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Sunday, 31 May 1953
postponed 24 hours because of fatigue
Early Summer American Tour Match

Uruguay 2 England 1 [1-0]

Estadio Centenario, Parque Batlle, Montevideo
Kick-off (UYT):
3.00pm. 7.00pm BST

Receipts: c.£15,000;

unknown kicked off   Match Summary
Uruguay Party
England Party
[1-0] Julio Abbadie 27
 cut into the middle and beat Merrick with a fast ground shot
[2-0] Omar Oscar M�guez 60

 outjumped Johnston to head in a Cabrera cross

[2-1] Tommy Taylor 89
first time shot after Ramsey's shot was deflected away

Match Summary





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

Linesmen - tbc

Another 'minor' match preceded this game, serving as a curtain raiser.

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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Uruguay Team

Current World Champions Colours: Sky blue jerseys with white v-necked collar/cuffs, black shorts, black socks with white tops.


No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 7th
Capt: Matias Gonz�les Manager: Juan L�pez Fontana, 45 (15 March 1908), also coach at CA Peñarol, appointed 1949.
Uruguay Lineup
  M�spoli Arbelvide, Roque G. 35 12 October 1917 G CA Peñarol   GA
2 Gonz�les, Mat�as 27 6 August 1925 RB Club Atlético Cerro    
3 Martínez Carreras, W�lliam R. 25 13 January 1928 LB Rampla Juniors FC 9 0
4 Rodríguez Andrade, V�ctor P. 26 2 May 1927 RHB CA Peñarol    
5 Carbello, N�stor E. 24 3 February 1929 CHB Club Nacional de Football    
6 Cruz, Luis A. 28 28 April 1925 LHB Club Nacional de Football    
7 Abbadie Gismero, Julio C. 22 7 September 1930 OR CA Peñarol    
8 Schiaffino, Juan A. 27 28 July 1925 IR CA Peñarol 12 4
9 Mguez Ant�n, Omar �scar 25 5 December 1927 CF CA Peñarol 14 12
10 Pérez Guti�rrez, Julio G. 26 19 June 1926 IL Club Nacional de Football    
11 Cabrera, Juan Carlos nk nk OL Rampla Juniors    

unused substitutes:

2-3-5 M�spoli -
Gonz�les, Martínez -
Rodríguez Andrade, Carbello, Cruz -
Abbadie, Schiaffino, Mguez, Pérez, Carbrera.


Age 26.5 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, 35th 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;
53rd match, W 34 - D 11 - L 8 - F 154 - A 62
, inc. one abandoned.
Party chosen by Selection Committee headed by Harold Shentall, on Monday, 13 April 1953. Team chosen on Saturday, 30 May.
England Lineup
  Merrick, Gilbert H. 31 26 January 1922 G Birmingham City FC 13 15ᵍᵃ
2 Ramsey, Alfred E. 33 22 January 1920 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 29 1
3 Eckersley, William 27 16 July 1925 LB Blackburn Rovers FC 12 0
4 Wright, William A. 29 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

50 3
5 Johnston, Harry 33 26 September 1919 CHB Blackpool FC 6 0
6 Dickinson, James W. 28 24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

27 0
7 Finney, Thomas 31 5 April 1922 OR

Preston North End FC

46 21
8 Broadis, Ivan A. 30 18 December 1922 IR Manchester City FC 7 3
9 Lofthouse, Nathaniel 27 27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 15 15
10 Taylor, Thomas 21 29 January 1932 IL Manchester United FC 3 2
11 Berry, R. John 26 1 June 1926 OL Manchester United FC 3 0

unused substitutes:

Ted Ditchburn (Tottenham Hotspur FC), Tommy Garrett (Blackpool FC), Ray Barlow (West Bromwich Albion FC), Roy Bentley (Chelsea FC) and Jack Froggatt (Portsmouth FC).

team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, becoming the first British player to reach fifty appearances.
For only the second time post-war, England have fielded an unchanged side for three matches in a row.
2-3-5 Merrick -
Ramsey, Eckersley -
Wright, Johnston, Dickinson -
Finney, Broadis, Lofthouse, Taylor, Berry.


Age 28.7 Appearances/Goals 19.2 4.0


    Match Report by Mike Payne

England faced a formidable match on the last leg of their South American tour when they took on the current World Champions, Uruguay. Having won the trophy in 1950 they were now eagerly building a side to defend it in Switzerland the following year and emphasised their power.

England were desperately unlucky before the match. After the Chile game many of the party were struck down by stomach upsets and some of the players looked barely fit enough to play. Nevertheless they battled bravely and to only lose by the odd goal in three was no disgrace.

Uruguay took the lead after 27 minutes. Abbadie cut in from the right wing to fire low, hard and accurately from 20 yards leaving Gil Merrick well beaten. The crowd went wild with delight and firworks were let off all around the stadium, a frighteningly new experience for some of the younger players of this England team.

The England team was always struggling and never really got going. Nat Lofthouse, especially, was a pale shadow of his normal self. Having said that England did have their moments. Tommy Taylor and Tom Finney almost got through and Uruguay occasionally had to hang on desperately to their lead. England had no luck at all especially when both Lofthouse and Ivor Broadis hit the inside of the Uruguayans' upright with shots that deserved a better reward.

In the 60th minute, Uruguay stretched their lead. Cabrera, out on left, centred perfectly for M�guez to head wide of the despairing Merrick. Five minutes later Abbadie missed a sitter, shooting over from close range.

At this stage Uruguay were in control, continually beating England for possession. But all credit to the tiring visitors as they refused to give up and they gained some deserved consolation in the last minute when Taylor pulled a goal back.

    Match Report by Norman Giller

World champions Uruguay turned on an exhibition against the old masters, and might have trebled their score but for being over elaborate with dazzling approach play. Abbadie gave Uruguay the lead in the twenty-seventh minute, and clever centre-forward M�guez made it 2-0 on the hour. Nat Lofthouse and Ivor Broadis struck the woodwork and Tommy Taylor scored in the closing moments after an Alf Ramsey shot had been blocked. It was a spirited fight back by England after they had struggled to hold the world champions in a one-sided first half. M�guez, a master of ball control and as crafty as a monkey, led the entire England defence a dance. Billy Wright, winning his 50th cap, played him as well as any defender could do, but several times was left tackling his shadow.

    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 Uruguay, Frankie Laine's I Believe was the best selling single for the third week in a row. When the chart of Friday, 29 May 1953 was published, there were ten surviving songs from the last chart when England played:-

1. (=) I Believe - Frankie Laine (Philips) 8. (9) In A Golden Coach (There's A Heart Of Gold) - Billy Cotton & His Band (Decca)
2. (=) Pretend - Nat 'King' Cole (Capitol) 9. (5) Tell Me A Story - Jimmy Boyd & Frankie Laine (Philips)
3. (10) Terry's Theme From 'Limelight' - Frank Chacksfield (Decca) 10. The Song From The Moulin Rouge - Mantovani (Decca)
4. (3) Downhearted - Eddie Fisher (HMV) 11. (=) Terry's Theme From 'Limelight' - Ron Goodwin (Parlophone)
5. (4) Pretty Little Black Eyed Susie - Guy Mitchell (Colombia) 12. (re) Somebody Stole My Gal - Johnnie Ray (Philips)
6. (7) Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me - Muriel Smith (Philips) 12. (re) Coronation Rag - Winifred Atwell (Decca)
7. (6) I'm Walking Behind You - Eddie Fisher with Sally Sweetland (HMV)      
♪Most weeks at number one when England played: Frankie Laine three weeks, and Al Martino and Lita Roza one each

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
RSSSF Uruguay
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)