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Wednesday, 24 May 1939
End-of-Season Tour Friendly Match

Rumania 0 England 2 [0-1]

Stadionul Academia Națională de Educație Fizică, Dealul Spirii, București
Attendance: 40,000
(a new Rumanian record attendance); Kick-off: 4.30pm CET, 5.30pm BST

Match Summary
Rumania Party

England Party

England - Len Goulden (dashed through and scored 8), Don Welsh (headed in a Broome cross 53)
Results 1930-39

England won the toss, Rumania kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - John Langenus

Linesmen - not known

The match was sold out and all-ticket. Attended by King Carol, who had suggested the match take place when he visited London in November 1938.

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Rumania Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 37th to 36th
Colours: We think, blue and yellow horizontally halved shirts and red shorts, complimented with dark socks (left).
Capt: Iuliu Bodola Selectors: Virgil Economu, 42 (21 November 1896)
3rd match, W 2 - D 0 - L 1 - F 5 - A 2.
Rumania Lineup
  Pavlovici, Dumitru 27 26 April 1912 G FC Ripensia 12 15 GA
  Bürger, Rudolf, injured 4th min. 30 31 October 1908 RB/OR FC Ripensia 34 0
  Sfera, Lazăr 30 29 April 1909 LB ASC Venus 9 0
  Cossini, Vintilă 25 21 November 1913 RH CS Rapid 19 0
  Juhász, Augustin 27 19 December 1911 CH CA Oradea 17 0
  Demetrovic, Rudolf 24 27 September 1914 LH ASC Venus 7 0
  Orza, Cornel 23 9 January 1916 OR ASC Venus 5 1
  Ploeșteanu, Silviu 26 28 January 1913 IR ASC Venus 7 0
  Bodola, Iuliu 27 15 February 1912 CF ASC Venus 46 31
  Reuter, Nicolae 24 6 December 1914 IL CAM Timisoara 2 0
  Dobay, Ștefan 29 26 September 1909 OL FC Ripensia 40 19


reserves not known

team notes:

Marcu was the original named inside-left, at the last moment, his place went to Reuter.
Rudolf Bürger was injured following a tussle with Les Smith. He had hurt his foot which required attention.
2-3-5 Pavlovici -
Bürger, Sfera -
Cossini, Juhász, Demetrovic -
(Bürger), Ploeșteanu, Bodola, Reuter, Dobay.
When Bürger was injured he returned to the field in the outside-right position. It is unknown how the rest of the changes took shape.


Age 26.5 Appearances/Goals 18.0 4.6


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours: The 1935 home uniform - White collared jerseys, navy blue shorts, black socks with white calf hoops and topped with two white hoops. Without a badge for at least the start of the match.
Capt: Stan Cullis, first captaincy Selectors:
In charge: B.A. Glanvill
Trainer: Tom Whittaker
The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, Party selected on Thursday, 6 April, the team selected on Wednesday, 24 May 1939.
193rd & final match, W 123 - D 31 - L 39 - F 578 - A 225.
One less reliable source states George Male
England Lineup
  Woodley, Victor R. 29 26 February 1910 G Chelsea FC 19 24 GA
2 Male, George C. 29 8 May 1910 RB Arsenal FC 19 0
3 Morris, William W. 26 26 March 1913 LB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 3 0
4 Mercer, Joseph 24 9 August 1914 RH Everton FC 5 0
5 Cullis, Stanley 22 25 October 1916 CH Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 12 0
6 Copping, Wilfred 31 17 August 1907 LH Leeds United AFC 20 0
7 Broome, Frank H. 23 11 June 1915 OR Aston Villa FC 7 3
8 Goulden, Leonard A. 26 9 July 1912 IR West Ham United FC 14 4
9 Lawton, Thomas 19 6 October 1919 CF Everton FC 8 6
10 Welsh, Donald 28 25 February 1911 IL Charlton Athletic FC 3 1
11 Smith, Leslie G.F. 21 13 March 1918 OL Brentford FC 1 0


Eddie Hapgood (Arsenal FC, injured leg), Ken Willingham (Huddersfield Town AFC, injured thigh muscle), Stan Matthews (Stoke City FC, injured thigh muscle) and Willie Hall (Tottenham Hotspur FC).
2-3-5 Woodley -
Male, Morris -
Mercer, Cullis, Copping -
Broome, Goulden, Lawton, Welsh, Smith


Age 25.3 Appearances/Goals 10.1 1.1


    Match Report

BUCHAREST, May 24.--England concluded their football tour of the Continent by beating Rumania by two goals to none at the A.N.E.F. stadium this evening. England monopolized the play to such an extent that many of their movements carried them down the field without a Rumanian touching the ball.

England lost the toss and, although playing into the strong wind which was blowing almost directly down the ground, soon made headway. They showed much surer footwork and better positional play than the Rumanians...

It was not long afterwards when Goulden, dashing through, easily placed the ball past Pavlovici from five yards and put England one up...

It was not surprising when the Rumanian defence cracked under the strain. The second half was only eight minutes old when Welsh headed through from a well-placed pass by Broome...--Reuter. - The Times - Thursday 25th May, 1939


It was on 23 May 1939 that 16-year-old Kenneth Derfel was remanded at Manchester City Juvenile Court on the charge of murdering a five-year-old girl, Patricia Carney in Wythenshawe, three months earlier. After sexually assaulting two other girls, he abducted Patricia, but then strangled her when she started screaming. He was found guilty, two months later, and sentenced to be detained at His Majesty's pleasure.

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Selwyn Rowley