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'U23' 02 vs. Italy

Wednesday, 20 January 1954
International Friendly Intermediate Match

Italy 3 England 0 [1-0]
 



Match Summary
Italy Party
England Party

Stadio Comunale, Saragozza, Bologna
Kick-off (CET): tbc

Attendance: 35,000.

Italy kicked-off England won the toss
[1-0] Guiseppi Virgili 10
 slipped the ball past the advancing goalkeeper
[2-0] Gina Pivatelli 55

 low drive through a group of players
[3-0] Marco Savioni 90

 from a scramble following a corner
 
 
 

Match Summary

Officials from France

England

Type

Italy
Referee (-) - M. Harsig
x (-).

Linesmen -
Both Intermediate players had to be under the age of 23 on December 31st, 1953 and must not have played in more than one full international.

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Italy Intermediate Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established; Colours: Blue jerseys, black shorts, black socks.
Capt: Luciano Comaschi Manager: Lajos Czeizler, 60 (5, October 1893, in Heves, Hungary)
Team chosen from a party of thirty youngsters.
Italy Lineup
1 Stefani, Ideo 21 20 March 1932 G Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio SpA    
2 Comaschi, Luciano 22 3 July 1931 RB Napoli SSC    
3 Bernasconi, Gaudenzio 21 8 August 1932 LB Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio SpA    
4 Zagatti, Francesco 21 18 April 1932 RHB AC Milan SpA    
5 Turchi, Giorgio 22 26 October 1931 CHB Bologna FC 1909 SpA    
6 Invernizzi, Giovanni 22 26 August 1931 LHB Udinese Calcio    
7 Conti, Oliviero 20 28 February 1933 OR UC Sampdoria    
8 Pivatelli, Gina 20 27 March 1933 IR Bologna FC 1909 SpA    
9 Virgili, Guiseppi 18 24 July 1935 CF Udinese Calcio    
10 Tortul, Mario 22 25 February 1931 IL UC Sampdoria    
11 Savioni, Marco 22 23 February 1931 OL Novara Calcio    

unused substitutes:

not known
 
2-3-5 Stefani -
Comaschi, Bernasconi -
Zagatti, Turchi, Invernizzi -
Conti, Pivatelli, Virgili, Tortul, Savioni

Averages:

Age 21.0 Appearances/Goals    

 

England Intermediate Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established; Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops (no badge).
Capt: Bill Dodgin, first captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 40 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
first intermediate match, W 0 - D 0 - L 1 - F 0 - A 3.
Team chosen by Selection Committee on Monday, 4 January 1954.
England Lineup
  Wood, Raymond E. 22 11 June 1931 G Manchester United FC 1 3 GA
2 Gunter, Philip E. 21 6 January 1932 RB Portsmouth FC 1 0
3 Ellis, Sydney C. 22 16 August 1931 LB Charlton Athletic FC 1 0
4 Whitefoot, Jeffrey 20 31 December 1933 RHB Manchester United FC 1 0
5 Dodgin, William 22 4 November 1931 CHB Arsenal FC 1 0
6 Edwards, Duncan 17 1 October 1936 LHB Manchester United FC 1 0
7 Finney, Alan 20 31 October 1933 OR Sheffield Wednesday FC 1 0
8 Broadbent, Peter F. 20 15 May 1933 IR Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1 0
9 Leary, Stuart E. 21 30 April 1933
born in Cape Town, South Africa
CF Charlton Athletic FC 1 0
10 Nicholls, John 22 3 April 1931 IL West Bromwich Albion FC 1 0
11 Blunstone, Frank 19 17 October 1934 OL Chelsea FC 1 0

unused substitutes:

Ron Flowers (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC) and Johnny Haynes (Fulham FC). Flowers was also the deputy goalkeeper.

team notes:

On Monday, 18 January, the 'Imps' had a trial match with Chelsea FC, although the match lasted with a twenty minute first half and a 35 minute second half, the match ended 1-1. Roy Bentley scoring for Chelsea and Stuart Leary heading the equalizer.
 
2-3-5 Wood -
Gunter, Ellis -
Whitefoot, Dodgin, Edwards -
Finney, Broadbent, Leary, Nicholls, Blunstone.

Averages:

Age 20.5 Appearances/Goals 1.0 0.0

 

Source Notes

"Football Association selectors yesterday announced the names of players who will form a new international team, called the England Intermediate Team, which is to be officially regarded as third in importance to the full international side, and the England 'B' team which is the reserve XI.
"Italy have agreed that all players in the match must be under 23 on December 1931, 1953, and that none shall have played in more than one full international match." - Tuesday, 5 January 1954, The Yorkshire and Leeds Mercury.

"This is the start of the scheme whereby potential full international players can get the vital experience of playing in an international match setting abroad. They will also have the opportunity of playing together in groups ― another valuable experience for the future."
- Monday, 10 January 1954, Walter Winterbottom.


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