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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
Kick-off (CET): 4.00pm 6.00pm DDST (two hours ahead of standard time)
Attendance: 34,000 SOLD-OUT

unknown kicked-off
[1-0] Jacky Fatton 27
 an acute angle following an Amadò pass
first half live on Radio Light Programme - Commentator: tbc

Match Summary





Victor Sedz
x (-), France
The FIFA ruling of allowing a substitute to replace an injured player prior to the 44th minute, and a goalkeeper at any time, is in place.
tbc tbc

Switzerland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 18th
Colours: Red buttoned-up collared jerseys, white shorts, black socks with red/white striped tops.
Capt: Lauro Amadò Manager: Karl Rappan, 41 (26 September 1905 in Wien, Austria), appointed in 1942 for a second time.
17th match, W 4 - D 5 - L 8 - F 30 - A - 42.
Switzerland Lineup
  Ballabio, Erwin 29 20 October 1918 G FC Grenchen 26 49ᵍᵃ
2 Gyger, Rudolf 27 16 April 1920 RB FC Cantonal 10 0
3 Steffan, Willi 22 17 March 1925 LB FC Cantonal 12 0
4 Belli, Andrè 20 13 June 1926 RHB Servette FC 1 0
5 Eggimann, Olivier 28 28 January 1919 CHB Lausanne-Sports 6 0
6 Bocquet, Roger 26 19 April 1921 LHB Lausanne-Sports 7 1
7 Tamini, Jean 27 9 December 1919 OR Servette FC 2 0
8 Fink, Walter 26 3 December 1920 IR FC Young Fellows 7 0
9 Bickel, Alfred 29 12 May 1918 CF Grasshopper Club 51 10
10 Amadò, Lauro 35 3 March 1912 IL Grasshopper Club 47 19
11 Fatton, Jacques 21 19 December 1925 OL Servette FC 7 4

unused substitutes:


team notes:

This is the most experienced team to face England post-war so far.
2-3-5 Ballabio -
Gyger, Steffan -
Belli, Eggimann, Bocquet -
Tamini, Fink, Bickel, Amadò, Fatton.


Age 26.4 Appearances/Goals 16.0 3.0


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 1946 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks.
7th match, W 5 - D 1 - L 1 - F 23 - A 6.
Capt: George Hardwick,
seventh captaincy.

Physiotherapist: Walter Max
Walter Winterbottom, 34 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager 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     6ᵍᵃ
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
148 days
21 December 1913 IR

Derby County FC

13 7 final app
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

unused substitutes:

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. This teams equals the oldest post-war team, but is the most experienced post-war side to play.
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.


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

Original newspaper reports
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record

Norman Giller, Football Author
Billy Wright's The World Is My Football Pitch