Sunday, December 31, 2017

The British Home Championship-Part Nine (1976)

The 1976 British Home Championship

The 1976 edition of the British Home Championship took place in May 1976 in just 9 days. Perhaps this was in anticipation of upcoming Internationals later in the month.
Wales, as the only Home Nation still in the Euros, had their second leg quarterfinal vs. Yugoslavia scheduled near the end of this month.
England, for their part, were scheduled to participate in the USA Bicentennial Cup after the Home Championship.
In fact, these matches were extra preparation on their way to America.
However, all four Nations were looking ahead to the World Cup qualifiers due to start in the Fall.
The Home Championship kicked off on May 6th at Glasgow, with Scotland hosting Wales.
Scotland turned out to be the most in-form of the four squads and it was confirmed from their first match as they thoroughly outplayed Wales.
Despite their dominance it took Scotland most of the first half to break the deadlock.
William Pettigrew scored Scotland’s first in the 38th minute after being sent clear by Gemmill.
For Scotland, Donald Masson was having an impressive International debut. He set up Scotland’s second just before halftime, after his free kick was headed in by Rioch.
Wales pulled a goal back through a penalty kick by Arfon Griffiths in the 61st minute.
Eddie Gray scored from another header in the 69th minute to complete Scotland’s win (3-1).


Two days later (May 8th), Wales hosted England at Cardiff. The sides had met in a friendly at Wrexham just over a month earlier (March 24th, Wales 1-England 2).
Wales fielded a virtually different side from their previous match from Scotland. Only Yorath, Curtis and Leighton James retained their places.
Lloyd, David Jones, Joe Jones, David Roberts, John Roberts, Arfon Griffiths, Carl Harris and O'Sullivan were all out of the starting lineup.
They were replaced with Dai Davies, Rod Thomas, Malcolm Page, John Mahoney, Leighton Phillips, Ian Evans and Brian Flynn.
In an experimental English side, Don Revie handed debuts to Brian Greenhoff, Stuart Pearson and Tony Towers.

Photo From: Onze, Issue 10, October 1976
(May 8, 1976, Home Championship, Wales 0-England 1)


Photo From: World Soccer, July 1976
(May 8, 1976, Home Championship, Wales 0-England 1)


In contrast to their match vs. Scotland, Wales dominated in the first half and Ray Clememce was forced to make many saves to keep England in the match.
The Welsh still dominated as the second half commenced but just could not find a way through.
It was much against the run of play when England scored. Peter Taylor scored with a low shot to deceive Dai Davies and much of the Welsh defense, who were expecting a pass.
Afterwards, Wales continued to dominate with no success upfront.
Kevin Keegan had been excellent for England, but to most observers England had been fortunate to win a match that they should have lost.
On the same day, Scotland hosted Northern Ireland at Glasgow.  For Scotland, the only change was the inclusion of Kenny Dalglish ahead of Eddie Gray.
It was once again a dominating performance from the home side.
Scotland opened the scoring in the 23rd minute through Archie Gemmill and never looked back.
They did miss a penalty kick though, awarded after Joe Jordan was fouled in the box by Jennings.
Bruce Rioch’s spot attempt struck the post. The Scottish scored from the rebound but the Referee invalidated it for Offside.
Donald Masson scored Scotland’s second goal in his second cap just after halftime.
Masson was also instrumental in Scotland’s third by Dalglish in the 52nd minute for a comprehensive (3-0) win.

Photo From: (Magazine Source unknown) / Contribution From a blog viewer
(special thanks to Miles McClagan)
(May 8, 1976, Home Championship, Scotland 3-Northern Ireland 0)


On May 11th, England hosted Northern Ireland at Wembley. For the Northern Irish, Pat Jennings was about to set a new record by earning his 60th cap.
From their previous match, the Irish left out Scott, Sharkey, Morgan and Finney.
In their places came Sammy Nelson, Clements, Spence and McCreery.
For the English, Todd replaced Clement in defense, while Channon replaced Towers up front.
England struggled at first to find any pattern and cohesion in their play.
However, after scoring first the floodgates opened and they controlled the match afterwards.
Gerry Francis scored England’s first in the 35th minute benefiting from a link up from Mills and Channon.
Just a minute later, England doubled the lead. Mike Channon was fouled by Cassidy in the box and Channon himself scored from the spot.
In the 60th minute, Pearson scored England’s third picking up his own rebounded shot.
In the 77th minute, Channon scored his second and England’s fourth by also scoring from a rebounded shot to give England a (4-0) win.


Photo From: England, The Complete Post-War Record, Author Mike Payne
(May 11, 1976, Home Championship, England 4-Northern Ireland 0)


Photo From: Shoot, June 18, 1977
(May 11, 1976, Home Championship, England 4-Northern Ireland 0)

Photo From: World Soccer, June 1976
(May 11, 1976, Home Championship, England 4-Northern Ireland 0)


On May 14th, Wales hosted Northern Ireland at Swansea fro their respective last matches.
For the Welsh, Rod Thomas and John Toshack were out to be replaced in the lineup with David Roberts and Arfon Griffiths.
Northern Ireland only replaced Sammy Nelson with Peter Scott.
The match was settled in the 30th minute with Leighton James scoring the Wales’ winner for a minimum win (1-0). Northern Ireland lost all its matches without scoring a single goal.
About a month later, on June 16th, 1976, Danny Blanchflower would be appointed as Northern Ireland’s part time National Team Manager.
On May 15th, the main encounter took place with Scotland hosting England at Glasgow.
For the hosts, William Pettigrew was out of the lineup with Eddie Gray replacing him.
For the English, Brian Greenhoff was out with Roy McFarland replacing him in defense.
England started the match better and created chances. They took the lead in the 11th minute through a Channon header.
Scotland soon got back into the game. Just six minutes later, in the 17th minute, Masson leveled the score by heading in from a corner.
After this Scotland was in firm control of the match and dictated the play.
At the stroke of halftime, Scotland had a penalty appeal denied as Dalglish was fouled by Clemence in the box. The Referee did not award the spot kick as he had already blown the halftime whistle when Dalglish was fouled.
Just a few minutes after the restart, Scotland scored their winner.
Dalglish’s attempt should have been saved by Clemence but went through his hands into the net for an embarrassing goal.
Clemence would later describe that as his worst ever moment of his International career.
Scotland remained in control for the rest of the match and deservedly won (2-1) and in doing so won the 1976 Home Championship with a perfect record of three wins.


Photo From: Onze, Issue 9, September 1976
(May 15, 1976, Home Championship, Scotland 2-England 1)


Photo From: Official Match Programme, Scotland v England, 1978
(May 15, 1976, Home Championship, Scotland 2-England 1)

Photo From: Shoot, June 18, 1977
(May 15, 1976, Home Championship, Scotland 2-England 1)


Photo From: World Soccer, July 1976
(May 15, 1976, Home Championship, Scotland 2-England 1)

Photo From: World Soccer, June 1976
(May 15, 1976, Home Championship, Scotland 2-England 1)


Photo From: Wizards and Bravehearts, A History of the Scottish National Side, Author David Potter, 2004
(May 15, 1976, Home Championship, Scotland 2-England 1)

Photo From: Wizards and Bravehearts, A History of the Scottish National Side, Author David Potter, 2004
(May 15, 1976, Home Championship, Scotland 2-England 1)



Home Championship Squads


England:
Players who took part in the matches:
Goalkeepers:
Raymond Neal Clemence (Liverpool Football Club) (August 5, 1948, Skengress)
Philip Benjamin Neil Frederick Parkes (Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club-London) (August 8, 1950, Sedgley) (part of squad, did not play)
Peter Leslie Shilton (Stoke City Football Club) (September 18, 1949, Leicester) (part of squad, did not play)

Defenders:
Trevor John Cherry (Leeds United Association Football Club) (February 23, 1948, Huddersfield)
David Thomas Clement (Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club-London)  (February 2, 1948 – March 31, 1982), Battersea)
Philip George Neal (Liverpool Football Club) (F
ebruary 20, 1951, Irchester)
 Philip Bernard Thompson (Liverpool Football Club) (
January 21, 1954, Kirkby)
Colin Todd (Derby County Football Club) (December 12, 1948, Chester-le-Street)
Brian Greenhoff (Manchester United Football Club) (April 28, 1953, Barnsley – May 22, 2013, Rochdale) 
Roy Leslie McFarland (Derby County Football Club) (April 5, 1948, Liverpool)
Michael Doyle
(Manchester City Football Club) (November 25, 1946, Ashton-under-Lyne – June 27, 2011, Ashton-under-Lyne) 
Thomas ‘Kevin’ Beattie (Ipswich Town Football Club) (December 18, 1953, Carlisle, Cumbria) (part of squad, did not play)

Midfielders / Forwards:
Michael Denis ‘Mick’ Mills (Ipswich Town Football Club) (January 4, 1949, Godalming)
Kevin Joseph Keegan (Liverpool Football Club) (
February 14, 1951, Armthorpe)
Michael Roger Channon (Southampton Football Club) (
November 28, 1948 ,Orcheston)
Peter John Taylor (Crystal Palace Football Club-London) (January 3, 1953, Rochford)
Phillip John Boyer (Norwich City
Football Club) (January 25, 1949, Nottingham)
Trevor David Brooking
(West Ham United Football Club-London) (October 2, 1948, Barking)
Raymond Kennedy (Liverpool Football Club) (July 28, 1951, Seaton Delaval)
Joseph Royle (Manchester City Football Club) (April 8, 1949, Norris Green, Liverpool, Lancashire)
James ‘Stuart’ Pearson (Manchester United Football Club) (June 21, 1949, Cottingham, East Riding of Yorkshire)
Gerald Charles James ‘Gerry’ Francis  
(Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club-London) (December 6, 1951, Chiswick, London)
Mark Anthony Towers  (Sunderland Association Football Club) (
April 13, 1952, Manchester)
Raymond Colin Wilkins (Chelsea Football Club-London) (September 14, 1956, Hillingdon, Uxbridge) (part of squad, did not play)
Charles Frederick George (Derby County Football Club) (October 10, 1950, Islington) (part of squad, did not play)
Gordon Alec Hill  (Manchester United Football Club) (April 1, 1954, Sunbury-on-Thames) (part of squad, did not play)

Coach: Donald George Revie (July 10, 1927, Middlesbrough-May 26, 1989, Edinburgh)
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Admiral


Photo From: Goal, Issue 14, November 1996
(England Manager Don Revie)






Photo Credits:
All English players from ‘Soccer Stars 75-76’
Except:
Trevor Cherry, Pearson, Towers, Charlie George, Hill (Soccer Stars 76-77)
Mick Channon (1977-78 Panini England)
Peter Taylor (Soccer Stars 78-79)
Phil Boyer (Soccer Stars 77-78)
Ray Wilkins (Soccer Stars 77-78-Golden Collection)



Scotland:
Players who took part in the matches:
Goalkeepers:
Alan Roderick Rough (Partick Thistle Football Club-Glasgow) (November 25, 1951, Glasgow)
James Garven Stewart (Kilmarnock Football Club) (March 9, 1954, Kilwinning) (part of squad, did not play)

Defenders / Midfielders / Forwards:
Daniel Fergus McGrain (The Celtic Football Club -Glasgow) (May 1, 1950, Finnieston, Glasgow)
William Donachie (Manchester City Football Club / England) (October 5, 1951, Glasgow)
Thomas Forsyth (Rangers Football Club-Glasgow) (January 23, 1949, Glasgow)
Colin MacDonald Jackson        (Rangers Football Club-Glasgow)  (October 8, 1946, London– June 6, 2015, Glasgow) 
Bruce David Rioch (Derby County Football Club / England) (September 6, 1947, Aldershot)
William H.Pettigrew (Motherwell Football Club) (October 2, 1953, Motherwell)
Donald Sandison Masson (Queen's Park Rangers Football Club-London / England) (August 26, 1946, Banchory)
Joseph Jordan (Leeds United Association Football Club / England) (December 15, 1951, Cleland)
Archibald Gemmill (captain) (Derby County Football Club / England) (March 24, 1947, Paisley)
Edwin Gray (Leeds United Association Football Club / England) (January 17, 1948, Glasgow)
Richard (Asa) Hartford (Manchester City Football Club / England) (October 24, 1950, Clydebank)
Derek Joseph Johnstone (Rangers Football Club-Glasgow) (November 4, 1953, Dundee)
Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish (The Celtic Football Club –Glasgow) (March 4, 1951, Dalmarnock)
Alexander Forsyth (Manchester United Football Club / England) (February 5, 1952, Swinton, Glasgow) (part of squad, did not play)
John Henderson Blackley (Hibernian Football Club – Edinburgh) (May 12, 1948, Westquarter) (part of squad, did not play)
Martin McLean Buchan (Manchester United Football Club / England) (March 6, 1949, Aberdeen) (part of squad, did not play)

Coach: William Esplin Ormond (February 23, 1927, Falkirk- May 4, 1984, Musselburgh)
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Umbro

 
(Scotland Coach William Esplin Ormond





Photo Credits:
All Scotland players from ‘Topps 76’
Except:
Donachie, Rioch, Jordan, Gemmill, Eddie Gray, Hartford (Soccer Stars 75-76)
Masson (Soccer Stars 76-77)
Stewart (Soccer Stars 77-78-Golden Collection)
Blackley (1977-78 Panini England)


Northern Ireland:
Players who took part in the matches:
Goalkeepers:
Patrick Anthony Jennings (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club –London / England) (June 12, 1945, Newry)
James Archibald Platt (Middlesborough Football Club / England)  (January 26, 1952, Ballymoney) (part of squad, did not play)

Defenders/ Midfielders / Forwards:
Peter William Scott (York City Football Club / England) (September 19, 1952, Liverpool)
Christopher John Nicholl (Aston Villa Football Club–Birmingham/ England) (October 12, 1946, Wilmslow)
Alan Hunter (Ipswich Town Football Club / England) (June 30, 1946, Sion Mills)
Patrick James Rice (Arsenal Football Club –London / England) (March 17, 1949, Belfast)
Bryan Hamilton (Everton Football Club–Liverpool / England) (December 31, 1946, Belfast)
Thomas Cassidy (Newcastle United Football Club / England) (November 18, 1950, Belfast)
Patrick Gerald Sharp Sharkey (Ipswich Town Football Club / England) (August 26, 1953, Omagh)
David McCreery (Manchester United Football Club / England) (September 16, 1957, Belfast)
Samuel Baxter McIlroy (Manchester United Football Club / England) (August 2, 1954, Belfast)
Samuel John  Morgan (Brighton Hove and Albion Football Club / England) (December 3, 1946, Belfast)
Derek William Spence (Bury Football Club / England) (January 18, 1952, Belfast)
Thomas Finney (Sunderland Association Football Club / England) (November 6, 1952, Belfast)
Samuel Nelson (Arsenal Football Club –London / England)  (April 1, 1949, Belfast)
David Clements (New York Cosmos / USA) (
September 15, 1945, Lame)
James Michael Nicholl (Manchester United
Football Club / England) (February 28, 1956, Hamilton, Canada)
George Terence Cochrane (Coleraine Football Club)  (January 23, 1953, Killyleagh) (part of squad, did not play)

Player-Manager: David Clements
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Umbro




Photo Credits:
All Northern Ireland players from ‘Soccer Stars 75-76’
Except:
Cassidy (Soccer Dtars 74-75)
McCreery, Jimmy Nicholl (Soccer Stars 76-77)
Derek William Spence, Thomas Finney (Official Match Programme,  Northern Ireland v England-wales , 1981)
Peter Scott, Sharkey and Morgan:


Wales:
Players who took part in the matches:
Goalkeepers:
Brian William Lloyd  (Wrexham Football Club / Wales, registered in English League) (March 18, 1948, St Asaph)
William David Davies (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England) (April 1, 1948, Glanamman)

Defenders / Midfielders / Forwards:
David Edward Jones (Norwich City Football Club / England) (February 11, 1952, Gosport)
Joseph Patrick Jones (Liverpool Football Club / England) (March 4, 1955, Llandudno)
David Frazer Roberts (Hull City Football Club / England) (November 26, 1949, Southampton)
John Griffith Roberts (Birmingham City Football Club / England) (September 11, 1946, Abercynon-January 4, 2016)
Terence Charles Yorath (Leeds United Association Football Club / England) (March 27, 1950, Grangetown, Cardiff)
Arfon Trevor Griffiths (Wrexham Football Club / Wales, registered in English League)  (August 23, 1941, Wrexham)
Carl Stephen Harris (Leeds United Association Football Club / England) (November 3, 1956, Neath)
Leslie Cartwright (Coventry City Football Club / England) (March 4, 1952, Aberdare)
Alan Thomas Curtis (Swansea City Football Club / Wales, registered in English League) (April 16, 1954, Pentre)
Peter Anthony O'Sullivan (Brighton Hove and Albion Football Club / England)  (March 4, 1951, Colwyn Bay)
Leighton James (Derby County Football Club / England) (February 16, 1953, Loughor)
Rodney John Thomas (Derby County Football Club / England) (January 11, 1947, Glynncorwg, Neath, Wales)
Malcolm Edward Page (Birmingham City
Football Club / England) (February 5, 1947, Knucklas)
John Francis Mahoney (Stoke City
Football Club / England) (September 20, 1946, Cardiff)
Leighton Phillips (Aston Villa
Football Club-Birmingham / England) (September 26, 1949, Neath)
Ian Peter Evans (Crystal Palace
Football Club-London / England) (January 30, 1952, Egham, England)
Brian Flynn (Burnley
Football Club / England) (October 12, 1955, Port Talbot)
John Benjamin Toshack (Liverpool
Football Club / England) (March 22, 1949, Cardiff)
Frederick John Lewis (Grimsby Town Football Club / England) (March 22, 1948, Long Eaton, Derbyshire) (part of squad, did not play)
Philip John Dwyer (Cardiff City Football Club / Wales, registered in English League) (October 28, 1953, Cardiff) (part of squad, did not play)

Coach: Michael John Smith (1937, Hendon, London)
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Admiral




Photo Credits:
All Wales players from ‘Soccer Stars 75-76’
Except:
Griffiths, David Jones, Dwyer  (Wales, The Complete Who's Who of footballers since 1946, Author Dean P. Hayes
Carl Harris, Leighton James, Leighton Phillips (Soccer Stars 76-77)
Curtis, O’Sullivan (1979/80 Panini England)
Lloyd, Roberts, Evans (Who's Who of Welsh International Players, Authors Gareth M davies and Ian Garland)
Joey Jones (1984/85 Panini England)



1976 Home Championship Matches:


Date: May 6, 1976
Competition: Home Championship
Result: Scotland 3-Wales 1
Venue: Glasgow -Hampden Park
Attendance: 25,466
Referee:  Malcolm Wright (Northern Irerland)
Goalscorers:
(Scotland): William Pettigrew 38, Bruce Rioch 44, Eddie Gray 69      
(Wales): Arfon Griffiths 61 pen
Summary of goals:
1:0 (38th minute, Scotland): From the middle, Archie Gemmill sent Pettigrew clear on right side. He beat a defender and went in the box to score
2:0 (44th minute, Scotland): Don Masson took a free kick from the right side that was headed in by Rioch.
2:1 (61st minute, Wales): Thomas Forsyth fouled Leighton James in the box. Arfon Griffiths scored from the ensuing penalty kick.
3:1 (69th minute, Scotland): Joe Jordan’s cross from the right side was headed in by Eddie Gray.
Lineups:
Scotland:
1-Alan Roderick Rough (Partick Thistle Football Club-Glasgow)
2-Daniel Fergus McGrain (The Celtic Football Club -Glasgow)
3-William Donachie (Manchester City Football Club / England)
4-Thomas Forsyth (Rangers Football Club-Glasgow)
5-Colin MacDonald Jackson (Rangers Football Club-Glasgow)
6-Bruce David Rioch (Derby County Football Club / England)
7-William H. Pettigrew (Motherwell Football Club)
8-Donald Sandison Masson (Queen's Park Rangers Football Club-London / England)
9-Joseph Jordan (Leeds United Association Football Club / England)
10-Archibald Gemmill (Derby County Football Club / England)
11-Edwin Gray (Leeds United Association Football Club / England)     

Coach: William Esplin Ormond
Other Substitutes:
Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish (The Celtic Football Club –Glasgow)
Derek Joseph Johnstone (Rangers Football Club-Glasgow)
James Garven Stewart (Kilmarnock Football Club)
Alexander Forsyth (Manchester United Football Club / England)
John Henderson Blackley (Hibernian Football Club – Edinburgh)

Team Captain: Archie Gemmill
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Umbro
Uniform Colors: Navy Blue Sirts, White Shorts, Red Socks

Wales:  
Brian William Lloyd  (Wrexham Football Club / Wales, registered in English League)
David Edward Jones (Norwich City Football Club / England)
Joseph Patrick Jones (Liverpool Football Club / England)
David Frazer Roberts (Hull City Football Club / England)
John Griffith Roberts (Birmingham City Football Club / England)
Terence Charles Yorath (Leeds United Association Football Club / England)
Arfon Trevor Griffiths (Wrexham Football Club / Wales, registered in English League) 
Carl Stephen Harris (Leeds United Association Football Club / England) (Leslie Cartwright (Coventry City Football Club / England))
Alan Thomas Curtis (Swansea City Football Club / Wales, registered in English League) 
Peter Anthony O'Sullivan (Brighton Hove and Albion Football Club / England)
Leighton James (Derby County Football Club / England)

Coach: Michael John Smith
Other Substitutes:
William David Davies (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England)
Leighton Phillips (Aston Villa
Football Club-Birmingham / England)
Leslie Cartwright (Coventry City Football Club / England)
Frederick John Lewis (Grimsby Town Football Club / England) 
Philip John Dwyer (Cardiff City Football Club / Wales, registered in English League)

Team Captain: Terence Charles Yorath
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Admiral
Uniform Colors: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Yellow Socks




Date: May 8, 1976
Competition: Home Championship
Result: Wales 0-England 1
Venue: Cardiff, Ninian Park
Attendance: 24,592
Referee: Robert Holley Davidson (Scotland)
Goalscorers:
(Wales): None
(England): Peter Taylor 59
Summary of goals:
0:1 (59th minute, England): Gerry Francis found Peter Taylor at edge of penalty area.  His low shot went in to Dai Davies’ right side.
Lineups:
Wales:  
William David Davies (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England)
Rodney John Thomas (Derby County
Football Club / England) (David Edward Jones (Norwich City Football Club / England) )
Malcolm Edward Page (Birmingham City
Football Club / England)
John Francis Mahoney (Stoke City
Football Club / England)
Leighton Phillips (Aston Villa
Football Club-Birmingham / England)
Ian Peter Evans (Crystal Palace
Football Club-London / England)
Brian Flynn (Burnley
Football Club / England)
Alan Thomas Curtis (Swansea City Football Club / Wales, registered in  English League)  (Arfon Trevor Griffiths (Wrexham Football Club / Wales, registered in  English League)   )
John Benjamin Toshack (Liverpool
Football Club / England)
Terence Charles Yorath (Leeds United
Association Football Club / England)  
Leighton James (Derby County
Football Club / England)

Coach: Michael John Smith
Other Substitutes:
Brian William Lloyd  (Wrexham Football Club / Wales, registered in English League)  
John Griffith Roberts (Birmingham City Football Club / England)
Leslie Cartwright (Coventry City Football Club / England)

Team Captain: Terence Charles Yorath
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Admiral
Uniform Colors: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks


England:
Raymond Neal Clemence (Liverpool Football Club)
David Thomas Clement (Queen’s Park Rangers
Football Club-London)
Michael Denis ‘Mick’ Mills (Ipswich Town Football Club)
Philip Bernard Thompson (Liverpool Football Club)
Brian Greenhoff (Manchester United Football Club)
Raymond Kennedy (Liverpool Football Club)
Kevin Joseph Keegan (Liverpool Football Club)
Gerald Charles James ‘Gerry’ Francis (Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club-London)
James ‘Stuart’ Pearson
(Manchester United Football Club)
Mark Anthony Towers  (Sunderland Association Football Club)
Peter John Taylor
(Crystal Palace Football Club-London)

Coach: Donald George Revie
Other Substitutes:
Colin Todd (Derby County Football Club)
Peter Leslie Shilton (Stoke City Football Club)
Michael Roger Channon (Southampton Football Club) 
Trevor John Cherry (Leeds United Association Football Club)  
Joseph Royle (Manchester City Football Club)

Team Captain: Gerald Charles James ‘Gerry’ Francis
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Admiral
Uniform Colors: White Shirts, Blue Shorts, White Socks

Date: May 8, 1976
Competition: Home Championship
Result: Scotland 3-Northern Ireland 0
Venue: Glasgow -Hampden Park
Attendance: 49,897
Referee: Thomas Henry Charles Reynolds (Wales)
Goalscorers:
(Scotland): Archie Gemmill 23, Donald Masson 47, Kenny Dalglish 52  
(Northern Ireland): None
Summary of goals:
1:0 (23rd minute, Scotland): Bruce Rioch found Joe Jordan who went on the left side and crossed inside the box for Archie Gemmill to score.
2:0 (47th minute, Scotland): Joe Jordan on the left side passed to Dalglish who gave the ball to Masson who socred from outside of the box.
3:0 (52nd minute, Scotland): Masson sent a cross into the box, Rioch dummied and reached Dalglish who scored.
Lineups:
Scotland:
1-Alan Roderick Rough (Partick Thistle Football Club-Glasgow)
2-Daniel Fergus McGrain (The Celtic Football Club -Glasgow)
3-William Donachie (Manchester City Football Club / England)
4-Thomas Forsyth (Rangers Football Club-Glasgow)
5-Colin MacDonald Jackson (Rangers Football Club-Glasgow)
6-Bruce David Rioch (Derby County Football Club / England) (15-Richard (Asa) Hartford (Manchester City Football Club / England) 55th)
8-Donald Sandison Masson (Queen's Park Rangers Football Club-London / England)
10-Archibald Gemmill  (Derby County Football Club / England)
7-William H.Pettigrew (Motherwell Football Club) (16-Derek Johnstone (Rangers Football Club-Glasgow) 66th)  
9-Joseph Jordan (Leeds United Association Football Club / England)
11-Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish (The Celtic Football Club -Glasgow)

Coach: Alistair MacLeod

Team Captain: Archie Gemmill
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Umbro
Uniform Colors: Navy Blue Shirts, White Shorts, Red Socks
Note: Scotland missed a penalty kick awarded after Joe Jordan was fouled in the box by Jennings.
Rioch’s attempt struck the post and was scored on the rebound, however, the Referee ruled it out for Offside.

Northern Ireland:  
1-Patrick Anthony Jennings (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club –London / England)     
2-Peter William Scott (York City Football Club / England) 
4-Christopher John Nicholl (Aston Villa Football Club–Birmingham/ England)
5-Alan Hunter (Ipswich Town Football Club / England) 
3-Patrick James Rice (Arsenal Football Club –London / England)     
7-Bryan Hamilton (Everton Football Club–Liverpool / England)
10-Thomas Cassidy (Newcastle United Football Club / England) 
6-Patrick Gerald Sharp Sharkey (Ipswich Town Football Club / England)   (17-David McCreery (Manchester United Football Club / England)  61st)
8-Samuel Baxter McIlroy (Manchester United Football Club / England) 
9-Samuel John Morgan (Brighton Hove and Albion Football Club / England)  (16-Derek William Spence (Bury Football Club / England)  85th)
11-Thomas Finney (Sunderland Association Football Club / England)

Player-Manager: David Clements

Team Captain:
Official Kit Supplier/Designer:
Uniform Colors: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks





Date: May 11, 1976
Competition: Home Championship
Result: England 4-Northern Ireland 0
Venue: London-Wembley
Attendance: 48,000
Referee:  Clive Thomas (Wales)
Linesmen: G.L. Harrhy (Wales), I.F. Williams (Wales)
Goalscorers:
(England): Gerry Francis 35, Mike Channon 36 pen, 77, Stuart Pearson 60
(Northern Ireland): None
Summary of goals:
1:0 (35th minute, England): On the left side, Mick Mills passed to Channon, who backheeled to Francis for a tap in.
2:0 (36th minute, England): England were awarded their penalty kick after Channon was fouled by Cassidy in the box. Channon scored from the ensuing penalty kick.
3:0 (60th minute, England): Ray Kennedy passed to Keegan on the left side. Keegan crossed in the box, Pearson headed it across, Kennedy trapped and volleyed. Jennings parried the shot but Pearson picked up the rebound.
4:0 (77th minute, England): Todd crossed from right side to Keegan. His attempt was blocked by a defender as he was about to shoot. Channon picked up the rebound and scored.
Lineups:
England:
1-Raymond Neal Clemence (Liverpool Football Club)
2-Colin Todd (Derby County Football Club)
3-Michael Denis ‘Mick’ Mills (Ipswich Town Football Club)
4-Philip Bernard Thompson (Liverpool Football Club)
5-Brian Greenhoff (Manchester United Football Club)
6-Raymond Kennedy (Liverpool Football Club)
7-Kevin Joseph Keegan (Liverpool Football Club) (Joseph Royle (Manchester City Football Club) 65th)
8-Michael Roger Channon (Southampton Football Club)
9-James ‘Stuart’ Pearson (Manchester United Football Club)
10-Gerald Charles James ‘Gerry’ Francis
(cap) (Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club-London)
11-Peter John Taylor
(Crystal Palace Football Club-London)  (Mark Anthony Towers  (Sunderland Association Football Club) 60th)

Coach: Donald George Revie

Team Captain:
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Admiral
Uniform Colors: White Shirts, Blue Shorts, White Socks

Northern Ireland:  
1-Patrick Anthony Jennings (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club –London / England)
2-Patrick James Rice (Arsenal Football Club –London / England)     
3-Samuel Nelson (Arsenal Football Club –London / England) (Peter William Scott (York City Football Club / England)  )
4-Christopher John Nicholl (Aston Villa
Football Club–Birmingham/ England)
5-Alan Hunter (Ipswich Town Football Club / England) 
6-David Clements (New York Cosmos / USA)
7-Bryan Hamilton (Everton
Football Club–Liverpool / England)
8-Samuel Baxter McIlroy (Manchester United Football Club / England) 
9-Derek William Spence (Bury Football Club / England) 
10-Thomas Cassidy (Newcastle United Football Club / England) 
11-David McCreery (Manchester United Football Club / England)

Player-Manager: David Clements

Team Captain: Patrick Anthony Jennings
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Umbro

Uniform Colors: Green Shirts, White Shorts, Green Socks


Date: May 14, 1976
Competition: Home Championship
Result: Wales 1-Northern Ireland 0
Venue: Swansea –Vetch field
Attendance: 9,935
Referee:  Kenneth Burns (England)
Goalscorers:
(Wales): Leighton James 30
(Northern Ireland): None
Summary of goals:
1:0 (30th minute, Wales): Brian Flynn sent a cross into the box that led confusion in the Irish defense. Jennings was forced to come out to handle it and Leighton James lobbed ball over him into the net.
Lineups:
Wales:  
William David Davies (Everton
Football Club-Liverpool / England)
Leighton Phillips (Aston Villa Football Club-Birmingham / England)
Malcolm Edward Page (Birmingham City Football Club / England)
John Francis Mahoney (Stoke City
Football Club / England)
David Frazer Roberts (Hull City Football Club / England)
Ian Peter Evans (Crystal Palace Football Club-London / England)
Arfon Trevor Griffiths (Wrexham Football Club / Wales, registered in English League) 
Brian Flynn (Burnley Football Club / England)
Terence Charles Yorath (Leeds United Association Football Club / England)
Alan Thomas Curtis (Swansea City Football Club / Wales, registered in English League) 
Leighton James (Derby County Football Club / England)

Coach: Michael John Smith

Team Captain: Terence Charles Yorath
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Admiral
Uniform Colors:

Northern Ireland:  
Patrick Anthony Jennings (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club –London / England)
Patrick James Rice (Arsenal Football Club –London / England)
Peter William Scott (York City Football Club / England) 
Alan Hunter (Ipswich Town Football Club / England) 
Christopher John Nicholl (Aston Villa Football Club–Birmingham/ England)
David Clements (New York Cosmos / USA)
Bryan Hamilton (Everton Football Club–Liverpool / England)
David McCreery (Manchester United Football Club / England) 
Thomas Cassidy (Newcastle United Football Club / England)  (James Michael Nicholl (Manchester United Football Club / England))
Samuel Baxter McIlroy (Manchester United Football Club / England) 
Derek William Spence (Bury Football Club / England)   (Samuel John  Morgan (Brighton Hove and Albion Football Club / England)   )

Player-Manager: David Clements

Team Captain:
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Umbro
Uniform Colors:



Date: May 15, 1976
Competition: Home Championship
Result: Scotland 2-England 1
Venue: Glasgow -Hampden Park
Attendance: 85,165
Referee:  Karoly Palotai (Hungary)
Goalscorers:
(Scotland): Donald Masson 17, Kenny Dalglish 49
(England): Mike Channon 11
Summary of goals:
0:1 (11th minute, England): From the left side, McFarlnad crossed into the box and Channon headed in.
1:1 (17th minute, Scotland): A corner from the left side from Gray was headed in by Masson.
2:1 (49th minute, Scotland):  Jordan crossed from left side for Dalglish. His shot went through the hands of Clemence into the net.
Lineups:
Scotland:
1-Alan Roderick Rough (Partick Thistle Football Club-Glasgow)
2-Daniel Fergus McGrain (The Celtic Football Club -Glasgow)
3-William Donachie (Manchester City Football Club / England)
4-Thomas Forsyth          (Rangers Football Club-Glasgow)
5-Colin MacDonald Jackson (Rangers Football Club-Glasgow)
6-Bruce David Rioch (Derby County Football Club / England)
8-Donald Sandison Masson (Queen's Park Rangers Football Club-London / England)
10-Archibald Gemmill (Derby County Football Club / England)
7-Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish (The Celtic Football Club -Glasgow)
9-Joseph Jordan (Leeds United Association Football Club / England)
11-Edwin Gray (Leeds United Association Football Club / England) (16-Derek Johnstone (Rangers Football Club-Glasgow) 78th)  

Coach: William Esplin Ormond
Other Substitutes:
James Garven Stewart (Kilmarnock Football Club)
Martin McLean Buchan (Manchester United Football Club / England)
Richard (Asa) Hartford (Manchester City Football Club / England) 
William H.Pettigrew (Motherwell Football Club)

Team Captain: Archie Gemmill
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Umbro
Uniform Colors: Navy Blue Shirts, White Shorts, Red Socks

England:
1-Raymond Neal Clemence (Liverpool Football Club)
2-Colin Todd (Derby County Football Club)
3-Michael Denis ‘Mick’ Mills (Ipswich Town Football Club)
4-Philip Bernard Thompson (Liverpool Football Club)
5-Roy Leslie McFarland (Derby County Football Club) (12-Michael Doyle (Manchester City Football Club) 70th)
6-Raymond Kennedy (Liverpool Football Club)
7-Kevin Joseph Keegan (Liverpool Football Club)
10-Gerald Charles James ‘Gerry’ Francis (Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club-London)
9-James ‘Stuart’ Pearson (Manchester United Football Club) (15-Trevor John Cherry (Leeds United Association Football Club) 46th)
8-Michael Roger Channon (Southampton Football Club) 
11-Peter John Taylor (Crystal Palace Football Club-London)

Coach: Donald George Revie

Team Captain: Gerald Charles James ‘Gerry’ Francis
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Admiral
Uniform Colors: White Shirts, Blue Shorts, White Socks





Final table               P     W   D   L  GF  GA  GD     Pts
1- Scotland             3     3    0        0    8     2    +6       6
3- England                 3     2    0     1    6     2    +4       4
2- Wales                3     1    0     2    2     4    -2        2
4- Northern Ireland  3     0    0     3    0     8    –8       0


P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Points


References:
England v Scotland, The Auld Enemy by Dean Hayes
England, The Complete Post-War Record, Author Mike Payne
Scotland, the complete international  Football Record, Author Richard Keir
Scotland, The Team, Author Andrew ward, 1987
Wizards and Bravehearts, A History of the Scottish National Side, Author David Potter, 2004
World Soccer, June 1976
World Soccer, July 1976
‘Red Dragons, The Story of Welsh Football, Author Phil Stead’
Wizards and Bravehearts, A History of the Scottish National Side, Author: David Potter, 2004.
Official Match Programme,  England v Northern Ireland, 1976

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