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Wednesday, 19 November 1947
International Friendly Match

England 4 Sweden 2 [3-1]
Arsenal Stadium, Avenell Road, Highbury, Islington, County of London
Kick-off (GMT): 2.30pm.

Attendance: '44,282'; Receipts: '£11,265'.

unknown kicked-off
[1-0] Stan Mortensen 12
 turned in from 8-yards from a low Wilf Mannion pass
Tommy Lawton penalty 20
 (Emanuelsson fouled Mortensen).
[3-1] Stan Mortensen 26
 following a Tommy Lawton pass

[2-1] Gunnar Nordahl 21
driven home after Malte Mårtensson headed back an Andersson free-kick
2.0 Schools 3.10 Gramophone Records
England v. Sweden
4.15 Eugene Pini (violin) 4.35 Wednesday Matinee 5.0 Children's
third time a penalty kick has been awarded to both sides

[4-2] Stan Mortensen 88 HAT-TRICK
 long dribbling run ending with a left-footed shot
[3-2] Gunnar Gren penalty 68
(Hardwick and Franklin fouled Nordahl)
[3-2] Gren effort headed off the line by Hardwick
second half live on Radio Home Programme - Commentator: tbc


Officials          England FIFA ruling on substitutes Sweden
William E. Webb
Teams were presented to the Crown Prince of Sweden, Oscar Fredrik Wilhelm Olaf Gustaf Adolf.
      red flag             Linesmen            yellow flag
Frederick W. Chadwick
Harry Frederick Parvin
(1903) Sussex
England Team
Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd to 4th
Colours The 1946 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks.
P 12th of eighteen, W 9 - D 2 - L 1 - F 47 - A 12.

George Hardwick Manager Walter Winterbottom, 34 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
12th of 13, W 9 - D 2 - L 1 - F 47 - A 12. P 12th of 139, 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
  one change to the previous match (Langton>Matthews) league position (5 November)  
  Swift, Frank V. 33
328 days
26 December 1913 G Manchester City FC (FL 9th) 12 12ᵍᵃ
13th keeper to face a penalty kick
2 Scott, Lawrence 30
210 days
23 April 1917 RB Arsenal FC (FL TOP) 12 0
3 Hardwick, George F.M. 27
290 days
2 February 1920 LB Middlesbrough FC (FL 13th) 12 0
4 Taylor, Philip H. 30
62 days
18 September 1917 RHB Liverpool FC (FL 16th) 3 0
final app 1947
5 Franklin, Cornelius 25
299 days
24 January 1922 CHB Stoke City FC (FL 20th) 12 0
6 Wright, William A. 23
286 days
6 February 1924 LHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 6th) 12 0
7 Finney, Thomas 25
228 days
5 April 1922 OR Preston North End FC (FL 2nd) 10 8
Mortensen, Stanley H. 26
177 days
26 May 1921 IR
Blackpool FC (FL 3rd)
the 142nd (9th post-war) brace, the 42nd (fifth post-war) hattrick scored
9 Lawton, Thomas 28
44 days
6 October 1919
Notts County FC (FL3s 19th) 20 21
11th successful penalty kick (22nd overall) 17th County player to represent England
      the eighteenth player to reach the 20-app milestone
Mannion, Wilfred J. 29
187 days
16 May 1918 IL Middlesbrough FC (FL 13th) 12 8
11 Langton, Robert 29
72 days
8 September 1918 OL Blackburn Rovers FC (FL 19th) 7 1
unused substitute: Harry Johnston (Blackpool FC (FL 3rd)).
team changes: When the team was chosen on 5 November, Tommy Lawton was still a member of the Chelsea FC team (FL 15th), his move to Notts County FC being announced on 13 November.
On the morning of this match, Finney replaced Stan Matthews (Blackpool FC (FL 3rd)) at outside-right, as Langton took up the outside-left position. Matthews was suffering with a groin injury.
records: Tommy Lawton converts England's first successful post-war penalty kick.
For the third time (first for nine years), England have completed eight matches in a single calendar year.
They have also won their last fourteen home friendly matches, extending the record that began back in 1923.
goalscoring records: For the third successive 'playing' Tommy Lawton ends the year as the yearly top goalscorer, again, sharing the honour, this time with Stan Mortensen. Lawton's nine goals came across eight matches, whereas Mortensen's was five. Mortensen scored two hat-tricks to Lawton's one.
2-3-5 Swift -
Scott, Hardwick -
Taylor, Franklin, Wright -
Finney, Mortensen, Lawton, Mannion, Langton.
Averages: Age 28 years 101 days Appearances/Goals 10.6 3.9
Sweden Team
Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 11th
Colours Yellow jerseys with blue collars, blue shorts, blue socks with yellow hoops.
Captain Erik Nilsson Selection Selection committee
headed by
J. Rudolf E. Kock, 45 (29 June 1901)
Trainer: George Sidney Raynor,
40 (13 January 1907)
Sweden Lineup
  Lindberg, Torsten G.A. 30
219 days
14 April 1917 G IFK Norrköping 6 11ᵍᵃ
2 Nordahl, Knut E.A. 27
310 days
13 January 1920 RB IFK Norrköping 10 1
3 Nilsson, Erik 31
105 days
6 August 1916 LB Malmö FF 14 0
4 Andersson, Sune I. 26
270 days
22 February 1921 RHB AIK Stockholm 6 1
5 Nordahl, Bertil 30
116 days
26 July 1917 CHB Degerfors IF 7 0
6 Emanuelsson, Rune 24
42 days
8 October 1923 LHB IFK Göteborg 7 0
Mårtensson, Malte H. 31
56 days
24 September 1916 OR Halsingborgs IF 15 3
8 Gren, J. Gunnar 27
19 days
31 October 1920 IR IFK Göteborg 28 18
eighth penalty against scored (18th overall)
9 Nordahl, N. Gunnar 26
31 days
19 October 1921 CF IFK Norrköping 24 31
10 Liedholm, Nils E. 25
42 days
8 October 1922 IL IFK Norrköping 7 5
11 Nilsson, Stellan 25
181 days
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 three Nordahl's, Bertil, Gunnar and Knut, were brothers.
Committee Chairman Pette Kock played against England in 1923.
The team trained at Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge in Fulham prior to the match.
2-3-5 Lindberg -
K.Nordahl, E.Nilsson -
B.Nordahl, Emanuelsson -
Mårtensson, Gren,
G.Nordahl, Liedholm, S.Nilsson.
Averages: Age 27 years 294 days Appearances/Goals 12.3 5.7

"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."
- Birmingham Daily Gazette, Tuesday, 11 February 1947.


        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.

        Match Report as reported in the F.A. Yearbook 1948-49, page 24

For their next match, against Sweden at the Arsenal Stadium, on November 19, England were without Matthews, which meant Finney had to be moved over to Matthew's place and his position at outside-left taken by Langton (Blackburn Rovers). The remainder of the team were the same as in the matches against Wales and Ireland. England, as was expected, defeated Sweden, but their 4—2 victory was not so easily gained as had been anticipated, the result not being clinched until Mortensen scored two minutes before full-time.
In the first half England were successful everywhere and their brilliant forward line swept again and again through the Swedish half. Thirteen minutes from the start Mortensen scored from a pass from Mannion, and seven minutes later Lawton scored from a penalty kick after a foul on Mortensen. G. Nordahl replied with a quick goal from a free kick before England were properly in position, but Mortensen added a third goal to England's total from a pass by Lawton. At half-time the tally was thus 3—1. Sweden had shown no signs of equaling the home team in offence, though their goalkeeper had made some splendid saves. The few forays made by their forwards showed style but little menace and did nothing to prepare the spectators for the surprises that were to follow.
In the second half the fire went out of the English attack so that the Swedish forwards, well supplied by offensive half-back play, began to find gaps. Their positional play was of the first rank and they gained and kept control of the game in midfield as frequently in the second half as England had in the first. Immediately after the kick off Swift was beaten and a goal was only saved by Hardwick's head. Soon afterwards Gren scored to bring the the score to 3—2. Sweden made great efforts to force a draw, but two minutes from the end Mortensen carried out a long, dribbling run and scored left footed his third and England's fourth goal.


     In Other News....
It was on 20 November 1947 that Princess Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey. The groom was awarded the title of Duke of Edinburgh just prior to the service and his 21-year-old bride was to become Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, just over four years later.
        Source Notes
Original newspaper reports
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record

Norman Giller, Football Author