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At the time of this England World Cup Finals match, the BBC were showing "A Passer-by", followed by "The Faithful Heart"
Sunday, 2 July 1950
IV Campeonato Mundial de Futebol Taça Jules Rimet First Phase Pool Two match five
Spain 1 England 0

Estádio Municipal, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Kick-off (BRT): 3.00pm, 7.00pm BST.

Attendance: 74,462;
Receipts: £50,000.
Spain kicked off Billy Wright won the toss
  [0-0] Jackie Milburn scores header: ruled offside 13 
[1-0] Telmo Zarra
'Agustín Gaínza got away on the left and put across a dropping shot. Williams ran out but Zarra managed to get to the ball first and flashed it in from close range.'
[1-0] Paniza shot strikes the crossbar
[0-0] Tom Finney drive hits crossbar 46 
no TV or Radio coverage
Officials Spain FIFA ruling on substitutes England Party
Referee (black)
Giovanni Luigi Elio Galeati
49 (
18 February 1901), Castel Bolognese, Italy
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.
Mario Gardelli
(1908) Brazil
Gunnar Johannes Dahlner
47 (15 March 1903), Munka-Ljungby, Sweden
Spain Team
Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th to 5th
Colours Red collared jerseys, blue shorts, black socks.
Captain Agustín Gaínza Manager Guillermo Eizaguirre Olmos, 41 (27 May 1909)
Spain Lineup
  Ramallets Simón, Antonio 26
1 day
1 July 1924 G FC Barcelona 2 0ᵍᵃ
2 Parra Martínez, José 24
316 days
20 August 1925 RB RCD Espanyol de Barcelona 3 0
3 Falcón Gonzalvo, José 30
167 days
16 January 1920 LB FC Barcelona 6 0
oldest opposition WCF player so far
4 Alonso Aristiaguirre, Gabriel 26
235 days
9 November 1923 RHB RC Celta de Vigo 7 0
5 Gonzalvo Falcón, Mariano 28
10 days
22 June 1922 CHB FC Barcelona 11 0
6 Puchades Casanova, Antonio 25
28 days
4 June 1925 LHB Valencia CF 9 0
7 Basora Brunet, Estanislao 23
226 days
18 November 1926 OR FC Barcelona 7 7
8 Igoa Garciandía, Silvestre 29
300 days
5 September 1920 IR Valencia CF 8 6
Zarraonandía Montoya, Pedro Telmo 29
163 days
20 January 1921 CF Athletic Club 14 13
oldest opposing WCF scorer so far
10 López Panizo, José Luis 28
171 days
12 January 1922 IL Athletic Club 8 1
Gaínza Vicandi, Agustín 28
35 days
28 May 1922 OL Athletic Club 17 5
reserves: not permitted 
World Cup Finals records: Telmo Zarra is only the second player to score a World Cup/major tournament finals goal against England.
2-3-5 Ramallets -
Parra, Falcón -
Alonso, Gonzalvo, Puchades -
Basore, Igoa, Zarra, Panizo, Gaínza.
Averages: Age 27 years 118 days Appearances/Goals 8.4 2.8
oldest opp. WCF team so far
England Team
Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd to 6th
Colours The 1949 home uniform - White collared short-sleeved jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
P 13th of 43, W 9 - D 0 - L 4 - F 36 - A 18.

Billy Wright
Manager Walter Winterbottom, 37 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
  17th of 90, W 12 - D 0 - L 5 - F 44 - A 20. Trainers: Jimmy Trotter (Charlton Athletic FC) and Bill Riddings (Bolton Wanderers FC) P 32nd of 139, W 23 - D 3 - L 6 - F 102 - A 33.
² Team announced by Arthur Drewry on Saturday, 1 July 1950.
England Lineup
  four changes to the previous match (Aston, Mullen, Bentley & Mullen out) FINAL league positions (6 May)  
  Williams, Bert F. 30
152 days
31 January 1920 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL RU) 10 10ᵍᵃ
oldest WCF goalkeeper so far
2 Ramsey, Alfred E. 30
161 days
22 January 1920 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC (FL2 Winners) 8 0
695 3 Eckersley, William 24
351 days
16 July 1925 LB Blackburn Rovers FC (FL2 16th) 1 0
the 35th Rover to represent England
4 Wright, William A. 26
146 days
6 February 1924 RHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL RU) 32 2
5 Hughes, Lawrence 26
122 days

2 March 1924

CHB Liverpool FC (FL 8th) 3 0
final app 1950
6 Dickinson, James W. 25
69 days
24 April 1925 LHB Portsmouth FC (FL CHAMPIONS) 10 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 35
151 days
1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC (FL 7th) 31 9
oldest WCF player so far
8 Mortensen, Stanley H. 29
37 days
26 May 1921 IR Blackpool FC (FL 7th) 21 20
9 Milburn, John E.T. 26
52 days
11 May 1924 CF Newcastle United FC (FL 5th) 8 6
696 10 Baily, Edward F. 24
330 days
6 August 1925 IL Tottenham Hotspur FC (FL2 Winners) 1 0
youngest WCF player so far the 18th Hotspur player to represent England
11 Finney, Thomas 28
88 days
5 April 1922 OL Preston North End FC (FL2 6th) 28 18
reserves: not permitted
team notes: This is Billy Wright's record 32nd consecutive appearance.
Bill Eckersely and Eddie Baily become the second and third England players to make their first appearances in the World Cup Finals.
"They continued to push, shove and tug our shirts, but their tactics now included cracking the ball out of play at every possible chance." - Billy Wright
records: Not since 1921 have England failed to score for two matches in a row. It is only the second time since the war that England have suffered two defeats in a row.
Predominantly because of the World Cup Finals, England have played ten matches in a season for the first time. This is just the fourth time England have lost three matches in a single season.
goalscoring records: For the third consecutive season, Stan Mortensen is the top goalscorer, having scored six goals in nine matches.
2-3-5 Williams -
Ramsey, Eckersley -
Wright, Hughes, Dickinson -
Matthews, Mortensen, Milburn, Baily, Finney.
Averages: Age 27 years 352 days Appearances/Goals 13.9 5.0
youngest WCF team so far
              Match Report by Mike Payne

Desperately needing to recover from the devastating defeat by the United States, England gave their all against Spain and produced a tremendous performance which lacked only one ingredient - goals. The team knew they had to beat the Spaniards to qualify for the next stage of the tournament, but sadly 'Lady Luck' refused to smile on them.

England brought Stan Matthews, flown in from FA's tour of Canada, and Jackie Milburn into a reorganised forward line and gave debuts to Eddie Baily and Bill Eckersely.

The new-look front line was a constant danger to the Spanish defence and with just a hint of good fortune they could easily have by two or three goals. A big crowd watched the game and saw a fine performance from the English. Spain seemed obsessed with underhand tactics and they continually felled the England players. Alas, the Italian referee preferred to turn a blind eye to all that went on and offered no punishment.

England could and should have had two penalties when Tom Finney was twice sent sprawling in the area. Again the referee gave nothing. Stan Mortensen, Milburn and Baily all showed up well as England put together some neat passing movements, whilst Finney and Matthews showed all their ball skills on the wings. All the time though the main stumbling block for England was Ramellets in the Spanish goal. He was outstanding and time and again he thwarted the eager England attack.

As the match entered the second half the crowd became more and more frustrated by Spain's dubious tactics and they certainly sided with the England players. But five minutes into the half Spain went ahead. Their outside-left made a fine run and centred for the number-nine Zarraonandia to beat Bert Williams and score.

England continued to give everything and were desperately unlucky not to pull the goal back. Their only consolation was the winning back of their self-respect and the ovation from the crowd as they trooped off at the end.


              Match Report by Norman Giller

England needed to win this match to stay in the World Cup following their embarrassing defeat by the United States. Spain took the lead through centre-forward Zarra in the forty-seventh minute and then dropped back into deep defence. Even with Matthews and Finney operating, England could not make the breakthrough and their World Cup challenge was over. Jackie Milburn had a legitimate-looking equaliser ruled off-side. Alf Ramsey and Bill Eckersley started a fifteen-match full-back partnership, and Tottenham pass master Eddie Baily got a long over-due cap. Tom Finney was tripped twice in the penalty area, but each time the referee waved play on. It was one of those games, one of those tournaments. England played their best football of the finals against Spain, but their finishing left a lot to be desired. Eddie Baily had a cracking debut, and his passing cut huge holes in the Spanish defence. Stan Mortensen and Jackie Milburn might have had a couple of goals each but for some brilliant saves by Barcelona goalkeeper Ramallets. Tom Finney was the most mild mannered of men, but even he got heated when the referee ignored our claims for penalties after Tom had twice been fouled. How different it might have been had Neil Franklin not defected to the outlaw league in Colombia. Losing him robbed England's defence of the composure they had built up over the previous four years.

Other World Cup Results (2 July 1950)
Pool 1:
Mexico 1 Switzerland 2
   Estádio dos Eucaliptos, Porto Alegre
Casarín89 ~ Bader10, Antenen44

With Mexico turning up in maroon shirts and Switzerland in red, the game was delayed by about 25 minutes, as the Mexicans changed into a set of blue-and-white striped shirts sourced from a local team.
Pool One Final Table
Team P W D L F A Pts
Brazil 3 2 1 0 9 2 5
Yugoslavia 3 2 0 1 7 3 4
Switzerland 3 1 1 1 4 6 3
Mexico 3 0 0 3 2 10 0
Pool 2:
Chile 5 United States 2
   Estádio Ilha do Reti
ro, Recife (8,501)
Robledo16, Cremaschi33, 60, Prieto54, Riera82
~ Wallace47, Maca (pen48)

England's defeat to Spain ruled out any lingering hopes that the United States could force a play-off, and the final match of the group, kicking off three hours later, was rendered a 'dead rubber'.
Pool Two Final Table
Team P W D L F A Pts
Spain 3 3 0 0 6 1 6
Chile 3 1 0 2 5 6 2
England 3 1 0 2 2 2 2
United States 3 1 0 2 4 8 2
Pool 3: 
Italy 2 Paraguay 0
Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho, São Paulo (25,811)
, Pandolfini63

As expected, Italy's victory put Sweden into the last four.
Pool Three Final Table
Team P W D L F A Pts
Sweden 2 1 1 0 5 4 3
Italy 2 1 0 1 4 3 2
Paraguay 2 0 1 1 2 4 1
Pool 4: 
Bolivia 0 Uruguay 8
Independência, Belo Horizonte (5,284)
14, 40, 51, Vidal18, Schiaffino23, 54, Pérez83, Ghiggia87
With Scotland and Turkey both withdrawing from Pool Four before the tournament, only one game was required to settle it, so Uruguay ended up starting a week later than the other contenders and had a nice easy stroll to warm them up for the final pool of four. Two weeks later, they were world champions for the second time.

       In Other News....
It was on 1 July 1950 that the body of former Sussex county cricketer, 78-year-old Cyril Bland, was found in a canal drain at Cowbridge, near Boston. His hands and ankles were tied, but having previously attempted to take his own life, his inquest recorded a verdict of suicide.
              Source Notes
Original newspaper reports
Clive Leatherdale's England's Quest For The World Cup
FIFA.com 1950 World Cup
Rothman's Yearbooks & Book of Football Records
  Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record
Norman Giller, Football Author
Niall Edworthy's England: The Official F.A. History
Cris Freddi's The Complete Book of the World Cup
Brian Glanville's The Story of the World Cup