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Thursday, 2 December 1948
postponed for 24 hours because of fog
International Friendly Match

England 6 Switzerland 0 [3-0]


Match Summary
England Party
Switzerland Party

Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, Islington, County of London
Kick-off (GMT): 2.15pm.
Attendance: 48,000.

unknown kicked-off  
[1-0] Jack Haines 5
 headed in a Milburn centre

[2-0] Johnny Hancocks 25
 a low drive from a Matthews pass

[3-0] Jack Haines 36
headed in a Hancocks corner

[4-0] Jack Rowley 55
 30-yard left-footed shot

Johnny Hancocks 65
shot after Matthews 'nutmegged' Lanz

[6-0] Jackie Milburn 66
 from the edge of the penalty area
second half live - Commentator: Jimmy Jewell with Pat Landsberg

Match Summary





Referee (-) - Karel Louis van der Meer
43 (29 July 1905), Den Haag, Netherlands.

Linesmen -
N.W. Hillier, Northampton, Engand (flame flag) and L.A.M. Mackay, Fulham, England (yellow flag).
Teams presented to the Guest of Honour, the Swiss Prime Minister, Eduard von Steiger.
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 2nd
Colours: The 1946 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, third captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 35 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
18th match, W 14 - D 3 - L 1 - F 66 - A 14.
Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry on Friday, 19 November 1948 in Sheffield.
England Lineup
  Ditchburn, Edwin G. 27 24 October 1921 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0 GA
2 Ramsey, Alfred E. 28 22 January 1920 RB Southampton FC 1 0
3 Aston, John 27 3 September 1921 LB Manchester United FC 3 0
4 Wright, William A. 24 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

18 0
5 Franklin, Cornelius 26 24 January 1922 CHB

Stoke City FC

18 0
6 Cockburn, Henry 27 14 September 1921 LHB

Manchester United FC

8 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 33 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 29 10
8 Rowley, John F. 30 7 October 1918 IR Manchester United FC 1 1
9 Milburn, John E.T., injured his ankle, 85th min. 24 11 May 1924 CF Newcastle United FC 3 2
10 Haines, John T.W. 28 24 April 1920 IL West Bromwich Albion FC 1 2
11 Hancocks, John 29 30 April 1919 OL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1 2

unused substitutes:

George Swindin and Don Roper (both Arsenal FC), who had replaced Rowley;

team notes:

Tom Finney (Blackpool FC) withdrew from the team on Tuesday, 23 November, after failing to recover from a pulled thigh muscle. Hancocks, an outside-right, was drafted in as his surprise replacement a day later. Then original reserve Rowley then replaced the injured Stan Mortensen at inside-right on Tuesday, 30 November, Mortensen was suffering with an ankle injury.
The England team were set-up in Brighton prior to this match, training at the Goldstone Ground in Hove.
There was still a doubt this match would still take place because of the persistant fog. A third date of Wednesday, 8 December was prepared, in case this match did not take place.
In opening the scoring, Jack Haines becomes the 125th player to score on his debut.
2-3-5 Ditchburn -
Ramsey, Aston -
Wright, Franklin, Cockburn -
Matthews, Rowley, Milburn, Haines, Hancocks.


Age 27.5 Appearances/Goals 7.6 1.0


Switzerland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 23rd
Colours: Red jerseys with lace-up collars, white shorts, black socks with red/white horizontal striped tops.
Capt: Lauro Amad˛ Manager: Team chosen by Technical Commission, led by Karl Rappan, 43 (26 September 1905 in Austria), on Thursday, 25 November 1948.
26th match, W 6 - D 7 - L 13 - F 48 - A - 69.
Switzerland Lineup
  Corrodi, Eugenio 26 2 July 1922 G FC Lugano 7 27 GA
2 Gyger, Rudolf 28 16 April 1920 RB FC Cantonal 16 0
3 Bocquet, Roger 27 19 April 1921 LB Lausanne-Sports 15 1
4 Lanz, Bernard nk not known RHB Lausanne-Sports 2 1
5 Eggimann, Olivier 29 28 January 1919 CHB Lausanne-Sports 14 0
6 Lusenti, Gerhard 27 24 April 1921 LHB AC Bellinzona 7 2
7 Bickel, Alfred 30 12 May 1918 OR Grasshopper Club 56 10
8 Amad˛, Lauro 36 3 March 1912 IR Grasshopper Club 53 21
9 Tamini, Jean 28 9 December 1919 CF Servette FC 10 2
10 Bader, RenÚ 26 7 August 1922 IL FC Basel 2 0
11 Fatton, Jacques 22 19 December 1925 OL Servette FC 15 8

unused substitutes:

Jucker Fritz, Willy Steffen, Andre Neury, Rene Maillard, August Ibach.

team notes:

Steffen was the orginal-named left-back. Whether is was down to the 24-hour delay, the original Swiss line-up was shuffled about and replacements brought in. Bocquet, the original left-half, became the left-back, Lusenti, the right-half, went to the left, with Lanz coming in to take up the right-half position. Bader was a straight-forward replacement for Friedlaender at inside-left, who was injured the previous weekend.
This is the most experienced opposition England have faced post-war, so far, in what appears to be the youngest post-war side faced (based on the ten known players).
2-3-5 Corrodi -
Gyger, Bocquet -
Lanz, Eggimann, Lusenti -
Bickel, Amad˛, Tamini, Bader, Fatton


Age 25.4 Appearances/Goals 17.9 4.1


     Match Report by Mike Payne

This match, postponed from the previous day because of dense fog, saw the defeat of yet another European challenge to England's unbeaten home record against Continental sides. In fact, Switzerland were annihilated!

Before the kick-off, several question marks had been put against an unfamiliar England line-up. Six changes had been made from the previous match but all of the newcomers came out of the game well. Ted Ditchburn had little to do, but Alf Ramsey looked perfectly at home in his first appearance. Johnny Hancocks was a success and Jack Rowley moved smoothly and dangerous.

The biggest success of the new boys, though, was John Haines. England still searching for a replacement for Wilf Mannion, seemed to have found an answer at inside-left made a very impressive debut, showing plenty of imagination and flair.

Despite the fact that all these new players did well, it was the magic of the irrepressible Stanley Matthews that once again stood out. The mercurial winger enjoyed the freedom of Highbury as he ran the poor Swiss defenders ragged. Everytime he received the ball he left a trail of wreckage behind him with his superb artistry.

Ramsey cleared early on from his goal-line, but after that it was virtual one-way traffic. After five minutes, England opened the scoring when Jackie Milburn robbed Bader in the area and crossed for Haines to head home.

After 25 minutes of continuous pressure, Matthews waltzed towards the middle and sent in a low cross from which Hancocks scored with a good shot. A minute later, Haines headed in a Hancocks corner as the whole Swiss defence stood and watched.

The second half opened with Switzerland traying vainly to fight back. Tamini, Bickel and Fatton all made gallant efforts but England soon regained control and scored further goals to increase their lead. Rowley produced a thunderbolt from outside the box before Hancocks, from a cross by Matthews, and finally Milburn ended the contest in style. Switzerland had no answer to England's power and especially could do nothing to stop Matthews and Hancocks.

     Match Report by Norman Giller

Jack Haines and Johnny Hancocks both scored two goals in their international debuts, but the goal that had the Highbury crowd roaring came from  another debutant, Manchester United's Jack Rowley. He showed why he was rated to have one of the hardest shots in the game with a left foot drive that bulleted into the net from thirty-five yards. Haines, who scored both his goals in the first half, never got another chance of a  after collecting an injury with West Bromwich Albion. There were also debuts for Tottenham team-mates Ted Ditchburn and Alf Ramsey. Both gave sound performances in an England defence that was rarely troubled by a Swiss team that lacked its usual clockwork precision and never looked like repeating their victory of 1947. The game was postponed twenty-four hours because of persistent fog, and this explains why there were only 35,000 at Highbury to watch a confident performance by England. Jack Rowley's goal was hailed as a masterpiece. Billy Wright played the ball through to him and everybody thought he had lost control when he slipped over. But while down on one knee he took his measure and as he got up crashed in a shot from thirty-five yards that had 'goal' written all over it from the moment it left his boot.

Source Notes

"In the Highbury area this morning the fog was the worst of the week. At 10.45 a.m. Mr. Tom Whittaker, Arsenal manager, reported visibility on ground as nil. The F.A. and Swiss officials were then conferring at F.A. offices. Just before 11 o'clock, the Football Association announced that the match would be postponed until to-morrow, provided the weather conditions are suitable. Tickets for the match, already issued, will be available for tomorrow."
- Wednesday, 1 December 1948, Gloucestershire Echo.

"Persisting thick fog at Highbury caused the England v Switzerland soccer international to be postponed until tomorrow. The fogbound area was now stated to spread in a great semi-circle over Eastern England bounded by a line running from Lem (Yorks), southwards through Nottingham, Birmingham, Abingdon (Berks), Farnborough (Hants), Croydon, and up to Felixstowe." - Wednesday, 1 December 1948, The Citizen

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