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Wednesday, 9 November 1938
Football Association Friendly Match

England 4 Norway 0 [4-0]

Match Summary
England Party

Norway Party

St. James' Park, Gallowgate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland
Attendance: 39,887
; Receipts: £2416 19s. 0d. Kick-off: 2.30pm GMT
Second Half Live on the Radio from 3:15pm to 4:15pm.

England - Reg Smith (headed in a Matthews cross 18, turned in the rebound after Lawton's shot hit the crossbar 40), Ronnie Dix (picked his spot to score from a Smith pass, deflected in by Holmsen 25), Tommy Lawton (headed in from a Smith corner 36)
Results 1930-39

England won the toss, Norway kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - James M. Martin

Linesmen - not known

The band played Abide With Me before the match started, as a mark of respect for the recently-died F.A. President, William Pickford.

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 7th
Colours: The 1935 home uniform - White collared jerseys, navy blue shorts, black socks topped with two white hoops
Capt: Eddie Hapgood, seventeenth captaincy. Selectors: The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, following an inter-league match, on Wednesday, 2 November 1938.
188th match, W 120 - D 30 - L 38 - F 564 - A 220.
England Lineup
  Woodley, Victor R. 28 26 February 1910 G Chelsea FC 14 19 GA
2 Sproston, Bert 23 22 June 1915 RB Manchester City FC 11 0
3 Hapgood, Edris A. 30 24 September 1908 LB Arsenal FC 26 0
4 Willingham, C. Kenneth 25 1 December 1912 RH Huddersfield Town AFC 8 1
5 Cullis, Stanley 22 25 October 1916 CH Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 7 0
6 Wright, J. Douglas 21 29 April 1917 LH Newcastle United FC 1 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 23 1 February 1915 OR Stoke City FC 13 7
8 Broome, Frank H. 23 11 June 1915 IR Aston Villa FC 4 2
9 Lawton, Thomas 19 6 October 1919 CF Everton FC 3 3
10 Dix, Ronald W. 26 5 September 1912 IL Derby County FC 1 1
11 Smith, J.C.R. Reginald 26 20 January 1912 OL Millwall FC 1 2


Joe Mercer (Everton FC) and Ray Bowden (Newcastle United FC)
2-3-5 Woodley -
Sproston, Hapgood -
Willingham, Cullis, Wright -
Matthews, Broome, Lawton, Dix, Smith.


Age 24.2 Appearances/Goals 8.1 1.1


Norway Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 16th to 17th
Colours: Red laced-up shirt with white trim/cuffs, white shorts, red and white hooped socks.
Capt: Nils Eriksen Selectors: Asbjørn Halvorsen, 39 (3 December 1898). Appointed 1935.
32nd match, W 13 - D 6 - L 13 - F 71 - A 62.
Norway Lineup
  Johansen, Henry H. 34 21 July 1904 G Vålerengens Fotball 48 87 GA
2 Martinsen, Lars 29 26 December 1908 RB SK Strong Oslo 2 0
3 Holmsen, Øivind J. 26 28 April 1912 LB Ski og FK Lyn 29 0
4 Henriksen, Kristian 27 3 March 1911 RH Ski og FK Lyn 19 0
5 Eriksen, Nils K. 27 5 March 1911 CH Odds BK 41 0
6 Holmberg, Rolf J.A. 24 24 August 1914 LH Odds BK 24 0
7 Brynildsen, Knut 21 23 July 1917 OR Fredrikstad FK 6 2
8 Kvammen, Reidar O. 24 23 July 1914 IR Viking IL 36 13
9 Martinsen, Alf W.M. 26 29 December 1911 CF Lillestrøm SK 19 9
10 Isaksen, Magnar N. 28 13 October 1910 IL Ski og FK Lyn 14 5
11 Brustad, Arne 26 14 April 1912 OL Ski og FK Lyn 25 16


reserves not known, but we know Knut Brynildsen was originally a reserve.

team notes:

Odd Frantzen was the original outside-right, he was injured during training the day before the match, an x-ray revealed a sparined knee. Reserve Brynildsen was his replacement.
2-3-5 Johansen -
L.Martinsen, Holmsen -
Henriksen, Eriksen, Holmberg -
Kvammen, Brynildsen,
A.Martinsen, Isaksen, Brustad.


Age 26.5 Appearances/Goals 23.9 4.1


    Match Report

England beat Norway at Newcastle-on-Tyne yesterday by four goals to none, and once that plain statement of fact has been made there is very little to add to it. As a contest it simply did not exist--once England had scored her first goal after 13 minutes' play her victory was assured--and as a football match it was handicapped by the fact that Norway were simply not good enough to bring the best out of their opponents. They tried hard and some of the movements they brought off would serve, were they to be reproduced in a slow-motion film, as admirable examples of football skill but what is effective on the screen may be disastrous on the field and the basic weakness of the Norwegian play was that it was in slow motion. Their players frequently found each other with the ball, but as there was always an Englishman fast and resolute enough to take it away again this virtuosity was of little use.

Speed is not everything in football ; indeed, it is very far from it, but absence of speed in movement, thought, and tackling is disastrous, and the Norwegians were definitely slow...

...the game was only 13 minutes old when England took the lead. Matthews beat his man and put across a perfect centre for Smith to head the ball past Johansen. Seven minutes later Dix, who had plenty of time to spare and as much room as he needed, got in a shot which seemed to touch a defender on its way to the back of the net, and the only question that remained was the margin by which England would win.

England scored another two goals before half-time. Lawton scored the first after a shot of his had been saved at the expense of a corner, and he was morally responsible for the second when he hit the cross-bar and Smith put the ball through...

England from start to finish were the faster and stronger side, and it was remarkable that the score was not larger. - The Times - Thursday 10th November, 1938


It was on 9 November 1938 that the death of the 29-year-old German diplomat, Ernst vom Rath in Paris triggered the Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) throughout Germany. Vom Rath was shot several times by a 17-year-old Jew, Herschel Grynszpan at the German Embassy. When news of his death reached Berlin, organised violence broke out against Jewish businesses and synagogues, and 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and taken to concentration camps. It was the beginning of the Holocaust and alerted the world as to just how far the Nazis were prepared to go in their persecution of the Jewish people.

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports