England v Czechoslovakia

Final Group Game
The Build-Up

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England v Czechoslovakia match ticket

Jasper Cook:
I had recovered a couple of days after the Brazil game.

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Patrick Burke:
Again, I was quite confident and happy with the team selection.
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Jasper Cook:
I was quite relaxed about the Czech game. We were building up a bit of confidence about our chances. We were still very much in it and we’d only lost by one goal to the Brazilians.
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Peter Logan:
I’d imagine I felt quite confident. But, to be honest, I can’t really remember…

Thursday June 11th 1970 – Kick-Off: 4pm

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Alan Mullery:
… It was a real anti-climax. We won a dour, defensive match with a penalty by Allan Clarke… That goal put us in the quarter-finals.

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Patrick Burke:
Poor passing made hard work of it. A lot of passes went astray that day. The Czechs played in all white and England in all pale blue, which looked almost white in the blinding sunlight. I was surprised at the choice of kit. It’s the little details. I’m surprised Alf missed it.
Stanley Lewis:
On the coach after the game we was all laughing and celebrating and this bloke – I think he was Norwich or west country or something. A right carrot-cruncher anyway – he says, “Why are you all laughing? We lost!” “No!” we said, “We won!” We had to point out that England were playing in that light blue kit, whilst Czechoslovakia played in white. Honestly, all this way and he didn’t know what colours we were playing in. Unbelievable!
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Jasper Cook:
But even though we won against the Czechs, Brazil stayed in Guadalajara – having finished top.
Stanley Lewis:
The result didn’t mean anything because Brazil had beaten us and they won the group. Brazil stayed in Guadulajara and so we had to go to Leon. End of Chapter - Mexico70 Sombrero
 
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