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The senior squad made two visits to the Continent for pre-season matches. They were in Norway from 1st - 6th August and in Majorca from 8th - 14th August
The party which left Heathrow on Monday 1st August comprised :
Billy Bonds, Trevor Brooking, Paul Brush, Alan Curbishley, Mervyn Day, Alan Devonshire, Bill Green, Frank Lampard, Kevin Lock, John McDowell, Mick McGiven, Anton Otulakowski, John Radford, Bryan Robson, Alan Taylor. W. F. Cearns (Director), John Lyall (Team Manager), Rob Jenkins (Physiotherapist), Albert Walker (Attendant).
Departure for Norway
Some of the players embarking by coach to London Airport
(left to right) Brooking, McGiven, Taylor, Lock, Green, Day, McDowell, Robson, Bonds, Brush, Lampard, Curbishley, Otulakowski
SK BRANN (Norway)
3 - 2 (Curbishley 2, Radford)
2 August 1977
Day, McDowell, Lampard, Curbishley, Green, McGiven, Taylor A., Robson B., Radford, Brooking, Deveonshire (Otulakowski)
The opening fixture was on the day after our arrival. The opponents were SK Brann, winners of the Norwegian Cup this year; they have a background of experience in European competitions. They held us to 1-1 at the interval, but we got on top in the second half to win 3-2. Alan Curbishley netted twice, and John Radford the other. Billy Bonds missed this match owing to calf injury; he came back here on the following day for treatment. Another casualty was Alan Devonshire. He went off after an hour's play in the first game with a twisted ankle, and did not play in the two concluding games.
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4 - 1 (Brooking, Curbishley, Otulakowski, Taylor A.)
3 August 1977
Day, McDowell (Brush), Lampard, Curbishley, Green, McGiven, Taylor A., Robson B., Radford, Brooking, Otulakowski
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The second match was against Moss, a newly-promoted First Division side. We led by a single goal at half-time, but went on to make it 4-1 by the finish. Our goals were shared by four players scoring one each. Paul Brush went on a quarter-hour from the end to make his senior debut.
SELECT XI (Norway)
5 - 0 (Robson B. 2, Brooking, Green, Radford)
5 August 1977
The concluding match was at Askin on Friday against a local Select XI. Two up at half-time, we added another three after the interval to win comfortably by five clear goals. Kevin Lock was due to play in this fixture, but hurt his knee on the previous day and was ruled out.
The four-team tournament organised by the home club was spread over three days. The semi-finals paired us with Real Mallorca; the other tie was between Real Betis and J.K.S. (champions of Algeria). Nearly 10,000 watched our first match, and this attendance was doubled for the Final. Our opening game was against the home club, and after leading 1-0 at half-time through Alan Curbishley's goal we went to 4-0 at the finish. A free-kick was knocked down by Frank Lampard for Alan Devonshire to centre; John Radford's volley made it 2-0. Then Bill Green started a move in his own half, and following upfield to hit the ball on the run he gave the 'keeper no chance. Majorca fell victims of an upfield foray when Kevin Lock intercepted a pass to put Alan Taylor away for a solo counter. Unfortunately we sustained two injuries. John McDowell went off with an ankle knock after half-an-hour's play (Paul Brush taking over). Then a thigh knock put Mick Mc-Given out for the remainder of the tour; Kevin Lock went on, and he and Brush played in the Final. The Final was against the Seville club Real Betis the game ended in a goalless draw. Both sides netted its first five penalties of the decider, but after Betis had converted the first of the "second series" their 'keeper made a great save, to win the trophy for his side after a fine game. John Radford had a painful ear infection prior to the Final. He decided to play, but had to come off after an hour's play; Anton Otulakowski replacing him upfront.
REAL MALLORCA (Spain)
REAL BETIS (Spain)
Estadio Luis Sitjar
4 - 0 (Curbishley, Green, Radford Taylor A.)
11 August 1977
Estadio Luis Sitjar
0 - 0 (lost 5 - 6 on penalties)
13 August 1977
BOGNOR REGIS TOWN YOUTH
6 - 2 (Morgan 2 [1 pen], Oberstella 2, Banton, Smith)
6 August 1977
Playing subs: Berstehan and Oberstella
1 - 0 Goalscoerer unknown
10 August 1977
Old Spotted Dog Ground
1 - 1
13 August 1977
Green Pond Road
? - ?
16 August 1977
7 - 1 (Jennings 4, Brooking, Robson, Taylor A.)
15 September 1977
2 - 1 (Radford 2)
28 September 1977
ENGLAND XI : Trevor Brooking Testimonial
Bucks Head Ground
5 - 5 (Brooking 2, Hales, Lansdowne, Taylor T.)
7 November 1977
BOBBY MOORE XI : Victor Railton Memorial Match
YEOVIL TOWN : Terry Cotton Testimonial
3 - 1 (Brush 2, Devonshire)
3 May 1978
Other Matches Played at the Boleyn Ground
ESSEX v. INNER LONDON : London Cup Final
3 - 0
20 April 1978
TOP TEN XI v. NEWHAM POLICE INVITATION XI : Charity Match
? - ?
25 April 1978
5 - 4 (Brooking, Cross, Ferguson, Lansdowne, Martin)
2 May 1978
Day, Lampard, Brush, Curbishley A. (Holland), Taylor T., Lock, Taylor A. (Pike), Robson B., Jennings, Brooking, Devonshire
(Played behind Closed-doors)
The Kuwait national team which recently played several matches in Britain were guests behind closed doors at Upton Park. The Middle-East squad had previously beaten Brentford and Fulham, and also drew with the Welsh national side 0-0 in a full-scale fixture.
However, they found us in a rampant mood although the visitors scored first. We then rattled seven past a bemused defence. Billy Jennings got a quartet, Trevor Brooking, Bryan Robson and Alan Taylor adding one each; it was 4-1 at half-time. Unfortunately, Alan Taylor received a knee injury in the second half, and this kept him out of of our line-up v Queens Park Rangers on the following Saturday.
6 - 2 (Hales 3, Pike, Brooking, Robson B.)
31 October 1977
Robson B. (Curbishley A.)
Lansdowne came on as sub, not sure who he replaced?
The charity match at Billericay Town was a considerable success and over £1,400 was raised for the "Talking Books" Fund for the Blind.
The local Town club were very pleased with the outcome, as before the match they sold around 3,500 tickets for the very worthy cause. The home side put up a good show against the Hammers XI, which included many of our First Team squad, the score ended 2-1 in our favour.
IX Trofeo International Tournament
Ciudad de Palma de Mallorca
11 - 13 August 1977
Image courtesy of Nigel Turner
Image courtesy of Simon Lord
Kevin Lock, Bryan Robson and Bill Green
Bebb, Harris, Britton, Mallender, Galley J., Clarke, McLaren, Draycott, Galley K., Gavin, Dangerfield
Telford manger Geoff Hurst chats with his former team-mates, Trevor Brooking and Billy Bonds