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Wednesday, 6 December 1933
Football Association Friendly Match

England 4 France 1 [3-0]

Match Summary
England Party

France Party

White Hart Lane, High Road, Tottenham, Middlesex
Attendance: 17,097;
Kick-off: 2.15pm GMT

England - George Camsell (dribbling through and shooting with great power and fine direction 12, a cross that went in under the bar inside the far post from the right touchline 41), Eric Brook (left-footed free-kick into corner of goal 21), Tom Grosvenor (headed in a Brook centre 53)
France - Emile Veinante (a hot shot that could have been stopped but for the gathering gloom 78)
Results 1930-39

? won the toss, ? kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - John Langenus

Linesmen - W.J. Lewington, Surrey and not known

"A pretty little scene before the match came as quite a novelty in English football. Three dainty ladies dressed in French national costume, with black velvet coats, red, white and blue sashes and picturesque white headgear, were escorted to the centre circle where the captains were about to toss for choice of ends. Goodall and Delfour each received a bouquet of flowers and were saluted by each of the ladies with a kiss on each cheek. This is a custom always observed in France in an important match."

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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, twelfth captaincy Selectors:
In charge: Henry J. Huband
The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, following the FA Cup second round draw, on Monday, 27 November 1933.
157th match, W 101 - D 29 - L 27 - F 477 - A 176.
England Lineup
  Hibbs, E. Henry 27 27 May 1906 G Birmingham FC 19 21 GA
  Goodall, F. Roy 30 31 December 1902 RB Huddersfield Town AFC 25 0
  Fairhurst, David L. 27 20 July 1906 LB Newcastle United FC 1 0
  Strange, Alfred H. 33 2 April 1900 RH Sheffield Wednesday FC 20 0
  Rowe, Arthur S. 27 1 September 1906 CH Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0
  Copping, Wilfred 26 17 August 1907 LH Leeds United AFC 5 0
  Crooks, Samuel D. 25 16 January 1908 OR Derby County FC 18 7
Grosvenor, A. Thomas 25 22 November 1908 IR Birmingham FC 3 2
Camsell, George H. 31 27 November 1902 CF Middlesbrough FC 5 13
  Hall, G. William 21 12 March 1912 IL Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0
Brook, Eric F. 26 27 November 1907 OL Manchester City FC 5 3


Sam Weaver (Newcastle United FC) and Joe Beresford (Aston Villa FC).

team notes:

Alf Strange replaced original choice right-half, Huddersfield Town AFC's Ken Willingham.
Eric Brook's free-kick goal was England's fifth, almost a year after the last.
2-3-5 Hibbs -
Goodall, Fairhurst -
Willingham, Rowe, Copping -
Crooks, Grosvenor, Camsell, Hall, Brook.


Age 27.1 Appearances/Goals 9.4 1.9


France Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 35th
Colours: Pale blue collared shirts and white shorts
Capt: Edmond Delfour Selectors: Chosen by a Selection Committee
France Lineup
  Défossé, Robert 24 19 June 1909 G Olympique de Lillois 7 16 GA
  Vandooren, Jules 24 30 December 1908 RB Olympique de Lillois 5 0
  Mattler, Étienne 27 25 December 1905 LB FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 16  0
  Delmer, H. Célestin 26 15 February 1907 RH Excelsior AC de Roubaix 9 0
  Banide, Maurice 28 20 May 1905 CH Club Française 7 1
  Delfour, M. Edmond 26 1 November 1907 LH RC de Paris 22 4
  Courtois, Roger 21 30 May 1912
born in Switzerland
OR FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 1 0
  Gérard, René 19 8 June 1914 IR Stade Olympique Montpelliérain 7 2
  Nicolas, Jean E.M. 20 9 June 1913 CF FC de Rouen 6 3
  Rio, Roger 20 13 February 1913 IL FC de Rouen 7 2
Veinante, Émile 26 12 June 1907 OL RC de Paris 9 5


Bessero, Jacques Mairesse, Albert Gougain and Ernest Liberati
2-3-5 Défossé -
Vandooren, Mattler -
Delmer, Banide, Delfour -
Courtois, Gérard, Nicolas, Rio, Veinante.


Age 23.7 Appearances/Goals 8.7 1.5


    Match Report

England beat France on the Tottenham Hotspur ground yesterday by four goals to one. The last time France appeared in an international match in this country was in 1910, when an amateur team beat them by 10 goals to one. French football has, of course, made enormous strides since then, but it would be hypocritical to pretend that they ever looked the equals of the English team yesterday...

The first goal came after one of the Frenchmen had failed to trap a goal-kick by Hibbs. The ball went on to Camsell, who ran straight through the defence and drove in a terrific shot to the top left-hand corner of the net. Ten minutes later Brook took a free-kick just outside the penalty area, and shot so hard that the ball rebounded from the net back on to the field. More remarkable than the strength of the shot, however, was the convenient way in which the French players left the way to the goal open...

A passing movement led to Camsell and Crooks changing places, and Camsell, from the corner flag, scored an extraordinary goal, the ball swerving on to the crossbar and dropping over the line...

England, however, went further ahead when a pass from Hall to Brook and a perfect centre led to Grosvenor heading through. France went on trying hard, and the goal they scored 15 minutes from the end was a proper reward for their pertinacity, but the sad truth is that, as a team, they were outclassed and outplayed. - The Times - Thursday 7th December, 1933

"Another noticeable feature in the French game was a tendency to jump with hands uplifted, and when one defender came down and his elbow struck an opponent the Belgium referee gave a free-kick from which Brook, with a splendid left foot shot, sent the ball into the corner of the goal."


It was on 5 December 1933 that the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution ended almost 14 years of alcohol prohibition. Black-market gangsters had profited greatly from the sale of illegal alcohol during the period.

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