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Season 1962-63

- 10 September 1962 - Guildford City 0 England 1 [0-1]
Joseph's Road, Guildford
(-)
Nottage AW

Six days before the first international of the season, England took on a Southern League side. Roy Law went off injured after only five minutes and missed the first two internationals as a result.

 

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International Selection Committee

Friendly
199 16 September 1962 - Republic of Ireland 2 England 2 [0-0]
Dalymount Park, Phibsborough, Dublin
(10,000)
Doyle, Browne
Lindsay, Pragg
AD
England: M.Pinner, J.Martin (capt.), W.Creasey, B.King, J.Robertson, C.Townsend, M.Pragg, B.Martin, T.Lawrence, H.Lindsay, B.Harvey.
British Amateur Championship
200 29 September 1962 - England 3 Northern Ireland 2 [2-0]
Champion Hill Stadium, Dulwich, London
(7,501)
Candey (2), B.Martin
Spence, Johnston
HW
England: M.Pinner, J.Martin (capt.), W.Creasey, R.Ardrey, J.Robertson, B.King, M.Candey, David Sadler, T.Lawrence, B.Martin, B.Harvey.

Sixteen-year-old, David Sadler, the last England amateur to go on to win full international caps, made his debut.

201 17 November 1962 - England 3 Wales 2 [2-1]
Gay Meadow, Shrewsbury
(-)
Lawrence (2), Sadler
Fitzgerald (2)
HW
England: M.Pinner, P.Terry, W.Creasey, R.Ardrey (capt.), R.Law, C.Townsend, M.Candey, David Sadler, T.Lawrence, B.Martin, B.Harvey.

England were two up in six minutes, but had to rely on a last-minute winner after Wales drew level.


- 5 March 1963 - England 4 England Youth 0 [nk]
Plough Lane, Wimbledon, London (-)
NK NW

A morale-boosting victory against England's finest young professionals as part of the Football Association's centenary celebrations. This game was originally due to be played in January, but was postponed because of the severe wintry conditions that had engulfed the country. Tommy Smith had been due to play for the youth side.

 
British Amateur Championship
202 15 March 1963 - Scotland 2 England 4 [2-1]
Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow
(4,000)
Burgess (2)
Lawrence (2), Harvey, Candey
AW
England: M.Pinner, P.Terry, M.Barker, R.Ardrey (capt.), R.Law, B.King, M.Candey, B.Martin, T.Lawrence, G.Hamm, B.Harvey.
Another lively, high-scoring encounter played on a Friday night in an attempt to boost the attendance without competition from other, bigger sporting events. England won the 'Triple Crown' for the first time in twelve years, after Brian Harvey had scored direct from a corner kick and Mike Pinner had saved a penalty from Peter Buchanan with England leading 3-2 in the 88th minute. It was Scotland's last chance to force a draw to keep alive their chances of retaining the title. So, England won the 1962-63 British Amateur Championship with six points, the first team to win all three games in the competition. Northern Ireland were runners-up with four points.

- 7 May 1963 - Romford 0 England 2 [nk]
Brooklands Sports Ground, Romford, London (-)
NK AW
England (according to match programme): M.Pinner, J.Martin, M.Barker, B.Ardrey (capt.), R.Law, B.King, M.Candey, B.Martin, T.Lawrence, H.Lindsay, B.Harvey.

A trial game against Southern League opposition a week before the Football Association's Centenary Amateur Tournament.

 
FA Centenary Amateur Tournament
203 15 May 1963 - England 3 France 1 [1-1]
The Victoria Ground, Hartlepool
(4,545)
Lawrence, Harvey (2)
Lemerre
HW
England: M.Pinner, J.Martin, M.Barker, R.Ardrey (capt.), R.Law, B.King, M.Candey, B.Martin, T.Lawrence, H.Lindsay, B.Harvey.
204 18 May 1963 - England 0 West Germany 1 [0-1]
Ayresome Park, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough
(1,758)
Zettelmaier HL
England: M.Pinner, J.Martin, M.Barker, R.Ardrey (capt.), R.Law, B.King, M.Candey, B.Martin, T.Lawrence, H.Lindsay, B.Harvey.

Mike Pinner became the first player to win fifty amateur caps for England, but his team mates could not find a way past his opposite number, a 19-year-old, Sepp Maier, who went on to win 95 full international caps for West Germany, winning the World Cup in 1974.

205 20 May 1963 - England 3 Netherlands 1 [1-0]
Redheugh Park, Gateshead
(1,765)
Candey, Townsend, Lawrence
Strating
HW
England: M.Pinner, J.Martin, W.Creasey, R.Ardrey (capt.), R.Law, J.Ashworth, M.Candey, H.Lindsay, G.Brown, C.Townsend, T.Lawrence.
England were runners-up in Group B with four points. West Germany qualified for the final with a maximum six points. Scotland won the tournament.
Season 1963-64
   

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Olympic Trial
- 17 August 1963 -
Queen's Park Rangers 1 Great Britain 1 [nk]
Loftus Road Stadium, Shepherd's Bush, London
(-)
NK AD
GB (according to match programme): M.Pinner, J.Martin (capt.), R.Ardrey, J.Ashworth, R.Law, C.Townsend, M.Candey, B.Martin, T.Lawrence, H.Lindsay, B.Harvey

The England team kicked off the season as Great Britain in preparation for the upcoming Olympic qualifying competition.

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Ten English amateurs were selected to represent Great Britain in qualification for the XVIII Olympiad and played the following fixtures:
Olympic Qualification Preliminary Round
1st
leg
7 September 1963 - Iceland 0 Great Britain 6 [0-4]
Laugardalsv÷llur, Reykjavik (7,755)
Harvey, B.Martin (2), Lindsay (2), Candey AW
GB: M.Pinner, J.Martin (capt.), Neil, J.Ashworth, R.Law, C.Townsend, M.Candey, B.Martin, T.Lawrence, H.Lindsay, B.Harvey.

Former England captain, Bobby Ardrey and uncapped goalkeeper, Malcolm Shaw were amongst the unused reserves.

2nd
leg
14 September 1963 - Great Britain 4 Iceland 0 [2-0]
Great Britain win 10-0 on aggregate

Plough Lane, Wimbledon, London (3,500)
Lawrence (3 (1 pen)), Harvey HW
GB: M.Pinner, J.Martin (capt.), Neil, C.Townsend, R.Ardrey, J.Ashworth, M.Candey, B.Martin, T.Lawrence, H.Lindsay, B.Harvey.

Wimbledon striker, Brian Martin, playing on his home ground, was carried off with a broken right leg after ten minutes. Ten minutes later, the home side were reduced to nine men, when John Ashworth suffered a head wound, although he returned for the first twenty minutes of the second half, before retiring. Two uncapped English players (Barry King and Shaw) were unused reserves, with substitutes not yet allowed.

 
British Amateur Championship
206 28 September 1963 - Northern Ireland 2 England 1 [2-1]
The Oval, Belfast
(2,000)
O'Neill, Sloan
Gray
AL
England: M.Pinner, J.Martin (capt.), R.Ardrey, C.Townsend, R.Law, J.Ashworth, M.Candey, K.Gray, T.Lawrence, H.Lindsay, B.Harvey.

Two goals in a minute in the first half put the hosts into a position that they would not relinquish, although Tommy Lawrence missed a second-half penalty. Record caps holder, Mike Pinner made his last international appearance before joining Leyton Orient as a semi-professional, two weeks later.

207 23 November 1963 - Wales 3 England 3 [1-3]
The Stadium, Farrar Road, Bangor
(-)
Casey, Reynolds (2 (1 pen))
Harvey, Lindsay, Gray
AD
England: M.Shaw, J.Martin (capt.), R.Sleap, J.Ashworth, R.Law, C.Townsend, M.Candey, K.Gray, T.Lawrence, H.Lindsay, B.Harvey.

England failed to hold on to their half-time lead and their chances of retaining the British title, realistically, also disappeared. Only a four-way tie could possibly give them a share of the trophy.

 

Following England's poor start to their defence of the British Championship, only Harvey, Lindsay, Martin (capt.) and Sleap were selected to start the Olympic trial match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, London on 16th December. Brian Harvey converted a penalty for Britain's first goal in a creditable 3-3 draw and Townsend came on as a late substitute. Stamford Bridge was the venue for Britain's next Olympic qualifier and they returned to face Chelsea again on 20th January, this time holding the First Division side to a 1-1 draw. Ashworth, Candey and Harvey were the only English players to start the game, but uncapped goalkeeper, Derek Griffin was a half-time substitute. A week later, they made a miraculous recovery to draw 2-2 with Aston Villa at Villa Park, Birmingham. Ashworth, D'Arcy (the former Great Britain captain), Harvey, Lawrence, Lindsay, Martin (capt.), Townsend and the uncapped Dave Emson started the game, with two more uncapped players (Roger Day for Lindsay and David Hogwood for Emson) coming on as substitutes at half-time. Tommy Lawrence scored both of Britain's goals in the last four minutes. The unbeaten run ended with a 4-0 defeat at Old Trafford, Manchester, on 3rd February, seven days later, as the former England amateur, David Sadler scored Manchester United's fourth goal. Ashworth, Candey, Griffin, Howard and Lindsay played the full game, whilst D'Arcy, Martin (capt.) and Townsend only played for the first 45 minutes.

    

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Six English amateurs were selected to represent Great Britain in qualification for the XVIII Olympiad and played the following fixture:
Olympic Qualification First Round
1st
leg
12 February 1964 - Great Britain 2 Greece 1 [2-0]
Stamford Bridge, Fulham, London (4,175)
Lawrence, Buchanan
Papaioannou
HW
GB: Kennedy, J.Martin (capt.), Neil, A.D'Arcy, J.Ashworth, C.Townsend, Campbell, Buchanan, T.Lawrence, Quail, B.Harvey.

Greek centre half, Zanteroglou broke his collarbone, with fifteen minutes left, leaving the under-23 side to hang on with ten men. Griffin and Lindsay were amongst the unused reserves.

 
 

Great Britain played two more Olympic trial matches before the second leg with Greece. At White Hart Lane, London on 24th February, they lined up against Tottenham as; Griffin, Martin (capt.), Neil (Scotland), D'Arcy, Ashworth, Townsend, Worley, Lindsay, Lawrence, Quail (Northern Ireland), Harvey. They were narrowly beaten by a first-half penalty. Seven days later, on 2nd March, a brave performance saw them pull off a 1-0 victory at Highfield Road, Coventry, the home of the soon-to-be Third Division Champions. The uncapped Derek Gamblin joined Ashworth, D'Arcy, Harvey, Lawrence, Lindsay, Townsend and Worley in the starting line-up. Worley went off injured, ten minutes before the interval and then Lawrence suffered a fractured skull in a collision, as he headed the ball down to Quail to score the only goal. He was replaced by substitute goalkeeper, Griffin, who had to play up front for the last twenty minutes as Britain held on for the win.

British Amateur Championship
208 20 March 1964 - England 1 Scotland 0 [0-0]
Selhurst Park Stadium, South Norwood, London (5,078)
Browning HW
England: D.Griffin, J.Martin (capt.), J.Robertson, A.D'Arcy, J.Ashworth, C.Townsend, L.Worley, H.Lindsay, M.Browning, K.Gray, B.Harvey.
England could no longer win the British Championship, following Northern Ireland's 2-2 draw with Scotland at Hampden Park, Glasgow, six weeks earlier, but Scotland could have clinched it with victory and with twelve minutes remaining, they had a golden opportunity when they were awarded a penalty. However, 19-year-old, Dave Millar stepped up and shot wide. A point would still have given them a share of the title, but this was denied them, when debutant, Mick Browning, who had replaced the injured Lawrence, scored in the last minute. So, Northern Ireland won the 1963-64 British Amateur Championship with four points, their first outright title success since 1954 and England were joint runners-up with Scotland, with three points each.
    

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Seven English amateurs were selected to represent Great Britain in qualification for the XVIII Olympiad and played the following fixture:
Olympic Qualification First Round
2nd
leg
8 April 1964 - Greece 4 Great Britain 1 [1-0]
Greece win 5-3 on aggregate
Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Athens
(16,000)
Mavridis, Papaioannou (2), Papazoglou (pen)
Buchanan
AL
GB: Kennedy, J.Martin (capt.) (D.Gamblin), J.Robertson, J.Ashworth, R.Law, C.Townsend, Campbell, H.Lindsay, Buchanan, Quail, B.Harvey.

Skevofilax missed a first-half penalty for Greece, but they did not clinch victory until the last eight minutes, when they scored twice. Griffin was the substitute goalkeeper. Four days later, the Greek Olympic Committee withdrew their team from the competition, after it transpired that the side that had eliminated Great Britain (with five changes from the first leg) had included professional players. Great Britain declined to take the Greeks' place in the next round. Hungary won the gold medals.

 
 

Bobby Brown (who was now a professional), Jim Lewis and Hugh Lindsay played for a Football Association eleven against a touring New Zealand side at the County Ground, Northampton on 13th April, four days before the amateur team faced them. The home side won 4-0 and Lindsay scored a hat-trick.

Friendly
209 16 April 1964 - England 4 New Zealand 1 [2-1]
Champion Hill Stadium, Dulwich, London
(4,000)
Townsend (pen), Ashworth, Harding, Browning
Ryan
HabW
Match abandoned after 70 minutes, torrential rain.
England: D.Griffin, J.Martin (capt.), J.Robertson, E.Powell, R.Law, J.Ashworth, L.Worley, C.Townsend (L.Picking), M.Browning, A.Harding, P.Hodges.
International Amateur Tournament in Liguria, Italy
 
- 24 May 1964 - England 4 Liguria 2 [1-2]
Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genova
(3,000)
Figg (2), Harding (2)
Monaci, Geliberti
AW
England: D.Griffin (M.Kelly), J.Martin (capt.) (M.Neale), D.Gamblin, L.Picking (B.King), A.D'Arcy, E.Powell, L.Worley (K.Gray), C.Townsend, R.Figg, A.Harding, P.Hodges.

England were due to play Greece in their opening match of Group A, but after pulling out of the Olympic qualifying competition, the Greeks were still unable to field an amateur team, so a local selection was drafted in at the last minute to take their place as Italy 'B'; Italy 'A' being in the other group. England brought on four substitutes for the second half and their superior fitness told in the end.

 
210 28 May 1964 - England 3 France 4 [1-1]
Stadio Sen. Eugenio Broccardi, Santa Margherita Ligure, Genova
(-)
Figg (2), Townsend (pen)
Blanchet (2), CouÚcou (2)
NL
England: D.Griffin, J.Martin (capt.), D.Gamblin, B.King, A.D'Arcy (L.Picking), E.Powell, L.Worley, C.Townsend, R.Figg, A.Harding, P.Hodges.
211 31 May 1964 - England 0 West Germany 1 [0-0]
Stadio Comunale Felice Borel, Finale Ligure
(-)
Honig NL
England: M.Kelly, J.Martin (capt.) (M.Neale), D.Gamblin, B.King, E.Powell, L.Picking, K.Gray, C.Townsend, R.Figg, A.Harding, P.Hodges.
The only goal of their third and final fixture put England out of the tournament and the Germans through to the final, narrowly ahead of France on goal average, with both on five points. England finished third in Group A with two points. West Germany drew the final with Spain, but won the trophy on the toss of a coin.
Season 1964-65
British Amateur Championship
212 26 September 1964 - England 2 Northern Ireland 1 [0-1]
Brooklands Stadium, Romford
(3,800)
Figg, Townsend
Warburton
HW
England: J.Swannell, R.Sleap, I.Reid, R.Thursby (capt.), J.Robertson, C.Townsend, M.Candey, H.Lindsay, R.Figg, W.Roughley, M.Mahon.

In their first defence of the title, Northern Ireland threatened to beat England again, but Charlie Townsend settled the match with only two minutes remaining.

213 21 November 1964 - England 7 Wales 0 [4-0]
Gay Meadow, Shrewsbury (2,500)
Hyde (4), Mahon, Figg, Harvey HW
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, I.Reid, R.Thursby (capt.), J.Robertson, C.Townsend, B.Harvey, H.Lindsay, R.Figg, D.Hyde, M.Mahon.

A spectacular goalscoring debut from David Hyde, who scored a first-half hat-trick and a fourth in the second half, as England laid down a strong claim to regaining the British Championship.

Friendly
214 27 February 1965 - Republic of Ireland 2 England 3 [1-1]
Dalymount Park, Phibsborough, Dublin
(2,300)
Kavanagh, Doyle
Figg (2), Harvey
AW
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, I.Reid, R.Thursby (capt.), J.Robertson, C.Townsend, T.Howard, K.Gray, R.Figg, D.Hyde, B.Harvey.

England came from behind to score the winner, through Roger Figg, three minutes from the end.


- 8 March 1965 - Tottenham Hotspur 4 England 0 [2-0]
White Hart Lane, Tottenham, London (-)
Johnson (2), Low, Norman AL
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, I.Reid, R.Thursby (capt.), J.Robertson, C.Townsend, T.Howard, K.Gray (L.Eason), R.Figg, D.Hyde, E.Turley.

Tottenham fielded three of the 'double-winning' side of four years earlier, including Maurice Norman, and also included future England cap, Keith Weller and Northern Ireland goalkeeper, Pat Jennings.

 
British Amateur Championship
215

20 March 1965 - Scotland 2 England 1 [0-0]
Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
(-)

Ford (2)
Hyde
AL
England: J.Swannell, J.Harding, I.Reid, R.Thursby (capt.), J.Robertson, C.Townsend, T.Howard, L.Eason, R.Figg, D.Hyde, M.Mahon.
The fixture was switched back to a Saturday and pitted England, needing only a point to win the title, against ten members of Queen's Park, plus Donald Ford of Hearts. David Hyde's goal looked to have clinched the trophy, but Scotland fought back and it was Ford who scored twice to win the points, leaving the Scots needing a victory in their last match to be outright champions. As it turned out, they could only draw against Northern Ireland, at the Showgrounds, Ballymena, two weeks later, and so England jointly won the 1964-65 British Amateur Championship, with Scotland, with four points each, though England had the better goal average. Ford went on to play for Scotland at full international level and was a member of the 1974 World Cup squad. This was Scotland's last victory against England at amateur level.
Friendly
216 16 May 1965 - France 1 England 0 [1-0]
Parc des Sports, Annecy
(5,537)
 Grizzetti (pen) AL
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, J.Harding, R.Thursby (capt.), A.D'Arcy, C.Townsend, T.Howard, H.Lindsay, R.Figg, D.Hyde, B.Harvey.
 

Hugh Lindsay and Bob Thursby, plus David Sadler (who was now a professional) were selected by Alf Ramsey for a Football Association squad to visit Gibraltar, the following week.

Season 1965-66

- 6 September 1965 - Chelsea 3 England 0 [3-0]
Stamford Bridge, Fulham, London (-)
Smart, Osgood (2) AL
England: J.Swannell (B.Wakefield), D.Hogwood, I.Reid, R.Thursby (capt.), A.D'Arcy, C.Townsend (G.Ramshaw), T.Harmer, R.Day, K.Gray, A.Harding, T.Howard.

Peter Osgood broke the amateurs' resistance by scoring twice before half-time. Due to injuries, Chelsea youth coach, Tommy Harmer, a former England B international, played for the trialists as a guest.

- 13 September 1965 - Hendon 3 England 2 [1-2]
Claremont Road, Hendon, London
(-)
Mills (2), NK
Harding, Lindsay
AL
England: J.Swannell, (unknown), I.Reid, A.Kennerley, A.D'Arcy (capt.), C.Townsend, (unknown), H.Lindsay, R.Figg, A.Harding, (unknown).

A competitive match, with the FA Amateur Cup holders also providing players in contention for the national team. With Hendon's goalkeeper, John Swannell playing for England, Brian Wakefield guested in goal for Hendon. David Hyde also played for Hendon and earned himself a place in the England side, twelve days later.

 

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Charlie Hughes

British Amateur Championship
217

25 September 1965 - Northern Ireland 0 England 2 [0-1]
The Showgrounds, Ballymena
(-)

Harvey, Hyde AW
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, J.Robertson, E.Powell, A.D'Arcy (capt.), C.Townsend, D.Hyde, H.Lindsay, R.Figg, A.Harding, B.Harvey.
 

Roger Figg and Charlie Townsend played for a Football Association team that won 10-0 in Jersey on 6th October, with both scoring.

 
- 18 October 1965 -
Wycombe Wanderers 0 England 0 [0-0]
Loakes Park, High Wycombe
(-)
  AD
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, J.Robertson, E.Powell, A.D'Arcy (capt.), R.Cantwell (C.Townsend), B.Bates, L.Pritchard (H.Lindsay), R.Figg, A. Harding, T.Howard.

The first of five more trial games before the end of the year to give manager, Charlie Hughes the chance to see as many players as possible prior to the European Championship qualifiers, the following year. Paul Bates and Len Worley played for Wycombe, but neither played for England again.

- 1 November 1965 - Watford 3 England 1 [1-0]
Vicarage Road, Watford (2,600)
Bond, Brace, Harris
Hyde
AL
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, J.Robertson (J.Ritchie), R.Cantwell, A.D'Arcy (capt.) (R.Thursby), C.Townsend, L.Churchill (A. Harding), J.Goodfellow, D.Hyde, P.Phillips, B.Harvey.
In the Watford side was Dave Bassett, who never made a league appearance for them, but featured in England's next trial match and eventually won his first cap, five years later, before going on to take Wimbledon from the Fourth to the First Division in four seasons, as manager.
- 8 November 1965 - Enfield 0 England 1 [0-0]
Southbury Road, Enfield, London
(-)
Goodfellow AW
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, J.Ritchie, A.D'Arcy, R.Thursby (capt.), C.Townsend, D.Bassett, J.Goodfellow, W.Wright, H.Lindsay, B.Harvey.

Roger Day was in the Enfield side, still waiting for the first of his 48 caps.

 
British Amateur Championship
218

20 November 1965 - Wales 1 England 2 [0-2]
Park Avenue, Aberystwyth
(-)

Evans
Harvey, Lindsay
AW
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, J.Ritchie, R.Thursby (capt.), A.D'Arcy, E.Powell, D.Hyde, K.Gray, R.Figg, H.Lindsay, B.Harvey.

- 29 November 1965 - Kingstonian 1 England 5 [nk]
Richmond Road Ground, Kingston upon Thames, London
(-)
Haider
Adams (3), Hyde, Churchill
AW
England: D.Shewring, D.Gamblin, I.Reid, E.Powell, J.Robertson (capt.), C.Townsend, L.Churchill, D.Hyde, J.Adams, A.Horseman, D.Armstrong.

Brian Wakefield, a member of the 1960 Olympic squad, but who was destined never to play for England, kept goal for Kingstonian, whilst their goal was scored by Rod Haider, who went on to win more England amateur caps than any other player (65).

- 6 December 1965 -
England
6 Isthmian and Athenian Leagues 3 [nk]
The Sports Ground, Stompond Lane, Walton-on-Thames (-)
Hyde, Eason (2), Harvey, Adams (2)
Day (2), Diwell
NW

England ended the year with another high-scoring performance, with Charlie Hughes having assessed almost forty players in the seven trial matches.

 
Friendly
219

11 March 1966 - England 4 Republic of Ireland 0 [0-0]
Griffin Park, Brentford, Hounslow, London
(3,108)

Adams, Clements, Eason (pen), Harvey HW
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, I.Reid, C.Townsend, A.D'Arcy (capt.), R.Haider, P.Clements, L.Eason, J.Adams, H.Lindsay, B.Harvey.
British Amateur Championship
220 25 March 1966 - England 3 Scotland 3 [0-1]
Roots Hall Stadium, Southend-on-Sea
(4,926)
Eason, Townsend, Lindsay
Ford (2), Mackay
HD
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, J.Robertson, C.Townsend, A.D'Arcy (capt.), R.Haider, P.Clements, L.Eason, J.Adams, H.Lindsay, B.Harvey.
Yet another dramatic end to the Championship. England were already assured of retaining the title, following Scotland's defeat to Northern Ireland at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, two weeks earlier, but it looked as if the Scots were also going to retain their share of the trophy, when they led 3-1, with only four minutes left.  Two long-range efforts from two of England's most experienced players miraculously salvaged a draw and with it, the title outright. England won the 1965-66 British Amateur Championship with five points. Scotland and Northern Ireland were joint runners-up with three points each. Some reports credit Scotland's second goal to Ingram (instead of Mackay) and their third goal to Campbell (instead of Ford).
1966-67 UEFA Amateur Cup (Qualifying Group Three)
221 21 May 1966 - Netherlands 0 England 0 [0-0]
De Adelaarshorst, Deventer (911)
  AD
England: J.Swannell, J.Robertson, A.D'Arcy (capt.), E.Powell, C.Townsend, R.Haider, B.Harvey, K.Gray, J.Mason, H.Lindsay.
Season 1966-67

- 5 September 1966 - Chelsea 2 England 1 [1-1]
Stamford Bridge, Fulham, London (-)
Purcell, Wosahlo
Clements
AL
England: J.Swannell, I.Reid, A.Knox, E.Powell, J.Robertson (capt.), R.Haider, K.Gray, H.Lindsay, J.Adams, P.Clements, B.Harvey.

England began the season impressively by taking the lead against the First Division high-flyers, who brought on their manager, ex-Scotland international, Tommy Docherty for the second half. The England team also made changes at half-time.

- 12 September 1966 - Watford 4 England 1 [2-0]
Vicarage Road, Watford (1,070)
Scullion, Garbett (2), Campbell
Lindsay
AL

Tony Mackie replaced John Swannell at half-time to make his debut, but they were facing the same Watford team that had won at Swindon, in the Third Division, two days earlier. Ten years later, Stewart Scullion scored against a full England side in the American Bicentennial Tournament.

 
British Amateur Championship
222 24 September 1966 - England 2 Northern Ireland 0 [0-0]
Vicarage Road, Watford
(2,654)
Gray, Harvey HW
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, A.Knox, A.D'Arcy (capt.), J.Robertson, R.Haider, A.Turley, L.Eason, K.Gray, H.Lindsay, B.Harvey.
1966-67 UEFA Amateur Cup (Qualifying Group Three)
223 1 October 1966 - Austria 3 England 0 [2-0]
Lehen Stadion, Salzburg
(2,932)
Leitner (2), Jaros AL
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, A.Knox, A.D'Arcy (capt.), J.Robertson, R.Haider,  P.Clements, L.Eason, K.Gray, A.Turley, B.Harvey.
England crashed out of their very first European campaign, as Austria clinched a semi-final place, with Les Eason missing a penalty, ten minutes into the second half.
224 26 October 1966 - England 2 Austria 0 [0-0]
Claremont Road, Hendon, London
(2,333)
D'Arcy, Eason HW
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, I.Reid, A.D'Arcy (capt.), J.Robertson, R.Haider, L.Eason, C.Townsend, K.Gray, L.Pritchard, B.Harvey.
England gained some revenge for their defeat in Vienna, but it was too late.
225 19 November 1966 - England 1 Netherlands 0 [1-0]
Champion Hill Stadium, Dulwich, London
(1,638)
Powell HW
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, I.Reid, E.Powell, J.Robertson (capt.), R.Haider, L.Eason, C.Townsend, K.Gray, L.Pritchard, B.Harvey.
Brian Harvey missed a penalty for England, their second spot-kick failure of the competition, with six minutes remaining, as England finished runners-up in Group Three with five points. Austria qualified for the semi-finals with six points and went on to win the Championship.
British Amateur Championship
226 3 December 1966 - England 4 Wales 1 [2-0]
Richmond Road Ground, Kingston upon Thames, London
(2,188)
Powell, Townsend, Diwell, Haider
Williams
HW
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, B.Moffatt, E.Powell, J.Robertson (capt.), R.Haider, C.Townsend, K.Gray, P.Diwell, D.Andrews, H.Lindsay.
 
- 13 February 1967 - Brentford 2 England 2 [2-0]
Griffin Park, Brentford, Hounslow, London
(-)
Ross, Lawther
Pritchard, Andrews
AD
England: J.Shippey, D.Hogwood, B.Moffatt, A.D'Arcy (capt.), D.Gradi, R.Haider, C.Townsend, K.Gray, L.Pritchard, D.Andrews, R.Sleap.

A strong second-half recovery by England against the Fourth Division side.

 
Friendly
227 11 March 1967 - Republic of Ireland 0 England 2 [0-1]
Dalymount Park, Phibsborough, Dublin (-)
Pritchard, Gray AW
England: D.Shewring, D.Hogwood, A.D'Arcy (capt.), J.Robertson, R.Moffatt, D.Andrews, R.Sleap, C.Townsend, R.Haider, K.Gray, L.Pritchard.
British Amateur Championship
228 31 March 1967 - Scotland 2 England 2 [1-1]
Tannadice Park, Dundee
(800)
Mackay (2)
Gray, Haider
AD
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, A.D'Arcy (capt.), D.Gradi, R.Moffatt, D.Andrews, R.Sleap, C.Townsend, R.Haider, K.Gray, L.Pritchard.
England won the 1966-67 British Amateur Championship with five points. It was their third successive title. Scotland were runners-up with four points. Dario Gradi won his only cap in front of a disappointing attendance, but went on to forge an influential 24-year management stint with Crewe Alexandra, launching the careers of several future international players.
Season 1967-68
 

A planned tour in August became a British Olympic tour with the addition of six Scottish players. Two days before leaving for Sweden, on 4th August, the following team started a goalless draw at Hampden Park, Glasgow against Queen's Park as part of the Scottish Second Division amateur club's centenary celebrations; Swannell, Patterson (Northern Ireland), Powell (capt.), Robertson, Reid, Andrews, Sleap, Townsend, Haider, Guy (Northern Ireland), Pritchard. Four days later, with Scottish players added to the team, the tourists beat the Swedish Under-23 side in Gothenburg, Larry Pritchard scoring the only goal, ten minutes from the end. This was followed by a 2-0 win against the Republic of Ireland at Dalymount Park, Dublin on 11th August and a 3-0 victory against Iceland, in Reykjavik, three days later, with Rod Haider scoring. On returning home, they played two further games against London opposition. On 4th September, a goal from Ken Gray defeated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, London. The British team was; Swannell, Gamblin, Powell (capt.), Robertson, Reid, Sleap, Payne, Hay (Scotland), Pritchard, Gray, Hill. Ray Hill and John Payne were uncapped. Seven days later, on 11th September, Gray scored an equaliser as the Olympic trialists earned a 1-1 draw at The Valley, London, against Second Division, Charlton Athletic. Gamblin, Gray, Hill, Payne, Powell (capt.), Pritchard, Reid and Sleap were all due to start the game, according to the match programme.

British Amateur Championship
229 23 September 1967 - Northern Ireland 0 England 1 [0-1]
The Showgrounds, Ballymena
(-)
Pritchard AW
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, E.Powell (capt.), J.Robertson, I.Reid, R.Haider, J.Payne, P.Deadman, L.Pritchard, K.Gray, H.Lindsay.
 

Gamblin, Gray, Payne, Powell (capt.), Pritchard, Robertson, Sleap and Swannell all started the Olympic side's next match, a 4-0 defeat to European Champions, Celtic at Lesser Hampden, Glasgow on 9th October. Robertson only played the first half, and Andrews and Townsend were half-time substitutes. Seven days later, the side went down 3-2 at Vicarage Road, to Third Division, Watford, despite taking a two-goal lead in the first ten minutes of the second half. The Olympic team lined up at the start as follows: Swannell, Gamblin, Powell (capt.), Robertson, Deadman, Hogwood, Sleap, Hay (Scotland), Haider, Mackay (Scotland), Pritchard. Britain made five changes at half-time. Swannell was replaced in goal, whilst Andrews and Townsend, just as they had been against Celtic, the week before, came on, and it was Dave Andrews that scored the opening goal.

   

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The England team represented Great Britain in qualification for the XIX Olympiad and played the following fixtures:
Olympic Qualification Second Round
1st
leg
25 October 1967 -
West Germany 0 Great Britain 2 [0-1]
Rosenaustadion, Augsburg
(8,000)
Hogwood, Pritchard AW
GB: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, E.Powell (capt.), J.Robertson, D.Hogwood, D.Andrews, R.Sleap, C.Townsend, R.Haider, L.Pritchard, K.Gray.

The refusal of Queen's Park to release three players before their Saturday fixture, caused Charlie Hughes to ignore them for the qualifier and it was England who went to Germany and won, despite only having ten fit outfield players. As it turned out, the Germans ended up with only eight fit outfield players, after Bergfelder went off with concussion when they had already used their substitute and one of their strikers, Faltermeier played on with a leg injury. The visitors even missed a penalty in the 73rd minute, when Schulte saved from Dave Andrews, three minutes before Larry Pritchard's clincher. Britain's unused substitutes were Deadman, who was carrying an ankle injury and uncapped goalkeeper, John Shippey. England had never beaten the Germans at amateur level.

2nd
leg
8 November 1967 -
Great Britain 0 West Germany 1 [0-1]

Great Britain win 2-1 on aggregate

Claremont Road, Hendon, London
(4,002)
Keifler HL
GB: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, E.Powell (capt.), J.Robertson, D.Hogwood, D.Andrews, R.Haider, R.Sleap, C.Townsend, K.Gray, A.Horseman (P.Deadman).

Hughes again left out the Scots, and opted for an Isthmian League eleven that just had enough to hold on to the first-leg lead against a team led by Udo Lattek, who went on to become the only coach to win each of the three major European trophies with a different club. Shippey was, again, the goalkeeping substitute. Tony Horseman was replaced at half-time and never played for England.

 
British Amateur Championship
230 18 November 1967 - Wales 1 England 0 [1-0]
Y Traeth, Porthmadoc
(2,000)
McCarter AL
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, E.Powell (capt.), J.Robertson, D.Hogwood, D.Andrews, J.Payne, P.Deadman, J.Unsworth, L.Pritchard, K.Gray.

After Charlie Hughes had not selected any Welsh players for the Great Britain side, Wales achieved a first victory against England since 1956, but it was to be their last against them at amateur level.

 

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The England team played the following friendly fixture as Great Britain before the next round of Olympic qualification fixtures:
Olympic Friendly
- 29 January 1968 -
Oxford United 1 Great Britain 0 [0-0]
Manor Ground, Headington, Oxford
(-)
G.Atkinson AL
GB: J.Shippey, J.Robertson (capt.), H.Moxon, D.Moore, M.Hughes, D.Andrews, P.Deadman, D.Gradi, L.Pritchard, P.Greene, A.Gowling.

Another all-English side, with several newcomers, fell to a brilliant solo effort from Graham, the lesser-known of the Atkinson brothers. His elder sibling, 'Big Ron' (who was also in the side) captained the club to the Third Division Championship that season and went on to manage multiple cup-winning teams at Manchester United, Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa. Powell and Rundle were Great Britain's substitutes.

 

Two weeks later, on 12th February, Ken Gray's goal just after half-time was enough to defeat Watford at Vicarage Road in a team that included three Scottish players. The English amateurs were uncapped goalkeeper, Terry Crosbie, Gowling, Gray, Moore, Moxon, Pritchard, Reid and Sleap (capt.). Another sterling performance, against Charlton Athletic at The Valley, London, after a further two weeks, on 26th February, saw the Olympic trialists narrowly lose 3-2. Peter Greene scored twice in the first half. The side was: Swannell, Robertson, Moore, Moxon, Gradi, Haider, Cumming (Scotland), Gowling, Greene, Sleap (capt.), Pritchard. The uncapped Bobby Wilson was a first-half substitute for Gowling. On 8th March, a confident British team beat the Republic of Ireland, 6-0 at Vicarage Road. Greene and Pritchard both scored hat-tricks and the team lined up as: Shippey, Robertson, Powell (capt.), Moxon, Reid, Andrews, Sleap, Cumming (Scotland), Townsend, Greene, Pritchard. Deadman for Andrews and Haider for Townsend were second-half substitutes. The final trial before the Olympic qualifiers resulted in an emphatic 3-0 win against Arsenal, at Highbury, London on 18th March. Greene again scored twice and the third was an own goal. The British team was: Swannell, Robertson, Powell (capt.), Moxon, Reid, Hay (Scotland), Sleap, Cumming (Scotland), Pritchard, Greene, Gowling. Half-time substitutes were Haider for Cumming and Gray for Gowling.

    

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Nine English amateurs were selected to represent Great Britain in qualification for the XIX Olympiad and played the following fixture:
Olympic Qualification Third Round
1st
leg
27 March 1968 - Spain 1 Great Britain 0 [1-0]
Estadi de la Nova Creu Alta, Sabadell (20,000)
Ortega AL
GB: J.Swannell, J.Robertson, E.Powell (capt.), H.Moxon, I.Reid, Hay, R.Sleap, Cumming, L.Pritchard, A.Gowling, P.Greene.

Cumming was sent off in the 63rd minute in a physical game settled by a seventh-minute winner. The other five members of the squad were Andrews, Gray, Haider, Shippey and Townsend.

 
British Amateur Championship
231 5 April 1968 - England 0 Scotland 0 [0-0]
White City Stadium, Shepherd's Bush, London
(450)
  HD
England: J.Swannell, J.Robertson, E.Powell (capt.), H.Moxon, I.Reid, R.Haider, R.Sleap, D.Andrews, K.Gray, R.Townsend, P.Greene.

England returned to the scene of the 1908 Olympic triumph, and also where the second leg with Spain was to be played, five nights later, but it was a dismal spectacle in front of a sparse crowd and resulted in England relinquishing their grip on the British title after three years. They were held by ten members of the Queen's Park side, plus Cumming, leaving Northern Ireland and Wales to battle for the Championship, at Shamrock Park, Portadown, the following month. Wales were to win by a single goal and became outright champions for the first and only time, with five points. England were runners-up in the 1967-68 British Amateur Championship with three points, having only scored one goal in the three games.

    

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Nine English amateurs were selected to represent Great Britain in qualification for the XIX Olympiad and played the following fixture:
Olympic Qualification Third Round
2nd
leg
10 April 1968 - Great Britain 0 Spain 0 [0-0]
Spain win 1-0 on aggregate
White City Stadium, Shepherd's Bush, London (2,300)
  HD
GB: J.Swannell, J.Robertson, E.Powell (capt.), H.Moxon, I.Reid, Hay, R.Sleap, Cumming, R.Haider, A.Gowling, K.Gray.

Charlie Hughes' attempts to turn England into a counter-attacking 'continental-style' team backfired when they needed to break down a Spanish side with those very qualities. Another disappointing goalless draw saw Britain fall at the final hurdle. Andrews, Deadman, Greene, Moore, Pritchard (who failed a late fitness test), Shippey and Townsend were also in the squad. Hungary won the gold medals. Alan Gowling won his second British cap, but never played for England. His second appearance for Manchester United had kept him out of the Scotland game and he signed professional forms for United, five months later, before going on to win an England Under-23 cap and scoring for Newcastle United in the 1976 Football League Cup Final.

 
Friendly
232 23 May 1968 - England 0 Italy 0 [0-0]
Southbury Road, Enfield, London
(2,906)
  HD
England: J.Shippey, L.Tilley, E.Powell (capt.), J.D.Robertson, I.Reid, R.Sleap, H.Moxon, P.Deadman, K.Gray, LPritchard, M.Worswick.

Despite only conceding one goal in six games, England (and Great Britain) ended the season with no reward for their efforts after a sixth successive international without scoring.

Season 1968-69
British Amateur Championship
233 28 September 1968 - England 5 Northern Ireland 0 [4-0]
The Valley, Charlton, London
(2,682)
Haider (2), Day, Phillips, Pritchard HW
England: J.Shippey, D.Hogwood, E.Powell (capt.), J.Robertson, I.Reid, A.D'Arcy, R.Haider, R.Day, P.Phillips, A.Harding, L.Pritchard.

Following a season of disappointment both at home and abroad, England set about restoring their reputation with the sole purpose of regaining the British Championship. Rod Haider scored the first goal direct from a corner, Northern Ireland changed goalkeepers at half-time and Des Cathcart missed a second-half penalty for them.

234 9 November 1968 - England 1 Wales 1 [nk]
Vicarage Road, Watford
(1,752)
Harding
W.Williams
HD
England: J.Shippey, D.Hogwood, E.Powell (capt.), J.D.Robertson, I.Reid, A.D'Arcy, R.Haider, R.Day, A.Harding, K.Gray, L.Pritchard.

England failed to beat the defending British Champions, but still had eyes on regaining the title.

Friendlies
235 14 November 1968 - Bahrain 0 England 4 [0-2]
Isa Town Stadium
(11,000)
Harding (2), Pritchard, Haider AW
England: J.Swannell, L.Tilley, H.Moxon (capt.), J.Robertson, I.Reid, P.Deadman, R.Haider, R.Day, J.Adams, A.Harding, L.Pritchard.

The Football Association were invited to send a team to take on Bahrain which was then a protectorate of the United Kingdom, to open a new stadium in a new town. So, in the middle of November, the amateur squad made their first trip to Asia and beat the national team on a sandy pitch on an island in the Middle East.

236 8 March 1969 - Republic of Ireland 1 England 1 [nk]
Dalymount Park, Phibsborough, Dublin
(-)
Shortt
Harding
AD
England: J.Swannell, L.Tilley, D.Moore, B.Moffatt, J.Robertson (capt.), R.Haider, L.Pritchard, J.Adams, A.Harding, M.Burns, A.Windsor.
British Amateur Championship
237 28 March 1969 - Scotland 1 England 5 [0-3]
Celtic Park, Kerrydale Street, Parkhead, Glasgow
(-)
Whitehead
Pritchard (2), Haider, Mellows, Day
AW
England: J.Swannell, L.Tilley, H.Moxon (capt.), D.Moore, I.Reid, P.Deadman, R.Haider, R.Day, L.Pritchard, K.Gray, M.Mellows.
England's biggest ever win in Scotland won them the 1968-69 British Amateur Championship with five points. Wales were runners-up with four points, after failing to beat Scotland in the last match of the championship, at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham, the following week. A win would have meant them retaining the title by sharing it with England.
Friendly
238 1 May 1969 - Italy 0 England 0 [nk]
Stadio Comunale, Montecatini Terme
(-)
  AD
England: J.Swannell, L.Tilley, H.Moxon (capt.), D.Moore, I.Reid, P.Deadman (P.Fry), R.Haider, R.Day, L.Pritchard, K.Gray, P.Phillips (R.Page).
Season 1969-70
Tour of Caribbean
239 20 July 1969 - Bahamas 0 England 4 [0-nk]
Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, New Providence
(-)
Mellows, Moore, Deadman, Bladon AW
England: J.Swannell, L.Tilley, D.Moore, P.Fry, I.Reid, P.Deadman, R.Day, R.Haider (capt.), R.Page (T.Bladon), K.Gray, M.Mellows.
240 23 July 1969 - Trinidad and Tobago 0 England 0 [0-0]
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
(-)
  AD
England: J.Swannell, L.Tilley, D.Moore, P.Fry, I.Reid, P.Deadman, R.Day, R.Haider (capt.), T.Bladon, K.Jelly, M.Mellows (R.Page).
241 26 July 1969 - Trinidad and Tobago 0 England 3 [0-nk]
Skinner Park, San Fernando, Trinidad
(-)
Gray, Day (2) AW
England: J.Swannell, L.Tilley, H.Moxon (capt.), I.Reid, D.Moore, P.Fry, P.Deadman, R.Day, R.Haider (T.Bladon), R.Page, K.Gray, M.Mellows.
242 29 July 1969 - Guyana 0 England 8 [0-nk]
Georgetown Cricket Club, Georgetown
(-)
Bladon, Mellows (3), Gamblin, Haider, Gray (2) AW
England: J.Swannell, H.Moxon (capt.), D.Gamblin, D.Moore, I.Reid, P.Fry, L.Tilley, T.Bladon, R.Haider, K.Gray, M.Mellows.
243 31 July 1969 - Guyana 0 England 8 [0-nk]
Georgetown Cricket Club, Georgetown
(-)
Gray (3), Page (2), Mellows, Haider (2) AW
England: T.Crosbie, L.Tilley, H.Moxon (capt.), D.Moore, I.Reid, P.Fry, T.Bladon (R.Page), R.Day, R.Haider, K.Gray, M.Mellows.
244 2 August 1969 - Netherlands Antilles 0 England 2 [0-nk]
Stadion Ergilio Hato, Willemstad. Curašao
(-)
Gray, Mellows AW
England: J.Swannell, L.Tilley, H.Moxon (capt.), D.Moore, I.Reid, P.Fry (D.Gamblin), R.Page, R.Day, R.Haider, K.Gray, M.Mellows.
British Amateur Championship
245 27 September 1969 - Northern Ireland 1 England 4 [nk]
Shamrock Park, Portadown
(-)
Mulgrew
Day, Pritchard, Gray, Mellows
AW
England: J.Swannell, D.Hogwood, H.Moxon (capt.) (J.Delaney), D.Moore, I.Reid, P.Fry, R.Day, R.Haider, L.Pritchard, K.Gray, M.Mellows.

Northern Ireland's George Crothers was sent off in the first half.

1969-70 UEFA Amateur Cup (Qualifying Group Two)
246 8 October 1969 - England 1 France 2 [0-1]
Southbury Road, Enfield, London
(2,736)
Moore
Kohler, Vacher
HL
England: J.Swannell, D.Hogwood, H.Moxon (capt.), D.Moore, I.Reid, P.Fry (T.Bladon), R.Day, R.Haider, L.Pritchard, M.Mellows, K.Gray.
247 22 October 1969 - England 1 Spain 2 [0-0]
Champion Hill Stadium, Dulwich, London
(2,880)
Day
E.Castro, Ortuno
HL
England: J.Swannell, L.Tilley, D.Moore, J.Payne, I.Reid, P.Deadman, R.Day, R.Haider (capt.), L.Pritchard, K.Gray, M.Mellows (J.Adams).
248 20 November 1969 - Spain 2 England 0 [2-0]
Estadio Heliodoro Rodríguez López, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
(12,597)
Garzon, Quini AL
England: T.Crosbie, L.Tilley, D.Moore, J.Payne, P.Fry, P.Deadman, R.Day, R.Haider (capt.), P.Feely, J.Adams, M.Mellows.

Spain qualified for the semi-finals by winning Group Two with seven points and went on to win the Championship. This result condemned England to the wooden spoon.

British Amateur Championship
249 29 November 1969 - Wales 0 England 1 [0-nk]
Ninian Park Stadium, Ca
rdiff (1,000)
Pritchard AW
England: T.Crosbie, L.Tilley, J.Delaney, J.Payne, I.Reid, D.Moore, P.Suddaby, R.Day, R.Haider (capt.), L.Pritchard, M.Mellows.
Friendlies
250 2 February 1970 - England 1 Iceland 0 [0-0]
The Dolphin Stadium, Slough
(3,034)
Gray HW
England: J.Swannell, I.Reid, P.Suddaby, E.Powell (capt.) (M.Doyle), P.Fry, P.Deadman, R.Day (J.Payne), R.Haider, L.Pritchard, K.Gray, M.Mellows.
251 28 February 1970 - England 3 Republic of Ireland 1 [nk]
Loakes Park, High Wycombe
(2,816)
Pritchard, Gray, Day (pen)
Duffy
HW
England: J.Swannell, L.Tilley (P.Fry), E.Powell (capt.), P.Suddaby, I.Reid, J.Payne, R.Day, R.Haider, J.Adams, K.Gray, L.Pritchard.

Whilst England were playing this game, they were also retaining the British Championship, because of Wales' 3-0 win against Scotland, at Shielfield Park, Berwick (a Scotland home game played in England!).

British Amateur Championship
252 20 March 1970 - England 1 Scotland 0 [0-0]
Champion Hill Stadium, Dulwich, London
(1,671)
Feely HW
England: J.Swannell, L.Tilley (I.Reid), E.Powell (capt.), J.Delaney, A.Rosethorne, J.Payne, R.Day, R.Haider, L.Pritchard, K.Gray, P.Feely.
Malky Mackay Senior (father of the former Cardiff City manager) was sent off for a dangerous tackle in the second half and Peter Feely secured England's second successive outright title triumph by grabbing the only goal with two minutes remaining. Following a substitution, the Scots had only one player on the field that was not from Queen's Park. England won the 1969-70 British Amateur Championship with a maximum six points, their first 'Triple Crown' since 1963. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland were joint runners-up with two points each.
Friendly
253 10 May 1970 - Iceland 1 England 1 [0-1]
Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík
(6,046)
HallgrÝmsson
Day (pen)
AD
England: J.Swannell, J.Payne, E.Powell (capt.), J.Delaney, A.Rosethorne, P.Deadman, R.Day, R.Haider, R.Veart, M.Mellows, L.Pritchard.
1969-70 UEFA Amateur Cup (Qualifying Group Two)
254 13 May 1970 - France 3 England 2 [2-1]
Stade de l'Armoricaine, Brest
(7,186)
Hallet, Di Caro, Horlaville
Day, Delaney
AL
England: J.Swannell, J.Payne, E.Powell (capt.), J.Delaney, A.Rosethorne, P.Deadman, R.Day, R.Haider, L.Pritchard, R.Connell, M.Mellows (C.Duggan).
England finished bottom of Group Two without winning a point.
Season 1970-71
Friendly
255 23 September 1970 - Finland 1 England 3 [nk]
Olympiastadion, Helsinki
(2,343)
Lindholm
Gray, Pritchard, Delaney
AW
England: J.Swannell, L.Tilley (E.Powell), J.Delaney, J.Turner, B.Moffatt, R.Day, J.Payne, R.Haider (capt.), L.Pritchard, P.Clements, K.Gray.
British Amateur Championship
256 2 October 1970 - England 4 Northern Ireland 1 [nk]
Kingfield Sports Ground, Woking
(2,132)
Haider, Payne, Clements, Adams
Anderson
HW
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin (L.Tilley), E.Powell (capt.), J.Turner, B.Moffatt, J.Payne, R.Day, R.Haider, P.Clements, K.Gray, J.Adams.
 

The British Olympic team began their preparations for the qualifiers with a trip to the Manor Ground, Headington to face Oxford United on 9th November. Clements, Day, Delaney, Gray, Haider, the uncapped Peter Hardcastle, Payne, Powell (capt.), Pritchard and Swannell were named in the squad and the side won 1-0 against their Second Division opponents. Two weeks later, on 23rd November, they went to Vicarage Road and beat another Second Division team, Watford, 4-2. The squad chosen for this game included Adams, Clements, Day, Delaney, Gamblin, Gray, Haider, Hardcastle, Moffatt, Payne, Powell (capt.), Pritchard, Swannell and uncapped goalkeeper, Andy Williams.

  Season 1970-71
British Amateur Championship
257 5 December 1970 - England 3 Wales 0 [nk]
Claremont Road, Hendon, London
(1,446)
Gray, Clements, Adams HW
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, E.Powell (capt.), J.Delaney, B.Moffatt, J.Payne, L.Pritchard (R.Haider), P.Hardcastle (R.Day), P.Clements, K.Gray, J.Adams.
 

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The England team played the following friendly fixture as Great Britain in preparation for the upcoming Olympic qualifying competition:
Olympic Friendly
- 14 December 1970 -
Derby County 0 Great Britain 1 [0-0]
Baseball Ground, Shaftesbury Crescent, Derby
(-)
Gray AW
GB: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, J.Delaney, E.Powell (capt.), B.Moffatt, J.Payne, R.Day, R.Haider, P.Clements, K.Gray, P.Hardcastle.

A prestigious victory as the British Olympic side reverted back to being the England amateur team. The First Division side included Roy McFarland and the future twice European Cup-winning captain, John McGovern, plus a Gambian trialist wearing green mittens!

 

The Olympic team began the New Year with a 2-0 win against Third Division, Reading at Elm Park on 11th January. Two weeks later, on 25th January, it was the following England team that started against a Northern Ireland side at Windsor Park, Belfast: I.Wolstenholme, P.Fuschillo, J.Delaney, E.Powell (capt.), D.Gamblin, J.Payne, L.Pritchard, R.Haider, P.Clements, K.Gray, P.Hardcastle. Two substitutions were made; R.Day for Haider, and Phillips (Wales) for Payne. The hosts were selected entirely from the Irish League and included Bryan Hamilton, who was already a full international and would make the first of eight appearances against the full England side, four months later. It ended in a 3-3 draw, with Larry Pritchard, John Delaney and Ken Gray scoring for the visitors. On 8th February, the Olympic side travelled to Deepdale and held Preston North End, who would go on to win the Third Division Championship, to a goalless draw.

 
Friendly
258 17 February 1971 - England 1 France 1 [1-0]
Champion Hill Stadium, Dulwich, London
(3,420)
Gray
Prost
HD
England: J.Swannell, P.Fuschillo, D.Smith (L.Tilley), P.Deadman, D.Gamblin, J.Payne, P.Clements, P.Hardcastle, A.Turley, K.Gray, P.Diwell (L.Pritchard).
 

The following players were then selected for the British Olympic squad to face Southampton at The Dell, five nights later on 22nd February: Adams, Clements, Day, Deadman, Delaney, Fuschillo, Gamblin, Gray, Haider (capt.), Hardcastle, Moffatt, Payne, Phillips (Wales), Pritchard, Smith, Swannell, Turley and Williams. They beat the First Division side, 4-0.

Friendly
259 5 March 1971 - Republic of Ireland 0 England 1 [0-1]
Dalymount Park, Phibsborough, Dublin
(1,000)
Clements AW
England: A.Williams, D.Gamblin, P.Deadman, E.Powell (capt.), B.Moffatt, J.Payne, R.Day, R.Haider, P.Clements, K.Gray (P.Hardcastle), J.Adams.
 

Ten nights later, on 15th March, the Olympic team lost 3-1 to Second Division, Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

 

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Ten English amateurs were selected to represent Great Britain in qualification for the XX Olympiad and played the following fixture:
Olympic Qualification First Round
1st
leg
24 March 1971 - Great Britain 1 Bulgaria 0 [1-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
(2,200)
Adams HW
GB: J.Swannell, P.Fuschillo, Currie, E.Powell (capt.), D.Gamblin, J.Payne, R.Day, R.Haider, P.Hardcastle (L.Pritchard), K.Gray, J.Adams.

A remarkable victory against a side containing eight players that had appeared in the previous year's World Cup in Mexico. The unused substitutes were P.Deadman, I.Reid, Savage and A.Williams.

    
British Amateur Championship
260 2 April 1971 - Scotland 0 England 2 [0-1]
Brockville Park, Falkirk
(1,000)
Gray (2) AW
England: J.Swannell, L.Pritchard, E.Powell (capt.), P.Deadman, D.Gamblin, J.Payne, R.Day, R.Haider, P.Hardcastle, K.Gray, J.Adams.
England won the 1970-71 British Amateur Championship with a maximum six points for the second year in succession, making them the first to win back-to-back Triple Crowns. They also became the first team to win the title outright for three years in succession. Wales were runners-up with four points.
  The Olympic team played two more trials before the second leg, against Bulgaria. On 19th April, the following side narrowly lost 3-2 to Second Division, Sunderland at Roker Park: Swannell, Deadman, Currie (Scotland), Powell (capt.), Gamblin, Payne, Day, Haider, Clements, Savage (Northern Ireland), Adams. At half-time, there were three substitutions; Mellows for Savage, Pritchard for Clements and Wolstenholme for Swannell. Joe Adams and Roger Day (from a penalty) were on the scoresheet. A week later, on 26th April, Adams, Bass, Clements, Day, Deadman, Delaney, Fuschillo, Gamblin, Gray, Haider, Hardcastle, Mellows, Payne, Powell (capt.) and Swannell were in the squad that travelled to Motherwell and lost 2-1 to the Scottish First Division side at Fir Park. All had previously played for England, except Tony Bass.
    

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The England team represented Great Britain in qualification for the XX Olympiad and played the following fixture:
Olympic Qualification First Round
2nd
leg
5 May 1971 - Bulgaria 5 Great Britain 0 [2-0]
Bulgaria win 5-1 on aggregate
Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia
(30,000)
Zhekov (2), Mihailov, Vassilev, Mitkov (pen) AL
GB: J.Swannell, P.Fuschillo, J.Delaney, E.Powell (capt.), D.Gamblin, J.Payne, R.Day, R.Haider, P.Clements (L.Pritchard), K.Gray, J.Adams (M.Mellows).

The England team was overwhelmed by their experienced opponents and they were efficiently despatched from, what was to be, their last Olympic competition, as amateurs. P.Deadman, Millington and I.Reid were the unused substitutes. Poland won the gold medals.

    
Season 1971-72
Friendlies
261 21 July 1971 - Norway 2 England 1 [nk]
Stavanger Stadion, Stavanger
(8,200)
Nilsen, Dybwad-Olsen
Day
AL
England: P.Frankish, M.Cooper, K.Mead, J.Charles, J.Lailey, E.Powell (capt.), R.Day, W.Smith (D.Bassett), R.Haider, R.Connell, A.Bass (E.Dickin).

Had Great Britain defeated Bulgaria in the qualifier, this would have been a British Olympic tour. The Football Association, subsequently decided to restrict it to the England team against a trio of national sides.

262 1 August 1971 - Denmark 3 England 2 [2-1]
Aalborg Stadion, Aalborg
(9,142)
Schriver, Olsen, Nygaard
Dickin, Haider
AL
England: I.Wolstenholme, M.Cooper, K.Mead (J.Charles), E.Powell (capt.), D.Bassett, J.Lailey, R.Day, W.Smith, R.Haider, E.Dickin, A.Bass.

Denmark's second goal was scored by Morten Olsen, who became the first Danish player to make a hundred international appearances. Though they were playing England's amateur team, it was classed as a full international by the Dansk Boldspil-Union. Olsen then went on to coach the national side for over a hundred games, the first to achieve the feat as both a player and a coach for his country.

263 4 August 1971 - Iceland 1 England 3 [1-1]
Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík
(5,716)
Pßlsson
Bass, Lailey, Haider
AW
England: I.Wolstenholme, M.Cooper, E.Powell (capt.), J.Charles, D.Bassett, J.Lailey, R.Day, W.Smith, R.Haider, E.Dickin, A.Bass.
British Amateur Championship
pp 1 October 1971 - Northern Ireland vs. England
Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast
On 17 September, this fixture was postponed because of the civil unrest in Northern Ireland. The game was eventually re-scheduled as an England home fixture at the end of the season. Northern Ireland did not play another home match at amateur level again, though they were to end the season as British Champions. England were now left with a four-month gap between fixtures.
264 4 December 1971 - Wales 1 England 1 [nk]
Victoria Avenue, Llanidloes
(-)
Anthony
Deadman
AD
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, J.Delaney, E.Powell (capt.), J.Lailey, J.Payne, L.Pritchard (A.Turley), R.Day (P.Deadman), R.Haider, K.Gray, M.Mellows.

Wales ended England's hopes of a hat-trick of Triple Crowns.

Friendlies
265 16 February 1972 - France 1 England 1 [nk]
Stade de l'Armoricaine, Brest
(-)
Redon
Pritchard
AD
England: J.Swannell, P.Deadman, J.Delaney, E.Powell (capt.), B.Moffatt, D.Bassett, J.Lailey, L.Pritchard, A.Turley, K.Gray, J.Ritchie.
266 25 February 1972 - England 2 Republic of Ireland 0 [1-0]
Loakes Park, High Wycombe (1,400)
O'Grady OG, Haider HW
England: J.Swannell, P.Deadman, J.Delaney, E.Powell (capt.), J.Lailey, D.Bassett, R.Haider, L.Pritchard, A.Turley (P.Cruse), K.Gray (J.Adams), J.Ritchie.

This game was played on a Friday afternoon, because of a power crisis during which the use of floodlights was banned.

British Amateur Championship
267 24 March 1972 - England 4 Scotland 0 [2-0]
Springfield Park, Wigan
(2,704)
Currie OG, Cruse, Gray, Bass HW
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, J.Delaney, E.Powell (capt.), A.Amos, P.Deadman, R.Haider, P.Cruse, J.Adams, K.Gray. A.Bass.

England extended their run of unbeaten games in the British Championship to a record twelve and seemed set to secure a fourth successive title.

Friendlies
268 3 May 1972 - Denmark 1 England 2 [0-0]
Idrætsparken, København
(9,400)
R°ntved
Butterfield, Haider
AW
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, E.Powell (capt.), J.Delaney, R.Eaton, P.Deadman, R.Haider, L.Pritchard, J.Adams, J.Butterfield, A.Bass.

England exacted revenge for their loss in Denmark at the beginning of the season, watched by the Duke and Duchess of Kent on a trade visit.

269 10 May 1972 - England 4 Italy 0 [1-0]
Home Park Stadium, Plymouth
(5,591)
Delaney (2), Benini OG, Amos HW
England: A.Williams, D.Gamblin, J.Delaney, E.Powell (capt.), R.Eaton, P.Deadman, R.Haider, L.Pritchard, J.Adams, J.Butterfield, A.Amos.
British Amateur Championship
270 15 May 1972 - England 1 Northern Ireland 2 [1-1]
Claremont Road, Hendon, London
(1,411)
Pritchard
Malone, McQuillan
HL
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, J.Delaney, E.Powell (capt.), J.Lailey, P.Deadman, R.Haider, L.Pritchard, J.Adams, J.Butterfield (A.Amos), K.Gray.
Needing a win to secure a fourth successive title, and having won their previous four games, scoring twelve goals in the process, England were stunned by their first home defeat to the Irish since 1949. It clinched a first and only Triple Crown for Northern Ireland, all three victories coming away from home, because of civil unrest in the province, and it was their first title since 1964. England were joint runners-up in the 1971-72 British Amateur Championship with Wales, with three points each.
Season 1972-73

- 25 September 1972 -
Manchester United 2 England 0 [1-0]
Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester
(1,994)
McIlroy, Whelan AL

Adams, Cooper, Deadman, Payne, Pritchard and Williams all played in a side that was up against former European Footballer of the Year, Denis Law in the first half. Jimmy Rimmer was in goal and the first goal was scored by Sammy McIlroy, who went on to win 88 caps for Northern Ireland.

 
British Amateur Championship
271 6 October 1972 - England 2 Northern Ireland 1 [2-0]
Carrow Road, Norwich
(1,502)
Butterfield (2)
McQuillan
HW
England: J.Swannell, P.Deadman, J.Delaney, E.Powell (capt.), R.Eaton, J.Payne, R.Day, L.Pritchard, R.Haider, J.Adams, J.Butterfield.

England quickly put right the ignominy of losing the previous season's title by defeating Northern Ireland in their first defence of the British Championship and the Irish would end the campaign without winning a point. More fixtures were now being played on a Friday night in a desperate attempt to revive interest in amateur internationals, but it was all in vain. On 27th November, the FA announced that no players could be called 'amateur' from the beginning of the 1974-75 season, ending decades of uncertainty as to what distinguished an amateur from a semi-professional, and the so-called 'shamateurism' debate concerning the legality of payments to players registered as amateurs, both in the UK and in Olympic competition.

272 2 December 1972 - England 3 Wales 1 [nk]
Edgar Street Athletic Ground, Hereford
(4,492)
Butterfield (2), Bass
Anthony
HW
England: A.Williams, P.Deadman, J.Delaney, E.Powell (capt.), R.Eaton, D.Bassett, R.Day, R.Haider, J.Butterfield, A.Bass, B.Friend.

With international caps soon to be a thing of the past for the amateurs, Rod Haider became the first outfield player to make his fiftieth appearance for England.


- 19 February 1973 - England 2 Aston Villa 1 [nk]
Loakes Park, High Wycombe (-)
NK HW

Another victory for a confident England team against the club lying third in the Second Division.

 
British Amateur Championship
273 2 March 1973 - Scotland 0 England 3 [0-3]
Shawfield Stadium, Rutherglen
(-)
Bass, Friend, Haider AW
England: J.Swannell, D.Gamblin, J.Delaney, E.Powell (capt.), R.Eaton, D.Bassett, R.Day (L.Pritchard), R.Haider, B.Friend, J.Butterfield, A.Bass.
England's fifth successive victory against the Scots and their third Triple Crown in four years was wrapped up by half-time, as they won the 1972-73 British Amateur Championship with a maximum six points. Scotland were runners-up with four points.
Friendlies
274 4 April 1973 - England 3 Finland 0 [1-0]
Home Park Stadium, Plymouth
(1,472)
Delaney (2), Deadman HW
England: J.Swannell, P.Deadman, J.Delaney, E.Powell (capt.), R.Eaton, L.Pritchard, R.Day, R.Haider, B.Friend, J.Butterfield, D.Rutherford.

John Swannell followed in the footsteps of Mike Pinner to become the second goalkeeper to make his fiftieth amateur international appearance for England.

275 6 June 1973 - Austria 0 England 1 [0-1]
Praterstadion, Prater, Wien
(500)
Haider AW
England: J.Swannell, P.Deadman, E.Powell (capt.), M.Preston, R.Eaton, L.Pritchard, R.Day, R.Haider, B.Friend, J.Butterfield, J.Brooks.

England's extensive European tour got off to a great start as Rod Haider celebrated breaking Mike Pinner's caps record on his 53rd appearance by scoring the only goal of the game.

276 9 June 1973 - Greece 0 England 1 [0-nk]
Karaiskaki Stadio, Piraeus
(-)
Smith AW
England: D.Cobb, P.Deadman, E.Powell (capt.), M.Preston, R.Eaton, D.Bassett, L.Pritchard, W.Smith, R.Haider, J.Butterfield, A.Ives (J.Brooks).
277 14 June 1973 - Italy 0 England 0 [0-0]
Stadio Comunale di Torino, Torino
(-)
  AD
England: J.Swannell, P.Deadman, E.Powell (capt.), M.Preston, R.Eaton, D.Bassett (W.Smith), L.Pritchard, R.Haider, K.Banks, J.Butterfield, J.Brooks.

This match was played on the same day as the full international between the two countries.

278 17 June 1973 - Turkey 0 England 2 [0-nk]
19 Mayıs Stadyumu, Ankara
(-)
Friend, Haider AW
England: J.Swannell, P.Deadman, P.Wood (W.Smith), M.Preston, R.Eaton, E.Powell (capt.), L.Pritchard, R.Haider, K.Banks (B.Friend), J.Butterfield, J.Brooks.
279 20 June 1973 - Yugoslavia 0 England 0 [0-0]
Stadion na Kantridi, Rijeka (4,000)
  AD
England: J.Swannell, P.Deadman, E.Powell (capt.), M.Preston, R.Eaton, L.Pritchard, R.Day, R.Haider, K.Banks (B.Friend), J.Butterfield, J.Brooks.

England's watertight defence had got them through the tour without conceding a single goal, their seventh successive clean sheet and hopes were high that they could win the European Championship in their final season.

Season 1973-74
280 25 September 1973 - England 6 Austria 1 [3-1]
Vicarage Road, Watford
(1,519)
Smith (2), Bass (2), Pritchard, Butterfield
Neuwirth (pen)
HW
England: J.Swannell, P.Deadman, E.Powell (capt.), M.Preston, R.Eaton, L.Pritchard, R.Day, R.Haider, W.Smith, A.Bass, J.Butterfield.

England began their final season in blistering style. 24 hours later, Austria lost 7-0 at Wembley in the full international between the two countries.

British Amateur Championship
281 12 October 1973 - England 2 Northern Ireland 0 [nk-0]
Maine Road, Manchester
(638)
Rutherford (2) HW
England: J.Swannell, P.Deadman, E.Powell (capt.), M.Preston, R.Eaton, L.Pritchard, R.Day, R.Haider, W.Smith (B.Friend), J.Butterfield, D.Rutherford.

Once again, Northern Ireland had to give up home advantage due to the continuing unrest.

1973-74 UEFA Amateur Cup (Qualifying Group Two)
282 31 October 1973 - England 1 West Germany 0 [0-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
(3,200)
Searle HW
England: J.Swannell, P.Deadman, E.Powell (capt.), M.Preston, R.Eaton, L.Pritchard, A.Bass, R.Haider, W.Smith, R.Day, J.Butterfield (K.Searle).

A great moment for Keith Searle, who came on as a substitute to give England a great start in their quest for European glory. One of the two German substitutes that came on was Dieter MŘller, who made his full international debut in the semi-final of the 1976 European Championship, in which he came on as a substitute and scored a hat-trick to put his country into the final, in which he again scored, though they lost, on penalties.

283 5 December 1973 - Malta 0 England 3 [0-2]
The National Stadium, Ta' Qali (1,300)
Preston, Rutherford, Pritchard AW
England: J.Swannell, P.Deadman, E.Powell (capt.), M.Preston, A.Rosethorn, L.Pritchard, R.Day, R.Haider, W.Smith, J.Butterfield, D.Rutherford.

England's eleventh match without conceding a goal in open play (only an Austrian penalty). Malta made two early substitutions and were left with ten men when another player went off injured.

British Amateur Championship
284 8 December 1973 - Wales 1 England 1 [nk]
Penydarren Park, Merthyr Tydfil
(650)
Williams
Butterfield
AD
England: J.Swannell, P.Deadman, E.Powell (capt.), M.Preston, A.Rosethorn, L.Pritchard, R.Day, R.Haider, W.Smith, J.Butterfield, D.Rutherford.
1973-74 UEFA Amateur Cup (Qualifying Group Two)
285 6 March 1974 - England 2 Malta 0 [nk-0]
Elm Park, Reading
(496)
Kelly, Pritchard HW
England: J.Swannell, P.Deadman, E.Powell (capt.), M.Preston, R.Eaton, L.Pritchard, R.Day, R.Haider, C.Kelly, J.Butterfield, D.Rutherford (W.Smith).

With the country in the grip of a fuel crisis, this game was played on a Wednesday afternoon, but England's victory meant that they now only needed a point in Germany, a week later, to reach the semi-finals for the first time.

286 13 March 1974 - West Germany 3 England 1 [nk]
Bielefelder Alm, Bielefeld (30,000)
Hammes, K÷rbel, Traser
Deadman
AL
England: J.Swannell, P.Deadman, E.Powell (capt.), M.Preston, R.Eaton, L.Pritchard, D.Bassett, R.Haider, R.Day, J.Butterfield, W.Smith.
Ted Powell became England's fourth and last amateur to win fifty caps, with a record 41 as captain, but this defeat meant that England were runners-up in Group Two with six points. West Germany qualified for the semi-finals on goal difference and shared the championship with Yugoslavia. Uli Stielike was in the German side and went on to win the European Championship at full international level in 1980.
British Amateur Championship
287 5 April 1974 - England 1 Scotland 1 [0-1]
Highfield Road Stadium, Coventry (1,221)
Preston
Fallis
HD
England: P.Smith, P.Deadman, E.Powell (capt.), M.Preston, R.Eaton, T.Reardon, R.Day, R.Haider, W.Smith, L.Pritchard, A.Bass.
Mickey Preston's headed equaliser, their last ever amateur international goal, retained the title for England, who jointly won the 1973-74 British Amateur Championship with Wales, with four points each, though England had the better goal difference. The Welsh secured their first title since 1968, on the following afternoon, by beating Northern Ireland at Central Park, Denbigh. Scotland were denied the opportunity to create the first three-way tie since 1958, and their first title since 1965, because their fixture with Northern Ireland, called off in February, due to a waterlogged pitch at Celtic Park, Glasgow, was not rearranged. Attendances of over 2,000 were now rare at amateur international matches and few would mourn the loss of these fixtures. In their day, they had been big events and created great memories, but their time had now gone. True amateur football was confined to lower leagues and governed by the Amateur Football Alliance, whilst the majority of non-league players could be called semi-professionals. The blurred line of distinction, disputed since the 1880s, had been firmly inked in.

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