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Saturday, 10 October 1953
Home International Championship 1953-54 (59th) Match

World Cup 1954 UEFA Group Three Qualification Match

Wales 1 England 4 [1-1]


Match Summary
Wales Squad
England Squad

Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff, Glamorgan
Attendance: 61,000;
Kick-off: tbc BST

Wales - Ivor Allchurch (23)
England - Dennis Wilshaw (45, 50), Nat Lofthouse (52, 53)
Results 1950-1955

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Match Summary

Officials from Scotland




Referee (-) - C.E. Faultless
x (-), Glasgow.

Linesmen - J.P. Goodall, Glasgow, and J. Whiteside, Renfrew.

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Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 21st to 24th
Colours: Made by Umbro - Red jerseys with white collars/cuffs, white shorts with red side stripe, red socks with white tops.
Capt: Wally Barnes Manager: team chosen on Monday, 28 September 1953
Wales Lineup (as announced on 28 Sept)
  Howells, Ron 23   G Cardiff City FC   GA
2 Barnes, Wallace 32   RB Arsenal FC, England    
3 Sherwood, Alfred 29   LB Cardiff City FC    
4 Paul, Roy 30   RHB Manchester City FC, England    
5 Daniel, Raymond 25   CHB Sunderland AFC, England    
6 Burgess, Ronald 36   LHB Tottenham Hotspur FC, England    
7 Foulkes, William 25   OR Newcastle United FC, England    
8 Charles, John 22   IR Leeds United AFC, England    
9 Ford, Trevor 28   CF Sunderland AFC, England    
10 Allchurch, Ivor 23   IL Swansea City FC    
11 Clarke, Roy 27   OL Manchester City FC, England    
Wales Substitutes


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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th to 3rd
Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, 37th captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 40 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
55th match, W 36 - D 11 - L 8 - F 164 - A 66, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
England Lineup
  Merrick, Gilbert H. 31 26 January 1922 G Birmingham City FC 14 16 GA
2 Garrett, Thomas H. 26 28 February 1927 RB Blackpool FC 3 0
3       LB      
4 Wright, William A. 29 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

52 3
5 Johnston, Harry 34 26 September 1919 CHB Blackpool FC 8 0
6 Dickinson, James W. 28 24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

29 0
7 Finney, Thomas 31 5 April 1922 OR

Preston North End FC

48 23
8 Quixall, Albert 20 9 August 1933 IR Sheffield Wednesday FC 1 0
9 Lofthouse, Nathaniel 28 27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 17 19
10 Wilshaw, Dennis J. 27 11 March 1926 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1 2
11 Mullen, James 30 6 January 1923 OL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 7 2
England Substitutes



team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally.
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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Dennis Wilshaw celebrated his first England cap with two goals, and Nat Lofthouse netted twice for the second successive match. All of England's goals came in the ten minutes either side of the half-time interval after Wales had taken a deserved twenty-third minute lead through Ivor Allchurch. Wales played for much of the game with left-back Alf Sherwood a passenger on the wing after he had been concussed in the thirty-second minute. Giant Leeds centre-forward John Charles might have had a hat-trick but for a succession of superb saves by England goalkeeper Gil Merrick. Albert Quixall, literally worth his weight in gold when sold by Sheffield Wednesday to Manchester United for £45,000 in 1958, made his England debut at inside-right at the age of twenty. Wales were unlucky not to have salvaged a draw from a game they often dominated. As in 1949-50, the Home Championship was used to determine Great Britain's qualifiers for the World Cup finals. There were more than 60,000 fans packed into Ninian Park, and the atmosphere was just like the Welsh stoke up for their rugby internationals. England were hugely flattered with the size of the victory. This was the beginning of the rise of the greatest Welsh football team in their history, with John Charles and Ivor Allchurch laying the foundations to their memorable careers. There has been a more gifted all-round British footballer than Big John. He was equally effective at centre-forward or centre-half, and once he had moved to Juventus from Leeds he developed into the perfect player. He not only had great technique, but also the ideal temperament. His nickname the Gentle Giant was misleading because he could be as physical as Nat Lofthouse one minute and then as beautifully balanced as Tom Finney the next. He was commanding in the air and could head with the force of a Tommy Lawton. When the conversation gets around to who has been the greatest British footballer of all time John tends to get left out of the argument because he spent so much time in Italy, but he should be in anybody's top six players. 

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