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592 vs. Chile

Sunday, 24 May 1953
Early Summer American Tour Match

Chile 1 England 2 [0-0]

Estadio Nacional de Chile, Ñuñoa, Santiago
Kick-off: in the afternoon

56,388; Receipts: �18,000 (Chilean record).

Chile kicked-off England won the toss Match Summary
Chile Party
England Party

[1-2] Carlos Rojas 78

 30-yard shot struck Ramsey and sailed over Merrick
The Chileans call it an Alf Ramsey own goal.
[0-1] Tommy Taylor 48
Livingstone missed Taylor's cross which ended in the net
[0-2] Nat Lofthouse 68
15-yard right-fotted shot from a one-two with Broadis

Match Summary





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

Linesmen - tbc

Also in attendance was the Chilean President Ibanez.

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.

The half-time interval was at least twenty minutes long.

  Goal Attempts  
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Chile Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 15th to 17th
Colours: Red collared jerseys, blue shorts, white socks.
Capt:   Manager: Luis Tirado Gordillo, 47 (4 April 1906)
Chile Lineup
  Livingstone Pohlhammer, Serjio R. 33 26 March 1920 G Club Deportivo Universidad Cat�lica 44 GA
2 �lvarez Jim�nez, Manuel 25 23 May 1928 RB Club Deportivo Universidad Cat�lica 13 0
3 N��ez Gajardo, Rogelio 26 6 March 1927 LB Club Social Deportivo Colo-Colo 1 0
4 Cort�s Alba, S. Ramiro 24 27 April 1931 LHB Audax Italiano La Florida SADP 12 0
5 Far�as Barraza, Arturo 25 1 September 1927 CHB Club Social Deportivo Colo-Colo 19 0
6 Rojas Rojas, Carlos R. 24 2 October 1928 RHB Club Unión Espa�ola SADP 13 1
7 �lvarez Pérez, Sergio     OR Everton de Vi�a del Mar SADP 1 0
8 Cremaschi Oyarz�n, Atilio 30 8 March 1923 IR Club Unión Espa�ola SADP 25 10
9 Mel�ndez Brito, Ren O. 24 29 December 1928 CF Everton de Vi�a del Mar SADP 13 2
10 Mu�oz Mu�oz, Manuel 25 28 April 1928 IL Club Social Deportivo Colo-Colo 8 2
11 Díaz Zambrano, Guillermo E. 22 29 December 1930 OL Club de Deportes 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, Carlis Rojas, waited until an England attack before appearing.... that attack resulted in England's first goal.
2-3-5 Livingstone -
M.�lvarez, N��ez -
Cort�s, Far�as, Rojas -

S.�lvarez, Cresmaschi, Mel�ndez, Mu�oz, Díaz.


Age 25.8 Appearances/Goals 14.5 1.5


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared short-sleeeved jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, 34th 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;
52nd match, W 34 - D 11 - L 7 - F 153 - A 60, inc. one abandoned.
Party chosen by Selection Committee headed by Harold Shentall, on Monday, 13 April 1953. Team chosen on Friday, 22 May 1953.
England Lineup
  Merrick, Gilbert H. 31 26 January 1922 G Birmingham City FC 12 13ᵍᵃ
2 Ramsey, Alfred E. 33 22 January 1920 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 28 1
3 Eckersley, William 27 16 July 1925 LB Blackburn Rovers FC 11 0
4 Wright, William A. 29 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

49 3
5 Johnston, Harry 33 26 September 1919 CHB Blackpool FC 5 0
6 Dickinson, James W. 28 24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

26 0
7 Finney, Thomas 31 5 April 1922 OR

Preston North End FC

45 21
8 Broadis, Ivan A. 30 18 December 1922 IR Manchester City FC 6 3
9 Lofthouse, Nathaniel 27 27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 14 15
10 Taylor, Thomas 21 29 January 1932 IL Manchester United FC 2 1
11 Berry, R. John 26 1 June 1926 OL Manchester United FC 2 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), Redfern Froggatt (Sheffield Wednesday FC) and Jack Froggatt (Portsmouth FC).

team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, he 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.
2-3-5 Merrick -
Ramsey, Eckersley -
Wright, Johnston, Dickinson -
Finney, Broadis, Lofthouse, Taylor, Berry.


Age 28.7 Appearances/Goals 18.2 3.8


    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.

    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 Chile, Frankie Laine's I Believe was the best selling single. When the chart of Friday, 22 May 1953 was published, there were ten surviving songs from the last chart when England played:-

1. (=) I Believe - Frankie Laine (Philips) 7. (9) In A Golden Coach (There's A Heart Of Gold) - Billy Cotton & His Band (Decca)
2. (=) Pretend - Nat 'King' Cole (Capitol) (11) Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me - Muriel Smith (Philips)
3. (4) Downhearted - Eddie Fisher (HMV) 8. (6) Oh Happy Day - Johnston Brothers (Decca)
4. (3) Pretty Little Black Eyed Susie - Guy Mitchell (Colombia) 9. (7) (How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window - Lita Roza (Decca)
5. (=) Tell Me A Story - Jimmy Boyd & Frankie Laine (Philips) 10. Terry's Theme From 'Limelight' - Frank Chacksfield (Decca)
6. I'm Walking Behind You - Eddie Fisher with Sally Sweetland (HMV) 11. (12) Terry's Theme From 'Limelight' - Ron Goodwin (Parlophone)
    12. (7) She Wears Red Feathers - Guy Mitchell (Colombia)
♪Most weeks at number one when England played: Frankie Laine two, and 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)
Edgardo Marin's La Roja De Todos (1985)

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