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Saturday, 19 May 1951
Festival of Britain Celebration Match

England 5 Portugal 2 [2-1]
 

 

Match Summary
England Party
Portugal Party

Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool, Lancashire
Attendance: 52,750;
Kick-off: 3.00pm BST
Second half live on the Radio Light Programme

England - Bill Nicholson (a twenty-yard shot with his first touch 1 0:30), Jackie Milburn (swift low shot from a Pearson pass 11, 78), Tom Finney (a swerving left-footed cross-shot 75), Harold Hassall (85)
Portugal - Patalino (a counter-attack that shot past Williams 2 1:20), Albano (63)
Results 1950-1955

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Match Summary

Officials from Belgium

England

Type

Portugal

Referee (-) - Louis Baert
x (-).

Linesmen - C. Gibson, England (red flag) and P. de Oliveira, Portugal (yellow flag)

Two substitutes are permitted in the Festival of Britain matches, prior to the 44th minute. Injured goalkeepers are allowed to be replaced at any time.

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England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: Alf Ramsey, third captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 38 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching on 8 July 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
38th match, W 27 - D 4 - L 7 - F 121 - A 44.
Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry, on 9 May 1951 following the Argentina match.
England Lineup
  Williams, Bert F. 31 31 January 1920 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 16 21 GA
2 Ramsey, Alfred E. 31 22 January 1920 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 14 0
3 Eckersley, William 25 16 July 1925 LB Blackburn Rovers FC 5 0
4 Nicholson, William E. 32 26 January 1919 RHB Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 1
5 Taylor, James G. 33 5 November 1917 CHB Fulham FC 2 0
6 Cockburn, Henry 29 14 September 1921 LHB

Manchester United FC

12 0
7 Finney, Thomas 29 5 April 1922 OR

Preston North End FC

32 20
8 Pearson, Stanley C. 32 11 January 1919 IR Manchester United FC 6 3
9 Milburn, John E.T. 27 11 May 1924 CF Newcastle United FC 11 10
10 Hassall, Harold W. 22 4 March 1929 IL Huddersfield Town AFC 3 2
11 Metcalfe, Victor 29 3 February 1922 OL Huddersfield Town AFC 2 0

reserves:

Gil Merrick (Birmingham City FC), Ernie Taylor (Newcastle United FC) and Ray Barlow (West Bromwich Albion FC)

team notes:

Again, Finney replaced original choice Blackpool FC's Stan Matthews' right-sided position, Metcalfe was drafted in from Netherlands where he was a clubt tour, into the vacant outside-left slot on Thursday, 17 May. Matthews is still suffering with the foot injury.
Prior to the match, England were set-up in Southport, making full use of the Haig Avenure ground for training purposes.
 
2-3-5 Williams -
Ramsey, Eckersley -
Nicholson, Taylor, Cockburn -
Finney, Pearson, Milburn, Hassall, Metcalfe.

Averages:

Age 29.1 Appearances/Goals 9.5 2.8

 

Portugal Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 28th to 30th
Colours: Maroon jerseys, white shorts, black socks
Capt: Ferreira Manager: Tavares da Silva
Team chosen on Thursday, 17 May 1951
Portugal Lineup
  do Oliveira, Ernesto Nogueira 29 28 July 1921 G Atlético Clube de Portugal 5 16 GA
2 Marques Mendes, Virgílio 23 17 November 1927 RB FC do Porto    
3 das Neves Serafim 30 29 August 1920 LB CF Os Belenenses    
4 Ribeiro Canário, Carlos Augusto 33 10 February 1918 RHB Sporting Club de Portugal    
5 Assunção Antunes, Félix 28 14 December 1922 CHB Sport Lisboa e Benfica    
6 Ferreira, Francisco 31 23 August 1919 LHB Sport Lisboa e Benfica    
7 Patalinho, injured off 40th min.
 Demétrio, Domingos Carrilho
28 29 June 1922 OR CF O Elvas    
8 Barreto Travaços, José António 25 22 February 1926 IR Sporting Club de Portugal    
9 Ben David, Henrique de Sena 24 5 December 1926
born in Cape Verde
CF Atlético Clube de Portugal    
10 do Amaral Caiado, Fernando Augusto 26 2 March 1925 IL Boavista FC    
11 Narciso Pereira, Albano 28 21 December 1922 OL Sporting Club de Portugal    
Portugal Substitutes
1? Gomes, Carlos Martinho, on 40th min. for Patalino 24 18 October 1926 OR Atlético Clube de Portugal    

reserves:

-

team notes:

Serafim replaced Neves at left-back and Patalino replaced Martinho at outside-right.
Prior to this match, the Portuguses team were staying in New Brighton, and using the Goodison Park ground to train on.
 
2-3-5 Ernesto -
Virgilio, Serafim -
Canario, Felix, Ferreira -
Patalino
(Carlos Gomes), Travaços, Ben David, Caiado, Albano.

Averages:

Age 27.7 Appearances/Goals - -

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

England brought the Festival of Britain football programme to a close with a spectacular finish to a game evenly contested for 75 minutes.

Nearly 53,000 people packed into Goodison Park and they were soon on their feet cheering a first-minute goal for England. Only 19 seconds had gone on the stop-watch when a close passing movement straight from the kick-off enabled Henry Cockburn, Vic Metcalf and Stan Pearson to give Billy Nicholson a dream debut when he scored with a magnificent 18-yard shot with his first touch.

This would have knocked the stuffing out of most sides but within a minute Portugal drew level. A counter-thrust by Caiado, Travaços and David set up the chance for Patalino to shoot past Williams. It had been a remarkable opening and ten minutes later the dashing Jackie Milburn, who had a fine game, put England back in the lead with a swift low shot after receibing a pass from Pearson.

That lead lasted until just after half-time. Hesitancy between Alf Ramsey and Jim Taylor allowed Albano slip the ball past Bert Williams to once again level the scores. This really set the game alight and with the Portuguese tails well and truly up they began to ask severe questions of the English defence.

Then suddenly with 15 minutes left the England side changed completely. Gone was the tired and lethargic look. It was replaced by the much more normal look of the England team. They then proceeded to produce an appropriate festival of goals to end the match.

Tom Finney, in one of his most devastating moods, scored the decisive and killer goal in the 76th minute. It came with a superb swerving left-foot shot from the touch-line. It really was a match-winning goal and it finally broke the stubborn resistance of the brave Portuguese. The goals that followed from Milburn and Hassall were mere formalities and simply entertained the crowd still further. In the end the extra power of the English team finally saw off another continental challenge.
  

    Match Report by Norman Giller

For the only time in his career, Billy Wright was dropped because of loss of form. Bill Nicholson took over in the No 4 shirt, and had the distinction of scoring with his first kick in international football in what was to prove his only match for England. Portugal were a goal down in twenty seconds and level a minute later in a blistering start to the match. Jackie Milburn restored England's lead in the eleventh minute. Alf Ramsey, skippering the side for a third time, mishit a back pass that let Portugal in for a second equaliser soon after half-time. Tom Finney then took over and ran the Portuguese into such dizzy array that at the after-match banquet their entire team stood and toasted "Mr. Finney, the Master.He scored a magnificent solo goal, and then laid on goals for Milburn and Harold Hassall.
  

Source Notes

TheFA.com
FPF.pt
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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