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Saturday, 15 April 1950
Home International Championship 1949-50 (55th) Match

&
World Cup 1950 UEFA Group One Qualification Match

Scotland 0 England 1 [0-0]
 

 

Match Summary
Scotland Party
England Party

Hampden Park, Kinghorn Drive, Mount Florida, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Attendance: 133,250;
Kick-off: 3.00pm GMT

England - Roy Bentley (powerful twelve yard shot from a Langton centre 64)
Results 1946-1950

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

 

Match Summary

Officials

Scotland

Type

England

Referee (black blazer) - Reginald James Leafe
x (-), Nottingham.

Linesmen - W.B. Everett, Suffolk, and L.A.M. Mackay, London.


  Goal Attempts  
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  Offside Calls Against  
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Scotland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 9th to 10th
Colours: Dark blue jerseys with white collars, white shorts, blue socks with red tops.
Capt: George Young Manager:
Trainer: A. Dowdells (The Celtic FC)
The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, chose team on Monday, 3 April 1950.
Scotland Lineup
  Cowan, James C. 23 16 June 1926 G Greenock Morton FC 9 10 GA
2 Young, George L. 27 27 October 1922 RB Rangers FC 17 0
3 Cox, Samuel R. 26 13 April 1924 LB Rangers FC 6 0
4 McColl, John Miller 22 7 June 1927 RHB Rangers FC 1 0
5 Woodburn, William A. 30 8 August 1919 CHB Rangers FC 10 0
6 Forbes, Alexander R. 25 21 January 1925 LHB Arsenal FC, England 6 0
7 Waddell, William 29 7 March 1921 OR Rangers FC 8 5
8 Moir, William 27 19 April 1922 IR Bolton Wanderers FC, England 1 0
9 Bauld, William R.L. 23 24 January 1927 CF Hearts of Midlothian FC 1 0
10 Steel, William 26 1 May 1923 IL Derby County FC, England 14 7
11 Liddell, William B. 28 10 January 1922 OL Liverpool FC, England 8 2

reserves:

Travelling reserves are Robert Evans (The Celtic FC) and Lawrie Reilly (Hibernian FC).
Full team of reserves are Brown (Rangers FC); Lapsley (St.Mirren FC) and Jock Shaw (Rangers FC); Robert Evans, Dougan (Hearts of Midlothian FC) and George Aitken (East Fife FC); Billy Liddell (Liverpool FC) and James Mason (Third Lanark FC); Willie Bauld; Brown (East Fife FC) and Lawrie Reilly;

team notes:

Bauld replaced Queen of the South's Billy Houliston as the centre-forward.
Willie Woodburn had a stitch inserted in a deep cut above his left eye immediately after the match. He had a continuous stream of blood down his face throughout the second half.
 
2-3-5 Cowan -
Young, Cox -
McColl, Woodburn, Forbes -
Waddell, Moir, Bauld, Steel, Liddell.

Averages:

Age 26.0 Appearances/Goals 7.4 1.2

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd to 2nd
Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks.
Capt: Billy Wright, twelfth captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 37 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching on 8 July 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
27th match, W 20 - D 3 - L 4 - F 91 - A 27.
Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry on Wednesday, 5 April 1950.
England Lineup
  Williams, Bert F. 30 31 January 1920 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 5 4 GA
2 Ramsey, Alfred E. 30 22 January 1920 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 3 0
3 Aston, John 28 3 September 1921 LB Manchester United FC 12 0
4 Wright, William A. 26 6 February 1924 RHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 27 2
5 Franklin, Cornelius 28 24 January 1922 CHB

Stoke City FC

27 0
6 Dickinson, James W. 24 24 April 1925 LHB Portsmouth FC 5 0
7 Finney, Thomas 28 5 April 1922 OR

Preston North End FC

23 14
8 Mannion, Wilfred J. 31 16 May 1918 IR Middlesbrough FC 17 8
9 Mortensen, Stanley H. 28 26 May 1921 CF Blackpool FC 16 17
10 Bentley, T.F. Roy 25 17 May 1924 IL Chelsea FC 2 1
11 Langton, Robert 31 8 September 1918 OL

Bolton Wanderers FC

10 1

reserves:

Willie Watson (Sunderland AFC) and Jackie Milburn (Newcastle United FC).

team notes:

Billy Wright and Neil Franklin, both playing in their 27th consecutive match, break the record set by Ernie Blenkinsop's 26.
Stan Mortensen suffered from a nasty groin scrape sustained when he landed on the track after a Woodburn tackle.
The England team were set up in the Marine Hotel in Troon, training at Ayr United FC's ground, prior to this match.
 
2-3-5 Williams -
Ramsey, Aston -
Wright, Franklin, Dickinson -
Finney, Mannion, Mortensen, Bentley, Langton.

Averages:

Age 28.1 Appearances/Goals 13.4 3.8

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

England once again clinched the Home International Championship and with it a place in the World Cup finals with this hard-fought win in fron to a massive crowd of 133,250 spectators. It was a very close game with both sides grappling for supremacy.

Scotland began by missing a great chance as early as the second minute. Centre-forward Bauld, who, although missing chances throughout, gave a Neil Franklin a tough time, beat the England defender to a headed pass from Steel and broke clear. He seemed certain to score but shot straight at Bert Williams from 15 yards. If he had been on target, then the outcome would have probably been much different.

That was not the only near-miss of an exciting and eventful first half. Indeed, it might have been 2-2 at the interval.

The England forwards began to move the ball about beautifully along the ground and at times they had Young, Cox and Woodburn at full stretch.

After 27 minutes Scotland had their first escape when Wilf Mannion volleyed Stan Mortensen's headed pass just wide. Shortly afterwards it was Mannion again going close when he took a clever flick from Tom Finney before volleying another shot. This time Young saved his side brilliantly with a spectacular goal-line clearance.

Play then swung straight to the other end, where it was England's turn to escape. Bauld sent Waddell away and, in his effort to scramble the ball away, Williams ended up prostrate as Liddell lobbed over the bar to miss an open goal.

Six minutes into the second half, Mortensen had a goal disallowed for offside after Mannion had set him up. The Scottish crowd began to get behind their favourites and the home pressure increased. Bauld shot wide after a good shot on the turn and Williams saved twice low down from Steel and Liddell.

England stood firm though especially at full-back and centre-half. Midway through the half came what proved to be the decisive goal.

It came out of the blue. Jimmy Dickinson began the move with a pass to the left, Mannion dummied the pass and it ran on to Bobby Langton. The winger ran and held the ball well before releasing the perfect pass to Roy Bentley. Before Woodburn or Forbes could react, the England number-nine shot past Cowan.

The goal gave England much more freedom. Bentley began to roam more happily, Mannion, Billy Wright and Dickinson fed the forwards with a stream of good passes and Finney, Mortensen and Langton responded to them well.

Scotland kept battling though and 15 minutes from the end Liddell, always a danger, took a headed pass from Forbes and hit a magnificent right-foot volley which arrowed its way to the top corner. Nine times out of ten it would have been a goal, but this time Williams leapt across goal to make the save of a lifetime.

Scotland increased the pressure and after 84 minutes Bauld saw an effort strike the crossbar. Then a rare mistake by John Aston let in Waddell who shot wide from a good position. But England held on, having just deserved the result.

Individually, England had the better of the game. Wright and Dickinson were outstanding, Williams faultless. Alf Ramsey cool and calculated, and Mannion and Finney excelled up front. Indeed, Mannion, with his splendid vision was the best forward on view. For Scotland, Forbes was the outstanding player.

  

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Chelsea centre-forward Roy Bentley, playing a twin spearhead role with Stan Mortensen, scored the winning goal midway through the second half of his international debut. The goal confirmed England's entry into the World Cup finals. The 133,250 Hampden Park spectators were left screaming their frustration because the Scottish Football Association had surrendered their chances of a World Cup finals place by electing to go only if they won the Home Championship. How those critics who had been calling for Billy Wright to be axed were forced to eat their words! He was the driving force behind this England victory that sent them flying all the way down to Rio. Magnificent in defence alongside the immaculate Franklin, he also found time to torment the Scots with a procession of passes that kept the top-form Tom Finney supplied. Soon afterwards came the bombshell news that master centre-half Neil Franklin did not want to be considered for the World Cup because he was joining an outlawed club in Bogota. Like Billy Wright, he had played in all twenty-seven England matches since the war and they had a terrific understanding on the pitch. Now England had lost their lynchpin with the World Cup just weeks away. It put the England selectors in a dither as to whom to play in the vital centre-half role, this in an era before the two central backs system. Everything at the back revolved around the pivotal position of the man in the number five shirt, and Neil Franklin was the best by a country mile. England had lost their anchor, and would soon be all at sea.
  

Source Notes

"The Welsh Football Association protested to the FA and SFA over the appointment of an English referee for this match. The protest was based on the ground that the appointment of an English referee violates an agreement made by all associations in 1930 to appoint only neutral referees for international games.
After Scotland declined England's nomination of Mervyn Griffiths, a registered FAW referee, and England had declined Scotland's nomination of an Irishman, Billy Maxwell, the FA agreed to the SFA's suggestion that an English referee be appointed". - The Glasgow Herald, Wenesday, 12 April 1950, p.9.

TheFA.com
LondonHearts.com
Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Clive Leatherdale's England's Quest For The World Cup (Methuen London Ltd, London, 1984)

Norman Giller
, Football Author

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