 minutes and Billy Bingham on 16 gave the Irish an early 2-0 lead, Lawrie Reilly pulled one back on 62. This was Billy Liddell's 29th and final international appearace for Scotland.

Sat 22/Oct/1955    Wales 2 (Tapscott, Jones) England 1 (Charles(og))
Cardiff
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*BBC had a highlights programme at 10:00-10:30pm but missed both of Wales' goals which were scored within a minute of eachother shortly before HT (presumably due to the cameraman changing film reels). England pulled one back when John Charles put through his own net on 51. Goalkeeper Bert Williams made his 24th and final England appearance. Wales wouldn't beat England again until 1977.

Wed 02/Nov/1955    England 3 (Wilshaw 2, Finney) Northern Ireland 0
Wembley
?Rediffusion 2nd Half LIVE? / BBC 2nd Half LIVE
*The game kicked-off at 2:15pm, the BBC had live coverage from 3:00-4:00pm. The Times mentions in an article that Rediffusion would also show the 2nd half live but it is not included in the Rediffusion listings. Blackburn Rovers' Ronnie Clayton and Blackpool's Bill Perry made their England debuts. All three goals came in the 2nd half, Dennis Wilshaw scoring twice on 50 and 52, Tom Finney got the 3rd on 88.

Wed 09/Nov/1955    Scotland 2 (Johnstone 2) Wales 0
Hampden
BBC Highlights
*BBC showed highlights (all areas) at 10:45pm and footage still exists. Bobby Johnstone scored the goals on 15 and 24 minutes.

Wed 11/Apr/1956    Wales 1 (Clarke) N.Ireland 1 (J.Jones)
Cardiff
BBC Highlights
*"Sportsview Special" 9:30-10:00pm.

Sat 14/Apr/1956    Scotland 1 (Leggat) England 1 (Haynes)
Hampden
BBC SCOTLAND LIVE / BBC Highlights
*BBC viewers in Scotland were able to watch this match live from 2:35pm (Viewers in England had an Amateur Cup match instead). Highlights were shown in both England and Scotland on Sunday afternoon at 2.00-2.30pm, Coventry City keeper Reg Matthews made his England debut, Scotland gave debuts to Charlton's John Hewie and Aberdeen's Graham Leggat. It was Leggat who put Scotland ahead on 60, Johnny Haynes equalised on 89 which meant all 4 nations finished level on points for first time. Bobby Johnstone played for Scotland for the 17th and final time.

Final table
1. England     3
1. Scotland    3
1. Wales       3
1. N.Ireland   3
 

1956/57

Sat 06/Oct/1956    Northern Ireland 1 (McIlroy) England 1 (Matthews)
Belfast
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*BBC highlights were shown on Sunday afternoon at 4:00-4:15 pm. This match saw final England caps awarded to Reg Matthews (5 caps), Don Revie (6) and Dennis Wilshaw (12).

Sat 20/Oct/1956    Wales 2 (Ford, Medwin) Scotland 2 (Fernie, Reilly)
Cardiff
*Blackpool's John Mudie lined up for Scotland for the first time. Wales led through Trevor Ford on 6, Bill Fernie equalised on 28,  Terry Medwin restored the Welsh lead on 31, but Scotland came back again through Lawrie Reilly on 35. Highlights may have been shown on the BBC at some point over the weekend though nothing is explicity billed in the newspaper listings.

Wed 07/Nov/1956   Scotland 1 (Scott) Northern Ireland 0
Hampden
BBC Highlights
*Film exists from what must be an edition of "Sportsview" at 9:30-10pm including a feature on Tom Finney. Rangers' debut boy Alex Scott got the only goal of this game on 25.

Wed 14/Nov/1956    England 3 (Haynes, Brooks, Finney) Wales 1 (Charles)
Wembley
BBC LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*The BBC had live coverage from 2:25-4:15pm (kick-off 2:30pm), Wales led through John Charles on 8, but England came back with three 2nd half goals, Johnny Haynes equalising on 52, Spurs' John Brooks (on his debut) making it 2-1 on 55 and Tom Finney with the 3rd on 75.

Sat 06/Apr/1957    England 2 (Kevan, Edwards) Scotland 1 (Ring)
Wembley
*No TV coverage is billed in the newspaper listings. Alan Hodgkinson lined up in goal for England for the first time whilst Scotland gave a debut to Rangers' Eric Caldow. Tommy Ring gave the home side the lead in the opening minute, West Brom's Derek Kevan equalised on his England debut on 64, Duncan Edwards netted the winner on 84. Sheffield United's. This turned out to be Lawrie Reilly's farewell appearance for Scotland on 38 caps.

Wed 10/Apr/1957    Northern Ireland 0 Wales 0
Belfast
*No TV coverage billed.
 

Final table
1. England     5
2. Scotland    3
3. N.Ireland   2
3. Wales       2
 

1957/58

Sat 05/Oct/1957    Northern Ireland 1 (Bingham) Scotland 1 (Leggat)
Belfast
*No TV coverage billed. Billy Bingham put the Irish ahead on 47, Graham Leggat equalised on 59.

Sat 19/Oct/1957    Wales 0 England 4 (Hopkins(og), Haynes 2, Finney)
Cardiff
*No TV coverage billed. Bolton's keeper Eddie Hopkinson made his debut in this match, as did West Brom's Don Howe and Blackburn's Bryan Douglas. A Melvyn Hopkins own goal on 2 minutes set England on their way, Johnny Haynes made it 2-0 on 44, Tom Finney got the 3rd on 64 and Haynes grabbed his 2nd and England's 4th on 67.

Wed 06/Nov/1957    England 2 (A'Court, Edwards) Northern Ireland 3 (McIlroy(pen), Simpson, McCrory)
Wembley
BBC LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*The BBC showed this live from 2:30-4:15pm. A Jimmy McIlroy penalty on 31 and a Sammy McCrory goal on 59 gave the Irish a two goal lead, Liverpool's Alan A'Court pulled one back on his England debut on 50, Billy Simpson restored Northern Ireland's two goal advantage on 71, Duncan Edwards pulled another one back for England on 80.

Wed 13/Nov/1957    Scotland 1 (Collins) Wales 1 (Medwin)
Hampden
*No TV coverage billed. Bobby Collins scored for Scotland on 14, Terry Medwin equalised on 75.

Wed 16/Apr/1958    Wales 1 (Hewitt) Northern Ireland 1 (Simpson)
Cardiff
*No TV coverage billed.

Sat 19/Apr/1958    Scotland 0 England 4 (Kevan 2, Charlton, Douglas)
Hampden
BBC SCOTLAND LIVE
*BBC tv in Scotland had live coverage from 2:45-4:55pm. Highlights may have been shown in all areas on "Sports Special" at 10:20-10:50pm. Fulham's Jim Langley and Manchester United's Bobby Charlton both made their England debuts. Bryan Douglas opened the scoring for England on 22, Derek Kevan made it 2-0 on 35, Bobby Charlton got the 3rd on 66 and Derek Kevan made it 4-0 on 74. Ian McColl made his 14th and final appearance for Scotland.

Final table
1. England     4
1. N.Ireland   4
3. Scotland    2
3. Wales       2
 

1958/59

Sat 04/Oct/1958    Northern Ireland 3 (Cush, Peacock, Casey) England 3 (Charlton 2, Finney)
Belfast
BBC Highlights
*Featured on the BBC's "Sports Special" 10:35-11:05pm. Manchester United's Wilf McGuiness made his debut for England. It was 1-1 at HT, Billy Cush putting the Irish ahead on 16, Bobby Charlton equalising on 31. Bertie Peacock restored home side's lead on 54, Tom Finney levelled on 61, Tommy Casey then put Northern Ireland ahead for the 3rd time in the match on 67, but once again England came back with Bobby Charlton who scored his 2nd on 77 to make it 3-3. Tommy Banks made his 6th and final international appearance for England.

Sat/18/Oct/1958    Wales 0 Scotland 3 (Leggat, Law, Collins)
Cardiff
BBC Highlights
*The BBC had highlights at 10:25-10:55pm. Huddersfield's Denis Law was one of 4 Scotland players making their international debuts, David Herd of Arsenal was another. Graham Leggat gave Scotland a HT lead with a goal on 30, Law grabbed a debut goal to make it 2-0 on 63, Bobby Collins got the 3rd on 79.

Wed 05/Nov/1958    Scotland 2 (Collins, Herd) Northern Ireland 2 (Caldow(og), McIlroy)
Hampden
*Possibly on "Scotsport", there were two editions tonight at 7:30-8:00pm and 10:45-11:00pm. BBC had "Sportsview at 8:45-9:15pm. Scotland led 2-0 through David Herd on 53 and Bobby Collins on 57, but the Irish came back through an own goal by Caldow on 74 and James McIlroy on 83.

Wed 26/Nov/1958    England 2 (Broadbent 2) Wales 2 (Tapscott, Allchurch)
Villa Park
BBC 2nd Half LIVE
KenWolstenholme
*The BBC showed live coverage of the 2nd half from 2:30-3:40pm,, there were also highlights on "Sportsview" from 10.15-10.30pm. Arsenal's Daniel Clapton made his one and only appearance in an England jersey. Derek Tapscott put Wales ahead on 15, Peter Broadbent equalised before HT on 42. Ivor Allchurch put Wales ahead again on 70, but Broadbent scored his 2nd to level up at 2-2 on 75. Nat Lofthouse made his 33rd and final England appearance, it was also the last England appearance for Alan A'Court on 5 caps.

Sat 11/Apr/1959    England 1 (Charlton) Scotland 0
Wembley
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*BBC highlights went out at 10:15-11:00pm. Bolton's Albert Holden made his England debut. Scotland gave a debut to Duncan MacKay of Celtic and John Dick of West Ham (his only cap). Bobby Charlton scored the only goal on 59. This was the final international appearance of Tommy Docherty with 25 Scotland caps.

Wed 22/Apr/1959    Wales 1 (Tapscott) Northern Ireland 4 (McParland 2, Peacock, McIlroy)
Wrexham
*Only greyhound racing billed on the BBC's "Sportsview" programme at 8:00-8:45pm.

Final table
1. N.Ireland   4
1. England     4
3. Scotland    3
4. Wales       1
 

1959/60

Sat 03/Oct/1959    Northern Ireland 0 Scotland 4 (Leggat, Hewie(pen), White, Mulhall)
Belfast
BBC Highlights
?Walley Barnes or Alan Weeks?
*Included on the BBC's "Sports Special" along with league action at 10:30-11:10pm. Ken Wolstenholme must have commentated on Fulham as he was also scheduled to do "Today's Sport".

Sat 17/Oct/1959    Wales 1 (Moore) England 1 (Greaves)
Cardiff
BBC Highlights
?Ken Wolstenholme?
*Included on "Sports Special" alongside league games at Arsenal and Wolves at 10:15-10:55pm. England fielded their youngest ever team (by average age).

Wed 04/Nov/1959    Scotland 1 (Leggat) Wales 1 (Charles)
Hampden
SCOTTISH & TWW
*TWW had highlights at 7:00-7:30pm. In Scotland STV had a "Scotpsort" at 7:00-7:30pm and 10:20-10:50pm. John Charles gave Wales the lead on 8 minutes, Scotland equalised right at the start of the 2nd half, Graham Leggat scoring within 15 seconds of the re-start.

Wed 18/Nov/1959    England 2 (Baker, Parry) Northern Ireland 1 (Bingham)
Wembley
ATV MIDLANDS Part LIVE
*ATV Midlands showed the closing stages live at 3:50-4:15pm.

Wed 06/Apr/1960    Wales 3 (Medwin 2, Woosnam) Northern Ireland 2 (Bingham, Blanchflower)
Wrexham
*Only boxing and a preview of Scotland v England billed for the BBC's "Sportsview" programme at 8:30-9:30pm.

Sat 09/Apr/1960    Scotland 1 (Leggat) England 1 (Charlton(pen))
Hampden
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*BBC "Sports Special" 10:10-10:40pm, Alan Weeks presented the programme from London. Leggat scored for Scotland on 16, Bobby Charlton equalised from the penalty spot on 49.

Final table
1. Scotland    4
1. England     4
1. Wales       4
4. N.Ireland   0
 

1960/61

Sat 08/Oct/1960    Northern Ireland 2 (McAdams 2) England 5 (Greaves 2, Charlton, Smith, Douglas)
Belfast
?BBC Highlights?
*BBC had a "Sports Special" at 10:45-11:15pm.

Sat 22/Oct/1960    Wales 2 (Jones, Vernon) Scotland 0
Cardiff
?TWW & SCOTTISH Highlights?
*Probably highlights on TWW's "Soccer Exclusive" at 10:00-10:30pm and STV's "Scotsport Special" at the same time (BBC may have included some footage alongside league games on "Sports Special" at 10:10-10:50pm)

Wed 09/Nov/1960    Scotland 5 (Brand 2, Young, Law, Caldow(pen)) Northern Ireland 2 (Blanchflower, McParland)
Hampden
SCOTTISH & ULSTER Highlights
*STV and Ulster both showed "Scotsport" at 10:15-10:45pm.

Wed 23/Nov/1960    England 5 (Greaves 2, Charlton, Smith, Haynes) Wales 1 (Leek)
Wembley
ITV
Gerry Loftus & Kent Walton
*Most ITV regions had delayed coverage from roughly 3:45-4:35pm, Granada showed the 2nd half live from 3:20-4:10pm. The BBC showed highlights on "Sportsview" at 7:55-8:40pm with Ken Wolstenholme most likely commentating.

Wed 12/Apr/1961    Northern Ireland 1 (Dougan) Wales 5 (Jones 2, Allchurch, Leek, Charles)
Belfast
*Only greyhound racing was billed for the BBC's "Sportsview" programme at 7:55-8:30pm, whilst at 10:00-10:45pm they showed European Cup action (Barcelona v Hamburg).

Sat 15/Apr/1961    England 9 (Greaves 3, Smith 2, Haynes 2, Douglas, Robson) Scotland 3 (Mackay, Wilson, Quinn)
Wembley
STV Highlights / BBC Highlights
Arthur Montford / Ken Wolstenholme
*STV had a "report" on the match at 5:00-5:15pm and then a "Wembley Special" edition of "Scotsport" at 10:00-10:40pm. BBC television showed highlights on "Sports Special" at 9:52-10:30pm, BBC Scotland first showed  footage on "Today's Sport" at 5:25-5:50pm as well as broadcasting "Sports Special" at 9:52pm. Bobby Robson fired England ahead in the 9th minute with a snap shot just outside the area, Jimmy Greaves made it 2-0 a minute later and Greaves netted again on 30 by pouncing on a mistake by the keeper for a 3-0 lead at the break. Scotland reduced the deficit early in the 2nd half with a Dave Mackay free-kick on 48, Davie Wilson's 53rd minute header then had Scotland right back in it at 2-3, but two minutes later Bryan Douglas scored from close range for England and Bobby Smith then fired in England's 5th from the edge of the box on 73. Pat Quinn's goal from a corner pulled it back to 5-3 on 75, but then came four England goals in just 7 minutes, Johnny Haynes fired in for 6-3 on 78, the same player netted the 7th on 82, Jimmy Greaves completed his hat-trick by weaving through the defence for 8-3 on 83 and Bobby Smith volleyed in the final goal on 85.

Final table
1. England     6
2. Wales       4
3. Scotland    2
4. N.Ireland   0
 

1961/62

Sat 07/Oct/1961    Northern Ireland 1 (McLaughlin) Scotland 6 (Scott 3, Brand 2, Wilson)
Belfast
*No TV coverage billed.

Sat 14/Oct/1961    Wales 1 (Williams) England 1 (Douglas)
Cardiff
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*"Sportsview Special" 10:15-10:45pm (curiously listed at half that length and at the later time of 10:45-11:00pm for the South and West region)

Wed 08/Nov/1961    Scotland 2 (St John 2) Wales 0
Hampden
SCOTTISH Highlights / BBC Highlights
*STV had highlights on "Scotsport" at 10:05-11:05pm (which also included the English League v Italian League match, a recording of the Scotland game still exists). The BBC also had highlights of Scotland v Wales at 10:30-11:00pm.

Wed 22/Nov/1961    England 1 (Charlton) Northern Ireland 1 (McIlroy)
Wembley
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*BBC 10:15-10:45pm

Wed 11/Apr/1962    Wales 4 (Charles 4) Northern Ireland 0
Cardiff
*Only boxing and greyhound racing billed for the BBC's "Sportsview" programme at 8:45-9:15pm..

Sat 14/Apr/1962    Scotland 2 (Wilson, Caldow(pen)) England 0
Hampden
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*"The BBC had Football Special" highlights at 10:45-11:15pm. Davie Wilson put Scotland ahead on 13, Eric Caldow's penalty sealed the win on 88.

Final table
1. Scotland    6
2. Wales       3
3. England     2
4. N.Ireland   1
 

1962/63

Sat 20/Oct/1962    Northern Ireland 1 (Armfield(og)) England 3 (Greaves, O'Grady 2)
Belfast
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*BBC "Saturday Sport" 10:15-10:50pm.

Sat 20/Oct/1962    Wales 2 (Allchurch, J. Charles) Scotland 3 (Caldow, Law, Henderson)
Cardiff
BBC Highlights
Alan Weeks
*BBC 10:15-10:50pm

Wed 07/Nov/1962    Scotland 5 (Law 4, Henderson) Northern Ireland 1 (Bingham)
Hampden
SCOTTISH & ULSTER Highlights
*STV had "Scotsport" highlights at 10:40-11:10pm, Ulster TV relayed the same programme.

Wed 21/Nov/1962    England 4 (Peacock 2, Greaves, Connelly) Wales 0
Wembley
BBC LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*The BBC had live coverage from 2:25-4:00pm, highlights went out at 10:20-10:50pm.

Wed 03/Apr/1963    Northern Ireland 1 (Harvey) Wales 4 (Jones 3, Woosnam)
Belfast
*No TV coverage scheduled.

Sat 06/Apr/1963    England 1 (Douglas) Scotland 2 (Baxter 2)
Wembley
SCOTTISH Highlights / BBC Highlights
Arthur Montford / Ken Wolstenholme
*STV had "Scotsport" highlights at 10:05-10:40pm whilst the BBC showed highlights on "Saturday Sport" at 10:10-10:25pm. Scotland led 2-0 at HT after two goals by Jim Baxter, the first on 29 and then a penalty on 32. Bryan Douglas pulled one back for England on 80.

Final table
1. Scotland    6
2. England     4
3. Wales       2
4. N.Ireland   0
 

1963/64

Sat 12/Oct/1963    Northern Ireland  2 (Bingham, Wilson) Scotland 1 (St John)
Belfast
BBC N.IRELAND Highlights
*The BBC's Northern Ireland service (and probably Scotland too) showed highlights at 9:30-10:00pm, they also took the later football programme below. BBC viewers in England (and probably Wales) saw "Comedy Playhouse" at 9:30pm.

Sat 12/Oct/1963    Wales 0 England 4 (Smith 2, Greaves, Charlton)
Cardiff
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*BBC 11:24-11:50pm (apparently delayed by 10 minutes from the original schedule, probably due to extended coverage of the Tory conference).

Wed 20/Nov/1963    England 8 (Greaves 4, Paine 3, Smith) Northern Ireland 3 (Wilson 2, Crossan)
Wembley
BBC 2nd Half LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*BBC had coverage from 8:15-9:15pm (kick off was 7:30pm). This was the first Wembley international to be played entirely under floodlights.

Wed 20/Nov/1963    Scotland 2 (Law, White) Wales 1 (Jones)
Hampden
SCOTTISH Highlights / BBC 2nd Half LIVE
Arthur Montford
*STV 10:23-10:53pm. The BBC services in Wales and Scotland had live coverage of the 2nd half from 8:15-9:15pm instead of the England match.

Sat 11/Apr/1964    Scotland 1 (Gilzean) England 0
Hampden
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme & George Davidson
*"Football Special" 10:45-11:25pm (also including Rugby Union). Rangers' John Greig made his Scotland debut, Alan Gilzean scored the only goal on 72 minutes.

Wed 15/Apr/1964    Wales 2 (Godfrey, Davies) Northern Ireland 3 (Wilson, McLaughlin, Harvey)
Swansea
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*BBC "Football Special", 10:40-11:10pm

Final table
1. England     4
1. Scotland    4
1. N.Ireland   4
4. Wales       0
 

1964/65

Sat 03/Oct/1964    Northern Ireland 3 (McLaughlin 2, Wilson) England 4 (Greaves 3, Pickering)
Belfast
*No TV coverage scheduled. Fred Pickering put England ahead on 7, Jimmy Greaves then netted a hat-trick in the space of around 12 minutes, his first on 15, a 2nd on 24 and he made it 4-0 to the visitors on 27. Northern Ireland staged a 2nd half fight back through Sammy Wilson on 52 and two goals from Jimmy McLaughlin on 55 and 75.

Sat 03/Oct/1964    Wales 3 (Davies, Leek 2) Scotland 2 (Chalmers, Gibson)
Cardiff
SCOTTISH Highlights
*Scottish TV showed highlights on "Scotsport" at 5:25-5:45pm and 9:50-10:25pm, BBC1 Scotland also showed highlights at 10:40-11:30pm (including golf), BBC1 Wales showed the action on "Soccer Special" at 11:05-11:30pm. Four Scottish players made their debuts in this match, Jimmy Johnstone and Stevie Chalmers of Celtic, Ron Yeats of Liverpool and (for his only cap) James Robertson of Spurs. Wyn Davies put Wales ahead on 6, debut boy Chalmers equalised on 28 and Dave Gibson then put Scotland ahead a minute later on 29. The Scots looked to be heading to victory until Kenneth Leek struck twice for Wales in the last 3 minutes, netting the equaliser on 87 and making it 3-2 on 89.

Wed 18/Nov/1964    England 2 (Wignall 2) Wales 1 (Jones)
Wembley
Rediffusion 2nd Half LIVE
Gerry Loftus
*Live on ITV (except Scottish and Grampian) from 8:20-9:20pm. Frank Wignall scored both England goals on his debut on 17 & 60 minutes, Cliff Jones netted a consolation for Wales on 75. Alan Hinton made his 3rd and final appearance for England, it was also the end of international duty for Mike Bailey (his 2nd appearance), whilst Gerry Young won his only cap.

Wed 25/Nov/1964    Scotland 3 (Wilson 2, Gilzean) Northern Ireland 2 (Best, Irvine)
Hampden
SCOTTISH & ULSTER Highlights
Arthur Montford
*Scottish and Ulster showed highlights on "Scotsport" at 10:25-11:10pm. Hearts' Willie Wallace made his debut for Scotland, but two other international careers would be cut short - goalkeeper Robert Forsyth (4 caps) and James Kennedy (6 caps). All five goals were scored in the opening half-hour; George Best put the visitors ahead on 9 but only for Davie Wilson to equalise a minute later on 10, Alan Gilzean then put Scotland ahead on 16, Willie Irvine levelled it again at 2-2 on 18, Wilson netted what turned out to be the winner on 30.

Wed 31/Mar/1965    Northern Ireland 0 Wales 5 (Vernon 2, Jones, Williams, Allchurch)
Belfast
BBC N.IRELAND Highlights
*BBC1 N.Ireland showed highlights at 11:05-11:35pm (FA Cup Special followed), but no coverage was scheduled for Wales. Two goals by Roy Vernon and one each from Cliff Jones, Graham Williams and Ivor Allchurch gave Wales a 5-0 away win.

Sat 10/Apr/1965    England 2 (R.Charlton, Greaves) Scotland 2 (Law, St John)
Wembley
SCOTTISH Highlights
*Scottish showed highligths on "Scotsport" at 10:10-11:05pm, BBC1 also showed highlights on "Sports Special" at 10:55-11:25pm (Ken Wolstenholme commentating). Nobby Stiles, Jack Charlton and Barry Bridges made their England debut's, but this auld-enemy clash was memorable for Scotland coming back from 2-0 down. Bobby Charlton put England ahead on 24, Jimmy Greaves made it 2-0 on 34, Denis Law pulled one back before HT on 40, Ian St John (in what turned out to be his 21st and final appearance in a Scotland shirt) equalised on 59. Chelsea's Eddie McCreadie made his Scotland debut.

Final table
1. England     5
2. Wales       4
3. Scotland    3
4. N.Ireland   0
 

1965/66

Sat 02/Oct/1965    Northern Ireland 3 (Dougan, Crossan, Irvine) Scotland 2 (Gilzean 2)
Belfast
*No TV coverage scheduled, although highlights may have been included on Scottish TV's "Scotsport" at 9:30-9:55pm. Alan Gilzean put Scotland ahead on 17, Derek Dougan equalised on 42, John Crossan put the Irish ahead on 60, Gilzean pulled it back to 2-2 on 82, Willie Irvine won it for Northern Ireland with a late goal on 89. This was the last international appearance for Scotland's Dave Mackay.

Sat 02/Oct/1965    Wales 0 England 0
Cardiff
BBC Highlights
*BBC1 Sunday afternoon at 2:20-3:05pm (arranged at short notice as there is no mention in the Radio Times)

Wed 10/Nov/1965    England 2 (Baker, Peacock) Northern Ireland 1 (Irvine)
Wembley
ITV Highlights
Gerry Loftus
*ITV showed highlights at 10:33-11:18pm (except the Scottish region who opted out). Joe Baker put England ahead on 19 but only for Willie Irvine to equalise a minute later. Alan Peacock scored a late winning goal on 89 in what turned out to be his 6th and final England cap.

Wed 24/Nov/1965    Scotland 4 (Murdoch 2, Henderson, Greig) Wales 1 (Allchurch)
Hampden
SCOTTISH Highlights
Arthur Montford
*STV included highlights on "Scotsport" at 10:40-11:20pm. BBC Scotland showed highlights at 10:50-11:05pm on "Sportsreel", BBC Wales also showed highlights at the same time. There were Scotland debuts for Kilmarnock goalkepper Robert Ferguson, Dundee's Charlie Cook and James Forrest of Rangers. Scotland (wearing all white) went ahead through Bobby Murdoch on 11, Ivor Allchurch equalised on 14, Willie Henderson restored the Scots lead a minute later on 15, Murdoch made it 3-1 on 21, John Greig got the 4th on 86.

Wed 30/Mar/1966    Wales 1 (W.Davies) Northern Ireland 4 (Irvine, Harvey, Wilson, Welsh)
Cardiff
*No TV coverage scheduled.

Sat 02/Apr/1966    Scotland 3 (Law, Johnston 2) England 4 (Hurst, Hunt 2, Charlton)
Hampden
SCOTTISH & GRAMPIAN LIVE
Alex Cameron
*This match was shown live in the Scottish and Grampian regions as part of "Scotsport Hampden Special" from 1:00pm, the programme showed boxing and wrestling before joining Hampden at 2:45pm. BBC1 SCOTLAND also showed the match live. Scotland had to win to share the championship with Northern Ireland, England needed a victory to win the trophy outright. Geoff Hurst put England ahead on 18, Roger Hunt made it 2-0 to the visitors on 34, Denis Law pulled one back on 41 for a 1-2 HT scoreline. Hunt restored England's two goal advantage at the start on the 2nd half on 47, Willie Johnston pulled another back for Scotland on 57, Bobby Charlton made it 4-2 to England on 73 and finally Johnston got Scotland's 3rd goal on 81 (their 150th v England). Saturday night highlights were included on "Scotsport" (Scottish region only) at 9:25-9:55pm and BBC1 Scotland's "Sportsreel" (10:20-10:45pm). English viewers had to wait until Sunday afternoon when ABC, ATV, Westward, Southern, Tyne Tees, Border and TWW showed highlights at 2:45-3:20pm and Anglia at 4:40-5:15pm (apparently all taking STV's coverage with Cameron's commentary). BBC1 also showed Sunday afternoon highlights at 2:55-3:45pm, as did STV at 2:45-3:35pm.

Final table
1. England     5
2. N.Ireland   4
3. Scotland    2
4. Wales       1
 

1966/67
This season's tournament doubled up as the first six games in the qualifying Group 8 of the 1968 European Championships, see here for details.

Final table
1. Scotland    5
2. England     4
3. Wales       2
4. N.Ireland   1
 

1967/68
Again, this season's Home Internationals doubled up as the final six fixtures in the qualifying Group 8 of the 1968 European Championships, see here for details.

Final table
1. England     5
2. Scotland    3
3. Wales       2
3. N.Ireland   2

The combined points from this and the previous season saw England progress to the quarter-finals of the European Championships with 9 points, ahead of Scotland on 8, Wales on 4 and Northern Ireland on 3.
 
 

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World Football Championship 1958

FIFA confirmed Sweden as the host of the 6th World Cup finals on 23rd June 1950, no other country was in the running to stage it. The World Football Championships of 1958 was the second tournament to be televised, it was also the first to be shown on ITV who sent Peter Lloyd and Gerry Loftus to Sweden to cover all of their featured games as joint commentators. The Swedes had launched their first television channel in 1956 using the 625 line PAL system, as opposed to the 405 line services in Britain (which wouldn't begin to upgrade until 1964). Live matches were broadcast across Europe via 'Eurovision', but only one match could be relayed at any given time. With most blocks of fixtures all kicking-off simultaneously, both the BBC and ITV were forced to take the same games whilst having little or no say on which fixtures would be selected. The hosts were an exception, playing all of their group games at exclusive kick-off times, presumably so that all of their matches could be televised regardless of their importance (one of which was against Wales). Two of England's four games were selected for broadcast - the middle group match with Brazil and the play-off against the Soviet Union. Northern Ireland's match against West Germany was another live TV match, although ITV decided not to take it. Scotland did not appear live at all. Some, most, or all of the the other fixtures were filmed for reports or brief highlights which were screened in Britain by the BBC a day or so later.

Qualification
53 nations figured in the qualification draw made on 27th April 1956. For the first time, a pre-determined number of qualifiers from four continental zones was set in advance - There were 11 places for Europe (including the hosts Sweden and holders West Germany), 3 for South America, 1 for North & Central America and 1 for Africa and Asia (including Cyprus, Israel and Turkey).
The 27 European hopefuls were divided into 9 groups of 3, with the 9 group winners going through to the finals. England were placed in Group One along with Denmark and the Republic of Ireland, they won 3 and drew one (in Ireland) to top the group. Scotland topped Group 9 ahead of Spain and Switzerland, winning three and losing in Spain. Northern Ireland were in Group 8 with Italy and Portugal, the Irish drew in Portugal, lost in Italy, but then won both of their home games to top the group. Wales finished 2nd in Group 4, won by Czechoslovakia with East Germany in 3rd, but as runners-up Wales were then handed another chance to qualify after three nations had refused to play against or travel to Israel in the Africa/Asian zone. Israel were therefore declared group winners, but a new FIFA rule dictated that no nation could qualify for the finals without playing a match and so lots were drawn of all the 2nd placed teams in Europe with one nation being rewarded with a two leg play-off match v Israel for a place in the finals. Belgium pulled out of the draw (which also included the Republic of Ireland) made in Zurich on 15th December 1957, Wales came out of the hat and went on to beat Israel 4-0 on aggregate.
 

British TV coverage of the 1958 World Cup

ITV games are in white, BBC or non-televised matches are in grey.
All matches were broadcast in black & white.

Qualifiers & Friendlies

Wed 22/Sep/1954    Wales 1 (Allchurch) Yugoslavia 3 (Veselinovic 3(1pen))
Friendly at Cardiff
*No TV coverage scheduled.

Thu 11/Nov/1954    France 2 (Kopa, Kopa(pen)) Belgium 2 (Jonquet(og), Lemberechts)
Friendly in Paris
2nd Half LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*BBC television showed the 2nd half live via Eurovision at 2:25-3:15pm. Belgium led 1-0 at HT and then went further ahead before France scored twice in the closing 15 minutes.

Wed 01/Dec/1954    England 3 (Bentley, Allen, Shackleton) West Germany 1 (Beck)
Friendly at Wembley
BBC LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*The first England fixture against German opposition since the 2nd World War was shown live on the BBC at 1:55-3:40pm. A repeat telerecording of the whole match was broadcast at 9:30-11:00pm. West Germany had recently been crowned World Champions in Switzerland, but they only included three players from the team that had defeated Hungary in the final. Roy Bentley gave England (playing in red) the lead on 28, Ronnie Allen made it 2-0 on 48, Alfred Beck pulled one back for West Germany on 77, Len Shackleton made it 3-1 on 79. It was Shackleton's only goal for England in his 5th and final international appearance, other players capped for the final time were Ron Staniforth (8 caps), Leonard Phillips (3) and another scorer in today's game Ronnie Allen (5). Clips (at least) of this match survive.

Wed 08/Dec/1954    Scotland 2 (Ring, Johnstone) Hungary 4 (Bozsik, Hidegkuti, Sandor, Kocsis)
Friendly at Hampden
BBC LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*113,180 spectators turned out to see the Magical Magyars and the great Ferenc Puskas at Hampden a year after their groundbreaking 6-3 win at Wembley. The kick-off time was 2:15pm (no floodlights at Hampden yet) with the BBC's live coverage running from 2:05-4:00pm in Scotland, but in England the programme was scheduled to finish early at 3:45pm and so viewers south of the border missed the end of the game. A telerecording of the whole match was however shown at 9:45-11:15pm. Hungary were 2-0 ahead early on with goals from Bozsik on 20 and Hidegkuti on 26. Ring pulled one back on 36, but Hungary led 3-1 at the break after Sandor had scored on 44. Johnstone netted for Scotland on 46, Kocsis grabbed another goal for Hungary on 89 for 4-2. According to Infax, a recording has been kept.

Wed 04/May/1955    Scotland 3 (Gemmell, Liddell, Reilly) Portugal 0
Friendly at Hampden
*No TV coverage scheduled. Scotland led 2-0 at HT through Gemmell on 7 and Liddell on 36, the 3rd goal came right at the end when Reilly scored on 89.

Sun 15/May/1955    France 1 (Kopa(pen)) England 0
Friendly in Paris
*The first of a three match "F.A. Contintental Tour", played on a Sunday afternoon. Not shown in the UK, but it may have been televised in France. Raymond Kopa scored the only goal of the game on 35 from the penalty spot after Vincent had been brought down by the freshly capped Peter Sillet. Ron Flowers also made his England debut in this match whilst Duncan Edwards made his 2nd appearance after playing against Scotland in the Home Internationals the previous month.

Sun 15/May/1955    Yugoslavia 2 (Veselinovic, Vukas) Scotland 2 (Reilly, Smith)
Friendly in Belgrade
*There was no television in Yugoslavia until the following year. All four goals came in the first half, Veselinovic put Yugoslavia ahead on 13, Reilly equalised on 29, Vukas restired the home side's lead on 38 but only for Smith to immediately eqaulise again on 39.

Wed 18/May/1955    Spain 1 (Rial) England 1 (Bentley)
Friendly in Madrid
*No television in Spain until the following year. England scored against the run of play on 38 through Roy Bentley, Héctor Rial netted a deserved equaliser on 65. Watched by a crowd of 125,000.

Thu 19/May/1955    Austria 1 (Ocwirk) Scotland 4 (Robertson, Smith, Liddell, Reilly)
Friendly in Vienna
*No television in Austria until the following year. Robertson scored for Scotland in the opening minute, Smith made it 2-0 on 43, Liddell got the 3rd Scottish goal on 70, Ocwirk netted a consolation for Austria on 88, but Scotland had the last word with a Reilly goal on 90.

Sun 22/May/1955    Portugal 3 (Aguas 2, Matateu)  England 1 (Bentley)
Friendly in Oporto
*A late afternoon Sunday kick-off, but television did not begin in Portugal until 1956. Portugal had only won one of their previous 19 internationals and fell behind to a 19th minute goal by Roy Bentley, but they soon equalised through José Aguas on 26 and won with late goals by Lucas Matateu on 80 and another by Aguas 84. Peter Sillett (3 caps), Roy Bentley (12) and Albert Quixall (5) all made their final England appearances in this game.

Sun 29/May/1955    Hungary 3 (Hidegkuti, Kocsis, Fenyvesi) Scotland 1 (Smith)
Friendly in Budapest
*No television in Hungary until 1957. Gordon Smith put Scotland ahead on 42 but Hungary came back with three 2nd half goals; Hidegkuti on 51, Kocsis on 59 and Fenyvesi on 68.

Sat 13/Aug/1955    Great Britain 1 Europe 4
Friendly in Belfast
BBC Highlights
*IFA 75th anniversary match. Shown on the BBC the next day, Sunday 8:30-9:00pm

Sun 02/Oct/1955    Denmark 1 (Lundberg) England 5 (Revie 2(1pen), Lofthouse 2, Bradford)
Friendly in Copenhagen
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*An early afternoon Sunday kick-off, "parts of the match on film" were broadcast on Monday at 10.45-10.57pm, footage still exists. Three players made their England debuts - Goalkeeper Ronald Baynham, Jeff Hall and Geoff Bradford.  England were 3-0 up at half-time through a Don Revie penalty on 26 and two goals from Nat Lofthouse on 31 and 41. Revie scored again in the 2nd half on 53, Knud Lundberg pulled one back for the Danes on 62, Geoff Bradford netted the 5th for England on 80 on what turned out to be his only international appearance. Jackie Milburn also made his 13th and final appearance in an England shirt.

Wed 23/Nov/1955    Wales 1 (Tapscott) Austria 2 (Wagner, Hanappi)
Friendly at Wrexham
*BBC had a  "Sportsview" at 8:00-8:30pm but only billiards and snooker was billed in the Radio Times. The match was a rough game with officials of both nations agreeing afterwards that many of the scenes on the field had been deplorable, though both blamed eachother. A member of the Austrian FA said "I cannot recall Austria being concerned in such an unpleasant game". The Welsh FA chairman said "It was a disgraceful exhibition, it is amazing what these continentals can get away with."

Wed 30/Nov/1955    England 4 (Atyeo, Perry 2, Finney) Spain 1 (Arieta)
Friendly at Wembley
REDIFFUSION LIVE
Kent Walton
*Live on Rediffusion in the London area only from 2:15pm (so they would have missed the first 15 minutes). The match was also live on the BBC from 1:50-3:45pm, the BBC were most likely responsible for the pictures seen on both channels but Rediffusion had their own commentator. Played in fog, Tom Finney had a penalty saved before Bristol City's John Atyeo gave England the lead on his debut. Within a minute, Bill Perry scored the 2nd for a 2-0 half-time lead. In the 2nd half, Nat Lofthouse had a goal ruled out for offside before Finney made it 3-0 and Perry headed in his 2nd for 4-0. Fifteen minutes before the end, floodlights were used for the first time in a full international in England. Under the lights, Spain netted a late consolation with an Ignacio Arieta header. England goalkeeper Ronald Baynham made his 3rd and final appearance.

Wed 15/Feb/1956    Italy 2 France 0
Friendly
BBC Highlights
*This was a late substitute programme on the BBC due to a dispute with musicians union, replacing "More Contrary" at 8:30-9pm. The telerecording still exists.

Wed 02/May/1956    Scotland 1 (Conn) Austria 1 (Wagner)
Friendly at Hampden
*No TV coverage scheduled. Conn gave the Scots the lead on 12, Wagner equalised on 14.

Wed 09/May/1956   England 4 (Taylor 2, Grainger 2) Brazil 2 (Paulinho, Didi)
Friendly at Wembley
BBC LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*The first ever meeting of England and Brazil was shown live on the BBC at 2:50-4:45pm, highlights were also screened at 9:30-10pm. England missed two penalties in this match, but they got off to a great start with goals by Tommy Talor on 3 and Colin Grainger (making his debut) on 5. In the 2nd half, Brazil pulled it back to 2-2 through Paulinho on 53 and Didi on 55, John Atyeo saw his 62nd minute penalty saved but Taylor soon put England back in front with his 2nd goal on 65, Roger Byrne then stepped up to take another penalty for England on 71 but Gilmar saved again before Grainger netted his 2nd to make it 4-2 on 83.

Wed 16/May/1956    Sweden 0 England 0
Friendly in Solna
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*A night match and presumably one of the first, if not the first opportunity for Swedish television to cover an international football match ahead of the World Cup in two year's time. The match was played in a near gale force wind, both sides hit the woodwork and England also had an effort cleared off the line. Highlights were shown the following day on the BBC at 10:00-10:30pm. A 4th and final appearance today for Johnny Berry.

Sun 20/May/1956    Finland 1 (Forsgren) England 5 (Wilshaw, Haynes, Astall, Lofthouse 2)
Friendly in Helsinki
*Television was not available in Finland until the following year. Sub Nat Lofthouse set a new England scoring record of 29 goals. Gordon Astall scored on his debut. Raymond Wood made his last appearance as England goalkeeper.

Sat 26/May/1956    West Germany 1 (Walter) England 3 (Edwards, Grainger, Haynes)
Friendly in West Berlin
BBC Part LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*Broadcast live on the BBC via Eurovision at 6:00-7:15pm. Duncan Edwards put England ahead with his first international goal on 26, Colin Grainger made it 2-0 on 63 and England were 3-0 up through Johnny Haynes on 69. West Germany netted a late consolation when Fritz Walter scored on 85. Gordon Astall won his 2nd and final England cap.

Sat 15/Sep/1956    West Germany 1 (Schröder) Soviet Union 2 (Strelzow, Iwanow)
Friendly in Hannover
BBC Highlights
*The BBC showed telerecorded highlights two days later on Monday at 7:30-8:00pm and it still exists (It was not scheduled in the Radio Times, so the football must have replaced "Adventures of the Big Man"). There were 2 goals in the opening 5 minutes, Strelzow putting the Soviets ahead on 3, W.Schröder equalising on 5. Iwanow netted what turned out to be a winning goal for the Soviet Union on 36.

Wed 21/Nov/1956    Scotland 2 (Mudie, Baird) Yugoslavia 0
Friendly at Hampden
*No television coverage scheduled, although there was a "Sportsview" on the BBC at 9:30-10:00pm (no details in the Radio Times). The goals came from Mudie on 36 and Baird on 55.

Wed 28/Nov/1956    England 3 (Brooks, Taylor 2) Yugoslavia 0
Friendly at Wembley
BBC LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*Live on the BBC from 2:25-4:15pm. Highlights were included on "Sportsview" at 9:30-10:00pm. John Brooks put England ahead on 13, Tommy Taylor struck twice in the 2nd half with goals on 63 and 88. Roger Byrne had a penalty saved on 77. Frank Blunstone was capped for the 5th and final time.

Wed 05/Dec/1956    England 5 (Taylor 3, Edwards 2) Denmark 2 (O.Nielsen 2)
Qualifier in Wolverhampton
BBC 2nd Half LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*Presumably this match was switched to Molineux so that it could be played under floodlights sufficiently powerful for good TV coverage and shown live on the BBC at a time when more people could watch it - 8:25-9:15pm. A recording still exists on 16mm film. Tommy Taylor gave England a 2-0 lead with goals on 2 and 22, Denmark came back to 2-2 through Ove Nielsen goals on 27 and early in the 2nd half, Taylor scored again on 53 to make it 3-2, Duncan Edwards then scored two further goals for England on 66 and 77 as well as hitting the post with a free-kick. Yet another England goalkeeper's career came to end with Ted Ditchburn making his 6th and final appearance, it was also the end of the International road for Jimmy Dickinson (48 caps) and John Brooks (3).

Wed 16/Jan/1957    Portugal 1 (Vasques) Northern Ireland 1 (Bingham)
Qualifier in Lisbon
*No television coverage scheduled.

Thu 25/Apr/1957     Italy 1 (Cervato) Northern Ireland 0
Qualifier in Rome
BBC Part LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*Live BBC coverage from 4.00-5.15pm. Cervato scored the only goal on 3 minutes.

Wed 01/May/1957    Wales 1 (Vernon) Czechoslovakia 0
Qualifier in Cardiff
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*Highlights were shown the next day on the BBC at 10.30-10.45pm.

Wed 01/May/1957    Northern Ireland 3 (Casey, McIlroy, Simpson) Portugal 0
Qualifier in Belfast
*No television coverage scheduled.

Fri 03/May/1957    England 1 (Taylor) Young England 2 (Stevens, Groves)
Friendly at Highbury
BBC LIVE 2nd Half
Ken Wolstenholme
*The BBC were at Highbury for this Friday night match from 8:15-9:00pm.

Wed 08/May/1957    England 5 (Taylor 3, Atyeo 2) Republic of Ireland 1 (Curtis)
Qualifier at Wembley
BBC LIVE
Ken Walstonholme & Walley Barnes
*The first of two live World Cup qualifiers on the BBC today, the England match was broadcast at 2:50-4:45pm, highlights were also shown at 11:00-11:15pm. England were 4-0 up at half-time, Tommy Taylor netting the first two on 10 and 19, John Atyeo scoring the 3rd on 38 and Taylor then completing his hat-trick on 40. Dermot Curtis pulled one back for Ireland on 56, John Atyeo had the last word to make it 5-1 on 90.

Wed 08/May/1957    Scotland 4 (Mudie 3, Hewie(pen)) Spain 2 (Kubala, Suárez)
Qualifier at Hampden
BBC LIVE
Peter Thomson & George Davidson
*The 2nd live football match on the BBC today was broadcast at 6:45-8:30pm, with a break for the news at half-time. Scorers - Mudie 23, Kubala 30, Hewie pen 41, Suarez 50, Mudie 70, Mudie 79.

Wed 15/May/1957    Denmark 1 (J.Jensen) England 4 (Haynes, Taylor 2, Atyeo)
Qualifier in Copenhagen
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*Highlights of this evening kick-off were shown the following day at 10:30-10:45pm. John Jensen gave Denmark the lead on 27, Johnny Haynes equalised only a minute later on 28, Tommy Taylor finally put England ahead on 71, John Atyeo made it 3-1 on 75 and Taylor then scored again on 86. This was the last international match for the great Stanley Matthews on 54 caps,

Sun 19/May/1957    Switzerland 1 (R.Vonlanthen) Scotland 2 (Collins, Mudie)
Qualifier in Basel
BBC 2nd Half LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*Live coverage on the BBC from 3:55-4:45pm. Roger Vonlanthen 13, Mudie 33, Collins 72.

Sun 19/May/1957    Republic of Ireland 1 (Ringstead) England 1 (Atyeo)
Qualifier in Dublin
BBC Highlights
David Coleman
*A late afternoon Sunday kick-off. Ireland did not have a television service at the time but a film recording, presumably made by the BBC's own crew, was shown the following night on the BBC at 9:00-9:15pm. David Pegg made his England debut. Ireland led for almost the entire match, Alf Ringstead giving them the lead on 3 minutes and the equaliser didn't come until the final minute through John Atyeo. England had now qualified for the finals. This match proved to be Atyeo's 6th and final appearance, it was also the end of international duty for Jeff Hall on 17 caps.

Sun 19/May/1957    East Germany 2 (Wirth, Tröger) Wales 1 (M.Charles)
Qualifier in Leipzig
*No TV coverage scheduled, although the match may have been covered locally as East Germany had begun a TV service back in 1952. Mel Charles opened the scoring for Wales on 6, Wirth equalised on 21 and a 2nd half winner for the home team came courtesy of  Tröger on 61.

Wed 22/May/1957    West Germany 1 (Siedl) Scotland 3 (Collins 2, Mudie)
Friendly in Stuttgart
*No TV coverage scheduled, possibly shown on TV in West Germany. Scotland were 2-0 ahead at HT through Collins on 21 and Mudie on 35. Collins got his 2nd to make it 3-0 on 55, Siedl netted a consolation for West Germany on 71.

Sun 26/May/1957    Spain 4 (Basora 2, Kubala, Matoes) Scotland 1 (Smith)
Qualifier in Madrid
*No television coverage scheduled, possibly shown locally. Enrique Mateos 12, Ladislao Kubala 32, Estanislao Basora 35, Smith 80 , Estanislao Basora 87

Sun 26/May/1957    Czechoslovakia 2 (Kraus, Daniel) Wales 0
Qualifier in Prague
*No television coverage scheduled, possibly shown locally.

Wed 25/Sep/1957    Wales 4 (Palmer 3, Jones) East Germany 1 (Kaiser)
Qualifier in Cardiff
BBC Highlights
*The BBC included highlights on the following day's "Sportsview Special" at 6:25-6:45pm (Also including European Cup highlights of Shamrock Rovers v Manchester United). Palmer netted a hat-trick with goals on 38, 44 &73, Jones also scored for Wales on 42, Kaiser netted for East Germany on 57.

Wed 06/Nov/1957    Scotland 3 (Mudie, Robertson, Scott) Switzerland 2 (Riva, R.Vonlanthen)
Qualifier at Hampden
BBC Highlights
Peter Thomson
*BBC highlights at 11.05-11.20pm which still exists. STV may also have shown something of the match on "Scottish Sport" at 10:30-10:45pm. The goals were scored by Robertson (29), Ferdinando Riva (35), Mudie (52); Scott (70) and Roger Vonlanthen (75).

Wed 20/Nov/1957    West Germany 1 (A.Schmidt) Sweden 0
Friendly in Hamburg
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*Brief highlights were included on "Sportsview Special" at 10:45-11:00pm (there was also a "film flash" of Manchester United v Dukia). The only goal of the game was scored by A. Schmidt on 17 minutes.

Wed 27/Nov/1957    England 4 (Taylor 2, Robson 2) France 0
Friendly at Wembley
BBC 2nd Half LIVE 2nd Half
Ken Wolstenholme
*Live coverage on the BBC from 3.25-4.15, highlights were most likely included on "Sportsview" at 9:30-10:00pm. A terrific debut for West Bromwich Albion's Bobby Robson who scored twice on 24 and 84, Tommy Taylor got the other goals on 3 and 84. Sadly, three England players made their final international appearances in this game before their lives were tragically cut short in the Munich air disaster the following February, Duncan Edwards (on 18 caps), Roger Byrne (33 caps) and Tommy Taylor (19 caps). David Pegg, who had made 1 England appearance away to Ireland earlier this year, also died.

Wed 04/Dec/1957    Northern Ireland 2 (Cush 2) Italy 2 (Ghiggia, Montuori)
Friendly in Belfast
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*Highlights were shown the following day on the BBC as a "Sportsview Special" from 11:05pm. This fixture was originally scheduled as a World Cup qualifier, but the Hungarian referee and his linesman were stranded at London airport in the fog on the morning of the match. The Italians would not accept neutral British officials and so the match went ahead as a "friendly" with a local referee. The 60,000 crowd who turned up, expecting to see Northern Ireland qualify for the finals, were angered by the announcement made just 5 minutes before kick-off  that the match would be non-competitive and, during the course of the game, the Italian team became resentful of the charges on their goalkeeper made by the Irish forwards. A sending off of an Italian player in the last minute led to an ugly pitch invasion at the final whistle with police truncheons flying and Italy's defender Ferrario being carried to the dressing room injured after being attacked by the mob.

Wed 15/Jan/1958    Northern Ireland 2 (McIlroy, Cush) Italy 1 (Da Costa)
Qualifier in Belfast
BBC LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*Live on the BBC from 2.25-4.00pm (so they must have missed the first 10 minutes or so). Northern Ireland had to win, Italy only needed a draw. The Irish led 2-0 at HT with goals from McIlroy on 13 and Cush on 28, Da Costa pulled one back for Italy in the 2nd half on 56 but Ghiggia was sent off on 65 after a tussle with McMichael (spotted by the linesman who ran onto the pitch to intervene). Northern Ireland held on to qualify for the finals for the first time. Highlights may have been included on "Sportsview" at 10:45-11:15pm. Apparently Ken Wolstenholme also commentated on an Under 23 match in the evening.

Wed 15/Jan/1958    Israel 0 Wales 2 (L.Allchurch, Bowen)
Play-Off 1st Leg in Tel Aviv
*No television coverage scheduled, Israel did not have a television service until 1968.

Wed 05/Feb/1958    Wales 2 (I.Allchurch, Jones) Israel 0
Play-Off 2nd Leg in Cardiff
*Possibly highlights of this afternoon kick-off were shown on the BBC's "Sportsview" at 8:15-9:00pm.

Sat 08/Feb/1958    The World Cup finals draw
*Just two days after the Munich air disaster (which claimed the lives of eight Manchester United players), the draw for the World Cup finals was made in a television studio in Stockholm. It was shown live on Swedish TV on the Saturday night, but was not seen in Britain. There were no seeds, although each group could only contain one of the four British nations plus one from Western Europe, one from Eastern Europe and one from Latin America (this arrangement was only agreed upon hours before the draw was actually made). Northern Ireland put in a request not to play a Sunday fixture, but all nations were scheduled to play two of their group games on the 8th and 15th June. England, one of the four favourites, were drawn in the same group as two other favourites - The Soviet Union and Brazil, England manager Walter Winterbottom expressed his dissatisfaction; "I think it is a bad thing that the draw was made this way, it would have been far better to seed the top teams and keep them apart until the quarter-finals. England have a tough draw, but I am confident we can get through."

Wed 19/Mar/1958    West Germany 2 (B.Klodt, Cieslarczyk) Spain 0
Friendly in Frankfurt
BBC Part LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*Live coverage on the BBC from 3.30-4.40pm. The goals came either side of half-time through B. Klodt on 45 and Cieslarczyk on 47.

Wed 07/May/1958    England 2 (Charlton 2) Portugal 1 (Duarte)
Friendly at Wembley
BBC 2nd Half LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*Live coverage of the 2nd half (or most of it) on the BBC's "Sportsview" at 8.15-9.30pm along with greyhound racing. Both England goals were scored by Bobby Charlton, making his 2nd international appearance in this match after also scoring on his England debut in a Home International against Scotland. John Langley missed a penalty at 2-1, hitting the post (England's 5th consecutive penalty miss at Wembley!). Charlton had given England the lead on 25, Carlos Duarte netted an equaliser on 51, but a long range Charlton special won the match on 62.

Wed 07/May/1958    Scotland 1 (Mudie) Hungary 1 (Fenyvesi)
Friendly at Hampden
SCOTTISH Highlights
*Highlights on STV's "Scotsport" at 10:00-10:25pm, John Mudie gave Scotland the lead on 14, Mate Fenyvesi equalised on 52.

Sun 11/May/1958    Yugoslavia 5 (Milutinovic, Petakovic 3, Veselinovic) England 0
Friendly in Belgrade
BBC
*A film report was shown three days later on the BBC, it was included on "Sportsview" at 9:25-10:00pm (along with greyhound racing and a cricket feature). This was England's heaviest defeat since they had been thrashed 7-1 in Hungary four years earlier and came as a major set-back to their hopes of success in the World Cup finals. Yugoslavia (who would be in Scotland's group in the finals) led 1-0 at half-time, but went on to score four times in the 2nd half with three of them coming in the space of 8 minutes, they also had a 4th minute effort ruled out for offside. Milos Milutinovic scored the opener on 23, Alexsandar Petakovic scored a hat-trick on 56, 77 and 83, Todor Veselinovic got the final goal on 86. Jim Langley made his 3rd and final England appearance.

Sun 18/May/1958    Soviet Union 1 (Ivanov) England 1 (Kevan)
Friendly in Moscow
BBC Highlights
*Despite being drawn in the same World Cup group together, this pre-arranged friendly - the first ever meeting of the two countries - went ahead regardless. A "film report" was shown by the BBC three days later on the 21st May edition of "Sportsview" alongside greyhound racing from 9:25-10:00pm, the long established Soviet TV service may have broadcast the match live locally. Three England players made their debut; Goalkeeper Colin McDonald, Tommy Banks and Eddie Clamp and they went ahead shortly before the break, Derek Kevan scoring from a corner with goalkeeper Lev Yashin allowing the ball to slip from his grasp and roll slowly over the line. Valentin Ivanov equalised on 78 with a suspicion of handball, having previously had a goal ruled out for the same offence in the 1st half.

Sun 01/Jun/1958    Poland 1 (Cieslik) Scotland 2 (Collins 2)
Friendly in Warsaw
*No TV coverage scheduled, possibly shown locally in Poland. Collins scored twice for Scotland on 21 and 53, Cieslik netted a late goal for Poland on 84.
 

The 1958 World Cup Finals
The sixteen finalists were split into four groups of four, the top two from each group progressed through to the Quarter-finals. Teams finishing level on points in the group stage would play-off.

First Round

Game 1

Sun 08/Jun/1958    Sweden 3 (Simonsson 2, Liedholm(pen)) Mexico 0
Group 3 (2pm bst)
Solna
ITV 2nd Half LIVE
Peter Lloyd & Gerry Loftus
*ITV had live coverage of the 2nd half of the opening match at 2:45-3:45pm. The BBC showed the whole match live, starting at 1:30pm but handing over to "Gardening Club" at half-time. The goals came from Simonsson on 17 and 64 and a Liedholm penalty on 57.

Sun 08/Jun/1958    West Germany 3 (Rahn 2, Seeler) Argentina 1 (Corbatta)
Group 1 (7pm bst)
Malmö
BBC LIVE
Walley Barnes
*Live on the BBC from 6:50pm-8:50pm. Following the opening game in the afternoon, all of the other 7 opening group games kicked off simultaneously in the evening at 7pm. West Germany v Argentina was selected for live broadcast via Eurovision which meant the BBC had no option but to take this fixture rather than show England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales. Argentina took an early lead through Corbatta on 3, but the West Germans were in front by half-time with goals by Rahn on 32 and Seeler on 42, Rahn made it 3-1 on 79.

Sun 08/Jun/1958    England 2 (Kevan, Finney(pen)) Soviet Union 2 (Simonyan, A.Ivanov)
Group 4 (7pm bst)
Gothenburg
BBC ?Highlights?
David Coleman
*The Soviets led 2-0 in this match with goals from Nikita Simonyan 13 and Aleksandr Ivanov 56, England came back through Derek Kevan on 66 and a Tom Finney penalty on 85. The BBC showed highlights (or it may have technnically been a report) voiced by David Coleman the following day on "Tonight" at 6:45-7:23pm.

Sun 08/Jun/1958    Northern Ireland 1 (Cush) Czechoslovakia 0
Group 1 (7pm bst)
Halmstad
*The other game in West Germany's group saw Northern Ireland take the points with Wilbur Cush scoring the only goal on 21 minutes.

Sun 08/Jun/1958    Wales 1 (J.Charles) Hungary 1 (Bozsik)
Group 3 (7pm bst)
Umeå
*Bozsik scored and early goal for Hungary on 5, but John Charles equalised on 27. Highlights or a report was included on a special BBC programme shown on Tuesday 10th at 7:13-7:23pm.

Sun 08/Jun/1958    Scotland 1 (Murray) Yugoslavia 1 (Petakovic)
Group 2 (7pm bst)
Västerås
*Petakovic put Yugoslavia ahead on 6, Jimmy Murray equalised on 49. Again, as with Wales, highlights or a report was included on a special BBC programme shown on Tuesday 10th at 7:13-7:23pm.

Sun 08/Jun/1958    France 7 (Fontaine 3, Piantoni, Wisnieski, Kopa, Vincent) Paraguay 3 (Amarilla 2(1pen), Romero)
Group 2 (7pm bst)
Norrköping
*Amarilla put Paraguay ahead on 20, Just Fontaine equalised on 24 and the same player then gave France the lead on 30, but it was 2-2 at half-time after Amarilla had netted a penalty on 44. Romero put Paraguay in front for the 2nd time on 50, Piantoni made it 3-3 on 52, Wisnieski then put France ahead once again to make it 4-3 on 61 and Fontaine got his hat-trick for 5-3 on 67. France sealed the win with further goals by Kopa on 70 and Vincent on 83.

Sun 08/Jun/1958    Brazil 3 (Mazzola 2, Nílton Santos) Austria 0
Group 4 (7pm bst)
Uddevalla
*Mazzola gave Brazil the lead on 37, Nílton Santos made it 2-0 on 50 and Mazzola got the 3rd on 85.

Game 2

Wed 11/Jun/1958    England 0 Brazil 0
Group 4 (7pm bst)
Gothenburg
ITV LIVE
Peter Lloyd & Gerry Loftus
*Live on ITV at 6:45-8:45pm, BBC also had live coverage at 6:45-8:50pm with Ken Wolstenholme commentating (Cricket scores at half-time).

Wed 11/Jun/1958    Paraguay 3 (Agüero, Ré, Parodi) Scotland 2 (Mudie, Collins)
Group 2 (7pm bst)
Norrköping
BBC Highlights
*The BBC showed around 10 minutes worth of action the following day on the "Tonight" show at 6:45-7:33pm. Agüero put Paraguay ahead on 4, Jackie Mudie equalised for Scotland on 24, but Ré restored Paraguay's lead on the stroke of half-time. The 2nd half saw Parodi increase Paraguay's lead on 73, Scotland immediately came back with a goal by Bobby Collins on 74 for 2-3, but Paraguay held out for the win.

Wed 11/Jun/1958    Argentina 3 (Corbatta(pen), Menéndez, Avio) Northern Ireland 1 (McParland)
Group 1 (7pm bst)
Halmstad
*Peter McParland gave the Irish a dream start with a goal on 4 minutes, but Corbatta equalised on 37 with a penalty and Argentina scored twice more in the 2nd half through Menéndez on 56 and Avio on 60.

Wed 11/Jun/1958    West Germany 2 (Schäfer, Rahn) Czechoslovakia 2 (Dvorák(pen), Zikán)
Group 1 (7pm bst)
Helsingborg
*Hungary led 2-0 at half-time thanks to a penalty scored by Dvorák on 24 and a 2nd goal by Zikán on 42. The West Germans came back in the 2nd half with goals by Schäfer on 60 and Rahn on 71.

Wed 11/Jun/1958    Yugoslavia 3 (Petakovic, Veselinovic 2) France 2 (Fontaine 2)
Group 2 (7pm bst)
Västerås
*Just Fontaine put France ahead on 4, Petakovic equalised on 16, Veselinovic made it 2-1 to Yugoslavia on 63, Fontaine equalised on 85 but there was a late winner for Yugoslavia on 88 with Veselinovic netting his 2nd goal.

Wed 11/Jun/1958    Wales 1 (I.Allchurch) Mexico 1 (Belmonte)
Group 3 (7pm bst)
Solna
*Ivor Allchurch gave Wales the lead on 32 and that looked like being the winning goal until Belmonte netted a very late equaliser on 89.

Wed 11/Jun/1958    Soviet Union 2 (A.Ivanov, V.Ivanov) Austria 0
Group 4 (7pm bst)
Borås
*Aleksandr Ivanov opened the scoring for the Soviet Union on 15, Valetin Ivanov got the 2nd on 62.

Thu 12/Jun/1958    Sweden 2 (Hamrin 2) Hungary 1 (Tichy)
Group 3 (7pm bst)
Solna
BBC 2nd Half LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*This match kicked off a day later than the other 'middle fixtures', probably to allow the hosts to be televised again. The BBC took the 2nd half live from 7:50-8:50pm. Two goals for Hamrin on 34 and 55 gave the hosts a 2-0 lead, Tichy pulled one back for Hungary on 77.

Game 3

Sun 15/Jun/1958    Sweden 0 Wales 0
Group 3 (2pm bst)
Solna
ITV LIVE
Peter Lloyd & Gerry Loftus
*Live on ITV from 1:40-3:45pm, also live on the BBC with Walley Barnes commentating at 1:50-3:50pm (their first of two live TV matches today). Sweden were already guaranteed a place in the QF's, Wales needed a win. The 0-0 scoreline meant that Wales now had to hope that the evening Group 3 match would end in a draw also, otherwise Wales would have to play-off.

Sun 15/Jun/1958    Hungary 4 (Tichy 2, Sándor, Bencsics) Mexico 0
Group 3 (7pm bst)
Umeå
*The winner of this game would play-off with Wales for a place in the QF's, a draw would see both nations go out. Tichy put Hungary ahead on 19 and the same player scored again at the start of the 2nd half on 46, Sándor appeared to put the game out of Mexico's reach with the 3rd goal on 54 and Bencsics made sure on 69.

Group 3 Final Table
1. Sweden         5
2. Wales          3*
2. Hungary        3*
4. Mexico         1

*Teams finishing level on points would play off.

Sun 15/Jun/1958    West Germany 2 (Rahn, Seeler) Northern Ireland 2 (McParland 2)
Group 1 (7pm bst)
Malmö
BBC LIVE
?Ken Wolstenholme?
*Live on the BBC at 6:50-8:50pm with a break for the news and weather at half-time. Northern Ireland had to win to secure a place in the QF's, a draw could have seen them go out. West Germany only needed a draw. Peter McParland put the Irish ahead on 18, but the lead was soon wiped by Helmut Rahn on 20. McParland nosed Northern Ireland ahead for a 2nd time on 60, but West Germany equalised again on 78 through Uwe Seeler.

Sun 15/Jun/1958    Czechoslovakia 6 (Dvorák, Zikán 2, Feureisl, Hovorka 2) Argentina 1 (Corbatta(pen))
Group 1 (7pm bst)
Helsingborg
*A win for Argentina would have seen them through to the QF's, but they crashed to Czechoslovakia in spectacular fashion. Dvorák set the Czechs on their way with the opening goal on 8, Zikán then scored twice before HT, making it 2-0 on 17 and grabbing the third on 39. The 2nd half saw Argentina pull one back from the penalty spot on 64 through Corbatta, but Feureisl soon restored the 3 goal advantage on 68, Hovorka  added two late goals on 81 and 89 for 6-1. With goal average not being taken into account, Czechosloavkia would now play-off against the Irish in two day's time. Argentina were greeted by an angry 20,000 mob when they arrived home at Buenos Aires airport, the team was pelted with a shower of eggs, tomatoes, stones and coins. Police fired tear gas bombs in retaliation and firemen turned hoses on the mob who's anger at their team's performance was made all the more acute by the team threatening to go on strike for higher pay before the tournament began. Labrunga summed up their reception; "We were treated as if we were war criminals."

Group 1 Final Table
1. West Germany   4
2. N.Ireland      3*
2. Czechoslovakia 3*
4. Argentina      2

*Teams finishing level on points would play off.

Sun 15/Jun/1958    France 2 (Piantoni, Fontaine) Scotland 1 (Baird)
Group 2 (7pm bst)
Örebro
SCOTTISH ?Highlights?
*Scotland had to win the match but were 2-0 down at half-time to goals by Piantoni on 22 and Fontaine on 44, Sammy Baird  pulled one back for the Scots on 58 but an equaliser was not forthcoming and Scotland were out, finishing bottom of the group. Scottish TV showed highlights or a report on Tuesday 17th at 6:35-6:45pm (prior to coverage of the live play-off match). The BBC showed a report the same evening during "Tonight" at 6:20-6:55pm.

Sun 15/Jun/1958    Yugoslavia 3 (Ognjanovic, Veselinovic, Rajkov) Paraguay 3 (Parodi, Agüero, Romero)
Group 2 (7pm bst)
Eskilstuna
*Yugoslavia could settle for a draw which probably wouldn't have been enough for Paraguay. Ognjanovic put Yugoslavia ahead on 18, Parodi equalised on 20, Veselinovic immediately restored Yugoslavia's lead on 21 for 2-1. In the 2nd half, Agüero levelled the scores at 2-2 on 52, Rajkov put Yugoslavia ahead for the 3rd time on 73 but Paraguay came back yet again through Romero on 80. At full-time Yugoslavia were through and when news from the other Group 2 match came through , Paraguay realised they were out. This was the only group not to require a play-off match.

Group 2 Final Table
1. France         4
2. Yugoslavia     4
3. Paraguay       3
4. Scotland       1

Sun 15/Jun/1958    England 2 (Haynes, Kevan) Austria 2 (Koller, Körner)
Group 4 (7pm bst)
Borås
*Karl Koller put Austria ahead on 15, Johnny Haynes equalised on 56, Alfred Körner restored Austria's lead on 71 but England came back again through Derek Kevan on 74. The draw could have seen England knocked out, but fortunately Brazil beat the Soviet Union in the other game - which meant England would still have a chance to make the QF's via  a play-off match. Highlights or a report by David Coleman was shown the following day on the BBC's "Tonight" programme at 6:45-7:23pm. Eddie Clamp made his 4th and final England appearance in this match.

Sun 15/Jun/1958    Brazil 2 (Vavá 2) Soviet Union 0
Group 4 (7pm bst)
Gothenburg
*Pelé made his first World Cup finals appearance in this match.

Group 4 Final Table
1. Brazil         5
2. Soviet Union   3*
2. England        3*
4. Austria        1

*Teams finishing level on points would play off.

Play Off's

Tue 17/Jun/1958    Soviet Union 1 (Ilyin) England 0
Group 4 Play Off (7pm bst)
Gothenburg
ITV LIVE
Peter Lloyd & Gerry Loftus
*Live on ITV at 6:45-8:45pm (except TWW who opted out), it was also live on the BBC at 6:55-8:45pm with a break for the news at half-time, Ken Wolstenholme was the commentator. England gave debut's to two players in this play-off, Peter Brabrook and Peter Broadbent, but Anatoli Ilyin scored the only goal of the game on 69.

Tue 17/Jun/1958    Northern Ireland 2 (McParland 2) Czechoslovakia 1 (Zikán) [AET]
Group 1 Play Off (7pm bst)
Malmö
BBC Highlights
David Coleman
*Northern Ireland had already beaten the Czechs in their opening game, but Zdenek Zikán put Czechoslovakia ahead on 18. Peter McParland equalised just before half-time on 44 and with no further goals scored in the 2nd half, the game went into extra-time. McParland netted what turned out to be the winner on 97.

Tue 17/Jun/1958    Wales 2 (I.Allchurch, Medwin) Hungary 1 (Tichy)
Group 3 Play Off (7pm bst)
Solna
*Lajos Tichy gave Hungary a half-time lead with a goal on 33, Ivor Allchurch equalised on 55, Terry Medwin netted a winner for Wales on 76. The BBC had a "Sportsview" programme the following evening at 9:15-9:45pm, so perhaps highlights or reports of Wales and Northern Ireland's play-off's were featured on that.

Quarter-Finals

Thu 19/Jun/1958    Sweden 2 (Hamrin, Simonsson) Soviet Union 0
(7pm bst)
Solna
ATV, Granada and TWW 2nd Half LIVE / SCOTTISH LIVE
Peter Lloyd & Gerry Loftus
*Only one of the four Quarter-finals, which all kicked off at the same time, could be televised live via Eurovision and inevitably it was the host's match that was chosen. Scottish viewers had the best deal as they could see the whole match live uninterrupted from 6:40-8:45pm.  ATV Midlands, Granada and TWW only had coverage of the 2nd half from 8:00-8:50pm whilst Rediffusion didn't have any coverage whatsoever. The BBC had most of the match from 6:45-7:30pm and then 7:57-8:50pm, but with "Starr and Company" interrupting proceedings some 30 minutes into the 1st half. Both goals came in the 2nd half through Kurt Hamrin on 49 and Agne Simonsson on 88.

Thu 19/Jun/1958    Brazil 1 (Pelé) Wales 0
(7pm bst)
Gothenburg
*Footage of the other three Quarter-finals most likely only appeared as newsreels, the BBC also had a brief round-up programme on Saturday 21st at 6:50-7:00pm. Pelé scored the only goal of the game on 66 minutes.

Thu 19/Jun/1958    France 4 (Wisnieski, Fontaine 2, Piantoni) Northern Ireland 0
(7pm bst)
Norrköping
*Maryan Wisnieski netted the first goal on 22, Just Fontaine struck twice in the 2nd half on 55 and 63, Roger Piantoni grabbed the 4th goal on 68.

Thu 19/Jun/1958    West Germany 1 (Rahn) Yugoslavia 0
(7pm bst)
Malmö
*Helmut Rahn scored the only goal of the game on 12 minutes.

Semi-Finals

Tue 24/Jun/1958    Brazil 5 (Vavá, Didi, Pelé 3) France 2 (Fontaine, Piantoni)
(7pm bst)
Solna
BBC LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*Live on BBC television from 6:45-8:50pm with a break for the news at half-time. Vavá gave Brazil the lead on 2 minutes, Just Fontaine equalised on 9, Didi restored Brazil's lead on 39, Pelé made it 3-1 on 52 and then netted his 2nd for 4-1 on 64, he completed his hat-trick on 75. Roger Piantoni scored France's 2nd goal on 83.

Tue 24/Jun/1958   Sweden 3 (Skoglund, Gren, Hamrin) West Germany 1 (Schäfer)
(7pm bst)
Gothenburg
*Possibly a report on BBC "Sportsview" the following evening. Hans Schäfer put West Germany ahead on 24, but Sweden were level on 32 thanks to Lennart Skoglund. The hosts went through to the final with late goals by Gunnar Gren on 81 and Kurt Hamrin on 88.

3rd/4th place play off

Sat 28/Jun/1958    France 6 (Fontaine 4, Kopa(pen), Douis) West Germany 3 (Cieslarczyk, Rahn, Schäfer)
(5pm bst)
Gothenburg
ITV 2nd half LIVE
Peter Lloyd & Gerry Loftus
*ITV had live coverage of the 2nd half from 6pm. The whole match was shown live on the BBC from 4:45-6:50pm with a break for the news at half-time, Ken Wolstenholme was the commentator. Fontaine netted the opening goal for France on 16, Cieslarczyk equalised on 18, Kopa restored the French lead on 27 from the penalty spot, Fontaine made it 3-1 on 36. In the 2nd half, Douis scored for 4-1 on 50, Rahn quickly pulled one back for West Germany on 52 but Fontaine completed his hat-trick for 4-2 on 78, Schäfer scored another one for West Germany on 84 but Fontaine netted his 4th and the 6th for France on 89.

The Final

Sun 29/Jun/1958    Brazil 5 (Vavá 2, Pelé 2, Zagallo) Sweden 2 (Liedholm, Simonsson)
(3pm bst)
Solna
ITV LIVE
Peter Lloyd & Gerry Loftus
*ITV showed the match live from 3:00-4:50pm, ABC (Midlands and North) were scheduled to go on until 5pm, but TWW (Wales and West) opted out altogether, showing a film instead. BBC simultaneously showed the final live from 2:45-5pm with Ken Wolstenholme commentating. Sweden were ahead on 4 minutes through Nils Liedholm, but Brazil were soon level when Vavá netted on 9, the same player then put Brazil ahead on 32. In the 2nd half, Pelé made it 3-1 to Brazil on 55 and Mário Zagallo got the 4th on 68, Agne Simonsson pulled one back for Sweden on 80 but Brazil had the last word with another Pelé goal on 90.


 

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European Nations Cup 1960

The European Football Union decided to establish a European Cup competition for national teams at a meeting in Lisbon in May 1956, there were 14 votes for, 8 against and 7 abstentions. The proposal which carried stipulated a competition every four years mid-way between World Cup tournaments in Olympic years. On 5th June 1958, it was reported that 17 nations had signified their willingness to compete in the inaugural competition, none of them British, and that the details had yet to be finalized. Ultimately, the tournament was to consist of  a 2-leg knock-out 'Last 16' and Quarter-finals stage leading to a 4 match finals tournament (Semi-finals, 3rd-4th play off and final), there was also the need for one preliminary tie which saw the Republic of Ireland lose to Czechoslovakia. France were selected as hosts at the end of May/early June 1960 shortly after the Quarter-finals had been completed, Spain had refused to travel to the Soviet Union for their Quarter-final and so the Soviet Union were given a bye to the finals in which they emerged as champions.

ITV games are in white, BBC or non-televised matches are in grey.
All matches were broadcast in black & white.

British friendlies v continental opposition 1958-1960

Wales did not play any matches other than Home Internationals during this period.

Wed 15/Oct/1958    Spain 6 (Tejada 3, Suarez 2, Kubala) Northern Ireland 2 (Bingham, McIlroy)
Friendly in Madrid
*No TV coverage scheduled. A crowd of nearly 120,000 saw the Irish well beaten with goalkeeper Uprichard having to make at least seven brilliant saves in the first half.

Wed 22/Oct/1958    England 5 (Haynes 3, Charlton(pen), Lofthouse) Soviet Union 0
Friendly at Wembley
BBC LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*Live on BBC television from 2:30-4:15pm, highlights were shown on "Sportsview" at 8:20-8:45pm. Just 4 months after being knocked out of the World Cup by the Soviet Union, England met them for the 4th time in 1958 and finally managed to record a victory. Johnny Haynes netted a hat-trick with goals on 45, 63 and 80, Bobby Charlton added a 4th from the penalty spot on 84 and Nat Lofthouse made it 5-0 on 89. Sheffield United's Graham Shaw made his debut whilst Preston's Tom Finney appeared at international level for the 76th and final time.

Fri 01/May/1959    England 3 (Flowers, Charlton 2) Young England 3 (Parry, Pointer, Flowers(og))
Friendly at Highbury
BBC 2nd Half LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*The 2nd half was shown live on the BBC from 8:35-9:15pm. Young England came from 3-0 down, the equaliser coming as a result of a Jimmy Greaves effort which was deflected in off Flowers.

Wed 06/May/1959    England 2 (Charlton, Bradley) Italy 2 (Brighenti, Mariani)
Friendly at Wembley
BBC LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*Live on the BBC at 2:45-4:45pm, highlights were included alongside greyhound racing on "Sportsview" at 8:00-8:45pm. England led 2-0 at HT with goals by Bobby Charlton on 26 and debut boy Warren Bradley of Manchester United on 38, Italy came back in the 2nd half through Sergio Brighenti on 56 and an equaliser by Amos Mariani on 61.

Wed 06/May/1959    Scotland 3 (White, Weir, Leggat) West Germany 2 (Seeler, Juskowiak(pen))
Friendly at Hampden
SCOTTISH Highlights
*Scottish TV had a "Scotsport" programme at 10:25-10:55pm with highlights of this match. Four Scottish players made their international debut, three of them Motherwell players - Ian St John, Robert McCann and Andrew Weir plus Falkirk's John White. All 5 goals were scored in the opening half-hour, John White gave Scotland the lead in the 1st minute, Andrew Weir made it 2-0 on 6, Uwe Seeler then pulled one back on 14 before Graham Leggat made it 3-1 to Scotland on 23. West Germany won a penalty on 30 converted by Erich Juskowiak.

Wed 13/May/1959    Brazil 2 (Julinho, Frade) England 0
Friendly in Rio de Janeiro
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*The first of a four match tour of America, highlights were shown three days later on the BBC on Saturday night at 10.40-10.55pm. There were debuts for Jimmy Armfield of Blackpool and Norman Deeley of Wolves in front of 160,000 spectators in overcast conditions (a record attendance for an England match). It was the 3rd meeting of the two nations and the 1st victory for Brazil, Pelé played in this game but the goals came from Julinho (controversially selected ahead of Garrincha) on 3 and Henrique Frade on 28 as England were outplayed for most of the match.

Sun 17/May/1959    Peru 4 (Seminario 3, Joya) England 1 (Greaves)
Friendly in Lima
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*As with the above match, viewers had to wait three days to see BBC highlights which were shown on "Sportsview" on Wednesday at 7:30-8:00pm. This match is now notable for the debut of England legend Jimmy Greaves who scored on 58, but a hat-trick by Juan Seminario and another goal by Juan Joya gave Peru a 4-1 victory. Norman Deeley made his 2nd and final England appearance.

Sun 24/May/1959    Mexico 2 (Cardenas, Reyes) England 1 (Kevan)
Friendly in Mexico City
BBC Highlights
?Ken Wolstenholme?
*Another three day delay before highlights were shown on the BBC's "Sportsview" programme at 7:30-8:15pm (along with Boxing). Derek Kevan put England ahead on 14, Raul Cardenas headed in from a corner to equalise for the home side on 26. England then had two goals ruled out for offside before Salvador Reyes netted the winning goal for Mexico on 67. Soon after the 2nd Mexican goal, the stadium was rocked by an earthquake which shook Mexico City for about 20 seconds, but there were no casualties or damage and the players appeared to be unaffected. This match turned out to be the farewell England appearances for Wilf McGuinness (with 2 caps) and Albert Holden (5 caps).

Wed 27/May/1959    Netherlands 1 (Van der Gijp) Scotland 2 (Collins, Leggat)
Friendly in Amsterdam
*Possibly highligths on "Scotsport" at 10:15-10:45pm. Two Celtic players made their Scotland debuts, John Smith and Bertie Auld, but Auld was sent off in injury time. Cor van der Gijp had put the Dutch ahead on 18, Robert Collins netted the equaliser on 61 and Graham Leggat scored the winner on 65.

Thu 28/May/1959    USA 1 (Murphy) England 8 (Bradley, Flowers 2, Charlton 3(1pen), Kevan, Haynes)
Friendly in Los Angeles
*This fixture was probably not covered locally by American TV as there was no British TV coverage scheduled. The match was played on a baseball pitch on an uneven field, with one half being rough and bare of grass which England elected to attack in the first period, they fell behind in the 9th minute to an Ed Murphy goal but Warren Bradley equalised on 35 and England then scored 7 goals in the 2nd half attacking the smooth green end - Ron Flowers making it 2-1 on 52, Bobby Charlton got the 3rd on 64, Flowers scored again on 69, Derek Kevan for 5-1 on 74, a penalty was then converted by Bobby Charlton on 82, Charlton completed his hat-trick for 7-1 on 85 and Johnny Haynes grabbed the 8th on 87. England captain Billy Wright's international career came to an end with this match, his 105th cap. Warren Bradley, who netted the equaliser, also made his 3rd and final appearance.

Wed 03/Jun/1959    Portugal 1 (Matateu) Scotland 0
Friendly in Lisbon
*This match was most likely only shown in Portugal unless STV had a film recording sent over to broadcast a day or so later. Goalkeeper George Farm made his 10th and final appearance for Scotland, it was also the end of international duty for John Smith with 2 caps.

Wed 28/Oct/1959    England 2 (Connelly, Charlton) Sweden 3 (Simonsson 2, Salomonsson)
Friendly at Wembley
GRANADA 2nd half LIVE *other regions delayed
Kent Walton
*The match kicked-off at 2:30pm, Granada had live coverage of the 2nd half from 3:20-4:20pm, the other regions (who showed schools programmes into the late afternoon) had a delayed recording at 3:50-4:45pm. The BBC had a "Sportsview" at 8:00-9:30pm  which was scheduled to show football highlights (along with boxing) which may have been of this match. This was only the second continental victory at Wembley following Hungary's famous win on English soil 6 years earlier, John Connelly gave England the lead on 8, Sweden came back in the 2nd half with two goals by Agne Simonsson on 52 and 57, Bengt Salomonsson then made it 3-1 on 75 before Bobby Charlton pulled one back on 81. Goalkeeper Eddie Hopkinson made his 14th and final international appearance, it was also the end of short-lived England careers for Birmingham City's Trevor Smith and Middlesbrough's Brian Clough (both on 2 caps).

Wed 04/May/1960    Scotland 2 (Law, St John) Poland 3 (Baszkiewicz, Brychzy, Pol)
Friendly at Hampden
BBC SCOTLAND Highlights
*BBC Scotland showed brief highlights at 11:00-11:10pm. STV may also have covered the game, they had a "Scotsport" programme at 10:15-10:45pm. Krzysztof Baszkiewicz put the visitors ahead on 11, John Hewie then missed a penalty on 21 in what proved to be his 19th and final appearance in a Scotland jersey, Denis Law equalised a couple of minutes later on 23 but Lucjan Brychzy restored the Polish lead on 29. Scotland were level again just after the break through Ian St John on 46, but Ernest Pol scored a winning goal for Poland on 60.

Wed 11/May/1960    England 3 (Douglas, Greaves, Haynes) Yugoslavia 3 (Galic 2, Kostic)
Friendly at Wembley
BBC LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*BBC television showed the match live in the afternoon at 2:45-4:45pm, highlights were included on "Sportsview" at 8:30-9:30pm. Peter Swann of Sheffield Wednesday made his debut as England narrowly avoided another Wembley defeat with a late equaliser. Milan Galic had put the visitors ahead on 31, Bryan Douglas levelled before HT on 43. The 2nd half saw England take the lead through Jimmy Greaves on 48 but Milan Galic equalised on 60 and Borivoje Kostic then put Yugoslavia ahead on 80 before Johnny Haynes netted the late equaliser on 89. Ronnie Clayton, who was captain, made his final England appearance with 35 caps.

Sun 15/May/1960    Spain 3 (Martínez 2, Peiro) England 0
Friendly
BBC 2nd half LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*This was the first live Eurovision relay to come from Spain, the BBC showing the 2nd half live at 6:00-6:45pm. England's poor run of form against foreign opponents continued as Eulogio Martínez scored twice with Joaquin Peiro netting inbetween to give Spain a 3-0 victory. Peter Brabrook's played his 3rd and final game for England.

Sun 22/May/1960    Hungary 2 (Albert 2) England 0
Friendly in Budapest
*No TV coverage, though it was possibly shown locally in Hungary (Eurovision  presumably relayed one of the Euro QF's, Radio Times had scheduled live 2nd half coverage from Hungary, but it's not listed in the newspapers). Manchester United's Dennis Violett made his England debut as the home side won with two goals scored by the 19 year old forward Florian Albert.

Sun 29/May/1960    Austria 4 (Hanappi 2, Hof 2) Scotland 1 (Mackay)
Friendly in Vienna
SCOTTISH LIVE
*STV had live coverage from 4:30-6:15pm. The BBC had national coverage, presumably of the closing 20 minutes or so only (George Davidson commentatint) during a sports broadcast at 5:35-6:10pm - this slot also included the Monaco Grand Prix. Gerhard Hanappi scored twice for Austria on 26 and 31, whilst Erich Hof's goal 44 gave the home side a 3-0 HT lead. Hof scored again on 63, Dave Mackay netted a consolation goal for Scotland on 76.

Sun 05/Jun/1960    Hungary 3 (Sandor, Gorocs, Tichy) Scotland 3 (Hunter, Herd, Young)
Friendly in Budapest
BBC 2nd Half LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*The BBC had national coverage, presumably of the 2nd half live, at 6:25-7:15pm. Karoly Sandor put the home side ahead on 19, William Hunter, on his debut, equalised on 34. In the 2nd half, George Herd put the Scots ahead on 62, Alex Young made it 3-1 on 66, Janos Gorocs pulled one back on 77 and Lajos Tichy equalised for Hungary in injury time. Graham Leggat won his 18th and final cap.

Wed 08/Jun/1960    Turkey 4 (Oktay, Kucukandonyadus 2, Birol) Scotland 2 (Caldow(pen), Young)
Friendly in Ankara
*There was no television service in Turkey until 1968. Metin Oktay put the Turks ahead on 9, Eric Caldow equalised from the penalty spot on 12, Lefter Kucukandonyadus restored the home side's lead on 33 and later scored again to make it 3-1 on 52, Senol Birol added a 4th goal for Turkey on 63, Alex Young pulled one back for 4-2 on 72. Bobby Evans made his 49th and final international appearance whilst Andrew Weir ended his Scotland career with 6 caps.

The 1960 European Nations Cup Finals

Semi-Finals

Wed 06/Jul/1960    France 4 (Vincent, Heutte 2, Wisnieski) Yugoslavia 5 (Galic, Žanetic, Knez, Jerkovic 2)
(7pm bst)
Paris
*No British TV coverage. Yugoslavia went ahead on 11 through Galic before Vincent equalised immediately on 12 and Heutte then put France ahead just before HT on 43. Wisnieski made it 3-1, Žanetic pulled one back for the Slavs on 55 but Heutte scored again on 62 to restore a two goal lead for the hosts at 4-2, Knez pulled another one back for Yugoslavia on 75 and Jerkovic then scored twice on 78 and 79 to put Yugoslavia in the final.

Wed 06/Jul/1960    Soviet Union 3 (Ivanov 2, Ponedelnik) Czechoslovakia 0
(7:30pm bst)
Marseille
*No British TV coverage. Ivanov scored either side of HT for the Soviets on 34 and 56, Ponedelnik added the third goal on 66.

3rd/4th place play off

Sat 09/Jul/1960    Czechoslovakia 2 (Bubník, Pavlovic) France 0
(5pm bst)
Marseille
*No British TV coverage. 2nd half goals by Bubník on 58 and Pavlovic on 88 meant that the hosts had to settle for 4th place.

The Final

Sun 10/Jul/1960    Soviet Union 2 (Metreveli, Ponedelnik) Yugoslavia 1 (Galic) [AET]
(8:30pm bst)
Paris
BBC 2nd Half & Extra Time LIVE
?Ken Wolstenholme?
*The BBC scheduled live coverage as "European Sporting Event" at 9:30-10:15pm, but it would have overran until approximately 10:50pm. Yugoslavia led at HT through a Galic goal on 43, Metreveli levelled for the Soviet Union on 49 and the match then went into extra time. The Soviet's winner was scored by Ponedelnik on 113.
 
 

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World Football Championship 1962

Chile were awarded the 1962 tournament on 10th June 1956 in Lisbon, beating off the challenge of Argentina with 32 votes to 10 (with 15 abstentions) after West Germany had withdrawn. Both of the previous two World Cups had been staged in Europe and matches had been televised live to British viewers via 'Eurovision', but - with the 1962 tournament taking place on the other side of the world - England fans back home would now have to follow their team's progress on the radio and then wait two days for the opportunity to watch it on television.
Chile had first experimented with television in 1948, a full service was not available until 1957 using the American NTSC 525 line system. The 1962 World Cup was broadcast live locally (and presumably in other parts of South America also), but transatlantic satellite broadcasting was still at an experimental stage in the summer of 1962 with the first ever public satellite TV broadcast from Telstar only being seen six days after the World Cup finals in Chile had drawn to a conclusion. Film recordings of the matches had to be shipped over to Britain and then edited before transmission, although some England matches were shown in their entirety. Probably for this reason ITV decided not to bother with the tournament at all, leaving it to the BBC who sent two commentators to Chile - Ken Wolstenholme and David Coleman*.

*According to a Ken Wolstenholme article in Radio Times, he and Coleman were the only commentators. Walley Barnes may have done reports. Alan Weeks stayed behind to present "Grandstand" which he did for most of the summer months in its early years.

Qualification
The qualifying draw was made in Basle on 28th February 1960. Europe were handed eight direct places with a further two via play-off's against the winners of the African and Asian sections, South America had five places (including hosts Chile and holders Brazil) plus a play-off against the winners of the North/Central American section. England were placed in Group 6 of the European section with Portugal and Luxembourg, Group 8 saw Scotland drawn with Czechoslovakia and the Republic of Ireland, Group 2 contained Northern Ireland, West Germany and Greece, whilst Wales would merely play a 2 leg match against Spain with the winners then playing off against the winners of the African group.
England were the only home nation to qualify for the finals, drawing in Lisbon before the Portuguese suffered a humiliating defeat in Luxembourg which left England only requiring a draw in the final Group 6 match at home to Portugal, they won 2-0. Scotland, now under Ian McColl (his first job as a manager), lost out in a Group 8 play-off match having finished level on points with Czechoslovakia (Goal average did not come into play in the qualifiers), both nations had brushed aside the Republic of Ireland and won their respective home games with eachother and so a play-off match was required in neutral Brussels - the Czechs won in extra-time after the Scots had twice been in front. Wales lost 2-1 in their opening home leg against Spain and could only draw in Madrid. Northern Ireland were never in contention - After losing their opening game at home to West Germany, they then lost in Greece.
Elsewhere, the current runners-up Sweden lost in a Group 1 play-off with Switzerland, whilst one match in Group 4 was left unplayed after visa problems had prevented East German players entering the Netherlands (and Hungary had already secured qualification). Spain and Yugoslavia won their respective intercontinental play-off matches against the African and Asian winners which meant that all 16 finalists were once again from either Europe or South/Central America.

British TV coverage of the 1962 World Cup

ITV games are in white, BBC or non-televised matches are in grey.
All matches were broadcast in black & white.

Qualifiers & Friendlies

Wed 28/Sep/1960    Republic of Ireland 2 (Fagan 2(1pen)) Wales 3 (Jones 2, Woosnam)
Friendly in Dublin
*No television in service in the Republic of Ireland for another year.

Sun 09/Oct/1960     Hungary 1 (????) Yugoslavia 1 (Kostic)
Friendly in Budapest
BBC LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*BBC 2:00-3:45pm (not shown in Scotland). Hungary led 1-0 at half-time.

Wed 19/Oct/1960    Luxembourg 0 England 9 (Greaves 3, Charlton 3, Smith 2, Haynes)
Qualifier in Luxembourg
*No TV coverage scheduled, but it was at least televised in Luxembourg. England were 4-0 up at half-time, Bobby Charlton scoring two early goals on 3 and 7, Jimmy Greaves adding a 3rd on 16 and Bobby Smith with the 4th on 22. In the 2nd half, Smith got his 2nd on 46, Johnny Haynes made it 6-0 on 61, Bobby Charlton completed his hat-trick on 66 and Jimmy Greaves also completed a hat-trick with two late goals on 83 and 85.

Wed 26/Oct/1960    England 4 (Greaves, Douglas, Smith 2) Spain 2 (del Sol, Suarez)
Friendly at Wembley
BBC LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*Live on the BBC from 2:25-4:15pm. Highlights were most likely included on "Sportsview" at 9:15-10:30pm (which had a break for the news). England were ahead after only 2 minutes through Jimmy Greaves, but Spain equalised on 13 with a goal by Luis del Sol. England went ahead again shortly after half-time through Bryan Douglas on 48, Spain came back once more when Luis Suarez scored on 56, but England won the match with two goals from Bobby Smith on 68 and 80.

Wed 26/Oct/1960    Northern Ireland 3 (McAdams 3) West Germany 4 (Dörfel 2, Brülls, Seeler)
Qualifier in Belfast
*No TV coverage scheduled, though highlights were possibly included on "Sportsview" along with the England match.

Sun 13/Nov/1960    Hungary 4 (Monostori 2, J.Goeroecs, Sandor) Poland 1 (Pohl)
Friendly in Budapest
BBC LIVE 2nd Half
Ken Wolstenholme
*Live Sunday afternoon 2nd half coverage on the BBC at 2.00-2.45pm. Hungary led 2-0 at HT, Poland pulled it back to 2-1 before hungary scored twice more.

Wed 19/Apr/1961    Wales 1 (Woosnam) Spain 2 (Di Stefano, Foncho)
Qualifier at Cardiff
ITV Highlights
Arthur Montford
*All regions showed highlights at 10:35-11:05pm, the North edition of the TV Times lists the programme as a TWW network presentation with, curiously, Arthur Montford as the commentator. Scottish had their own "Scotsport" programme but may have included this match.

Tue 25/Apr/1961    Italy 3 (Stacchini 2, Sivori) Northern Ireland 2 (Dougan, McAdams)
Friendly in Bologna
*No British TV coverage scheduled. Two goals by Stacchini on 30 and 58 gave the home side a 2-0 lead, the Irish then came back with 2 quick goals to level the scores at 2-2 - the first through Dougan on 71 and then McAdams on 72, but Sivori netted a winner for Italy on 78.

Sat 29/Apr/1961    Czechoslovakia 2 (Scherer, Kadraba) Mexico 1 (Reyes)
Friendly in Vitkovice
BBC Highlights
Kenneth Wolstenholme
*Included on "Sports Special" at 9:52-10:30pm. Mexico's tour of Europe would include a visit to England in 11 days time, Czechoslovakia were in Scotland's qualifying group. All the goals came in the first half with Czechoslovakia leading 2-0 through Scherer on 27 and Kadraba on 32. Reyes pulled one back on just before the break on 45.

Wed 03/May/1961    Scotland 4 (Brand 2, Herd 2) Republic of Ireland 1 (Haverty)
Qualifier at Hampden
*Possibly highlights on STV's "Scotsport" at 10:15-10:45pm. Brand 14, Brand 40, Haverty 50, Herd 55, Herd 85. Debut for Scotland's Paddy Crerand

Wed 03/May/1961    Greece 2 (Papaemmanouil 2) Northern Ireland 1 (McIlroy)
Qualifier in Athens
*No television service in Greece until 1966.

Sun 07/May/1961    Republic of Ireland 0 Scotland 3 (Young 2, Brand)
Qualifier in Dublin
SCOTTISH Highlights
*STV had highlights at 11:00-11:30pm, presumably filmed by their own crew (RTE wouldn't begin until the end of the year). Young 5, Young 15, Brand 85

Wed 10/May/1961    England 8 (Hitchens, Charlton 3, Robson, Douglas 2, Flowers(pen)) Mexico 0
Friendly at Wembley
BBC LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*Live coverage on the BBC from 2:55-4:45pm. Highlights were probably shown on "Sportsview Special" at 10:10-10:40pm. Gerry Hitchens of Aston Villa made his England debut and scored on 2 minutes, Bobby Charlton then scored twice on 12 and 23 to make it 3-0, Bryan Douglas added a 4th just before half-time on 44. The 2nd half saw Ron Flowers convert a penalty on 59, Bobby Charlton complete his hat-trick on 62 and then score another on 73 to make it 7-0 and Bryan Douglas net his 2nd for the 8th England goal on 85. Derek Kevan made his 14th and final England appearance.

Wed 10/May/1961    West Germany 2 (Brülls, Kreß) Northern Ireland 1 (McIlroy)
Qualifier in West Berlin
*Possibly highlights or a report included on "Sportsview Special" with the above England match.

Sun 14/May/1961    Czechoslovakia 4 (Pospíchal 2, Kvašnák(pen), Kadraba) Scotland 0
Qualifier in Bratislava
*No TV coverage scheduled, though it may have been shown in Czechoslovakia. Pospichal 7, Kvasnak penalty 12, Kadraba 44, Pospichal 85. Crerand and Kvasnak were both sent off.

Thu 18/May/1961    Spain 1 (Peiro) Wales 1 (Allchurch)
Qualifier in Madrid
BBC LIVE 2nd Half
Ken Wolstenholme
*BBC coverage at 9:30-10:15pm.

Sun 21/May/1961    Portugal 1 (Aguas) England 1 (Flowers)
Qualifier in Lisbon
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*The BBC showed highlights the following day on "Sportsview Special" at 10.10-10.40pm. José Aguas Pinto gave Portugal the lead on 59, Ron Flowers equalised on 82.

Wed 24/May/1961    Italy 2 (Sivori, Brighenti) England 3 (Hitchens 2, Greaves)
Friendly in Rome
BBC Part LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*BBC coverage from 3:55-4:50pm and then 5:25-5:45pm, so the whole of the first half was shown live before a break for children's programmes, then the last half of the second half was live. Highlights were presumably shown on "Sportsview Special" at 9:45-10:15pm. England led through Gerry Hitchens on 39 but Italy were level at half-time with a goal by Omar Sivori on 43. The 2nd half saw Italy go ahead on 74 through Sergio Brighenti, Hitchens soon levelled on 77 and Jimmy Greaves netted a late winner on 86.

Sat 27/May/1961    Austria 3 (Hof, Nemec, Senekowitsch) England 1 (Greaves)
BBC Highlights
Friendly in Vienna
Ken Wolstenholme
*Highlights were shown two days later as part of "Sportsview Special", 8:40-9:10pm (also including the 2nd leg of the CWC final). Erich Hof gave Austria the lead on 3, Jimmy Greaves equalised on 16, Horst Nemec restored the home side's lead on 25 and Austria netted a 3rd goal through Helmut Senekowitsch on 80. Two Burnley players won their only England cap in this match, John Angus and Brian Miller.

Sun 28/May/1961    Hungary 3 (Solymosi, Tichy 2(1pen)) Wales 2 (Allchurch, Jones)
Friendly in Budapest
*No TV coverage scheduled, though it may have been shown in Hungary. Much of the match was played in a violent thunderstorm and heavy rain. Solymosi scored in the opening minute, a Tichy lob on 6 made it 2-0, Jones pulled one back for Wales on 16 and Allchurch netted the equaliser in the 2nd half. Hungary won the match with a penalty scored by Tichy on 83.

Tue 26/Sep/1961    Scotland 3 (St. John, Law 2) Czechoslovakia 2 (Kvašnák, Scherer)
Qualifier at Hampden
SCOTTISH Highlights
Arthur Montford
*STV highlights of the late afternoon match were shown on "Scotsport Special" at 7:00-7:30pm, BBC also showed highlights at 10:00-10:15pm with George Davidson commentating. Kvasnak 6, St.John 20, Scherer 51, Law 62, Law 83.

Thu 28/Sep/1961    England 4 (Pointer, Viollet, Charlton 2) Luxembourg 1 (Dimmer)
Qualifier at Highbury
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*BBC highlights at 11:00-11:30pm, the footage still exists and the camera was positioned behind the goal. Burnley's Ray Pointer also made his debut and gave England the lead on 35, Dennis Viollet made it 2-0 on 37 and Bobby Charlton got the 3rd on 45. Camille Dimmer scored for Luxembourg on 69, Bobby Charlton made it 4-1 on 76. Mick McNeil (on 9 caps) and Dennis Viollet (2) made their final International appearances and Johnny Fantham of Sheffield Wednesday won his only cap.

Sun 08/Oct/1961    Austria 2 (Hof, Oslansky) Hungary 1 (Tichy)
Friendly in Vienna
BBC LIVE
*Live on the BBC from 2.30-4:20pm with a break at half-time for "Songs by Viera". Tichy gave Hungary the lead on 10, Hof equalised on 13, Oslansky got the winner for Austria on 81.

Tue 17/Oct/1961    Northern Ireland 2 (McLaughlin 2) Greece 0
Qualifier in Belfast
*No TV coverage scheduled. Neither side could qualify as West Germany had already secured top spot.

Wed 25/Oct/1961    England 2 (Connelly, Pointer) Portugal 0
Qualifier at Wembley
BBC LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*Live on the BBC at 2:25-4:15pm, they also showed highlights on "Sportsview Soccer Special" at 10:40-11:10pm, the latter still exists. England qualified with two very early goals, the first scored by John Connelly on 5 and the 2nd by Ray Pointer in his 3rd and final appearance on 9. England would not have to play in another World Cup qualifying match for 11 years!

Sun 29/Oct/1961    Czechoslovakia 7 (Kvašnák, Scherer, Jelínek, Masopust, Pospíchal) Republic of Ireland 1 (Fogarty)
Qualifier in Prague
BBC 2nd Half LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*Just the 2nd half live on the BBC from 2.30-3.20pm.

Sun 19/Nov/1961    Yugoslavia 2 (Jerkovic 2) Austria 1 (Nemec)
Friendly in Zagreb
BBC Delayed Coverage
Ken Wolstenholme
*2:35-4:10pm, apparently a recording of the match played earlier that day (which would make it a Sunday lunchtime kick off). Yugoslavia were ahead on 3 minutes through Jerkovic, Nemec equalised for Austria on 30, Jerkovic netted his 2nd goal and the winner for Yugoslavia on 75.

Wed 29/Nov/1961    Czechoslovakia 4 (Hledík, Scherer, Pospíchal, Kvašnák) Scotland 2 (St. John 2) [AET]
Play Off in Brussels
SCOTTISH,  GRAMPIAN, ULSTER & GRANADA Highlights
*STV, Ulster and the recently launched Grampian station showed highlights of the afternoon kick-off at 6:30-7:30pm, Border had "Scotsport" at 10:35-11:07pm, which was probably the same shorter highlights package as shown by Granada at 11:15-11:40pm. The BBC also showed highlights at 10:00-10:30pm. St John pur Scotland ahead on 38, Hledík equalised on 70, St John immediately restored Scotland's lead on 71 and Scherer made it 2-2 on 84, then in extra-time Pospíchal put the Czechs ahead for the first time on 95 and Kvašnák made it 4-2 on 101.

Thu 18/Jan/1962    The World Cup finals draw
*The draw was made at the Carrera hotel in Santiago in front of 500 officials, invited guests and newsmen. Unlike the previous tournament, there were four seeded teams which would head each group (or "pool" as they would now be called), England were one of the seeded nations along with holders Brazil, Italy and Uruguay, although the Times claims that Chile and Argentina were seeds rather than England and Italy. Neighbouring countries would also be kept apart. Mr E. Thommen of Switzerland, the president of the tournament committee, presided over the draw, Sir Stanley Rous (president of FIFA) was also in attendance. The red and white balls were drawn from a black velvet bag by Mr Maduro, another member of the committee.

Wed 04/Apr/1962    England 3 (Crawford, Flowers(pen), Hunt) Austria 1 (Buzek)
Friendly at Wembley
BBC LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*Live on the BBC (except in Scotland) at 2:55-4:45pm, there were also highlights at 10:00-10:30pm which still exist. Two players made their England debuts in this match, Stan Anderson of Sunderland and Roger Hunt of Liverpool. Ray Crawford, in his 2nd and final game, gave England the lead on 7, Ron Flowers made it 2-0 from the penalty spot on 38 and Hunt got the 3rd on 68. Hans Buzek netted a consolation for Austria on 76.

Wed 02/May/1962    Scotland 2 (Baxter, Brand) Uruguay 3 (Sasia, Cubilla 2)
Friendly at Hampden
*The Glasgow Herald says that "Scotsport" (STV & Grampian 10:45-11:15pm) would include "news" of the match. Uruguay stormed into a 3-0 lead with goals from Sasia on 37 and two from Cubilla on 45 and 47, Scotland came back with goals from Baxter on 74 and Brand on 88.

Wed 09/May/1962    England 3 (Flowers, Hitchens, Connelly) Switzerland 1 (Allemann)
Friendly at Wembley
ITV 2nd Half Live
Gerry Loftus
*The 2nd half was shown live at 3:45-4:45pm except in the TWW, Westward and Ulster regions. There were no highlights in the evening unless the BBC showed the game on "Sportsview" at 8:40-9:15pm, but only a preview of the Rugby League Challenge Cup final was listed. All four goals were scored in the first-half; Ron Flowers gave England the lead on 20, Gerry Hitchens almost immediately made it 2-0 on 21, the Swiss came back with a goal by Antonio Allemann on 32, but John Connelly made it 3-1 on 36. Two players made what turned out to be their farewell appearance's in this match, Bobby Robson (on 20 caps) and Peter Swan (19).

Wed 09/May/1962    Netherlands 4 (Swart, Van der Kuil, Van de Linden 2) Northern Ireland 0
Friendly in Rotterdam
*No TV coverage scheduled. All the goals came in the 2nd half, Sjaak Swart on 48, Piet van der Kuil on 51 and two goals by Tonny van de Linden on 70 and 73.

Sat 12/May/1962    Brazil 3 (Garrincha, Coutinho, Pelé) Wales 1 (I.Allchurch)
Friendly in Rio de Janeiro
*No TV coverage scheduled, may have been televised in Brazil. "Football Special" on the BBC that night was Huddersfield v Wakefield Trinity. Brazil led 2-0 before Wales pulled one back, but Pelé then made it 3-1.

Wed 16/May/1962    Brazil 3 (Vavá, Pelé 2) Wales 1 (Leek)
Friendly in Sao Paulo
*No TV coverage scheduled, may have been televised in Brazil. Wales drew level at one point with a goal by Leek, but Pelé then scored twice to win it for Brazil.

Sun 20/May/1962    Peru 0 England 4 (Flowers(pen), Greaves 3)
Friendly in Lima
*No TV coverage scheduled, may have been televised in Peru. Bobby Moore of West Ham United made his England debut, as did Tottenham Hotspur's Maurice Norman. All four goals came in the first half, Ron Flowers netted a penalty on 15, Jimmy Greaves then netted a hat-trick with goals on 24, 37 and 38.

Tue 22/May/1962    Mexico 2 (Jasso 2) Wales 1 (Charles)
Friendly in Mexico City
*No TV coverage scheduled, but it may have been televised in Mexico. Two goals by Antonio Jasso on 26 and 55 gave the home side a 2-0 lead, John Charles pulled one back for Wales on 78.

The 1962 World Cup Finals
The sixteen finalists were split into four groups of four, the top two from each group progressed into the Quarter-finals (knock-out stage).

First Round

Game 1

Wed 30/May/1962    Argentina 1 (Facundo) Bulgaria 0
Group 4 (3pm Chile time, 8pm bst)
Rancagua
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*Highlights included on the BBC's Friday 1st June programme at 11:00pm-midnight. Facundo scored the only goal of the game for Argentina on 4 minutes.

Wed 30/May/1962    Brazil 2 (Zagallo, Pelé) Mexico 0
Group 3 (3pm Chile time)
Vina del Mar
BBC Highlights
David Coleman
*Highlights included on the BBC's Friday 1st June programme at 11:00pm-midnight. Zagallo 56, Pelé 73. Some video exists of this match (not BBC though, who showed it on film).

Wed 30/May/1962    Uruguay 2 (Sasía, Cubilla) Colombia 1 (Zuluaga(pen))
Group 1 (3pm Chile time)
Arica
*Zuluaga 19 (pen), Sasía  56,  Cubilla  75.

Wed 30/May/1962    Chile 3 (Sánchez 2, Ramírez) Switzerland 1 (Wüthrich)
Group 2 (3pm Chile time)
Santiago
*Wüthrich 6, Sánchez 44, 55, Ramírez 51

Thu 31/May/1962    Hungary 2 (Tichy, Albert) England 1 (Flowers)
Group 4 (3pm Chile time)
Rancagua
BBC Delayed Coverage
Ken Wolstenholme
*A full 90 minute recording of England's opening match was not seen back home until two days after the event, on a Saturday night programme at 10:30pm-midnight. There was however live radio commentary of the 2nd half on BBC radio. Lajos Tichy put Hungary ahead on 17, Ron Flowers equalised from the penalty spot on 60 but only for Flórián Albert to restore Hungary's lead a minute later on 61.

Thu 31/May/1962    Soviet Union 2 (Ivanov, Ponedelnik) Yugoslavia 0
Group 1 (3pm Chile time)
Arica
*Ivanov 51, Ponedelnik 83.

Thu 31/May/1962    Czechosloavkia 1 (Štibrányi) Spain 0
Group 3 (3pm Chile time)
Vina del Mar
BBC Highlights
David Coleman
*The BBC showed highlights of this game on Sunday afternoon at 3:50-4:35pm. Štibrányi 80.

Thu 31/May/1962    West Germany 0 Italy 0
Group 2 (3pm Chile time)
Santiago
*

Game 2

Sat 02/Jun/1962    England 3 (Flowers(pen), Charlton, Greaves) Argentina 1 (Sanfilippo)
Group 4 (3pm Chile time)
Rancagua
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*BBC highlights went out on Monday night at 9:25-10:40pm. Alan Peacock of Middlesbrough made his England debut. Ron Flowers gave England the lead with a penalty on 17, Bobby Charlton added a 2nd shortly before half-time on 42, Jimmy Greaves made it 3-0 on 67, José Sanfilippo netted a late consolation for Argentina on 81.

Sat 02/Jun/1962    Yugoslavia 3 (Skoblar(pen), Galic, Jerkovic) Uruguay 1 (Cabrera)
Group 1 (3pm Chile time)
Arica
*Cabrera 19, Skoblar 25 pen, Galic 29, Jerkovic, 49

Sat 02/Jun/1962    Chile 2 (Ramírez, Toro) Italy 0
Group 2 (3pm Chile time)
Santiago
BBC Highlights
David Coleman
*The infamous "Battle of Santiago". Highlights were included on the BBC's Tuesday 5th June programme at 10:25-11:10pm. Ramírez put Chile ahead on 73, Toro sealed the victory on 87. Two Italians were sent off and the visiting team needed police protection when they left the field. This match was probably the main reason for the BBC including an item on "Rough play" in their Wednesday 6th edition of "Sportsview" together with an interview with FIFA president Stanley Rous.

Sat 02/Jun/1962    Brazil 0 Czechoslovakia 0
Group 3 (3pm Chile time)
Viña del Mar
*Most likely a report was included on the BBC's Tuesday 5th programme at 10:25-11:10pm. Pelé was injured in this match and took no further part in the tournament..

Sun 03/Jun/1962    Hungary 6 (Albert 3, Tichy 2, Solymosi) Bulgaria 1 (Asparuhov)
Group 4 (3pm Chile time)
Rancagua
BBC Highlights
?Ken Wolstenholme?
*Highlights were included on the Tuesday 5th June show with the Chile v Italy game. Albert  1, 6, 53, Tichy  8, 70, Solymosi 12. Bulgaria - Asparuhov 64.

Sun 03/Jun/1962    Soviet Union 4 (Ivanov 2, Chislenko, Ponedelnik) Colombia 4 (Aceros, Coll, Rada, Klinger)
Group 1 (3pm Chile time)
Arica
*Soviet goals - Ivanov 8, 11, Chislenko 10, Ponedelnik 56, Colombia - Aceros 21, Coll directly from a corner 68, Rada 72, Klinger 86.

Sun 03/Jun/1962    West Germany 2 (Brülls, Seeler) Switzerland 1 (Schneiter)
Group 2 (3pm Chile time)
Santiago
*Brülls 45, Seeler 59, Schneiter 73.

Sun 03/Jun/1962    Spain 1 (Peiró) Mexico 0
Group 3 (3pm Chile time)
Viña del Mar
*Peiró 90

Game 3

Wed 06/Jun/1962    Brazil 2 (Amarildo 2) Spain 1 (Adelardo)
Group 3 (3pm Chile time)
Viña del Mar
BBC Highlights
David Coleman
*Included on the BBC's Friday 8th June programme at 9:25-10:25pm. Adelardo 35, Amarildo 72 & 86.

Wed 06/Jun/1962    Soviet Union 2 (Mamykin, Ivanov) Uruguay 1 (Sasía)
Group 1 (3pm Chile time)
Arica
*Mamykin 38, Sasía  54, Ivanov 89.

Wed 06/Jun/1962    West Germany 2 (Szymaniak(pen), Seeler) Chile 0
Group 2 (3pm Chile time)
Santiago
*Szymaniak 21 (pen), Seeler 82.

Wed 06/Jun/1962    Hungary 0 Argentina 0
Group 4 (3pm Chile time)
Rancagua
*

Thu 07/Jun/1962    England 0 Bulgaria 0
Group 4 (3pm Chile time)
Rancagua
BBC Delayed Coverage
Ken Wolstenholme
*The first ever meeting of England and Bulgaria. A full length recording of this goalless draw was broadcast on Saturday night on the BBC at 9:55-11:25pm.

Group 4 Final Table GA Pts
1. Hungary        4.00  5
2. England        1.33  3
3. Argentina      0.67  3
4. Bulgaria       0.14  1

Thu 07/Jun/1962    Yugoslavia 5 (Galic 2, Jerkovic 2, Melic) Colombia 0
Group 1 (3pm Chile time)
Arica
*Galic 20, 61, Jerkovic 25, 87, Melic 82.

Group 1 Final Table GA Pts
1. Soviet Union   1.60  5
2. Yugoslavia     2.67  5
3. Uruguay        0.67  2
4. Colombia       0.45  1

Thu 07/Jun/1962    Italy 3 (Mora, Bulgarelli 2) Switzerland 0
Group 2 (3pm Chile time)
Santiago
*Mora 1, Bulgarelli 65 & 67.

Group 2 Final Table GA Pts
1. West Germany   4.00  5
2. Chile          1.67  4
3. Italy          1.50  3
4. Switzerland    0.25  0

Thu 07/Jun/1962    Mexico 3 (Díaz, Del Aguila, Hernández) Czechoslovakia 1 (Mašek)
Group 3 (3pm Chile time)
Viña del Mar
BBC Highlights
David Coleman
*Sunday afternoon highlights at 3:50-4:50pm. Mašek 1, Díaz  12, Del Aguila 29, Hernández penalty 90.

Group 3 Final Table GA Pts
1. Brazil         4.00  5
2. Czechoslovakia 0.67  3
3. Mexico         0.75  2
4. Spain          0.67  2

Quarter-Finals

Sun 10/Jun/1962   Brazil 3 (Garrincha 2, Vavá) England 1 (Hitchens)
(2:30pm Chile time)
Viña del Mar
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*This was the first Quarter-final to be shown as highlights by the BBC on Tuesday 12th from 9:25-10:25pm presented by Alan Weeks. Player of the tournament Garrincha headed Brazil ahead from a corner on 31, Gerry Hitchens equalised on 38, Vavá made it 2-1 to Brazil on 53 and Garrincha curved in a shot from outside the box on 59 for 3-1. During the match, a dog ran onto the pitch, Jimmy Greaves was able to catch it but the dog urinated all over his shirt. Garrincha ended up taking the dog home and keeping it as his pet! Two England players made their final international appearance's in this game, captain Johnny Haynes on 56 caps (he was to suffer an injury in a bike accident later this year) and Gerry Hitchens with 7 caps (He was playing club football in Italy and the next England manager would prefer to pick home based players).

Sun 10/Jun/1962   Chile 2 (Sánchez, Rojas) Soviet Union 1 (Chislenko)
(2:30pm Chile time)
Arica
*The BBC showed further Quarter-final footage on Wednesday 13th as part of "Sportsview" at 7:30-8:30pm (also including Athletics, Rugby and Tennis), the football may have been reports of all three non-England matches or one game with David Coleman commentating. In the host's Quarter-final, Leonel Sánchez gave Chile the lead on 11, Igor Chislenko equalised on 26 but Eladio Rojas soon restored the hosts' lead on 29.

Sun 10/Jun/1962   Czechoslovakia 1 (Scherer) Hungary 0
(2:30pm Chile time)
Rancagua
*The only goal of the game was scored by on Adolf Scherer on 13 minutes.

Sun 10/Jun/1962   Yugoslavia 1 (Radakovic) West Germany 0
(2:30pm Chile time)
Santiago
*Petar Radakovic netted a late winner for Yugoslavia on 85 minutes.

Semi-Finals

Wed 13/Jun/1962   Brazil 4 (Garrincha 2, Vavá 2) Chile 2 (Toro, Sánchez (pen))
(2:30pm Chile time)
Santiago
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*The BBC showed highlights of this Semi-final on Friday 15th between 8:00-8:50pm. The venues for the Semi-finals were switched in light of Chile finishing 2nd in their group. Garrincha gave Brazil an early lead on 9 and the same player made it 2-0 on 32, Jorge Toro pulled one back for Chile on 42 but Vavá restored Brazil's two goal advantage on 47. Leonel Sánchez converted a penalty for Chile on 61 to make it 2-3 but Vavá grabbed his 2nd on 78 to seal a 4-2 win for Brazil. Two players were sent off late on, Honorino Lanada of Chile on 80 and Garrincha of Brazil on 83.

Wed 13/Jun/1962    Czechoslovakia 3 (Kadraba, Scherer 2(1pen)) Yugoslavia 1 (Jerkovic)
(2:30pm Chile time)
Viña del Mar
BBC Highlights
David Coleman
*Saturday night highlights on the 16th at 10:20-11-20pm. All four goals in this tie were scored in the 2nd half, Czechoslovakia took the lead through Josef Kadraba on 48, Yugoslavia equalised on 69 with a goal by Drazen Jerkovic. Two late goals courtesy of Adolf Scherer on 80 and a penalty on 84 sent the Czechs to the final.

3rd/4th place play off

Sat 16/Jun/1962    Chile 1 (Rojas) Yugoslavia 0
(2:30pm Chile time)
Santiago
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*BBC television showed highlights on Monday 18th at 10:25-11:25pm. Eladio Rojas netted the winning goal for the hosts on 90 minutes.

The Final

Sun 17/Jun/1962    Brazil 3 (Amarildo, Zito, Vavá) Czechoslovakia 1 (Masopust)
(2:30pm Chile time)
Santiago
BBC Delayed Full Match Coverage
Ken Wolstenholme
*BBC television showed the full match two days later on Tuesday 19th at 9:25-10:55pm (only the 2nd half, or the latter part of it, was live on BBC radio). Czechoslovakia went ahead with a goal by Josef Masopust on 15 latching onto a perfect pass into the box, but the lead only lasted a couple of minutes with Amarildo equalising from a tight angle and beating the keeper at the near post on 17. Zito put Brazil ahead on 69, Vavá made it 3-1 on 78. Pelé did not play in this final having sustained an injury in the 2nd group match.


 

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European Nations Cup 1964

29 of the 32 European member nations entered the 2nd European Nations Cup tournament with England, Wales and Northern Ireland all taking part for the first time. Scotland, West Germany and Finland did not enter. The draw for the preliminary round took place in Zurich on 10th January 1962 (with the team drawn first in each tie having the choice of whether to play at home or away in the 1st leg). Greece decided to withdraw after being paired up with Albania with whom they were officially at war, the latter going straight through to the last 16 along with holders the Soviet Union (who were exempted from the preliminary round) and Austria and Luxembourg who both drew byes. England were drawn against France and the 2nd leg turned out to be Alf Ramsey's first match as manager, but they lost 6-3 on aggregate.

Spain - after overcoming Romania in the preliminary round, then Northern Ireland in the last 16 and the Republic of Ireland in the quarter-finals* - were selected to host both semi-finals, the 3rd place play-off and the final, conditional on them accepting the participation of the Soviet Union (whom Spain had refused to play against in the previous tournament). The pair ultimately met in the final and it was the hosts who emerged as the victors.

*Despite the Republic of Ireland losing the QF 1st leg in Spain 5-1, RTE showed the 2nd leg live with Phillip Greene commentating. The 2nd leg was also lost (2-0).

ITV games are in white, BBC or non-televised matches are in grey.
All matches were broadcast in black & white.

Early Rounds & Friendlies

Wed 03/Oct/1962    England 1 (Flowers(pen)) France 1 (Goujon)
Preliminary Round 1st Leg
Hillsborough
*No TV coverage scheduled. Four players made their England debuts - Birmingham City's Mike Hellawell,  Blackpool's Ray Charnley (his only cap) and two Wolves players; Chris Crowe (his only cap) and Alan Hinton. Yvon Goujon put France ahead on 8, Ron Flowers equalised with a spot kick on 57.

Wed 10/Oct/1962    Poland 0 Northern Ireland 2 (Dougan, Humphries)
Preliminary Round 1st Leg
Chorzow
*No TV coverage scheduled. One goal in each half gave the Irish a two goal advantage to take back to Belfast, Dougan scoring on 19 and Humphries on 54.

Wed 07/Nov/1962    Hungary 3 (Albert, Tichy, Sándor) Wales 1 (Medwin)
Preliminary Round 1st Leg
Budapest
*Albert gave Hungary the lead on 6, Medwin equalised on 18, Tichy restored the home side's lead on 35 and Sándor made it 3-1 to Hungary on 48.

Wed 28/Nov/1962    Northern Ireland 2 (Crossan, Bingham) Poland 0
Preliminary Round 2nd Leg
Belfast
*No TV coverage scheduled, although there was a "Sportsview" on the BBC at 9:25-10:20pm. Crossan's opening goal on 9 gave the Irish a 3-0 aggregate lead, Bingham secured a place in the last 16 for Northern Ireland with another goal on 64.

Wed 27/Feb/1963    France 5 (Wisnieski 2, Douis, Cossou 2) England 2 (Smith, Tambling)
Preliminary Round 2nd Leg
Paris
BBC Highlights
Walley Barnes
*BBC television highlights were shown at 10:35-11:05pm (and the footage still exists). This was Alf Ramsey's first match as manager of England and Ronald Henry of Spurs made his one and only England appearance, France went ahead early through Maryan Wisnieski on 3, Yvon Douis  made it 2-0 on 32 and the French were 3 up at HT after Lucien Cossou  had scored on 43. Bobby Smith pulled one back on 57, Bobby Tambling then reduced the score to 3-2 on 74, but Wisnieski scored again for France a minute later for 4-2 and Cossou netted a 5th goal for the French on 82 to give them a 6-3 win on aggregate.

Wed 20/Mar/1963    Wales 1 (C.Jones(pen)) Hungary 1 (Tichy(pen))
Preliminary Round 2nd Leg
Cardiff
BBC WALES Part Live
*BBC WALES had live coverage of part of the match which kicked off at 7:25pm. Cliff Jones put the home side ahead from the penalty spot on 23 to pull the aggregate score back to 2-3, but Tichy equalised on the night also with a penalty kick on 77. Hungary won 4-2 on aggregate.

Sun 05/May/1963    West Germany 1 (Werner(pen)) Brazil 2 (Coutinho, Pelé)
Friendly in Hamburg
BBC LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*Live on the BBC from 2:55-4:45pm. Werner netted a penalty for the Germans on 45, Brazil came back in the 2nd half with goals from Coutinho on 69 and Pelé on 72.

Wed 08/May/1963    England 1 (Douglas) Brazil 1 (Pepe)
Friendly at Wembley
ITV LIVE 2nd Half
Gerry Loftus
*ITV showed the 2nd half live from 3:20-4:45pm. Highlights were broadcast in some regions at 11:10-11:50pm (including STV and Grampian). Two players made their England debuts, Liverpool's Gordon Milne and Arsenal's George Eastham, it was also goalkeeper Gordon Banks' 2nd cap having made his debut in a home international fixture the previous month. Pelé was not among the Brazil line-up, the visitors went ahead through Pepe on 18, Brian Douglas netted a late equaliser on 86.

Wed 08/May/1963    Scotland 4 (Wilson 2, Law 2) Austria 1 (Linhart)
Friendly at Hampden
SCOTTISH, GRAMPIAN & BORDER Highlights
*STV, Grampian and Border showed highlights at 10:30-11:10pm of an incredible night at Hampden (7:30pm KO), BBC Scotland had live coverage of the 2nd half at 8:30-9:25pm, a BBC telerecording still exists with George Davidson commentating. Three players made their Scotland debuts, David Holt of Hearts, David Gibson of Leicester City and James Millar of Rangers. Two goals by David Wilson on 10 and 20 gave Scotland a 2-0 lead, but the Austrians vehemently protested the 2nd goal and, after the re-start, Nemec was sent off for spitting at the referee, but he refused to leave the field and there were heated exchanges down by the benches before Nemec eventually departed. A Denis Law goal on 28 gave Scotland a 3-0 HT lead, Law added another on 71 and Anton Linhart netted a consolation for Austria on 72 but Hof then became the 2nd Austria player to be sent off for a "diabolical waistline foul" and an Austrian reserve had to be stopped by a policeman from attacking the referee, Hof remained adamantly on the field for some 3 minutes as players and officials argued. Finally, on 79 minutes, after a bad foul by Law on Linhart (who had to be carried off) referee James Finney from Hereford abandoned the game due to persistent fouling; "I stopped the game because there was no saying how it was going to end. It was getting completely out of hand, somebody might have been seriously injured." Most of the 94,596 crowd remained in place for 10 minutes afterwards hoping the game would resume until a police announcement confirmed that the game had been abandoned.

Sun 12/May/1963    Italy 3 (Sormani, A.Mazzola(pen), Bulgarelli) Brazil 0
Friendly in Milan
BBC LIVE 2nd Half
Ken Wolstenholme
*Live 2nd half coverage was shown on the BBC at 4:50-5:45pm. Sormani scored the openener for Italy on 35, A.Mazzola netted a penalty on 39 for 2-0, Bulgarelli got the 3rd on 76.

Fri 24/May/1963    England 3 (Greaves(pen), Hinton, Byrne) Football League 3 (Hunt, Hurst, Kay)
FA Centenery Friendly at Highbury
ITV LIVE 2nd Half
Gerry Loftus
*Friday night coverage on ITV at 8:00-9:00pm. Caps were not awarded for this fixture.

Wed 29/May/1963    Czechoslovakia 2 (Scherer, Kadraba) England 4 (Greaves 2, Smith, Charlton)
Friendly in Bratislava
BBC part LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*The BBC had coverage of the last 25 minutes or so at 6:25-6:50pm, with "comment" during "Sportsview" later in the evening at 8:45-9:15pm. Two England players made their debut, Terry Paine of Southampton and Ken Shellito of Chelsea (his only cap), whilst Bobby Moore captained the side for the first time. Jimmy Greaves gave England the lead on 18, Bobby Smith made it 2-0 on the stroke of HT. The 2nd half saw Adolf Scherer score for the Czechs on 52, Bobby Charlton then made it 3-1 to England on 71, but only for Josef Kadraba to immediately reduce the arrears again on 72. Jimmy Greaves sealed the win for England with his 2nd goal of the game on 81.

Thu 30/May/1963    Spain 1 (Amancio) Northern Ireland 1 (W.Irvine)
Last 16 1st Leg
Bilbao
*No TV coverage scheduled. Amancio put Spain ahead on 58, Willie Irvine equalised on 76.

Sun 02/Jun/1963    East Germany 1 (Ducke) England 2 (Hunt, Charlton)
Friendly in Leipzig
*No TV coverage scheduled. This was the first time that England would play against East Germany since the divide. Peter Ducke gave the home side the lead on 24, Roger Hunt equalised at the very end of the first-half on 45, Bobby Charlton netted the winner on 70.

Tue 04/Jun/1963    Norway 4 (Nilsen, Johansen, Pedersen, Krogh) Scotland 3 (Law 3)
Friendly in Bergen
*No TV coverage scheduled. Burnley goalkeeper Adam Blacklaw made his debut, Frank McLintock of Leicester City also appeared in a Scotland shirt for the first time coming on as a sub. Olav Nilsen put Norway ahead on 5, Denis Law equalised on 14 and then scored again to put the Scots ahead on 22. The 2nd half saw Erik Johansen equalise on 60, Law restored the Scotland lead on 76, but Arne Pedersen made it 3-3 on 81 and John Krogh then netted a winner for Norway on 83.

Wed 05/Jun/1963    Switzerland 1 (Bertschi) England 8 (Charlton 3, Byrne 2, Douglas, Kay, Melia)
Friendly in Basle
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*The BBC showed highlights at 10:20-10:50pm, though not in the South (Rowridge/Brighton transmitting a debate on secondary education). Tony Kay of Everton made his one and only international appearance whilst the England careers of Bryan Douglas (with 36 caps) and Jimmy Melia (2 caps) came to an end. England led 3-1 at HT, Bobby Charlton scoring on 19 with further goals from Johnny Byrne on 30 and Douglas on 42. Heinz Bertschi replied for the Swiss on 42. England scored 5 times in the 2nd half, Byrne scoring his 2nd on 50, Charlton making it 5-1 on 55, Kay got the 6th on 69, Melia added goal number 7 on 75 and finally Bobby Charlton completed his hat-trick to make it 8-1 on 83.

Sun 09/Jun/1963    Republic of Ireland 1 (Cantwell) Scotland 0
Friendly in Dublin
*Irish TV (RTE) were not scheduled to cover this game. Liverpool keeper Tommy Lawrence made his Scotland debut. Noel Cantwell scored the only goal of the game for the Irish on 6 minutes. It was also James Millar's 2nd and final Scottish cap.

Thu 13/Jun/1963    Spain 2 (Rodriguez, Veloso) Scotland 6 (Law, Gibson, McLintock, Wilson, Henderson, St John)
Friendly in Madrid
*No TV coverage scheduled. Adelardo Rodriguez put Spain ahead on 8, Denis Law equalised on 15, David Gibson put Scotland ahead a minute later on 16 and Frank McLintock then made it 3-1 on 18, David Wilson netted a 4th goal for Scotland on 32, Jose Fidalgo Veloso pulled one back for Spain just before HT on 43. In the 2nd half, Scotland went 5-2 ahead through Willie Henderson on 51 and Ian St John rounded off the scoring for 6-2 on 83.

Wed 23/Oct/1963    England 2 (Paine, Greaves) Rest of the World 1 (Law)
FA Centenery Friendly at Wembley
ITV 2nd Half LIVE / Highlights
Gerry Loftus
*ITV showed the 2nd half live, though some regions joined late, highlights went out at 9:55-10:40pm. (The BFI apparenlty have a telerecording with Ken Wolstenholme commentating on a live single camera Eurovision feed, but the BBC were not scheduled to show it). The 'Rest of the World' included Yashin (Soviet Union) in goal, Eusebio (Portugal), di Stefano (Spain), Ferenc Puskas (Hungary - who came on at HT) and two Scotland players, Denis Law and Jim Baxter. Terry Paine put England ahead on 66, Denis Law equalised on 82, but England won with a last minute goal by Jimmy Greaves.

Sun 27/Oct/1963    Hungary 2 (Albert, Sandor) Austria 1 (Viehbock)
Friendly in Budapest
BBC LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*Live coverage on the BBC from 3.20-4.50pm (so they probably missed the first 20 minutes or so). Hungary led 2-0 at HT through Albert on 16 and Sandor 29, Franz Viehbock pulled one back for Austria on 79.

Wed 30/Oct/1963    Northern Ireland 0 Spain 1 (Gento)
Last 16 2nd Leg
Belfast
BBC N.IRELAND Highlights
*The BBC television service in Northern Ireland showed highlights at 10:50-11:35pm. Gento's goal on 66 gave Spain a 2-1 aggregate passage into the quarter-finals..

Thu 07/Nov/1963    Scotland 6 (Law 4, Mackay 2) Norway 1 (Kristoffersen(pen))
Friendly at Hampden
BBC SCOTLAND Highlights?
*BBC Scotland recorded this game as some of it apparently still exists, highlights were possibly shown sometime between 10:00-10:43pm, though only Boxing was billed, so the football may have been held over until the following day's local "Six-Ten" programme. Dundee's Alan Gilzean made his Scotland debut in this match. Norway won a penalty on 7 which was converted by Per Kristoffersen, but two goals from Denis Law put the Scots ahead for HT, the equaliser coming on 19 and the 2nd goal scored 42. In the 2nd half, Law completed his hat-trick on 60, Dave Mackay got the 4th and 5th on 74 and 76, Law then scored again on 78 to make it 6-1. James Gabriel came on as a sub to win his 2nd and final cap.

Sun 10/Nov/1963    Italy 1 (Rivera) Soviet Union 1 (Gusarov)
Last 16 2nd Leg
Rome
BBC LIVE
*Live on the BBC from 3:20-4:45pm, so they probably missed the opening 20 minutes or so (It was not billed in Radio Times, so probably arranged at short notice). The Soviet Union had won the 1st leg 2-0. Gusarov put the Soviets further ahead on aggregate with a goal on 33, Rivera netted a late consolation on 89.

Wed 29/Apr/1964    Northern Ireland 3 (Crossan 2, Wilson) Uruguay 0
Friendly in Belfast
*No TV coverage scheduled.

Fri 01/May/1964    England 3 (Charlton, Greaves, Hunt) Young England 0
Friendly at Stamford Bridge
BBC LIVE 2nd Half
Ken Wolstenholme
*Live 2nd half coverage on BBC1 from 8:25-9:15pm, all three goals were scored during the 2nd period - Bobby Charlton on 49, Jimmy Greaves on 65 and Roger Hunt on the stroke of full time.

Wed 06/May/1964    England 2 (Byrne 2) Uruguay 1 (Spencer)
Friendly at Wembley
ITV LIVE 2nd Half
Gerry Loftus
*ITV had live coverage of the 2nd half at 3:46-4:40pm except Westward who showed highlights at 9:10-9:30pm. The BBC possibly showed highlights on "Sportsview" as they have footage from the match archived, but if so - it was not scheduled in the Radio Times or the newspapers. George Cohen of Fulham made his international debut, Johnny Byrne netted both England goals either side of HT on 43 and 52, Alberto Spencer scored for Uruguay on 78. Czechoslovakia were originally pencilled in to meet England on this date but, unable to fulfil the fixture, the change had been announced back in October.

Tue 12/May/1964    West Germany 2 (Uwe Seeler 2) Scotland 2 (Gilzean 2)
Friendly in Hanover
*No British TV coverage scheduled (perhaps BBC Scotland's "Sportsreel" showed highlights the following night, 10:30-11:10pm). Hearts keeper Jim Cruickshank made his debut. Two goals in quick succession by Uwe Seeler on 32 and 33 gave the Germans a 2-0 HT lead, but Scotland came back in the 2nd half with two goals by Alan Gilzean on 66 and 85 to come away with a draw. John White (22 caps) and David Holt (5 caps) made their final appearances in Scottish colours.

Sun 17/May/1964    Portugal 3 (Torres 2, Eusébio) England 4 (Byrne 3, Charlton)
Friendly in Lisbon
*No TV coverage scheduled. Liverpool's Peter Thompson made his England debut. José Torres gave Portugal the lead on 18, Johnny Byrne equalised on 21, Bobby Charlton then put England ahead on 29. In the 2nd half, Torres levelled at 2-2 on 47, Eusébio then put Portugal in front for the 2nd time on 53, but Johnny Byrne went on to complete his hat-trick with goals on 57 and 88 to win it for England.

Sun 24/May/1964    Republic of Ireland 1 (Strahan) England 3 (Eastham, Byrne, Greaves)
Friendly in Dublin
*RTE were not scheduled to cover the game. Blackpool Goalkeeper Anthony Waiters made his England debut. George Eastham netted an early goal for England on 9, Johnny Byrne made it 2-0 on 22 before Fred Strahan pulled one back for the Irish on 41. The 2nd half delivered just one further goal scored by Jimmy Greaves for England on 55.

Wed 27/May/1964    USA 0 England 10 (Hunt 4, Pickering 3, Paine 2, Charlton)
Friendly in New York
*No TV coverage scheduled. Two England players made their debut, Michael Bailey of Charlton and Fred Pickering of Everton. England led 3-0 at HT with early goals by Roger Hunt on 4 and Fred Pickering on 6 and then another by Hunt on 22. The 2nd half deluge began with another Pickering goal on 47, then Terry Paine made it 5-0 on 49, Hunt completed his hat-trick on 53 and netted his 4th and England's 7th goal on 64, Bobby Charlton got number 8 on 67, Paine scored again a minute later for 9-0 and Fred Pickering became the 2nd player in the match to score a hat-trick when he made it 10-0 on 74.

Taça das Nações (Brazil FA Jubilee Tournament)
This tournament commemorated the Brazilian Football Confederation's 50th anniversary. Billed in the newspaper TV listings as the "Little World Cup", it was staged as a 4-team group competition at two stadiums, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro and Estádio Pacaembu in São Paulo. With England taking part (confirmed the previous October), the BBC sent Ken Wolstenholme over to commentate on film recordings which were then sent back to Britain for screening a few days later. Danny Blanchflower presented the programmes, presumably from a BBC studio in London.

Sat 30/May/1964    Brazil 5 (Rinaldo 2, Pelé, Julinho, Roberto Dias) England 1 (Greaves)
Rio de Janeiro
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*BBC1 showed highlights two days later on Monday 1st June at 10.20-11.00pm. Brazil led 1-0 at HT through a Rinaldo goal on 35, Jimmy Greaves equalised on 48 but Brazil then stormed to victory, Rinaldo scoring his 2nd on 59, Pelé making it 3-1 on 63, Julinho adding number 4 on 68 and Roberto Dias getting the 5th on 88.

Sun 31/May/1964    Argentina 2 (Rojas, Rendo) Portugal 0
Rio de Janeiro
*No British TV coverage scheduled. Argentina took the points with goals scored by Alfredo Rojas and Alberto Rendo.

Wed 03/Jun/1964    Brazil 0 Argentina 3 (Telch 2, Onega)
São Paulo
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*Highlights were shown on Friday 5th on BBC1 at 10:15-10:45pm. Roberto Telch scored twice and Ermindo Onega netted the other as Argentina beat the hosts 3-0.

Thu 04/Jun/1964    Portugal 1 (Peres) England 1 (Hunt)
São Paulo
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*Highlights were screened by BBC1 on Sunday afternoon at 2:35-3:20pm. Fernando da Silva Peres gave Portugal the lead on 42, Roger Hunt netted the equaliser on 58, but the match was most notable for José Torres attempting to punch the referee for disallowing an off-side Portuguese goal.

Sat 06/Jun/1964    Argentina 1 (Rojas) England 0
Rio de Janeiro
BBC Highlights
Ken Wolstenholme
*BBC1 showed highlights on Monday night at 10:20-11:05pm. Alfredo Rojas scored the winning goal for Argentina on 66 which also secured first place in the group.

Sun 07/Jun/1964    Brazil 4 (Jairzinho 2, Pelé, Gérson) Portugal 1 (Coluna)
Rio de Janeiro
*No British TV coverage scheduled.

Final Table
1. Argentina      6
2. Brazil         4
3= England        1
3= Portugal       1

The 1964 European Nations Cup Finals

Semi-Finals

Wed 17/Jun/1964    Spain 2 (Pereda, Amancio) Hungary 1 (Bene) [AET]
(8pm bst)
Madrid
*Spain went ahead through Pereda on 35, Bene equalised for Hungary on 84 to take the tie into extra-time. Amancio got the winner for Spain on 115.

Wed 17/Jun/1964    Soviet Union 3 (Voronin, Ponedelnik, Ivanov) Denmark 0
(10:30pm bst)
Barcelona
*The Soviet Union led 2-0 at HT thanks to goals by Voronin on 19 and Ponedelnik on 40. The tie was put beyond any doubt on 87 when Ivanov made it 3-0.

3rd/4th place play off

Sat 20/Jun/1964    Hungary 3 (Bene, Novák 2(1pen)) Denmark 1 (Bertelsen) [AET]
(8pm bst)
Barcelona
*Bene netted an early goal for Hungary on 11, Bertelsen equalised for Denmark on 82 to take the play-off to extra-time. Novák then scored twice for Hungary, the first from the penalty spot on 107, he then scored again to make it 3-1 on 110.

The Final

Sun 21/Jun/1964    Spain 2 (Pereda, Marcelino) Soviet Union 1 (Khusainov)
(6:30pm bst)
Madrid
BBC 2nd Half LIVE
Ken Wolstenholme
*BBC1 only showed the 2nd half live from 7:25-8:15pm. The hosts took an early lead through Pereda - capitalising on a mix up in the Soviet defence to lash in from close range on 6 minutes, but only for Khusainov to equalise on 8 with a low strike from the left flank. With extra time looming, Marcelino headed a late winner for Spain on 84 .

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