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November 14, 1990-Republic of Ireland 1-England 1

November 14, 1990
Republic of Ireland 1-England 1
European Championship Qualifying -Group 7
Venue: Dublin -Lansdowne Road
Attendance: 46,000
Referee: Pietro D'Elia (Italy)
Goalscorers: (Republic of Ireland): Tony Cascarino 77
 (England): David Platt 67
Republic of Ireland:
1-Patrick ‘Paddy’ Bonner (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)  [46 / 0]
2-Christopher Barry Morris (Celtic Football Club- Glasgow / Scotland)  [27 / 0]
4-Michael Joseph  ‘Mick’ McCarthy (Millwall Football Club-London / England)   [50 / 1]
5-David Anthony O'Leary (Arsenal Football Club-London / England) [55 / 1]
3-Stephen Staunton (Liverpool Football Club / England)   [21 / 1]
8-Raymond James Houghton (Liverpool Football Club / England)    [37 / 3]
7-Paul McGrath (Aston Villa Football Club-Birmingham / England)     [42 / 4]
6-Ronald Andrew ‘Ronnie’ Whelan (Liverpool Football Club / England)  [41 / 3] (14-Alan Francis McLoughlin (Swindon Town Football Club / England) 74th)    [5 / 0]
11-Andrew David Townsend  (Chelsea Football Club-London / England) [20 / 1]
10-John William Aldridge (Real Sociedad de FĂștbol / England) [37 / 6]
9-Niall John Quinn (Manchester City Football Club / England) [22 / 4] (12-Anthony Guy Cascarino (Aston Villa Football Club-Birmingham / England)   61st)  [29 / 6]

Coach: John ‘Jack’ Charlton (England)
Booked: O’Leary 28 Whelan 30

Team Captain: Michael Joseph  ‘Mick’ McCarthy
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Uniform Colors: Green Shirts, White Shorts, Green Socks

1- Christopher Charles Eric Woods  (Rangers Football Club -Glasgow / Scotland) [19 / 0]
2- Lee Michael Dixon (Arsenal
Football Club-London)   [4 / 0]
3- Stuart Pearce
(Nottingham Forest Football Club) [33 / 1]
4- Anthony Alexander Adams
(Arsenal Football Club-London)   [18 / 4]
5- Desmond Sinclair Walker
(Nottingham Forest Football Club) [28 / 0]
6- Mark Wright (Derby County
Football Club) [33 / 1]
7- David Andrew Platt
(Aston Villa Football Club-Birmingham) [14 / 4]
8- Gordon Sidney Cowans (Aston Villa
Football Club-Birmingham) [10 / 1]
9- Peter Andrew Beardsley 
(Liverpool Football Club)   [47 / 8]
10- Gary Winston Lineker (Tottenham Hotspur
Football Club-London)   [61 / 37]
11- Steve McMahon (Liverpool Football Club) [17 / 0]

Coach: Graham Taylor
Booked: Beardsley 25

Team Captain: Gary Winston Lineker

Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Umbro

Uniform Colors: White Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts , White Socks


-Match number 266 for Republic of Ireland and number 644 for England.

-This was the 12th meeting between the nations.

-The previous match between the nations was a World Cup Finals match, played just months earlier Cagliari, Italy on June 11, 1990, that ended in a one to one tie.
Republic of Ireland players: Bonner, Morris, Staunton, McCarthy, McGrath, Houghton, Aldridge, McLoughlin, Cascarino and Townsend and England Players: Stuart Pearce, Des Walker, Peter Beardsley, Steve McMahon and Gary Lineker also took part in that match.
Lineker scored England’s goal in that match.

-The next match between the nations would be the return leg of this qualifier in London on March 27, 1991 that also ended ina one to one tie.
Republic of Ireland players: Bonner, Staunton, O’Leary, Townsend, McGrath, Houghton, Quinn, Aldridge and Cascarino and England Players: Dixon, Pearce, Adams, Walker, Wright, Platt, Beardsley and Lineker also took part in that match.
Michel scored in that game on a penalty kick.
Lee Dixon and Niall Quinn scored in that match.
Cascarino came on as a substitute in both matches.

-Republic of Ireland’s previous win over England was a UEFA European Championship Finals match, played in Stuttgart, West Germany on June 12, 1988, that Republic of Ireland won 1 to 0.
Republic of Ireland players: Bonner, Morris, McCarthy, Houghton, McGrath, Whelan, Quinn and Aldridge and England Players: Wright, Adams, Lineker and Beardsley also took part in that match.
Ray Houghton scored Republic of Ireland’s goal.

-The previous match between the nations in the same stadium was also a UEFA European Championships qualifier played on October 25, 1978, that also ended in a one to one tie.
Republic of Ireland’s David Anthony O'Leary was the only remaining player who took part in that match.

Photo from: World Soccer, March 1991
(David Platt after scoring England’s goal)

-England’s next match in the same stadium would be a friendly on February 15, 1995 that was abandoned after 27 minutes, with Republic of Ireland leading (1-0), due to crowd trouble.
Though the result did not count, caps were awarded nonetheless.
This remains the last encounter between the nations to date.
Republic of Ireland players: McGrath, Townsend, Staunton, and Quinn and England Players: Adams, Platt and Beardsley also took part in that match.

-England’s previous win over Republic of Ireland was at Wembley on March 26, 1985, that England won 2 to 1.
Republic of Ireland players: Bonner, McCarthy, O’Leary, McGrath and Whelan and England Players: Wright and Lineker also took part in that match.
Gary Lineker scored his first ever goal for England in that match.

-England would qualify from this UEFA European qualification group.
England, Republic of Ireland, Poland and Turkey comprised this group. Both England and Republic of Ireland were undefeated in this group.

-On July 15, 1990, Graham Taylor was appointed as England manager.

Photo from: Soccer International, Volume 2, Issue 2, February 1991
(John Aldridge and Mark Wright with Tony Adams in the background)

-England’s Terry Butcher had retired from the national team shortly after the finals.
Peter Shilton retired from the national team shortly after the finals.

-Former England National team defender Jackie Charlton managed Republic of Ireland since 1986.
This was his third match managing against his Nation.

-England winger Chris Waddle was controversially overlooked by Graham Taylor, despite impressive displays for his French club Olynpique Marseille throughout the season.

-For the second half of 1990-1991, Chris Woods was displaced as England number one goalkeeper. Arsenals’ David Seaman was established as starting number one goalkeeper due to his impressive form in the league.
Chris Woods had just been elevated as England number one goalkeeper following the retirement of Peter Shilton.

Photo from: Soccer International, Volume 2, Issue 2, February 1991
(Team Captains, Gary Lineker and Mick Mc Carthy)

-On October 8, 1990, long serving Republic of Ireland striker Frank Stapelton announced his international retirement.

-England star Paul Gascoigne was dropped in favor of Steve McMahon on tactical grounds. Graham Taylor felt McMahon was better suited to Ireland’s physical game.

-This was Gordon Cowans’ first International appearance in four years.  His former Aston Villa manager Graham Taylor selected him.

-Ireland played in a 4-4-2 formation with their usual tactic of getting the ball up field to Quinn to head.

-The match was played in windy conditions and was scrappy with not many chances on either side.

-Gary Lineker was forced to play as lone striker as his strike partner Beardsley played a much deeper role.

Photo From: Soccer International, Volume 2, Issue 2, February 1991
(David Platt about to score England’s goal with Lineker and Bonner looking on)

-Ireland had a penalty appeal in the 33rd minute when Dixon pushed Townsend in the box, but no call was awarded.

-Ireland’s McCarthy took a free kick in the second half from the middle of the field that the wind almost took to goal but went just over.

-Both Staunton and McCarthy have managed the Republic of Ireland national team.

-Ireland’s Kevin Moran and Kevin Sheedy were unavailable for this match.

-England was missing John Barnes and Chris Waddle. Paul Parker was also missing and was replaced in the side by Lee Dixon.

-On December 19, 1990, Arsenal Captain Tony Adams was jailed for 4 months for reckless and drunk driving.

-During the recent World Cup in Italy, Des Walker had played more minutes than any outfield player.
Walker played the equivalent of a single extra match with the accumulation of all the overtime marches

-Both goalscorers were Aston Villa teammates.

-England’s Platt and Cowans and Ireland’s McGrath and Cascarino were Aston Villa teammates.
They all played the previous season under present England Manager Graham Taylor.
Ireland’s Staunton, Houghton and Townsend would also one day join Aston Villa.

-Gary Lineker was the England Captain in the absence and imminent International retirement of injury prone Bryan Robson.
Robson would retire from the National team the following year.

-John Aldridge was the only non-British based player from either side. He was playing in Spain for Real Sociedad.

-Tony Cascarino (Olympique Marseille and Nancy) and McCarthy (Olympique Lyonnais) played for clubs in France in their career.

-David Platt joined Italy’s Serie A club Bari the next season.
Gordon Cowans was also a former Bari player.
 Des Walker would join Serie A’s Sampdoria in 1992.

-Republic of Ireland’s Staunton, Houghton and Whelan and England’s Beardsley and McMahon were all teammates at Liverpool.
Aldridge was also a former teammate of theirs.
Mark Wright would join Liverpool the following season.

-Platt scored after Dixon sent in a low cross across the goal.

-Ireland’s goal was scored by substitute Cascarino who had replaced Quinn. Alan Mc Loughlin, the other substitute, passed to Staunton who crossed for Cascarino to head home.

-Tony Cascarino, Ireland’s goalscorer, admitted on October 29, 2000 that he was never eligible to play for the Republic.
He was in fact turned down for an Irish Passport in 1985.
He claims he genuinely believed his maternal grandmother’s lineage qualified him for the National team. But apparently she was adopted and not a blood relative and learned of this on her father’s deathbed in 1986.
She revealed the truth after Cascarino had already retired from the National Team.

-All of Ireland’s players except Bonner, Morris and Aldridge were playing in the English League.

-Both goalkeepers played in the Scottish League.

-Ireland’s O’Leary was teammates with England’s Adams and Dixon at Arsenal.
They won the League title that season.
Niall Quinn was also a former Arsenal teammate of theirs.

-England assistant Manager Lawrie McMenemy would manage Northern Ireland National team in 1998.

-Stuart Pearce is the current manager of England Under-21 team and managed Great Britain in 2012 Olympics. He managed England as a caretaker for one match vs. Holland on February 29, 2012 that England lost 2-3 at Wembley.
David Paltt is the current assistant manager of Manchester City.

Match Reports:

England, The Complete Post-War Record by Mike Payne / Ireland on the Ball, Author: Donal Cullen, 1993

Match Video / Highlights:

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