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Thursday, 18 May 1950
End-of-Season European Tour Match

Belgium 1 England 4 [1-0]


Match Summary
Belgium Squad
England Squad

Stade du Heysel, Plateau du Heysel, Bruxelles
Attendance: 55,750;
Kick-off: tbc BST

Belgium - Joseph Mermens (43)
England - Jimmy Mullen (46), Stan Mortensen (65), Wilf Mannion (68), Roy Bentley (86).
Bentley's goal was the 100th goal in Winterbottom's reign
Results 1946-1950

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


Match Summary





Referee (-) - tbc
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc

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Belgium Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 30th
Colours: Red jerseys, black shorts, black socks.
Capt:   Manager:  
Belgium Lineup
        G     GA
2       RB      
3       LB      
4       RHB      
5       CHB      
6       LHB      
7       OR      
8       IR      
9       CF      
10       IL      
11       OL      


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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, fourteenth captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 37 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
29th match, W 22 - D 3 - L 4 - F 100 - A 31.
England Lineup
  Williams, Bert F. 30 31 January 1920 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 7 8 GA
2 Ramsey, Alfred E. 30 22 January 1920 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 5 0
3 Aston, John 28 3 September 1921 LB Manchester United FC 14 0
4 Wright, William A. 26 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

29 2
5 Jones, William H. 29 13 May 1921 CHB Liverpool FC 2 0
6       LHB      
7       OR      
8 Mortensen, Stanley H. 28 26 May 1921 IR Blackpool FC 18 19
9 Milburn, John E.T., injured off 10th min. 26 11 May 1924 CF Newcastle United FC 7 6
10 Mannion, Wilfred J. 32 16 May 1918 IL Middlesbrough FC 19 9
11       OL      
England Substitutes
? Mullen, James, on 10th min. for Milburn 27 6 January 1923 OL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4 2



team notes:

Jimmy Mullen is not only England's first ever substitute, but also the first substitute to score.
This is Billy Wright's record 29th consecutive appearance.
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    Match Report by Mike Payne
     Match Report by Norman Giller

Wolves winger Jimmy Mullen became England's first ever substitute when he replaced injured Jackie Milburn, and he scored one of the goals as England staged a second-half recovery after trailing 1-0 at half-time. Roy Bentley had a foot in three of the goals and scored the last one himself in this final warm-up before the World Cup.  The Belgians, trained by former Blackburn and Northampton goalkeeper Bill Gormlie, scored  their goal through centre-forward Joe Mermans. It exposed the fact that England were still struggling at the heart of their defence. The match was virtually won for England by a half-time tactical talk from Walter Winterbottom. He was often accused of being too long winded and technical with his instructions, but he got straight to the point and made it clear how England should tighten at the back and push forward in midfield. England followed his orders and comfortably outplayed the Belgians in the second half. Poor Bill Jones had failed to impress the selectors, and was not even in the squad named the following week for the trip to Brazil. He had been thrown into the team at the last minute, which was hardly the proper preparation for his debut in international football.

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