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Saturday, 26 May 1956
End of Season Tour Match

West Germany 1 England 3 [0-1]


Match Summary
West Germany Squad
England Squad

Olympiastadion, Westend, Berlin
Attendance: 95,000;
Kick-off: 5.30pm local time, tbc BST
Last hour live on BBC (UK) -
Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme

England - Duncan Edwards (20), Colin Grainger, Johnny Haynes (69)
West Germany - Fritz Walter
Results 1955-1960

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Match Summary


West Germany



Referee (-) - tbc
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc

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West Germany Team

Current World Champions Colours: White jerseys with black rounded collar/cuffs, black shorts, black socks with white band.


No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th to 7th
Capt: Fritz Walter Manager:  
West Germany Lineup
        G     GA
2       RB      
3       LB      
4       RHB      
5       CHB      
6       LHB      
7       OR      
8       IR      
9       CF      
10       IL      
11       OL      
West Germany Substitutes


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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th to 4th
Colours: The 1954 Umbro away uniform - Red v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, white shorts, red socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, 62nd captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 43 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
80th match, W 49 - D 16 - L 15 - F 230 - A 114, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
England Lineup
  Matthews, Reginald D. 23 20 December 1932 G Coventry City FC 4 4 GA
2       RB      
3       LB      
4 Clayton, Ronald 21 5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC 6 0
5 Wright, William A. 32 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

77 3
6 Edwards, Duncan 19 1 October 1936 LHB Manchester United FC 9 1
7       OR      
8 Haynes, John N. 21 17 October 1934 IR Fulham FC 8 4
9 Taylor, Thomas 24 29 January 1932 CF Manchester United FC 10 4
10 Wilshaw, Dennis J. 30 11 March 1926 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 11 10
11       OL      
England Substitutes



team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record 42nd consecutive match.
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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

This match is remembered as the finest ever played on the international stage by Duncan Edwards, who was fresh from helping Manchester United win the League championship. He strode the pitch like a colossus, scoring a scorcher of a goal from twenty yards in the twentieth minute and dominating the entire game both in defence and midfield. Nearly half the 100,000 crowd in the stadium designed by Adolf Hitler were soldiers from the British-occupied zone of Berlin. They staged a delighted pitch invasion when second-half goals from Johnny Haynes and Colin Grainger clinched victory. Fritz Walter, the outstanding German skipper, scored a fine individual goal for the team he had led to the World Cup two years earlier. The name of Duncan Edwards was on the lips of everybody who saw this match. He was phenomenal. There have been few individual performances to match what he produced in Germany that day. He tackled like a lion, attacked at every opportunity and topped it all off with a cracker of a goal. He was still only twenty, and was already a world-class player. Many of the thousands of British soldiers in the crowd surrounded him at the final whistle and carried him off. England had beaten the world champions in their own back yard.

Source Notes

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