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Wednesday, 14 November 1956
Home International Championship 1955-56 (61st) Match

England 3 Wales 1 [0-1]


Match Summary
England Squad
Wales Squad

Empire Stadium, Wembley Park, Wembley, Middlesex
Attendance: 95,000;
Kick-off: 2.30pm GMT
Live on BBC (UK) -
Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme

Wales - John Charles (8)
England - Johnny Haynes (52), Johnny Brooks, Tom Finney
Winterbottom's fiftieth victory as manager
Results 1955-1960

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Match Summary





Referee (-) - tbc
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 1954 Umbro home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, 64th captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 43 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
82nd match, W 50 - D 17 - L 15 - F 234 - A 116, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
England Lineup
  Ditchburn, Edwin G. 35 24 October 1921 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 7 GA
2       RB      
3       LB      
4 Clayton, Ronald 22 5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC 8 0
5 Wright, William A. 32 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

79 3
6 Dickinson, James W. 31 24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

46 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 41 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 49 11
8       IR      
9 Finney, Thomas 34 5 April 1922 CF

Preston North End FC

61 27
10 Haynes, John N. 22 17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC 9 5
11       OL      



team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record 44th consecutive match.
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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 30th
Colours: Made by Umbro - Red jerseys with white collars/cuffs, white shorts with red side stripe, red socks with white tops.
Capt:   Manager:  
Wales Lineup
        G     GA
2       RB      
3       LB      
4       RHB      
5       CHB      
6       LHB      
7       OR      
8       IR      
9       CF      
10       IL      
11       OL      


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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

This Home Championship match was wrecked by an injury to Welsh goalkeeper Jack Kelsey, who was carried off after being knocked out diving at the feet of Tom Finney. The incident came while the Welsh supporters were celebrating an eighth minute goal from John Charles, who rose above Billy Wright's challenge to head in an Ivor Allchurch corner. Right-back Alf Sherwood took over in the Welsh goal, and from then on England were dominant despite the stirring efforts of John Charles to turn the tide. Second-half goals from Johnny Haynes, debutant Johnny Brooks and the versatile Tom Finney at centre-forward gave England an undistinguished victory. This was England's seventh successive win at Wembley. The subject of whether substitutes should be allowed  was again a major talking point. Wales started full of fire and were obviously going to give England a difficult afternoon, but then the injury to goalkeeper Jack Kelsey robbed them of their rhythm. They also had Mel Charles as a hobbling passenger for much of the match, and we were handicapped by injuries to Colin Grainger and Johnny Haynes. It would have made sense to at least allow substitute goalkeepers, but the powers-that-be refused to follow the lead of the Continental clubs who were using substitutes more and more. It would be another nine years before they at last saw sense and allowed substitutes.

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