The DON REVIE LOUNGE at www.soccerex.com is named after the former England players and Leeds United manager and father of DUNCAN REVIE the founder of SOCCEREX. It could have been a doom and gloom session if England had not won 2-0 last night at St, Jacks Park in Basel
As a student in 1963 I hitch hiked from Leeds to Basel with my college mate Dave from Liverpool, down to Dover, crossing the channel to Ostend and then hitch hiking all the way. My former school prefect Jimmy Armfield was captain and at the 5 star hotel he bought us pink chocolate and cakes and provided tickets in the main stand. England won 8-1. June 5th 1963. Bobby Charlton hat trick plus Johnny Byrne (2) Jimmy Melia, Tony Kay,Bryan Douglas. last night Roy Hodgson was under great pressure in that same stadium after a miserable first round exit in Brazil and a boring 1-1 draw with Norway at Wembley.
Legends Bryan Robson, Michael Owen and Peter Reid chatted informally about England's victory and their thoughts on the future for the national game and the national team. I found the only empty seat on the front row and was enthralled by their insight. Robson played for West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United and Middlesbrough, and I was in the Estadio San Marmes in Bilbao in 1982 to witness the then fastest goal in World Cup history-27 seconds versus a talented French team and a 3-1 victory. He is now a global ambassador at Old Trafford after a managerial career stretching from Middlesbrough to Bradford City, WBA, Sheffield United and the Thailand national team.
All three started playing first team football at age 17, with Owen at Liverpool and Reid at Bolton Wanderers, before Everton and Manchester City, He also followed Robson as the Thai national coach and is about to start coaching Mumbai City in the new ISL. All agree that the pace, counter attack and strength of the young lads last night was a good start to a campaign where they might even win all their matches,home and away against Switzerland, San Marino, Estonia, Lithuania and Slovenia. What happens at the finals at FRANCE 2016 is another matter. Owen works to help develop new talent and attends many u21 Premier team matches. All agree that these talented youngsters, mostly 17 or 18, have NO CHANCE of getting into the starting line-up at Chelsea, City, United, Arsenal etc,
The next EURO u 21 finals will be in the Czech Republic in June 2015 and they all insist that EVERY ELIGIBLE England first team player should be selected, even against the wishes of their EPL paymasters. Spain, Holland, Germany take the tournament seriously and their World Cup squads have benefited late. Reid believes that the EPL rule the F.A. which is detrimental to the success of the national team.