Ward’s England debut

Here’s the centre pages of the Australia v England programme on Sydney Cricket Ground on 31st May 1980. Although a friendly in all but name, at the time the match formed a fixture in the Winfield Cup, a competition to celebrate the centenary of soccer in Australia:


Towards the end, there was a five minute substitute appearance from Brighton & Hove Albion striker Peter Ward, aged 24:

At the time, it was the shortest England career. Current holder of this record is Martin Kelly (Liverpool) with two minutes in May 2012.


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