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Sunday, 23 May 1954
Pre-World Cup East European Tour Match

Hungary 7 England 1 [0-0]

Match Summary
Hungary Party
England Party

Team Records
 

 

The England Party for the pre-World Cup East European Tour  May 1954
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club starts subs App G Capt
Allen, Ronald 15 January 1929 25 OR West Bromwich Albion FC 3 0 3 1 0
Armstrong, Kenneth 3 June 1924 29 RHB Chelsea FC 0 0 0 0 0
Ball, John 13 March 1925 29 RB Bolton Wanderers FC 0 0 0 0 0
Ball was omitted from the final party.
Barlow, Raymond J. 17 August 1926 27 LHB West Bromwich Albion FC 0 0 0 0 0
Barlow was omitted from the final party.
Bell, Eric 27 November 1929 24 LHB Bolton Wanderers FC 0 0 0 0 0
Broadis, Ivan A. 18 December 1922 31 IR Newcastle United FC 10 0 10 5 0
Burgin, Edward 29 April 1927 27 G Sheffield United FC 0 0 0 0ᵍᵃ 0
Byrne, Roger W. 8 September 1929 24 LB Manchester United FC 2 0 2 0 0
Clarke, Henry A. 23 February 1923 31 CHB Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0 1 0 0
Clarke was omitted from the final party.
Dickinson, James W. 24 April 1924 30 LHB Portsmouth FC 34 0 34 0 0
Ditchburn, Edward G. 24 October 1921 32 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 3 0 3 6ᵍᵃ 0
Ditchburn was omitted from the final party.
Dugdale, James R. 15 January 1932 22 CHB West Bromwich Albion FC 0 0 0 0 0
Eckersley, William 16 July 1925 28 LB Blackburn Rovers FC 17 0 17 0 0
Eckersley was omitted from the final party.
Edwards, Duncan 1 October 1936 17 LHB Manchester United FC 0 0 0 0 0
Edwards was added to the squad as a replacement for Slater, on 29 April.
Finney, Thomas 5 April 1922 32 OR

Preston North End FC

50 0 50 23 0
Green, Kenneth 27 April 1924 30 RB Birmingham City FC 0 0 0 0 0
Harris, Peter P. 19 December 1925 28 OR Portsmouth FC 1 0 1 0 0
Harris was added to the final party on 22 April
Haynes, John N. 17 October 1934 19 IL Fulham FC 0 0 0 0 0
Hooper, Harry 14 June 1933 20 OR West Ham United FC 0 0 0 0 0
Jezzard, Bedford A.G. 15 January 1929 25 CF Fulham FC 0 0 0 0 0
King, Raymond 15 August 1924 29 G Port Vale FC 0 0 0 0ᵍᵃ 0
Lofthouse, Nathaniel 27 August 1925 28 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 19 0 19 20 0
Lofthouse was omitted from the final party.
McGarry, William H. 10 June 1927 26 RHB Huddersfield Town AFC 0 0 0 0 0
Mansell, John 22 August 1927 26 LB Portsmouth FC 0 0 0 0 0
Mansell was added to the final party on 22 April
Merrick, Gilbert H. 26 January 1922 32 G Birmingham City FC 19 0 19 30ᵍᵃ 0
Mullen, James 6 January 1923 31 OL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 10 1 11 5 0
Nicholls, John 3 April 1921 23 IL West Bromwich Albion FC 2 0 2 1 0
Owen, Sydney W. 29 September 1922 31 CHB Luton Town AFC 1 0 1 1 0
Pilkington, Brian 12 February 1933 21 OL Burnley FC 0 0 0 0 0
Pilkington was omitted from the final party.
Quixall, Albert 9 August 1933 20 IF Sheffield Wednesday FC 3 0 3 0 0
Quixall was added to the final party on 22 April
Revie, Donald G. 10 July 1927 26 IR Manchester City FC 1 0 1 0 0
Revie was omitted from the final party.
Robb, George 1 June 1926 27 OL Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0 1 0 0
Robb was added to the final party on 22 April
Sewell, John 24 January 1927 27 IL Sheffield Wednesday FC 5 0 5 3 0
Slater, William J. 29 April 1927 27 LHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

0 0 0 0 0
Slater was added to the final party on 22 April, but withdrew before the party left England
Staniforth, Ronald 13 April 1924 30 RB Huddersfield Town AFC 2 0 2 0 0
Taylor, Thomas 29 January 1932 22 IL Manchester United FC 3 0 3 2 0
Taylor withdrew from the party on 11 May because of injury.
Thompson, George H. 15 September 1926 27 G Preston North End FC 0 0 0 0ᵍᵃ 0
Thompson was added to the final party on 22 April
Willemse, Stanley B. 23 August 1924 29 LB Chelsea FC 0 0 0 0 0
Wilshaw, Dennis J. 11 March 1926 28 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1 0 1 2 0
Wilshaw was added to the final party on 22 April
Wright, William A. 6 February 1924 30 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

57 0 57 3 42

All information is complete to and including England's last match, the sixth of the 1953-54 season, against Yugoslavia on 16 May 1954.

Diary

Wednesday, 8 April 1954 - The Football Association announce a party of 32 players who are under consideration for the two full England international games and two 'B' Internationals. England are to play Yugoslavia at Belgrade on 16 May and Hungary at Budapest on 23 May. The B team are to play Yugoslavia B, also on 16 May, in Zagreb, and Greece in Athens, also on 23 May. The final selection will not be made before 21 April. The 32 players named were in the forefront for consideration for one or other of the tours and their travel documents were being put into readiness.
There is nothing to preclude players not included in the list issued yesterday from being among those eventually selected, and inclusion in the list of 32 does not necessarily mean automatic selection.

Thursday, 22 April 1954 - The Football Association have today announced the names of 31 players who will take part in two continental tours next month. The two separate parties, full and 'B', will be classified at a later date.
Preston North End's goalkeeper George Thompson is one of seven new players who have been added
. Along with Peter Harris, Jack Mansell, Albert Quixall, George Robb, Bill Slater and Dennis Wilshaw. The eight that have dropped out are Jack Ball, Ray Barlow, Harry Clarke, Ted Ditchburn, Bill Eckersley, Nat Lofthouse, Brian Pilkington and Don Revie.
The new party of 31 players are due to begin a spell of training at The Saffrons in Eastbourne from the 4th to the 6th May. Then after a couple of days at home, the party, by now, split in two, will reassemble in London and leave for the Continent on 14th May.
The nine additional players to make up the forty for the World Cup Finals are Stan Matthews, Nat Lofthouse, Jack Ball, Allenby Chilton, Duncan Edwards, Ron Greenwood, Roy Bentley, Stan Rickaby and Les Shannon.

Thursday, 29 April 1954 - Duncan Edwards, the 17 year old Manchester United left-half, who was nominated as one of the forty possibles, has been chosen to deputise for Bill Slater in the list of 31 players selected for the tour next month. Slater, on the physical training staff at Birmingham University, cannot obtain leave. Manchester City's Don Revie takes Edwards place in the list of 'nine additional players'.

Tuesday, 4 May 1954 - A battery of Press photographers and BBC Television cameramen greeted 22 England players as they arrived at the Saffrons this morning for training. Captain Billy Wright was immediately asked to appear before television for a personal interview.

Wednesday, 5 May 1954 - The Mayor, Alderman EC Martin, and other officials of Eastbourne Corporation were present at a lunch today with the footballers at the Albion Hotel, Eastbourne. The morning's training session was overshadowed by an injury to West Ham's Harry Hooper, he collided with iron seats at one end of the training ground and has returned to London for treatment. His right knee is swollen and is expected to be fit in a couple of days. Gil Merrick sat out training, as he was undergoing treatment for a back strain.

Tuesday, 11 May 1954 - The Selectors have chosen their teams for the Full International against Yugoslavia in Belgrade on Sunday, as well as the 'B' team that will face their Yugoslavia equivalents in Ljubljana on the same day. Manchester United's Tommy Taylor has withdrawn from the party because of injury and he will not be replaced.
Because of the recent earthquakes in Greece, the fixture due to take place on the 23rd May in Athens has now been postponed. Instead the 'B' team will meet the Swiss 'B' team in Basel. The entire party of thirty will now travel together, leaving London on Friday 14th and returning on 24th. After which, the final list of 22 players to represent England at the World Cup Finals in Switzerland next month, will be decided.

Friday, 14 May 1954 - The England party leave for Yugoslavia. The Full team have left for Belgrade on board the Elizabethan, a specially chartered airliner from London airport, while at the same time, the party making up the 'B' team, fly from Blackbushe Airport.

Saturday, 15 May 1954 - The England Full team have an early training session, before being received by the Lord Mayor of Belgrade, alongside Sir Stanley Rous, the secretary of the FA. Afterwhich, they attended a reception given by John Shattock, britich Charge d'Affairs, in the absence of the Ambassador, Sir Ivor Mallet.

Sunday, 16 May 1954 - Yugoslavia, scoring four minutes from the end, defeated England by 1-0 at Belgrade, and so preserved their unbeaten record against England. Mitic scoring the only goal. Ronnie Allen suffered slight concussion but is expected to be available for the match against Hungary. If he is unfit, Jezzard is the natural replacement, as the same time in Ljubljana, about 300 miles to the west, Yugoslav's 'B' team defeated England 'B' team by two goals to one after a blank first half, Jezzard scoring England's goal, so that it was an unhappy day for English football.

Tuesday, 18 May 1954 - The party is split into two teams once more, the First team consists of sixteen players and will leave for Budapest. The fourteen making up the B team will leave for Basel. It is thought that the selectors are not likley to change the Full team's defence, but the forward line maybe totally reformed. Both parties leave for their destinations tomorrow.

Wednesday, 19 May 1954 - The England Full team arrive at the Budapest airport, where the Hungarian captain, Ferenc Puskás, presented his English counterpart, Billy Wright, with a bouquet of red roses. The England party should have gone to their lakeside resort in Balaton, but in view of the cloudy conditions, they remained in the city overnight.

Thursday, 20 May 1954 - England's players trained and practised for a full hour in the cold, wet, squally weather, by the shores of Balaton. Meanwhile, the Hungary team that has been chosen to face England, had a practice match against the Danube shoemakers factory team (9-0). England have indeed, changed their forward line to play Hungary. Peter Harris, who last played for England against Republic of Ireland in 1950, comes in. Jackie Sewell gets his first match of the tour, and Bedford Jezzard earns his first cap.

Friday, 21 May 1954 - The England B party are training on their Basle ground where they will play the Swiss on Sunday, after which the team is chosen. There are five changes to the side that were beaten by Yugoslavia B team. King, McGarry, Edwards, Allen and Wilshaw replace Burgin, Armstrong, Bell, Jezzard and Haynes.

Saturday, 22 May 1954 - England will travel to Budapest and stay in a hotel two miles outside of the city. They spend the morning training at the Nepstadion in Budapest.

England Form: last six games
W D W L W L  f 18:a 15  success: 58%
281 10 October 1953 - Wales 1 England 4 [1-1]
Ninian Park, Cardiff (61,000)
Allchurch
Wilshaw (2), Lofthouse (2)
BC/
WCP
AW
282 21 October 1953 -
England
4
Rest of the World 4 [2-3]
Empire Stadium, Wembley
(97,000)
Mortensen, Mullen (2), Ramsey (pen)
Kubala (2 (1 pen)), Boniperti (2)
Fr HD
283 11 November 1953 - England 3 Ireland 1 [1-0]
Goodison Park, Liverpool
(70,700)
Hassall (2), Lofthouse
McMorran
BC/
WCP
HW
284 25 November 1953 - England 3 Hungary 6 [2-4]
Empire Stadium, Wembley
(100,000)
Sewell, Mortensen, Ramsey (pen)
Hidegkuti (3), Puskás (2), Bozsik
Fr HL
285 3 April 1954 - Scotland 2 England 4 [1-1]
Hampden Park, Glasgow
(134,554)
Brown, Ormond
Broadis, Nicholls,
R.Allen, Mullen
BC/
WCP
AW
286 16 May 1954 - Yugoslavia 1 England 0 [0-0]
Stadion JNA, Beograd
(59,000)
Mitić tour AL

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