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592 vs. Chile
Sunday, 24 May 1953
Early Summer American Tour Match

Chile 1 England 2
Chile is the 26th nation visited by England
Estadio Nacional de Chile, Ñuñoa, Santiago
Kick-off: in the afternoon

'official paid attendance': '56,388'; '56,398'; Receipts: '£18,000' (a new Chilean record ($7,665,920).
'when play began there must have been 70,000 packed in.'
Chile kicked-off Billy Wright won the toss
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[0-0] Cortes free-kick pushed onto the bar c.20
Carlos Rojas injured - 10 men
another injury - 9 men
[0-0] Muñoz shot strikes the post c.44
began second half with 10 men

returned to full compliment 49

[1-2] Carlos Rojas 78
Chilean FA state an Alf Ramsey own goal.

 'shot from 30 yards and the ball struck Ramsey and sailed into the air, over Merrick's hands, into the net.',
''Ramsey deflected a shot from Rojas into the net', 'deflected away from Merrick',
'the ball being deflected into the net by Ramsey'
'being diverted out of Merrick's reach',
'Rojas scored for Chile',
'a shot which appeared to be going well wide struck Diaz and was deflected wide of Merrick.'
[0-1] Tommy Taylor 48
'Ivor Broadis crossed to Taylor, who hit the ball beautifully to the far corner of the net'
'scored with a high dropping shot'
[0-1] Tom Finney shot 'shaved' the bar
[0-2] Nat Lofthouse 68
'Ivor Broadis weaved through on the right and passed back to Lofthouse who, unmarked, scored easily, with a right foot drive from 15 yards'
[0-2] Ivor Broadis headed onto the bar

<It is unclear as to who scored this goal, Rojas or Ramsey. The descriptions are not descriptive to ascertain whether Rojas' shot was on target and Ramsey's deflection constitutes an own goal.
There is no Television or Radio coverage
Officials Chile FIFA ruling on substitutes England Party
Referee (black)
Arthur Edward Ellis
38 (8 July 1914), Halifax, Yorkshire
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.

Also in attendance was the Chilean President Ibanez.

The half-time interval was 28 minutes long.
tbc tbc
Chile Team
Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 15th to 17th
Colours Red collared jerseys, blue shorts, white socks.
Captain Serjio Livingstone
'Wright beat Livingstone in the toss'
Manager Luis Tirado Gordillo, 47 (4 April 1906)
Chile Lineup
  Livingstone Pohlhammer, Serjio R. 33
59 days
26 March 1920 G CD Universidad Católica 44 0
2 Álvarez Jiménez, Manuel 25
1 day
23 May 1928 RB CD Universidad Católica 13 0
3 Núñez Gajardo, Rogelio 26
79 days
6 March 1927 LB CSD Colo-Colo 1 0
4 Cortés Alba, S. Ramiro 24
27 days
27 April 1931 LHB Audax Italiano SI 12 0
5 Farías Barraza, Arturo 25
265 days
1 September 1927 CB CSD Colo-Colo 19 0
Rojas Rojas, Carlos R. 24
234 days
2 October 1928 RHB Club Unión Española 13 1
7 Álvarez Pérez, Sergio 26
283 days
14 August 1926 OR Everton de Viña del Mar 1 0
only app 1953
8 Cremaschi Oyarzún, Atilio 30
77 days
8 March 1923 IR Club Unión Española 25 10
9 Meléndez Brito, René O. 24
146 days
29 December 1928 CF Everton de Viña del Mar 13 2
10 Muñoz Muñoz, Manuel 25
26 days
28 April 1928 IL CSD Colo-Colo 8 2
11 Díaz Zambrano, Guillermo E. 22
146 days
29 December 1930 OL CD Santiago Wanderers 11 3
unused substitutes: -
team notes: The Chilean team ended the first half with nine men, after two players apparently fainted. Keeping in mind the trickery of the Buenos Aires substitution over a week ago, the referee called 'play on!'. One was forced to reappear for the second half, whereas the other, Carlos Rojas, waited until an England attack before appearing.... that attack resulted in England's first goal.
Rojas was 9000 days old.
3-2-5 Livingstone -
M.Álvarez, Farías, Núñez -
Cortés, Rojas -

S.Álvarez, Cresmaschi, Meléndez, Muñoz, Díaz.
Averages: Age 25 years 356 days Appearances/Goals 14.5 1.5
England Team
Rank 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.
P 31st of 43, W 18 - D 8 - L 5 - F 82 - A 42.
Captain Billy Wright
Manager Walter Winterbottom, 40 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
record 34th of 90, W 21 - D 7 - L 6 - F 83 - A 41. Trainer: Jimmy Trotter (Charlton Athletic FC) P 52nd of 139, W 34 - D 11 - L 7 - F 153 - A 60, inc. one abandoned.
  ³ Party chosen by Selection Committee headed by Harold Shentall, on Monday, 13 April. Team chosen on Friday, 22 May.
England Lineup
  unchanged from the previous match league position (FINAL) (13 April>2 May)  
  Merrick, Gilbert H. 31
118 days
26 January 1922 G Birmingham City FC (FL2 9th>6th) 12 13ᵍᵃ
2 Ramsey, Alfred E. 33
122 days
22 January 1920 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC (FL 10th>=) 28 1
3 Eckersley, William 27
312 days
16 July 1925 LB Blackburn Rovers FC (FL2 8th>9th) 11 0
4 Wright, William A. 29
107 days
6 February 1924 RHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL TOP>3rd) 49 3
most apps 1952-53
5 Johnston, Harry 33
237 days
26 September 1919 CHB Blackpool FC (FL 7th>=) 5 0
6 Dickinson, James W. 28
30 days
24 April 1925 LHB Portsmouth FC (FL 13th>15th) 26 0
7 Finney, Thomas 31
49 days
5 April 1922 OR Preston North End FC (FL 2nd>RU) 45 21
Broadis, Ivan A. 30
154 days
18 December 1922 IR Manchester City FC (FL 18th>20th) 6 3
Lofthouse, Nathaniel 27
267 days
27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 12th>14th) 14 15
the eighth player to reach the 15-goal milestone (2yrs 183dys)
Taylor, Thomas 21
115 days
29 January 1932 IL Manchester United FC (FL 8th>=) 2 1
11 Berry, R. John 26
357 days
1 June 1926 OL Manchester United FC (FL 8th>=) 2 0
unused substitutes: Ted Ditchburn (Tottenham Hotspur FC (FL 10th>=)), Tommy Garrett (Blackpool FC (FL 7th>=)), Malcolm Barrass (Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 12th>14th)), Ray Barlow (West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 5th>4th)), Roy Bentley (Chelsea FC (FL 21st>19th)), Redfern Froggatt (Sheffield Wednesday FC (FL 20th>18th)) and Jack Froggatt (Portsmouth FC (FL 13th>15th)).
team notes: Billy Wright also overtakes the UK appearance record, previously held by Wales' Billy Meredith.
For only the sixth time post-war, England have fielded an unchanged side, for the second time this season.
"In the 60th minute Lofthouse and Farias clashed with the result that oranges and other objects were hurled onto the pitch. One Chilean player swung a punch at Lofthouse, but the incident passed over."
records: This draw extends the post-war unbeaten record to sixteen games without loss.
2-3-5 Merrick -
Ramsey, Eckersley -
Wright, Johnston, Dickinson -
Finney, Broadis, Lofthouse, Taylor, Berry.
Averages: Age 29 years 70 days Appearances/Goals 18.2 3.8
most experienced post-war team so far
The England team was presented with a copper plate each at a banquet held by the Chilean FA at their offices following the match
              Match Report by Mike Payne

Fully two hours before the start of this eagerly awaited clash, 70,000 people were packed into the National Stadium, Santiago to see their favourites take on the mighty England.

As anticipated, Chile began well as their crowd got behind them but there was little punch in their attack. England, on the other hand, were dangerous on the break, although the blank scoresheet at half-time reflected a poorish game.

Chile had Rojas injured before the interval and he did not reappear immediately when the game restarted. He had still not appeared when, in the 48th minute, Tommy Taylor opened his England scoring account to give his team the lead.

Rojas then came back on the field but after 68 minutes, England increased their lead with a goal by Nat Lofthouse. Chile came back and, with 12 minutes to go, Rojas completed an eventful match for him by pulling a goal back. His shot took a deflection of Alf Ramsey leaving Gil Merrick helpless.

There were no more real scares for England before the end and they were able to celebrate a good victory.

              Match Report by Norman Giller

Tommy Taylor's first goal for England in the forty-eighth minute was a freak. His intended cross was turned into the net by Chilean goalkeeper Livingstone-Eves, who was the son of a Scot. Nat Lofthouse scored the second decisive goal after one of a dozen thrusting runs by Finney, and three minutes later he headed another Finney cross against the bar. The Chileans scored their only goal seven minutes from the end when a Rojas shot was deflected wide of the diving Gil Merrick.

              Match Report as appears in the F.A. Yearbook 1953-54, page 23

An unchanged England team played with great determination in the match at Santiago a week later, and, after opening in fine style, took command in the second half. The most important feature of the game was the success of the new left wing of Taylor and Berry. They combined well, switching positions frequently, and balanced the artistry of the right flank with drive and penetration. It was Taylor who opened the score, just after the interval, lobbing in a chipped pass from Broadis. Twenty minutes later, Finney drew two men to him and then sent Broadis away down the wing. His centre was hooked first time into the net by Lofthouse.
A few minutes later a typical Lofthouse-Finney move ended in the centre-forward shaking the crossbar with his header. But on the whole Farias gave Lofthouse little room. Eight minutes from the end a shot by Diaz which Merrick had well covered struck a Chilean player and soared over the goalkeeper's head into the net. This was the signal for a Chilean rally that sent the spectators into a high fever of excitement until the final whistle proclaimed England winners.


      In Other News....
It was on 25 May 1953 that Daniel Passarella, Argentina's first World-Cup-winning captain, in 1978, was born. He won a second winners' medal in 1986, but was an unused member of that squad, in Mexico.
              Source Notes
Original newspaper reports
The Complete Book of the British Charts
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record

Norman Giller, Football Author
Edgardo Marin's La Roja De Todos (1985)