Shoot Magazine - 1974




Nine Nation Football Match - The Three v The Six, 3rd January 1973


It’s nearly forty years since the United Kingdom’s entry into the European Community. Britain joined the Common Market on 1st January 1973 and a series of events called a Fanfare for Europe were arranged to mark this. Amongst these was a showpiece international football match at Wembley Stadium featuring some of the finest footballers from the nine member states.

The Three was made up of players from the three newly admitted nations, Britain, Ireland & Denmark whilst The Six comprised footballers from Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Germany.

Line-up for The Three - Manager: Alf Ramsey (England)

P Jennings (Spurs and N Ireland); P Storey (Arsenal and England); E Hughes (Liverpool and England); C Bell (Manchester C and England); A Hunter (Ipswich and N Ireland); R Moore (West Ham and England); P Lorimer (Leeds and Scotland); J Giles (Leeds and Rep of Ire); C Stein (Coventry and Scotland); R Charlton (Manchester U and England); H Jensen (Borussia Monchengladbach and Denmark).

Subs: J Olsen (Utrecht and Denmark) for Bell; A Ball (Arsenal and England) for Jensen.

Line-up for The Six - Manager: Helmut Schoen (W Germany)

C Piot (Standard Liege and Belgium); M Tresor (Olympique Marseille and France); B Vogts (Borussia Monchengladbach and W Germany); H Blankenburg (Ajax and W Germany); F Beckenbauer (Bayern Munich and W Germany); J Neeskens (Feyenoord and the Netherlands); J Grabowski (Eintracht Frankfurt and W Germany); W van Hanegem (Feyenoord and the Netherlands); G Muller (Bayern Munich and W Germany); G Netzer (Borussia Monchengladbach and W Germany); G Bereta (St Etienne and France).

Subs: D Zoff (Juventus and Italy) for Piot; W Suurbier (Ajax and the Netherlands) for Tresor; R Krol (Ajax and the Netherlands) for Beckenbauer; H Wimmer (Borussia Monchengladbach and W Germany*) for van Hanegem.

The game, played in front of 36500, was won 2-0 by The Three with the goals, both in the second half, coming from Henning Jensen of Denmark and Colin Stein of Scotland.

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