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265 vs. France

Sunday, 22 May 1949
End-of-Season Continental Tour Match

France 1 England 3 [1-2]


Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris, Île-de-France
Kick-off (CET): 3.00pm 3.00pm BST.

Attendance: 61,308.

unknown kicked-off   Match Summary
France Party
England Party
[1-0] Georges Moreel 1 0:33
 Williams misjudged the bouncing ball that Moreel pounced upon

[1-1] Johnny Morris 8
from a Rowley pass
[1-2] Billy Wright 24
from a Rowley through-ball
[1-3] Johnny Morris 86
from a useful Rowley pass

Match Summary





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

Linesmen -
Attended by the British Foreign Minister, Ernest Bevin.
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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France Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 22nd
Colours: Blue jerseys with buttoned-up collars, white shorts, red socks.
Capt: Albert Batteux Manager:
Trainer: Paul Baron
Team chosen by the Selection Committee.
France Lineup
  Vignal, Ren� 22 12 August 1926 G RC de Paris 3 9 ᵍᵃ
2 Grillon, Andr� 27 1 November 1921 RB Stade fran�ais-Red Star 10 0
3 Salva, Marcel 26 1 October 1922
in Algeria
LB RC de Paris 9 0
4 Jonquet, Robert 24 3 May 1925 RHB Stade de Reims 4 0
5 Hon, Louis 24 11 September 1924 CHB Stade fran�ais-Red Star 6 0
6 Mindonnet, Roger 24 24 December 1924 LHB OGC Nice Côte d'Azur 2 0
7 Gabet, Roger 25 12 December 1923 OR RC de Paris 3 0
8 Cuissard, Antoine 24 19 July 1924 IR AS de Saint-Étienne Loire 17 1
9 Quenolle, Roger 23 19 July 1925 CF RC de Paris 1 0
10 Batteux, Albert 29 2 July 1919 IL Stade de Reims 6 1
11 Moreel, Georges 24 22 July 1924 OL RC de Paris 1 1

unused substitutes:

Paul Sinibaldi (Stade de Reims), Pierre Sinibaldi (Stade de Reims) and Jean Lechantre (Lille OSC)
2-3-5 Vignal -
Grillom, Salva -
Jouquet, Hon, Mindonnet -
Gabet, Guissard, Quenelle, Batteux, Moreel.


Age 24.7 Appearances/Goals 5.6 0.1


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th to 3rd
Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, seventh captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 36 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
22nd match, W 16 - D 3 - L 3 - F 75 - A 22.
Party chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry, team chosen on Friday, 20 May.
England Lineup
  Williams, Bert F. 29 31 January 1920 G

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

1 1ᵍᵃ
2 Ellerington, William 25 30 June 1923 RB Southampton FC 2 0
3 Aston, John 27 3 September 1921 LB Manchester United FC 7 0
4 Wright, William A. 25 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

22 1
5 Franklin, Cornelius 27 24 January 1922 CHB

Stoke City FC

22 0
6 Dickinson, James W. 24 24 April 1925 LHB Portsmouth FC 2 0
7 Finney, Thomas 27 5 April 1922 OR

Preston North End FC

18 14
8 Morris, John 25 27 September 1923 IR Derby County FC 2 3
9 Rowley, John F. 30 7 October 1918 CF Manchester United FC 3 1
10 Mannion, Wilfred J. 31 16 May 1918 IL Middlesbrough FC 15 8
11 Mullen, James 26 6 January 1923 OL

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

3 1

unused substitutes:

Bill Jones (Liverpool FC), Stan Mortensen (Blackpool FC), Dennis Wilshaw (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC)

team notes:

Billy Wright is the first captain to score since David Jack did so on 10 May 1930 against Germany. He also becomes the first non-forward to score post-war.
2-3-5 Williams -
Ellerington, Aston -
Wright, Franklin, Dickinson -
Finney, Morris, Rowley, Mannion, Mullen.


Age 26.9 Appearances/Goals 8.8 2.3


     Match Report by Mike Payne

England completed their summer tour with a spendid win in Paris, recovering from a disastrous start. On a very hot, sunnay afternoon and on a pitch like concrete, the visitors made a terrible start. Within 30 seconds France were ahead. A couple of mistakes by Bert Williams and Neil Franklin let moreel in to score. It was a real danger-thrust to the heart for England and it inspired the passionate crowd of over 61,000 people.

A lesser team would have crumbled under such pressure but as it was the England players knuckled down and fought back magnificently. Overcoming some fierce 'continental tackling' they gradually got to grips with the midfield battle.

It took only eight minutes for them to find an equalizer. Johnny Morris found Jimmy Dickinson with a neat flick. Dickinson then sent Jack Rowley clear down the left with a lovely through-ball. When the cross came over fast and low into the box, there was Morris, up with the attack, to finish off the move he had started back in his own half.

It was a memorable goal and for the next 15 minutes fast counter-attacking by both sides, a feature of the match, tested the defences as each team strove for the upper hand. Dickinson was an inspiration with a powerful display and Williams also did well, especially considering his shaky start. After 26 minutes England snatched the lead.

Morris, Jimmy Mullen, Wilf Mannion and Rowley all took part in a fine move down the left flank. At the end of it, Rowley placed a pass diagonally into space some 12 yards from goal. Suddenly, from nowhere, came Billy Wright speeding in to shoot past Vignal. Shortly afterwards the goalkeeper made a superb save from Morris as England ended the half in a much better frame of mind than they had started it.

France fought hard for a 20-minute spell at the start of the second half. They strung together some excellent moves and Moreel missed one particular good chance. But by now England were looking much more solid with Franklin in complete command. With Morris and, especially, Mannion dominating the midfield England always looked capable of scoring again and this they did with four minutes to go, when Morris put the result beyond doubt.

Tom Finney, who had been the best forward on view with his play doing as much as anyone to open up the French defence, was in great form and Rowley, too was impressive and he added life to the centre of the attack. Altogether it was a very satisfying result for England.

     Match Report by Norman Giller

Making his debut in the England goal, Wolves custodian Bert 'The Cat' Williams was beaten after just 28 seconds by an instant goal from French debutant Georges Moreel. The match was played under a boiling sun and on a Colombes Stadium pitch as hard as concrete. Billy Wright made it a match to remember in the twenty-sixth minute by scoring his first international goal. It was the first goal scored for England by a non-forward since the war. Johnny Morris netted twice, including a late victory-clinching goal in the eighty-sixth minute that silenced the 61,500 shirt-sleeved Parisian spectators.

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