Monday, September 25, 2017

World Cup 1986 - Day Fifteen

Saturday 14 June 1986

The end of the first round and a rest day - on a Saturday! Some bad scheduling from someone there.

South Korea, Iraq, Hungary, Canada, Northern Ireland, Algeria, Scotland and Portugal were all out and the final 16 teams went through to the knock out phase.

The final 16 lined up as:

Argentina v Uruguay
England v Paraguay
Denmark v Spain
Soviet Union v Belgium
Brazil v Poland
Italy v France
Morocco v West Germany
Mexico v Bulgaria

The prospect of an Argentina v England game four years after the Falklands war gave much thought but in the top half, only Denmark were the other team who were considered contenders.
Many of the favourites were in the bottom half - including the hosts, Mexico, the favourites, Brazil, and the usual suspects of West Germany and Italy.

World Cup 1986 - Day Fourteen

Friday 13 June 1986

Despite two losses, a win for Scotland would still make them amongst the four best third placed teams, ahead of Northern Ireland (one point) and Bulgaria (two points with a '-2' goal difference). ITV viewers were there at 7pm for the kick off and Scotland's chances were improved when Uruguay had a sending off in the first minute!

However, Uruguay just needed a draw which they got with a determined performance in a dull game, and Scotland joined the Northern Irish on an early flight back to Blighty.

Meanwhile, another impressive performance from Denmark as the Germans were defeated and the Danes topped the group.

Group E:
Scotland 0 Uruguay 0

Group E:
Denmark 2 West Germany 0
J. Olsen (pen) 43, Eriksen 62

Group E:
Denmark P3 W3 D0 L0 F9 A1 Pts 6 - +8
West Germany P3 W1 D1 L1 F3 A4 Pts 3 - -1
Uruguay P3 W0 D2 L1 F2 A7 Pts 2 - -5
Scotland  P3 W0 D1 L2 F1 A3 Pts 1 - -2


Golden Boot
4 - Elkjaer (Den), Altobelli (Ita)

3 - Valdano (Arg), Careca (Bra), Lineker (Eng)

2 - J. Olsen (Den), Quirarte (Mex), Khairi (Mor), Cabanas (Par), Yaremchuk (Sov), Caldere (Spa), Allofs (WGer)

1 - Zidane (Alg),  Burruchara (Arg), Maradona (Arg), Ruggeri (Arg), Claesen (Bel), Scifo (Bel), Vandenburgh (Bel), Vercauteren (Bel), Veyt (Bel), Josimar (Bra), Socrates (Bra), Strakov (Bul), Getov (Bul), Eriksen (Den), Laudrup (Den), Lerby (Den), Papin (Fra), Fernandez (Fra), Rocheteau (Fra), Stopyra (Fra), Tigana (Fra), Esterhazy (Hun), Detari (Hun), Radhi (Irq), Flores (Mex), Romero (Mex), Sanchez (Mex), Merry Krimau (Mor), Clarke (NIre), Whiteside (NIre), Romero (Par), Diamantino (Por), Smolarek (Pol), Carlos Manuel (Por), Strachan (Sco), Park Chang-Sun (SKor), Kim Jong-Boo (SKor), Huh Jung-Moo (SKor), Choi Soon-Ho (SKor), Yakovenko (Sov), Aleinikov (Sov), Belanov (Sov), Blokhin (Sov), Rodionov (Sov), Rats (Sov), Zavarov (Sov), Butragueno (Spa), Eloy (Spa), Salinas (Spa), Alzamendi (Uru), Voller (WGer), Own Goal



GAME OF THE DAY - DENMARK V WEST GERMANY



 



World Cup 1986 - Day Thirteen

Thursday 12 June 1986

Could Northern Ireland defeat Brazil by two goals to guarantee a last 16 place? Even a win by one goal might have been enough. But no, BBC viewers saw the live game at 7pm and Brazil's best performance so far. Northern Ireland's third place with one point was not good enough.

Spain, meanwhile, coasted home.

Group D:
Brazil 3 Northern Ireland 0
Careca 15, 87, Josimar 42

Group D:
Spain 3 Algeria 0
Caldere 15, 68, Eloy 70


Group D:
Brazil P3 W3 D0 L0 F5 A0 Pts 6 - +5
Spain P3 W2 D0 L1 F5 A2 Pts 4 - +3
Northern Ireland P3 W0 D1 L2 F2 A6 Pts 1 - -4
Algeria P3 W0 D1 L2 F1 A5 Pts 1 - -4


Golden Boot
4 - Elkjaer (Den), Altobelli (Ita)

3 - Valdano (Arg), Careca (Bra), Lineker (Eng)

2 - Quirarte (Mex), Khairi (Mor), Cabanas (Par), Yaremchuk (Sov), Caldere (Spa), Allofs (WGer)

1 - Zidane (Alg),  Burruchara (Arg), Maradona (Arg), Ruggeri (Arg), Claesen (Bel), Scifo (Bel), Vandenburgh (Bel), Vercauteren (Bel), Veyt (Bel), Josimar (Bra), Socrates (Bra), Strakov (Bul), Getov (Bul), Laudrup (Den), Lerby (Den), J Olsen (Den), Papin (Fra), Fernandez (Fra), Rocheteau (Fra), Stopyra (Fra), Tigana (Fra), Esterhazy (Hun), Detari (Hun), Radhi (Irq), Flores (Mex), Romero (Mex), Sanchez (Mex), Merry Krimau (Mor), Clarke (NIre), Whiteside (NIre), Romero (Par), Diamantino (Por), Smolarek (Pol), Carlos Manuel (Por), Strachan (Sco), Park Chang-Sun (SKor), Kim Jong-Boo (SKor), Huh Jung-Moo (SKor), Choi Soon-Ho (SKor), Yakovenko (Sov), Aleinikov (Sov), Belanov (Sov), Blokhin (Sov), Rodionov (Sov), Rats (Sov), Zavarov (Sov), Butragueno (Spa), Eloy (Spa), Salinas (Spa), Alzamendi (Uru), Voller (WGer), Own Goal


Other news today: Derek Hatton, former Deputy Leader of Liverpool Council, was expelled from the Labour party.


GAME OF THE DAY - BRAZIL V NORTHERN IRELAND



 



Saturday, September 2, 2017

World Cup 1986 - Day Twelve

Wednesday 11 June 1986

Again ITV only had the second half of a game - Coronation Street obviously a lot more important then than now - and Mexico got the win they needed to top the group. A good game was taking place elsewhere as Paraguay and Belgium shared four goals - Belgium finished third in the table but were higher than the two third places so far - so were in the last 16.

And then, with bated breath, a nation watched England kick off at 11pm on the BBC - and watched as Gary Lineker destroyed Poland. A complete change of performance and England were in the last 16. Poland had done enough to join them and the group was surprisingly topped by Morocco, who sent home Portugal.


Group B:
Mexico 1 Iraq 0
Quirarte 54

Group B:
Paraguay 2 Belgium 2
Cabanas 50, 76; Vercauteren 30, Veyt 59

Group E:
England 3 Poland 0
Lineker 9, 14, 34

Group E:
Morocco 3 Portugal 1
Khairi 19, 26, Merry Krimau 62; Diamantino 80


Group B:
Mexico P3 W2 D1 L0 F4 A2 Pts 5 - +2
Paraguay P3 W1 D2 L0 F4 A3 Pts 4 - +1
Belgium P3 W1 D1 L1 F5 A5 Pts 3 - 0
Iraq P3 W0 D0 L3 F1 A4 Pts 0 - -3

Group F:
Morocco P3 W1 D2 L0 F3 A1 Pts 4 - +2
England P3 W1 D1 L1 F3 A1 Pts 3 - +2
Poland P3 W1 D1 L1 F1 A3 Pts 3 - -2
Portugal P3 W1 D0 L2 F2 A4 Pts 2 - -2


Golden Boot
4 - Elkjaer (Den), Altobelli (Ita)

3 - Valdano (Arg), Lineker (Eng)

2 - Quirarte (Mex), Khairi (Mor), Cabanas (Par), Yaremchuk (Sov), Allofs (WGer)

1 - Zidane (Alg),  Burruchara (Arg), Maradona (Arg), Ruggeri (Arg), Claesen (Bel), Scifo (Bel), Vandenburgh (Bel), Vercauteren (Bel), Veyt (Bel), Socrates (Bra), Careca (Bra), Strakov (Bul), Getov (Bul), Laudrup (Den), Lerby (Den), J Olsen (Den), Papin (Fra), Fernandez (Fra), Rocheteau (Fra), Stopyra (Fra), Tigana (Fra), Esterhazy (Hun), Detari (Hun), Radhi (Irq), Flores (Mex), Romero (Mex), Sanchez (Mex), Merry Krimau (Mor), Clarke (NIre), Whiteside (NIre), Romero (Par), Diamantino (Por), Smolarek (Pol), Carlos Manuel (Por), Strachan (Sco), Park Chang-Sun (SKor), Kim Jong-Boo (SKor), Huh Jung-Moo (SKor), Choi Soon-Ho (SKor), Yakovenko (Sov), Aleinikov (Sov), Belanov (Sov), Blokhin (Sov), Rodionov (Sov), Rats (Sov), Zavarov (Sov), Butragueno (Spa), Salinas (Spa), Alzamendi (Uru), Voller (WGer), Own Goal




GAME OF THE DAY - ENGLAND V POLAND



 



Thursday, August 24, 2017

World Cup 1986 - Day Eleven

Tuesday 10 June 1986

This time it was Emmerdale Farm which ITV could not move and so again with both matches kicking off at 7pm, British viewers only got a live second half. The consolation was that it was a cracker with South Korea giving Italy a fright. Altobelli's double equalling the lead for the Golden Boot.

Italy and Argentina confidently booking their places in the second round. Bulgaria having to wait to see if they got one of the four best third places - but they were ahead of Canada from last night.


Group A:
Italy 3 South Korea 2
Altobelli 17, 73 Cho Kwang-Rae (og) 82; Choi Soon-Ho 62, Huh Jung-Moo 83

Group A:
Argentina 2 Bulgaria 0
Valdano 3, Burruchaga 79

Group A:
Argentina P3 W2 D1 L0 F6 A2 Pts 5 - +4
Italy P3 W1 D2 L0 F5 A4 Pts 4 - +1
Bulgaria P3 W0 D2 L1 F2 A4 Pts 2 - -2
South Korea P3 W0 D2 L2 F4 A7 Pts 1 - -3



Golden Boot
4 - Elkjaer (Den), Altobelli (Ita)

3 - Valdano (Arg)

2 - Yaremchuk (Sov), Allofs (WGer)

1 - Zidane (Alg),  Burruchara (Arg), Maradona (Arg), Ruggeri (Arg), Claesen (Bel), Scifo (Bel), Vandenburgh (Bel), Socrates (Bra), Careca (Bra), Strakov (Bul), Getov (Bul), Laudrup (Den), Lerby (Den), J Olsen (Den), Papin (Fra), Fernandez (Fra), Rocheteau (Fra), Stopyra (Fra), Tigana (Fra), Esterhazy (Hun), Detari (Hun), Radhi (Irq), Flores (Mex), Quirarte (Mex), Romero (Mex), Sanchez (Mex), Clarke (NIre), Whiteside (NIre), Romero (Par), Smolarek (Pol), Carlos Manuel (Por), Strachan (Sco), Park Chang-Sun (SKor), Kim Jong-Boo (SKor), Huh Jung-Moo (SKor), Choi Soon-Ho (SKor), Yakovenko (Sov), Aleinikov (Sov), Belanov (Sov), Blokhin (Sov), Rodionov (Sov), Rats (Sov), Zavarov (Sov), Butragueno (Spa), Salinas (Spa), Alzamendi (Uru), Voller (WGer), Own Goal




England v India - 1st Test 5th Day (at Lords)

England 294 (Gooch 114, Pringle 63, Sharma 5-64) & 180 (Kapil Dev 4-52)
India 341 (Vengsarkar 126, Amarnath 69, Dilley 4-146) & 136-5

India win by five wickets


News item: Patrick McGee convicted of planting the IRA bomb at the Grand Hotel, Brighton, during the Conservative Party Conference.


GAME OF THE DAY - ITALY V SOUTH KOREA



 



World Cup 1986 - Day Ten

Monday 9 June 1986

The final games of each group were to be played at the same time (as they still are to this day), which was a legacy of the 1982 West Germany v Austria match where both sides engineered a result to see them through.

But, with both games kicking off at 7pm, only the second half of one game - France v Hungary - was on offer. ITV in those days were very reluctant to move Coronation Street.

France and the Soviet Union secured their last 16 place with convincing wins. Hungary probably had not done enough. At least Canada did not have too far to fly home.

Group C:
France 3 Hungary 0
Stopyra 29, Tigana 62, Rocheteau 84

Group C:
Soviet Union 2 Canada 0
Blokhin 58, Zavarov 74

Group C:
Soviet Union P3 W2 D1 L0 F9 A1 Pts 5 - +8
France P3 W2 D1 L0 F5 A1 Pts 5 - +4
Hungary P3 W1 D0 L2 F2 A9 Pts 2 - -7
Canada P3 W0 D0 L3 F0 A5 Pts 0 - -5



Golden Boot
4 - Elkjaer (Den)

2 - Valdano (Arg), Altobelli (Ita), Yaremchuk (Sov), Allofs (WGer)

1 - Zidane (Alg), Ruggeri (Arg), Maradona (Arg), Claesen (Bel), Scifo (Bel), Vandenburgh (Bel), Socrates (Bra), Careca (Bra), Strakov (Bul), Getov (Bul), Laudrup (Den), Lerby (Den), J Olsen (Den), Papin (Fra), Fernandez (Fra), Rocheteau (Fra), Stopyra (Fra), Tigana (Fra), Esterhazy (Hun), Detari (Hun), Radhi (Irq), Flores (Mex), Quirarte (Mex), Romero (Mex), Sanchez (Mex), Clarke (NIre), Whiteside (NIre), Romero (Par), Smolarek (Pol), Carlos Manuel (Por), Strachan (Sco), Park Chang-Sun (SKor), Kim Jong-Boo (SKor), Yakovenko (Sov), Aleinikov (Sov), Belanov (Sov), Blokhin (Sov), Rodionov (Sov), Rats (Sov), Zavarov (Sov), Butragueno (Spa), Salinas (Spa), Alzamendi (Uru), Voller (WGer)


England v India - 1st Test 4th Day (at Lords)

England 294 (Gooch 114, Pringle 63, Sharma 5-64) & 180 (Kapil Dev 4-52)
India 341 (Vengsarkar 126, Amarnath 69, Dilley 4-146)


GAME OF THE DAY - FRANCE V HUNGARY



World Cup 1986 - Day Nine

Sunday 8 June 1986

A Sunday feast as the two TV games matched the occasion. On BBC at 7pm, the live game saw Scotland cross swords with West Germany and go down in a tight game. Qualification chances were now very slim. Highlights were shown of Belgium defeating Iraq.

ITV had the late night game kicking off at 11pm where Denmark absolutely demolished Uruguay and seal their place in the next round. The tournament's first hat trick saw Elkjaer leap into the lead for the Golden Boot.


Group B:
Belgium 2 Iraq 1
Scifo 16, Claesen (pen) 19; Radhi 59

Group E:
West Germany 2 Scotland 1
Voller 23, Alloffs 49; Strachan 18

Group E:
Denmark 6 Uruguay 1
Elkjaer 11, 67, 80 Lerby 41, Laudrup 52, J. Olsen 88; Francescoli (pen) 45

Group B:
Mexico P2 W1 D1 L0 F3 A2 Pts 3 - +1
Paraguay P2 W1 D1 L0 F2 A1 Pts 3 - +1
Belgium P2 W1 D0 L1 F3 A3 Pts 2 - 0
Iraq P2 W0 D0 L2 F1 A3 Pts 0 - -2

Group E:
Denmark P2 W2 D0 L0 F7 A1 Pts 4 - +6
West Germany P2 W1 D1 L0 F3 A2 Pts 3 - +1
Uruguay P2 W0 D1 L1 F2 A7 Pts 1 - -5
Scotland  P2 W0 D0 L2 F1 A3 Pts 0 - -2

Golden Boot
4 - Elkjaer (Den)

2 - Valdano (Arg), Altobelli (Ita), Yaremchuk (Sov), Allofs (WGer)

1 - Zidane (Alg), Ruggeri (Arg), Maradona (Arg), Claesen (Bel), Scifo (Bel), Vandenburgh (Bel), Socrates (Bra), Careca (Bra), Strakov (Bul), Getov (Bul), Laudrup (Den), Lerby (Den), J Olsen (Den), Papin (Fra), Fernandez (Fra), Esterhazy (Hun), Detari (Hun), Radhi (Irq), Flores (Mex), Quirarte (Mex), Romero (Mex), Sanchez (Mex), Clarke (NIre), Whiteside (NIre), Romero (Par), Smolarek (Pol), Carlos Manuel (Por), Strachan (Sco), Park Chang-Sun (SKor), Kim Jong-Boo (SKor), Yakovenko (Sov), Aleinikov (Sov), Belanov (Sov), Rodionov (Sov), Rats (Sov), Butragueno (Spa), Salinas (Spa), Alzamendi (Uru), Voller (WGer)



 GAME OF THE DAY - DENMARK V URUGUAY


 

Friday, August 11, 2017

World Cup 1986 - Day Eight

Saturday 7 June 1986

ITV had the Northern Ireland game live at 7pm with the Mexico-Paraguay game highlighted. Spain gained revenge for the home defeat in 1982 and Northern Ireland now had to get something out of Brazil. Meanwhile the host nation limbered on to a disappointing draw.

Then for the late night option, at 11pm, the BBC had Poland seeing off England's conquerors to Portugal to open the group up.


Group B:
Mexico 1 Paraguay 1
Flores 3; Romero 85

Group D:
Spain 2 Northern Ireland 1
Butragueno 1, Salinas 18; Clarke 46

Group F:
Poland 1 Portugal 0
Smolarek 68


Group B:
Mexico P2 W1 D1 L0 F3 A2 Pts 3 - +1
Paraguay P2 W1 D1 L0 F2 A1 Pts 3 - +1
Iraq P1 W0 D0 L1 F0 A1 Pts 0 - -1
Belgium P1 W0 D0 L0 F1 A2 Pts 0 - -1

Group D:
Brazil P2 W2 D0 L0 F2 A0 Pts 4 - +2
Spain P2 W1 D0 L1 F2 A2 Pts 2 - 0
Northern Ireland P2 W0 D1 L1 F2 A3 Pts 1 - -1
Algeria P2 W0 D1 L1 F1 A2 Pts 1 - -1

Group F:
Poland P2 W1 D1 L0 F1 A0 Pts 3 - +1
Portugal P2 W1 D0 L1 F1 A1 Pts 2 - 0
Morocco P2 W0 D2 L0 F0 A0 Pts 2 - 0
England P2 W0 D1 L1 F0 A1 Pts 1 - -1


Golden Boot
2 - Valdano (Arg), Altobelli (Ita), Yaremchuk (Sov)

1 - Zidane (Alg), Ruggeri (Arg), Maradona (Arg), Vandenburgh (Bel), Socrates (Bra), Careca (Bra), Strakov (Bul), Getov (Bul), Elkjaer (Den), Papin (Fra), Fernandez (Fra), Esterhazy (Hun), Detari (Hun), Flores (Mex), Quirarte (Mex), Romero (Mex), Sanchez (Mex), Clarke (NIre), Whiteside (NIre), Romero (Par), Smolarek (Pol), Carlos Manuel (Por), Park Chang-Sun (SKor), Kim Jong-Boo (SKor), Yakovenko (Sov), Aleinikov (Sov), Belanov (Sov), Rodionov (Sov), Rats (Sov), Butragueno (Spa), Salinas (Spa), Alzamendi (Uru), Allofs (WGer)


Cricket
England v India - 1st Test 3rd Day (at Lords)

England 294 (Gooch 114, Pringle 63, Sharma 5-64) & 8-0
India 341 (Vengsarkar 126, Amarnath 69, Dilley 4-146)

 GAME OF THE DAY - SPAIN V NORTHERN IRELAND




 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

World Cup 1986 - Day Seven

Friday 6 June 1986

Strangely BBC continued showing only parts of games - at 7.40pm, the second half of Brazil beating Algeria 1-0 was followed by highlights of Hungary defeating Canada.

Not a great performance by one of the favourites but Brazil had now got their place in round two. Hungary had improved their chances but had a tough game against France to come.

A late night for England fans, as ITV had the game for an 11pm kick off. A dreary game and another poor performance saw Bryan Robson go off inured and Ray Wilkins get sent off for throwing the ball at the referee. Two games, one point, no goals - yet another England disappointment was on the cards.

Group C:
Hungary 2 Canada 0
Esterhazy 2, Detari 75

Group D:
Brazil 1 Algeria 0
Careca 66

Group F:
England 0 Morocco 0

Group C:
Soviet Union P2 W1 D1 L0 F7 A1 Pts 3 - +6
France P2 W1 D1 L0 F2 A1 Pts 3 - +1
Hungary P2 W1 D0 L1 F2 A6 Pts 2 - -4
Canada P2 W0 D0 L2 F0 A3 Pts 0 - -3

Group D:
Brazil P2 W2 D0 L0 F2 A0 Pts 4 - +2
Northern Ireland P1 W0 D1 L0 F1 A1 Pts 1 - 0
Algeria P2 W0 D1 L1 F1 A2 Pts 1 - -1
Spain P1 W0 D0 L1 F0 A1 Pts 0 - -1

Group F:
Portugal P1 W1 D0 L0 F1 A0 Pts 2 - +1
Morocco P2 W0 D2 L0 F0 A0 Pts 2 - 0
Poland P1 W0 D1 L0 F0 A0 Pts 1 - 0
England P2 W0 D1 L1 F0 A1 Pts 1 - -1


Golden Boot
2 - Valdano (Arg), Altobelli (Ita), Yaremchuk (Sov)
1 - Zidane (Alg), Ruggeri (Arg), Maradona (Arg), Vandenburgh (Bel), Socrates (Bra), Careca (Bra), Strakov (Bul), Getov (Bul), Elkjaer  (Den), Papin (Fra), Fernandez (Fra), Esterhazy (Hun), Detari (Hun), Quirarte (Mex), Sanchez (Mex), Whiteside (NIre), Romero (Par), Carlos Manuel (Por), Park Chang-Sun (SKor), Kim Jong-Boo (SKor), Yakovenko (Sov), Aleinikov (Sov), Belanov (Sov), Rodionov (Sov), Rats (Sov), Alzamendi (Uru), Allofs (WGer)


Cricket
England v India - 1st Test 2nd Day (at Lords)

England 294 (Gooch 114, Pringle 63, Sharma 5-64)
India 83-1


 GAME OF THE DAY - ENGLAND V MOROCCO



 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

World Cup 1986 - Day Six

Thursday 5 June 1986

Into the second set of games we go. ITV had the big name game, as Italy and Argentina battled for a 1-1 draw live, while showing highlights of France and the Soviet Union also drawing 1-1. Argentina, France and the Soviet Union now looking comfortable for the second round.

Oddly the BBC's coverage only came on at midnight for the last half hour of Bulgaria v South Korea. Bulgaria did not take their chance with only a draw, with Argentina to come!


Group A:
Italy 1 Argentina 1
Altobelli 6; Maradona 34

Bulgaria 1 South Korea 1
Getov 11, Kim Jong-Boo 60

Group C:
France 1 Soviet Union 1
Fernandez 60; Rats 53

Group A:
Argentina P2 W1 D1 L0 F4 A2 Pts 3 - +2
Italy P2 W0 D2 L0 F2 A2 Pts 2 - 0
Bulgaria P2 W0 D2 L0 F2 A2 Pts 2 - 0
South Korea P2 W0 D2 L1 F2 A4 Pts 1 - -2

Group C:
Soviet Union P2 W1 D1 L0 F7 A1 Pts 3 - +6
France P2 W1 D1 L0 F2 A1 Pts 3 - +1
Canada P1 W0 D0 L1 F0 A1 Pts 0 - -1
Hungary P1 W0 D0 L1 F0 A6 Pts 0 - -6


Golden Boot
2 - Valdano (Arg), Altobelli (Ita), Yaremchuk (Sov)
1 - Zidane (Alg), Ruggeri (Arg), Maradona (Arg), Vandenburgh (Bel), Socrates (Bra), Strakov (Bul), Getov (Bul), Elkjaer  (Den), Papin (Fra), Fernandez (Fra), Quirarte (Mex), Sanchez (Mex), Whiteside (NIre), Romero (Par), Carlos Manuel (Por), Park Chang-Sun (SKor), Kim Jong-Boo (SKor), Yakovenko (Sov), Aleinikov (Sov), Belanov (Sov), Rodionov (Sov), Rats (Sov), Alzamendi (Uru), Allofs (WGer)


Cricket
England v India - 1st Test 1st Day (at Lords)

England 245-5 (Gooch 114, Pringle 51 not out)


 GAME OF THE DAY - ITALY V ARGENTINA






 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

World Cup 1986 - Day Five

Wednesday 4 June 1986

Today was the last batch of first round games.

BBC showed the second half of West Germany drawing with Uruguay at 7.40pm - for some reason, preferring Wogan to the first half, and then the late kick off for 11pm for Scotland live on ITV losing to Denmark.

Overall, quite a low key start to the world cup with nine of the twelve games having two or less goals. Very disappointing for the three British sides, with one goal, one draw and two losses between them.

Group E:
West Germany 1 Uruguay 1
Allofs 84; Alzamendi 4

Group B:
Paraguay 1 Iraq 0
Romero 35

Group E:
Denmark 1 Scotland 0
Elkjaer 57


Group B:
Mexico P1 W1 D0 L0 F2 A1 Pts 2 - +1
Paraguay P1 W1 D0 L0 F1 A0 Pts 0 - +1
Iraq P1 W0 D0 L1 F0 A1 Pts 0 - -1
Belgium P1 W0 D0 L0 F1 A2 Pts 0 - -1

Group E:
Denmark P1 W1 D0 L0 F1 A0 Pts 2 - +1
West Germany P1 W0 D1 L0 F1 A1 Pts 1 - 0
Uruguay P1 W0 D1 L0 F1 A1 Pts 1 - 0
Scotland  P1 W0 D0 L1 F0 A1 Pts 0 - -1


Golden Boot
2 - Valdano (Arg), Yaremchuk (Sov)
1 - Zidane (Alg), Ruggeri (Arg), Vandenburgh (Bel), Socrates (Bra), Strakov (Bul), Elkjaer  (Den), Papin (Fra), Altobelli (Ita),  Quirarte (Mex), Sanchez (Mex), Whiteside (NIre), Romero (Par), Carlos Manuel (Por), Park Chang-Sun (SKor), Yakovenko (Sov), Aleinikov (Sov), Belanov (Sov), Rodionov (Sov), Alzamendi (Uru), Allofs (WGer)


Interesting Fact
Rafael Nadal is born today



 GAME OF THE DAY - DENMARK V SCOTLAND




 

Monday, June 26, 2017

World Cup 1986 - Day Four

Tuesday 3 June 1986

Three more games and we at last got to see two of the Home Nations in action.

At 7pm Northern Ireland were live on ITV but were unable to beat Algeria, with a 1-1 draw. Highlights were shown of the other game where Mexico beat Belgium 2-1.

And then it was a late night on the BBC with an 11pm kick off as England faced Portugal - a quite dull game, with England poor, and losing!!


Group B:
Mexico 2 Belgium 1
Quirarte 23, Sanchez 39; Vandenburgh 45

Group D:
Northern Ireland 1 Algeria 1
Whiteside 6; Zidane 59

Group F:
England 0 Portugal 1
Carlos Manuel 76


Group B:
Mexico P1 W1 D0 L0 F2 A1 Pts 2 - +1
Paraguay P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0 Pts 0 - 0
Iraq P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0 Pts 0 - 0
Belgium P1 W0 D0 L0 F1 A2 Pts 0 - -1

Group D:
Brazil P1 W1 D0 L0 F1 A0 Pts 2 - +1
Northern Ireland P1 W0 D1 L0 F1 A1 Pts 1 - 0
Algeria P1 W0 D1 L0 F1 A1 Pts 1 - 0
Spain P1 W0 D0 L1 F0 A1 Pts 0 - -1

Group F:
Portugal P1 W1 D0 L0 F1 A0 Pts 2 - +1
Morocco P1 W0 D1 L0 F0 A0 Pts 1 - 0
Poland P1 W0 D1 L0 F0 A0 Pts 1 - 0
England P1 W0 D0 L1 F0 A1 Pts 0 - -1


Golden Boot
2 - Valdano (Arg), Yaremchuk (Sov)
1 - Zidane (Alg), Ruggeri (Arg), Vandenburgh (Bel), Socrates (Bra), Strakov (Bul), Papin (Fra), Altobelli (Ita),  Quirarte (Mex), Sanchez (Mex), Whiteside (NIre), Carlos Manuel (Por), Park Chang-Sun (SKor), Yakovenko (Sov), Aleinikov (Sov), Belanov (Sov), Rodionov (Sov)


Interesting Fact
Rafael Nadal is born today



 GAME OF THE DAY - PORTUGAL V ENGLAND





Thursday, June 15, 2017

World Cup 1986 - Day Three

Monday 2 June 1986

Three games today as we finally got into the action, although limited for TV viewers.

Two games at 7pm but BBC only showed the second half of one and the highlights of the other.

Argentina, led by the enigmatic Diego Maradona (of whom we might hear more!) were many people's favourites for the cup, and made a confident start putting away South Korea. BBC viewers would have just started to watch as the third goal went in. Meanwhile the Soviet Union absolutely demolished Hungary.

For the late 11pm kick off England viewers might have watched the ITV live coverage of two teams in the group, Morocco and Poland - but they would not have seen much in a goalless draw.

Group A:
Argentina 3 South Korea 1
Valdano 6, 46, Ruggeri 18 - Park Chang-Sun 73

Group C:
Soviet Union 6 Hungary 0
Yakovenko 2, Aleinikov 4, Belanov 24 (pen), Yaremchuk 66, 75, Rodionov 80

Group F:
Morocco 0 Poland 0


Group A:
Argentina P1 W1 D0 L0 F3 A1 Pts 2 - +2
Italy P1 W0 D1 L0 F1 A1 Pts 1 - 0
Bulgaria P1 W0 D1 L0 F1 A1 Pts 1 - 0
South Korea P1 W0 D0 L1 F1 A3 Pts 0 - -2

Group C:
Soviet Union P1 W1 D0 L0 F6 A0 Pts 2 - +6
France P1 W1 D0 L0 F1 A0 Pts 2 - +1
Canada P1 W0 D0 L1 F0 A1 Pts 0 - -1
Hungary P1 W0 D0 L1 F0 A6 Pts 0 - -6

Group F:
Morocco P1 W0 D1 L0 F0 A0 Pts 1 - 0
Poland P1 W0 D1 L0 F0 A0 Pts 1 - 0
England P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0 Pts 0 - 0
Portugal P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0 Pts 0 - 0

Golden Boot
2 - Valdano (Arg), Yaremchuk (Sov)
1 - Ruggeri (Arg), Socrates (Bra), Strakov (Bul), Papin (Fra), Altobelli (Ita),  Park Chang-Sun (SKor), Yakovenko (Sov), Aleinikov (Sov), Belanov (Sov), Rodionov (Sov)



 GAME OF THE DAY - ARGENTINA V SOUTH KOREA





Monday, June 12, 2017

World Cup 1986 - Day Two

Sunday 1 June 1986

ITV finally got going with the opening match for Brazil - always the favourites - but struggling to beat Spain for the 7pm kick off.

At 11pm that evening, another game for the BBC - the first of many late nights for footy fans - as Canada made their debut in world cup finals going down to France 1-0.


Group D:
Brazil 1 Spain 0
Socrates 62

Group C:
France 1 Canada 0
Papin 79


Group C:
France P1 W1 D0 L0 F1 A0 Pts 2 - +1
Soviet Union P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0 Pts 0 - 0
Hungary P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0 Pts 0 - 0
Canada P1 W0 D0 L1 F0 A1 Pts 0 - -1

Group D:
Brazil P1 W1 D0 L0 F1 A0 Pts 2 - +1
Northern Ireland P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0 Pts 0 - 0
Algeria P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0 Pts 0 - 0
Spain P1 W0 D0 L1 F0 A1 Pts 0 - -1

Golden Boot
1 - Socrates (Bra), Strakov (Bul), Papin (Fra), Altobelli (Ita)



Trivia: The Number One song at the time was:

The Chicken Song - Spitting Image
 
 


 GAME OF THE DAY - BRAZIL V SPAIN


World Cup 1986 - Day One

Saturday 31 May 1986

So away we go - and ITV kicked off the World Cup .... by showing a schoolboys international at Wembley between England and Italy!

But that evening BBC showed the opening ceremony followed by live coverage of the opening match kicking off at 7pm - as the defending champions Italy drew a tough game with Bulgaria 1-1.


Group A:
Italy 1 Bulgaria 1
Altobelli 43 - Sirakov 85


Group A:
Italy P1 W0 D1 L0 F1 A1 Pts 1 - 0
Bulgaria P1 W0 D1 L0 F1 A1 Pts 1 - 0
Argentina P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0 Pts 0 - 0
South Korea P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0 Pts 0 - 0

Golden Boot
1 - Strakov (Bul) Altobelli (Ita)


ITV WORLD CUP TITLES 1986





GAME OF THE DAY - ITALY V BULGARIA


World Cup 1986 - Introduction

To get us through the summer, a day by day account of what many consider to be the best of all the World Cups - Mexico 1986 - including some YouTube highlights of 'Game Of The Day'.

The previous World Cup in Mexico 1970 was the first that was shown in colour and is best remembered for the magnificent games featuring Brazil as well as (in England minds) the 3-2 quarter final win by West Germany. Again the pictures were sharp and the quality of the sound wonderfully scratchy - and we were all introduced to the 'Mexican wave'.

Football in England was at a low ebb - it was only a year after the ban on European competitions had begun - but Liverpool had dazzled on their way to a League and Cup double, and, with England, Scotland and Northern Ireland all qualifying, hopes were high for an entertaining tournament.

The format was for 24 teams to be placed into six groups. The top two, and the four best placed third placed teams, would advance to the last 16 - which would then be a straight knock out.

Canada, Denmark and Iraq were making their first appearance in a world cup finals

The draw took place on Sunday 15 December 1985 and produced:

Group A: Italy, Argentina, South Korea, Bulgaria
Group B: Mexico, Paraguay, Iraq, Belgium
Group C: France, Soviet Union, Canada, Hungary
Group D: Brazil, Spain, Algeria, Northern Ireland
Group E: West Germany, Uruguay, Denmark, Scotland
Group F: Poland, England, Morocco, Portugal

Here ITV preview the chances of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland