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Wednesday, 10 November 1954
Home International Championship 1954-55 (60th) Match

England 3 Wales 2 [3-1]


Match Summary
England Squad
Wales Squad

Empire Stadium, Wembley Park, Wembley, Middlesex
Attendance: 93,500;
Kick-off: 2.15pm GMT
Second half live on BBC (UK) -
Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme

England - Roy Bentley (70, 74, 82 hattrick)
Wales - John Charles (two goals)
Results 1950-1955

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Match Summary





Referee (-) - tbc
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours: The 1954 Umbro home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, 48th captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 41 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
66th match, W 41 - D 13 - L 12 - F 192 - A 97, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
England Lineup
  Wood, Raymond E. 23 11 June 1931 G Manchester United FC 2 2 GA
2 Staniforth, Ronald 30 13 April 1924 RB Huddersfield Town AFC 7 0
3       LB      
4 Phillips, Leonard H. 32 11 September 1922 RHB Portsmouth FC 2 0
5 Wright, William A. 30 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

63 3
6 Slater, William J. 27 29 April 1927 LHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 39 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 40 10
Bentley, T.F. Roy 30 17 May 1924 IR

Chelsea FC

9 6
9       CF      
10 Shackleton, Leonard F. 32 3 May 1922 IL Sunderland AFC 4 0
11       OL      
England Substitutes



team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally.
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Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 32nd
Colours: Made by Umbro - Red jerseys with white collars/cuffs, white shorts with red side stripe, red socks with white tops.
Capt:   Manager:  
Wales Lineup
        G     GA
2       RB      
3       LB      
4       RHB      
5       CHB      
6       LHB      
7       OR      
8       IR      
9       CF      
10       IL      
11       OL      
Wales Substitutes


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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Roy Bentley, at last forgiven for his part in the 1950 World Cup humiliation against the United States, celebrated his recall by sinking Wales with a hat-trick. Two of his goals came from headers at the far post after he had exchanged passes with Matthews. John Charles, leading the Welsh attack with fire and flair, scored twice to bring the scores level at 2-2 before Bentley completed his hat-trick two minutes from the end of a thrilling match played on a rain-saturated Wembley surface. Bentley's Chelsea team-mate Frank Blunstone made his England debut on the left wing and Bill Slater played alongside his Wolves skipper Billy Wright in his first international match. The duel between John Charles and Billy Wright was worth the admission money on its own. Two great and talented competitors locked in a struggle for supremacy. Charles won on points, but it would have been a knockout against any other England centre-half that the selectors had tried since the Neil Franklin fiasco. Wright managed to shut the big man out for most of the match, but he took the two chances that came his way in dynamic style.

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