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Saturday, 18 October 1947
Home International Championship 1947-48 (53rd) Match

Wales 0 England 3 [0-3]
 

 

Match Summary
Wales Party
England Party

Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff, Glamorgan
Attendance: 55,000;
Kick-off: 3.00pm BST

England - Tom Finney (left footed shot 6), Stan Mortensen (a cross goal shot 11) , Tommy Lawton (from a Mannion cross 15)
Results 1946-1950

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Match Summary

Officials

Wales

Type

England

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

Linesmen - W.T. Strainge, Bristol and D.A. Williams, Aberbargoed.

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Wales Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 16th to 17th
Colours: Made by Umbro - Red jerseys with white collars, white shorts with red side strip, red socks with white tops.
Capt: Ron Burgess Manager: Team chosen on Tuesday, 7 October 1947, by the Selection Committee.
Wales Lineup
  Sidlow, Cyril     G Liverpool FC, England   GA
2 Lambert, Ray     RB Liverpool FC, England    
3 Barnes, Wallace 27 16 January 1920 LB Arsenal FC, England 1 0
4 Powell, Ivor V.     RHB Queen's Park Rangers FC, England    
5 Jones, Thomas G.     CHB Everton FC, England    
6 Burgess, W.A. Ronald     LHB Tottenham Hotspur FC, England    
7 Thomas, D. Sidney     OR Fulham FC, England 1 0
8 Powell, Aubrey     IR Leeds United AFC, England    
9 Lowrie, George     CF Coventry City FC, England    
10 Jones, Bryn     IL Arsenal FC, England    
11 Edwards, George     OL Birmingham City FC, England    

reserves:

-
 
2-3-5 Sidlow -
Lambert, Barnes -

I.Powell, TG.Jones, Burgess -
Thomas,
A.Powell, Lowrie, B.Jones, Edwards.

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th to 3rd
Colours: The 1946 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: George Hardwick, tenth captaincy. Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 34 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching on 8 July 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
10th match, W 8 - D 1 - L 1 - F 41 - A 8.
Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry, on Monday, 6 October.
England Lineup
  Swift, Frank V. 33 26 December 1913 G Manchester City FC 10 8 GA
2 Scott, Lawrence, injured second half 30 23 April 1917 RB

Arsenal FC

10 0
3 Hardwick, George F.M. 27 2 February 1920 LB

Middlesbrough FC

10 0
4 Taylor, Philip H. 30 18 September 1917 RHB Liverpool FC 1 0
5 Franklin, Cornelius 25 24 January 1922 CHB

Stoke City FC

10 0
6 Wright, William A. 23 6 February 1924 LHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

10 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 32 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 22 9
8 Mortensen, Stanley H., injured second half 26 26 May 1921 IR Blackpool FC 3 6
9 Lawton, Thomas 28 6 October 1919 CF Chelsea FC 18 19
10 Mannion, Wilfred J. 29 16 May 1918 IL Middlesbrough FC 10 7
11 Finney, Thomas 25 5 April 1922 OL

Preston North End FC

8 8

reserves:

Tim Ward (Derby County FC)
 
2-3-5 Swift  -
Scott, Hardwick -
Taylor, Franklin, Wright -
Matthews, Mortensen, Lawton, Mannion, Finney.

Averages:

Age 28.0 Appearances/Goals 10.2 4.2

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

It was case of 'genius defeating talent' when these two sides met in 1947. The match was decided in the first 15 minutes as the England side put together some superb football to score three times.

After only 30 seconds, the Welsh goalkeeper Cyril Sidlow had parried a fierce shot from Stan Mortensen and then saved Tommy Lawton's follow-up header.

England were moving brilliantly. Stanley Matthews and Tom Finney were already casting their spells down the wings and after six minutes they took the lead. A fine quick-passing movement sent a ball from Phil Taylor to Matthews, to Wilf Mannion and on to Finney, who scored with his left foot. Finney had failed to score in only one of his internationals so far, a marvellous testament to his finishing skills.

After 11 minutes, Matthews left Barnes in a daze before laying on goal number-two for Mortensen. That was bad enough for Wales, but all too soon their defence was again caught flat-footed. Matthews and Mannion had Jones and Barnes in a right old tangle before Mannion's diagonal pass found Lawton travelling at speed. Sidlow probably no more than heard the centre-forward's shot as it whizzed passed him. There might have been more goals for England before half-time as they had the Welsh defence running in circles.

The second half was much more evenly contested as England, with Mortensen and Scott both suffering from pulled muscles, eased up. Lawton and Mortensen shot wide for England and as Wales fought back, Lowrie missed a good chance close in and Aubrey Powell twice forced Frank Swift into diving saves.

With Taylor having a fine debut and Billy Wright outstanding, Wales could find little change from the English defence. Ronnie Burgess had a good game but Ray Lambert and Walley Barnes had a torrid time. Right until the end, that man Matthews was leaving a trail of red shirts in his wake as England registered their first win on Welsh soil for 13 years.

 

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Stanley Matthews continued where he had left off against Belgium in this first Home Championship match of the 1947-48 season. Wales brought in Arsenal's redoubtable defender Walley Barnes for his debut, and gave him the thankless task of marking Matthews. "Stanley ran me dizzy," admitted Barnes, who later became captain of Wales. England were 3-0 up inside the first fifteen minutes, with Matthews running riot on the right wing. Liverpool right-half Phil Taylor came in for his debut as the England selectors continued to fiddle with the line-up. England might have won more convincingly but for both Laurie Scott and Stan Mortensen pulling muscles. This was in the days before substitutes, and so England had two players hobbling through the second-half and had to close the game down.

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)
Norman Giller, Football Author
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