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Wednesday, 27 November 1946
International Friendly Match

England 8 Netherlands 2 [6-1]
 

 

Match Summary
England Party
Netherlands Party

Leeds Road Stadium, Leeds Road, Bradley Mills, Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire
Attendance: 32,435; Receipts: 4,917;
Kick-off: 2.15pm GMT
Second half live on Radio BBC Home Service - Commentator: Raymond Glendenning

England - Tommy Lawton (a shot from the edge of the penalty area 20, headed in a Finney lob 24, 35, 78), Raich Carter (30, 71), Wilf Mannion (34), Tom Finney (44).
England - George Hardwick (penalty saved by Kraak 43)

Netherlands -
Ko Bergman (rebounded off Swifts body 37), Kick Smit (87)
Results 1946-1950

Netherlands won the toss, ? kicked-off. ? minutes (? & ?).

 

Match Summary

Officials

England

Type

Netherlands

Referee (-) - James M. Martin
x (-), Blairgowrie.

Linesmen - tbc

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England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 1946 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks.
Capt: George Hardwick, fourth captaincy. Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 33 (31 March 1913), appointed national director of coaching on 8 July 1946;
4th match, W 4 - D 0 - L 0 - F 19 - A 4.
Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry on Saturday, 16 November 1946.
England Lineup
  Swift, Frank V. 32 26 December 1913 G Manchester City FC 4 4 GA
2 Scott, Lawrence 29 23 April 1917 RB

Arsenal FC

4 0
3 Hardwick, George F.M. 26 2 February 1920 LB

Middlesbrough FC

4 0
4 Wright, William A. 22 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

4 0
5 Franklin, Cornelius 24 24 January 1922 CHB

Stoke City FC

4 0
6 Johnston, Harry 27 26 September 1919 LHB Blackpool FC 1 0
7 Finney, Thomas 24 5 April 1922 OR

Preston North End FC

4 3
8 Carter, Horatio S. 32 21 December 1913 IR

Derby County FC

10 5
9
Lawton, Thomas 27 6 October 1919 CF Chelsea FC 12 12
10 Mannion, Wilfred J. 28 16 May 1918 IL

Middlesbrough FC

4 6
11 Langton, Robert 28 8 September 1918 OL

Blackburn Rovers FC

4 1

reserves:

Jimmy Hagan (Sheffield United FC) and Henry Cockburn (Manchester Unitedl FC)

team notes:

In the build up to this match, both sides stayed in the same Harrogate hotel, the Majestic Hotel. Training at the Wetherby Road ground.
 

2-3-5

Swift  -
Scott, Hardwick -
Wright, Franklin, Johnston -
Finney, Carter, Lawton, Mannion, Langton.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.2 Appearances/Goals 5.0 0.7

 

Netherlands Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 32nd
Colours: Orange laced-up collared jerseys, white shorts, orange socks with white hoop.
Capt: Bas Paauwe, fouth captaincy Manager: Karel Jozeph Kaufman, 48 (29 April 1898), appointed early 1946,
fourth match, W 2 - D 1 - L 1 - F 16 - A 15.

Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by H.W.H. Herberts
Netherlands Lineup
  Kraak, Pieter Cornelis 25 14 February 1921 G IJ VV Stormvogels 4 15 GA
2 Potharst, Jan Hilbert 28 4 January 1918 RB Amsterdamsche FC Ajax 3 0
3 van der Linden, Hendrik 27 7 December 1918 LB Amsterdamsche FC Ajax 4 0
4 Paauwe, Bastiaan Jacob 35 4 October 1911 RHB SC Feijenoord 31 1
5 Vermeer, Adrianus 24 17 July 1922 CHB SBV Excelsior 1 0
6 de Vroet, Arie 28 9 November 1918 LHB SC Feijenoord 6 0
7 Drager, Gustav Karl 28 14 December 1917 OR Amsterdamsche FC Ajax 9 3
8 Wilkes, Servaas 23 13 October 1923 IR RFC Xerxes 4 9
9 Roosen, Wilhelmus Geradus Johannes 28 31 July 1918 CF Haarlemsche FC 3 0
10 Smit, Johannes Chrishostomos 35 3 November 1911 IL Haarlemsche FC 29 26
11 Bergman, Jacobus Frederik Theodorus 32 16 December 1913 OL FC Blauw-Wit Amsterdam 5 3

reserves:

not known

team notes:

In the build up to this match, both sides stayed in the same Harrogate hotel, the Majestic Hotel. Training at the Oatlands Preparatory School playing fields.
 
2-3-5 Kraak -
Potharst, van der Linden -
Paauwe, Vermeer, de Vroet -
Drager, Wilkes, Roosen, Smit, Bergman.

Averages:

Age 28.5 Appearances/Goals 9.0 3.6

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

ENGLAND totally outplayed Holland from start to finish in this one-sided match. The pitch was heavy and slippery after much rain had fallen and in the opening quarter the Dutch side gave a good account of themselves. Their number eight, Wilkes, caught the eye but, alas, he seemed the only man who could match the England ball players.

In the 24th minute, England took the lead and from that moment there was only ever going to be one outcome. Raich Carter and Wilf Mannion had already taken a firm grip on the game with their immaculate passing and it came as no real surprise when Tommy Lawton scored with a shot from the edge of the area. Four minutes later the same player headed a second and in the next seven minutes there were an incredible four more goals, three to England one to Holland.

First Carter notched number three before Mannion and Lawton, his own third, made it 5-0. Bergman did manage to pull one back for the visitors but just before the interval there was more drama as George Hardwick missed a penalty and then Tom Finney scored a sixth goal. Holland trooped off at half-time in a daze, not knowing which way to turn next.

The pace, quite naturally after that onslaught, slackened after the restart and much of the play was scrappy. England went through the motions for most of the half but towards the end they livened up again creating more chances. From one excellent move Carter scored his second and then Lawton scored his fourth and England's eighth. In a late rally, Smit netted a second goal for Holland but it was, in the true sense of the word, only a consolation.

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Lawton scored four goals and might have had eight against a Dutch defence that had no answer to his all-round power. The selectors made their first change since Walter Winterbottom had taken over as manager, bringing in Blackpool skipper Harry Johnston for his England debut at left-half in place of Henry Cockburn. The Dutch held their own for the first 24 minutes on a rain-saturated pitch, and were then devastated by a six-goal storm in 20 minutes that included a Lawton hat-trick. During this spell, skipper George Hardwick missed from the penalty spot and Holland managed to pull a goal back to make it 6-1 at half-time. England took their foot off the accelerator in the second half before Raich Carter scored his second goal and Lawton his fourth. Outgunned Holland notched a late second consolation goal. Appalling weather restricted the Leeds Road attendance to 32,500. Dutch FA President Karel Lotsy told Tommy Lawton after the game: "You are the world's greatest centre-forward."  Anybody who saw his amazing performance will have agreed.

Source Notes

TheFA.com
Voetbalstats.nl
Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller, Football Author
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