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Wednesday, 13 December 1989
International Friendly Match

England 2 Yugoslavia 1 [1-1]


Match Summary
England Squad
Yugoslavia Squad

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
First international match at the new all-seater stadium
Attendance: 34,796;
Kick-off: 8.00pm GMT

England - Bryan Robson (1 0:38, 68)
Yugoslavia - Hars Skoro (17)
England - Stuart Pearce
Yugoslavia - Toni Savevski
Results 1985-1990

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


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 70 GA
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 M Arsenal FC 2 0
5 Walker, Desmond            
6 Butcher, Terence I. 30 28 December 1958
born in Singapore
CD Rangers FC, Scotland 67 3
7 Robson, Bryan, off 75th min. 32 11 January 1957 M Manchester United FC 82 26
8 Rocastle, David C., off 67th min. 22 2 May 1967 M Arsenal FC 10 0
9 Bull, Steven            
10 Lineker, Gary W. 29 30 November 1960 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 46 29
11 Waddle, Christopher            
England Substitutes
13 Beasant, David J.W., on 46th min. for Shilton 30 20 March 1959 GK Chelsea FC 2 0 GA
14 Dorigo, on 46th min. for Pearce            
12 Platt, David A., on 67th min. for Rocastle 23 10 June 1966 M Aston Villa FC 2 0
15 Hodge, Stephen, on 67th min. for Thomas            
17 McMahon, Stephen, on 75th min. for Robson 28 20 August 1961 M Liverpool FC 9 0

unused substitutes:

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

team notes:

Bryan Robson's 38th second goal is the quickest at a major Wembley match.
Peter Shilton extends his tally as record appearance holder.
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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: Faruk Hadzibegic Manager: Ivan Osim
Yugoslavia Lineup
1 Ivkovic, Tomislav     G     GA
2 Stanojkovic, Vujadin            
3 Spasic, Predrag, off 80th min.            
4 Brnovic, Dragoljub, off 75th min.            
5 Hadzibegic, Faruk         44  
6 Vulic, Zoran            
7 Skoro, Hars            
8 Sujic, Safet, off 75th min.            
9 Mihailovic, Radmilo            
10 Stoikovic, Dragan         44  
11 Savevski, Toni            
Yugoslavia Substitutes
14 Prosinecki, Robert, on 75th min. for Brnovic            
13 Panadic, Andrej, on 75th min. for Sujic            
15 Petric, Gordan, on 80th min. for Spasic            

unused substitutes:

12-Fahrudin Omerovic, 16-Davor Suker.
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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    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