Search

England v Poland past meetings

13:32 16 October 2012

Poland

Poland's goalkeeper Jan Tomaszewski makes a fine save - one of many during the crucial World Cup qualifier at Wembley between England and Poland. The match finished 1-1, which meant Poland qualified not England. Photo credit: PA wire

PA Archive/Press Association Images

England and Poland have a strong history of encounters having met in five previous World Cup qualifying campaigns, once at the World Cup finals and in two European Championship qualifying groups. Ahead of their latest meeting in qualification for Brazil 2014, London24 looks at five notable past games.

1973, CHORZOW: POLAND 2 ENGLAND 0 (WORLD CUP QUALIFIER)

England’s World Cup hopes took a heavy knock as they slumped to a shock loss in their first competitive meeting with Poland. National hero Bobby Moore had a game to forget, failing to clear a free-kick as Robert Gadocha pounced for the opener before being caught in possession to gift Wlodzimierz Lubanski the second. Woes were compounded by the late sending off of Alan Ball, who took exception to a Leslaw Cmikiewicz challenge on Martin Peters and clashed with the Polish player.

1973, WEMBLEY: ENGLAND 1 POLAND 1 (WCQ)

After defeat in Chorzow, England needed to beat Poland to reach the 1974 World Cup finals. Many pundits thought that was a foregone conclusion and Brian Clough infamously branded long-haired visiting goalkeeper Jan Tomaszewski a “clown”. That remark haunted England as the keeper defied a hand injury to produce a string of incredible - albeit sometimes fortuitous - saves. There were also clearances off the line by defenders in an English bombardment that amounted to 35 shots. Allan Clarke did manage a penalty equaliser after Jan Domarski’s strike but England were denied.

1986, MONTERREY: POLAND 0 ENGLAND 3 (WORLD CUP FINALS)

England found their next meeting with Poland rather more straightforward as they eased past them courtesy of a Gary Lineker hat-trick in the Mexico 86 group stages. After England were almost caught out twice early on, Lineker eased nerves by clipping in from six yards after nine minutes. Two more close-range finishes before half-time secured a place in the next round.

1997, CHORZOW: POLAND 0 ENGLAND 2 (WCQ)

England were locked in a tight race with Italy for a spot at France 98 and faced a crucial test against now familiar foes Poland. They came through impressively after Alan Shearer opened the scoring with six minutes gone. It took until the last minute for Teddy Sheringham to double the lead but there was no doubting the superiority of Glenn Hoddle’s men.

1999, WEMBLEY: ENGLAND 3 POLAND 1 (EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER)

Paul Scholes hit a hat-trick, the last by an England player at the old Wembley, as the hosts enjoyed a comfortable afternoon. The Manchester United player clipped the opener over the keeper from close range and then turned in a brilliant David Beckham cross. Poland captain Jerzy Brzeczek pulled one back but Scholes eased nerves with a powerful header.

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

10:02
Adam Voges in action for Australia

Middlesex have confirmed the return of Adam Voges as their overseas player – as well as appointing new captains for both of their limited-overs sides.

Sunday, February 7, 2016
Harry Kane (right) has praised Tottenham's head coach Mauricio Pochettino. Pic: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Harry Kane says the speculation about Mauricio Pochettino’s future shows Tottenham “must be doing something right”.

Mesut Oezil  (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal got back to winning ways on Sunday afternoon with a 2-0 win in the Barclays Premier League over AFC Bournemouth at The Vitality Stadium.

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits his players are finally starting to believe they can win the Premier League title.

Kieran Trippier celebrates his winning goal against Watford at White Hart Lane

Kieran Trippier scored his first goal for Tottenham as the Lilywhites secured a 1-0 home win over Watford and climbed to second place in the Premier League table.

Friday, February 5, 2016
Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says there are many ways to run a football club and create a successful team, but the key is to show absolute belief in your plan to inspire confidence around you.

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham’s decision not to sign a striker in January is part of a long-term strategy which will help them through “a very tough period” during the construction of their new £400million stadium.

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says talk is cheap and that actions speak louder than words when it comes to Tottenham’s title chances.

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe