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Saturday, 18 April 1953
Home International Championship 1952-53 (58th) Match

England 2 Scotland 2 [1-0]


Match Summary
England Party
Scotland Party

Empire Stadium, Wembley Park, Wembley, Middlesex
Kick-off (GMT): 3.00pm.

Attendance: 97,000;
Receipts: �49,700 (a new record);

England won the toss Scotland kicked-off - (? & 48:00)
[1-0] Ivor Broadis 18
 15-yard left-footed shot from a sublime Finney centre

[1-0] Ivor Broadis 69
 12-yard accurate shot from a Finney pass from the goalline

[1-1] Laurie Reilly 54
rebounded from close-in after Johnstone's shot hit the bar

[2-2] Laurie Reilly 90
lobbed the ball over Merrick's reach from a Johnstone pass
First half live on the Radio Home Programme, second half live on the Light Programme

Match Summary

Officials from Ireland




Referee (green) - Thomas J. Mitchell
41 (28 January 1912), Lurgan, Ulster

Linesmen - J. Davidson, Newtownards (flame flag), and R.J. Quail, Belfast (orange flag).

Teams presented to Field-Marshal Lord Alexander of Tunis, the Minister of Defence, prior to the match.
Also guests of the Football Association are the Australian cricket team, who arrived in England on 13 April, for their tour and Ashes series.

No substitues permitted, as per UK ruling.

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th to 5th
Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks.
Capt: Billy Wright, 32nd captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 40 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
50th match, W 33 - D 10 - L 7 - F 151 - A 59.
Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Harold Shentall, on Friday, 10 April 1953 in Sheffield.
England Lineup
  Merrick, Gilbert H. 31
82 days
26 January 1922 G Birmingham City FC 10 12ᵍᵃ
2 Ramsey, Alfred E. 33
86 days
22 January 1920 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 26 1
3 Smith, Lionel 32
238 days
23 August 1920 LB Arsenal FC 6 0
4 Wright, William A. 29
71 days
6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

47 3
5 Barrass, Malcolm W. 28
126 days
13 December 1924 CHB Bolton Wanderers FC 3 0
6 Dickinson, James W. 27
359 days
24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

24 0
7 Finney, Thomas 31
13 days
5 April 1922 OR

Preston North End FC

43 21
8 Broadis, Ivan A. 30
121 days
18 December 1922 IR Manchester City FC 4 3
9 Lofthouse, Nathaniel 27
234 days
27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 12 14
10 Froggatt, Redfern 28
238 days
23 August 1924 IL Sheffield Wednesday FC 3 1
11 Froggatt, Jack 30
152 days
17 November 1922 CHB Portsmouth FC 12 2


Johnny Berry (Manchester United FC) and Jimmy Adamson (Burnley FC)

team notes:

The England team trained at Stamford Bridge prior to this match, under the direction of Winterbottom, Trotter and an Australian F.A. coach, Vivian Chalmin.
Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally.
This is the oldest and most experienced post-war team England have fielded.
The Froggatt's are cousins.
After fifty matches, WInterbottom has used 67 players (the most used being Wright 47 apps, Finney 43, Franklin 27, Ramsey and Mannion 26, Dickinson 24, and Mortensen 23), 84 on to teamsheets and 97 into his various parties.


This is the fifth match unbeaten at Wembley by England, beating a pre-war record.
2-3-5 Merrick -
Ramsey, Smith -
Wright, Barrass, Dickinson -
Finney, Broadis, Lofthouse,
R.Froggatt, J.Froggatt.


Age 29.636 (156 days) Appearances/Goals 17.3 3.9
Winterbottoms XI after fifty matches Swift (18) -
Ramsey (26), Aston (17) -
Wright (47), Franklin (27), Dickinson (24) -
Matthews (16), Mortensen (23), Lawton (16), Mannion (26), Finney (43)


Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 10th
Colours: blue jerseys with white collars, white shorts, blue socks with white/blue tops.
Capt: George Young Manager:
Trainer: Alec Dowdells (The Celtic FC)
The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, on Wednesday, 8 April 1953
Scotland Lineup
  Farm, George N. 28 13 July 1924 G Blackpool FC, England 3 4ᵍᵃ
2 Young, George L. 30 27 October 1922 RB Rangers FC 37 0
3 Cox, Samuel R., injured off 70th min. 29 13 April 1924 LB Rangers FC 22 0
4 Docherty, Thomas H. 24 24 April 1928 RHB/
Preston North End FC, England 2 0
5 Brennan, Frank 28 23 April 1924 CHB Newcastle United FC, England 6 0
6 Cowie, Douglas 26 1 May 1926 LHB/LB Dundee FC 1 0
7 Wright, Thomas 25 20 January 1928 OR/RHB Sunderland AFC, England 3 0
8 Johnstone, Robert 23 7 September 1929 IR Hibernian FC 6 3
9 Reilly, Lawrance 24 28 October 1928 CF Hibernian FC 22 15
10 Steel, William 29 1 May 1923 IL Dundee FC 29 12
11 Liddell, William B. 31 10 January 1922 OL Liverpool FC, England 23 6


Travelling reserve is Fernie (The Celtic FC).
Full team of reserves are Cowan (Greenock Morton FC); Jock Aird (Burnley FC); Evans (The Celtic FC), Doug Cowie (Dundee FC) and Tommy Docherty (Preston North End FC); Jackie Henderson (Portsmouth FC) and Fernie (The Celtic FC); Bauld (Hearts of Midlothian FC); Mudie (Blackpool FC) and Ring (Clyde FC).

team notes:

The Scottish team were set-up in Weybridge, Surrey, before this match.
Sammy Cox injured his ankle in the build-up to England's second goal, he was trying to tackle Tom Finney before his sqaure ball set up Broadis.
2-3-5 Farm -
Young, Cox
(Cowie) -
(Wright), Brennan, Cowie (Docherty) -
Wright, Johnstone, Reilly, Steel, Liddell
notes:- when Cox was stretchered off after 70 minutes, Cowie took up the left-back role, Docherty switched flanks, leaving Young and Wright to deal with Finney.


Age 27.0 Appearances/Goals 14.0 3.1


    Match Report by Mike Payne

The run of Scottish success at Wembley has now strecthed for 19 years continuing with this highly deserved draw. Ever since 1934, Scotland had been able to pride themselves at not being beaten at England's premier stadium. Certainly an England win would have been a travesty. For, although they always created the more clear-cut openings, Scotland's courage and spirit deserved nothing less than a draw. Let the story unfold.

The early exchanges had seen both sides push forward. Docherty and Cowie were setting a high standard with their industry in midfield and Billy Wright and Jimmy Dickinson were having to battle hard. Tom Finney was weaving some good runs on the right but the visitors were having slightly the better of things in this spell. It therefore came as a big surprise when England scored in the 19th minute.

Finney conjured up some wonderful magic as he twisted his way infield past Steel, Cowie and Cox before sending Ivor Broadis through the middle with an inch perfect pass. The number-eight switched the ball from right foot to left foot under pressure from Brennan before unleashing a thunderbolt wide of the diving Farm.

Although Redfern Froggatt could twice have increased England's lead, both times missing when in a one against one situation, Scotland, too, had their moments.

One amazing escape came when Malcolm Barass and Lionel Smith somehow kept Johnstone's shot out after Gil Merrick had dropped a free-kick from Young. It was in fact the long leg of Smith that retrieved the danger. Then, a minute before the interval, Steel's cross-shot hit the bar and bounced down for Barass to, once again, come to the rescue.

Barrass had held Reilly well in the first half but, with Steel's increasing influence beginning to stretch the home defence, the England centre-half began to struggle later on.

In the 55th minute, Scotland at last gained that elusive equalizer. The England defence was all at sea as Johnstone's powerful shot again hit the bar but this time Reilly was quickly on to the rebound to crash the ball home. The goal was no more than Scotland deserved and had come from a splendid move involving Cox, Cowie, Docherty and Steel.

Cowie was having a tremendous match and after the goal the tempo of the whole game began to rise. England still created chances though. Soon Jack Froggatt joined his cousin in missing a good chance, allowing Farm to save his shot after he raced clear on to a Nat Lofthouse pass. Broadis, too, missed a fine chance but made up for it in the 17th minute when he scored a superb goal.

Wright sent Broadis away just inside his own half. A long dribble ended with a square pass to Finney. The Preston player suddenly moved into second gear and with a breathtaking piece of footwork, a slight feint and a change of pace, left Cox in his wake before finally pulling back a diagonal pass to Broadis again who hit home a low first-time shot. Cox was left writhing in agony after his attempted tackle on Finney and, sadly, his injury meant he had to leave the field.

Losing 2-1 and a man short, it seemed curtains for Scotland. But their national pride and passion would not allow them to give in. Docherty, Cowie and Steel and Young rolled up their sleeves and worked even harder to inspire their colleagues to greater heights. Steel and Liddell forced full-length saves from Merrick as England wavered under the onslaught.. But with only 30 seconds remaining, the tide of the blue shirts finally gained their reward.

Good passing between Johnstone and Reilly split the English defence wide open and it ended with the centre-forward hitting the roof of the home net with a fierce shot. It was no more than Scotland deserved.


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Lawrie 'Last Minute' Reilly equalised for Scotland with the final kick of the match. It was Reilly's second goal in reply to two from Ivor Broadis. The Scots, driven from midfield by Preston's Tommy Docherty and Dundee's Doug Cowie, dominated play for long spells and thoroughly deserved their late equaliser. They played for much of the second-half with only ten men after Rangers left-back Sammy Cox had been injured trying to stop a thrusting run by Tom Finney. Utility player Jack Froggatt, capped by England at centre-half and as an outside-left, partnered his cousin Redfern on the left wing. Each of the cousins missed simple chances to give England the lead before Broadis scored what looked like being a winning second goal. This draw meant that it was nineteen years since England had last beaten them on home ground. There were just thirty seconds left when Lawrie Reilly popped up with one of his typical late goals that so often saved Scotland.

    Match Report by Glen Isherwood

England had already beaten Wales and drawn with Northern Ireland. Scotland had done likewise. victory for either side would give them the Championship outright. A draw would mean they would share it. Scotland were still unbeaten at Wembley in the British Championship since 1934 and had won on their last two visits.

Scotland started the stronger but fell behind. The skilful Finney beat three men and passed to Ivor Broadis, who fought off a challenge from Brennan to blast the ball past Farm.

Scotland equalised after Johnstone hit the bar and Lawrie Reilly scored from the rebound, his third in consecutive visits to Wembley. Twenty minutes from the end Finney again provided Broadis with a shooting opportunity which he didn't squander. Cox twisted his ankle in trying to stop Finney and was carried off. With ten men the Scots looked to be beaten. But in the last minute their unbeaten record was saved when Reilly and Johnstone ripped open the England defence for Reilly to shoot home his second.

England won the British Championship outright the following year by beating Scotland at Hampden Park for the fifth successive time in the competition. In so doing England and runners-up Scotland qualified for the World Cup in Switzerland. Scotland's run at Wembley finally came to an end with a crusing defeat in 1955.

    The Top Twelve UK Music Chart by New Musical Express

On Friday, 15 November 1952, The New Musical Express published the first ever singles chart in the UK. However, when England beat Scotland on this day, Lita Roza's How Much Is That Doggie In The Window was the best selling single. Significantly, for the second England match in a row, Guy Mitchell had the number two best selling record, with two different songs. When the chart of Friday, 17 April 1953 was published, there were no surviving songs from the last chart when England played:-

1. (2) (How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window - Lita Roza (Decca) 7. (=) Outside Of Heaven - Eddie Fisher (HMV) 
2. (=) She Wears Red Feathers - Guy Mitchell (Colombia) 8. (4) Now - Al Martino (Capitol)
3. (1) Broken Wings - Stargazers (Decca) 9. (12) (How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window - Patti Page (Oriole)
4. (8) I Believe - Frankie Laine (Philips) 10. (=) Because You're Mine - Mario Lanza (HMV)
5. (3) Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes - Perry Como & The Ramblers (HMV) 11. Full Time Job - Doris Day & Johnnie Ray (Colombia)
6. (5) Wonderful Copenhagen - Danny Kaye (Brunswick) 12. (11) Little Red Monkey - Frank Chacksfield's Tunesmiths (Parlophone)
(9) Oh Happy Day - Johnston Brothers (Decca)      
♪Most weeks at number one when England played: Al Martino and Lita Roza..... one each

Source Notes

"Scotland may withdraw full backs George Young (captain) and Sam Cox from the team to play England at Wembley on Saturday. This is the possible outcome of a dispute between Glasgow Rangers and the Scottish F.A., who have refused the club permission to play Young and Cox in a League match with Airdrieonians tomorrow night. This would have meant the players travelling South a day late. Rangers, who are in line for the championship, say they will defy the ruling and play both men. The League also refues to postpone the fixture. Aird (Burnley) and McNaught (Raith Rovers) are candidates for the two places if action is taken. A decision will be made today." - Tuesday, 14 April 1953, The Daily Herald.

"The dispute between the Scottish F.A. and Glasgow Rangers was settled last night by the announcement that the Scottish F.A. have given permission to both George Young and Sam Cox, the Rangers players, to travel south immediately after the League match with Airdrieonians at Ibrox Park, Glasgow, today." - Wednesday, 15 April 1953, The Birmingham Gazette.

Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks

Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Glen Isherwood's Wembley: The Complete Record (SportsBooks Limited, Cheltenham, U.K., 2006)

Norman Giller
, Football Author
Neil Warwick, John Kutner & Tony Brown's The Complete Book of the British Charts (Omnibus Press, 2004)