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Unofficial 1946 onwards


This list contains the results of matches not accorded status as official internationals and where: 

  • one of the teams was selected by the Football Association (or a member of).

  • the entire team representing England was eligible to play for England at full international level at the time (except for emergency replacements).

  • the team opposing England was representing a geographical area or league outside of England (not necessarily a separate or complete nation or consisting entirely of players from the same nation).

For ease of reference, teams that played as 'FA XI' are labelled 'England'.

The list does not include:

  • games against club sides.

  • testimonial matches.

  • games against other England teams.

  • games against teams from the armed forces.

  • official trial matches.

  • all-amateur England teams after 1906 (when the England amateur team was formed).

However, details of these games can be found by clicking here.

Season 1946-47

Walter Winterbottom

Charity International
186 24 August 1946 - England 2 Scotland 2 [2-1]
Maine Road, Manchester (70,000)
Welsh (2 (1 pen))
Thornton (2)

£12,000 was raised for the Mayor of Bolton's Relief Fund for the victims of the Burnden Park disaster of March 9, 1946. 33 people had died and more than 500 injured after a crush caused by an overcrowded terrace at a sixth-round FA Cup tie between Bolton Wanderers and Stoke City. Scotland returned to the scene of their heaviest defeat, three years earlier, but they had gone five matches without losing and their new-found confidence brought them an equaliser, with five minutes remaining. They had made three changes from their last match, but only two from the side that beat England, at Hampden, four months previously. Only Willie Miller, in goal, was making his debut. An experimental England side included only three members of the team that lost in Paris at the end of the previous season. Five players made their debut, not one of which ever won a full cap, despite full internationals resuming the following month. This match also featured the unheralded introduction of England's first-ever team manager, Walter Winterbottom (without the power to select the team). He was also the Football Association's first Director of Coaching.

Season 1949-50


Harry Hughes and Joe Richards
Football Association Tour of Canada

The timing of the Football Association's first post-war tour of Canada was a little odd, as it was to end just before the World Cup began in Brazil, and there were three other FA tours all taking place in the same month. The full international squad went to Portugal and Belgium, whilst the B squad went to Italy, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, and the amateur squad was in Scandinavia (Denmark and Sweden). England's club sides were also in great demand. Manchester United were already in North America and the FA were to meet them in Toronto towards the end of the tour. The Canadian tour squad numbered 18 players, seven of whom were full internationals, whilst the captain, Reg Flewin, had played for England during the war, six years earlier, and had just led Portsmouth to their second successive League Championship. There were also four future internationals. Two of the party (Stan Matthews and Jim Taylor) were to join up with the World Cup squad after the tour. The squad was to play in twelve matches in total, but two were against touring club sides, one was over the border, against the United States and one was a friendly match in Winnipeg on 10 June, in which English and local players appeared on both sides.

187 20 May 1950 - Montreal 0 England 7 [0-5]
Delorimier Stadium, Montreal
Hancocks (2), Lofthouse (3), Bowyer (2) AW

Nat Lofthouse got the tour off to a great start with a hat-trick on his first appearance in an England shirt. All eight internationals played, plus one of the future caps (Lofthouse).

188 24 May 1950 - Ontario 1 England 4 [ - ]
Exhibition Stadium, Toronto
Vaughan (2), Sewell, Wainwright
189 27 May 1950 - Saskatoon 1 England 19 [0-11]
Griffiths Stadium, Saskatoon
Hagan (4), Bowyer (4), Sewell (3), Vaughan (4), Taylor, Hancocks (3)

The local team could only muster nine players, so Nat Lofthouse and Tim Ward were loaned to them and played against England, but they could not stop the visitors racking up their highest-ever score. Four internationals played for the tourists, alongside two of the future caps.

190 30 May 1950 - British Columbia 4 England 4 [ - ]
Callister Park, Vancouver
Hancocks (4)

After forty successive victories in Canada, the tourists were held in an eight-goal thriller.

191 1 June 1950 - Victoria 2 England 3 [1-1]
Victoria, British Columbia
Vaughan (2), Wainwright

The FA squad arrived on Vancouver Island and faced another tough test before securing a victory with Charlie Vaughan's winner, ten minutes from time.

192 3 June 1950 - British Columbia 1 England 7 [ - ]
Park, Vancouver
Hagan (3), Bowyer (3), Lofthouse

Back on the mainland, the tourists gained their revenge against the BC 'All-Stars' that had held them, four days earlier.

193 7 June 1950 - Alberta 0 England 9 [0-6]
Mewata Stadium, Calgary
Medley, Vaughan (2), Wainwright (3), Sewell (3) AW

Four full internationals were in the side, plus three of the future caps. The visitors then returned to Toronto, where they beat a Manchester United side, 4-2.

194 17 June 1950 - Ontario 2 England 9 [1-3]
Jackson Park, Windsor
Campbell (2)
Vaughan (2), Wainwright (3), Hancocks (3), Hagan

The FA fielded five full internationals, but it was the home side that scored first. This was the last of the eight fixtures in four weeks against Canadian sides, though England returned to Montreal, five days later and beat a Swedish team. Many thanks to Daniel Gellatley for finding the missing England scorers.

Football Association Tour  
195 18 June 1950 - United States 0 England 1 [0-0]
Triborough Stadium, Randalls Island
Hancocks AW

The touring side left Canada and beat a side containing ten of the team that created one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history, only ten days later. None of the English team in New York went to Brazil and only five of them had won full international caps (with two later going on to play full internationals). Eight of the side, plus a substitute, had played in Ontario, the previous night. The US team (which contained only eight Americans) went on to destroy the reputation of the World Cup favourites in a never-to-be-forgotten encounter in Belo Horizonte that left England heading for an early exit from the competition.

Season 1950-51


David Wiseman and Frank Adams

Football Association Tour
196 9 May 1951 -
American Soccer League 0 England 4
Croke Park, New York City
Smith (2), Shaw, Langton AW

Whilst the Festival of Britain was matching a number of teams back home with foreign opponents and, on the day that England beat Argentina at Wembley, the Football Association touring squad, en route to Australia, were back in New York, defeating a representative team at a floodlit Gaelic football ground. Only Bobby Langton had been previously capped by England, but two other players would go on to win full caps and goalkeeper, Sam Bartram had played for England during the war.

Football Association Tour of Australia  
Eighteen players arrived in Australia, for twenty matches on a two-month tour. Only three full internationals could be persuaded to give up most of their summer to play on the other side of the world, though two others were wartime internationals and another two were future England caps. Unlike the previous tour of Australia, 26 years earlier, the squad did not spend two months at sea, having this time flown to New York and then across the Pacific Ocean to land in Sydney on May 12.
197 16 May 1951 - South Coast 0 England 7 [0- ]
Wollongong, New South Wales
nk AW
198 19 May 1951 - New South Wales 1 England 8 [ - ]
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
nk AW
199 22 May 1951 - Sydney 2 England 6 [ - ]
Cricket Ground, Sydney
nk AW
First Test  
200 26 May 1951 - Australia 1 England 4 [1-3]
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney (46,014)
Sewell (2), Clarke, Hurst

The first test saw the tourists win comfortably with two full internationals, both wartime internationals and a future cap.

201 30 May 1951 - Northern Districts 1 England 7 [ - ]
Cessnock, New South Wales
nk AW
202 2 June 1951 - New South Wales 1 England 3 [ - ]
Newcastle Showground, New South Wales
nk AW
203 6 June 1951 - Victoria 0 England 5 [0-2]
Melbourne Cricket Ground,
Hagan, Smith (2), Broome, Langton AW
204 9 June 1951 - Victoria 0 England 7 [ - ]
Melbourne Cricket Ground,
nk AW
205 11 June 1951 - Australia 1 England 6 [ - ]
Richmond Football Ground, Melbourne
Flewin OG
Clarke (3), Sewell (2), Smith

An unofficial international match, as far as both teams were concerned, saw England with one full international, one wartime international and one future cap. The Australians fielded five players from their first test line-up, two weeks earlier.

206 16 June 1951 - Tasmania 0 England 11 [ - ]
Hobart, Tasmania
nk AW

The tourists travelled across to the island of Tasmania for the first time, but their hosts provided weak opposition.

207 19 June 1951 - Tasmania 0 England 17 [ - ]
Launceston, Tasmania
nk AW
208 23 June 1951 - Australia 1 England 13 [ - ]
The Oval, Adelaide
Clarke (4), Hagan (4), Broome (2), Sewell (2), Langton

England returned to the mainland and continued to bang in the goals with alarming regularity against a side containing only three members of the team beaten at Melbourne. The visitors fielded all three of their full internationals (who all scored), plus a wartime international and a future cap.

Second Test  
209 30 June 1951 - Australia 0 England 17 [0-7]
Cricket Ground, Sydney (14,146)
Clarke (4), Sewell (6), Hagan (3), Broome (3), Hurst AW

The ironically-named, Norman Conquest, in goal for Australia, suffered his own personal invasion and managed to concede thirty goals in two games, as the tourists hit double figures for the fourth match in succession. At the time, it was the biggest ever victory in international football and it was a humiliating experience for a side that had only made four changes from the first test, five weeks earlier. England fielded two full internationals, a future international and both of their wartime internationals. The pitch was a major factor in the deluge of goals, as it was quite waterlogged and provided conditions much more suited to English playing experiences than to those of their hosts, who struggled to keep their feet.

210 4 July 1951 - Queensland 1 England 7 [ - ]
Brisbane Cricket Ground,
nk AW
Third Test  
211 7 July 1951 - Australia 1 England 4 [ - ]
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane
Clarke (2), Hagan, Langton

The home side made seven changes from the previous week's debacle in Sydney and kept the score down to a respectable total, though they did concede three goals in the first fifteen minutes. England made only one change, but still had the same complement of internationals.

212 11 July 1951 -
Central Queensland 1 England 13 [ - ]
Bundaberg, Queensland
nk AW
Fourth Test  
213 14 July 1951 - Australia 1 England 6 [ - ]
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney (7,894)
Hulme (pen)
Webster (3), Sewell, Hurst, Clarke

Harry Webster came on as a substitute and scored a hat-trick. The Aussies only made two changes from the previous week's defeat, whilst the tourists began with two full internationals (one went off injured), both future internationals and one of the wartime England players.

214 18 July 1951 - Granville 2 England 5 [ - ]
Parramatta, New South Wales
nk AW
Fifth Test  
215 21 July 1951 - Australia 0 England 5 [0-2]
The Showground, Newcastle (7,165)
Sewell, Smith, Clarke (2), Hurst AW

The final test saw seven changes in the Australian side, whilst the visitors fielded only one full international, one future international and one of the wartime internationals. They rounded off the tour on the following day with an astonishing 153 goals scored, averaging 7.65 per game. Financially, it was a successful tour for both countries, but it highlighted a massive gulf in class.

216 22 July 1951 - South Coast 0 England 2 [ - ]
Wollongong, New South Wales
nk AW

Season 1952-53


Walter Winterbottom

England Tour of South America
217 14 May 1953 - Argentina 3 England 1 [1-1]
Estadio Monumental,
Buenos Aires (120,000)
Grillo (2), Micheli

As the first match of England's tour was against a team selected only from clubs in Buenos Aires, the Football Association considered it a warm-up match for the full international at the same venue, three days later. However, it was attended by a capacity crowd, including President Perón. England scored first through debutant, Tommy Taylor, but they were well beaten in the end. Argentina fielded the same starting eleven in the full international, with England making seven changes, but they were unable to exact their revenge as the game was abandoned after 21 minutes play, because of a waterlogged pitch. England then moved on to Chile before a rematch could be staged and it transpired that Argentina had declared the first game a full international. The FA did not agree, and they were left with the curious task of only awarding England caps for the abandoned game that lasted 21 minutes, rather than for the game that consisted of ninety minutes in a full stadium.

Season 1954-55


Joe Richards and Harry Wright

Football Association Tour of Bermuda and the Caribbean

An eighteen-man squad flew to Bermuda on May 9 for an eleven-match island-hopping tour. Only three players had previously been capped by England, whilst four were future internationals (including future manager, Bobby Robson). The squad also included Robson's Fulham team mate, Jimmy Hill, who went on to become more famous as a television presenter.

218 12 May 1955 - Bermuda 1 England 11 [1-6]
Bermuda National Stadium, Devonshire Parish
Jezzard (4), Robson (3), Bradford (2), Kelly, Hoskins
219 14 May 1955 - Bermuda 1 England 14 [1-6]
Bermuda National Stadium, Devonshire Parish
Emery OG
Jezzard (3), Pearson (3), Heckman (3), Hill (2), Groves (2), Nutt

The home side fielded three English-born players.

220 18 May 1955 - Jamaica 0 England 7 [0-4]
Sabina Park, Kingston
Robson (3 (1 pen)), Hamilton OG, Bradford, Hoskins (2) AW

This game was the first to be played in the West Indies under floodlights and the visit coincided with the 300th year of English rule in Jamaica. The FA fielded two of their full internationals and all four of their future caps.

221 21 May 1955 - Jamaica 2 England 4 [ - ]
Sabina Park, Kingston
Bradford (3), nk
222 23 May 1955 - Jamaica 0 England 7 [0-4]
Sabina Park, Kingston
Bradford (3), Hoskins, Hill, Jezzard (2) AW
223 26 May 1955 - North Trinidad 0 England 1 [0-0]
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain
Jezzard AW

A controversial winner, five minutes from time, as Beddy Jezzard bundled the ball and the goalkeeper into the net.

224 30 May 1955 -
Trinidad and Tobago 0 England 6 [0-4]
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain
Bradford (2), Robson (2), Groves, Jezzard AW
225 2 June 1955 -
Trinidad and Tobago 1 England 8 [ - ]
Skinner Park, San Fernando
Charleau (pen)
Bradford (3), Robson (2), Heckman (2), Pearson
226 4 June 1955 -
Trinidad and Tobago 0 England 8 [0- ]
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain
nk AW
227 7 June 1955 - Curaçao 2 England 2 [ - ]
Rifstadion, Willemstad
nk AD

The tourists' last two games ended in draws against sides from the Netherlands Antilles, though the football team still played under the old name of Curaçao, the largest of the six Dutch islands.

228 10 June 1955 - Curaçao 1 England 1 [ - ]
Rifstadion, Willemstad
nk AD

The squad returned to Jamaica to watch a cricket test match between the West Indies and Australia, and then flew back to England on June 15.

Season 1955-56



Football Association Tour of South Africa and Rhodesia

The Football Association's fifth tour of South Africa, and their first since the war, was also their last, owing to the policy of apartheid in the country, which eventually led to South Africa being barred from all international football. This tour party flew to Johannesburg on May 8 to play eighteen games in two months. There were eighteen players in the squad. Five were full internationals and another three would go on to win full caps.

229 12 May 1956 -
Southern Transvaal 1 England 2 [ - ]
Rand Stadium, Johannesburg
nk AW

The visitors began by returning to the city of their only previous defeat in South Africa, back in 1939, but this time they were victorious.

230 16 May 1956 - Natal Province 1 England 2 [ - ]
Pietermaritzburg, Natal Province
nk AW
231 19 May 1956 - Natal Province 0 England 4 [0-0]
Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban
nk AW
232 23 May 1956 - Border 0 England 10 [0- ]
Jan Smuts Ground, East London
nk AW

The Football Association team were due to field two of their England internationals, plus a future international.

233 26 May 1956 - Eastern Province 3 England 8 [2-2]
Crusader Ground, Port Elizabeth
Fairley, Roos, Bentley
Ayre, J.King, Hitchens (5), Perry

The home side proved to be quite a handful for the tourists, and they scored first, but they eventually succumbed to Gerry Hitchens' five second-half goals, with Bill Perry (born in South Africa) also scoring for the FA.

234 31 May 1956 - Western Province 0 England 2 [0-1]
Hartleyvale Stadium, Cape Town
Jezzard, Harris AW
235 2 June 1956 -
Northern Transvaal 0 England 3 [0-0]
Pretoria, Transvaal Province
Perry, Ayre (2) AW
236 6 June 1956 - Griqualand West 0 England 5 [0- ]
De Beers Stadium, Kimberley
nk AW

This was the FA's first visit to, what is now, Zambia, followed by a return trip to the southern part (now Zimbabwe) of the three-year-old semi-independent state.

237 9 June 1956 - Northern Rhodesia 0 England 4 [0- ]
Kitwe, Rhodesia
nk AW
238 13 June 1956 - Southern Rhodesia 0 England 3 [0- ]
Police Ground, Salisbury
nk AW
239 16 June 1956 - Southern Rhodesia 1 England 3 [ - ]
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
nk AW
240 20 June 1956 -
Orange Free State Province 2 England 7 [1-4]
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State Province
Pretorious, Calder
Robson (2), Petherbridge (3), Hitchens, Quested

Bobby Ayre had to leave the field with a thigh injury during the second half, but it made little difference, though the home side had scored first, in the sixth minute.

First Test  
241 23 June 1956 - South Africa 3 England 4 [1-2]
Rand Stadium, Johannesburg
Hurly (2), Salton
Harris (pen), J.King, Robson, Perry

For their first meeting with the national side, the tourists fielded all five of their full internationals and two of their future caps, but still found it a struggle to emerge victorious.

242 27 June 1956 -
Southern Transvaal 2 England 5 [ - ]
Vereeniging, Transvaal Province
nk AW
Second Test  
243 30 June 1956 - South Africa 2 England 4 [0-1]
Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban
Le Roux, Gibson
Harris (2), Robson, Hitchens

South Africa only made one change from the previous week's defeat in Johannesburg. The FA started with four full internationals and two of their future caps, but this became three full and all three future, when Gerry Hitchens came on for Beddy Jezzard.

244 7 July 1956 - Eastern Transvaal 1 England 1 [ - ]
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
nk AD
Third Test  
245 9 July 1956 - South Africa 0 England 0 [0-0]
Hartleyvale Stadium, Cape Town

The home side made three changes from Durban and gave a side containing three England internationals and three future caps a strong challenge. Ted Burgin, at least, kept a clean sheet by saving a penalty.

After one defeat and eighty wins in Africa, the FA side suddenly found themselves held twice in three days. It would be another 47 years before an FA side returned to South Africa, to play a full international for the first time.
Fourth Test  
246 14 July 1956 - South Africa 1 England 4 [0-3]
Police Ground, Salisbury
Hitchens (2), McGarry, Ayre

Unsurprisingly, South Africa stuck with the same team that had secured a historic goalless draw, five days earlier, in Cape Town. The FA only made two changes, and still had three full internationals and three future caps, but this time they made certain that the tour would end on a high note for them.

The tour ended with a fourth test, for the first time, but this time it was over the border into Rhodesia.

Season 1957-58



Football Association Tour of Nigeria and Ghana

Just as the World Cup squad were in Europe preparing for Sweden, the Football Association sent a touring party to west Africa for the first time. The 17-man squad arrived in Lagos on 10 May, captained by Second Division, Liverpool's Johnny Wheeler, the only full international in the party, having made a single appearance in Belfast, four years earlier. Only seven members of the squad were Football League players and only four were from the First Division. The rest of the squad were amateurs, with the majority having played for England at that level. They were to play seven games in three weeks.

247 14 May 1958 - Lagos 2 England 7 [ - ]
King George V
Stadium, Lagos Island
nk AW
248 17 May 1958 - Western Nigeria 1 England 5 [ - ]
Ibadan, Nigeria
Mortimore (3), nk
249 21 May 1958 - Eastern Nigeria 0 England 1 [0-0]
Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu
Heckman (pen) AW

Ron Heckman's penalty, seven minutes from the end of the game, gave the tourists a victory that they had to work extremely hard for.

250 24 May 1958 - Nigeria 0 England 5 [0-2]
King George V
Stadium, Lagos Island
Anakwe OG, Mortimore, Neil, Littlejohn, Heckman AW

Six of the English side were Football League players (including their international captain), but all of the goals were scored by amateurs.

The squad headed west to Ghana for the first time and played two games before returning to Nigeria for the last game of the tour.

251 27 May 1958 - Ashanti 3 England 5 [ - ]
Kumasi, Ghana
nk AW
252 1 June 1958 - Ghana 0 England 7 [0- ]
Accra, Ghana
nk AW

The former Gold Coast had been a British colony and had only been independent for a year, but they would have to wait until 2011 to face England in a full international.

253 3 June 1958 - Northern Nigeria 2 England 2 [ - ]
Kano, Nigeria
nk AabD
Match abandoned after 70 minutes: Torrential Rain

Season 1960-61


Tom Finney

Football Association Tour of Far East and New Zealand

Tom Finney came out of retirement to lead an 18-man squad around the world, primarily on a ten-game tour of the Far East and New Zealand, but also taking in a fixture in San Francisco on the way home. They left on 11 May and returned six weeks later. The party included three full internationals, three future internationals (including Bobby Moore) and six members of Great Britain's amateur Olympic team that had performed admirably in Italy, the previous year.

254 13 May 1961 - Malaya 2 England 4 [1-2]
Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur (20,000)
Koe, Choe
Charnley (3), Lindsay

The tour began with all three England internationals in the side (including Finney) and two of the future caps, one of whom (Ray Charnley) scored a hat-trick. Two of the Olympic team started the match, with Hugh Lindsay scoring, and another, goalkeeper, Mike Pinner came on as a substitute.

255 17 May 1961 - Singapore 0 England 9 [0-5]
Jalan Besar Stadium, Kallang
Charnley (2), Fantham (2), Hannah (3), A'Court, Finney AW

This time, all six past, current and future England internationals played (Moore had missed the first game). There were no amateurs in the side, but there was one member of the Olympic team, who was now a professional (Laurie Brown).

256 21 May 1961 - Hong Kong 2 England 4 [2-4]
Government Stadium, Wan Chai
Lau, Yeung
Charnley (2), Moore, Hannah

The visitors were unchanged from the side that had won in Singapore.

257 23 May 1961 - Hong Kong 0 England 3 [0-0]
Government Stadium, Wan Cha
Charnley (pen), Fantham, Hannah AW

The hosts kept six players that had finished the first game, two days earlier, and recruited from China to field a combined Chinese eleven. England made two changes, including replacing one of their full internationals (Graham Shaw).

258 31 May 1961 - Otago 0 England 10 [0-3]
Caledonian Ground, Dunedin
Hannah, A'Court, Appleton (2), R.Brown (3), Lindsay (3) AW

The squad then flew almost six thousand miles to visit New Zealand for the first time. They made five changes from their last game in Hong Kong and fielded their three full internationals, but none of their future caps. Three of the Olympic team were in the side; two of them scoring hat-tricks against a team representing one of the largest areas of the South Island.

259 3 June 1961 - Canterbury 1 England 11 [1-6]
English Park, Christchurch, South Island
Hannah, Fantham (4), Lewis (2), Charnley, Finney (2), L.Brown

The largest area of the South Island fared little better than their neighbours. England made six changes, including their three future internationals coming back in and one of the full internationals (Alan A'Court) left out. Two of the Olympic team played and both scored.

260 5 June 1961 - New Zealand 0 England 8 [0-2]
Basin Reserve, Wellington, North Island
Charnley (2), Fantham (3), Lewis, Finney, Middleton OG AW

The tourists made three changes to face the national side as they arrived on the North Island for the first time. A'Court returned to the side to bring back a full complement of six full internationals (previous and future), alongside three of the Olympic team.

261 7 June 1961 - Minor Provinces 0 England 13 [0-4]
McLean Park, Napier, Hawke's Bay
Finney (3), R.Brown (3), Fantham (2), Lewis (2), Lindsay, L.Brown, Shaw AW

A third game in five days didn't stop England hitting double figures once again. They had scored 42 goals in a week.

262 10 June 1961 - New Zealand 1 England 6 [0-3]
Epsom Showgrounds, Auckland
Lewis (pen), Charnley, A'Court, Finney (2), Fantham

Both sides made only two changes from their meeting in Wellington, five days earlier. England had one less Olympian in the side, as a result.

263 14 June 1961 - Auckland 0 England 8 [0-4]
Epsom Showgrounds, Auckland
Finney (4), R.Brown (2), L.Brown, OG AW

England made two changes for their final match in New Zealand, giving them three full internationals, two future caps and three Olympians.

Football Association Tour  
264 18 June 1961 - San Francisco 1 England 2 [ - ]
San Francisco, USA
Lindsay, Charnley

Another six and a half thousand miles took the squad to San Francisco, where they played one last game, before heading for home.

Season 1963-64


Alf Ramsey

Friendly matches

New Zealand were on a world tour and had already visited Hong Kong, Thailand, Iran, West Germany and Switzerland. They had lost every game, but this was the first time that they had failed to score. Three days later, the England amateur team were beating the New Zealanders, 4-1 at Dulwich, when the game was abandoned due to torrential rain.

265 13 April 1964 - England 4 New Zealand 0 [3-0]
County Ground, Northampton
Lindsay (3), Charnley HW
The home team fielded two former internationals and three players that had been capped at amateur level.

Season 1964-65

In-between the European tours conducted by the full and under-23 international squads, the England manager took a fourteen-man party to Gibraltar for the weekend to play two matches. He was accompanied by Wilf McGuinness, as trainer. The squad contained three former internationals, one future international (David Sadler) and three amateur internationals (including Sadler).
The first game, on the Saturday, was against the Gibraltar national team. 24 hours later, the representative 'Rock' eleven included members of the UK military that were stationed in Gibraltar.

266 22 May 1965 - Gibraltar 1 England 7 [0-2]
Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar
Ramos (pen)
Kendall, Sadler (2), Hateley (2), Melia, Rogers
267 23 May 1965 - Gibraltar 0 England 6 [0-1]
Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar
Lindsay (2), Kendall, Sissons (2), Sadler AW
Thanks to Roger Hillier for providing match reports.

Season 1965-66
Jersey Football Association Diamond Jubilee Match  
268 6 October 1965 - Jersey 0 England 10 [0-6]
Stadium, Saint Helier, Jersey (3,500)
Sammels (4), Townsend, Martin (3), Figg, Le Flem AW

In the most important season of his career, Alf Ramsey took time out to take a young side to Jersey to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of organized football on the island. There were two full internationals in the side, including current first-choice goalkeeper, Ron Springett. Goalscorers, Roger Figg and Charlie Townsend were amateur internationals.
Thanks to John Treleven for providing match details.

Season 1968-69


Sir Alf Ramsey

Guernsey Football Association 75th Anniversary Match
269 10 September 1968 - Guernsey 0 England 4 [0- ]
The Track
, Saint Sampson, Guernsey
Chilton (3), Piper AW

Having visited the largest of the Channel Islands three years earlier, the now Sir Alf Ramsey repeated the favour for the second-largest island on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Guernsey FA. It was again a young side, with two future internationals in Peter Shilton and Colin Todd. The side was captained by Chris Chilton, who scored a hat-trick.



Jimmy Armfield

Football Association Tour of Tahiti, New Zealand and Far East

33-year-old Jimmy Armfield took charge of a 17-man FA squad that toured New Zealand for the first time since 1961, following a Polynesian stop-over and followed by three games in the Far East before the long journey home. They were joined by the trainer to the England amateur team, Jack Jennings, who must have treated Armfield for the hairline fracture in his left ankle, that kept him on the sidelines for the first three weeks of the tour. There were two other former internationals in the party, one future international (Keith Weller) and even a future Scottish international, Bruce Rioch, who scored against England, at Wembley, six years later.

270 21 May 1969 - Tahiti 1 England 4 [ - ]
Stade Hamuta, Pape'ete
Hateley (3), Knighton

With Armfield out injured, Don Megson captained the side in the first match of the month-long, eleven-match tour. The two other former internationals, plus the future England international, were in the team that beat what was, effectively, French Polynesia, represented by the largest island of the territory. Tony Hateley, whose son, Mark was to win 32 full England caps, scored a hat-trick on this historic first visit to the South Pacific.

271 25 May 1969 - Auckland 1 England 8 [ - ]
Carlaw Park, Auckland
Eastham (5), Payne (2), Weller

The tourists travelled over two thousand miles to begin their New Zealand tour, four days later, though they'd only actually had a three-day break, due to them crossing the International Date Line. George Eastham (one of the two former internationals in the side) found goals easy to come by and the future cap (Weller) also got on the scoresheet. The side was unchanged, but the future Scottish international (Rioch) came on as a substitute.

272 28 May 1969 - Canterbury 2 England 6 [ - ]
English Park, Christchurch
Griffiths, Madrussan
Rioch (3), Piper, Eastham, Hateley

England made three changes for their first match on the South Island, with Rioch (the future Scottish cap) making an impressive first start. Eastham was the only former international in the team, though future cap, Weller also played.

273 31 May 1969 -
Otago and Southland 0 England 11 [0- ]
Caledonian Ground, Dunedin
Weller (3), Hateley (3), Rioch (2), Morgan, Knighton, Eastham AW

The visitors returned to the Caledonian Ground, exactly eight years to the day since their last visit, and they scored one more goal. They were unchanged from the game in Christchurch.

274 2 June 1969 - New Zealand 1 England 7 [0-3]
Basin Reserve, Wellingto
Hateley (4), Rioch, Weller, Piper

England were back on the North Island and made two changes for this unofficial international (for both countries). Goalkeeper, Alan Hodgkinson returned and brought the former international contingent back up to two, alongside both future internationals, though Weller was substituted during the game.



Sir Alf Ramsey

England Tour of Latin America
275 3 June 1969 - Mexico 0 England 4 [0-3]
Estádio Jalisco, Guadalajara
Clarke (2), Astle (2) AW

Mario Pérez Alan Mullery

Two days after a goalless draw between the two countries in Mexico City in front of 105,000 in the first match of the full international tour, England travelled to, what was to be their home, for their first defence of the World Cup, in twelve months' time. The Mexicans fielded four members of the defence that had kept out the first-choice England attackers, and they added two more of the team as second-half substitutes, but they were unable to resist a patched-up England side that contained only three members of the Mexico City team (Ball, Moore and Peters) plus Tommy Wright, who had been a late substitute, two days earlier. It was not an official international and three uncapped players were in the side; most notably Allan Clarke, who scored twice, and their only fit goalkeeper, Peter Shilton. Alan Mullery, who had become the first player sent off for England, twelve months earlier, achieved an unwanted double, when he was dismissed again, five minutes before the end, following a scuffle with Mario Pérez.



Jimmy Armfield

Football Association Tour of New Zealand and Far East
276 4 June 1969 - Central League 2 England 3 [ - ]
Palmerston North Showgrounds, Manawatu-Wanganui
Francis, Bruce
Rioch, Hateley, Morgan

After nineteen Football Association Tour games (amateur and professional) in New Zealand where none of the hosts had gotten within four goals of their opponents, England found themselves twice behind against the representative league team of the lower North Island. The visitors made only one change from two days earlier; in goal, leaving Eastham, once again, as the only former international in the side.

277 7 June 1969 - New Zealand 0 England 5 [0-3]
Seddon Park, Hamilton, Waikato
Eastham (3), Hateley, Weller AW

England played a New Zealand squad eleven in another unofficial international on their first visit to Hamilton. The hosts kept five players from their defeat in Wellington, five days earlier, whilst the tourists brought back Hodgkinson in goal, thus reverting back to the side that had won in Wellington.

278 11 June 1969 - New Zealand 0 England 5 [0-3]
Newmarket Park, Auckland
Weller (2), Hateley (3) AW

The New Zealand leg of the tour ended back in Auckland, with a game against the full-strength national team, though there were only three changes to the side that they had beaten in Hamilton, four days earlier. England were a settled side. They were unchanged and the result was the same. Jimmy Armfield replaced Rioch at half-time to make his first appearance of the tour, so they were able to field all three of their former internationals for the second half. Nine years later, an official England B squad toured New Zealand; details, of which, can be found here.

279 14 June 1969 - Singapore 0 England 9 [0-3]
Jalan Besar Stadium, Kallang
Hateley (4), Weller (2), Piper (2), Eastham AW

The squad moved on to Singapore and repeated the scoreline of their last visit, in the same stadium, eight years earlier. They were unchanged again, with Armfield, this time, replacing Weller at half-time.

280 16 June 1969 - Hong Kong 0 England 6 [0-1]
Happy Valley Sports Ground, Wan Chai
Hateley, Morgan (2), Eddy (pen), Piper (2) AW

England made one change from the game in Singapore, just two days earlier, but the player left out, Norman Piper, came on at half-time and rounded off the victory with two goals in the last five minutes. Armfield also came on at half-time, again replacing Weller. The home crowd turned hostile towards the end, lighting fires on the terraces and riot police escorted the players off the pitch (which was in the middle of a racecourse) after the final whistle.

281 20 June 1969 - Thailand 0 England 4 [0-1]
Supachalasai Stadium, Bangkok (40,000)
Hateley, Weller (2), Piper AW

The Football Association squad ended the tour with a first trip to Thailand. They made one change again, to bring Piper back into the side. Hateley opened the scoring with his 22nd goal in eleven matches, only failing to score in one game, and Armfield made his customary half-time appearance, for the fourth game in succession, this time at the expense of Rioch.

Season 1969-70


Sir Alf Ramsey

B International

England's defence of the World Cup was a little under two weeks away and to help the players acclimatize to the high altitudes of Mexico City, they attempted to give as many of the squad as possible some international experience in similar conditions in nearby countries in northern parts of South America. Against Colombia, a double-header was arranged, with what was, effectively, a B international being played in the same stadium, two hours before the full international between the two countries. The players still had everything to play for, because six of them had to be sent home before the tournament began.

282 20 May 1970 - Colombia 0 England 1 [0-0]
Estadio Nemesio Camacho, Bogotá (35,000)
Astle AW

England's outfield substitutes were the same for both games, but only two were used, and between them, they conjured up the only goal, with fifteen minutes remaining. Ralph Coates headed the ball on for Jeff Astle to score. Astle made the final squad, but Coates did not.

Season 1970-71



Football Association of Ireland Golden Jubilee Match

Two days after England had beaten Scotland at Wembley to win the British Championship, the Football Association sent its touring squad to Dublin to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the FAI.

283 24 May 1971 - Republic of Ireland 1 England 1 [0-1]
Lansdowne Road, Dublin

The home team fielded ten of the side that was to lose, 4-1, to Austria, in a European Championship qualifier, in Dublin, six days later. England were headed for a tour of Australia and had one former international (Barry Bridges) in the side, plus a future World Cup captain, in Mick Mills.




Football Association Tour of Australia

A squad of sixteen comprised the Football Association's first tour of Australia for twenty years. It was much shorter than previous tours (nine games in five weeks). Only one full international (Barry Bridges) was in the party, but there were two future internationals (Mick Mills and Dave Watson) and a future European Cup-winning captain (Dennis Mortimer).

284 30 May 1971 - New South Wales 0 England 1 [0-1]
Sydney Sports Ground
, Sydney
Chilton AW

Chris Chilton scored in the sixteenth minute, but this match was the first indication that the standard in Australia had significantly improved since the last visit. It was the first time that an FA side had failed to score more than one goal in 56 Australian tour matches (amateur and professional). The tourists fielded an uncapped starting eleven, with one future international (Mills). Former international, Bridges came on for the last fifteen minutes.

285 2 June 1971 -
Northern New South Wales 0 England 3 [0- ]
Crystal Palace, Newcastle (5,000)
McVitie, Eddy, Watson AW
286 6 June 1971 - Victoria 1 England 3 [ - ]
Melbourne, Victoria
Keen (2), Garland
287 9 June 1971 - Tasmania 0 England 8 [0-4]
Hobart, Tasmania
Chilton (3), Keen (2), Bridges, Garland, Piper AW
First Test  
288 13 June 1971 - Australia 0 England 1 [0-0]
Sydney Sports Ground, Sydney (16,775)
Watson AW

England returned to Sydney and found the national side a tough nut to crack. Bridges was not in the side, so they were again uncapped, but the two future internationals were present; one of them (Dave Watson) scoring the only goal in the 52nd minute.

289 14 June 1971 - Queensland 0 England 6 [0- ]
Brisbane, Queensland
McVitie (3), Wagstaff, Eddy, Watson AW

Only 24 hours after the test match, the tourists arrived in Brisbane and found goals easy to come by.

Second Test  
290 20 June 1971 - Australia 0 England 1 [0-1]
Olympic Park, Melbourne (12,216)
Watson AW

Both sides were unchanged from the previous week's meeting, so it was, perhaps, not surprising that it had the same outcome, even down to the same goalscorer, though this time in the 31st minute.

291 23 June 1971 - South Australia 0 England 5 [0- ]
Adelaide, South Australia
nk AW
292 26 June 1971 - Western Australia 1 England 6 [ - ]
Perry Lakes Stadium, Perth

The squad completed the tour with a hundred per cent record. It was the 54th successive tour victory for an FA professional team in Australia. England have only returned to Australia to play full internationals since.

Season 1972-73


Sir Alf Ramsey

Friendly match
293 10 April 1973 - Gibraltar 0 England 9 [0-4]
Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar
T.Francis (2), Worthington (3), Sulley (2), Paine (2) AW

Six months after a car accident deprived him of the sight of his right eye, and of his first-class career, England's World Cup-winning goalkeeper, Gordon Banks captained an FA eleven, that included two other full internationals, including fellow World Cup winner, Nobby Stiles. Banks and Stiles were both substituted at half-time. There were also three future internationals in the team.
Thanks to Andy Kelly for locating the match report.

Season 1975-76


Don Revie

American Bicentennial Cup

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the American Revolution, Brazil, England and Italy were invited to the United States to compete in a four-team tournament with the hosts. England's first two games had been full internationals.

294 31 May 1976 -
North American Soccer League 1 England 3 [0-2]
John F. Kennedy Stadium, Philadelphia
Keegan (2), Francis

The home team included only three Americans, but they also had two World Cup winners, in Brazil's Pelé and England's Bobby Moore (who was captain), as well as Northern Ireland's player-manager, Dave Clements, three other English players, including a former international (Tommy Smith), and a former Welsh international captain (Mike England). To complete the United Kingdom influence in 'Team America', Scotsman, Stewart Scullion came on for the second half and scored their only goal of the tournament. Only three of the starting line-up had begun the game against Italy, in New York, three days earlier. Brazil won the tournament, with England runners-up.

Season 1985-86


Bobby Robson
Friendly matches
295 14 May 1986 - Korea Republic 1 England 4 [0-2]
Fountain Valley School, Colorado Springs, USA
Hateley, Robson, Dixon (2)

An important match in England's high-altitude preparations for the upcoming World Cup in Mexico, against fellow qualifiers. Seventeen members of the squad were used. Three of the four Everton players were left out, because they had played in the FA Cup Final, four days earlier, and they were behind the rest of the squad in acclimatizing themselves to the altitude.

Season 1987-88
296 9 June 1988 - Heilbronn 0 England 4 [ - ]
Frankenstadion, Heilbronn, West Germany
Waddle (2), McMahon, Hateley AW

Four days before England's opening match of the European Championship in Stuttgart, they took on a team made up of the players from the two main clubs in the city of Heilbronn. The highest ranked, VfR Heilbronn, was in the fourth tier of West German football.

Season 1989-90
297 5 June 1990 - Sardinia 2 England 10 [1-5]
Oristano, Sardinia, Italy
McMahon OG, Tomasso
Webb (3), Beardsley (3), Bull (2), Platt, McMahon

England's final game before their World Cup opener, six days later. Only three of the side were to start against Ireland in Cagliari (Beardsley, Butcher and Stevens). They played against a team representing the island of Sardinia, where England were based for the first round of the World Cup in Italy. Steve McMahon scored a deliberate own goal before any Sardinians had touched the ball, in a symbolic gesture representing the effect on the England team if any of their supporters committed violent acts during the tournament. Gianfranco Zola, from Italian Champions, Napoli, returned to his native Sardinia to play the first hour. Seven years later, he would be England's Footballer of the Year, after scoring the only goal of a World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley, whilst with Chelsea.

Source Notes

Niall Edworthy's The Official F.A. History
Thomas Esamie, John Punshon & Greg Stock's o
Morley Farror & Douglas Lamming's A Century of English International Football 1872-1972
The Football Association's The Official FA and England Yearbook 1998-99
Baz Freckleton's ttfootballhistory.com
Ron Hockings & Keir Radnedge Nations of Europe Vol.1
Bryan Horsnell & Doug Lamming's Forgotten Caps: England Football Internationals of Two World Wars
Brian James' England v Scotland
Andy Mitchell's First Elevens: The Birth of International Football
Chris Nawrat & Steve Hutchings' The Sunday Times Illustrated History of Football
Guy Oliver's The Guinness Book of World Soccer: The History of the Game in Over 150 Countries
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Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War RecordEngland: The Complete Post-War Record
Anton Rippon's Gas Masks for Goal Posts: Football in Britain During the Second World War
Michael Robinson & Gareth Davies' Soccer: The International Line-ups & Statistics Series-Wales 1876-1960
Jack Rollin's Rothmans Book of Football Records
Keith Warsop's British and Irish Special and Intermediate Internationals