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Wednesday, 7 December 1932
Football Association Friendly Match

England 4 Austria 3 [2-0]
"Perhaps the visit of the Austrians will mark the end of the W-plan".

Match Summary
England Party

Austria Party

Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, Fulham, County of London
Attendance: 40,000;
Kick-off: 2.15pm GMT

England - Jimmy Hampson (shot through after a centred pass from Hart 5, Walker began the move and Houghton touched the ball to Hampson for him to score 27), Eric Houghton (from a free-kick for handball taken very hard, in off a Gall's head that deceived the keeper 77), Sammy Crooks (fifteen yard shot 82).
Austria - Karl Zischek (from a Sindelar pass 51, a quick shot from a Vogl corner 85), Matthias Sindelar (shooting on the run 80)
Results 1930-39

England won the toss, Austria kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - John Langenus

Linesmen -
Stanley Ford Rous, Watford, Hertfordshire, 37 (25 April 1895) and not known.
"Before the game recommenced the players lined up in front of the stands. Each man was introduced to Prince George, who was accompanied by Sir Frederick Wall, FA secretary."
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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 1923 uniform - White collared jerseys and dark club shorts
Capt: Billy Walker, third captaincy Selectors:
In charge: Henry J. Huband
The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, following the FA Cup Second Round draw, on Monday, 28 November 1932.
151st match, W 98 - D 28 - L 25 - F 463 - A 170.
England Lineup
  Hibbs, E. Henry 26 27 May 1906 G Birmingham FC 13 15 GA
  Goodall, F. Roy 29 31 December 1902 RB Huddersfield Town AFC 20 0
  Blenkinsop, Ernest 30 20 April 1902 LB Sheffield Wednesday FC 25 0
  Strange, Alfred H. 32 2 April 1900 RH Sheffield Wednesday FC 14 0
  Hart, Ernest A. 30 3 January 1902 CH Leeds United FC 4 0
  Keen, Eric R.L. 22 4 September 1910 LH Derby County FC 1 0
Crooks, Samuel D. 24 16 January 1908 OR Derby County FC 15 7
  Jack, David B.N. 34 3 April 1898 IR Arsenal FC 9 3
Hampson, James 26 23 March 1906 CF Blackpool FC 3 5
  Walker, William H. 35 29 October 1897 IL Aston Villa FC 18 9
Houghton, W. Eric 22 29 June 1910 OL Aston Villa FC 7 5


Lewis Stoker (Birmingham FC) and Jim Hammond (Fulham FC)

team notes:

Ernie Hart replaced Aston Villa FC's Joe Tate, who had in turn, replaced the original centre-half Huddersfield Town AFC's Austen Campbell.
This is the most experienced team England have fielded thus far.
Ernie Blenkinsop's 25th consecutive appearance equals the record held by Billy Wedlock.
Eric Houghton's free-kick was only England's fourth ever, the first since 1928.
This win extends England record to nine home victories in a row.
2-3-5 (2-5-3) Hibbs -
Goodall, Blenkinsop -
Strange, Hart, Campbell -
Crooks, Jack, Hampson, Walker, Houghton
"The English van Crooks, Hampson and Houghton were the only forwards. Jack and Walker were extra halves."


Age 28.2 Appearances/Goals 11.7 2.3


Austria Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: red shirts with white collars, white shorts
Capt: Karl Rainer Selectors: Hugo Meisl, 51 (16 November 1881)
Austria Lineup
  Hiden, J. Rudolf 23 9 March 1909 G Wiener AC 18 24 GA
  Rainer, Karl 31 1 June 1901 RB First Vienna FC 32 0
  Szestak, Karl 26 18 March 1906 LB Wiener AC 4 0
  Nausch, Walter 25 5 February 1907 RH FK Austria Wien 11 1
  Smistik, Josef 27 28 November 1905 CH SK Rapid Wien 17 1
  Gall, Karl 27 5 October 1905 LH FK Austria Wien 8 0
Zischek, Karl 22 28 August 1910 OR SC Wacker Wien 10 8
  Gschweidl, Friedrich 30 13 December 1901 IR First Vienna FC 37 12
Sindelar, Matthias 29 10 February 1903 CF FK Austria Wien 20 17
  Schall, Anton 25 22 June 1907 IL SK Admira Wien 17 19
  Vogl, Adolf 22 4 May 1910 OL SK Admira Wien 11 4


reserves not known

team notes:

"Some years ago, Arsenal FC were anxious to sign on Hiden, the goalkeeper, but he was not allowed to enter the country."
2-3-5 Hiden -
Rainer, Szestak -
Nausch, Smistik, Gall -
Zischek, Gschweidl, Sindelar, Schall, Vogl


Age 26.1 Appearances/Goals 16.8 5.4


    Match Report

England beat Austria, in the first international match on English soil between the two countries, at Stamford Bridge yesterday afternoon by four goals to three. It was victory and no more, and it was by no means easily earned. Austria showed wonderful rallying power after two goals had been scored against them. With a little luck they might have scored goal for goal and made a draw of the match, and that would have been beyond their deserts.

There was a large crowd of 42,000, including many visitors from the Continent. At half-time Prince George came on to the field and shook hands with the players and officials. Before the match the Austrian National Anthem was played while all stood uncovered. The visitors kept the game lively at times with a cry that grew in volume as the English goalkeeper ran to take his kicks and with a syncopated handclapping that seemed to stir their players to greater endeavours.

The pitch was in remarkable fine condition for this time of the year and gave the Austrian team every opportunity of playing the fast game to which they are accustomed...

England started with confidence and were soon a goal ahead. A long pass down the centre by Hart after five minutes' play came down to Hampson and Houghton a little to the left of the goal and Hampson shot through...

Just before half-time England got a second goal, also scored by Hampson, for whom Jack made the chance...

Then a free kick far out on the right gave Austria a chance and Zischek got the ball after it had been in the centre and shot a goal...

Then at last England got back to the other end and a free-kick just outside the penalty area brought the third goal. Houghton drove the ball towards the goal with tremendous force. It hit one of the defenders on the head, but did not stop, only turned just enough to beat the goalkeeper, and the defender kept rubbing his head for some minutes. Austria were soon at the other end, and Sindelar scored after a fine run and centre by Vogl. Play was stirring once more, but the next goal fell to England, scored by Crooks after good passes by Walker and Houghton. Austria were soon back again, and a corner kick from the left came across past several of the defence and Zischek got the ball to score his second goal. - The Times - Thursday 8th December, 1932

   Home International Championship

Championship match played on 7 December 1932:

stley 2, Robbins 2 (English)
8,500 (Racecourse Ground, Wrexham)

Wales' victory gave them, at least, a share of the title, but England could share it with them if they could beat Scotland at Hampden, four months later.


It was on 7 December 1932 that the England cricket team had a spectacular success against Australia in the first Ashes test at Sydney, winning by ten wickets. Only one ball was required in their second innings, as they needed only one run to win the match and there was less than five minutes played on this final day, with Australia failing to register a single run since the previous evening. England went on to win the series 4-1 to regain the Ashes for the first time since 1912, but their tactic of persistent 'bodyline' bowling was heavily criticised as a means of suppressing the batting of Sir Don Bradman, who still holds the world's best ever career batting average of 99.94 runs. Though he missed the first test, his average for this series was reduced to 56.57.

Source Notes

Rothmans Yearbooks
Original Newspapers