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431 Squad vs. Wales
433 Squad vs.
Saturday, 10 May 1969
Home International Championship 1968-69 (74th) Match

England 4 Scotland 1
Match Summary
England Squad

Scotland Squad
Team Records
The Three Lions Squad for the Home Championship and tour of South America  May 1969
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club St Sub App G Capt
Astle, Jeffrey 13 May 1942 26 CF West Bromwich Albion 1 0 1 0 0 none
Ball, Alan J. 12 May 1945 23 F Everton FC 31 0 31 4 0 none
Banks, Gordon 30 December 1937 31 G Stoke City FC 49 0 49   0 none
Bell, Colin 26 February 1946 23 IR Manchester City FC 5 0 5 0 0 none
Charlton, John 8 May 1935 33 HB Leeds United AFC            
Charlton, Robert 11 October 1937 31 F Manchester United FC 92 0 92 47 1 none
Clarke, Allan J. 31 July 1946 22 F Leeds United AFC            
Cooper, Terence 12 July 1944 24 LB Leeds United AFC            
Hunter, Norman 29 October 1943 24 HB Leeds United AFC            
Hurst, Geoffrey C. 8 December 1941 27 F West Ham United FC            
Labone, Brian 23 January 1940 29 CHB Everton FC 14 0 14 0 0 none
Lee, Francis H. 29 April 1944 24 IR Manchester City FC 4 0 4 3 0 none
McNab, Robert 20 July 1943 25 LB Arsenal FC 3 1 4 0 0 none
Moore, Robert F.C. 12 April 1941 28 LHB West Ham United FC 68 0 68 2 51 none
Mullery, Alan P. 23 November 1941 27 RHB Tottenham Hotspur FC 15 0 15 0 0 1
Newton, Keith R. 23 June 1941 27 FB Blackburn Rovers FC            
Peters, Martin S. 8 November 1943 25 F West Ham United FC 25 0 25 9 0 none
Stiles, Norbert P. 18 May 1942 26 HB Manchester United FC 26 0 26 1 0 1
West, Gordon 24 April 1943 26 G Everton FC 2 0 2 2 GA 0 none
Wright, Thomas J. 21 October 1944 24 RB Everton FC 3 0 3 0 0 none
All information is complete to and including England's last match, the sixth of the 1968-69 season, against Wales on 7 May 1969.


Friday, 1 March 1968 - Football League clubs at their extraordinary meeting in London passed, with a substantial majority, proposals by their management committee which bring revolutionary changes in the 1968-69 season. The meeting lasted only seventeen minutes and there were few dissenting voices. It means that from the 1968-69, the season will start in the second week in August, that is August 10 this year, and end with the FA Cup final on 26 April. In 1970, the season will end on 18 April. The British home international championship, which is normally played throughout the season, will now follow the cup final in both seasons in a compact competition.

Wednesday, 3 April 1968 - Next season's British International tournament will take place from 3 - 10 May, it has officially been confirmed by the four home countries at a meeting in London. After the meeteing, Denis Follows, the FA scretary, said "These arrangements preserve the two traditional Saturday fixture dates for home Internationals."

Wednesday, 23 April 1969 -
All six matches in the International Championship are to be shown live and in full on B.B.C.-1. "It will be the most concentrated television coverage of International football since the World Cup in 1966." said Mr Bryan Cowell, head of B.B.C. Television sport. WIth special programmes of recorded highlights and news, there will be more than thirteen hours' coverage of the Championship.
David Coleman, who will introduce the first match in the series, Wales v. Scotland from Wrexham, will travel by helicopter to Belfast as soon as the programme ends at 5.15pm, arriving with minutes to spare to introduce the Ireland v. England match coverage at Windsor Park, Belfast, at 7.15pm. The England matches against Wales and Scotland at Wembley will include bird's eye slow-motion shots, which, iunlike the normal slow-motion pictures, will show the complete build-up to a goal. Viewers will see the pitch as "a chess board" and get a analytical view of the action. This new technique, using a high-sited camera, will also be seen in the B.B.C.-1 and 2 coverage of the FA Cup Final at Wembley on Saturday.

Thursday, 24 April 1969 - Allan Clarke, Britain's costliest footballer, has been picked for England's close-season tour of South America. Clarke is one of two uncapped players in the twenty-man squad, the other being Jeff Astle. The same squad has been named by Sir Alf Ramsey for the home championship matches against Wales and Scotland.  For the match against Northern Ireland on 3 May, Sir Alf has decided only to take sixteen players. Allan Clarke, Norman Hunter, Tommy Wright and Jack Charlton are the players not included in the Belfast trip.

Wednesday, 30 April 1969 - A leg injury received in the European Cup semi-final in Milan last week has forced Nobby Stiles to withdraw from England's party for the International against Ireland. His place in the pool of sixteen will be taken by Norman Hunter, who last played for England against Romania at Wembley in January.

Saturday, 3 May 1969 - Ireland 1 England 3: England will have to give immediate attention to their midfield players if Sir Alf Ramsey is to achieve his ambition if winning all three matches in the Home International tournament before leaving on their tour of Mexico and South America.

Wednesday, 7 May 1969 - Sir Alf Ramsey has made seven changes in the side to play Wales tonight. Jeff Astle, the free-scoring West Bromwich centre-forward, gains his first cap.

England 2 Wales 1: Fond hopes by Wales of their first victory at Wembley were shattered when Bobby Charlton suddenly found the form that has eluded him for long enough. He had been doing little that was effective until the 54th minute, when Wales, a goal to the good, were struggling to contain the formidable white-shirted machine that is Sir Alf Ramsey's creation. The old Charlton magic then came back. Within eight minutes this finest of all English forwards since Stanley Matthews' days hit the bar, scored a tremendous equalising goal, and almost put his side in front. It was Franny Lee who secured the victory, with a 74th minute rebound, after Astle's header was blocked on the line.
England Form: last six games
L W W W W D f 12:a success: 75%
413 15 April 1967 - England 2 Scotland 3 [0-1]
Empire Stadium, Wembley (98,283/99,063)
J.Charlton, Hurst
Law, Lennox, McCalliog
414 24 May 1967 - England 2 Spain 0 [0-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Greaves, Hunt Fr HW
415 27 May 1967 - Austria 0 England 1 [0-1]
Praterstadion, Wien (50,000)
Ball   AW
416 21 October 1967 - Wales 0 England 3 [0-1]
Ninian Park, Cardiff
Peters, R.Charlton, Ball (pen) BC AW
417 22 November 1967 -
England 2
Northern Ireland 0 [1-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Hurst, R.Charlton   HW
418 6 December 1967 - England 2 USSR 2 [1-2]
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Ball, Peters
Chislenko (2)