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149 vs. Scotland
151 vs. Ireland

Monday, 24 May 1926
Football Association Friendly Match

postponed from 8 May

Belgium 3 England 5 [1-1]

Olympish Stadion, Antwerpen
Attendance: 33,000;
Kick-off: tbc

Match Summary
Belgium Party

England Party

England - Frank Osborne (15, 78, 86), Tosh Johnson (52), Joe Carter (88)
Belgium - Ivan Thys (17), Ray Braine (51, 58)
Results 1919-30

? won the toss, ? kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Heinrich Retschbury

Linesmen - not known

"When [the National Strike of 1926] caused the postponement of the international games, Belgium vs. England (8th May) and France vs. England (13th), it was suggested by the FA that they should be played next season, but urgent representations were made from the two Continental countries that the fixtures should be brought off. In response, the FA agreed to play Belgium at Antwerp on Monday, and France at Paris on Wednesday or Thursday, if either day was convenient for France."

Belgium Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 17th to 20th
Colours: Black shirts, black shorts and black socks
Capt: Armand Swartenbroeks Selectors: William Sturrock Maxwell, 49 (21 September 1876)
Belgium Lineup
  Caudron, Jean 30 15 November 1895 G SC Anderlechtois 6 12 GA
  Swartenbroeks, Armand J.A.A. 33 30 June 1892 RB Daring Club de Bruxelles Societe Royale 38 0
  Demol, François 30 19 August 1895 LB Union Saint-Gilloise Societe Royale 12 0
  Ditzler, Georges 28 15 November 1897 RH Royal Standard Club Liege 2 0
  Vanhalme, Florimond 31 21 March 1895 CH Royal Cercle Sportif Brugeois 17 0
  Braine, Pierre E.E. 25 26 October 1900 LH Royal Beerschot AC 14 1
  Gillis, Maurice 28 6 November 1897 OR Royal Standard Club Liege 18 6
  Adams, Ferdinand E. 23 3 May 1903 IR SC Anderlechtois 8 4
Braine, Raymond E.M. 19 28 April 1907 CF Royal Beerschot AC 10 5
Thys, Ivan 29 29 April 1897 IL Royal Beerschot AC 19 7
  Diddens, Jan 19 14 September 1906 OL Racing Club de Malines 4 1


reserves not known

team notes:

Coach, Willie Maxwell, played for Scotland against England in 1898.
2-3-5 Caudron -
Swartenbroeks, Demol -
Ditzler, Vanhalme, P.Braine -
Gillis, Adams,
R.Braine, Thys, Diddens.


Age 26.8 Appearances/Goals 13.5 1.9


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 14th to 12th
Colours: The 1923 uniform - White collared jerseys and dark club shorts
Capt: Thomas Lucas, only captaincy Selectors:
In charge: H. Walker and H.J. Huband
The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, on Friday, 23 April 1926, and clarified on Tuesday, 18 May.
117th match, W 76 - D 23 - L 18 - F 352 - A 118.
England Lineup
  Ashmore, George S.A. 28 5 May 1898 G West Bromwich Albion FC 1 3 GA
  Lucas, Thomas 30 22 September 1895 RB Liverpool FC 3 0
  Hill, Richard H. 32 26 November 1893 LB Millwall FC 1 0
  Kean, Frederick W. 27 3 April 1899 RH The Wednesday FC 6 0
  Cowan, Samuel 25 10 May 1901 CH Manchester City FC 1 0
  Green, George H. 25 2 May 1901 LH Sheffield United FC 4 0
  Spence, Joseph 27 15 December 1898 OR Manchester United FC 1 0
Carter, Joseph H. 25 27 July 1899 IR West Bromwich Albion FC 1 1
Osborne, Frank R. 29 14 October 1896
in South Africa
CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 3
Johnson, Thomas C.F. 24 19 August 1901 IL Manchester City FC 1 1
  Dimmock, James H. 25 5 December 1900 OL Tottenham Hotspur FC 3 0


Jack Silcock (Manchester United FC), Corporal A. Cartlidge (The Army), Reg Dellow (Barking Town FC).

team notes:

Corinthians FC's Freddie Ewer was a named reserve in the party announced in April. His name was replaced with Cartlidge's in the follow-up release.
2-3-5 Ashmore -
Lucas, Hill -
Kean, Cowan, Green -
Spence, Carter, Osborne, Johnson, Dimmock.


Age 27.0 Appearances/Goals 2.4 0.0


    Match Report

The English Association football team to-day fulfilled the first of their postponed Continental engagements, defeating Belgium by five goals to three. Osborne, the Tottenham centre-forward, scored the first goal of the match for the tourists, but Belgium retaliated with great vigour, and Thys was not long in putting his side on level terms. England returned to the attack, but found the home defence very sound, and play was transferred to the other end, where Raymond Braine put Belgium ahead, following a mistake by the English right back. The visitors, however, took up the offence in earnest and Carter brought the scores level. The Belgian, Braine, then beat the English goalkeeper with a shot which first struck the bar. After Carter had scored an off-side goal, which was disallowed, Osborne equalised for England from a centre from the left wing. Some fine work by Ashmore resulted in a strong Belgian attack failing, and immediately afterwards the visiting forwards cleverly eluded the home defence to give England the lead. With only a few minutes to time, the Englishmen put the result beyond doubt by adding a fifth goal. The victory was celebrated by the singing of the British National Anthem, after which the Belgians were cheered  for their very sporting game. - The Manchester Guardian - Tuesday 25th May, 1926


It was on 24 May 1926 that the National Association of Head Teachers proposed that the school leaving age should be raised from fourteen to sixteen years, but it would be another 21 years before it was raised to fifteen years and then it was finally raised to sixteen in 1972.

Source Notes


Rothmans Yearbooks