, Dutch referee Jan Keizer was chosen to officiate the game. He was very pallid and he was sweating.
The opening fixtures, Ireland v England and France v Wales, were postponed to late March and the Wales v England match was put back from February to April because of a frozen pitch in Cardiff. , In the treatment room, Stein, who had remained conscious throughout, was on the table being supported by Ernie Walker and Bill Dickie, two senior members of the SFA, while the on site medical team led by Stewart Hillis tried to keep his heart beating.  However, although Scotland were gaining in confidence, they were running out of time, with the Welsh defenders able to absorb the pressure and use the long clearance to get the ball upfield towards Hughes and Rush, who held the ball and waited for reinforcement from their midfielders. Scotland's celebrations at gaining the point they needed from the game were marred by the collapse of Jock Stein moments before the final whistle, and his subsequent death in the treatment room of the stadium. The ball was nodded down by Graeme Sharp into Speedie's path; his shot, which appeared to be heading over the crossbar, struck defender David Phillips on the elbow and led to the Dutch referee awarding Scotland a penalty.  As a consequence, that the goalkeeper even needed lenses was something that his teammates, Alex Ferguson (who was also Leighton's club manager at Aberdeen) or, most importantly, Jock Stein did not know.  He was not helped by the fact that a number of his senior players, including Graeme Souness (his captain), Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen and Steve Archibald would all miss the game through injury or suspension. Despite Wales having an exceptional recent record at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground (left), the FAW decided to take advantage of the larger capacity offered by Ninian Park in Cardiff (right).
However, over the period there had been little other success, either in the European Championships, which Scotland had failed to qualify for twice, or the British Home Championship, which had led to criticism leading into the next competition, the 1986 World Cup.  Wales almost scored again in the twentieth minute when Joey Jones crossed for Robbie James, whose header went just over the bar.  The FAW instead took the national team to one of the stadia of Cardiff City, Swansea City or Wrexham, three of the four clubs who then played in the English football league system.  However, despite the defensive line employed by Scotland, they were unable to prevent Wales taking the lead after thirteen minutes, when Peter Nicholas made a low cross, despite the attention of both Aitken and Steve Nicol, for Hughes to score past goalkeeper Jim Leighton. The game was played against the backdrop of escalating football hooliganism; English clubs had been banned from European competition as a result of the Heysel Stadium disaster over three months prior, and fears were being raised, notably by Scotland's manager Jock Stein, that the British government, led by Margaret Thatcher, was seeking to lead a "crackdown" on football supporters generally, and that trouble at the highly charged game at Ninian Park would give them an excuse to extend this from just England to the other Home Nations. It was Cooper who stepped up to assume responsibility to take the spot kick: It wasn't so much I picked up the ball.  In the 38th minute, a Welsh free kick was blocked twice by Leighton, with the second falling at the feet of Hughes, whose shot went just wide. In addition, the new Parc y Scarlets (opened 2008) in Llanelli has also been constructed to meet UEFA's international criteria. In the dressing room, Leighton admitted that the reason he had missed the cross at the end of the first half, which led to the last-ditch save at the feet of Mark Hughes, was that he was shortsighted and had lost one of his contact lenses.  Before the game against Scotland, Wales had played twenty home games since the beginning of 1980, with eight each of those played at Cardiff and Wrexham. The championship was contested by England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.  Prior to the start he took his place in the dugout and the game kicked off without incident.
The championship winner was Ireland, winning their tenth title (excluding eight other shared titles); it would prove to be their last in 24 years, until their Grand Slam in 2009. , Once half-time was reached, it was clear that Scotland, and Jim Leighton in particular, were in difficulty. , England oversaw a further qualifying campaign, for the 1988 European Championships, which Wales again failed to qualify for.
 Martin Tyler of ITV Sport, who had been working as the pitchside reporter, and had been standing near Stein when he collapsed, reported that, despite the apparently alarming scenes, Stein was telling everyone that he was OK. BBC Radio commentator Peter Jones (who had no access to the television pictures and was relying on information from other people in the press box) also speculated that the tension of the result and the night had led to Stein's collapse. The other 10 left it for me. Wales at the time had an excellent record at the Racecourse, both in qualifying tournaments for the World Cup and European Championships, and in the British Home Championship. Several people, including Stein's assistant Alex Ferguson and midfielder Gordon Strachan, had noticed that Stein did not appear to be well prior to the start of the game.  Scotland meanwhile went into the match on the back of a pair of wins against England and Iceland. , For each nation's squad for the 1985 Five Nations Championship, see, "Postponed Championship matches, father and son England players and the career of Squire Wilkins", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1985_Five_Nations_Championship&oldid=940681633, 1985 rugby union tournaments for national teams, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 14 February 2020, at 00:14. The Home Nations had played each other regularly for over a century until the end of the British Home Championship in 1984. In 2009, the memorial was removed from the stadium when it was demolished and transferred to the "Ninian Park Gates" at the new Cardiff City Stadium. Gordon Strachan found it difficult to understand precisely what Stein was saying during his team-talk. , Matches outside the British Home Championship, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1985_Rous_Cup&oldid=982077629, International association football competitions hosted by Scotland, May 1985 sports events in the United Kingdom, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 6 October 2020, at 01:40. The tournament suffered three match postponements due to bad weather. However, as he got up, he then fell to his knees before collapsing to the ground. , The British Home Championship had ended in the 1983–84 season, with England having announced their decision to withdraw from the competition on 19 August 1983, citing an increasingly congested international fixture list, and waning interest from supporters, especially for the games against Wales and Northern Ireland.
The cup was won by Scotland, who defeated England 1–0 in the match played on 25 May 1985.  Their opponents were finally confirmed on 3 November, when Australia beat New Zealand to take an unassailable lead at the top of the four team Oceania group. Ten matches were played between 2 February and 20 April. , The game would be the first of the 1985–86 season for both teams. Includes 1978 World Cup Qualifier against Scotland played at, 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 7, World Cup qualification – UEFA–OFC play-off, further qualifying campaign, for the 1988 European Championships, "FA sold Welsh down the river in dumping British Championship", "Wales national football team: record v Scotland", "Spain have pace for fast route to Mexico", "Wales national football team statistics and records: all-time record", "Scotland national football team statistics and records: all-time record", "Jock Stein's death at Cardiff's Ninian Park left a scar on both nations", "Sacrifice of a Football Manager with the Midas Touch", "Alex McLeish said just two words:'Jock's Dead'. Stein's five-man defensive set-up meant that his midfielders were outnumbered by the Welsh, and consequently Strachan had failed to make an impact on the game up to then.
Group 7 was one of three UEFA qualifying groups with only four teams – in each of these groups, the second placed teams would advance to a play-off round.
 This had led to the FAW choosing the Racecourse for the majority of the national team's home games from 1977 onwards.  The second half began with Wales remaining in control of the game as they had been during the first half, with their best chance coming when Ian Rush mis-hit what appeared to be a simple tap-in, causing it to pass wide. Others had boarded trains or were in cars heading home – many fans didn't hear the news until they eventually got home the following day.. Januar 1986 2 Wochen (insgesamt 4) 4 (Verschiedene Interpreten) Now, That’s What I Call Music 6 – ← 1984 → 1986 → Die Angaben basieren auf den offiziellen Verkaufshitparaden des Chart Information Networks für das Vereinigte Königreich. The 1985 Five Nations Championship was the fifty-sixth series of the rugby union Five Nations Championship. In the event, a controversial penalty from Don Masson and a late header by Kenny Dalglish gave Scotland the victory. During the early 1970s, Wrexham had embarked on making significant improvements to the Racecourse, with two new stands built and a new roof installed over the Kop End. The championship was contested by England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. , In the years since Jock Stein's death, some, including Alex Ferguson, have said that they noticed changes in him in the days and weeks prior to the game against Wales. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the ninety-first series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship.  Both Professor Stewart Hillis, the Scotland team doctor (who was also Stein's consultant), and Welsh manager Mike England stated that there appeared to be nothing wrong at this point. , Jock hit the roof. For Wales, anything less than a win would virtually end their hopes of qualification. Wales had a poor record against Scotland having won only 18 games up to that point, with Scotland successful in 60.  However, despite the withdrawal of England from the Home Championship, it was decided that the annual England vs Scotland game would continue, with the two playing for a new trophy, the Rous Cup. Although Scotland said nothing publicly about also pulling out, it was accepted that, if any of the four withdrew from the competition, that would bring it to an end.  In his programme notes for the first game of the 1984 tournament, Harry Cavan, the president of the Irish Football Association, said "We are gravely disappointed and sad that 100 years of genuine friendship, sporting traditions and close co-operation seems to have been sacrificed for financial expediency. Despite this, Strachan was prepared to argue with Stein that he should remain on, until Alex Ferguson cautioned him to be aware that the manager was clearly not well, and should not cause too much stress with a confrontation..
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