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Wednesday, 17 October 1956
International Friendly Intermediate Match

England 0 France Espoirs 0

Ashton Gate Football Ground, Ashton Road, Ashton Gate, Long Ashton, Bristol, Somersetshire
Kick-off (GMT):
Attendance: '25,817' (floodlit)
unknown kicked-off
7.20 Highlight 7.30 "The Grove Family" 7.50 Report from America
8.20 Sportsview: England v. France
9.15 Music For You 10.5 The Burns and Allen Show 10.28 The Day Ahead
[0-0] Colin Booth header thudded against the crossbar  
second-half live - Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme
Players wore black arm-bands as a mark of respect to the memory of Jules Rimet, former FIFA President.
Officials from Switzerland England FIFA ruling on substitutes France
Referee (black)
Gottfried Dienst
37 (9 September 1919), Basel
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.
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England Intermediate Team
Rank No official ranking system established; Colours The 1954 Umbro home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Captain Stan Anderson Manager Walter Winterbottom, 43 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
only, W 0 - D 1 - L 0 - F 0 - A 0. seventh of sixteen intermediate matches, W 5 - D 1 - L 1 - F 22 - A 6.
  Team chosen by Intermediate Selection Committee, headed by Frank Adams, on Friday, 12 October.
England Lineup
  nine changes to the previous U23 match (Clayton & Smith remain) league position (12 October)  
  Hodgkinson, Alan 20
62 days
16 August 1936 G Sheffield United FC (FL2 6th) 2 0ᵍᵃ
2 Howe, Donald 21
5 days
12 October 1935 RB West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 15th) 2 0
3 Shaw, Graham L. 22
100 days
9 July 1934 LB Sheffield United FC (FL2 6th) 3 0
4 Anderson, Stanley 21
213 days
27 February 1934 RHB Sunderland AFC (FL 19th) 3 0
final U23 app 55-56
5 Smith, Trevor 20
187 days
13 April 1936 CHB Birmingham City FC (FL 6th) 6 0
mst U23 apps 55-56
6 Neal, Richard Marshall 23
16 days
1 October 1933 LHB Lincoln City FC (FL2 10th) 2 0
7 Douglas, Bryan 22
143 days
27 May 1934 OR Blackburn Rovers FC (FL2 16th) 2 0
final U23 app 1956
8 Jeffrey, Alick, injured off 9th min 17
262 days
29 January 1939 IR Doncaster Rovers FC (FL2 5th) 2 0
final U23 app 1956
39 9 Groves, Victor George 23
347 days
5 November 1932 CF Arsenal FC (FL 12th) 1 0
oldest u23 player only U23 app 1956
40 10 Cheesebrough, Albert 21
274 days
17 January 1935 IL Burnley FC (FL 4th) 1 0
only U23 app 1956
41 11 A'Court, Alan 22
17 days
30 September 1934 OL Liverpool FC (FL2 12th) 1 0
England Substitute
42   Booth, Colin, on 9th min. for Jeffrey 21
292 days
30 December 1934 IR Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 9th) 1 0
only U23 app 1956
unused substitutes: Johnny Bollands (goalkeeper, Sunderland AFC (FL 19th)) and Ken Taylor (Huddersfield Town AFC (FL2 7th))
team notes: The seventeen year-old Alick Jeffrey's second appearance was marred by an accident nine minutes into this match. His right leg was fractured and the crack was heard by most of the watching crowd. This exciting new talent was forced to retire from the game, although he did achieve comeback years later.
2-3-5 Hodgkinson -
Howe, Shaw -
Anderson, Smith, Neal -
Douglas, Jeffrey
(Booth), Groves, Cheesebrough, A'Court
Averages: (start)
Age 21 years 216 days
21 years 352 days
Appearances/Goals 2.3 0.0
France Espoirs Team
Rank No official ranking system established; Colours probably Blue collared jerseys, white shorts, red socks.
Captain   Manager Pierre Piberot, 40 (23 July 1916)
France Lineup
1 Tailandier, Jean, injured off 57th min. 18
269 days
22 January 1938 G Racing Club de Paris    
2 Tylinski, Michel 22
152 days
18 May 1934 RB AS Saint-Étienne Loire    
3 Novak, Marcel 22
99 days
10 July 1934 LB Olympique Lyonnaise    
4 Le Menn, André 22
229 days
2 March 1934 RHB FC Nantes Atlantique    
5 Tylinski, Richard 19
29 days
18 September 1937 CHB AS Saint-Étienne Loire    
6 Ferrier, René 19
315 days
7 December 1936 LHB AS Saint-Étienne Loire    
7 Dorsini, Pierre 22
177 days
23 April 1934 OR AS Nancy Lorraine    
8 Oleksiak, Jean 21
215 days
16 March 1935 IR AS Saint-Étienne Loire    
9 Courtin, Jean Marie 21
102 days
7 July 1935 CF Racing Club de Lens    
10 Szkudlapski, Théodore 20
335 days
17 November 1935 IL Racing Club de Lens    
11 Stiévenard, Michel 19
26 days
21 September 1937 OL Racing Club de Lens    
France Substitute
1 Roussel, Guy, on 57th min. for Tailandier 20
335 days
17 November 1935 G Toulouse FC 1937   ᵍᵃ
unused substitutes: not known
team notes: "Goalkeeper Jean Tailandier injured his left arm saving from outside left Alan A'Court and was carried off with a suspected fractured right wrist."
The Tylinski's are brothers.
2-3-5 Taillandier -
M.Tylinksi, Novak -
Le Men, R.Tylinksi, Ferrier -
Dorsini, Oleksiak, Courtin, Théo, Stievenard
Averages: (start)
Age 20 years 343 days
21 years 51 days
              Match Report by Frank McGhee, Daily Mirror, Thursday, 18 October 1956

TRAGEDY came for Young England at Ashton Gate here last night. After only nine minutes' play Alick Jeffrey, Doncaster Rovers brilliant seventeen year-old inside right, broke his leg in two places, and was taken to hospital. There was a hush as Jeffrey and French centre half Richard Tylinski, challenged for a loose ball.
   And over that hush everyone heard the crack of the bone breaking.
Jeffrey fell heavily, clutching his leg. Almost before he hit the ground at least three England players, realising how serious it was, yelled anxiously for a stretcher. He was carried off, his young face contorted in agony. It is obvious that he will be out for the rest of this season—or even longer.
   The pity of it was that Jeffrey had already showed signs of taking over this match completely.
He was linking up perfectly with centre forward Vic Groves and was only stopped from scoring in the fifth minute by a despairing tackle from left back Marcel Novak. But even though they missed Jeffrey — Colin Booth of Wolves came on as substitute — England should have been two goals up in the next ten minutes. Blame right winger Bryan Douglas for two incredible misses after he had weaved his way through with only the goalkeeper to beat.
   Each time he delayed his shot a split second too long. BUT ENGLAND HAD THEIR ESCAPES TOO.
A minute from half-time centre forward Jean Marie Courtin had rounded centre half Trevor Smith for the first time in the match. He was poised to shoot when right back Don Howe took the ball of his toe for a corner.
England really piled on the pressure at the start of the second half. A header from Booth thudded against the crossbar, a shot from Groves trickled just wide.
    Goalkeeper Jean Taillandier injured his left arm saving from outside left Alan A'Court and was carried off with a suspected fractured right wrist.
His substitute Russell was in action right away, snatching the ball from Booth's head. But England's luck was right out and gradually the match became scrappier and scrappier. They played like men with their minds on something else—and my guess is that they were all thinking of Jeffrey. It was only in the last minute that the game flared up again. Goalkeeper Alan Hodgkinson saved England with a desperate dive to clutch and clear a shot from outside right Dorsini. And at the other end Roussel did exactly the same to smother a Bryan Douglas effort.


              Match Report as appears in the F.A. Yearbook 1957-58 page 32

Under the floodlights at Ashton Gate, Bristol, this match was unfortunately marred by an accident to Aleck Jeffrey, whose leg was fractured nine minutes after the start. The crack was heard by most of the spectators and it seemed to take the sting out of the game. On the general run of play England should have won, although it required a daring dive by Hodgkinson to stop the little French outside-right from scoring in the final seconds. After the first 20 minutes, when the England wingers were in dashing form, defences were on top, with Smith at centre-half an outstanding success.

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