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Saturday, 13 May 1933
End-of-Season Tour Friendly Match

Italy 1 England 1 [1-1]

Match Summary
Italy Party

England Party

Stadio Nazionale del Partito Nazionale Fascista, Parioli, Roma
Attendance: 50,000;
Kick-off: 2.30pm CET, 3.30pm BST;

Italy - Giovanni Ferrari (thirty yard shot that Hibbs tried to reach but he slipped 4)
England - Cliff Bastin (cut in from the wing and shot 23)
Results 1930-39

Italy won the toss, England kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Dr. Peco Joseph Bauwens
46 (24 December 1886), Germany

Linesmen - W.Musther (London) and not known

For the first time, England give the fascist salute as the Italian national anthem is played. The team were also presented and photographed with Benito Mussolini, before he signed autographs for them.

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Italy Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd to 3rd
Colours: Azure blue shirts, white shorts and dark socks
Capt: Umberto Caligaris Selectors: Vittorio Pozzo, 47 (2 March 1886)
Italy Lineup
  Combi, Gianpiero 30 20 November 1902 G Juventus FBC 39 50 GA
  Rosetta, Virginio 31 25 February 1902 RB Juventus FBC 48 0
  Caligaris, Umberto 31 26 July 1901 LB Juventus FBC 56 0
  Pizziolo, Mario 23 7 December 1909 RH AC Fiorentina 5 0
  Monti, Luis Felipe 31 15 May 1901
born in Argentina
CH Juventus FBC 6 0
also 16 appearances, 5 goals for Argentina 1924-31.
  Bertolini, Luigi 28 13 September 1904 LH Juventus FBC 16 0
  Constantino, Raffaele 25 14 June 1907 OR AS Roma 23 8
  Meazza, Giuseppe 22 23 August 1910 IR AS Ambrosiana-Inter 19 17
  Schiavio, Angelo 27 15 October 1905 CF Bologna Sportiva 17 11
Ferrari, Giovanni 25 6 December 1907 IL Juventus FBC 15 5
  Orsi, Raimundo Bibiani 31 2 December 1901
born in Argentina
OL Juventus FBC 25 9
also 12 appearances, 3 goals for Argentina 1924-28.


reserves not known

team notes:

Umberto Caligaris is the most experienced player to face England so far, in this, the most experienced team England have played thus far.
2-3-5 Combi -
Rosetta, Caligaris -
Pizziolo, Monti, Bertolini -
Constantino, Meazza, Schiavo, Ferrari, Orsi


Age 27.6 Appearances/Goals 24.5 4.5


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours: The 1923 uniform - White collared jerseys, navy blue or black shorts, black socks with white tops
Capt: Roy Goodall, eighth captaincy Selectors:
In charge: Arthur G. Kingscott
Trainer: Lawrie Edwards (Derby County FC)
The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, on Thursday, 20 April 1933.
153rd match, W 98 - D 29 - L 26 - F 465 - A 173.
England Lineup
  Hibbs, E. Henry 26 27 May 1906 G Birmingham FC 15 18 GA
  Goodall, F. Roy 30 31 December 1902 RB Huddersfield Town AFC 21 0
  Hapgood, Edris A. 24 24 September 1908 LB Arsenal FC 1 0
  Strange, Alfred H. 33 2 April 1900 RH Sheffield Wednesday FC 16 0
  White, Tom A. 24 29 July 1908 CH Everton FC 1 0
  Copping, Wilfred 25 17 August 1907 LH Leeds United AFC 1 0
  Geldard, Albert 19
32 days
11 April 1914 OR Everton FC 1 0
  Richardson, James R. 22 8 February 1911 IR Newcastle United FC 1 0
  Hunt, George S. 23 22 February 1910 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 2 1
  Furness, William I. 23 8 June 1909 IL Leeds United AFC 1 0
Bastin, Clifford S. 21 14 March 1912 OL Arsenal FC 2 1


Tom Cooper (Derby County FC), Peter O'Dowd (Chelsea FC), George Mills (Chelsea FC) and Eric Brook (Manchester City FC)

team notes:

Leeds United AFC's Ernie Hart was the original selected centre-half, he did not travel as he was suspended and his place in the Party went to White.
2-3-5 Hibbs -
Goodall, Hapgood -
Strange, White Copping -
Geldard, Richardson, Hunt, Furness, Bastin


Age 24.5 Appearances/Goals 5.6 0.1


    Match Report

The Association Football match between England and Italy ended yesterday in a draw, each side scoring one goal in the first half. This result did not, on the whole, represent unfairly the run of the play.

The Italian team started off with great dash and confidence, whereas at the outset the English players were somewhat incoherent and took a little time to settle down. For the first 25 minutes--in fact until Bastin cut in from outside, and with a fine shot equalized the scoring that had been opened in the eighth minute by Ferrari--the Italians were distinctly superior and the English goal was several times in danger...

Bastin's goal was challenged for offside, but the German referee, Bauwens, who throughout did his work well and quietly, was probably right in allowing it...

Hibbs, who appeared both to misjudge the flight of the ball and to slip in trying to stop the Italian goal, did not lose confidence, and made some fine saves...

The game was followed with the keenest excitement by the 50,000 or more spectators who packed the stadium, and among whom were the Princess Maria, Signor Mussolini and Sir Ronald and Lady Sybil Graham.

It has been arranged to play a return match in London, in December, 1934. - The Times - Monday 15th May, 1933


It was on 13 May 1933 that the waxwork of Adolf Hitler at Madame Tussaud's in London was covered in red paint and a placard placed around the neck with the words, 'HITLER THE MASS MURDERER' on it. The four culprits, including a married couple, were kept in custody for a week, before being released. The ringleader was fined ten shillings and ordered to pay £5 in damages.

Source Notes

Although retrospectively, it is claimed that the Arsenal manager Herbert Chapman had a hand in this tour, there is no contemporary evidence to suggest this. The newspaper reports state that the tour was in the hands of Arthur Kingscott, who in turn, answered to the FA Secretary, Sir Frederick Wall, who was also a member of the travelling party, and that the Party was trained by Derby County FC's Laurie Edwards.

original newspaper reports
FA Yearbooks - various