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Wednesday, 19 November 1947
International Friendly Match

England 4 Sweden 2 [3-1]


Match Summary
England Party
Sweden Party

Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, Islington, County of London
Kick-off (GMT): 2.30pm.

Attendance: 44,282; Receipts: £11,365.

unknown kicked-off  
[1-0] Stan Mortensen 12
 turned in from 8-yards from a low Mannion pass
Tommy Lawton 20
 awarded after Mortensen was tripped from behind.
[3-1] Stan Mortensen 26
 following a Lawton pass
[4-2] Stan Mortensen 88 HAT-TRICK
 long dribbling run ending with a left-footed shot

[2-1] Gunnar Nordahl 21
driven home after Martensson headed back an Andersson free-kick
[3-2] Gunnar Gren 68
penalty after Nordahl was brought down

Match Summary





Referee (-) - William E. Webb
x (-), Glasgow.

Linesmen - F.W. Chadwick, Leicester (red flag) and H.F. Parvin, Sussex (yellow flag).
Teams were presented to the Crown Prince of Sweden, Oscar Fredrik Wilhelm Olaf Gustaf Adolf.

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.

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd to 4th
Colours: The 1946 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks
Capt: George Hardwick, twelfth captaincy. Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 34 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
12th match, W 9 - D 2 - L 1 - F 47 - A 12.
Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry following the Ireland match on 5 November in Liverpool.
England Lineup
  Swift, Frank V. 33 26 December 1913 G Manchester City FC 12 12 GA
2 Scott, Lawrence 30 23 April 1917 RB

Arsenal FC

12 0
3 Hardwick, George F.M. 27 2 February 1920 LB

Middlesbrough FC

12 0
4 Taylor, Philip H. 30 18 September 1917 RHB Liverpool FC 3 0
5 Franklin, Cornelius 25 24 January 1922 CHB

Stoke City FC

12 0
6 Wright, William A. 23 6 February 1924 LHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

12 0
7 Finney, Thomas 25 5 April 1922 OR

Preston North End FC

10 8
Mortensen, Stanley H. 26 26 May 1921 IR Blackpool FC 5 9
9 Lawton, Thomas 28 6 October 1919 CF Notts County FC 20 21
10 Mannion, Wilfred J. 29 16 May 1918 IL Middlesbrough FC 12 8
11 Langton, Robert 29 8 September 1918 OL

Blackburn Rovers FC

7 1

unused substitute:

Harry Johnston (Blackpool FC).

team notes:

On the morning of this match, Finney replaced Stan Matthews at outside-right, as Langton took up the outside-left position. Matthews was suffering with a groin injury.
Tommy Lawton scored England's first penalty since the war to be converted.
2-3-5 Swift -
Scott, Hardwick -
Taylor, Franklin, Wright -
Finney, Mortensen, Lawton, Mannion, Langton.


Age 27.7 Appearances/Goals 10.6 3.9


Sweden Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 11th
Colours: Yellow jerseys with blue collars, blue shorts, blue socks with yellow hoops.
Capt: Erik Nilsson Manager:
George Sidney Raynor, 40 (13 January 1907)
Selection committee, headed by J. Rudolf E. Kock, 45 (29 June 1901)
Sweden Lineup
  Lindberg, Torsten G.A. 30 14 April 1917 G IFK Norrköping 6 11 GA
2 Nordahl, Knut E.A. 27 13 January 1920 RB IFK Norrköping 10 1
3 Nilsson, Erik 31 6 August 1916 LB Malmö FF 14 0
4 Andersson, Sune I. 26 22 February 1921 RHB AIK Stockholm 6 1
5 Nordahl, Bertil 30 26 July 1917 CHB Degerfors IF 7 0
6 Emanuelsson, Rune 24 8 October 1923 LHB IFK Göteborg 7 0
7 Mårtensson, Malte H. 31 24 September 1916 OR Halsingborgs IF 15 3
8 Gren, J. Gunnar 27 31 October 1920 IR IFK Göteborg 28 18
9 Nordahl, N. Gunnar 26 19 October 1921 CF IFK Norrköping 24 31
10 Liedholm, Nils E. 25 8 October 1922 IL IFK Norrköping 7 5
11 Nilsson, Stellan 25 22 May 1922 OL Malmö FF 11 4

unused substitutes:

not known

team notes:

Emanuelsson replaced Malmö FF's Kjell Rosén at left-half on 14 November. Nilsson replaced AIK Stockholm's Stig Nystrom at outside-left the day before the match.
The team trained at Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge.
The Nordahl's were brothers.
Committee Chairman Pette Kock played against England in 1923.
2-3-5 Lindberg -
K.Nordahl, E.Nilsson -
B.Nordahl, Emanuelsson -
Martensson, Gren,
G.Nordahl, Liedholm, S.Nilsson.


Age 27.5 Appearances/Goals 12.3 5.7


    Match Report by Mike Payne

England dominated the first half of this match at Highbury and would have won by more goals had they not faded so badly after the interval to allow Sweden to come right back into the game.

England were quickly into their stride and after 13 minutes, brilliant work by Wilf Mannion set up their first goal. He dribbled out to the right before splitting the Swedish defence with a brilliant reverse pass which let in Stan Mortensen to score.

After 20 minutes, England added a second from the penalty spot. Mortensen burst through to take Tommy Lawton's headed pass but was brought down in the box. Lawton scored from the spot-kick.

Sweden then hit back and Gunnar Nordahl had scored after a free-kick had caught England badly positioned. This was only a momentary lapse by the home side and they were soon back on top. Lindberg made some fine saves but was powerless to stop Mortensen making it 3-1 after another pass by Lawton.

The midfield mastery of Mannion, Mortensen, Billy Wright and Phil Taylor was superb during the first half and, but for Lindberg's brilliance, especially in two saves from Mannion, England would have been in an unassailable position.

As it was, the second half was a much different story. The edge went from England's play and the half barely started when George Hardwick was desperately heading a shot off his goalline. Sweden were beginning to take control as England faded and they really put the pressure on when Gren scored from a penalty to make it 3-2.

For a while it seemed as though they might equalise but England withstood the pressure well and near the end a piece of sheer brilliance by Mortensen clinched the match. He picked up the ball and set off on a magnificent 40-yard run before ending it with a deadly left-foot shot.

After the break England were certainly made to think by the gutsy Swedish display.

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Sweden, including the famous Nordahl brothers - Gunnar, Bertil and Knut - pulled back to 3-2 after England had powered into a three-goal lead. Stan Mortensen settled it with a classic goal to complete his hat-trick, beating three defenders in a run from the half-way line before firing in an unstoppable 20-yard shot. The game was billed as being for the unofficial championship of Europe at a time when the Swedes, coached by former Bury winger George Raynor, were rated one of the world's leading football nations. Stan Mortensen was in magnificent form and might have had four goals had he not been upended in the penalty area when shaping to shoot in the first-half. After England's bad recent record from spot-kicks, Tommy Lawton volunteered to take it and scored England's first goal from a penalty since the war. The newspapers ran a story before the match that the Swedes were on a course of pep-pills. Their coach George Raynor later confided that they were just sugar-based pills, but that they had a great psychological effect on his players. Most of the Swedes were amateurs, and that following summer they won the Olympic final in London with some delightful football. Gunnar Nordahl was an exceptional centre-forward, who along with Nils Lindholm later starred with AC Milan.

Source Notes

"F.A. Council meeting in London yesterday announced next football season's programme of international matches, which include a visit to England by Sweden, who for the first time in England, will play an international."
- Tuesday, 11 February 1947, Birmingham Daily Gazette

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