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292 vs. Wales
294 vs. Scotland

Wednesday, 1 December 1954
Originally scheduled to take place on 24 November
International Friendly Match

England 3 West Germany 1 [1-0]

Match Summary
England Squad
West Germany Squad

Empire Stadium, Wembley Park, Wembley, Middlesex
Attendance: 100,000; Receipts: £51,716;
Kick-off: 2.00pm GMT
Live on BBC (UK) -
Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme

England - Roy Bentley (28), Ronnie Allen (48), Len Shackleton (80)
West Germany - Beck (77)
Results 1950-1955

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Match Summary




West Germany

Referee (-) - Vincenzo Orlandinic
x (-), Italy.

Linesmen - Mervyn Griffiths, Wales and Charlie Faultless, Scotland

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours: The 1954 Umbro away uniform - Red v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, white shorts, red socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, 49th captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 41 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
67th match, W 42 - D 13 - L 12 - F 195 - A 98, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
England Lineup
  Williams, Bert F. 34 31 January 1920 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 19 25 GA
2 Staniforth, Ronald 30 13 April 1924 RB Huddersfield Town AFC 8 0
3       LB      
4 Phillips, Leonard H. 32 11 September 1922 RHB Portsmouth FC 3 0
5 Wright, William A. 30 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

64 3
6 Slater, William J. 27 29 April 1927 LHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 2 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 39 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 41 10
8 Bentley, T.F. Roy 30 17 May 1924 IR

Chelsea FC

10 7
9       CF      
10 Shackleton, Leonard F. 32 3 May 1922 IL Sunderland AFC 5 1
11 Finney, Thomas 32 5 April 1922 OL

Preston North End FC

55 24
England Substitutes



team notes:

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


West Germany Team

Current World Champions Colours: White jerseys with black rounded collar/cuffs, black shorts, black socks with white band.


No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd to 4th
Capt:   Manager:  
West Germany Lineup
        G     GA
2       RB      
3       LB      
4       RHB      
5       CHB      
6       LHB      
7       OR      
8       IR      
9       CF      
10       IL      
11       OL      
West Germany Substitutes


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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

The 100,000 crowd for this Wednesday afternoon match against the world champions broke the Wembley receipts record by paying £51,716 to watch a classic encounter. With Stanley Matthews running the German defenders into dizzy disarray, England took the lead in the twenty-seventh minute when Roy Bentley headed in a pin-pointed centre from the Maestro. Ronnie Allen made it 2-0 three minutes after half-time following neat combination work between Finney and Len Shackleton. The Germans pulled back to 2-1 through Beck before Shackleton, the Clown Prince, clinched a memorable victory in the eightieth minute with an impudent chip shot as the goalkeeper came racing towards him. Shack had thrilled the crowd throughout the match with his tricks, but he was too much an individualist for the taste of the selectors and never played for England again after a paltry five caps. It remains a mystery to many people why Len Shackleton did not win a cupboardful of caps. He just refused to conform. Shack upset the selectors with a book published in 1955 in which a chapter headed 'The Average Director's Knowledge of Football' was left completely blank. Most of the England selectors were club directors. With his ability, he should have won dozens of caps but he just could not bring himself to toe the line. At least he could say he went out at the very top, because his brilliant goal made sure that England toppled the new world champions. The Germans included only three of the team that won the trophy in Switzerland as they started rebuilding ready for their defence of the World Cup in 1958. 

Len Shackleton became a respected football writer after his retirement, and reminiscing in the press box one day he regaled colleagues with this story that captures the times in which he played: "After scoring what I considered one of my finest ever goals to help England beat world champions Germany at Wembley, I was handed a third-class rail ticket for the overnight sleeper back to Sunderland. I said to the Bowler Hat handing me the ticket, 'Couldn't you raise enough money for a first-class ticket?' The FA official said that all the first-class tickets had been sold. When I got to King's Cross I had no trouble transferring to first-class because there was plenty of space, and I was happy to pay the five pounds difference out of my own pocket. By the time I'd paid tax and expenses, I was left with just £20 out of my £50 match fee. The Wembley receipts for the match were over £50,000, but we footballers who had drawn the crowd and the money were considered third-class citizens by those blinkered fools who ran the Football Association."

Source Notes

"The English F.A. council confirmed at their meeting in London yesterday that an England team would meet Germany in a full international in England on November 24. It will be the first match between the countries since England won by 6-3 in Berlin in 1938. It has already been arranged for an England "B" side to meet Germany at Gelsenkirchen on March 24." - 23 February 1954.

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