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

Finland 0 England 8 [0-4]
 

Match Summary
Finland Squad

England Squad

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
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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

Officials

Finland

Type

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

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

England wore squad 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

 

Rank:

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

reserves:

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

Averages:

Age 24.6 Appearances/Goals 13.5 1.2

 

England Team

 

Rank:

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 squad 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

reserves:

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 squad, 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.

Averages:

Age 24.8 Appearances/Goals 6.4 0.7

 

    SCANDINAVIAN TOUR

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

Source Notes

Finland FA
TheFA.com
Rothman's
Original newspaper reports
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