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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: 3.30pm CET, 3.30pm BST

Belgium - Jef Mermens (eighteen yard placed right-footed drive 43)
England - Jimmy Mullen (six yard shot wide of Meert 46 45:16), Stan Mortensen (six yard powerful header from a Finney freekick 65), Wilf Mannion (twenty yard right-footed shot 66), Roy Bentley (seven yard placed strike 88).
Bentley's goal was the 100th goal in Winterbottom's reign
Results 1946-1950

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

 

Match Summary

Officials

Belgium

Type

England

Referee (black blazer) - Raymond Vicente
x (-), France.

Linesmen - tbc



In non-Home Championship matches, substitutes are permitted for injuries up until half-time. Injured goalkeepers are allowed to be replaced at any time.

  Goal Attempts  
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  Possession  

Belgium Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 30th
Colours: Red jerseys, black shorts, black socks.
Capt: Freddy Chaves Manager: William Joseph Gormlie (b.mid-1911 in Toxteth Park, England)
Belgium Lineup
  Meert, Henri 29 27 August 1920 G RSC Anderlecht 19 36 GA
2 Vaillant, Arsene 27 13 June 1922 RB RSC Anderlecht 5 0
3 Anoul, Leopold 27 19 August 1922 LB Royal Standard de Liege 17 4
4 van der Auwera, Jan 26 9 January 1924 RHB RC Mechelen 9 0
5 Carre, Louis 25 7 January 1925 CHB RFC Liegeois 12 0
6 Mees, Victor 23 26 January 1927 LHB Royal Antwerp FC 10 0
7 van Looy, Jozef 34 2 March 1916 OR KAA Gent 1 0
8 d'Aguilar, Frederic Chaves 31 8 October 1918 IR KAA Gent 16 7
9 Mermans, Joseph 28 16 February 1922 CF RSC Anderlecht 23 13
10 de Hert, Albert L. 28 18 November 1921 IL K Berchem Sport 8 3
11 Mordant, Georges 22 11 September 1927 OL ROC de Charleroi-Marchienne 3 0

unused substitutes:

Francois Daenen, Willy Saren, Jean Valet, Henri Coppens.
 
2-3-5 Meert -
Vaillant, Anoul -
Van der Auwera, Carre, Mees -
Van Looy, Chaves, Mermans, de Hert, Mordant.

Averages:

Age 27.2 Appearances/Goals 11.2 2.4

 

England Team

 

Rank:

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.

Team chosen on Monday, 15 May.
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 Dickinson, James W. 25 24 April 1925 LHB Portsmouth FC 7 0
7 Milburn, John E.T., injured off 10th min. 26 11 May 1924 OR Newcastle United FC 7 6
8 Mortensen, Stanley H. 28 26 May 1921 IR Blackpool FC 18 19
9 Bentley, T.F. Roy 26 17 May 1924 CF Chelsea FC 4 2
10 Mannion, Wilfred J. 32 16 May 1918 IL Middlesbrough FC 19 9
11 Finney, Thomas 28 5 April 1922 OL/R

Preston North End FC

25 18
England Substitutes
? Mullen, James, on 10th min. for Milburn 27 6 January 1923 OL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4 2

unused substitues:

-

team notes:

Jimmy Mullen is not only England's first ever substitute, but also the first substitute to score. He replaced MIlburn in the tenth minute, as the outside-right had suffered a tendon injury.
This is Billy Wright's record 29th consecutive appearance.
 
2-3-5 Williams -
Ramsey, Aston -
Wright, Jones, Dickinson -
Milburn
(Mullen), Mortensen, Bentley, Mannion, Finney.
notes: Mullen went to the left as Finney went to the right.

Averages:

Age 28.0 Appearances/Goals 12.5 4.8

 

    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

TheFA.com
Belgianfootball.be
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

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CG