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

England 7 Scotland 2 [4-1]
Empire Stadium, Empire Way, Wembley Park, Wembley, Middlesex
Kick-off (GMT): 3.00pm.

Attendance: 96,847. Receipts: '£49,674'

Players lost since last match
Fred Geary (8 January 1955) 86
Tom Brittleton (22 February) 72
Alf Baker (1 April) 56
England kicked-off Willie Cunningham won the toss
[1-0] Dennis Wilshaw 1 0:45
 Martin dropped Blunstone's cross, but did parry Lofthouse's attempt into the path of Wilshaw, who turned on the spot to right-foot strike from 8yds

[2-0] Nat Lofthouse 7
 runs in from right wing to pick up Don Revie's through ball then shoots right-footed from 8yds
[2-1] Dennis Wilshaw header strikes the post 21

[3-1] Don Revie 23

 walked in and tapped in from 1 yard out after Martin fumbled the cross
[4-1] Nat Lofthouse 27
 12-yards right-footed strike from a Stan Matthews right-sided pass from 6yd box

[2-1] Laurie Reilly 16
close-range left-footed shot from 12yds after he ran onto Bobby Johnstone's thru' ball following McMillan's square ball

four goals in first half - first time since 1949
2.35 Motor Racing - The British Empire Trophy. 2.50 Foden's Motor Works Band. 3.15 Hollywood Entertainment.
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4.45 (app)
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[5-1] Dennis Wilshaw header 70
 outjumped Cunningham to head in from 5yds a Stan Matthews right-sided looping cross from edge of penalty box
[6-1] Dennis Wilshaw 74 HATTRICK

 slid the ball right-footed under Martin from 8yds from another Stan Matthews pass
[7-1] Dennis Wilshaw volley 83

 Matthews to Revie to Frank Blunstone, who lobbed the ball around Cunningham for Wilshaw to volley left-footed from 6yds
100th goal conceded in the Winterbottom era>
600th goal scored by Scotland
<200th goal scored in the Winterbottom era

[7-2] Tommy Docherty free-kick 85
powerful and accurate 25-yard free-kick into the top left-hand corner

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second half live on the Radio Light Programme - commentators: tbc
"Scots were battered and bewildered" Sunday Sun
Officials from Wales England UK ruling on substitutes Scotland
Referee (maroon)
Benjamin Mervyn Griffiths
46 (17 January 1909), Abertillery, Monmouthshire.
Teams were presented to the Guest of Honour, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, KG.

"3.0 - Nat Lofthouse kicks off with a lemon-coloured ball."
flame flag               Linesmen            orange flag
T.L. Davies H. Williams
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.
p second of 43, W 2 - D 0 - L 0 - F 10 - A 4.
Captain Billy Wright Manager Walter Winterbottom, 42 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
record 50th of 90, W 30 - D 9 - L 11 - F 128 - A 79. P 68th of 139, W 43 - D 13 - L 12 - F 202 - A 100, one abandoned.
  ³ Team chosen by Selection Committee, headed by Harold Shentall, on Sunday, 27 March
England Lineup
  seven changes to the previous match (Williams, Byrne, Wright & Matthews remain) league position (27 March)  
  Williams, Bert F. 35
61 days
31 January 1920 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 2nd) 20 27ᵍᵃ
the 28th player to reach the 20-app milestone
743 2 Meadows, James 23
255 days
21 July 1931 RB Manchester City FC (FL 5th) 1 0
the 18th City player to represent England only app 1955
3 Byrne, Roger W. 25
206 days
8 September 1929 LB Manchester United FC (FL 8th) 10 0
744 4 Armstrong, Kenneth 30
303 days
3 June 1924 RHB Chelsea FC (FL TOP) 1 0
the 17th Chelsea player to represent England only app 1955
5 Wright, William A. 31
55 days
6 February 1924 CHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 2nd) 65 3
most apps 1952-55
745 6 Edwards, Duncan 18
183 days
1 October 1936 LHB Manchester United FC (FL 8th) 1 0
youngest player until 2001 the 17th United player to represent England
Matthews, Stanley 40
60 days
1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC (FL 20th) 42 9
oldest outfield player
Revie, Donald G. 27
266 days
10 July 1927 IR Manchester City FC (FL 5th) 2 2
Lofthouse, Nathaniel 29
218 days
27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 14th) 23 25
the 174th (41st post-war) brace scored the third & quickest player to reach the 25-goal milestone (4yrs 133dys)

Wilshaw, Dennis J. 29
22 days
11 March 1926 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 2nd) 4 7
the 175th (42nd post-war) brace, the 48th (11th post-war) hattrick, 17th four-goals scored
Blunstone, Frank 20
167 days
17 October 1934 OL Chelsea FC (FL TOP) 2 0
reserve: Joe Shaw (Sheffield United FC (FL 13th)), announced a day later.
team notes: For this match, the FA selectors reverted back to naming the team, and then a hurried practice session. England played Charlton Athletic on 28 March, beating them 2-1 in the hour-long session, Portsmouth's Len Phillips injured his right knee.
On the afternoon, the England party watched the Chelsea-Sunderland League match at Stamford Bridge. The next day, a second practice session, England beat Arsenal 2-1 at Highbury with Shaw taking the place of Phillips.
On 30 March, England trained alone at the Bank of England sports ground in Roehampton.
Five of this team were named to play Scotland in the postponed B International in March.
Don Revie and Frank Blunstone become the 69th and 70th players to be re-used by Winterbottom.
team changes: On 30 March, it was announced that Armstrong had replaced Len Phillips.
youngest player notes: Duncan Edwards is the youngest England player this century. It was wrongly reported at the time that he was the youngest overall, but James Prinsep, Thurston Rostron and Clement Mitchell were younger.
"I think we've uncovered a gem" - Walter Winterbottom
records: England win three matches in a row at Wembley for the first time since 1930-34, equaling the pre-war record.
Dennis Wilshaw is the twentieth player to score more than once against Scotland.
Second England hat-trick at Wembley, and the first to witness four goals by one player. However, it is the tenth brace.
England's first victory over Scotland at home, since 1934. Highest scoreline since 1878.
2-3-5 Williams -
Meadows, Byrne -
Armstrong, Wright, Edwards -
Matthews, Revie, Lofthouse, Wilshaw, Blunstone
Averages: Age 28 years 132 days Appearances/Goals 15.5 3.5
England teams v. Scotland:
1954: Merrick Staniforth Byrne Wright Clarke Dickinson Finney Broadis Allen Nicholls Mullen
1955: Williams Meadows Byrne Armstrong Wright Edwards Matthews Revie Lofthouse Wilshaw Blunstone
Scotland Team
Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 16th to 18th
Colours Made by Umbro - Navy blue jerseys with white collars, white shorts, blue socks with red tops.
Captain Willie Cunningham Selection The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee
on Wednesday, 23 March
Trainer: Alec Dowdell (The Celtic FC)
Scotland Lineup
  Martin, Fred 25
324 days
13 May 1929 G Aberdeen FC 6 20ᵍᵃ
final app 1954-55
2 Cunningham, William C. 30
39 days
22 February 1925 RB Preston North End FC, England 8 0
final app 1954-55
3 Haddock, Harry 29
250 days
26 July 1925 LB Clyde FC 2 0
Docherty, Thomas H. 26
22 days
24 April 1928 RHB Preston North End FC, England 10 1
5 Davidson, James A. 29
145 days
8 November 1925 CHB Partick Thistle FC 8 1
final app 1954-55
6 Cumming, John 25
16 days
17 March 1930 LHB Hearts of Midlothian FC 2 0
7 Mackenzie, John A. 29
210 days
4 September 1925 OR Partick Thistle FC 8 1
Johnstone, Robert 25
207 days
7 September 1929 IR Manchester City FC, England 14 8
Reilly, Lawrence 26
156 days
28 October 1928 CF Hibernian FC 26 17
10 McMillan, John L. 24
15 days
18 March 1931 IL Airdrieonians FC 4 2
11 Ring, Thomas 24
237 days
8 August 1930 OL Clyde FC 5 1
reserves: Travelling reserve is Doug Cowie (Dundee FC).
Full team of reserves are Willie Fraser (Sunderland AFC); Joe McDonald (Sunderland AFC); Bobby Evans (The Celtc FC), George Young (Rangers FC) and Cowie (Dundee FC); Bobby Collins (The Celtic FC) and Jimmy Walsh (The Celtic FC); Willie Bauld (Hearts of Midlothian FC), Tommy 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.
It is also the first post-war match that Scotland have not fielded any debutants against England.
Tommy Docherty's free-kick was the fifth direct free-kick conceded by England since Scotland scored the first in 1877.
Scotland beat Brentford 2-0 at Griffin Park in a trial match prior to the match with England. They were set up in Weybridge, Surrey.
2-3-5 Martin -
Cunningham, Haddock -
Docherty, Davidson, Cumming -
Mackenzie, Johnstone, Reilly, McMillan, Ring
Averages: Age 27 years 12 days Appearances/Goals 8.7 2.6
              Match Report by Mike Payne

Not since 1934 had England managed to Beat Scotland at Wembley and in this, the 72nd international between the two countries, they finally broke the hoodoo with a vengeance.

Cunningham won the toss for Scotland and the teams kicked-off in glorious sunshine with the full tartan flavour on the terraces. Within seconds though the Scots were a goal down. Martin, who endured a nightmare throughout, inexplicably dropped a cross from Frank Blunstone. Don Revie was in there quickly to get in touch on to Dennis Wilshaw, who rammed in the loose ball.

Duncan Edwards, making an immediate and impressive impact, was at the heart of England's early play. On seven minutes they increased their lead. A perfect centre by the incomparable Stanley Matthews was snapped up by Nat Lofthouse's head and it was 2-0. Matthews, now 40, was superb and his teasing play gave Haddock a torrid time.

Scotland still worked hard, though, with Docherty a driving force. They found that when they put pressure on the England defenders then they too, looked vulnerable. In the tenth minute good work by Johnstone set up a chance well-taken by Reilly and it was now 2-1.

The pace of the game was relentless and the crowd could not look away for a moment for fear of missing something. England's attacking play was often exhilarating with Matthews going close and Wilshaw hitting a post. The pressure had to tell and in the 24th minute, good passing by the forwards was finally rounded off by Revie's cross-shot finding the net.

Cumming moved across to try to help Haddock stem the danger from Matthews but three minutes later the winger carved yet another goal with his superb footwork. This time he pulled the ball back for Lofthouse to score his second and England's fourth. It was not all one-way traffic and McMillan, Johnstone and Reilly all showed up well, but there was no denying England's convincing half-time lead.

In the second half Scotland continued to match their rivals in ball skills but alas their finishing let them down. This was highlighted when McKenzie missed a fine chance after 47 minutes. Understandably perhaps, the game went through a scrappy and lifeless spell for awhile. Docherty impressed with his energy and tenacity for Scotland as did his counterpart Edwards for England. At 18 years old, this young colossus looked to have a tremendous future.

Matthews went close and then further attempts by Matthews, again, and Lofthouse brought the game back to life. Matthews then set up another chance for Wilshaw to head number five on seventy minute. Three minutes later the same pair combined again for Wilshaw to crash home an unstoppable drive in the far corner, thus completing his hat-trick. By this time, Scotland were demoralised and with seven minutes left Wilshaw scored yet again following a Matthews centre.

Docherty did salvage something for Scotland when he hammered home a free-kick. The power and accuracy of his kick left Bert Williams helpless, but that goal in no way devalued from the superiority of a marvellous display from England.


              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.

              Match Report by Glen Isherwood

England had already beaten both Northern Ireland and Wales and needed only a point to retain the Championship. Scotland had failed to beat Northern Ireland at Hampden Park and so needed to win to claim their first outright Championship since 1951.
They were still unbeaten at Wembley in the British Championship since 1934.
England were ahead in the first minute. Blunstone crossed and Martin came out but Dennis Wilshaw slotted the ball into an empty net. They scored again in the seventh minute, Nat Lofthouse hitting the target after good work by Revie and Stan Matthews.
Lawrie Reilly then pulled one back by scoring in his fourth successive game at Wembley when Wright was uncharacteristically hesitant. But Don Revie soon scored when Martin fumbled and before the half hour England had notched their fourth, Matthews crossing for Lofthouse to score.
England now eased off a little but finished with a flourish.
With 20 minutes left a pinpoint centre from Matthews left Wilshaw with a simple header for the fifth. The 40-year old Matthews was now destroying the Scottish defence almost at will. He sent Wilshaw through to complete his hat-trick and then created another chance yet again for Wilshaw to score.
Tommy Docherty scored a late consolation goal from long range but England had emphatically buried their Scottish jinx with their biggest ever victory over their rivals.
Footballer of the Year Don Revie made his first Wembley appearance, scoring England's third goal.


              Match Report as appears in the F.A. Yearbook 1955-56 page 28

The long period from December to April with its strenuous Cup and League programme perhaps inevitably resulted in injuries and loss of form. Whilst everyone would have been pleased to see the side which played Germany given another opportunity, seven changes had to be made. The match, played under perfect conditions, will be remembered not only for its 7-2 score (the best full International result against Scotland since 1878) and because Wilshaw was the first Englishman to score four times against Scotland, but also for the brilliant display by Stanley Matthews.
Two early mistakes by the Scottish goalkeeper and two fine goals by Lofthouse and Reilly caused a hectic start; within 20 minutes of the kick-off the score was 3-1 and the final result obvious to everyone. Lofthouse converted another perfect centre soon afterwards, and, except for a terrific free-kick dead on the target by Docherty, England went serenely on her way to win by such a comfortable margin that the final score of 7-2 gave a fair representation of the vast difference between the two teams. Truly a great victory which will long be remembered - by both countries.

       In Other News....
It was on 2 April 1955 that plans were agreed for the new Coupe des Clubs Champions Européens to be launched in the 1955-56 season. The meeting was organised by L'Equipe, the French daily sports newspaper, at the Ambassador Hotel in Paris and 15 representatives from clubs around Europe were present, including Chelsea's club secretary, John Battersby. Club prestige and their availability to stage floodlit matches on Wednesday nights were the criteria used to determine the teams. UEFA would take over the competition, two months later, and invited national associations to put forward the champions of their respective leagues, though only seven of the eventual 16 teams were reigning champions. Chelsea were persuaded to withdraw by the insularity of the Football League's management committee in July 1955.
              Source Notes
Original newspaper reports
The Complete Book of the British Charts
Glen Isherwood's Wembley: The Complete Record
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record

Norman Giller, Football Author
British Pathé