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Wednesday, 28 May 1952
End-of-season European Tour Match

Switzerland 0 England 3 [0-1]

Hardturm Stadion, Industriequartier, Zürich
Kick-off (CEST & BST): 6.30pm.
Attendance: 32,000;

Switzerland won the toss   Match Summary
Switzerland Party
England Party
  [0-1] Jackie Sewell 13
a lobbed shot from the edge of the penalty area from Allen's corner off Schmidhauser's head
[0-2] Nat Lofthouse 51
picked up a long thro' pass from Sewell and beat the advancing Preiss
[0-3] Nat Lofthouse 90
caught the defence on the wrong foot with the last kick of the match

Match Summary





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

Linesmen - Willy Rufli and Paul Wyssling, both Switzerland

The match was watched by Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery.
The match was preceeded by a junior Zürich side against a Birmingham Boys side. Birmingham won 5-2, but the match was interupted by a crowd invasion.

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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Switzerland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 25th
Colours: Red jerseys, white shorts, black socks.
Capt: Roger Bocquet Manager: Team chosen by the Selection's Commission: - William Baumgartner, Gaston Tschirren and Leopold Kielholz.
Switzerland Lineup
  Preiss, Thomas 34 11 February 1918 G Grasshopper FC 2 5ᵍᵃ
2 Kernen, Wilhelm 22 6 August 1929 RB FC La Chaux-de-Fonds 6 0
3 Bocquet, Roger 31 19 April 1921 LB Lausanne-Sports 36 2
4 Neukom, Wilhelm 32 23 February 1920 RHB Grasshopper-Club 4 0
5 Eggimann, Olivier 33 28 January 1919 CHB Servette FC 31 0
6 Schmidhauser, Hannes G. 25 9 September 1926 LHB FC Locarno 1 0
7 Ballaman, Robert 25 21 June 1926 OR Grasshopper-Club 10 6
8 Hügi, Joséf 22 23 January 1930 CF FC Basel 2 0
9 Bader, René 29 7 August 1922 IR FC Basel 16 1
10 Pasteur, Lucien 30 30 September 1921 IL Servette FC 5 2
11 Fatton, Jacques 26 19 December 1925 OL Servette FC 37 24

unused substitutes:

Fritz Jucker (FC Biel), Willy Steffen, Andre Neury, Roger Quinche, Roger Vonlanthen, Ferdinando Riva
2-3-5 Preiss -
Kernan, Bocquet -
Neukom, Eggimann, Schmidhausser -
Ballaman, Bader, Hügi, Pasteur, Fatton.


Age 28.1 Appearances/Goals 13.6 3.2


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd
Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, 28th 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;
46th match, W 31 - D 8 - L 7 - F 137 - A 53.
Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Oakley, on Tuesday, 27 May 1952 in Zürich.
England Lineup
  Merrick, Gilbert H. 30 26 January 1922 G Birmingham City FC 6 6ᵍᵃ
2 Ramsey, Alfred E. 32 22 January 1920 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 22 1
3 Eckersley, William 26 16 July 1925 LB Blackburn Rovers FC 8 0
4 Wright, William A. 28 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

43 3
5 Froggatt, Jack 29 17 November 1922 CHB Portsmouth FC 8 1
6 Dickinson, James W. 27 24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

20 0
7 Allen, Ronald 23 15 January 1929 OR West Bromwich Albion FC 1 0
8 Sewell, John 25 24 January 1927 IR Sheffield Wednesday FC 3 2
9 Lofthouse, Nathaniel 26 27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 8 9
10 Baily, Edward F. 26 6 August 1925 IL Tottenham Hotspur FC 8 5
11 Finney, Thomas 30 5 April 1922 OL

Preston North End FC

39 20

unused substitutes:

Ivor Broadis (Manchester City FC), Billy Elliott (Burnley FC), Tom Garrett (Blackpool FC), Bill Nicholson (Tottenham Hotspur FC), Stan Pearson (Manchester United FC) and Bert Williams (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC).

team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, although at this time, the thought was that Crompton had won 42 caps. Thus Wright's celebration followed this match.
2-3-5 Merrick -
Ramsey, Eckersley -
Wright, Froggatt, Dickinson -
Allen, Sewell, Lofthouse, Baily, Finney.


Age 27.5 Appearances/Goals 15.1 3.5


    Match Report by Mike Payne

For the last match of the 1952 summer tour, England travelled to the beautiful city of Zürich. Here they gained another good result to round off a very successful trip.

On a sultry day, 32,000 people were present to see these two sides meet and they did not have to wait long for the first goal. This came in the 13th minute when new cap Ronnie Allen took a right-wing corner. The ball reached Jackie Sewell, who cleverly lobbed it over Preizz and into the Swiss net. That was the only goal of the first half and England, in control, looked in no mood to surrender their lead.

In fact, six minutes into the second period they increased that lead when Nat Lofthouse followed up his success in Vienna by number two.

To round off a competent display by England, the Bolton star added his second and England's third before the end just to emphasise the purple patch he was enjoying.


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Billy Wright was credited with taking over the England caps record from Bob Crompton with this forty-third international appearance (although most record books give Crompton's old record as 41 caps). The Swiss were beaten by the same scoring combination that had won the match in Vienna three days earlier: Jackie Sewell one, Nat Lofthouse two. West Bromwich Albion's versatile forward Ronnie Allen won the first of his five caps, and gave a lively performance on the right wing.

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
Drew Herbertson, Scottish FA historian