History Moment against Czech Republic
One would have to turn the clock back by 90 years to 1928 for the first meeting with Czechoslovakia. It was in the football final of the 2nd CISS International Deaf Games at Amsterdam when Great Britain (England as it was then known) emerged triumphant 2-1.
The next encounter at the 1931 Nuremburg Games can be described as bizarre; for some reason unknown the match referee halted play and unknown to GB, a rematch was arranged the next morning. Thus the quarter-final game was awarded to the Czech. However, records from the Czech football book suggested otherwise – they won 1-0 thanks to a 93 rd minute goal!
The next two meetings saw a bounty of goals, 27 in all! At the 1961 Games at Helsinki, the Czech won 10-5 in extra time (5-5 full time, 0-0 half time!), and 7 - 5 at the 1969 Belgrade Games. Nick Stovell of Halstead FC (Essex) took part in
the 1961 match, and still lives to tell the tale! Although Czechoslovakia have reached the football final on two occasions the
other in 1993 (Sofia), they have been deprived of the Gold medal. In 1993 the Czechoslovakian regime ended and since then, the Czech Republic appears to have fared better than its counterparts, Slovakia in terms of results.
Although the Czech Republic have played Great Britain on numerous occasions, it is the first time that they have visited this country, and also against England Deaf. Since 1924, Great Britain has been participating in all the elite competitions whilst England Deaf only participated in the 2008 World Cup at Patras, Greece. On home soil, they have had friendly matches with Cyprus and Home Nation matches with Scotland and Wales.
2017 saw the first time England compete in the European Championships; in the first qualifying match against Turkey they lost 5-0. Today is a historic day – it is the very first time England have staged a competitive match, and we are pleased to host the Czech Republic. Czech Republic will host Turkey in the final group qualifier on 16th June.