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Friday, 13 May 1949
End-of-Season Continental Tour Match

Sweden 3 England 1 [3-0]


Match Summary
Sweden Party
England Party

Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län
Kick-off (CEST & BST):
Attendance: 37,500.

Sweden kicked-off England won the toss
[1-0] Henry Carlsson 2
 carefully lobbed the ball over Ditchburn following Gren's long thro'-pass
[2-0] Hasse Jeppson 36
 smashed the ball in from a Carlsson pass
[3-0] Egon Jónsson 42
 right-foot shot from an acute angle from a Gren left-sided cross.

[3-1] Tom Finney 67
right-foot shot after Mortensen's effort was saved

Match Summary





Referee (black blazer) - Giovanni Galeati
x (-), Italy.

Linesmen - Oskar BjÖrn� and Finn Br�then, both Norway

Teams presented to the Swedish Crown Prince

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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Sweden Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th to 4th
Colours: Yellow jerseys with blue collars/cuffs, blue shorts, blue socks with two yellow thin hoops.
Capt: Henry Carlsson Manager:
George Sidney Raynor, 42 (13 January 1907)
Selection committee, headed by J. Rudolf E. Kock, 47 (29 June 1901)
Sweden Lineup
  Svensson, Karl-Oskar 23 11 November 1925 G Helsingborgs IF 1 1 GA
2 Nordahl, Knut E.A. 29 13 January 1920 RB IFK Norrköping 17 1
3 Nilsson, Erik 32 6 August 1916 LB Malmö FF 24 0
4 Rosén, Kjell 28 24 April 1921 RHB Malmö FF 18 6
5 Leander, O. Börje 31 7 March 1918 CHB AIK Stockholm 20 3
6 Andersson, Sune I. 28 22 February 1921 LHB AIK Stockholm 16 1
7 Jónsson, Egon 22 25 October 1926 OR GAIS Göteborg 1 1
8 Gren, J. Gunnar 28 31 October 1920 IR IFK Göteborg 38 24
9 Jepsson, Hans 24 10 May 1925 CF Djurgårdens IF 1 1
10 Carlsson, N.G. Henry 31 29 October 1917 IL AIK Stockholm 25 17
11 Bäckvall, Bertil K. 26 22 February 1923 OL AIK Stockholm 2 0

unused substitutes:

G.Sjöberg (AIK), C.E.Andersson (Djurgårdens), B.Rosengren (Norrköping), K.Franck (Helsingborgs), A.Hjalmarsson (Elfsborg), according to the matchday programme.

team notes:

Committee Chairman Pette Kock played against England in 1923.
Börje Leander was the brother-in-law of Lennart Johansson, UEFA President 1990-2007.
For the first time, two players have scored on their debuts against England. The first opposition debut goal since Scotland did so in April 1947.
2-3-5 Svensson -
Nordahl, Nilson -
Ros�n, Leander, Andersson -
Jónsson, Gren, Jepsson, Carlsson, Bäckvall.


Age 27.5 Appearances/Goals 14.8 4.6


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th to 5th
Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, fifth captaincy Manager:
Trainer: Jimmy Trotter (Charlton Athletic FC)
Walter Winterbottom, 36 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
20th match, W 14 - D 3 - L 3 - F 68 - A 20.
Party chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry, on Monday, 2 May 1949, team chosen on Wednesday, 11 May.
England Lineup
  Ditchburn, Edwin G. 27 24 October 1921 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 2 3ᵍᵃ
2 Shimwell, Edmund 29 27 February 1920 RB Blackpool FC 1 0
3 Aston, John 27 3 September 1921 LB Manchester United FC 5 0
4 Wright, William A. 25 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

20 0
5 Franklin, Cornelius 27 24 January 1922 CHB

Stoke City FC

20 0
6 Cockburn, Henry 27 14 September 1921 LHB

Manchester United FC

10 0
7 Finney, Thomas 27 5 April 1922 OR

Preston North End FC

16 13
8 Mortensen, Stanley H. 27 26 May 1921 IR Blackpool FC 11 14
9 Bentley, T.F. Roy 24 17 May 1924 CF Chelsea FC 1 0
10 Rowley, John F. 30 7 October 1918 IL Manchester United FC 2 1
11 Langton, Robert 30 8 September 1918 OL

Preston North End FC

9 1

unused substitutes:

no reserves were named.

team notes:

Billy Wright, at 25 years and 96 days, becomes the youngest player to reach twenty appearances, beating Cliff Bastin's ten year-old record.
This defeat marks England's first post-war back-to-back defeats.
2-3-5 Ditchburn -
Shimwell, Aston -
Wright, Franklin, Cockburn -
Finney, Mortensen, Bentley, Rowley, Langton.


Age 27.3 Appearances/Goals 8.8 2.5


     Match Report by Mike Payne

It really was a case of unlucky 'Friday the thirteenth' when England met Sweden in Stockholm in the first game of their summer tour of Scandinavia. The Swedes dished out quite a football lesson to their illustrious visitors and fully realised the potential they had shown at Highbury two years ago.

The first two minutes contained two of the games important moments. After 90 seconds, Roy Bentley all but scored when he followed on to a bad back-pass by Leander and lobbed the ball over Svensson. The goalkeeper, though, somewhat luckily managed to keep it out of his net.

It was a crucial miss as Sweden then went straight up the other end and opened their scoring. Gren, lively throughout, caught England out with a fine pass for Carlsson to run on to and score a good goal.

England were stunned and it showed again in their play. On 35 minutes Gren was again the playmaker as a brillinat four-man move ended with Jepsson crashing home a shot on the run. The, three minutes from half-time, Johnsson volleyed home spectacularly after receiving yet another cross from Gren. That goal brought the near 40,000 crowd to their feet and they gave their players a standing ovation at the break. Mortensen had hit a post just before then end of the half, but England trooped off bemused and bewildered.

To their eternal credit, England rallied after the restart and in the last 25 minutescontrolled the play. When after 67 minutes, Tom Finney scored to round off a fine dribble and pass by Bentley it seemed that a miracle may be possible.

However, it was at this stage of the game that the ball began to run very unkindly for England. Bentley saw a shot cannon off a post and Finney was twice dispossessed when seemingly about to score. Then, in the last minute, Svensson saved bravely at Mortensen's feet when a goal seemed certain as the inside-right strode clear.

     Match Report by Norman Giller

Even without the great Italian-based Gunnar Nordhal, Sweden were able to produce the power and precision that had brought them the 1948 Olympic gold medal. They scored their three goals  in the first half, with Eddie Shimwell being given a torrid time in his only international appearance at right-back. Chelsea centre-forward Roy Bentley was unlucky not to mark his debut with a goal in the opening minutes, and both he and Tom Finney hit the woodwork in the second half as Sweden battled to hang on to their three-goal lead. It was a Bentley dribble that set up Finney for England's only goal in the sixty-seventh minute. Skipper Billy Wright lost the toss and ir proved crucial. The Swedes chose to play with a setting sun behind them and goalkeeper Ted Ditchburn complained of being blinded for two of the three Swedish goals.  But overall England could not complain about the result. The football Sweden played was a credit to English coach George Raynor.

Source Notes

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