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402 vs. Denmark
Wednesday, 15 May 1957
VM Coupe Jules Rimet Fotboll UEFA Group One Qualification Match

Denmark 1 England 4
Originally due to take place on Sunday, 12 May
Idrætsparken, Øster Allé, Inder Østerbro, København, Hovedstaden
Kick-off (CET & BST): 6.30pm
'35,000'; 'forty thousand'; '40,000'; '45,000'; '50,000'
Players lost since last match
Harry Linacre (11 May 1957) 76
unknown kicked off
[1-0] John Jensen volley 26
 'Åge Jensen beat Wright with a superb lob and Jensen volleyed the ball past Hodgkinson'.
250th Post-War goal scored,
as well as in the Winterbottom era>
[0-0] Tom Finney's shot skims the post 1
<100th goal conceded under Wright's captaincy
[1-1] Johnny Haynes
'Duncan Edwards, down by the corner flag, crossed the ball to Haynes and his shot caught the keeper unsighted as it bobbed in beside the post'.
5.45 Arthur Sandford 6.0 Hullo Mum! 6.45 The Archers 7.0 News
7.30 World Cup: Denmark v. England
8.15 Take It From Here 8.45 Blue Dusk 9.15 Call Boy 10.0 News

Ove Hansen injured - ten men

returned to full compliment
[1-1] Tommy Taylor strike hits the crossbar
[1-2] Tommy Taylor 71
'John Atyeo produced a neat pass which gave Taylor an easy goal'
[1-3] John Atyeo header 76
'headed home Tom Finney's precise centre from the left-wing'
[1-4] Tommy Taylor header 86
Johnny Haynes left-sided cross from a Finney lay-off found Taylor's head.
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Albert Dusch
44 (6 December 1912), Kaiserslautern
Günther Baumgärtel
28 (2 May 1929), Hagen
Walter Zimmermann
36 (13 November 1920) Wolfsburg
Denmark Team


No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 34th to 39th
Colours: Red collared jerseys, white shorts, black socks
Capt: Åge Rou Jensen Manager: Arne Sørensen, 39 (27 November 1917), appointed as a part-tome coach May 1956
seventh match, W 1 - D 1 - L 5 - F 14 - A 24
team chosen in Copenhagen, Sunday, 12 May 1957
Denmark Lineup
Drengsgaard, Theil 30
70 days
6 March 1927 G Skovshoved IF 2 9ᵍᵃ
final app 1956-57
2 Amdisen, John 22
311 days
8 July 1934 RB Århus Gymnastikforening 5 0
3 Nielsen, Verner 26
1 day
14 May 1931 LB Akademisk Bk 12 0
4 Nielsen, Flemming G. 23
80 days
24 February 1934 RHB Boldklubben af 1893 3 0
5 Hansen, Ove, injured off 71st-77th min. 27
167 days
29 November 1929 CHB Esbjerg fB 6 0
6 Olesen, Jørgen 33
114 days
21 January 1924 LHB Aarhus Gymnastikforening 25 2
7 Hansen, Jørgen 25
142 days
24 December 1931 OR Nøstved If 13 1
Jensen, John P. 20
2 days
13 May 1937 IR Esbjerg fB 1 1
9 Jensen, Erik 25
74 days
2 March 1932 CF Århus Gymnastikforening 3 0
Jensen, Åge Rou 32
233 days
24 September 1924 IL Århus Gymnastikforening 26 10
11 Hansen, Jens Peder 30
61 days
15 March 1927 OL Esbjerg fB 32 13
reserves: not known
team notes: "The amateurs have trained only as individuals since they lost the first leg at Wolverhampton in December. They will meet an hour before kick off. having done their usual jobs as lorry drivers and clerks during the day."
Ove Hansen was hurt in a tackle with Tommy Taylor in the lead up to England's second goal, indeed, the player was lying injured in the penalty area when Taylor scored. The Dane's had stopped, expecting the referee to halt play.
2-3-5 Drengsgaard -
V.Nielsen -
F.Nielsen, O.Hansen, Olesen -
J.Hansen, J.Jensen, E.Jensen, A.Jensen, P.Hansen
Averages: Age 26 years 348 days Appearances/Goals 11.6 2.4
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, red socks with white tops.
twentieth, W 13 - D 4 - L 3 - F 58 - A 24.⁴³
Capt: Billy Wright³
69th W 42 - D 13 - L 14 - F 179 - A 100.⁹⁰
Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 44 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
87th match, W 55 - D 17 - L 15 - F 253 - A 121, one abandoned.¹³⁹
Team chosen by Selection Committee, headed by Joe Mears, on Sunday, 12 May 1957.
England Lineup
  unchanged from the previous match FINAL league positions (1 May)
  Hodgkinson, Alan 20
272 days
16 August 1936 G Sheffield United FC (FL2 7th) 3 3ᵍᵃ
2 Hall, Jeffrey J. 27
250 days
7 September 1929 RB Birmingham City FC (FL 12th) 16 0
3 Byrne, Roger W. 27
249 days
8 September 1929 LB Manchester United FC (FL CHAMPIONS) 29 0
4 Clayton, Ronald 22
283 days
5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC (FL2 4th) 13 0
5 Wright, William A. 33
98 days
6 February 1924 CHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 6th) 84 3
most apps 1952-57
Edwards, Duncan 20
226 days
1 October 1936 LHB Manchester United FC (FL CHAMPIONS) 14 4
7 Matthews, Stanley 42
103 days
1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC (FL 4th) 54 10
oldest England player final app 1934-57
Atyeo, P. John W. 25
97 days
7 February 1932 IR Bristol City FC (FL2 13th) 5 4
Taylor, Thomas 25
106 days
29 January 1932 CF Manchester United FC (FL CHAMPIONS) 15 14
Haynes, John N. 22
210 days
17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC (FL2 11th) 12 6
Finney, Thomas 35
40 days
5 April 1922 OL Preston North End FC (FL 3rd) 66 27
reserves: Reg Matthews (Chelsea FC (FL 13th)), Roy Gratrix (Blackpool FC (FL 4th)), Ray Barlow (West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 11th)), Nat Lofthouse (Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 9th)), Albert Quixall (Sheffield Wednesday FC (FL 14th)), Dennis Stevens (Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 9th)), David Pegg (Manchester United FC (FL CHAMPIONS)).
team notes: Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record 49th consecutive match.
2-3-5 Hodgkinson -
Hall, Byrne -
Clayton, Wright, Edwards -
Matthews, Atyeo, Taylor, Haynes, Finney
Averages: Age 27 years 211 days Appearances/Goals 28.3 5.8
             Match Report by Mike Payne

When England play away from home they invariably have to face inspired opposition. Teams seem to raise their game several levels when the former masters of the game visit their shores. This match was no exception. The added spice of a World Cup final place at stake gave Denmark all the encouragement they needed and they stretched England to the limits. With two Nielsens, three Hansens and three Jensens in their side it was also a commentator's nightmare!

It is easy to forget, when reporting on England's internationals, that other countries have an extra determination to beat us, therefore we sometimes underestimate and over-criticise some of their performances. This was just such a game. There was an awful lot wrong with England's display with several players well below par. Having said that, they went a goal down yet still ended worthy winners, something of which they can be justly proud.

For the first quarter of an hour England looked in command. Johnny Haynes and Tom Finney were producing some lovely play and all looked set for a comfortable win. But in the 26th minute, a defence-splitting pass by A.Jensen, Denmark's captain, set up a fine chance for J.Jensen, who fired a fierce shot into the roof of Alan Hodgkinson's net.

The crowd went wild but hardly had time to celebrate before England equalised. Haynes, Finney and Duncan Edwards weaved a delightful pattern down the left before Haynes ended the move with a good shot low under Drengsgaard's desperate dive.

O.Hansen twice had to save his side by heading away goalbound efforts and he was outstanding at the heart of the Danish defence. His efforts were largely responsible for his team still being on level terms at the break.

England could do nothing special early in the second half, although a Tommy Taylor blockbuster crashed against Denmark's crossbar in one attack. In fact, midway through the half it was the home side who were well on top. They missed a wonderful chance when J.Olsen's long pass caught England out only for J.Jensen, despite being clean through, to miss a golden opening by chipping just over as Hodgkinson challenged.

With 20 minutes to go there was a vital turning point. O.Hansen, Denmark's star player was badly injured in a collision with Taylor, and whilst he was off the field receiving treatment England suddenly and clinically took full advantage of the situation. Jeff Hall passed to John Atyeo and when the next pass came inside, there was Taylor, now unmarked, to shoot home.

In the 75th minute England made it 3-1 when Haynes centred from the right to find Atyeo at the far post to head in off the crossbar.

Finally, Finney, taking yet another super pass from Haynes, had the chance to centre from the left. He found Taylor's head as the centre forward continued his rich scoring vein.


             Match Report by Norman Giller

This World Cup qualifier was to prove the international swansong of 'Mr Football' Stanley Matthews, who was retired from the world stage at the age of forty-two and twenty-two years after the first of his fifty-four caps. Denmark took the lead in the twenty-fifth minute, with Johnny Haynes equalising just before half-time. It was not until the final fifteen minutes that England got on top against a brave Danish team briefly reduced by injury to ten men. Tommy Taylor scored twice to take his haul in four matches to ten goals. Taylor's double strike came either side of a seventy-fifth minute goal by John Atyeo, who rose at the far post to head in a Johnny Haynes centre. Even at forty-two, there were many who considered Stanley's England career had been finished too early. Just his name on the team sheet would have given England a psychological advantage when they played in the 1958 World Cup finals.

             Match Report as appears in the F.A. Yearbook 1957-58 page 34

In the second leg of this World Cup preliminary match Denmark proved herself as difficult to defeat at Copenhagen as she had been at Wolverhampton five months previously. Once again it was only in the last 20 minutes that England really gained the ascendancy. J. Jensen snatched a surprise goal for Denmark after 26 minutes, but Haynes equalised to make the score 1-1 at half-time. In the final quarter of an hour England scored three times through Taylor (2) and Atyeo. Two of these goals were scored while the Danish centre-half was temporarily off the field through injury, so the Danes had every right to consider themselves unlucky to be beaten by so large a margin.

             Source Notes
Original newspaper reports
Official matchday programme
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record
Norman Giller, Football Author
The Complete Book of the British Charts