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Norge/Noreg

 

 
556 vs. Hungary
557
558 vs. Hungary

Wednesday, 9 September 1981
World Cup 1982 UEFA Group Four Qualification Match

Norway 2 England 1 [2-1]
 

 

Match Summary
Norway Squad
England Squad

Ullevål Stadion, Ullevål, Oslo
Attendance:
28,000/500;
Kick-off: 7.00pm local, tbc BST
Live on ITV (UK) -
Commentator: Brian Moore and Ron Atkinson

England - Bryan Robson (14)
Norway - Albertsen (34), Thoresen (44)
 
Results 1980-1985

? kicked-off. ? minutes (? & ?).

 

Match Summary

Officials

Norway

Type

England

Referee (-) - tbc
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  

Norway Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 76th to 67th
Colours: Made by Hummel - Red v-necked collared jerseys with white collar/cuffs and Hummel chevron, white shorts with red Hummel chevron, black socks with white trim.
Capt:   Manager:  
Norway Lineup
1       G     GA
2              
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4              
5              
6              
7              
8              
9              
10              
11              
Norway Substitutes
1              

unused substitutes:

-
 
- -

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 11th to 14th
Colours: The 1980 Admiral home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with royal blue/red shoulder panels, royal blue shorts with red side stripe and white seam, white socks with red/blue tops.
Capt: Kevin Keegan, 27th captaincy Manager: Ronald Greenwood, 59 (11 November 1921), appointed as caretaker 17 August 1977, permanent on 17 December 1977,
43rd match, W 24 - D 9 - L 10 - F 73 - A 37.
England Lineup
1       G     GA
2 Neal, Philip J. 30 20 February 1951 RB Liverpool FC 33 3
3 Mills, Michael D. 32 4 January 1949 LB Ipswich Town FC 34 0
4 Thompson, Philip B. 27 21 January 1954 RHB Liverpool FC 30 1
5 Osman, Russell C. 22 14 February 1959 CD Ipswich Town FC 5 0
6 Robson, Bryan 24 11 January 1957 M West Bromwich Albion FC 13 1
7 Keegan, J. Kevin 30 14 February 1951 OR Southampton FC 58 20
8              
9 Mariner, Paul, off 75th min. 28 22 May 1953 CF Ipswich Town FC 17 5
10 Hoddle, Glenn, off 65th min. 23 27 October 1957 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 8 3
11 McDermott, Terence 29 8 December 1951 M Liverpool FC 20 3
England Substitutes
1? Barnes, Peter, on 65th min. for Hoddle            
1? Withe, Peter, on 75th min. for Mariner 30 30 August 1951 CF Aston Villa FC 4 0

unused substitutes:

-
 
- -

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

    Match Report by Norman Giller

After hitting the heights against Hungary, England sunk to an all-time low when they lost to Norway's team of part-time professionals - a defeat that seemed certain to end their World Cup hopes. Bryan Robson gave England a fourteenth minute lead and a comfortable victory looked well within reach, but the Norwegians battled back to snatch a thirty-fourth minute equaliser that gave them the momentum to go on to what was considered the greatest triumph in a football history that had mostly been about taking part. Thorensen took advantage of dithering in the England defence in the fortieth minute to force home what proved the match-winning goal. It was a humiliating defeat to rank with the 1950 World Cup loss to the United States. Once again, the knives were out for Ron Greenwood. The game lives on through the delirious words of Norwegian television commentator Bjorn Minge, who switched to English as the final whistle blew to tell the world:  'Lord Nelson! Lord Beaverbrook! Sir Winston Churchill! Sir Anthony Eden! Clement Attlee! Henry Cooper! Lady Diana! Maggie Thatcher - can you hear me, Maggie Thatcher! Your boys took one hell of a beating! Your boys took one hell of a beating!'

Source Notes

TheFA.com
Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author

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CG