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Wednesday, 30 November 1955
International Friendly Match

England 4 Spain 1 [2-0]
 

 

Match Summary
England Party
Spain Party

Empire Stadium, Wembley Park, Wembley, Middlesex
Kick-off (GMT): 2.00pm
Attendance: 95,550 (floodlit for the last 17 minutes) Receipts: £45,100

England won the toss Spain kicked off
Tom Finney 6
 his timid penalty was saved after he was fouled

[1-0] John Atyeo 11
 crept under
Cedrún from 12-yards from a Clayton lob
[2-0] Bill Perry 13
 ran on to Lofthouse's defence-splitting pass to a low 18-yard left-footed drive

[3-0] Tom Finney 49
 sliding kick in to the net after dribbling into the penalty area.

[4-0] Bill Perry 61
 headed in from 12 yards a Clayton pass













[4-1] Eneko Arieta 78
headed in from 7-yards a Gonzalez cross
Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme Commentator - Kent Walton
 

Match Summary

Officials from France

England

Type

Spain

Referee (black) - Maurice Guige
x (-), Marseille.
 
Linesmen -
Robert Sautel (flame flag) and Marcel Lequesne (orange flag).

The Continental ruling of allowing a substitute to replace an injured player prior to the 44th minute, and a goalkeeper at any time, is in place.
 
Black armbands were worn by the England team.
 
"If conditions are dull a white ball is likely to be used for the start, and the new Wembley floodlights will be turned on for the last 10 minutes of the game, an innovation in international football."

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
1 Hit Bar/Post 1
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  

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, 57th captaincy Manager:
Trainer: Jimmy Trotter (Charlton Athletic FC)
Walter Winterbottom, 42 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching on 8 July 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
75th match, W 46 - D 14 - L 15 - F 217 - A 109, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee on Sunday, 27 November.
England Lineup
  Baynham, Ronald L. 26 10 June 1929 G Luton Town FC 3 2 GA
2 Hall, Jeffrey J. 26 7 September 1929 RB Birmingham City FC 4 0
3 Byrne, Roger W. 26 8 September 1929 LB Manchester United FC 17 0
4 Clayton, Ronald 21 5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC 2 0
5 Wright, William A. 31 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

72 3
6 Dickinson, James W. 30 24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

44 0
7 Finney, Thomas 33 5 April 1922 OR

Preston North End FC

59 26
8 Atyeo, P. John W. 23 7 February 1932 IR Bristol City FC 1 1
9 Lofthouse, Nathaniel 30 27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 29 27
10 Haynes, John N. 21 17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC 3 1
11 Perry, William 25 10 November 1930
born in South Africa
OL Blackpool FC 2 2

unused substitutes:

Reg Matthews (Coventry City FC), Peter Sillett (Chelsea FC), Duncan Edwards and Tommy Taylor (Manchester United FC). Beddy Jezzard (Fulham FC) was placed on standby incase Lofthouse failed his fitness test.

team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record 37th consecutive match.
Tom Finney's penalty was the first one missed for eight years, and the first to be missed at Wembley. It also ends a record successive run of seven penalty kicks scored.
John Atyeo becomes the twentieth post-war player to score on his debut (139th since 1873).
"The England team...received a heartening vote of confidence from the Football League last night. They were chosen en bloc to represent the League against the League of Ireland at Goodison Park next Wednesday."
 
2-3-5 Baynham -
Hall, Byrne -
Clayton, Wright, Dickinson -
Finney, Atyeo, Lofthouse, Haynes, Perry

Averages:

Age 26.5 Appearances/Goals 21.5 5.2
Winterbottoms XI after 75 matches Williams (24) -
Ramsey (32), Byrne/Aston/Eckersley (17) -
Wright (72), Franklin (27), Dickinson (44) -
Matthews (29), Mortensen (25), Lofthouse (29), Mannion (26), Finney (59)

 

Spain Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 10th to 13th
Colours: Red collared jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with red/yellow/red hoop around the top.
Capt: Joan Segarra Manager: Guillermo Eizaguirre Olmos, 46 (27 May 1909), team announced on Monday, 14 November 1955, finalised on 29 November.
Spain Lineup
  Cedrún Ochandategui, Carmelo 24 6 December 1930 G Athletic Club 5 9 GA
2 Segarra Iracheta, Joan 28 15 November 1927 RB FC Barcelona 9 0
3 Campanal
 
González del Río, Marcelino Vaquero
23 13 February 1932 LB Sevilla FC SAD 8 0
4 Mauri
 Lauzirika, Mauricio Ugartemendia
21 26 April 1934 RHB Athletic Club 4 0
5 Garay Vecino, Jesús 25 10 September 1930 CHB Athletic Club 6 0
6 Maguregui Ibargutxi, José María 21 16 March 1934 LHB Athletic Club 3 1
7 González Pérez, Miguel 28 27 April 1927 OR Club Atlético de Madrid SAD 6 1
8 Pérez-Payá Soler, José Luis 27 28 March 1928 IR Real Madrid CF 2 0
9 Arieta-Araunabeña Piedra, Eneko 22 21 August 1933 CF Athletic Club 3 2
10 Doménech Pinto, Manuel 29 4 December 1925 IL Sevilla FC SAD 3 0
11 Collar Monterrubio, Enrique 21 2 November 1934 OL Club Atlético de Madrid SAD 3 1

unused substitutes:

Juan Bagur Coll (GK, Real Sociedad), Gustavo Biosca Pagés (FB, FC Barcelona), José María Orúe Aranguren (HB, Athletic Club), José Luis Artetxe Muguire (Athletic Club), Pahiño (CF, Deportivo de La Coruña)

team notes:

There was one change between the team announced on 14 November and that after practice on 29 November. Fernando Guillamón Rodríguez (Sevilla FC) was the original named right-back. He was replaced by the team captain, Segarra, who had also taken the responsibility of Campanal. Segarra was originally dropped, and only regained his place on the day of the match.
 
2-3-5 Cedrún -
Segarra, Campanel -
Mauri, Garay, Maguregui -
Miguel, Payá, Arieta, Doménech, Collar.

Averages:

Age 24.5 Appearances/Goals 4.7 0.3

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

On a cold, morky November day, Wembley seems a million miles from the Spanish summer sunshine. Thus these two sides were meeting each other in far different circumstances to the match played in the sweltering heat of Madrdi the previous May.

The scoreline does not reflect the pattern of play but it does emphasise that the team which takes its chances will win the day. Both sides produced some good football with Spain having a great deal of the possession. Unfortunately for them they lacked the ability to finish off the fine approach play.

England began at a brisk pace and after only seven minutes were awarded a penalty. A lovely through-ball by Johnny Haynes sent Tom Finney clear, but as the winger entered the penalty area he was fouled by a Spanish defender for an obvious spot-kick. The Preston player took the penalty himself but his kick was far too timid and Carmelo saved with ease. Luckily for England they did not have to wait too long for a goal to wipe out the memory of that penalty miss.

On 12 minutes, a splendid move involving Ronnie Clayton, Haynes, Nat Lofthouse and Finney ended with John Atyeo taking Bill Perry's touched pass to shoot home. Sixty seconds later, England scored again. This time the goal owed much to the long pass which was to dominate their style on the day. Haynes was the architect again, sending Atyeo away. Atyeo moved the ball on to Lofthouse who then found Bill Perry who scored with a good shot following a 30-yard run. Before half-time Perry hit the Spanish post with another good effort and England were well worth their 2-0 interval lead.

Spain saw plenty of the ball and in Magureghi they had a superb player urging them on. But always the tendancy of the visitors to overdo the ball skills gave England and especially Billy Wright the chance to clear. The England captain was magnificent and must surely rank as one of the world's truly great players. His anticipation, tackling and heading were an inspiration to his colleagues. With Jeff Hall and Roger Byrne also having splendid matches, the home defence looked very secure.

The pattern continued throughout the second half with Spain having plenty of possession and England countering with the searching long pass and some lethel finishing. Before the hour was up. England had made the game safe. A slight slip by Garay gave Finney the chance to make ground before cutting inside and planting a lovely diagonal shot just inside the far post. As Finney went to shoot, a crunching Gonzalez tackle stopped him.

Shortly afterwards, and with half an hour to go England hit their fourth goal. Once again the Preston Plumber was the instigator of the attack as his pass found Clayton who centred from the right for Perry to head home perfectly.

Despite several shortcomings in their overall play, one could certainly not criticise the England finishing and all four goals had been expertly taken.

Spain continued to their great credit, to dominate the midfield with their short passing game and they deserved better when Arieta's shot hit a post. Then, only a desperate Jimmy Dickinson block prevented Miguel netting the rebound. The visitors did gain some consolation when in the 80th minute Arieta headed home a Miguel cross.
     

    Match Report by Norman Giller

The Wembley floodlights were switched on for the first time in an international match fifteen minutes from the end of a game in which Spain were always in the dark. Finney missed from the penalty spot in the fifth minute, but then made amends by laying on one goal and scoring another. John Atyeo, the schoolteacher from Bristol City, put the finishing touch to a magnificent seven-man passing movement in the fifteenth minute, and sixty seconds later South African-born Bill Perry scored the first of his two goals. Finney and Perry made it 4-0 in the second-half before the Spaniards snatched a consolation goal ten minutes from the end.
   

    Match Report by Glen Isherwood

In 1929 in Madrid Spain had been the first foreign team to beat England. In fact England had beaten them only once but that was by 7-1 at Highbury two years later. Their last meeting had been a 1-1 draw in Madrid just six months earlier. Spain had failed to qualify for the previous year's World Cup having been eliminated on the drawing of lots after surprisingly failing to beat Turkey.

England missed a penalty in the seventh minute. Finney was brought down by Campanal but his spot kick was weakly hit and comfortably saved by Carmelo. They had to wait only another five minutes, however, for a goal. A neat passing move ended with Clayton touching the ball on for John Atyeo to score. England scored again within a minute and again a fine passing move split open the Spanish defence. This time Lofthouse supplied the final pass for the in-rushing Bill Perry to drive the ball home.

England's third came in the second half. Tom Finney atoned for his penalty miss by speeding away down the wing, cutting in and shooting past the 'keeper as Campanal desperately tried to stop him. Perry headed his second shortly afterwards from a cross by Clayton and then Spain scored in the 81st minute when Arieta headed in from a Gonzalez centre.

Spain also failed to qualify for the 1958 World Cup, finishing runners-up to Scotland in their group, but they did record an emphatic 3-0 win over England in Madrid in 1960 before returning to Wembley later that year.
    

    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 Spain, Bill Haley's Rock Around The Clock was the best selling single. This chart was published on Friday, 25 November 1955:-

1. (3) Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley And His Comets (Brunswick) 11. (19) Meet Me On The Corner - Max Bygraves (HMV)
2. (11) Love Is A Many Splendored Thing - Four Aces (Brunswick) 12. Christmas Alphabet - Dickie Valentine (Decca)
2. (1) Hernando's Highway - Johnston Brothers (Decca) 13. (7) Blue Star (The Medic Theme) - Cyril Stapleton Orchestra with Julie Dawn (Decca)
4. (8) Let's Have A Ding Dong - Winifred Atwell (Decca) 14. (9) I'll Come When You Call - Ruby Murray (Colombia)
5. (2) The Man From Laramie - Jimmy Young (Decca) 15. (10) Song Of The Dreamer - Johnnie Ray (Philips)
6. (4) Hey There - Rosemary Clooney (Philips) 16. The Singing Dogs (Medley) - Singing Dogs (Nixa)
7. (6) The Yellow Rose Of Texas - Mitch Miller (Philips) 17. When You Lose The One You Love - Dave Whitfield with Mantovani & his Orchestra (Decca)
7. (5) Hey There - Johnnie Ray (Philips) 18. Suddenly There's A Valley - Petula Clark (Pye Nixa)
9. (20) Ain't That A Shame - Pat Boone (London) 19. (r) I'll Never Stop Loving You - Doris Day (Philips)
10. (13) Twenty Tiny Fingers - Stagazers (Decca) 20. Twenty Tiny Fingers - Coronets (Colombia)
      20. Hawkeye - Frankie Laine (Philips)
♪Most weeks at number one when England played: Doris Day and Frankie Laine five, Tony Bennett, Guy Mitchell and Jimmy Young two, Bill Haley & His Comets, Vera Lynn, Al Martino, Lita Roza, Stargazers, Tennessee Ernie Ford, David Whitfield and Slim Whitman one each

Source Notes

"Football history was made at Wembley yesterday, not because England beat Spain with fair comfort but because the last 15 minutes were played by floodlight. This is the first occasion either in international or League football on which lights have been used to complete an afternoon game which otherwise would have been abandoned. It emphasises the difference in views between the Football Association and the Football League on the question of floodlighting, for the Football League have set their faces against games either being played wholly or completely under artificial light." - Eric Stanger, Thursday, 1 December 1955, Yorkshire Post & Leeds Mercury.

TheFA.com
BDFutbol.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)

Norman Giller
, Football Author
official charts.com singles chart

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