Iconic Moments in Football No.91 – Far Post Header


Forty years in the past, England travelled to Norway for a World Cup Qualifier. They’d didn’t qualify for the 2 earlier tournaments and Ron Greenwood and his males had been decided to achieve the Finals in Spain the next 12 months.

Hungary, Romania and Swtzerland joined Norway and England within the qualifying group, with the highest two sides progressing to Spain.
Entering into to the match in Oslo, England topped the group with seven factors from six video games (two factors had been awarded for a win), with Hungary and Romania joint second on 5 factors. Switzerland had been in fourth with 4 factors and Norway had been backside on three. Each Norway and England solely had one sport left to play after, however the different three groups had three matches every.

Bryan Robson gave England the lead after quarter-hour earlier than Tom Lund and Hallvar Thoresen netted for Norway within the thirty fifth and forty first minute. The hosts held on for a well-known 2-1 win to shock England and provides England and put their World Cup desires in jeopardy.

On Norwegian tv, their commentator Bjorge Lillelien was jubilant. He started itemizing well-known English folks in a tirade earlier than declaring that their boys took a hell of a beating! It makes for glorious listening and exhibits how carried away somebody can recover from a soccer match! That is what Lillelien excitedly shouted down his microphone shortly after his Norway aspect gained:

“Lord Nelson, Lord Beaverbrook, Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Anthony Eden, Clement Attlee, Henry Cooper, Woman Diana, vi har slått dem alle sammen, vi har slått dem alle sammen! (we’ve crushed all of them, we’ve crushed all of them!). Maggie Thatcher, are you able to hear me? Maggie Thatcher … your boys took a hell of a beating! Your boys took a hell of a beating!”

England completed second within the group, a degree behind Hungary who they beat 1-0 of their last qualifier at Wembley. They had been solely a degree away from Romania who completed third and will simply have missed out if Romania had crushed Switzerland. As a substitute, they might solely draw 0-0 that means England wanted to beat Hungary within the last qualifier at Wembley. They duly did, and secured a spot at their first World Cup since 1970.

Bjorge Lillelien died simply six years later on the age of 60.


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