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Wednesday, 2 November 1955
Home International Championship 1955-56 (61st) Match

England 3 Northern Ireland 0 [0-0]
 

 

Match Summary
England Party
Northern Ireland Party

Empire Stadium, Wembley Park, Wembley, Middlesex
Kick-off (GMT): 2.15pm
Attendance: 58,000 Receipts: �22,000

England won the toss Northern Ireland kicked-off
[1-0] Dennis Wilshaw 53
 rounded Uprichard to score from 12 yards following a Haynes' pass
[2-0] Dennis Wilshaw 55
 beat Uprichard to a Perry cross with a backward flick of his head from 3 yards
[3-0] Tom Finney 86
 8-yard shot from a Haynes' pass
 
Second half live - Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme
 

Match Summary

Officials from Wales

England

Type

Northern Ireland

Referee (-) - B. Mervyn Griffiths
x (-), Newport. Wales.

Linesmen - G.T. Powell, Newport (flame flag) and D. King, Pontypridd (orange flag)

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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, red socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, 56th captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 42 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
74th match, W 45 - D 14 - L 15 - F 213 - A 108, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee, on Thursday, 27 October
England Lineup
  Baynham, Ronald L. 26 10 June 1929 G Luton Town FC 2 1 GA
2 Hall, Jeffrey J. 26 7 September 1929 RB Birmingham City FC 3 0
3 Byrne, Roger W. 26 8 September 1929 LB Manchester United FC 16 0
4 Clayton, Ronald 21 5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC 1 0
5 Wright, William A. 31 6 February 1924 CHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 71 3
6 Dickinson, James W. 30 24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

43 0
7 Finney, Thomas 33 5 April 1922 OR Preston North End FC 58 25
8 Haynes, John N. 21 17 October 1934 IR Fulham FC 2 1
9 Jezzard, Bedford A.G. 28 19 October 1927 CF Fulham FC 2 0
10 Wilshaw, Dennis J. 29 11 March 1926 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 9 9
11 Perry, William 24 10 November 1930 OL Blackpool FC 1 0

reserves:

Bob Morton (Luton Town FC)

team notes:

The team trained at Stamford Bridge and played Chelsea FC in a practice match on Monday, 31 (0-0 in a match that consisted of two twenty-minute halves). They trained again at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, with no practice match arranged.
Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record 36th consecutive match.
Ronnie Clayton and Bill Perry become the one hundredth players to be picked in the starting XI by the Selection Committee in the Winterbottom era.
Tom Finney's goal was England's 100th to be scored in November.

records:

England win a record four matches in a row at Wembley for the first time, beating the pre-war record.
 
2-3-5 Baynham -
Hall, Byrne -
Clayton, Wright, Dickinson -
Finney, Haynes, Jezzard, Wilshaw, Perry

Averages:

Age 26.8 Appearances/Goals 18.9 3.2

 

Northern Ireland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 45th
Colours: Green continental jerseys with white v-neck collar/cuffs, white shorts, blue socks with white tops.
Capt: Terry McCavana Manager:
Team Attendant: Gerry Morgan
Peter Dermot Doherty, 42 (5 June 1913), appointed October 1951, also manager at Doncaster Rovers FC since June 1949.
fifteenth match, W 2 - D - 3 - L 10 - F 16 - A 38,
team chosen on Tuesday, 25 October
Northern Ireland Lineup
  Uprichard, W. Norman M. 27 20 April 1928 G Portsmouth FC, England 12 28 GA
2 Cunningham, William E. 25 20 February 1930 RB Leicester City FC, England 6 0
3 Graham, W.G. Leonard 30 17 October 1925 RB Doncaster Rovers FC, England 13 0
4 Blanchflower, R. Dennis 29 10 February 1926 RHB Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 18 0
5 McCavana, W. Terence 34 24 January 1921 CHB Coleraine FC 3 0
6 Peacock, Robert 27 29 September 1928 LHB The Celtic, Scotland 7 0
7 Bingham, William L. 24 5 August 1931 OR Sunderland AFC, England 16 2
8 McIlroy, James 24 25 October 1931 IR Burnley FC, England 14 0
9 Coyle, Francis 22 1 April 1933 CF Coleraine FC 2 0
10 Tully, Charles P. 31 11 July 1924 IL The Celtic FC, Scotland 9 3
11 McParland, Peter J. 21 25 April 1934 OL Aston Villa FC, England 5 2

reserves:

Jackie Blanchflower (Manchester United FC), Wilbur Cush (Glenavon FC)

team notes:

This is first ever visit to the Empire Stadium by either of the Irish teams, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the IFA.
Manager Peter Doherty played for Ireland against England on seven separate occasions from 1935 until 1947, scoring one in 1947.
The team trained in Weybridge prior to the match, training on a recreation ground near their hotel, The Oatlands Park, and then they stayed at the Charing Cross Hotel.
 
2-3-5 Uprichard -
Cunningham, Graham -
Blanchflower, McCavana, Peacock -
Bingham, McIlroy, Coyle, Tully, McParland

Averages:

Age 26.7 Appearances/Goals 9.5 0.6

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

To help celebrate the 75th annniversary of the Irish FA, England decided, for the first time, to play them at Wembley. Alas, the game did not live up to the extra prestige of the venue and it will be quickly forgotten. The football matched the greyness of the day and the first half was dull and unimaginative. Ireland had a good deal of the play but neither side threatened much in front of goal.

The one shining light in all this gloom was the youthful Johnny Haynes. Here was a player of real class, who showed a maturity well beyond his years. His superb passing and two footed skills were the main features of this match.

Ireland looked out of place at Wembley. One of the smallest crowds ever assembled for an important international, only 62,000 had little to warm their hearts. True, there was plenty of effort but the general play fell well short of what is expected at this level. The only memorable incident of the first-half came when one of the many passes by Haynes found Bedford Jezzard who beat Uprichard with a shot, only for Graham to save the day with a goal-line clearance.

At the other end, Ron Baynham looked decidedly shaky on crosses and the wing-halves. Ronnie Clayton and Jimmy Dickinson, never imposed themselves on the play. Up front Tom Finney never made the impact that Stan Matthews might have done, despite making several runs. Finney seemed to find it difficult at times to raise his game on the big occasions as Matthews does.

Predictably, the half ended goalless, but five minutes into the second period the match suddenly burst into life. Baynham made a superb point-blank save from Tully and then play swung brilliantly to the other end via a fine triangular move involving Haynes, Dennis Wilshaw and Jezzard. Haynes finally delivered a defence-splitting reverse diagonal pass for Wilshaw to take possession, side-step Uprichard and shoot into the empty net.

If ever a pass won a match, it was Haynes' at that moment. Ireland were now down, and two minutes later they were out as England scored again. This time Jezzard sent Finney away. The winger sent over a deep centre which was lobbed back into the middle by Bill Perry. It dropped under the crossbar and Wilshaw was on the spot to head home. It was ironic in some ways as the Wolves striker had been largely anonymous, and yet here he was with two goals under his belt.

The victory was rounded off by Finney in the 88th minute. Haynes was again at the heart of the move and when Finney received Jezzard's square pass, his change of direction and accleration took him inside Graham before a diagonal shot beat Uprichard and found the far corner. It was Finney's first goal since the World Cup match against Uruguay.

It was a disappointing performance from England who needed to improve for the forthcoming visit of Spain.
   

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Fulham clubmates Johnny Haynes and Bedford Jezzard played alongside each other for the only time in an England international. Haynes, partnering Tom Finney on the right wing, played farther upfield than usual to confuse his marker, Danny Blanchflower, and it was mainly because of his probing passes that England won comfortably with two goals from Dennis Wilshaw and another from Finney. Jezzard's career was ended a year later by an ankle injury. South African-born Bill Perry came into the attack in place of his Blackpool team-mate Stanley Matthews, and Ronnie Clayton won the first of his thirty-five caps. This was Northern Ireland's first appearance at Wembley, and the only time they threatened to mark the occasion with a goal was when Charlie Tully had a point-blank shot superbly saved by goalkeeper Ron Baynham in the second half.
  

    Match Report by Glen Isherwood

England were aiming for a third successive outright British Championship, but had already lost 2-1 to Wales at Ninian Park. Northern Ireland had beaten Scotland 2-1 at Windsor Park and were making their first appearance at Wembley. They had not beaten England since 1927 when they won 2-0 at Windsor Park.

The Irish defence held out until just after half-time. A brilliant pass from Haynes left Dennis Wilshaw with only Uprichard to beat which he did with ease. Two minutes later from Finney's cross, Perry lobbed for Wilshaw to head his second over the 'keeper. In the 89th minute, from a pass by Jezzard, Tom Finney cut inside and shot into the corner for England's third.

This was the only occasion that all four teams shared the British Championship. England had now won a record five successive titles while Northern Ireland's success was their first since 1914. They would be back two years later to secure a memorable victory.
  

    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 beat Northern Ireland, Jimmy Young's The Man From Laramie was still the best selling single. This chart was published on Friday, 28 October 1955:-

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

Source Notes

"Park your brains on the touchline, son � you won't be needing them in our team. And if you want to be a ball-player, laddie, go right ahead�but you can forget about playing for your country if your country happens to be England. That is the clear manifesto presented to the footballers of England by the F.A. selectors. Matthews is out of the England team to play Ireland at Wembley next Wednesday, Revie is out, Lofthouse is out and Jezzard is in his place. Johnny Haynes is in, but not at inside left. That is too easy. Oh no, make him an inside RIGHT. There are two new caps, Ronnie Clayton, of Blackburn, and Bill Perry, of Blackpool. Banish the ball-players, bring in the bashers and runners and bumpers and borers." - Bob Ferrier, The Daily Mirror, Friday, 28 October 1955

"The official attendance was 58,000, with gate receipts at �22,000, a record for an England-Ireland international." - Belfast Telegraph, Wednesday, 2 November 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)
Glen Isherwood's Wembley: The Complete Record (SportsBooks Ltd, 2006)
Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats

Norman Giller
, Football Author
official charts.com singles chart

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