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England Representative Football 1960s

England Representative Football 1960s

A good year for England scoring eleven goals in the Championship, with six against Wales at Brighton. Once again striker Bobby Brown was an ever present plus the consistent Mike Pinner and long serving Jim Lewis. Good to see The Amateur Football Alliance (the purest or pure amateurs!) contesting a representative match with an FA X1 and achieving a 2-2 draw. 

A great year for champions Scotland who won an exciting seven goal thriller at Crystal Palace. The English defence was built round The Wimbledon stars Roy Law and John Martin with Charlie Townsend of Wealdstone and Mike Pinner once again also playing in all seven internationals.

Mike Pinner,  England’s very experienced goalkeeper, completed his seventh season without missing an International match, in fact he only missed two games in nine years.
Winning the Home International championship with a hundred percent record, England also celebrated a 4-2 win in Glasgow and an excellent season for Enfield striker Tommy Lawrence.

Ireland beat England in the first International of the season and went on to clinch the Championship with two draws. In a very closely fought championship no country scored or conceded more than six goals. When hoping to be picked for England, playing for a club beginning with a W obviously helps! Wimbledon players (4), Wealdstone (3) Wycombe Wanderers and Walthamstow Avenue 2 each together won 34 caps in the season.

England bounce back to the top of the league with 10 goals in their three championship internationals. Hendon’s good form has been rewarded with caps for goalkeeper John Swannell, ace defender Roy Sleap and flying winger Terry Howard. And John Robertson having won caps at left back when with Corinthian-Casuals, plays in all the championship games at centre half.

Its noticeable that The FA XI’ selections are getting stronger as the England management check to see whether their trialists are good enough for to play for England. In this season alone The FA XIs scored 3 v The A.F.A. 4 v Cambridge University, 5 v Universities Athletic Union,  6 v Oxford University and 9 v The Royal Navy!  Congratulations to London University for holding the FA to two goals and especially to The Combined Services and The Army who both actually drew 1-1 with the FA.

England did keep an unbeaten record in their international season so perhaps the FA X1’s were doing their job successfully.

As World Champions, all footballers in England had a special bounce in their step and The Amateurs held on to their Four Nations championship but only drew with the old enemy 2-2 in Dundee.

One of England’s greatest amateurs, Rod Haider was making a name for himself, although it was interesting to see he was listed as a left sided mid field player for the first five internationals and centre forward for the last two !

Also interesting to see the dominance of the Northern London clubs who provided 14 of the 23 international players with Sutton United also providing five !

A season to remember for unbeaten Wales but just look at the goalscoring record of the four international sides. No club scored or conceded more than three goals.

Ireland   0 England 1
Wales   1 England 0
England 0 Scotland     0
Scotland 0 Ireland 2
Ireland   0 Wales 1
Scotland 1 Wales 1

Wales 3 2 1 0 3-1 5
N.Ireland 3 1 1 1 2-2 3
England 3 1 1 1 1-1 3
Scotland 3 0 1 2 1-3 1

You can’t get much better than five goals scored in Glasgow in a 5-1 victory and England also beat Ireland 5-0. The Welsh finished as honourable runners-up with 1-1 draws with England and Scotland and 1-0 victory over Ireland.

Two of Manager Charlie Hughes’ pure footballers Rod Haider and Larry Pritchard proved that pure skill usually triumphed over the more physical approach and the managers strict attacking principles were proving to be thoroughly successful

What a great season for The England Amateurs!

A glamourous tour to The West Indies, European Nations Amateur Cup ties, The Home International Championship and friendlies all added up to sixteen international matches. No other England team would have such an exciting or busy season.

England regulars were surely playing more than professionals and presumably their day by day employers were happy to gain the publicity received when their employees were representing their country.  The players were probably receiving very reasonable expenses to cover all costs as well as their salary from their ‘day job’ and it could be argued their was no way any of this England squad would be better off as professionals.


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