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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera/Svizra

 

 
232 vs. France
233
b vs. Switzerland

234 vs. Portugal

Sunday, 18 May 1947
End-of-Season Tour Friendly Match

Switzerland 1 England 0 [1-0]
 

 

Match Summary
Switzerland Party
England Party

Grasshopperstadion, Hardturm Stadion, Industriequartier, Zürich
Attendance: 34,000 sold-out;
Kick-off: 4.00pm CET, 5.00pm DST
First half live on Radio Light Programme

Switzerland - Jacques Fatton (from an acute angle following an Amado pass 27)
Results 1946-1950

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Match Summary

Officials

Switzerland

Type

England

Referee (-) - Victor Sedz
x (-), France.

Linesmen - tbc

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Switzerland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 18th
Colours: Red buttoned-up collared jerseys, white shorts, black socks with red/white striped tops.
Capt:   Manager: Karl Rappan, 41 (26 September 1905 in Wien, Austria), appointed in 1942 for a second time.
Switzerland Lineup
  Ballabio, Erwin     G FC Grenchen   GA
2 Gyger, Rudi     RB FC Cantonal    
3 Steffan, Willi     LB FC Cantonal    
4 Belli, Andre     RHB Servette FC    
5 Eggimann, Olivier     CHB Lausanne-Sports    
6 Bocquet, Roger     LHB Lausanne-Sports    
7 Tamini, Jean     OR Servette FC    
8 Fink, Walter     IR Young Fellows    
9 Bickel, Alfred     CF Grasshoppers    
10 Amado, Lauro     IL Grasshoppers    
11 Fatton, Jaques     OL Servette FC    

reserves:

-
 
2-3-5 Ballabio -
Gyger, Steffan -
Belli, Eggimann, Bocquet -
Tamini, Fink, Bickel, Amado, Fatton.

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

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, seventh captaincy. Manager:
Physiotherapist: Walter Max
Walter Winterbottom, 34 (31 March 1913), appointed national director of coaching on 8 July 1946;
7th match, W 5 - D 1 - L 1 - F 23 - A 6.
Party chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry following the France match on 3 May, team chosen on 15 May.
England Lineup
  Swift, Frank V. 33 26 December 1913 G Manchester City FC 7 6 GA
2 Scott, Lawrence 30 23 April 1917 RB

Arsenal FC

7 0
3 Hardwick, George F.M. 27 2 February 1920 LB

Middlesbrough FC

7 0
4 Wright, William A. 23 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

7 0
5 Franklin, Cornelius 25 24 January 1922 CHB

Stoke City FC

7 0
6 Lowe, Edward 21 11 July 1925 LHB Aston Villa FC 2 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 32 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 19 8
8 Carter, Horatio S. 33 21 December 1913 IR

Derby County FC

13 7
9 Lawton, Thomas 27 6 October 1919 CF Chelsea FC 15 12
10 Mannion, Wilfred J. 29 16 May 1918 IL

Middlesbrough FC

7 7
11 Langton, Robert 28 8 September 1918 OL

Blackburn Rovers FC

6 1

reserves:

Dicky Robinson (Middlesbrough FC), Phil Taylor (Liverpool FC), Tom Finney (Preston North End FC), Jimmy Hagan (Sheffield United FC), Stan Mortensen (Blackpool FC).

team notes:

This is the first occasion that England have played a match on a Sunday.
Pre-match training took place at a training ground owned by the Swiss National Bank.
 
2-3-5 Swift  -
Scott, Hardwick -
Wright, Franklin, Lowe -
Matthews, Carter, Lawton, Mannion, Langton.

Averages:

Age 28.0 Appearances/Goals 8.8 3.2

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

OVER 30,000 people watched this Sunday afternoon international in what was the first of two games in a European tour. The superior teamwork of the Swiss eventually won the game against a strangely subdued England side.

England never reproduced any of the exciting play of their previous post-war encounters and on this day even the defence looked well below its best against the speedy Swiss forwards.

What proved to be the deciding goal came in the 27th minute. A pass by Amado found Fatton completely unmarked to score from close range. The crowd went wild with delight as England struggled to get their game together. In one incident Tommy Lawton did get the ball into the Swiss net but the referee ruled it out for offside.

The second half was much the same pattern with the Swiss showing a lot of confidence and England desperately trying to improve. Fatton and Fink were particularly dangerous for Switzerland and Laurie Scott had his hands full with the lively winger.

It was not until the final 15 minutes that England came into the game. Lawton, easily England's most dangerous attacker, twice forced Ballabio into excellent saves but try as they might they could not force an equalizer.

    Match Report by Norman Giller

England's famed and feared attack ran into a Swiss wall defence known as "The Redoubt". Switzerland introduced the deep-lying centre-forward tactic that completely baffled England's defenders. Left winger Jacques Fatton scored the only goal in the 27th minute. Tommy Lawton celebrated what he thought was a second-half equaliser, but the referee ruled it off-side. Once the Swiss were in front, they stifled England with a mass defence that was both disciplined and rock-solid. It was 33-year-old Raich Carter's final match for England after an international career that stretched back to 1934. The small ground was so packed that they put seats alongside the touchline to cater for an overflow of spectators. This meant it was so cramped on the wings that England could not play to the strength of Stanley Matthews and Bobby Langton. What really threw the England defenders was the Swiss ploy of dropping their number nine back into the midfield, and it took them much of the first-half working out just which players each of us should be marking. It was a sad way for Raich Carter to end his wonderful run as an England player. He was one of the finest positional players fo any era, and always knew exactly where to be to get the best out of any situation. He could pass with great precision and had an accurate shot. In short, Raich was the perfect inside-forward.

Source Notes

TheFA.com
Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Billy Wright's: The World is My Football Pitch (Stanley Paul & Co, London, U.K., 1953)

Norman Giller, Football Author
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