When Jack Charlton's team beat England

11 June ~ Injuries, suspensions and repeated failures have contributed to a remarkably modest build-up to England's first game at Euro 2012 this evening. Such humility was not on show before Euro 1988, when the players, the press and the official song declared that England were "going all the way". England began the tournament with a match against Jack Charlton's Ireland side, which contained only four players born in the Republic. After all the positivity in the build-up to the championships, England went on to lose all of their games in the group stage, as Steven Pye recounts in That 1980s Sports Blog.


Related articles

Bobby Robson film offers smiles, tears and plenty of fond memories
Embed from Getty Images // Watching the elegantly put together More Than A Manager highlights why Robson was so revered by fans, players and...
Any Given Saturday by Shay Given
Sport Media, £20Reviewed by Jonathan O’BrienFrom WSC 376, June 2018Buy the book To most Ireland fans, Shay Given will be remembered...
Graham Taylor: In his own words
Peloton Publishing, £18.99Reviewed by David HarrisonFrom WSC 375, April 2018Buy the book The untimely loss of Graham Taylor in January 2017...