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Pompey competitive England caps

Pompey competitive England caps
The only Pompey player to achieve that honour was the late Jimmy Dickinson MBE. Jim played in two World Cups, 1950 and 1954 and won five caps in those tournaments.

25 June 1950 v Chile - Rio de Janeiro W2-0
29 June 1950 v USA - Belo Horizonte L0-1
17 June 1954 v Belgium - Basle D4-4
20 June 1954 v Switzerland - Berne W2-0
26 June 1954 v Uruguay (QF) - Basle L2-4

The defeat by USA in Belo Horizonte is famous for being one of the great upsets in World Cup history. The USA were total outsiders with a collection of soccer misfits but the England side was totally under prepared. Jim was one of the casualties of the shock, missing the final qualifier in Rio against Spain (which England also lost).

In the 4-4 draw with Belgium, Jim became the only Pompey player to score in an England competitive game - unfortunately it was an own goal during extra time. No penalty shoot outs in those days!!

To date, no Pompey player has represented England in a European Championship game.

The first Blues player to represent his country in the European Championships was popular Irishman Eoin Hand when he played as a substitute for the Republic against Czechoslovakia in May 1969. Eoin, who spent more than 10 years (in two spells) at the club after signing from Drumcondra went on to manage his country. Hand's reign began the revival of Irish football narrowly failing to qualify for the Europeans in 1984 and eventually being succeeded by Jack Charlton.

So Jamo or Sol can earn a place in Pompey history next Saturday against Israel in what will be first meeting between the two countries in England.

Written by eastneydave.

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Date:Sunday September 2 2007
Time: 5:07PM


great article eastneydave - thank you for the research and writting it. sol looks like he is out of the squad again doesnt he, so it is down to jamo...
02/09/2007 17:08:00
and how will today's result go down with mcclown?? Jamo clearly conceeded a pen, but was not at fault for the other 2 goals.
02/09/2007 17:10:00
robinson conceded 3 yesterday tho too didnt he. tbh, altho i really think that jamo should be the no.1 i think that robinson will keep the shirt. the penalty he conceded today reminded me of the penalty he gave away for england against france at euro 2004...
02/09/2007 17:14:00
jamo wont be in the england team, forreasons mentioned by tony adams...its a shame, but we will have to wait for matty and gary...oh no, just matty to pull on the england shirt for us next...or nuggent?
02/09/2007 18:43:00
Our England credentials match our teams decline over the last 50 years. Very little to get excited about until now, maybe.
02/09/2007 20:05:00
eastneydave, great article mate and full of your usual impecable facts (was this all from memory ?).. Maybe not Solid this time but I really think Jamo will get the nod...
03/09/2007 01:25:00
Eoin Hand.. forgot about him.. A classic Pompey No6, with Big Paul Went @ 5 and Marinello @ 7. .. you have the knack of making me feel old... :)
03/09/2007 01:28:00
Pompey have never been that popular with the England set-up, even our all conquering teams of 48-50 could only muster 1 player!!
03/09/2007 07:03:00
yep it is a great article, completely agree. i beleive some was taken from books , but even the information in the books was occassionally wrong i believe so he had to correct that...
03/09/2007 08:40:00
Chix Thanks all for the comments. Eoin Hand in fact after this debut at Fulham in 1968 (I was there think it as November) played every game for the rest of that season and the next. Settled in quickly then.
03/09/2007 12:36:00
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