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Sunday, 25 May 1947
End-of-Season Tour 'Centenary Cup' Friendly Match

Portugal 0 England 10 [0-5]


Match Summary
Portugal Party
England Party

Estadio Nacional, Jamor, Lisboa
(CET): tbc tbc DDST (two hours ahead of standard time)
Attendance: 62,000.

unknown kicked-off
  [0-1] Tommy Lawton 1 0:17
crashed the ball past Azevedo
[0-2] Stan Mortensen 2
a magnificent right-footed drive
[0-3] Tommy Lawton 11
 a first time drive from a Finney pass
 [0-4] Tom Finney 21
beat the men before shooting from a narrow angle
 [0-5] Tommy Lawton 38 HAT-TRICK
  [0-6] Tommy Lawton 59
Stan Mortensen
 [0-8] Stan Mortensen 71 HAT-TRICK
 [0-9] Stan Mortensen 77
 [0-10] Stan Matthews

Match Summary





Charles Adolphe Delasalle
49 (8 December 1897), France
The England team received the Centenary Cup from the Portugeuse President António Óscar Fragoso Carmona following this match.
The match was to be courted by controversy when the Portuguese were determined to use a size 4 football, instead of the regulation size 5. Although the correct size ball was used, the Portuguese kept swapping... to no avail.
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

Portugal Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 21st to 25th
Colours: "Wearing tight-fitting maroon singlets and brief white pants".
Capt: Álvaro Cardoso Manager: Taveres da Silva
Portugal Lineup
  Azevedo, João Mendonça, off 27th min. 31 10 July 1915 G Sporting Club de Portugal 16    32ᵍᵃ
2 Cardoso, Álvaro, off 29th min 33 14 January 1914 RB Sporting Club de Portugal 13 0 final app
3 Ferreira, Francisco 27 23 August 1919 LB Sport Lisboa e Benfica 13        0
4 Amaro, Mariano Rodrigues 32 7 August 1914 RHB CF Os Belenenses 16        0
5 Feliciano, António 25 19 January 1922 CHB CF Os Belenenses 9        0
6 Moreira, Francisco 32 29 April 1915 LHB Sport Lisboa e Benfica 5        1
7 Correia, António Jesus 23 3 April 1924 OR Sporting Club de Portugal 5        1
8 Araújo, António de 23 25 September 1923 IR FC do Porto 7        4
9 de Seixas Peyroteo de Vasconcelos, Fernando Baptista 29 10 March 1918 CF Sporting Club de Portugal 16       12
10 Barreto Travassos, José António 21 22 February 1926 IL Sporting Club de Portugal 5        2
11 Pipi
 de Carvalho, Rogério Lantres
24 7 December 1922 OL Sport Lisboa e Benfica 7        2
Portugal Substitutes
scoreline: Portugal 0 England 4
  Nogueira Capela, Manuel Maria, on 27th min. for Azevedo 25 9 May 1922 GK CF Os Belenenses 3     9ᵍᵃ
  de Jesus Oliveira, Vasco, on 29th min. for Cardoso 25 15 March 1922 CD CF Os Belenenses 1        0
result: Portugal 0 England 10

unused substitutes:

The Portuguese apparently made substitutions for tactical reasons and without consulting the referee.
"Suddenly, after a word with the Portuguese team-manager, reserve goalkeeper Capela, a giant with a long Tommy Trinder jaw, trotted out and took up position behind the goal. Then, while the Portuguese forwards were giving Swift some practice, Azevedo and Capela held a hurried conference, and to our astonishment Azevedo, head lowered, and with the crowd still giving him the bird [a high-pitched whistle], walked slowly to the touch-line and joined the reserves while Capela took over in the Portuguese goal, without either the referee or George Hardwick being consulted!"
"Manager Tavares da Silva looked around for some other means of halting the avalanche—and his eyes rested upon Cardosa, Portugal's right-back and captain...One minute, he was chasing after Finney like a greyhound after the hare. In the next he had developed a limp and had been succeeded by Vasco."
- Billy Wright, The World is My Football Pitch, p.56
2-3-5 Azevedo (Capela) -
Cardoso (de Oliveira), Fereira -
Amaro, Feliciano, Moreira -
Correia, Araújo, Peyroteo, Travassos, de Caravalho.


Age 27.3 Appearances/Goals 10.2 2.0


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: Probably the 1946 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks
8th match, W 6 - D 1 - L 1 - F 33 - A 6.
Capt: George Hardwick,
eighth captaincy.

Physiotherapist: Walter Max
Walter Winterbottom, 34 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
8th match, W 6 - D 1 - L 1 - F 33 - A 6.
Party chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry following the France match on 3 May, team chosen on 19 May.
England Lineup
  Swift, Frank V. 33 26 December 1913 G Manchester City FC 8      6ᵍᵃ
2 Scott, Lawrence 30 23 April 1917 RB

Arsenal FC

8       0
3 Hardwick, George F.M. 27 2 February 1920 LB

Middlesbrough FC

8       0
4 Wright, William A. 23 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

8       0
5 Franklin, Cornelius 25 24 January 1922 CHB

Stoke City FC

8       0
6 Lowe, Edward 21
318 days
11 July 1925 LHB Aston Villa FC 3 0 final app 1947
7 Matthews, Stanley 32 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 20       9
667 8
Mortensen, Stanley H. 25
364 days
26 May 1921 IR Blackpool FC 1       4
the 41st (fourth post-war) hattrick scored
Lawton, Thomas 27 6 October 1919 CF Chelsea FC 16      16
the 40th (third post-war) hattrick scored
10 Mannion, Wilfred J. 29 16 May 1918 IL

Middlesbrough FC

8       7
11 Finney, Thomas 25 5 April 1922 OL

Preston North End FC

6       5

unused substitutes:

Dicky Robinson (Middlesbrough FC), Phil Taylor (Liverpool FC), Bobby Langton (Blackburn Rovers FC), Jimmy Hagan (Sheffield United FC), Raich Carter (Derby County FC).

team notes:

The team left Geneva by air, on board the Skymaster, flying over the Pyrenees, and having explicit permission from the Spanish government to fly over their country, landing at Portella Airport in Lisbon.
The England team were set-up in the Hotel do Parque in Estoril.
2-3-5 Swift  -
Scott, Hardwick -
Wright, Franklin, Lowe -
Matthews, Mortensen, Lawton, Mannion, Finney.
notes: Mortensen was playing as a second centre-forward.


Age 27.0 Appearances/Goals 8.5      2.8


    Match Report by Mike Payne

England overwhelmed Portugal in this, the very first meeting between the two countries. It was a hot and sunny day and the superb pitch was perfectly suited to the fine ball players in the England side. They tore into the beleagured Portuguese defence from the start and on the day were in a completely different class.

After only two minutes, England were already two goals up. Both Stan Mortensen and Tommy Lawton crashed the ball past Azevedo in a devastating opening. Immediately, Portugal tried to bend the rules. Before the match, it was agreed that a normal full-size ball would be used. Somehow, the Portuguese officials managed to swap it for a lighter, smaller version which they preferred. Later they illegally made two substitutions.

All this made no difference to the superior and highly experienced England players. With Stanly Matthews and Tom Finney in exquisite form, they ripped Portugal apart. Lawton notched their third and fifth goals and, sandwiched between them, Finney scored a cracker.

Picking the ball up on the half-way line, he beat one man, then another before reaching the by-line. As he turned towards goal, a third opponent came at him only to be beaten as well. Finney then shot past the goalkeeper from the narrowest of angles.

Half-time came and Portugal looked demoralised. But there was no let up for them after the break as the game continued in the same pattern. Lawton scored his fourth and this was followed by three more goals from Mortensen. The icing on the cake came when Matthews scored a rare goal to put the total in double figures.

It was little wonder that the unhappy, bewildered Portuguese team missed the official after-match banquet.

    Match Report by Norman Giller

The defeat by Switzerland panicked the selectors into at last agreeing that they should play their two aces, Matthews and Finney, in the same attack against Portugal in Lisbon nine days later. The effect was sensational.  England paralysed Portugal with two goals inside the first two minutes through debutant Stan Mortensen and Tommy Lawton. Matthews and Finney ran down the wings as if they owned them, and the Portuguese defence just caved in under the non-stop pressure. England were 5-0 up at half-time and then repeated the dose in the second-half after Portugal had substituted their goalkeeper, who went off in tears. Both Morty and Lawton scored four goals each, and Matthews and Finney got on the scoresheet. Wilf Mannion was the only forward who did not score, but his passes were an important part of the goals banquet. This was the closest thing ever seen to perfection on the football field. Everything England tried came off, and Portugal just didn't know what had hit them. There was a dispute before the game over which ball should be used. Walter Winterbottom demanded the usual full-size ball that was common to most international matches, but the Portuguese coach wanted a size-four ball, the type used in English schoolboy football. The referee ordered that they should play with the full-size ball, and England had it in the back of their net within twenty seconds of the kick-off. It seemed to take the goalkeeper an age to retrieve the ball, and he was fiddling around on his knees appearing to be trying to disentangle it from the corner of the netting. England were back in possession within seconds of the restart and realised the goalkeeper had switched the ball for the smaller one, and a minute later he was also fishing that out of the back of the net!  There has rarely been a more astonishing debut than Stanley Mortensen's. A goal inside the first minute and four in all! Incredible. Stan was a real miracle man. Only two years earlier he had been dragged unconscious from a crashed bomber that he had been piloting, and had head injuries that threatened to end his life, let alone his football career. He and his Blackpool team-mate Stanley Matthews were magical together. This was the match in which Tommy Lawton jokingly complained to Stanley Matthews that the lace was facing the wrong way when he centred it.

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