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

Wales 2 England 1

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

Domestic Football Results
Trevor Ford kicked off Billy Wright won the toss
[1-0] Derek Tapscott 38
 smashed the ball in with his right foot from 10 yards over Williams from a Noel Kinsey thru'-ball
[2-0] Cliff Jones header 39
 headed in from 13 yards past Williams' left reach from a Derek Tapscott cross

  [2-1] John Charles headed og 52
a 3-yard header into his own goal from a tame Wilshaw cross that was going wide
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second half live on the Radio Light Programme - commentators: tbc
"Soccer Savagery" Daily Mirror
Officials from Northern Ireland Wales UK ruling on substitutes England
Thomas James Mitchell
43 (28 January 1912), Lurgan, Ulster
"The selectors have proved themselves the master publicists of fossilised football." Daily Mirror, Wednesday, 12 October 1955
red flag               Linesmen         yellow flag
W. Williams
W.G. Strange
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.
Captain Alf Sherwood Selection International Selection Committee, on Tuesday, 11 October 1955
Trainer: E. Nash (Cardiff City FC)
Wales Lineup
  Kelsey, A. John 25
337 days
19 November 1929 G Arsenal FC, England 6 11ᵍᵃ
2 Williams, Stuart G. 25
105 days
9 July 1930 RB West Bromwich Albion FC, England 4 0
3 Sherwood, Alfred T. 31
343 days
13 November 1923 LB Cardiff City FC 36 0
4 Charles, Melvyn 20
161 days
14 May 1935 RHB Swansea Town FC 2 0
5 Charles, W. John 23
299 days
27 December 1931 CHB Leeds United AFC, England 14 10
the 19th own goal scored for England
6 Paul, Roy 35
187 days
18 April 1920 LHB Manchester City FC, England 30 1
Tapscott, Derek.R 23
114 days
30 June 1932 OR Arsenal FC, England 6 1
Kinsey, Noel 29
302 days
24 December 1925 IR Birmingham City FC, England 6 0
9 Ford, Trevor 32
21 days
1 October 1923 CF Cardiff City FC 34 23
mst goals
10 Allchurch, Ivor J. 25
310 days
16 December 1929 IL Swansea Town FC 22 8
Jones, Clifford W. 20
257 days
7 February 1935 OL Swansea Town FC 2 1
reserve: Derrick Sullivan (Cardiff City FC)
team notes: Cliff Jones is the son of Ivor, who also played for Wales against England, in 1921, and scored in the 1923 match.
The Charleses were brothers.
records: This is Wales' first victory over England for seventeen years (1938), which was also the last time Wales had scored twice in the first half against England.
2-3-5 Kelsey -
Williams, Sherwood -

M.Charles, J.Charles, Paul -
Tapscott, Kinsey, Ford, Allchurch, Jones
Averages: Age 26 years 289 days 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.
P seventh of 43, W 3 - D 1 - L 3 - F 18 - A 12.
Captain Billy Wright Manager Walter Winterbottom, 42 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
record 55th of 90, W 31 - D 10 - L 14 - F 136 - A 87. P 73rd of 139, W 44 - D 14 - L 15 - F 210 - A 108, one abandoned.
³ Teams chosen in Bristol by Selection Committee, headed by Joe Mears, on Wednesday evening, 12 October, following the FA XI match with the RAF XI.
England Lineup
  three changes to the previous match (Williams, Matthews & Wilshaw>Baynham, Milburn & Bradford) league position (12 October)  
  Williams, Bert F. 35
264 days
31 January 1920 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 11th) 24 34ᵍᵃ
final app 1949-55
2 Hall, Jeffrey J. 26
45 days
7 September 1929 RB Birmingham City FC (FL 12th) 2 0
3 Byrne, Roger W. 26
44 days
8 September 1929 LB Manchester United FC (FL 3rd) 15 0
4 McGarry, William H. 24
134 days
10 June 1927 RHB Huddersfield Town AFC (FL 19th) 4 0
final app 1949-55
5 Wright, William A. 31
258 days
6 February 1924 CHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 11th) 70 3
most apps 1952-55
6 Dickinson, James W. 30
181 days
24 April 1925 LHB Portsmouth FC (FL 8th) 42 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 40
263 days
1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC (FL TOP) 46 9
oldest outfield player 
8 Revie, Donald G. 28
104 days
10 July 1927 IR Manchester City FC (FL 13th) 5 4
9 Lofthouse, Nathaniel 30
56 days
27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 6th) 28 27
10 Wilshaw, Dennis J. 29
225 days
11 March 1926 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 11th) 8 7
11 Finney, Thomas 33
200 days
5 April 1922 OL Preston North End FC (FL 14th) 57 24
reserve: Joe Kennedy (West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 2nd)).
team notes: On 12 October 1955, the Selection Committee chose 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 years 363 days Appearances/Goals 27.4 6.7
oldest post war team so far
              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 they 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 crowd 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.

              Match Report  as appears in the F.A. Yearbook 1956-57 pages 28-29

Played at Cardiff on October 22nd before 55,000 spectators, Wales were the winners after a hard fight. It was a grand, even game for the first half-hour, with the Welsh team playing with  great fire and vigour. Then in the 38th minute Tapscott and Jones scored twice for Wales, the second after a fine run and accurate long pass by Paul. Soon after half-time John Charles headed a long centre from Byrne into hos own net, the only mistake he made in a great display; but England's forwards, despite continuous pressure, were not quite good enough to force an equaliser.
This England team was largely based on the team that beat Denmark.


              In Other News....
It was on 22 October 1955 that the bodies of 21-year-old Oxford University student, John Downey, and his twenty-year-old fiancée, Joan Williams, who was a typist, were found in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Litherland, five miles from Liverpool. They had both drowned after going for a walk, eight days earlier, prior to Downey leaving for a three-month languages course in Paris. The coroner recorded an open verdict, three days later, and it remains a mystery as to how they both ended up in the water. Aberdeen beat St Mirren, 2-1 at Hampden Park, Glasgow to win the Scottish League Cup for the first time.
              Source Notes
Original newspaper reports
The Complete Book of the British Charts
Wales' Complete Who's Who since 1946
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record
Norman Giller, Football Author
British Pathé