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Sunday, 18 May 1952
End-of-season Continental Tour match

Italy 1 England 1 [0-1]
 

 

Match Summary
Italy Party
England Party

Stadio Comunale di Firenze, Campo di Marte, Firenze, Tuscany
Kick-off (CEST & BST): 4.00pm

Attendance:
93,000;
Receipts: nearly £40,000.

  England kicked-off
 
[1-1] Amedeo Amadei 63
 dribbled down the right wing then successfully evaded Merrick to drive the ball into the net
[0-1] Ivor Broadis 4
hit into the right-hand corner from a perfect Pearson pass
 
 

Match Summary

Officials

Italy

Type

England

Referee (-) - Alois Beranek
x (-), Austria.

Linesmen - tbc

"During the interval aircraft swooped over the field, dropping a parachute carrying gifts from a Swiss firm of watches for the players and officials." -
Monday, 19 May1952, The Derry Journal

The match was marred by bottles thrown at the English players."

The FIFA ruling of allowing a substitute to replace an injured player prior to the 44th minute, and a goalkeeper at any time, is in place.

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  Possession  

Italy Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd
Colours: Blue crew-necked jerseys, white shorts, black socks.
Capt: Silvio Piola Manager: C. Beretta.
Party chosen on Thursday, 1 May 1952. Team chosen on Saturday, 17 May.
Italy Lineup
1 Moro, Giuseppe 31 16 January 1921 G UC Sampdoria 7 GA
2 Giovannini, Attilio 27 30 July 1924 RB FC Internazionale Milano 10 0
3 Manente, Sergio 27 10 December 1924 LB Juventus FC 1 0
4 Mari, Giacomo 27 17 October 1924 RHB Juventus FC 5 0
5 Ferrario, Rino 25 7 December 1926 CHB Juventus FC 1 0
6 Piccinini, Alberto 29 25 January 1923 LHB Juventus FC 4 0
7 Boniperti, Giampiero 33 4 July 1928 OR Juventus FC 14 2
8 Pandolfini, Egisto 26 17 February 1926 IR ACF Fiorentina 5 2
9 Piola, Silvio, injured off 75th min. 38 29 September 1913 CF Novara Calcio SpA 34 30
10 Amadei, Amedeo 30 26 July 1921 IL SSC Napoli 12 7
11 Capello, Gino 31 2 June 1920 OL Bologna FC 1909 9 3

unused substitute:

not known

team notes:

Piola injured his foot that required him to leave the field from the 75th to 85th minutes.
Due to the presence of Piola, this made the Italian team the oldest England have met post-war, so far.
 
2-3-5 Moro -
Giovannini, Manenti -
Mari, Ferrario, Piccini -
Boniperti, Panolfini, Piola, Amadei, Capello

Averages:

Age 29.5 Appearances/Goals 9.3 3.9

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks.
Capt: Billy Wright, 26th captaincy Manager:
Trainer: Jimmy Trotter (Charlton Athletic FC)
Walter Winterbottom, 39 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
44th match, W 29 - D 8 - L 7 - F 131 - A 51.
Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Oakley, on Wednesday, 14 May 1952.
England Lineup
  Merrick, Gilbert H. 30 26 January 1922 G Birmingham City FC 4 4ᵍᵃ
2 Ramsey, Alfred E. 32 22 January 1920 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 20 1
3 Garrett, Thomas H. 25 28 February 1927 LB Blackpool FC 2 0
4 Wright, William A. 28 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

41 3
5 Froggatt, Jack 29 17 November 1922 CHB Portsmouth FC 6 1
6 Dickinson, James W. 27 24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

18 0
7 Finney, Thomas 30 5 April 1922 OR

Preston North End FC

37 20
8 Broadis, Ivan A. 29 18 December 1922 IR Manchester City FC 3 1
9 Lofthouse, Nathaniel 26 27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 6 5
10 Pearson, Stanley C. 33 11 January 1919 IL Manchester United FC 8 5
11 Elliott, William H. 27 20 March 1925 OL Burnley FC 1 0

unused substitutes:

Ronnie Allen (West Browmich Albion FC), Eddie Baily (Tottenham Hotspur FC), Bill Eckersely (Blackburn Rovers FC), Bill Nicholson (Tottenham Hotspur FC), Jackie Sewell (Sheffield Wednesday FC) and Bert Williams (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC).

team notes:

Billy Wright equal's Bob Crompton record appearance tally of 41.
Billy Elliott becomes the 75th different player to be fielded by Winterbottom.
 
2-3-5 Merrick -
Ramsey, Garrett -
Wright, Froggatt, Dickinson -
Finney, Broadis, Lofthouse, Pearson, Elliott

Averages:

Age 28.7 Appearances/Goals 13.3 3.2

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

This first match of England's summer tour turned out to be very disappointing game with Italy looking the more likely winners. England started well enough and took the lead after only four minutes with a well-taken goal by Ivor Broadis. For the next 25 minutes the visitors bombarded the Italian goal, only to be totally frustrated by an outstanding performance from goalkeeper Moro.

He defied all that England could throw at him and made particularly good saves from Nat Lofthouse and Tom Finney. If England could have added to their early score in this period of intense pressure then they would surely have gone on to a convincing victory.

As it was their missed chances enabled Italy to fight their way back into the game. A minute before half-time Piola missed a golden opportunity to net an equalizer and England still held their lead at the break.

Before the change of ends, Italy had shown their capabilities an din the second half they dominated the game. The England defenders worked overtime to repel the eager Italians and Billy Wright and Jack Froggatt were in outstanding form. However, in the 63rd minute Italy's pressure paid off with Amadei scoring to put his side level.

For the remainder of the match, urged on by their passionate crowd, the home side continually pressed forward. England did make one or two dangerous breakaway raids but neither side could force a winner. For Piola it was the last chance at international level as he made his 34th and last appearance. At 39 years old he had been especially recalled for this game and that missed chance just before half-time ruined the possibilty of a glorious ending to his career.
  

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Only Billy Wright and Tom Finney remained of the England team that had conquered Italy 4-0 in Turin in 1948. Ivor Broadis gave England a fourth minute lead that was cancelled out by a spectacular solo effort from Amadei in the sixty-third minute. The idolised centre-forward Piola, who had helped Italy retain the World Cup in 1938, was recalled for a swansong appearance at the age of thirty-nine. It ended on a sad note for him when he missed an easy chance for a winner in front of an empty net. It was the cool heads of Wright and Ramsey that brought England safely through to a draw when the Italians were threatening to run riot in the second half.
   

Source Notes

TheFA.com
FIGC
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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