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Wednesday, 18 May 1949
End-of-Season Continental Tour Match

Norway 1 England 4 [0-2]


Match Summary
Norway Party
England Party

Ullevål Stadion, Ullevål, Oslo
Kick-off (CET): 7.00pm 7.00pm BST

Attendance: 36,000.

unknown kicked-off  

[1-2] W
illy Andresen 50
 rebounded shot after Thorsen's shot hit the crossbar
[0-1] Jimmy Mullen 5
left footed shot from a Mannion pass
[0-2] Tom Finney 38
a stinging drive

[1-3] Bjorn Spydevold 60
into his
own goal as he passed back to his goalkeeper, who had slipped
[1-4] Johnny Morris 70
shot wide of the goalkeeper's reach

Match Summary





Referee (-) - J.E. Andersson
x (-), Sweden.

Linesmen - tbc

Teams presented to King Haakon and Crown Prince Olaf

The Continental 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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Norway Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 31st to 34th
Capt:   Manager:  
Norway Lineup
  Torgensen, Torgeir     G IL Viking   GA
2 Spydevold, Bjorn     RB Fredrikstad FK    
3 Karlsen, Harry Boye A.     LB Ørn Horten    
4 Svenssen, Ole Thorbjorn     RHB Sandefjord BK    
5 Andersen, Knut     CHB Skeid    
6 Andersen, Odd     LHB Fredrikstad FK    
7 Arnesen, Trygve     OR Vålerengens IF    
8 Thoresen, Gunnar     IR Larvik T    
9 Andresen, Willy     CF Sarpsborg FK    
10 Nordahl, Hans     IL Skeid    
11 Dahlen, Gunnar     OL Freidig    


2-3-5 Torgensen -
Spydevold, Karlsen -

K.Andersen, Svenssen, O.Anderssen -
Arnesen, Thorsen, Andersen, Nordahl, Dahlen.


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours: Probably the 1949 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, sixth captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 36 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching on 8 July 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
21st match, W 15 - D 3 - L 3 - F 72 - A 21.
Party chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry, on Monday, 2 May 1949, team chosen on Monday, 16 May.
England Lineup
  Swift, Frank V. 35 26 December 1913 G Manchester City FC 19 18 GA
2 Ellerington, William 25 30 June 1923 RB Southampton FC 1 0
3 Aston, John 27 3 September 1921 LB Manchester United FC 6 0
4 Wright, William A. 25 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

21 0
5 Franklin, Cornelius 27 24 January 1922 CHB

Stoke City FC

21 0
6 Dickinson, James W. 24 24 April 1925 LHB Portsmouth FC 1 0
7 Finney, Thomas 27 5 April 1922 OR

Preston North End FC

17 14
8 Morris, John 25 27 September 1923 IR Derby County FC 1 1
9 Mortensen, Stanley H. 27 26 May 1921 CF Blackpool FC 12 14
10 Mannion, Wilfred J. 31 16 May 1918 IL Middlesbrough FC 14 8
11 Mullen, James 26 6 January 1923 OL

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

2 1


Dennis Wilshaw (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC)
2-3-5 Swift -
Ellerington, Aston -
Wright, Franklin, Dickinson -
Finney, Morris, Mortensen, Mannion, Mullen.


Age 27.2 Appearances/Goals 10.5 3.2


     Match Report by Mike Payne

Under overcast skies and with one or two sharp downpours of rain, England continued their tour by beating Norway easily. However, although it was a clear win, it was far from convincing.

It only took six minutes for England to take the lead. Billy Wright sent a crossfield pass towards Johnny Morris, who guided it on to Jimmy Mullen for the winger to score with a crisp left-foot shot.

After taking command so early it seemed only a question of how many goals England would score. Unfortunately, for most of the rest of the first half all the visiting players tended to overdo the ball skills and as a result showed little finishing power. Morris was making an enterprising debut, though, and quickly struck up a good partnership with Wilf Mannion. Tom Finney and Mullen however were not at their best and they were both guilty of dallying too long before shooting.

Norway worked hard and after 30 minutes produced their best move of the match. It gave the England defence a few awkward moments before they eventually cleared the danger. With seven minutes of the half remaining. England produced a thrilling goal.

A superb move involving Wright, Morris, Mannion, Stan Mortensen and Finney ended with the latter shooting home to score a beauty. From then on it was largely an exhibition game for England, although there were still a few question-marks over certain positions. Both Frank Swift and Bill Ellerington looked uncomfortable and some felt that they had seen the last of 'Big Swifty', who had graced the goalkeeping position for so long.

Wright, Neil Franklin and Jimmy Dickinson looked powerful enough, though, and Dickinson certainly seemed the perfect foil for Wright in the midfield.

With eight minutes of the second half gone, W.Andresen headed a centre from Arnesen on to the bar but quickly latched on to the rebound to shoot past Swift. This opened the game up considerably for a few minutes and England were forced back as Norway pressed for an equalizer.Twice Thorsen caused Swift to fumble the ball but England escaped and the fight-back was short-lived. In fact the visitors soon increased their lead when Spydevold had the misfortune to divert a long job by Mannion wide of his own goalkeeper.

With 20 minutes of the game remaining, man of the match Morris gained his reward for a fine display with a piece of high speed thinking as he shot home over a crowd of players into the unguarded net.

     Match Report by Norman Giller

Frank Swift, one of the all-time great goalkeepers, made his farewell appearance in a comfortable canter against the amateurs of Norway. Derby inside-right Johnny Morris scored on his England debut. Much of England's play was of the exhibition variety, with Finney and Mannion parading their skill. Southampton right-back Billy Ellerington won the first of his two caps, and Jimmy Dickinson, Pompey's Mr. Consistent, started his run of 48 England appearances. Wright, Franklin and Dickinson constituted as solid a looking half-back line as has appeared in England jerseys since the days of Britton, Cullis and Mercer. They had an iron grip on the Norwegian forwards, and Wright found time to prompt the attack with penetrating passes.

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