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296 vs. Spain
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 England won the toss
[1-0] Telmo Zarra 48
 beat Williams with a 3-yard shot following a Gainza head down

Match Summary


Spain Party


England Party

Referee (black) - Giovanni Galeati
x (-), Italy.

Linesmen - Jean Lutz, Switzerland and Generoso Dattilo, Italy.
No substitutes permitted.

  Goal Attempts  
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Spain Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th to 5th
Colours: Red collared jerseys, blue shorts, black socks.
Capt: Augustin Ga´┐Żnza Manager: Guillermo Eizaguirre Olmos, 41 (27 May 1909)
Spain Lineup
  Ramallets Simón, Antonio 25 4 July 1924 G FC Barcelona 2 0 ᵍᵃ
2 Parra Martínez, José 24 20 August 1925 RB RCD Espanyol de Barcelona SAD 3 0
3 Falcón Gonzalvo, José 30 16 January 1920 LB FC Barcelona 6 0
4 Alonso Aristiaguirre, Gabriel 26 9 November 1923 RHB RC Celta de Vigo SAD 7 0
5 Gonzalvo Falcón, Mariano 28 22 June 1922 CHB FC Barcelona 11 0
6 Puchades Casanova, Antonio 25 4 June 1925 LHB Valencia CF SAD 9 0
7 Basora Brunet, Estanislao 23 18 November 1926 OR FC Barcelona 7 7
8 Igoa Garciandía, Silvestre 29 5 September 1920 IR Valencia CF SAD 8 6
9 Zarraonandía Montoya, Pedro Telmo 29 20 January 1921 CF Athletic Club 14 13
10 López Panizo, José Luis 28 12 January 1922 IL Athletic Club 8 1
11 Gaínza Vicandi, Agustín 28 28 May 1922 OL Athletic Club 17 5


not chosen 
2-3-5 Ramallets -
Parra, Falcón -
Alonso, Gonzalvo, Puchades -
Basore, Igoa, Zarra, Panizo, Gaínza.


Age 26.8 Appearances/Goals 8.4 2.8


England Team



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.
Capt: Billy Wright, seventeenth captaincy Manager:
Trainers: Jimmy Trotter (Charlton Athletic FC) and Bill Riddings (Bolton Wanderers FC)
Walter Winterbottom, 37 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
32nd match, W 23 - D 3 - L 6 - F 102 - A 33.
Team announced by Arthur Drewry
on Saturday, 1 July 1950.
England Lineup
  Williams, Bert F. 30 31 January 1920 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 10 10ᵍᵃ
2 Ramsey, Alfred E. 30 22 January 1920 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 8 0
3 Eckersley, William 24 16 July 1925 LB Blackburn Rovers FC 1 0
4 Wright, William A. 26 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

32 2
5 Hughes, Lawrence 26

2 March 1924


Liverpool FC

3 0
6 Dickinson, James W. 25 24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

10 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 35 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 31 10
8 Mortensen, Stanley H. 29 26 May 1921 IR Blackpool FC 21 20
9 Milburn, John E.T. 26 11 May 1924 CF Newcastle United FC 8 6
10 Baily, Edward F. 24 6 August 1925 IL Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0
11 Finney, Thomas 28 5 April 1922 OL

Preston North End FC

28 18


not chosen

team notes:

This is Billy Wright's record 32nd consecutive appearance.
Bill Eckersely and Eddie Baily become the second and third England players to win their first caps in the World Cup Finals.
Not since 1921 have England failed to score for two matches in a row.
2-3-5 Williams -
Ramsey, Eckersley -
Wright, Hughes, Dickinson -
Matthews, Mortensen, Milburn, Baily, Finney.


Age 27.5 Appearances/Goals 13.9 5.1


    Match Report by Mike Payne

Desperately needing to recover from the devastating defeat by the USA, 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 USA. 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.

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