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Wednesday, 10 November 1948
Home International Championship 1948-49 (54th) Match

England 1 Wales 0 [1-0]
 

 

Match Summary
England Party
Wales Party

Villa Park, Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham, Warwickshire
Attendance: 68,700;
Receipts: 18,377; Kick-off: 2.30pm GMT
"This is the first international I ever commentated on and although my memory is faded, what a forward line: Matthews, Mortensen, Milburn, Shackleton and Finney!"
- Kenneth Wolstenholme.

England - Tom Finney (a left-footed shot from Milburn who passed on a Matthews free-kick 39)
Results 1946-1950

? kicked-off. ? minutes (? & ?).

 

Match Summary

Officials

England

Type

Wales

Referee (-) - John A. Mowat
x (-), Rutherglen.

Linesmen - tbc

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England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: The 1946 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, second captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 35 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching on 8 July 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
17th match, W 13 - D 3 - L 1 - F 60 - A 14.
Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry, on Wednesday, 27 October 1948 following the FA XI vs. RAF XI trial match at Highbury.
England Lineup
  Swift, Frank V. 34 26 December 1913 G Manchester City FC 17 14 GA
2 Scott, Lawrence, injured off 25th min. 31 23 April 1917 RB

Arsenal FC

17 0
3 Aston, John 27 3 September 1921 LB Manchester United FC 2 0
4 Ward, V. Timothy 31 16 September 1917 RHB/RB Derby County FC 2 0
5 Franklin, Cornelius 26 24 January 1922 CHB

Stoke City FC

17 0
6 Wright, William A. 24 6 February 1924 LHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

17 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 33 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 28 10
8 Mortensen, Stanley H. 27 26 May 1921 IR & RHB Blackpool FC 9 14
9 Milburn, John E.T. 24 11 May 1924 CF Newcastle United FC 2 1
10 Shackleton, Leonard F. 26 3 May 1922 IL Sunderland AFC 2 0
11 Finney, Thomas 26 5 April 1922 OL

Preston North End FC

14 12

reserves:

Leon Leuty (Derby County FC)

team notes:

"Scott...was not England's only casualty. Swift was barged into and thereafter limped, Mortensen was bruised but played a wholehearted game as inside right-cum-right half, Milburn and Shackleton each took hard knocks which left them shaky." - Thursday, 11 November 1948, Yorkshire Post & Leeds Intelligencer
The England team were based in Droitwich and trained on Worcester City FC's ground.
 
2-3-5 Swift -
Scott (Ward), Aston -
Ward (Mortensen), Franklin, Wright -
Matthews, Mortensen, Milburn, Shackleton, Finney.
notes: Ward went to right-back when Scott left the field, Mortensen then also dropped back

Averages:

Age 28.1 Appearances/Goals 11.5 3.2

 

Wales Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 16th
Colours: Made by Umbro - Red jerseys with white collars, white shorts, red socks with white tops.
Capt: Wally Barnes Manager: Team chosen on Monday, 1 November 1948, by the Selection Committee, headed by the secretary, H. Powell.
Wales Lineup
  Hughes, William     G Blackburn Rovers FC, England   GA
2 Barnes, Wallace     RB Arsenal FC, England    
3 Sherwood, Alfred     LB Cardiff City FC, England    
4 Paul, Roy     RHB Swansea Town FC, England    
5 Jones, Thomas G.     CHB Everton FC, England    
6 Burgess, Ronald     LHB Tottenham Hotspur FC, England    
7 Jones, Ernest     OR Tottenham Hotspur FC, England    
8 Powell, Aubrey     IR Everton FC, England    
9 Ford, Trevor     CF Aston Villa FC, England    
10 Morris, William     IL Burnley FC, England    
11 Clarke, Roy     OL Manchester City FC, England    

reserves:

Ivor Powell (Queen's Park Rangers FC)

team notes:

Original named inside-left Billy Rees (Cardiff City FC) was replaced by Morris on Saturday, 6 November 1948, because of injury.
The Welsh team were based in Leamington Spa and trained on the Lockheed Sports Ground.
 
2-3-5 Hughes -
Barnes, Sherwood -
Paul,
T.Jones, Burgess -
E.Jones, Powell, Ford, Morris, Clarke.

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

     Match Report by Mike Payne

In a disappointing match at Villa Park, neither side reached a particularly high standard of play. True, England were disorganised when they were reduced to ten men after 25 minutes when Laurie Scott suffered a ligament injury in his right knee, but they never really got into their usual rhythm.

After the injury, Stan Mortensen went back to right-half and Tim Ward replaced Scott at full-back. It seemed a wrong decision by England as they badly missed Mortensen's qualities up front. Wales, meanwhile, never really impressed. They showed plenty of typical Welsh fervour but their limitations were there for all to see. The fact that England won with ten men says it all.

The vital goal came after 39 minutes. Jackie Milburn, lively throughout, made a strong run down the middle and, as he was desperarely challenged by the Welsh defenders, the ball ran loose to Tom Finney and the winger did the rest, giving Hughes no chance. Before the goal, Ford missed two excellent chances for Wales; had he taken one of them, it might have been a different story.

In the second half, Wales' attacks usually petered out on the edge of the England penalty area, although they had a good deal of the game. England were relying on Milburn, Matthews and Finney to breakaway and relieve the pressure. Billy Wright and Neil Franklin had storming games in the heart of the England defence and comfortably held a poor Welsh attack.

Near the end, England fans had their hearts in their mouths as Frank Swift missed two crosses in quick succession but the luck went the way of England and they held on to their lead.
 

     Match Report by Norman Giller

A crowd of 68,750 gathered at Villa Park for this mid-week Home International match. Laurie Scott limped off with a damaged knee ligament in the twenty-fifth minute and the ten men of England became disorganised as Tim Ward switched to right-back and Stan Mortensen to right-half. Tom Finney scored the only goal of a drab game on the hour after a typical sprint-speed run from Jackie Milburn had ripped open the Welsh defence. BBC television cameras were at the match and a commentator called Kenneth Wolstenholme made his debut at the microphone. Some people thought it was all beginning. It was now!

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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