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Sunday, 17 May 1953
Early Summer American Tour Match

Argentina 0 England 0
suspended after 23 minutes, abandoned after 36 minutes


Match Summary
Argentina Party
England Party

Estadio Monumental, Nuñez, Buenos Aires
Kick-off (ART): 1.50pm (ten minutes early) 5.50pm
Attendance: 85,000;

Argentina won the toss England kicked-off
Live on Argentine TV

Match Summary

Officials from England




Referee (black) - Arthur Edward Ellis
38 (8 July 1914), Halifax, Yorkshire.

Linesmen - A. Bradley and J. Lyndis (??)

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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Argentina Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: Sky blue and white broad striped v-necked jerseys, black shorts, pale blue socks
Capt: Eliseo Mouri�o Manager: Guillermo Antonio St�bile, 48 (17 January 1905)
Team announced 90 minutes before the match.
Argentina Lineup
  Musimessa, Julio E. 28 9 July 1924 G Club Atlético Boca Juniors   GA
2 Dellacha, Pedro R. 26 9 July 1926 RB Racing Club    
3 Garc�a Pérez, Jos� 31 3 December 1921 LB Racing Club    
4 Lombardo, Juan Francisco 27 11 July 1925 RHB Club Atlético Boca Juniors    
5 Mouri�o Oyarbide, Eliseo V. 25 3 June 1927 CHB Club Atlético Boca Juniors    
6 Guti�rrez Bonomo, Ernesto 25 9 November 1927 LHB Racing Club    
7 Micheli, Rodolfo J. 23 24 April 1930 OR Club Atlético Independiente    
8 Cecconato, Jos� Carlos 23 27 January 1930 IR Club Atlético Independiente    
9 Lacasa, Carlos 27 2 May 1926 CF Club Atlético Independiente    
10 Grillo, Ernesto J. 23 1 October 1929 IL Club Atlético Independiente    
11 Cruz, Osvaldo H. 21 29 May 1931 OL Club Atlético Independiente    

unused substitutes:

2-3-5 Musimessa -
Dellacha, Garc�a Pérez -
Lombardo, Mouri�o, Guti�rrez -
Micheli, Cicconato, Lacasia, Grillo, Cruz


Age 25.4 Appearances/Goals - -


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared short-sleeved jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, 33rd captaincy Manager:
Trainer: Jimmy Trotter (Charlton Athletic FC)
Walter Winterbottom, 40 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
51st match, W 33 - D 11 - L 7 - F 151 - A 59, inc. one abandoned.
Party chosen by Selection Committee headed by Harold Shentall, on Monday, 13 April 1953. Team chosen on Saturday, 16 May 1953.
England Lineup
  Merrick, Gilbert H. 31 26 January 1922 G Birmingham City FC 11 12ᵍᵃ
2 Ramsey, Alfred E. 33 22 January 1920 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 27 1
3 Eckersley, William 27 16 July 1925 LB Blackburn Rovers FC 10 0
4 Wright, William A. 29 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

48 3
5 Johnston, Harry 33 26 September 1919 CHB Blackpool FC 4 0
6 Dickinson, James W. 28 24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

25 0
7 Finney, Thomas 31 5 April 1922 OR

Preston North End FC

44 21
8 Broadis, Ivan A. 30 18 December 1922 IR Manchester City FC 5 3
9 Lofthouse, Nathaniel 27 27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 13 14
10 Taylor, Thomas 21 29 January 1932 IL Manchester United FC 1 0
11 Berry, R. John 26 1 June 1926 OL Manchester United FC 1 0

unused substitutes:

Ted Ditchburn (Tottenham Hotspur FC), Tommy Garrett (Blackpool FC), Malcolm Barrass (West Bromwich Albion FC), Ray Barlow (West Bromwich Albion FC), Roy Bentley (Chelsea FC) and Redfern Froggatt (Sheffield Wednesday FC).

team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, he also equals the UK appearance record, shared with Wales' Billy Meredith.
Tommy Taylor and Johnny Berry become the 68th and 69th players used by Winterbottom.
2-3-5 Merrick -
Ramsey, Eckersley -
Wright, Johnston, Dickinson -
Finney, Broadis, Lofthouse, Taylor, Berry.


Age 28.7 Appearances/Goals 17.2 3.8


    Match Report by Mike Payne

The summer tour of 1953 saw England venture to far off lands of South America but in their first match they experienced a monsoon! Torrential rain forced the referee to end proceedings in the 25th minute after the pitch became unplayable.

The England officials tried desperately to rearrange the game, asking if they could replay it in the next three days. Unfortunately, their Argentine counterparts would not agree, stating that the pitch 'would not be ready for at least five days'. So, England moved on to Chile.

For two England debutants, Tommy Taylor and Johnny Berry, it had certainly been a memorable first game but, for all the wrong reasons!

    Match Report by Norman Giller

The pitch became waterlogged following a cloudburst and British referee Arthur Ellis, up to his ankles in water, had no alternative but to abandon the game. Three days earlier an Argentinean X1 had beaten an FA X1 3-1 in an unofficial international watched by a crowd of 120,000 including Juan Peron and his wife, Eva. The selectors had to wait to see if the new left wing partnership of Manchester United team-mates Tommy Taylor and Johnny Berry would work at international level. Referee Arthur Ellis, later to make a name for himself in television's 'It's A Knockout', was quite a joker. As he signalled for the teams to return to the dressing-rooms, he said to Billy Wright, "If we stay out any longer we'll need lifeboats!" The pitch just disappeared under a lake of water, and England's kit was so wet that the players needed help from the training staff to strip off.

    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 played Argentina, Frankie Laine's I Believe was the best selling single. When the chart of Friday, 15 May 1953 was published, there were four surviving songs from the last chart when England played:-

1. (=) I Believe - Frankie Laine (Philips) 7. (6) She Wears Red Feathers - Guy Mitchell (Colombia)
2. (=) Pretend - Nat 'King' Cole (Capitol) (5) (How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window - Lita Roza (Decca)
3. (=) Pretty Little Black Eyed Susie - Guy Mitchell (Colombia) 8. (11) Side By Side - Kay Starr (Capitol)
4. (7) Downhearted - Eddie Fisher (HMV) 9. (10) In A Golden Coach (There's A Heart Of Gold) - Billy Cotton & His Band (Decca)
5. (9) Tell Me A Story - Jimmy Boyd & Frankie Laine (Philips) 10. (8) Somebody Stole My Gal - Johnnie Ray (Philips)
6. (4) Oh Happy Day - Johnston Brothers (Decca) 11. Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me - Muriel Smith (Philips)
      12. Terry's Theme From 'Limelight' - Ron Goodwin (Parlophone)
      Coronation Rag - Winifred Atwell (Decca)
♪Most weeks at number one when England played: Frankie Laine, Al Martino and Lita Roza..... one each

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