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Saturday, 22 October 1955
Home International Championship 1955-56 (61st) Match

Wales 2 England 1 [2-0]
 

 

Match Summary
Wales Party
England Party

Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff, Glamorgan
Kick-off (GMT): 3.00pm.
Attendance: 60,000.

Wales kicked-off England won the toss
[1-0] Derek Tapscott 38
 smashed the ball from 10-yards over Williams from a Kinsey thro'-ball
[2-0] Cliff Jones header 39
 headed from 12-yards past Williams from a Tapscott cross




[2-1]
John Charles own goal 52
a 3-yard header into his own goal from a tame Bryne cross
 
 

Match Summary

Officials from Northern Ireland

Wales

Type

England

Referee (-) - Thomas J. Mitchell
42 (-), Lurgan.

Linesmen - W. Williams, Belfast (red flag) and W.G. Strange, Carnmoney (yellow flag)

  Goal Attempts  
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  Hit Bar/Post  
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  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  

Wales Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 28th to 23rd
Colours: Made by Umbro - Red jerseys with white collars/cuffs, white shorts with red side stripe, red socks with white tops.
Capt: Alf Sherwood Manager:
Trainer: E. Nash (Cardiff City FC)
team chosen by the Selection Committee, on Tuesday, 11 October 1955
Wales Lineup
  Kelsey, A. John 25 19 November 1929 G Arsenal FC, England 6 11ᵍᵃ
2 Williams, Stuart G. 25 9 July 1930 RB West Bromwich Albion FC, England 4 0
3 Sherwood, Alfred T. 31 13 November 1923 LB Cardiff City FC 36 0
4 Charles, Melvyn 20 14 May 1935 RHB Swansea Town FC 2 0
5 Charles, W. John 23 27 December 1931 CHB Leeds United AFC, England 14 10
6 Paul, Roy 35 18 April 1920 LHB Manchester City FC, England 30 1
7 Tapscott, Derek.R 23 30 June 1932 OR Arsenal FC, England 6 1
8 Kinsey, Noel 29 24 December 1925 IR Birmingham City FC, England 6 0
9 Ford, Trevor 32 1 October 1923 CF Cardiff City FC 34 23
10 Allchurch, Ivor J. 25 16 December 1929 IL Swansea Town FC 22 8
11 Jones, Clifford W. 20 7 February 1935 OL Swansea Town FC 2 1

reserves:

Derrick Sullivan (Cardiff City FC)

team notes:

Trevor Ford holds the record of most goals for the Welsh national team.
Cliff Jones is the son of Ivor, who also played for Wales against England, in 1921, and scored in the 1923 match.
The Charles' were brothers.
 
2-3-5 Kelsey -
Williams, Sherwood -

M.Charles, J.Charles, Paul -
Tapscott, Kinsey, Ford, Allchurch, Jones

Averages:

Age 26.2 Appearances/Goals 14.7 3.8

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th
Colours: The 1954 Umbro home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, 55th captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 42 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
73rd match, W 44 - D 14 - L 15 - F 210 - A 108, one abandoned.
Teams chosen in Bristol by Selection Committee, on Wednesday evening, 12 October 1955, following the FA XI match with the RAF XI.
England Lineup
  Williams, Bert F. 35 31 January 1920 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 24 34ᵍᵃ
final app 1949-55
2 Hall, Jeffrey J. 26 7 September 1929 RB Birmingham City FC 2 0
3 Byrne, Roger W. 26 8 September 1929 LB Manchester United FC 15 0
4 McGarry, William H. 24 10 June 1927 RHB Huddersfield Town AFC 4 0
final app 1949-55
5 Wright, William A. 31 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

70 3
most apps 1946-55
6 Dickinson, James W. 30 24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

42 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 40 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 46 10
8 Revie, Donald G. 28 10 July 1927 IR Manchester City FC 5 4
9 Lofthouse, Nathaniel 30 27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 28 27
10 Wilshaw, Dennis J. 29 11 March 1926 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 8 7
11 Finney, Thomas 33 5 April 1922 OL

Preston North End FC

57 24

reserve:

Joe Kennedy (West Bromwich Albion FC).

team notes:

On 12 October 1955, the Selection Committee chosen another two teams, as well as this one, the others being the Football League side against Scottish League at Hillsborough on 26th, and the fifteen-man party from which the British Olympics team will be chosen against Bulgaria on 23rd.

pre-match:

This senior side trained against and beat the B team 4-1 under floodlights on Monday, 17th, at the Cliff Ground, Broughton in Manchester. On the Tuesday, they trained with the Everton FC side and lost 3-1 in the fifty-minute practice match.

records:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record 35th consecutive match.
After watching the B team beat Yugoslavia, they set up in Porthcawl.
 
2-3-5 Williams -
Hall, Byrne -
McGarry, Wright, Dickinson -
Matthews, Revie, Lofthouse, Wilshaw, Finney

Averages:

Age 30.2 Appearances/Goals 27.4 6.8

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

It was 17 years to the day that Wales last tasted victory against the old enemy from England and when this game began there seemed to be no hint that that record would be improved.

Stan Matthews and Tom Finney quickly got into their stride, causing Sherwood and Stuart Williams several anxious moments. In one incident even Ford was seen to tackle Matthews deep in the Welsh half, such was the pressure. Gradually, though, the home defenders began to take control and, as the game progressed, less was seen of the two England wingers. Mel Charles began to dominate the midfield and, with his brother John Charles showing immense stature at the back, Wales looked more and more composed.

Ford almost scored when he headed just over and then the centre-forward was caught narrowly offside after Kinsey delayed his pass a fraction too long. The Welsh pressure was increasing all the time now and Kelsey was often the only man in his own half. Eventually the attacking paid off explosively with Wales scoring two goals within sixty seconds.

Thirty-eight minutes had gone when hesitancy in the England defence allowed Tapscott to run on to Kinsey's through pass before striking a rising shot high into Bert Williams' net.

The ecstatic crowd hardly had time to settle before the England goalkeeper was again picking the ball out of the net. This time Cliff Jones met a centre by Paul perfectly to head home a stunning goal. The noise from the crowd was deafening and at half-time they gave their team a wonderful ovation as thety left the pitch. Even the dogs that performed for the crowd during the break seemed to have an extra spring in their step.

Six minutes after the restart that same crwod were stunned into silence as England pulled a goal back in the strangest of circumstances. A long, harmless-looking lob by Roger Byrne into the Welsh penalty area seemed to be of no danger to their defence, but inexplicably John Charles leapt and planted a superb header wide of his own startled 'keeper. The strange thing was that it looked so intentional.

Luckily, from Charles' viewpoint, the goal did not matter in the final analysis. England had most of the play during this half but lacked the necessary thrust up front. Wales were hampered by an injury to Paul but only once did England nearly score. That came when Don Revie brilliantly back-heeled on the volley a centre by Finney, only for the ball to rebound off the crossbar. The last quarter of an hour was untidy and full of niggling incidents, but in the end Wales just about deserved their famous victory.
    

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Wales conquered England for the first time since 1938 thanks to a headed winning goal from young Swansea winger Cliff Jones, whose Uncle Bryn had scored  one of the four goals that beat England seventeen years earlier. England's high-powered attack floundered against a Welsh defence in which the Charles brothers, John and Mel, played side by side. The game was virtually settled in a two minutes spell just before half-time. Derek Tapscott took advantage of hesitancy in the England defence to shoot Wales into the lead, and then Cliff Jones made it 2-0 with a stunning header from a Roy Paul cross. The only time England got the ball into the net was when John Charles, trying to clear his lines in the fifty-first minute, turned the ball past brilliant Arsenal goalkeeper Jack Kelsey for a spectacular own goal.
 

    The Top Twenty UK Music Chart by New Musical Express

On Friday, 15 November 1952, The New Musical Express published the first ever singles chart in the UK, comprising the twelve highest selling singles of the week, it increased to twenty on Friday, 1 October 1954. When England lost in Wales, Jimmy Young's The Man From Laramie was the best selling single. This chart was published on Friday, 21 October 1955:-

1. (=) The Man From Laramie - Jimmy Young (Decca) 10. (=) Hey There - Rosemary Clooney (Philips)
2. (3) Blue Star (The Medic Theme) - Cyril Stapleton Orchestra with Julie Dawn (Decca) 12. (11) Hernando's Highway - Johnnie Ray (Philips)
3. (5) The Yellow Rose Of Texas - Mitch Miller (Philips) 13. (7) Learnin' The Blues - Frank Sinatra (Capitol)
4. (6) Ev'rywhere - David Whitfield (Decca) 14. (9) Close The Door - Stargazers (Decca)
5. (4) Rose Marie - Slim Whitman (London) 15. (19) I'll Come When You Call - Ruby Murray (Columbia)
6. (2) Cool Water - Frankie Laine With The Mellomen (Philips) 16. (18) Evermore - Ruby Murray (Columbia)
7. (8) The Breeze and I - Caterina Valente (Polydor) 17. I'll Never Stop Loving You - Doris Day (Philips)
8. (13) Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley And His Comets (Brunswick) 18. The Dambusters March - The Central Band of the RAF (HMV)
9. (16) Hey There - Johnnie Ray (Philips) 19. The Yellow Rose Of Texas - Gary Miller (Pye Nixa)
10. (11) Hernando's Highway - Johnston Brothers (Decca) 20. (=) Go On By - Alma Coogan (HMV)
♪Most weeks at number one when England played: Doris Day and Frankie Laine five, Tony Bennett and Guy Mitchell two, Vera Lynn, Al Martino, Lita Roza, Stargazers, Tennessee Ernie Ford, David Whitfield, Slim Whitman and Jimmy Young one each

Source Notes

"The Selectors have proved themselves the master publicists of fossilised football." - The Daily Mirror, Wednesday, 12 October 1955

TheFA.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
Wales' Complete Who's Who since 1946 (Sutton Publishing Ltd, Stroud, U.K., 2004)
official charts.com singles chart

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CG