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281 vs. Wales
Wednesday, 12 November 1952
Home International Championship 1952-53 (58th) Match

England 5 Wales 2
Empire Stadium, Empire Way, Wembley Park, Wembley, Middlesex
Kick-off (GMT): 2.15pm

'94,094'; Receipts: '£43,600' (a new British record);
England kicked off  
[1-0] Tom Finney 5
 8-yard left-footed shot from a Billy Elliott lay-off

[2-0] Nat Lofthouse 12
 first time shot after Redfern Froggatt backheeled an Elliott corner
[3-1] Jack Froggatt header 35
 headed in from a yard out a Tom Finney shot

[2-1] Trevor Ford 16
crashed in a low shot holding off Wright and Jack Froggatt
12.15 Vic Lewis 12.45 Concert 1.45 Listen with Mother 2.0 Woman's Hour
3.0 England v. Wales
4.0 Sandy Macpherson 4.15 Mrs Dale's Diary 4.30 Tip-Top Tunes 5.0 Welsh Orchestra 6.0 Band 6.15 Your Music Club 6.45 The Archers 7.0 News
[4-1] Roy Bentley 53
 25-yard low right-footer to the corner of the net from a Tom Finney centre


[4-2] Nat Lofthouse left-footed shot hits the post
[5-2] Nat Lofthouse 72
 25-yard left-footed shot that Shortt could not save and it looped over his head and into the net

[4-2] Trevor Ford backheel 54
diverted a Billy Foulkes cross with the back of his foot past Merrick
second half live on the Radio Light Programme - Commentators: tbc
Officials from Scotland England UK ruling on substitutes Wales
Referee (black)
Douglas Gerrard
39 (10 March 1913), Aberdeen
Teams presented to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG, Milwyn Jenkins (FAW Chairman) and Herbert Powell (FAW secretary)

The match fee for the England players is now raised to £30.
In the previous twelve months, Gerrard has taken charge in all four home countries, Wales vs. England at Cardiff, Scotland vs. United States at Glasgow, Ireland vs. England at Belfast, and now at Wembley!
flame flag              Linesmen           orange flag
Joseph A. Coulter
William Davidson
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.
P 27th of 43, W 16 - D 6 - L 5 - F 73 - A 39.
Captain Billy Wright Manager Walter Winterbottom, 39 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
record 30th of 90, W 19 - D 5 - L 6 - F 75 - A 38. P 48th of 139, W 32 - D 9 - L 7 - F 144 - A 57.
  ³ Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Harold Shentall, on Tuesday, 4 November.
England Lineup
  three changes to the previous match (Smith, Froggatt & Bentley>Eckersley, Sewell & Baily) league position (4 November)  
  Merrick, Gilbert H. 30
291 days
26 January 1922 G Birmingham City FC (FL2 8th) 8 10ᵍᵃ
2 Ramsey, Alfred E. 32
295 days
22 January 1920 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC (FL 15th) 24 1
3 Smith, Lionel 32
81 days
23 August 1920 LB Arsenal FC (FL 7th) 4 0
4 Wright, William A. 28
280 days
6 February 1924 RHB
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL TOP) 45 3
most apps 1952
Froggatt, Jack, injured off 28th-33rd min. 29
361 days
17 November 1922 CHB
Portsmouth FC (FL 11th) 10 2
6 Dickinson, James W. 27
202 days
24 April 1925 LHB
Portsmouth FC (FL 11th) 22 0
Finney, Thomas 30
221 days
5 April 1922 OR Preston North End FC (FL 12th) 41 21
718 8
Froggatt, Redfern 28
81 days
23 August 1924 IR/IL Sheffield Wednesday FC (FL 8th) 1 0
the 32nd Wednesday player to represent England
Lofthouse, Nathaniel 27
76 days
27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 14th) 10 12
the 161st (28th post-war) brace scored oldest youngest player so far
Bentley, T.F. Roy 28
181 days
17 May 1924 IL/IR Chelsea FC (FL 10th) 7 3
Elliott, William H. 27
237 days
20 March 1925 OL/LHB Burnley FC (FL 6th) 4 1
reserves: Joe Kennedy (West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 5th)) and Johnny Dixon (Aston Villa FC (FL 13th)).
team notes: The Froggatt's are cousins. Jack Froggatt received treatment for a damaged shoulder after 28 minutes, sustained during Wales' first goal, in a tussle between him and Ford. It meant that Billy Wright became the centre-half for England for the first time.
Redfern Froggatt becomes Winterbottom's 76th player.
Following the match, after the players returned to their dressing rooms, Lionel Smith collapsed. An ambulance was called and he spent the night in Wembley Hospital, suffering with exhaustion.
appearance notes: Nat Lofthouse is the youngest player of the eleven starting the match, thus breaking a record set in 1912 by Jock Simpson, by 293 days. Lofthouse will be the oldest youngest player until the next match.
goalscoring notes: The brace from Nat Lofthouse, his fifth, and the sixth player to do so, but the first since George Camsell in 1933, is also the first time a player has scored twice at the Empire Stadium since the two were scored against Scotland in April 1930.
records: This victory beats the post-war unbeaten record. England have gone twelve games without loss, beating the record set between 1947-48.
The England team were, as per usual, set up in Hendon prior to this match, training at Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge.
2-3-5 Merrick -
Ramsey, Smith -
J.Froggatt, Dickinson -
R.Froggatt, Lofthouse, Bentley, Elliott.
notes: for the second half, Wright instructed himself to centre-half, and Dickinson to the right, and Billy Elliott took up the vacant left-half position. Then Redfern and Bentley swapped wings.
Averages: Age 29 years 179 days Appearances/Goals 16.0 3.5
Wales Team
Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 20th
Colours Made by Umbro - Red collared jerseys with white collars/cuffs, white shorts with red side stripe, red socks with white tops.
Captain Ron Burgess Selection Selection Committee
on Tuesday, 4 November 1952
Wales Lineup
  Shortt, William W. 32
30 days
13 October 1920 G Plymouth Argyle FC, England 9 13ᵍᵃ
2 Stitfall, Ronald F. 26
334 days
14 December 1925 RB Cardiff City FC 1 0
3 Sherwood, Alfred T. 28
1 day
13 November 1923 LB Cardiff City FC 24 0
4 Paul, Roy 32
208 days
18 April 1920 RHB Manchester City FC, England 20 1
5 Daniel, W. Raymond 24
10 days
2 November 1928 CHB Arsenal FC, England 9 0
6 Burgess, W.A. Ronald 35
217 days
9 April 1917 LHB Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 25 1
Foulkes, William I. 26
169 days
29 May 1926 OR Newcastle United FC, England 6 1
8 Davies, E. Reginald 23
171 days
27 May 1929 IR Newcastle United FC, England 2 0
Ford, Trevor 29
42 days
1 October 1923 CF Sunderland AFC, England 25 19
mst goals
10 Allchurch, Ivor J. 22
332 days
16 December 1929 IL Swansea Town FC 10 4
11 Clarke, Royston J. 27
167 days
1 June 1925 OL Manchester City FC, England 15 4
reserve: David Bowen (Arsenal FC)
team changes: Liverpool FC's Ray Lambert was the original chosen right-back. He pulled a thigh muscle in his club's league match against Middlesbrough on Saturday. His placing going to Stitfall on the Monday.
The Welsh team were set up in Weybridge prior to this match and trained on a recreation ground near to their hotel, for this, their first ever visit to Wembley.
2-3-5 Shortt -
Stitfall, Sherwood -
Paul, Daniel, Burgess -
Foulkes, Davies, Ford, Allchurch, Clarke
Averages: Age 28 years 55 days Appearances/Goals 13.3 2.5
              Match Report by Mike Payne

For the first time, England took their home match with Wales to Wembley. The teams celebrated this event by providing the stadium with a memorable game and a magnificent spectacle for the crowd.

Some 93,500 people paid a record £43,600 and greeted the sides with a tremendous cheer as they strode on to the lush green grass which was bathed in warm sunshine. The white and scarlet jerseys made for a colourful scene and amongst the crowd was the Duke of Edinburgh.

From the start both teams played attacking football. England quickly moved into a smooth flowing rhythm and all their forwards looked dangerous. The passing was swift and accurate and the home side's teamwork became the outstanding feature of the game.

Soon the Welsh was struggling and, within ten minutes, England were 2-0 up. The first goal was as a result of a lovely move. Redfern Froggatt began the move with a pass to Nat Lofthouse. He quickly moved it on to Tom Finney, whose centre was touched on by Roy Bentley to Billy Elliott on the left. The Burnley star quickly turned the ball back across goal to find Finney, now in the middle, who shot a fine goal past Shortt.

Shortly afterwards came the second goal. Elliott took a corner on the left and, as the cross came over, Redfern Froggatt cleverly flicked the ball to Lofthouse and the number nine scored from close range.

It looked as though England were going to run up a cricket score but, quite unexpectedly, Wales pulled a goal back after 15 minutes.

Ford, always a real handful for Jack Froggatt, found himself competing with the centre half for a high bouncing ball in the area. Ford won the duel and latched on to it nodding it down with his head before crashing a low shot past Gil Merrick with his right foot.

This put a different complexion on the scoreline and on the half-hour another incident seemed to offer Wales further hope. Again Jack Froggatt and Ford clashed for a 50-50 ball but this time the England player was injured. As he was carried off the crowd thought that it was the last they would see of him in this game. How wrong they all were.

Within ten minutes, he came back on to the field to a tumultuous welcome. His injury meant that he would have to line-up on the left wing, a position he used to play and England reorganised completely to accommodate him. It was quickly obvious the changes were not going to affect their general play.

Redfern Froggatt, Finney and especially Lofthouse were magnificent in restoring England's superiority. Mere words cannot convey the superb contribution of Finney to England's cause and Lofthouse gave his best performance so far in the purple patch that he is in. He gave Daniel a torrid time both in the air and on the ground. Just before half-time, England took a 3-1 lead through an unlikely source.

Finney, turning brilliantly, fired in a shot which was going wide of the far post, that is, until the large figure of Jack Froggatt came from nowhere to dive forward to head home. The roar that greeted the goal must surely have been heard in Cardiff. Incredibly before the break he nearly added another only to be foiled by the legs of Shortt.

England continued with their magical play after half-time. Almost immediately it was 4-1. Another superb Finney, Lofthouse combination gave Bentley the chance to shoot a fine goal from twenty yards.

Wales, who all the time played open attractive football, showed their character a minute later by pulling a goal back. Again Ford was on target latching on to a Foulkes shot that bounced off Lionel Smith.

England continued to turn on the style, though, and with 15 minutes left, Lofthouse capped a marvellous performance with a fifth and final goal. His fierce shot from 25 yards was far too hot for Shortt to handle and the ball went in despite the goalkeeper's attempted save.

It had been a memorable match with outstanding performances from many, if not all, of the 22 players.


              Match Report by Norman Giller

This was the first time Wales had ever played at Wembley, and a Wednesday afternoon crowd of 93,500 paid record gate receipts of £43,000. England were two goals up in the first ten minutes through Tom Finney and Nat Lofthouse. Five minutes later Trevor Ford pulled a goal back for Wales, and was then involved in a collision with Jack Froggatt that led to the England centre-half being carried off. Billy Wright switched to the middle of the defence, with Billy Elliott dropping back from the wing to left-half. Jack Froggatt, whose cousin, Redfern, was making his debut at inside-right, came back on as a passenger on the left wing.  Remarkably, it was Jack who scored England's third goal just before half-time with a brave diving header. Roy Bentley made it 4-1 in England's first attack after half-time, with Ford instantly replying for Wales. Nat Lofthouse rounded off the scoring with a shot from twenty-five yards that goalkeeper Bill Shortt could only help into the net. The significant thing about this match was that it was the first time that Billy Wright played at centre-half for England.

              Match Report by Glen Isherwood

Having made three visits in wartime, Wales now appeared at Wembley in the British Championship for the first time. They had not beaten England in the competition since 1938 but had shared the title with them the previous season. England had already drawn 2-2 with Northern Ireland at Windsor Park, but Wales had lost 2-1 to Scotland at Ninian Park and had to avoid defeat to continue their interest in the Championship.
England scored twice in the opening ten minutes. After some early pressure Tom Finney converted an Elliott centre. The second came from an Elliott corner. This time a flick-on from Redfern Froggatt supplied Nat Lofthouse with a goal.

Within five minutes Wales had pulled one back. Trevor Ford fought off the challenge of Jack Froggatt to shoot past Merrick. Froggatt was later stretchered off but then returned to play out on the wing and then miraculously met Finney's cross with a diving header to score England's third.
In the second half Lofthouse and Finney combined to set up Roy Bentley with a chance to shoot and score from just outside the penalty area.
Wales almost immediately scored again when a Foulkes shot was blocked by Smith but fell to Ford to score his second with a cheeky back-heel. Lofthouse completed the scoring with 15 minutes left when his 25-yard shot went crashing through Shortt's hands.
Wales ruined Northern Ireland's chances by beating them 3-2 at Windsor Park and the Championship was concluded at Wembley.

              Match Report as appears in the F.A. Yearbook 1953-54, page 21

For the match against Wales England made three changes: Smith replaced Eckersley in the defence, and Frogatt (R.) and Bentley were the new inside-forwards to take the places of Sewell and Baily. Wales, appearing for the first time at Wembley (apart from matches during the war), made only one change from the side narrowly beaten by Scotland in October. Lambert was chosen to replace Lever at right-back but he was injured and Stitfall came in at the last moment.
Without a doubt England played well, and a good Welsh side was unlucky to be baptised at Wembley in such devastating fashion. It was a great attacking match - seven goals tell the tale - and the English forwards played with a new rhythm and understanding. Lofthouse emerged from the game as the complete centre-forward, foraging, holding his line together magnificently, and shooting hard and true at every opportunity. Combining wonderfully with a Finney showing all his supreme artistry, Lofthouse quickly won the middle of the field for England, and his inside-forwards, Froggatt (R.) and Bentley - who changed places early on - were quick to take advantage. A hero, too, was Froggatt (J.), hurt in a crash with Ford after half-an-hour and carried off on a stretcher. He returned to play a challenging part at outside-left, his old position, and when Wales were fighting back after the interval, it was he who hurtled through the air to head home Finney's cross to give England a secure lead.
England scored twice in the first 10 minutes, first through Finney, then through Lofthouse. Yet, within moments Ford beat Froggatt (J.) to a bouncing ball, nodded it down to his foot and cracked home a fine shot. After the interval and Froggatt's great-hearted goal, Bentley put England further ahead before Ford scored Wale's second. Then, a quarter of an hour from the end, Lofthouse crowned a great display with such a fierce shot from 25 yards that, although Shortt got his fingers to it, he was unable to prevent it going over his head into the net.


      In Other News....
It was on 12 November 1952 that the Duke of Edinburgh had his first flying lesson prior to attending the match at Wembley. In perfect flying conditions, he was taken up in a Chipmunk from White Waltham Airfield in Berkshire for 35 minutes. 18 months later, he earned his Royal Air Force 'wings' to be displayed on his uniform and, over a period of 45 years, achieved almost six thousand hours of flying time.
              Source Notes
Original newspaper reports
Wales' Complete Who's Who since 1946
Drew Herbertson, Scottish FA historian
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record

Norman Giller, Football Author
Glen Isherwood's Wembley: The Complete Record
British Pathé