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Wednesday, 13 December 1989
International Friendly Match

England 2 Yugoslavia 1 [1-1]


Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (GMT): 8.00pm.

Attendance: 34,796.
First international match at the new all-seater stadium

England kicked off ? minutes (? & ?).  
[1-0] Bryan Robson 1 0:38
 headed in a Waddle free-kick
[2-1] Bryan Robson 68
 from a Parker pass, via Bull's heel
[1-1] Hars Škoro 17
accurate shot from edge of the box
Match Summary
England Squad
Yugoslavia Squad

Stuart Pearce
Toni Savevski 12
Dragoljub Brnović

Match Summary

Officials from West Germany




Referee (black) - Dieter Pauly
x (-).

Linesmen - Marcus Merk and K.H. Tritschler

Reserve official - K.E. Crabbe
, Suffolk,

Teams presented to Sir Stanley Matthews, C.B.E. ex-England winger.

This match was preceded by an Old England side vs. Old Scotland. 

England were originally due to play Netherlands, but this was called off on government advice due to a threat of hooliganism.

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England Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 7th
Colours: The 1987 Umbro home uniform - White crew-necked buttoned jersey with shadow diamonds, navy collar and red/navy/white cuffs, navy shorts, with white seams and red trim, white socks with navy/red Umbro diamond trim.
Capt: Bryan Robson, 58th captaincy Manager: Robert W. Robson, 56 (18 February 1933), appointed 7 July 1982,
83rd match, W 41 - D 26 - L 16 - F 138 - A 49.
England Lineup
1 Shilton, Peter L., off 46th min. 40 18 September 1949 G Derby County FC 113 70ᵍᵃ
most apps 1989
2 Parker, Paul A. 25 4 April 1964 RB Queen's Park Rangers FC 4 0
3 Pearce, Stuart, off 46th min. 27 24 April 1962 LB Nottingham Forest FC 19 0
4 Thomas, Michael L., off 67th min. 22 24 August 1967 RCM Arsenal FC 2 0
final app 1988-89
5 Walker, Desmond S. 24 26 November 1965 RCD Nottingham Forest FC 13 0
6 Butcher, Terence I. 30 28 December 1958
in Alexandra Park, Singapore
LCD Rangers FC, Scotland 67 3
7 Robson, Bryan, off 77th min. 32 11 January 1957 LCM Manchester United FC 82 26
8 Rocastle, David C., off 67th min. 22 2 May 1967 RM Arsenal FC 10 0
9 Bull, Steven G. 24 28 March 1965 LF Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 3 1
10 Lineker, Gary W. 29 30 November 1960 RF Tottenham Hotspur FC 46 29
11 Waddle, Christopher R. 28 14 December 1960 LM Olympique de Marseille, France 48 6
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Yugoslavia 1
13 Beasant, David J.W., on 46th min. for Shilton 30 20 March 1959 GK Chelsea FC 2 0 0ᵍᵃ
final app 1989
1020 14 Dorigo, Anthony R., on 46th min. for Pearce 23
347 days
31 December 1965 LB Chelsea FC 1 0
12 Platt, David A., on 67th min. for Rocastle 23 10 June 1966 RM Aston Villa FC 2 0 0
15 Hodge, Stephen B., on 67th min. for Thomas 27 25 October 1962 RCM Nottingham Forest FC 18 13 0
scoreline: England 2 Yugoslavia 1
17 McMahon, Stephen, on 77th min. for Robson 28 20 August 1961 LCM Liverpool FC 9 7 0
result: England 2 Yugoslavia 1

unused substitutes:

16-Gary Stevens, 18-Peter Beardsley, 19-Mike Phelan.

substitute notes:

Peter Shilton breaks his own records again in being the oldest and most experienced player to be replaced by a substitute.
Bryan Robson has now been replaced by a substitute in sixteen matches, equal with Chris Waddle.
Tony Dorigo is the 53rd player to make his England debut as a substitute.
Five substitutes are used in an England match for the second time.


England have now gone a record 21 matches unbeaten at Wembley Stadium.
It was the first England goal in over 5½ hours.
Bryan Robson's 38th-second goal is the quickest at a major Wembley match, in this, their one hundredth Wembley win.
4-4-2 Shilton (Beasant) -
Parker, Walker, Butcher, Pearce
(Dorigo) -
(Platt), Thomas (Hodge), Robson (McMahon), Waddle -
Lineker, Bull.


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


Yugoslavia Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 8th to 9th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Blue v-necked collared jerseys with white Adidas trim/collar/cuffs/shoulder panel, white shorts with red Adidas trim, red socks with white Adidas trim.
Capt: Safet Sušić Manager: Ivića Osim, 48 (6 May 1941), appointed in 1986.
32nd match
Yugoslavia Lineup
1 Ivković, Tomislav 29 11 August 1960 G Sporting Clube de Portugal, Portugal 23 27ᵍᵃ
2 Stanojković, Vujadin 26 10 September 1963 RB Fk Partizan 15 1
3 Spasić, Predrag, off 82nd min. 22 13 May 1965 RCD Fk Partizan 15 1
4 Brnović, Dragoljub, off 77th min. 26 2 November 1963 LB FC de Metz, France 17 1
5 Hadžibegić, Faruk 32 7 October 1957 CD FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, France 42 6
6 Vulić, Zoran 28 4 October 1961 LCD RC Deportivo Mallorca SAD, Spain 12 0
7 Škoro, Haris 27 2 September 1962 AM Torino FC, Italy 15 4
final app 1985-89
8 Sušić, Safet, off 77th min. 34 13 April 1955 LM Paris Saint-Germain FC, France 44 12
9 Mihajlović, Radmilo 25 19 November 1964 CF FC Bayern München eV, West Germany 6 1
final app 1986-89
10 Stojković, Dragan 24 3 March 1965 RM Fk Crvena Zvezda 30 7
11 Savevski, Toni 26 14 June 1963 DM Athlitikί Énosis Konstantinoupόleos FC, Greece 2 0
final app 1988-89
Yugoslavia Substitutes
scoreline: England 2 Yugoslavia 1
14 Prosinečki, Robert, on 77th min. for Sušić 20 12 January 1969
in Schwenningen, West Germany
LM Fk Crvena Zvezda 5 1
13 Panadić, Andrej, on 77th min. for Brnović 20 9 March 1969 RCD Gnk Dinamo Zagreb 3 0
final app 1989
15 Petrić, Gordan, on 82nd min. for Spasić 20 30 July 1969 LB Fk Partizan 2 0
result: England 2 Yugoslavia 1

unused substitutes:

12-Fahrudin Omerović, 16-Davor Šuker.

team notes:

Although this was Toni Saveski's final appearance for the Yugoslavian team, he will appear again on the international scene, with FYR Macedonia in 1994-2000.
5-4(1-2-1)-1 Ivković -
Stanojković, Spasić (Petrić), Hadžibegić, Vulić, Brnović (Panadić) -
Savevski -
Stojković, Sušić
(Prosinečki) -
Škoro -
notes: when Panadić replaced Brnović, he took up Spasić' position on the right, with Spasić going left, until he was replaced by Petrić


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne

Continuing their build up for the World Cup, England took on a very good Yugoslavia side at Wembley and produced another encouraging win. Once again, though, they owed an enormous amount to their skipper Bryan Robson. The Manchester United star already held the record for the fastest goal scored in a World Cup finals match and, here, after only 38 seconds, he netted another quick one in near-record time.

As often happens Gary Lineker was fouled in England's first attack. Chris Waddle took the free-kick and ball cleared the static defence for Robson to head powerfully past the stunned Ivković in the Yugoslav goal. The visitors had been caught cold and not since Jackie Milburn's 45-second goal for Newcastle against Manchester City in the 1955 FA Cup Final had Wembley seen such an explosive start.

Manager Bobby Robson had brought several fringe players in to give them some experience and also the chance for them to make an impact. They were soon learning a great deal about football at this level as the Yugoslavian side came back strongly from their early set-back. Stojković, a very talented player, showed all his skill and in the 18th minute it was he who made the visitor's equalizer. After a Steve Bull shot had been blocked,
Stojković gained possession and found Škoro. The England defenders backed off as Škoro ran at them and the winger punished them by hitting a splendid shot from 22 yards which beat the diving Peter Shilton. It was a fine goal and now it was England's turn to be stunned.

With Michael Thomas and David Rocastle finding it difficult to come to terms with this higher grade of football it was left to Robson to hold the midfield together. He did so brilliantly and certainly was an inspiration to the junior members of the side.

The second half was fairly even, but England edged themselves back in front again after 68 minutes. Paul Parker made another of several fine runs from his deep position, exchanged passes with Lineker and then put over a dangerous cross. The ball was flicked on by Bull and there was the irrepressible Robson to drive a left-foot shot home. No wonder the skipper received a standing ovation as he left the field after 75 minutes.

Stuart Pearce was booked as he, too, found the going difficult against this talented side but, thanks to Robson's influence and scoring power, England were able to hold on to their lead and record a very good result.

    Match Report by Glen Isherwood

England had beaten Yugoslavia at Wembley and in Belgrade to qualify for the previous year's European Championship, and like England they had qualified for the following year's World Cup without defeat.

After three goalless matches, England scored after 38 seconds. It was the quickest international goal ever scored at Wembley. From Waddle's free-kick, Bryan Robson's header went under the 'keeper. Robson had scored England's fastest ever World Cup goal in 1982.

The visitors equalised in the 18th minute, Haris Skoro took a pass from Susic and beat Shilton from 25 yards. It was the first goal in England's net in seven Wembley matches. For the second match in succession, Beasant replaced Shilton at half-time. England restored their lead in the 71st minute. Parker played a one-two with Lineker and crossed. Bull back-heeled it into the path of Robson, who drove it into the corner for his second.

Yugoslavia never played England again.

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Bryan Robson scored the fastest England goal ever witnessed at Wembley when he headed in a Chris Waddle free-kick after just thirty-eight seconds. It ended more than five hours' of goalless football by England and set up what was their 100th win at Wembley. Skoro equalised for Yugoslavia with a snap shot in a rare attack in the seventeenth minute, and it was Robson who struck the winning goal in the sixty-seventh minute after Paul Parker had made an enterprising break down the right wing. Bobby Robson continued his experiments, sending on Dave Beasant, Tony Dorigo, David Platt, Steve McMahon and Steve Hodge as substitutes, the first time England had ever sent on five subs.

Source Notes

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