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Thursday, 17 June 1954
The Championnat du Monde de Football Finals First Phase Pool D

Belgium 4 England
4 [1-2] [3-3]
Match Summary
Belgium Party
England Party

Team Records


The England World Cup Finals Party Pre-Belgium  June 1954
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club starts subs App G Capt
19. Armstrong, Kenneth 3 June 1924 29 RHB Chelsea FC 0 0 0 0 0
Armstrong was added to the Party on 9 June as a stay-at-home reserve
8. Broadis, Ivan A. 18 December 1922 31 IR Newcastle United FC 11 0 11 6 0
12. Burgin, Edward 29 April 1927 27 G Sheffield United FC 0 0 0 0ᵍᵃ 0
3. Byrne, Roger W. 8 September 1929 24 LB Manchester United FC 3 0 3 0 0
18. Chilton, Allenby 16 September 1918 35 CHB Manchester United FC 2 0 2 0 0
Chilton was added to the Party on 9 June as a stay-at-home reserve
6. Dickinson, James W. 24 April 1924 30 LHB Portsmouth FC 35 0 35 0 0
11. Finney, Thomas 5 April 1922 32 OR Preston North End FC 51 0 51 23 0
13. Green, Kenneth 27 April 1924 30 RB Birmingham City FC 0 0 0 0 0
21. Haynes, John N. 17 October 1934 19 IL Fulham FC 0 0 0 0 0
Haynes was added to the Party on 9 June as a stay-at-home reserve
22. Hooper, Harry 14 June 1933 20 OR West Ham United FC 0 0 0 0 0
Hooper was added to the Party on 9 June as a stay-at-home reserve
20. Jezzard, Bedford A.G. 15 January 1929 25 CF Fulham FC 1 0 1 0 0
Jezzard was added to the Party on 9 June as a stay-at-home reserve
9. Lofthouse, Nathaniel 27 August 1925 28 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 19 0 19 20 0
14. McGarry, William H. 10 June 1927 26 RHB Huddersfield Town AFC 0 0 0 0 0
7. Matthews, Stanley 1 February 1915 39 OR Blackpool FC 36 0 36 10 0
1. Merrick, Gilbert H. 26 January 1922 32 G Birmingham City FC 20 0 20 37ᵍᵃ 0
17. Mullen, James 6 January 1923 31 OL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 10 1 11 5 0
5. Owen, Sydney W. 29 September 1922 31 CHB Luton Town AFC 2 0 2 1 0
16. Quixall, Albert 9 August 1933 20 IF Sheffield Wednesday FC 3 0 3 0 0
2. Staniforth, Ronald 13 April 1924 30 RB Huddersfield Town AFC 3 0 3 0 0
10. Taylor, Thomas 29 January 1932 22 IL Manchester United FC 3 0 3 2 0
15. Wilshaw, Dennis J. 11 March 1926 28 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1 0 1 2 0
5. Wright, William A. 6 February 1924 30 RHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 58 0 58 3 43

The Provisional Party Pre-Final Selection
Ball, John 13 March 1925 29 RB Bolton Wanderers FC 0 0 0 0 0
Bell, Eric 27 November 1929 24 LHB Bolton Wanderers FC 0 0 0 0 0
Bradford, Geoffrey R.W. 18 July 1927 26 IL Bristol Rovers FC 0 0 0 0 0
Harris, Peter P. 19 December 1925 28 OR Portsmouth FC 2 0 2 0 0
Sewell, John 24 January 1927 27 IL Sheffield Wednesday FC 6 0 6 3 0
Willemse, Stanley B. 23 August 1924 29 LB Chelsea FC 0 0 0 0 0

All information is complete to and including England's last match, the seventh of the 1953-54 season, against Hungary on 23 May 1954.

FIFA retained the mini-league system but couldn't resist a little tinkering. Instead of each team playing all the others in the groups, two were seeded and would play only the two non-seeds - and any matches drawn after ninety minutes would go to extra-time. Arbitrary and confusing.
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Monday, 31 May 1954 - The Football Association did not nominate the names of the World Cup party as expected. Instead they announced the names of 25 players, who have been called for training at the Bank of England Sports Ground in Roehampton for the next two days. Stan Matthews and Tom Finney were intended to join the party, but Matthews is resting following a club tour of the continent with Blackpool FC, and Finney is under treatment for a thigh injury. Both will still be considered when the final selection of 22 players is submitted to FIFA before 8 June.

Tuesday, 1 June 1954 - 25 of the 24 players begin training in Roehampton. The missing player is Albert Quixall, who has just returned from Germany and will join the party later in the day. The weather was well suited for training, being cold and dull. The players ran round the ground before lunch. Before changing for their practise match, most of the players had a spell in the cricket nets, Ted Burgin receiving an injury to his hand, but soon recovered. In the absence of Stan Matthews and Tom Finney, West Ham United's Harry Hooper was asked to attend to help in the practise match, as was Portsmouth's Jack Mansell. The forward line for The Whites which played in front of the recognised England defence was Harris, Broadis, Lofthouse, Taylor and Mullen. After 45 minutes, Hooper replaced Harris and Haynes replaced Taylor. Chilton was the centre-half for The Blues, whose forward line consisted of Hooper, Sewell, Jezzard, Haynes and Wilshaw. Ball, Quixall, Mansell, Armstrong and Bradford, all joined in after the interval. Hooper scored the only goal in the first half for The Blues, Mullen and Broadis scored for The Whites in the second half. At the end of the day, Peter Harris went home, suffering from influenza.

Wednesday, 2 June 1954 - For England's second practise match at Roehampton, Billy Wright is played as a centre-half for The Whites. Opposing Jezzard, Wright showed why his club frequently include him in the middle. The Blues' Jezzard seldom broke loose despite thoughtful moves by his colleagues. The Blues, containing six of the side that were beaten by Hungary last month, won the game 4-0 (goalscorers were Taylor, Lofthouse, Wilshaw and Hooper). However, the match was reduced to only a half-hour each way. Haynes was prominent in the forward line. Of the 27 players, apart from Peter Harris, who has remained in his sick bed in his London home, Syd Owen and Jimmy Mullen were two only two non-participants. The party then dispersed home.

Thursday, 3 June 1954 - The Football Association has named seventeen players to travel to Switzerland for the World Cup Finals. An FA official stated that 22 names will be submitted to FIFA, and the remaining five players will be announced over the weekend. The match fee's for the Finals are £30 each for the first two games; for the quarter-final £40 each; the semi-final will provide fee's of £50 each. No mention of fee's if England make the Final are made.

Sunday, 6 June 1954 - The five reserves are announced by the selectors. Chilton, Armstrong, Jezzard, Haynes and Hooper, will all train with the seventeen players already selected, but will standby in England, ready to fly to Switzerland if required.

Monday, 7 June 1954 - Stan Matthews and Tom Finney are among the players gathered at Roehampton. However, Syd Owen has developed a sore throat and a temperature, so is missing, as is Jimmy Mullen, who has a slight groin strain. Mullen's injury is expected to improve but a report on Owen is awaited anxiously. Three players who did not make the final Party were invited back to take part in training this week, Eric Bell, Geoff Bradford and Stan Willemse. Harry Hooper is due to be called for fourteen days' reserve training with the Armed Forces next weekend. If necessary, the FA will approach the authorities to have his training postponed.
A practise 'locked-gate' match between England and Scotland in Lucerne may now not take place next Tuesday (15th) because Scotland's first match of the Finals is the day after against Austria.

Tuesday, 8 June 1954 - The party began the day at Roehampton by playing a game of rounders, between the over 30's and the under 30's, to sharpen up their speed. The youngsters won before there was a practise match between The Whites and The Reds. With Owen and Mullen still missing, The Whites lined up as Merrick; Staniforth, Byrne; Wright, Chilton, Dickinson; Matthews, Broadis, Lofthouse, Taylor and Finney. The Reds were Burgin; Green, Willemse; McGarry, Armstrong, Bell; Hooper, Quixall, Jezzard, Haynes and Wilshaw. The Reds won 4-2, having lead 3-0 at half-time. Hooper scored twice, along with Jezzard and Wilshaw. Taylor and a Finney penalty scoring for The Whites. At half-time, Wright swapped positions to centre-half. McGarry swapped teams to take up the vacant right-half spot. Chilton becomes centre-half for The Reds with Armstrong to his right. Bradford was brought on to replace Haynes. Emphasis was placed on the 'through pass', with Walter Winterbottom instructing the teams to see how many of these passes they could make in the final fifteen minutes.

Wednesday, 9 June 1954 - The second and final practise match takes place between The Experienced Whites and The Aspirant Reds. Both were as yesterday's line-ups. A 4-0 half time lead is turned into a 6-0 victory. Lofthouse scoring twice, along with Taylor and Dickinson, in the first half. After the same half-time changes as yesterday except for Bradford now replacing Wilshaw, Lofthouse then completed his hat-trick in the second half, with Taylor also getting another. The selectors were not present. Doubts concerning Owen and Mullen were dispelled when their clubs, Luton Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers, reported them fit.

Thursday, 10 June 1954 - Only light training at Roehampton before the party disperse to their homes for the weekend. However, Walter Winterbottom has asked his players to remain in peak condition by training at their club's facilities. The party will reassemble on Sunday evening.

Monday, 14 June 1954 - The England party leave for Lucerne by air from London airport. Their late arrival was stoutly defended by Walter Winterbottom. "We make it a rule never to arrive to soon for a match abroad. That is a decision of our technical committee and we think it is a good one." The players are among the last to arrive. Winterbottom explained that the players like to spend as much time as possible at home with their families.

Tuesday, 15 June 1954 -
"Tributes are being paid to the fact that England had not allowed the Hungarian hidings to alter the way of life-or even the methods of training. While some of the more fancied sides have been careering around the countryside smashing in shoals of goals against second-rate local opposition, the England players are being stolidly conditioned along the age-old lines" - Clifford Webb, The Daily Herald.
The party of seventeen did a few circuits of the training ground before there was a nine-a-side practise match in the afternoon. Walter Winterbottom making up the numbers. The workout, however, sowed no passion and there was no shots at goal. Amazingly, the Scotland party, which also open their World Cup account tomorrow, were training on an adjacent pitch.

Wednesday, 16 June 1954 - With Ted Burgin in goal, Tom Finney and Roger Byrne practicing penalty kicks. The Preston man proved the more successful and will take over any spot kick responsibilities that arise in the match tomorrow. The English party then watch the Scotland team lose to Austria at the Hardturn Stadium in Zürich.

Thursday, 17 June 1954 - In a revolutionary move for England, following the fashion taken on by overseas teams, the players are to have a warming-up session half an hour before the game.
The trauma of Budapest was less than a month behind them, but at least England had never had any trouble with the Belgians, whom they'd beaten 5-2, 4-1 and 5-0 since the War. Here Belgium managed a very early goal, the bustling Anoul scoring after a scramble in the penalty area, but were overhauled soon enough. Broadis squeezed in the equaliser before colliding with the onrushing Gernaey, then Lofthouse jerked himself at a cross from Taylor an dheaded in. In the second half Broadis hit Matthews' deflected cross so hard it bent the keeper's wrist on the way in. And Guerney had to make 'some really brilliant saves.'
   This was Matthews' first match against Belgium since 1947, when he'd made all five of England's goals. Now he pulled their defence inside out, preposterously quick and supple for a man of 39. But England still hadn't solved their old problem at centre-half, where Owen was now limping. Anoul ran past him to pull a goal back, then Merrick failed to hold a shot by the fiery Coppens.
   In extra-time, Broadis' cross and Taylor's dummy set up Lofthouse for a 'crushing drive' that went in off the far post - but Dickinson headed in a Dries free kick 'when no-one was anywhere near him.' As in darkest 1950, England were left needing to win their last group match to be sure of qualifying.
   Broadis allowed himself to be known as Ivor (the Cold War was at its iciest).
Cris Freddi's Complete Book of the World Cup

England Form: last six games
D W L W L L  f 15:a 21  success: 42%
282 21 October 1953 -
Rest of the World 4 [2-3]
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Mortensen, Mullen (2), Ramsey (pen)
Kubala (2 (1 pen)), Boniperti (2)
283 11 November 1953 - England 3 Ireland 1 [1-0]
Goodison Park, Liverpool
Hassall (2), Lofthouse
Merrick OG
284 25 November 1953 - England 3 Hungary 6 [2-4]
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Sewell, Mortensen, Ramsey (pen)
Hidegkuti (3), Puskás (2), Bozsik
285 3 April 1954 - Scotland 2 England 4 [1-1]
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Brown, Ormond
Broadis, Nicholls,
R.Allen, Mullen
286 16 May 1954 - Yugoslavia 1 England 0 [0-0]
Stadion JNA, Beograd
Mitić tour AL
287 23 May 1954 - Hungary 7 England 1 [3-0]
Népstadion, Budapest (92,000)
Lantos, Puskás (2), Kocsis (2), Tóth, Hidegkuti