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Thursday, 17 June 1954
World Cup 1954 Finals First Phase Pool D, Match Two

Belgium 4 England 4 [1-2]
after extra time, 3-3 after ninety minutes
 

 

Match Summary
Belgium Squad
England Squad

Sankt Jakob Stadium, Sankt Jakob, Basel
Attendance: 14,000;
Kick-off: 6.10pm BST
Live on BBC (UK) - Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme

Belgium - Leopold Anoul (5, 74), Henri Coppens (67), Jimmy Dickinson (own goal 93).
England - Ivor Broadis (25, 62), Nat Lofthouse (37, 92).
Results 1950-1955

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Match Summary

Officials

Belgium

Type

England

Referee (-) - tbc
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  

Belgium Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 15th
Colours: Red jerseys, black shorts, black socks.
Capt:   Manager:  
Belgium Lineup
        G     GA
2       RB      
3       LB      
4       RHB      
5       CHB      
6       LHB      
7       OR      
8       IR      
9       CF      
10       IL      
11       OL      
Belgium Substitutes
1              

reserves:

-
 
- -

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

England Team

 

Rank:

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, 44th captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 41 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
62nd match, W 38 - D 13 - L 11 - F 183 - A 91, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
England Lineup
  Merrick, Gilbert H. 32 26 January 1922 G Birmingham City FC 21 41 GA
2 Staniforth, Ronald 30 13 April 1924 RB Huddersfield Town AFC 4 0
3       LB      
4 Wright, William A. 30 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

59 3
5 Owen, Sydney W. 31 29 September 1922 CHB Luton Town FC 3 0
6 Dickinson, James W. 29 24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

36 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 39 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 37 10
8       IR      
9 Lofthouse, Nathaniel 28 27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 20 22
10 Taylor, Thomas 22 29 January 1932 IL Manchester United FC 4 2
11 Finney, Thomas 32 5 April 1922 OL

Preston North End FC

52 23
England Substitutes
1              

reserves:

-

team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally.
Nat Lofthouse becomes England's youngest goalscorer at a World Cup Finals tournament, aged 28 years and 294 days.
 
- -

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

    Match Report by Norman Giller

A Jimmy Dickinson own goal during extra-time gave Belgium a draw in a helter-skelter match full of defensive blunders as England made an eventful start to their challenge for the World Cup. A goal down in five minutes, England produced some enterprising and energetic football and deserved their 2-1 half-time lead from goals by Ivor Broadis and Nat Lofthouse. The Lofthouse goal was a cracker, a spectacular diving header to send a Tom Finney cross powering into the net. When Broadis added a third goal early in the second half it looked odds on an England victory. Then defensive lapses let the Belgians in for two soft goals that took the game into extra-time. Nat Lofthouse made it 4-3 in the opening moments of extra-time, and England seemed destined for full points when Jimmy Dickinson turned an intended headed clearance into his own net. Billy Wright took over at centre-half in the closing stages as Syd Owen limped to a passenger's role on the wing. It was to prove the most significant positional switch of Billy's career.

Source Notes

TheFA.com
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

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CG