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285 vs. Scotland
287 vs. Hungary

Sunday, 16 May 1954
End-of-Season East-European Tour Match

Yugoslavia 1 England 0 [0-0]


Match Summary
Yugoslavia Squad
England Squad

Stadion Jugoslovenska Narodna Armija, Savski Venac, Beograd
Attendance: 59,000;
Kick-off: tbc BST

Yugoslavia - Mitić (87)
Results 1950-1955

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Match Summary





Referee (-) - tbc
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc

  Goal Attempts  
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  Hit Bar/Post  
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Yugoslavia Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 8th
Colours: Blue jerseys, white shorts, red socks.
Capt:   Manager:  
Yugoslavia Lineup
        G     GA
2       RB      
3       LB      
4       RHB      
5       CHB      
6       LHB      
7       OR      
8       IR      
9       CF      
10       IL      
11       OL      
Yugoslavia Substitutes


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Age - 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, 42nd captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 41 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
60th match, W 38 - D 12 - L 10 - F 178 - A 80, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
England Lineup
  Merrick, Gilbert H. 32 26 January 1922 G Birmingham City FC 19 30 GA
2 Staniforth, Ronald 30 13 April 1924 RB Huddersfield Town AFC 2 0
3       LB      
4 Wright, William A. 30 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

57 3
5 Owen, Sydney W. 31 29 September 1922 CHB Luton Town FC 1 0
6 Dickinson, James W. 29 24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

34 0
7 Finney, Thomas 32 5 April 1922 OR

Preston North End FC

50 23
8       IR      
9       CF      
10 Nicholls, John 23 3 April 1921 IL West Bromwich Albion FC 2 1
11 Mullen, James 31 6 January 1923 OL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 11 5
England Substitutes



team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally.
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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Syd Owen, of Luton Town, was the eleventh centre-half tried since the defection of Neil Franklin to the outlawed Colombian league. England concentrated on a deep defence and a counter-attacking policy, and almost got away with a draw. Jimmy Mullen, Ronnie Allen and Johnny Nicholls had shots saved during breakaway raids, but the Yugoslavs were generally in control. They were always the sharper side and deserved their winning goal three minutes from the end when a 35-yard free-kick was deflected by Owen into the path of Mitic, who scored from six yards. This was Tom Finney's fiftieth international for England, and England wanted so much to get at least a draw to mark the occasion. Tom was arguably the finest player to wear the England shirt in the early post-war years. Stanley Matthews was the people's favourite, but most of the professionals would have given Tom the nod just ahead of Stanley because there was so much to his game. He was comfortable in any forward position, could dribble almost as well as Stanley and was as brave as a lion. The defeat in Yugoslavia did little to help our confidence as England went on to Budapest for the return match with Hungary.

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