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175 vs. Scotland
177 vs. Belgium

Thursday, 14 May 1931
End-of-Season Tour Friendly Match

France 5 England 2 [3-1]

Match Summary
France Party

England Party

Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris, Île-de-France
Attendance: 35,000;
Kick-off: tbc

England - Sammy Crooks (off the post 10), Tom Waring (71)
France - Lucien Laurent (lobbed the keeper, then shot high 15), Robert Mercier (18, 76), Marcel Langiller (29), Edmond Delfour (shot from a Langiller cross 57)
Results 1930-39

? won the toss, ? kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - John Langenus

Linesmen - not known

According to the French Federation, this is the first time that the players swapped jersey's at the end of the match.

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France Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 35th to 33rd
Colours: Pale blue shirts and white shorts
Capt: Aléxis Thépot Selectors: Chosen by a Selection Committee
France Lineup
  Thépot, Aléxis 24 30 July 1906 G Red Star Olympique 20 50 GA
  Capelle, Marcel 26 11 December 1904 RB RC de France 9 0
  Mattler, Étienne 25 25 December 1905 LB FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 9 0
  Finot, Louis 21 8 July 1909 RH CA Paris 5 0
  Kauczar, Iosif 26 20 July 1904
born in Romania
CH Stade Raphaëlois 2 0
  Hornus, Pierre 23 1 February 1908 LH Stade Olympique Montpelliérain 2 0
  Libérati, Ernest 25 22 March 1906
born in Algeria
OR Amiens AC 9 1
Delfour, M. Edmond 23 1 November 1907 IR RC de France 14 4
Mercier, Robert 21 14 October 1909 CF Club Française 1 2
Laurent, Lucien 23 10 December 1907 IL FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 6 2
Langiller, Marcel 22 2 June 1908 OL Excelsior AC de Roubaix 14 4


Guillard, Emile Scharwath, Augustin Chantrel and Pierre Korb.

team notes:

Marcel Cappele was a replacement for the Spanish-born Manuel Anatol at right-back.
Robert Mercier becomes the first player in eleven years (Scotland 1920) to score twice for the opposition on his debut.
2-3-5 Thépot -
Capelle, Mattler -
Finot, Kauczar, Hornus -
Libérati, Delfour, Mercier, Laurent, Langiller


Age 23.5 Appearances/Goals 8.3 0.7


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th to 7th
Colours: The 1923 uniform - White collared jerseys and dark club shorts
Capt: Alf Strange, first captaincy Selectors:
Trainer: Laurie Edwards (Derby County FC)
The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, on Monday, 4 May 1931.
143rd match, W 91 - D 27 - L 25 - F 435 - A 162.
England Lineup
  Turner, Hugh 26 6 August 1904 G Huddersfield Town AFC 1 5 GA
  Cooper, Thomas 26 9 April 1905 RB Derby County FC 8 0
  Blenkinsop, Ernest 29 20 April 1902 LB Sheffield Wednesday FC 17 0
  Strange, Alfred H. 31 2 April 1900 RH Sheffield Wednesday FC 7 0
  Graham, Thomas 26 12 March 1905 CH Nottingham Forest FC 1 0
  Tate, Joe T. 26 4 August 1904 LH Aston Villa FC 1 0
Crooks, Samuel D. 23 16 January 1908 OR Derby County FC 7 2
  Stephenson, George T. 30 3 September 1900 IR Sheffield Wednesday FC 3 2
Waring, Thomas 24 12 October 1906 CF Aston Villa FC 1 1
  Burgess, Harry 26 20 August 1904 IL Sheffield Wednesday FC 3 2
  Houghton, W. Eric 20 29 June 1910 OL Aston Villa FC 3 1


Roy Goodall (Huddersfield Town AFC), Sam Cowan (Manchester City FC) and George Stephenson (Sheffield Wednesday FC).

team notes:

West Bromwich Albion FC's Joe Carter was the original named inside-right, his place going to Millwall FC's Harry Roberts, who was replaced on the day by reserve Stephenson.
2-3-5 Turner -
Cooper, Blenkinsop -
Strange, Graham, Tate -
Crooks, Stephenson, Waring, Burgess, Houghton.


Age 26.1 Appearances/Goals 4.7 0.5


    Match Report

France beat the English Continental touring team at the Colombes Stadium here this afternoon by five goals to two in the presence of a big holiday crowd of 30,000 people. Rarely has a visiting team from England given such a poor exhibition of football, and though the score is rather flattering to the French team, they thoroughly deserved their victory--the first since 1921 and the second of the series of matches played. Professional teams representing England are thought to have shown an increasing tendency to regard their matches with France as foregone conclusions and have not played up to form. After a strenuous season at home British players may well feel jaded, but they owe it to their hosts to do their best. It is questionable whether they always do so. The game in France is making rapid strides, and though still far below English standards is good enough to be treated seriously.

To-day the inevitable happened, and the pupils of other days turned the tables on their masters. The English players found the pace of the hard, dry ground and a hot sun little to their liking, and were beaten by a fast team, who, without playing clever football, attacked incessantly throughout the match. England missed two open goals, but they missed them, so that that is no excuse. The English forwards played with a strange lack of energy. They seemed determined to walk the ball into the net, and their short-passing movements, though pretty to watch, were ineffective. In technique they were far superior to the Frenchmen, and a little initiative would have turned the scales. As it was, the three inside forwards were always hampering one another by being bunched together in the French goal-mouth, and the shots put in from beyond the penalty area could be counted on one hand. The backs played well and constantly fed the forwards with well-directed passes along the ground, which were wasted...

England scored within 10 minutes of the start, after Cooper had repelled a menacing French attack. Crooks, on the right wing, finished a beautiful forward passing movement by shooting against the post, and the ball bounced into the net. It was not long before France drew level, Laurent, the inside-right, running through to take a pass from the wing, and lobbing the ball over Cooper's head, had no difficulty in beating Turner with a shot to the roof of the net.

...France, after having been dominated for most of the first half, were leading by three goals to one at half-time...

Then the French went further ahead from a fine piece of play on the right wing...

Waring eventually succeeded in getting through and beating Thépot with a good shot...

A fifth goal shortly before the end put the issue beyond all doubt. - The Times - Friday 15th May, 1931


It was on 13 May 1931 that Paul Doumer was elected president of France. Just under a year later, he was assassinated at a book fair by a Russian, who felt that France should have actively opposed the rise of communism in his country.

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