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Thursday, 30 May 1957
International 'B' Iron Curtain Tour Match

Czechoslovakia 0 England 2

Tehelné pole, Viktoria Tegelhoffa, Nové Mesto, Bratislava
Kick-off (CEST):
tbc pm tbc pm BST
Attendance: 22,000
unknown kicked-off
  [0-1] Duncan Edwards 8
right-footed low drive from 25 yards, set up by Bryan Douglas
  [0-2] Duncan Edwards 54
'at least thirty-five yards out when a Douglas shot rebounded from a defender. This time he hit it with his left-foot—and again it left goalkeeper Rufus completely helpless'
[0-2] Dennis Stevens shot is saved but the ball crosses the goalline - not given
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Officials from Austria Czechoslovakia FIFA ruling on substitutes England
Friedrich Seipelt
42 (2 April 1915), Wien
Jiránek Wenzel
Czechoslovakia B Team
Rank No official ranking system established; Colours 'red-shirted outfit...'; 'Red jerseys', white shorts, blue socks
Captain   Manager  
Czechoslovakia Lineup
  Rufus, tactically off 60th min.   G     ᵍᵃ
2 Kofent     RB      
3 Felszeghy, Alexander 23
214 days
28 October 1933 LB FC Tatran Prešov    
4 Urban, Ivo 26
23 days
7 May 1931 RHB Dukla Praha  
5 Čadek, Jiří 21
174 days
7 December 1935 CHB Dukla Praha  
6 Kvašñák, Andrej 21
11 days
19 May 1936 LHB Spartak Praha Sokolovo  
7 Gajdoš, Kazimír 23
63 days
28 March 1934 OR Cervena Hviezda Bratislava  
8 Dvořák, Milan 22
192 days
19 November 1934 IR Dukla Praha  
9 Cimra   CF    
10 Obert, Jozef, tactically off 44th min. 19 
146 days
4 January 1938 IL Ruda Hvĕzda Brno  
11 Dolinský, Milan 21
320 days
14 July 1935 OL Cervena Hviezda Bratislava  
Czechoslovakia Substitutes
scoreline: Czechoslovakia 0 England 1
14 Švec, Sammy, on 45th min. for Obert          
scoreline: Czechoslovakia 0 England 2
Hasoň, on 60th min. for Rufus     GK    
result: Czechoslovakia 0 England 2
unused substitutes: Ladislav Kačáni, Kánassy and Josef Vojta
team changes: Andrej Kvašñák appears to have been a replacement for Vengloš
2-3-5 Rufus (Hasoň) -
Kofent, Felszeghy -
Urban, Čadek, Kvašñák -
Gajdoš, Dvořák, Cimra, Obert
(Švec), Dolinský
Averages: Age   Appearances/Goals    
England B 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 Ron Clayton Team Manager William Edward Nicholson, 43 (26 January 1919), also manager of Tottenham Hotspur FC
2nd of two, W 2 - D 0 - L 0 - F 3 - A 0.² third of three matches, W 2 - D 0 - L 1 - F 4 - A 2.
  Team chosen by the Intermediate Selection Committee, headed by Frank Adams, on Wednesday, 29 May.
England Lineup
  unchanged from the previous match FINAL league positions (1 May)
  Hopkinson, Edward 21
213 days
29 October 1935 G Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 9th) 3 2ᵍᵃ
final B app 1957
2 Armfield, James 21
251 days
21 September 1935 RB Blackpool FC (FL 4th) 3 0
final B app 1957
3 Norman, Maurice 23
22 days
8 May 1934 LB Tottenham Hotspur FC (FL RU) 2 0
final B app 1957
4 Clayton, Ronald 22
298 days
5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC (FL2 4th) 3 0
final B app 1955-57
5 Smith, Trevor 21
47 days
13 April 1936 CHB Birmingham City FC (FL 12th) 5 0
final B app 1955-57
Edwards, Duncan 20
241 days
1 October 1936 LHB Manchester United FC (FL CHAMPIONS) 6 5
final B app 1954-57
Douglas, Bryan 23
3 days
27 May 1934 OR Blackburn Rovers FC (FL2 4th) 4 0
final B app 1956-57
8 Stevens, Dennis 23
181 days
30 November 1933 IR Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 9th) 2 0
final B app 1957
9 Kevan, Derek T. 22
81 days
6 March 1935 CF West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 11th) 3 0
final B app 1957
10 Haynes, John N. 22
225 days
17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC (FL2 11th) 7 1
mst B apps 1954-57
final B app 1954-57
11 A'Court, Alan 22
242 days
30 September 1934 OL Liverpool FC (FL2 3rd) 5 2
final B app 1955-57
unused substitutes: Alan Hodgkinson and Graham Shaw (both Sheffield United FC (FL2 7th)), Stan Anderson (Sunderland AFC (FL 20th)), Dick Neal (Birmingham City FC (FL 12th)), Jimmy Bloomfield (Arsenal FC (FL 5th)), Brian Clough (Middlesbrough FC (FL2 6th)) and David Pegg (Manchester United FC (FL CHAMPIONS), injured)
team notes: The seventeen players that made up the party left Bucureşti on Monday morning (Flight TA2101) for Budapest. Before flying (AFL115) to Vienna in the afternoon. They then drove to Bratislava by coach, for accommodation at the Hotel Devin in the city.
2-3-5 Hopkinson -
Armfield, Norman -
Clayton, Smith, Edwards -
Douglas, Stevens, Kevan, Haynes, A'Court.
Averages: Age 22 years 99 days Appearances/Goals 3.9 0.5
             Match Report by Frank McGhee, Daily Mirror, Friday, 31 May 1957

DUNCAN EDWARDS, the young Manchester United heavyweight left-half, is so stale and weary from an overdose of Soccer this season that he is almost sick of the game.
But he made one last effort for England here today.
And what an effort! His contribution to our wonderful win was nothing short of immense — ninety minutes of non-stop effort and BOTH goals.
   They were glorious goals—masterpieces of precision and power.
He hit the first in the eighth minute from fully twenty-five yards out with his right foot after outside right Bryan Douglas head teed it up for him. It didn't rise more than three inches above the green turf of the Slovan Stadium here . . . all the ay from boot to the back of the net.
This time big Duncan was at least thirty-five yards out when a Douglas shot rebounded from a defender. This time he hit it with his left-foot—and again it left goalkeeper Rufus completely helpless.
   Unhappily the rest of this story is about Iron Curtain skullduggery.
In spite of a solemn assurance by Czech officials before the game that substitutes would be allowed only for injuries we had to suffer the usual farce. One minute before half time a player wearing the number 14 on his red jersey strolled on to the field. And for thirty crazy seconds Czechoslovakia were playing twelve men.
  Then someone pointed out to inside left Obert that his services were no longer required, and he trotted happily off.
I asked why at half-time, and was told blandly: "Obert was called off because he was rather weak. Svec has taken his place." Then six minutes after Rufus had been beaten for a second time another goalkeeper, Hason, took his place.

Generally Seipelt of Austria was fair and just. But he had two moments of total black-out. In the sixty-third minute inside right Dennis Stevens was viciously sliced down by centre half Cadek when he was clean through.
   A flagrant foul however you read the rules—but no penalty was awarded. Three minutes later, Stevens ran on to another of the stream of Johnny Haynes passes which flowed through this second half, shot past Hason and gestured angrily as Cadek hooked the ball out.
   It looked a foot over the line from my seatbut again no whistle from the referee.
Outstanding in our defence, apart fro Edwards, was skipper and right half Ronnie Clayton. is covering along with the rest of the defence, was so superb that the Czechs had only one clear-cut chance, and that was squandered by centre-forward Cimra. But the English player who had really won the hearts of the appreciative Czech fans was little outside right, Bryan Douglas, of Blackburn, with his trickery and fantastic speed off the mark. They reserved a special cheer for him as the English players left the field—flushed with the triumph of a successful tour.
Two wins against Rumania and Czechoslovakia and a narrow 21 defeat by Bulgaria when we were weakened by the absence of several full internationals have raised our prestige sky high again.


             Match Report as appears in the F.A. Yearbook 1957-58 page 35

Young England brought a long and grueling season to an end with a fine win at Bratislava by 2-0. As the sporting Czech crowd were the first to admit, it was a well-deserved victory, with Duncan Edwards the outstanding player on the field. He scored both goals, one in each half, with powerful drives from long range. All three half-backs were in dominant mood with Douglas, for the third successive match, gave a sparkling display on the right wing. Altogether this was a most encouraging note on which to end the 1956-57 season.

             Source Notes
Official tour itinerary
official matchday programme
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Original newspaper reports