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Saturday, 2 April 1955
Home International Championship 1954-55 (60th) Match

England 7 Scotland 2 [4-1]
 

 

Match Summary
England Squad
Scotland Squad

Empire Stadium, Wembley Park, Wembley, Middlesex
Attendance: 96,847;
Kick-off: 3.00pm GMT

England - Dennis Wilshaw (low ten yard shot after Martin dropped Blunstone's cross 1 0:45, headed in the perfect Matthews touch-line cross 70, beat the keeper again from another Matthews pass 74, another goal from another Matthews pass 83), Nat Lofthouse (runs in from right wing then shoots from eight yards 7, twelve yards from a Matthews backward pass 27), Don Revie (walked in after Martin fumbled the cross 23)
Scotland - Laurie Reilly (close range shot from a McMillan square ball 16), Tommy Docherty (powerful and accurate 25-yard free-kick into the top left-hand corner  85)
England's fifth goal, Wilshaw's second, was the 200th under Winterbottom.
Tommy Docherty's goal was the 100th conceded under WInterbottom.
Results 1950-1955

Scotland won the toss, England kicked-off. ? minutes (? & ?).

 

Match Summary

Officials

England

Type

Scotland

Referee (maroon) - Benjamin Mervyn Griffiths
x (-), Abertillery, Monmouthshire.

Linesmen - tbc

Teams presented to guest of honour, the Duke of Gloucester.

"3.0 - Nat Lofthouse kicks off with a lemon-coloured ball."

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England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours: The 1954 Umbro home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, red socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, fiftieth captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 42 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
68th match, W 43 - D 13 - L 12 - F 202 - A 100, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee on Sunday, 27 March 1955.
England Lineup
  Williams, Bert F. 35 31 January 1920 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 20 27 GA
2 Meadows, James 23 21 July 1931 RB Manchester City FC 1 0
3 Byrne     LB      
4 Armstrong     RHB      
5 Wright, William A. 31 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

65 3
6 Edwards, Duncan 18
183 days
1 October 1936 LHB Manchester United FC 1 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 40 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 42 10
8 Revie, Donald G. 27 10 July 1927 IR Manchester City FC 2 2
9 Lofthouse, Nathaniel 29 27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 23 25
10
Wilshaw, Dennis J. 29 11 March 1926 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4 7
11 Blunstone     OL      

reserves:

Graham Shaw (Sheffield United FC)

team notes:

Portsmouth FC's Phillips is the original named right-half, his place going to Ken Armstrong.
Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally.
Dennis Wilshaw is the first Englishman to score a hat-trick against Scotland. Duncan Edwards, at 18 years and 183 days, is the youngest England player this century.
 
2-3-5 Williams -
Meadows, Byrne -
Armstrong, Wright, Edwards -
Matthews, Revie, Lofthouse, Wilshaw, Blunstone

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

Scotland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 16th to 18th
Colours: Made by Umbro - blue jerseys with white collars, white shorts, blue socks with red tops.
Capt: Willie Cunningham Manager:
Trainer: Alec Dowdell (The Celtic FC)
The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, on Wednesday, 23 March 1955.
Scotland Lineup
  Martin, Fred 25 13 May 1929 G Aberdeen FC 6 20 GA
2 Cunningham, William C. 30 22 February 1925 RB Preston North End FC, England 8 0
3 Haddock, Harry 29 26 July 1925 LB Clyde FC 2 0
4 Docherty, Thomas H. 26 24 April 1928 RHB Preston North End FC, England 10 1
5 Davidson, James A. 29 8 November 1925 CHB Partick Thistle FC 8 1
6 Cumming, John 25 17 March 1930 LHB Hearts of Midlothian FC 2 0
7 Mackenzie, John A. 29 4 September 1925 OR Partick Thistle FC 8 1
8 Johnstone, Robert 25 7 September 1929 IR Manchester City FC, England 14 8
9 Reilly, Lawrance 26 28 October 1928 CF Hibernian FC 26 17
10 McMillan, John L. 24 18 March 1931 IL Airdrieonians FC 4 2
11 Ring, Thomas 24 8 August 1930 OL Clyde FC 5 1

reserves:

Travelling reserve is Doug Cowie (Dundee FC).
Full team of reserves are Frazer (Sunderland AFC); McDonald (Sunderland AFC); Evans (The Celtc FC), Young (Rangers FC) and Cowie (Dundee FC); Collins (The Celtic FC) and Walsh (The Celtic FC); Bauld (Hearts of Midlothian FC), Gemmell (St. Mirren FC) and Billy Liddell (Liverpool FC).

team notes:

This is the first Scotland side against England to not feature any players from Rangers FC since 1907.
Tommy Docherty's free-kick was not only the hundredth goal conceded in the Winterbottom reign, but also the sixth direct free-kick conceded by England since Scotland scored the first in 1877.
 
2-3-5 Martin -
Cunningham, Haddock -
Docherty, Davidson, Cumming -
Mackenzie, Johnstone, Reilly, McMillan, Ring

Averages:

Age 26.5 Appearances/Goals 8.7 2.6

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Stanley Matthews was the engineer and Dennis Wilshaw the executioner in this annihilation of the Scots. Wilshaw's four goals included the first hat-trick by an England player against Scotland. Duncan Edwards, the human powerhouse from Manchester United, was, at 18 years 183 days, the youngest England player of the 20th century. Chelsea right-half Ken Armstrong collected his only cap, and later emigrated to New Zealand for whom he won thirteen caps. This was England's first victory over Scotland at Wembley since 1934. Wilshaw started his goal rush in the first minute, and two goals from Nat Lofthouse and one from Don Revie gave England a commanding 4-1 lead at half-time. Scotland caved in as Wilshaw snatched three goals in thirteen minutes in the last third of the match. Tommy Docherty, who ran himself into the ground for the Scots, got a little reward for all his work when he scored with a late free-kick. The talk afterwards was of the powerhouse performance from Duncan Edwards, who looked the complete player in his debut.

Source Notes

TheFA.com
LondonHearts.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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