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Wednesday, 28 November 1956
International Friendly Match

England 3 Yugoslavia 0 [1-0]
 

 

Match Summary
England Squad
Yugoslavia Squad

Empire Stadium, Wembley, Middlesex
Attendance: 78,500
; Kick-off: 2.30pm GMT
Live on BBC (UK) -
Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme

England - Johnny Brooks (13), Tommy Taylor (65, 89)
Results 1955-1960

? kicked-off. ? minutes (? & ?).

 

Match Summary

Officials

England

Type

Yugoslavia

Referee (-) - tbc
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc

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

England Team

 

Rank:

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, 65th captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 43 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
83rd match, W 51 - D 17 - L 15 - F 237 - A 116, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
England Lineup
  Ditchburn, Edwin G. 35 24 October 1921 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 5 7 GA
2       RB      
3       LB      
4 Clayton, Ronald 22 5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC 9 0
5 Wright, William A. 32 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

80 3
6 Dickinson, James W. 31 24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

47 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 41 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 50 11
8       IR      
9 Finney, Thomas 34 5 April 1922 CF

Preston North End FC

62 27
10 Haynes, John N., injured off 30th min. 22 17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC 10 5
11       OL      
England Substitutes
1? Taylor, Thomas, on 30th min. for Haynes 24 29 January 1932 CF Manchester United FC 12 6

reserves:

-

team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record 45th consecutive match.
 
- -

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

Yugoslavia Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 9th
Colours: Blue jerseys, white shorts, red socks.
Capt:   Manager:  
Yugoslavia Lineup
        G     GA
2       RB      
3       LB      
4       RHB      
5       CHB      
6       LHB      
7       OR      
8       IR      
9       CF      
10       IL      
11       OL      
Yugoslavia Substitutes
1              

reserves:

-
 
- -

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Johnny Haynes was heavily tackled by Yugoslav right-back Belin in the thirtieth minute, and was unable to continue. It had been agreed beforehand that substitutes would be allowed in the case of injury and Tommy Taylor came on in place of the limping Fulham player. England had taken a thirteenth minute lead when Johnny Brooks fired the ball high into the net after taking a neat pass from Haynes. England dominated throughout the second half and Taylor scored twice, while his Manchester United team-mate Roger Byrne had a penalty saved by world-class Yugoslav goalkeeper Vladimir Beara. Stanley Matthews ran the Yugoslav left-back into such a state of confusion that he finally resorted to rugby tackling him in a bid to stop his dribbling runs. England would have had half a dozen goals but for the magnificent goalkeeping of Beara. The Yugoslavs had no idea how to contain Stanley Matthews, and after he had been rugby tackled he said "For a minute I thought the game had been switched to Twickenham."

Source Notes

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)
Norman Giller
, Football Author

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