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281 vs. Wales
283 vs. Ireland

Wednesday, 21 October 1953
Football Association 90th Anniversary Celebration Match

England 4 Rest of the World 4 [2-3]


Match Summary
England Squad
Rest of the World Squad

Empire Stadium, Wembley Park, Wembley, Middlesex
Attendance: 97,000;
Kick-off: 2.30pm GMT
Live on BBC (UK) - Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme

England - Stan Mortensen, Jimmy Mullen (2), Alf Ramsey (penalty 89)
Rest of the World - Ladislav Kubala (2 (1 pen)), Boniperti (2)
Results 1950-1955

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Match Summary




Rest of the World

Referee (-) - Benjamin Mervyn Giffiths
x (-).

Linesmen - H.Bauwens, Belgium (flame flag), and V.Orlandini, Italy (orange flag).

This match, retrospectively, is not, is not recognised as official by FIFA, even though, FIFA choose the team and made requests regarding the officials.

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO record no rating
Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks.
Capt: Billy Wright, 38th captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 40 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
56th match, W 36 - D 12 - L 8 - F 168 - A 70, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
England Lineup
  Merrick, Gilbert H. 31 26 January 1922 G Birmingham City FC 15 20 GA
2 Ramsey, Alfred E. 33 22 January 1920 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 31 2
3 Eckersley     LB Blackburn    
4 Wright, William A. 29 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

53 3
5 Ufton, Derek G. 25 31 May 1928 CHB Charlton Athletic FC 1 0
6 Dickinson, James W. 28 24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

30 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 38 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 34 10
8 Mortensen, Stanley H. 32 26 May 1921 IR Blackpool FC 24 22
9 Lofthouse, Nathaniel 28 27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 18 19
10 Quixall, Albert 20 9 August 1933 IL Sheffield Wednesday FC 2 0
11 Mullen, James 30 6 January 1923 OL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 8 4
England Substitutes



team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally.
Derek Ufton becomes the first England player not to appear against another country.
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Rest of the World Team



not applicable Colours: Light blue jerseys, white shorts, blue socks
Capt:   Manager:  
Rest of the World Lineup
  Zeman     G     GA
2 Happel     RB      
3 Stotz     LB      
4 Hanappi     RHB      
5 Posipal     CHB      
6 Ocwirk     LHB      
7 Boniperti     OR      
8 Kubala     IR      
9 Nordahl, Gunnar     CF      
10 Vukas     IL      
11 Zebec     OL      
Rest of the World Substitutes


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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

An Alf Ramsey penalty in the last minute gave England a draw in a showpiece match to mark the Football Association's 90th birthday. England trailed three times against the European all-stars in a Wednesday afternoon match that provided a feast of football for the 97,000 spectators. Some forty-six years later FIFA saw fit to downgrade the game to non-international status, but the Football Association awarded Billy Wright a cap and it stays in English records as a full international. That is good news for talented Charlton defender Derek Ufton, a solid batsman and understudy at Kent to wicket-keeper Godfrey Evans, who won his only cap in the game. England took the game very seriously because there was a lot of pride and prestige at stake. Considering they had only been together for a couple of days, the Rest of Europe side played some magnificent football. The pick of the players was Ladislav Kubala, who had been the first of the outstanding Hungarians to switch his football allegiance to Spain. Ask anybody from Barcelona or Budapest and they will tell you that he was in the class of Puskas. He had wonderful ball control and the ability to make space for himself with clever changes of pace. A naturally gifted genius, Kubala left Hungary just before the rise of their greatest of all teams. Just imagine how good they would have been had he still been available for selection! Kubala AND Puskas to mark. The mind boggles!

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