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210 vs. Sweden
212 vs. Ireland

Thursday, 20 May 1937
Finnish F.A. 30th Year Celebration Match

Finland 0 England 8 [0-4]

Match Summary
Finland Party

England Party

Töölön pallokenttä, Töölö, Helsinki
Attendance: 9,533, of which 8,758 paid;
Kick-off: tbc
due to be played at Helsingin Olympiastadion, but the Stadium was not ready

England - Alf Kirchen (6), Joe Payne (set up by Kirchen 27, 56), Freddie Steele (put through by Kirchen 36, 53), Joe Johnson (dribbled around the back 44), Ken Willingham (75), Jackie Robinson (87)
Results 1930-39

? won the toss, ? kicked-off.


Match Summary




Referee - Rudolf Eklöw
33 (15 January 1904), Sweden

Linesmen - Herbert N. Mee, Nottingham, and not known

England wore Party numbers worn on the back of the shirts for the third time.

Attended by and introduced to Finnish President, M. Kyosti Kallic, Prime Minister, Prof. A.K. Cajander, the Minister of Defence, T.M. Snow, the British Minister, Gunnar Baerlund, the Finnish heavyweight boxer, and Paavo Nurmi, the famous runner.

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Finland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 49th to 50th
Colours: Blue laced up shirts with white collar, white shorts
Capt: Kaarlo Oksanen Selectors: Ferdinand Fabra, 30 (8 October 1906 in Prussia)
Finland Lineup
  Salminen, Paavo E. 25 19 November 1911 G Helsingin Toverit 5 19 GA
  Karjagin, Frans M. 27 11 June 1909 RB Helsingfors IFK 39 0
  Oksanen, Kaarlo W. 27 11 January 1909 LB Helsingin PS 37 0
  Lahti, Eino A. 22 18 May 1915 RH Vaasan PS 3 0
  Pyy, Armas A. 24 7 May 1913 CH Helsingin JK 1 0
  Rinne, Antero 23 7 August 1913 LH Helsingin JK 5 0
  Virtanen, Paavo 21 3 November 1915 OR Helsingin PS 2 0
  Weckström, Kurt G. 25 4 December 1911 IR Helsingin JK 16 7
  Lehtonen, Aatos E. 23 15 February 1914 CF Helsingin JK 5 1
  Larvo, Pentii K.I. 29 22 December 1907 IL Helsingin PS 30 4
  Kylmälä, Yrjö 25 20 September 1911 OL Helsingin Toverit 5 2


Viljo Halme, V. Lestinen, Pentii Larvo and Eino Kilpi.

team notes:

Helsingfor IFK's Ernst Grönlund was the original inside-left, but because of his injury, he was compelled to withdraw, his place going to reserve Larvo, and Captain L. Lehtinen was on the outside, but because of illness,  Kylmälä taking his place.
2-3-5 Salminen -
Karjagin, Oksanen -
Lahti, Pyy, Rinne -
Virtanen, Weckström,
H.Lehtonen, Larvo, Kylmälä


Age 24.6 Appearances/Goals 13.5 1.2


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th to 5th
Colours: The 1935 home uniform - White collared jerseys, navy blue shorts, black socks topped with two white hoops
Capt: George Male, sixth captaincy Selectors:
In charge: Frederick W. Rinder
Attendant: Tom Whittaker
The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee selected a sixteen man Party on 26 April 1937, team chosen two days before the match.
178th match, W 113 - D 30 - L 35 - F 532 - A 202.
England Lineup
1 Woodley, Victor R. 27 26 February 1910 G Chelsea FC 4 3 GA
2 Male, C. George 27 8 May 1910 RB Arsenal FC 16 0
4 Hapgood, Edris A. 28 24 September 1908 LB Arsenal FC 19 0
8 Willingham, C. Kenneth 24 1 December 1912 RH Huddersfield Town AFC 1 1
7 Betmead, Harry 25 11 April 1912 CH Grimsby Town FC 1 0
6 Copping, Wilfred 29 17 August 1907 LH Arsenal FC 13 0
13 Kirchen, Alfred J. 24 26 April 1913 OR Arsenal FC 3 2
15 Robinson, John 19 10 August 1917 IR Sheffield Wednesday FC 1 1
14 Payne, Joseph 23 17 January 1914 CF Luton Town FC 1 2
16 Steele, Frederick C. 21 6 May 1916 IL Stoke City FC 6 8
12 Johnson, Joseph A. 26 4 April 1911 OL Stoke City AFC 5 2


3-Ted Catlin (Sheffield Wednesday FC), 5-Cliff Britton (Everton FC), 9-Alf Young (Huddersfield Town FC), 10-Tom Galley (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, injured), 11-Len Goulden (West Ham United FC)

team notes:

Hapgood had replaced Manchester City FC's Sam Barkas on 27 April. Betmead was then invited to join on 29 April, he replaced West Bromwich Albion FC's Teddy Sandford, who had been struggling with a knee injury. Stoke City FC's Stanley Matthews was also part of the original sixteen-man party, he withdrew and his place went to Kirchen on 5 May.
The England team were due back home on early Monday, 24 May, but fog delayed their departure, so they arrived back on Wednesday or Thursday.
2-3-5 Woodley -
Male, Hapgood -
Willingham, Betmead, Copping -
Kirchen, Kirchen, Robinson, Steele, Johnson.


Age 24.8 Appearances/Goals 6.4 0.7


Match Report

HELSINKI, May 20.--The English team concluded their tour of Scandinavia with a comfortable victory of eight goals to none over Finland, at the old Olympic Stadium here to-night. In all three matches England, once they had assumed the mastery, showed how the game should be played and have altogether scored 18 goals to none.

Steele, whose play has been outstanding, scored two more goals to-day, making his total seven. Payne, who did quite well at centre-forward, but without the class of Steele, scored two, and Kirchen, Johnson, Willingham, and Robinson one each.--Reuter. - The Times - Friday 21st May, 1937


F.A. Players Numbered in Matches

   Only a few friends and relations saw the departure yesterday [11 May] of the London group of the F.A. team to tour Scandinavia. Among those accompanying the party were Mr. [Stanley] F. Rous, secretary of the F.A.; Mr. [Henry] J. Huband, the treasurer; and Mr. George Allison, manager of Arsenal. The rest of the team joined their colleagues in the North.
   Mr. [Stanley] F. Rous said, "All the players are fit and well and looking forward keenly to the trip. In all matches the players will be numbered." -
Yorkshire Post, Wednesday, 12 May 1937


It was on 20 May 1937 that a 31-year-old bricklayer called Albert Boddy stood trial for the murder of 36-year-old Mrs May Godby, a woman that he had professed his love for. They had disagreed whilst playing darts in a public house in High Wycombe, two months earlier. Boddy left the pub and returned with a borrowed shotgun, shooting her in the face. He insisted that it was an accident and that he was showing her that he was going to go poaching with it when it fired and killed her. Boddy claimed that he did not know that it was loaded. On the second day of the trial, he was found not guilty of murder, but sentenced to three years in prison for manslaughter.

Source Notes

Finland FA
Original newspaper reports