Flashback: How a little-known amateur player sank New Zealand with a hat-trick

In 1964, the New Zealand men’s national team were beaten 4-0 by a team representing England’s Football Association.

Though the English side had professionals from clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur, Leeds United, Norwich City, Manchester City, Blackpool and Sheffield United, most of the damage inflicted on the New Zealanders came from a little-known player without a professional contract.

Hugh Lindsay scored a hat-trick against New Zealand at The County Ground, Northampton, a game that was part of a disastrous world tour by the Kiwis.

Though Lindsay was listed in the match programme as playing for the non-league amateur club Kingstonians, player records show he was with another amateur club, Wealdstone, at the time.

Lindsay, 25 at the time, was a member of the Great Britain Olympic football team which required him to be an amateur, and he was a guest player for the FA XI.

The New Zealand team for that game had Peter Whiting in goal — and he became the first New Zealander to win a professional contract when he joined Charlton Athletic — and Bert Ormond as their captain.

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Main photo: The 1964 New Zealand touring squad.

Back Row: J. J. Ryan, A. W. Leong. M. B. Russell, S. C. Scott, T. J. L. Pugh, D. Torkington, A. Inglis.

Second Row: R. McBriar, J. F. Lawson, A. Stroud, K. Sudlow, P. L. Whiting, A. J. Sefton, R. Moore, G. P. Bilby.

Sitting: J. Smith (Liaison Officer), J. G. Kemp (Vice-Captain), J. Kershaw (Manager), R. D. Ormond (Captain),
O. Hilton (Assistant Manager), J. A. Evans, K. Armstrong (Coach).

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Game played on Monday April 13, 1964
County Ground, Northampton, England
Attendance: 1,942

England FA XI 4 (Hugh Lindsay 3, Ray Charnley)
New Zealand 0


England FA Xi

Fred Else, Alan Dicks, Gerry Summers, Tony Marchi, Hugh Lindsay, Ray Charnley, Jim Lewis, Robert Henry Brown, George Hannah, Joe Shaw, Brian Thurlow.

New Zealand

Peter Whiting, Syd Scott, Tony Evans, Arthur Inglis, John Kemp, Trefor Pugh, Harold Russell, John Ryan, Alan Sefton, Ken Sudlow, Bert Ormond (captain), Grahame Bilby.


Referee: P.Bye (Bedford)
Assistant referees: R.A Long (Northampton), J.W.Johnson (Northampton)

More about the 1964 tour

Author Craig Stephen provides extensive coverage of the 1964 tour in his book Boots and Bombs, a study of New Zealand football in the 1960s and 1970.

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