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Wednesday, 5 December 1956
World Cup 1958 UEFA Group One Qualification Match

England 5 Denmark 2 [2-1]
 

 

Match Summary
England Squad
Denmark Squad

Molineux, Waterloo Road North, St. Peter's, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
Attendance:
54,083;
Kick-off: 7.30pm GMT
Second half live on BBC (UK) -
Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme

England - Tommy Taylor (2, 20, 53), Duncan Edwards (75, 85)
Denmark - Ove Bech Nielsen (30, 73)
Results 1955-1960

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Match Summary

Officials

England

Type

Denmark

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, red socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, 66th captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 43 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
84th match, W 52 - D 17 - L 15 - F 242 - A 118, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
England Lineup
  Ditchburn, Edwin G. 35 24 October 1921 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 6 9 GA
2       RB      
3       LB      
4 Clayton, Ronald 22 5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC 10 0
5 Wright, William A. 32 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

81 3
6 Dickinson, James W. 31 24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

48 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 41 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 51 11
8       IR      
9
Taylor, Thomas 24 29 January 1932 CF Manchester United FC 13 9
10 Edwards, Duncan 20 1 October 1936 IL Manchester United FC 11 3
11 Finney, Thomas 34 5 April 1922 OL

Preston North End FC

63 27
England Substitutes
1              

reserves:

-

team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record 46th consecutive match.
 
- -

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

Denmark Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 34th to 35th
Colours: Red jerseys, white shorts, black socks
Capt:   Manager:  
Denmark Lineup
        G     GA
2       RB      
3       LB      
4       RHB      
5       CHB      
6       LHB      
7       OR      
8       IR      
9       CF      
10       IL      
11       OL      
Denmark Substitutes
1              

reserves:

-
 
- -

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

    Match Report by Norman Giller

England's World Cup campaign got under way with this convincing victory over Denmark on Billy Wright's home ground of Molineux. The match was distinguished by a hat-trick from Tommy Taylor and two spectacular goals from his Manchester United team-mate Duncan Edwards, who played at inside-left in place of the injured Johnny Haynes. Edwards scored with two booming long-range shots, had another shot wondrously saved and nearly uprooted a post with another thunderbolt from a free-kick. England had been drawn in a three team group with Denmark and the Republic of Ireland, and this convincing performance underlined why they were rated among the favourites for the World Cup. It was as if Manchester United had taken over Molineux! Roger Byrne was the outstanding player in England's defence, and up front Tommy Taylor and Duncan Edwards showed the power that had taken United to the top of the First Division in defence of their title. It was like a home match for Duncan, who had many of his family from Dudley watching from the stand.

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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