Hungary, so often difficult opponents, were beaten at Wembley on this day.
England defeated Hungary, their nemesis in the 1950s, 2-0 in a European Championship Qualifier on this day in 1983.
After Ferenc Puskas and his ‘Magical Magyars’ had become the first Continental team to beat England at Wembley, winning 6-3 on a grey November afternoon in 1953, they rubbed salt in the wounds by trouncing us 7-1 in Budapest in a return fixture six months later.
But the tide had turned by the time the teams clashed in that Qualifier in ’83, England having won all of the four previous fixtures with Hungary, under Ramsey (once) and Greenwood (three times).
Shilton and Katzirz, both goalkeepers, were captains this time and Bobby Robson’s England moved forward with purpose after a tentative opening.
England were desperate to get the three points, having been held to a 0-0 Wembley draw by the Greeks a month earlier, and they went ahead on the half-hour, Trevor Francis flicking home Gordon Cowans’ low cross with his head. It was the Sampdoria striker’s third goal in three internationals.
The home side remained in control in the second half but had to be wary of some breakaway attacks by the Hungarians.
The all-important second goal arrived on 70 minutes, Aston Villa’s Peter Withe breaking his international scoring duck by chesting down Sammy Lee’s cross and thumping a half-volley past Katzirz.
England won the Budapest return, too, 3-0.