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The Iron Curtain 'B' Tour
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Sunday, 26 May 1957
International 'B' Iron Curtain Tour Match

Romania 0 England 1

Stadionul 23 August, Sector 2, Bucureşti
Kick-off (CEST):
tbc pm tbc pm BST
Attendance: 100,000
unknown kicked-off  
next senior match (146 days)
308 vs. Wales
  [0-1] Johnny Haynes 88
'Haynes picked a spot high into the far corner of the net and hammered the ball there with his right foot' from a Duncan Edwards free-kick
(Szakac fouled Stevens)
There is no Television or Radio coverage
Officials from Yugoslavia Romania FIFA ruling on substitutes England
Ezio Damiani
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Romania B Team
Rank No official ranking system established; Colours "...the yellow-shirted Rumanians"
Captain   Manager  
Romania Lineup
1 Cosma, Gheorghe     G     ᵍᵃ
2 Szakacs, Ludovic     RB      
3 Soare, Valeriu 24
335 days
25 June 1932 LB Progesul Finanţe Bănci Bucureşti    
4 Bodo, Ladislau     RHB      
5 Lazăr, Iosif     CHB FC Dinamo Bucureşti    
6 Neantu, Aurel     LHB      
7 Haşoti, Emanoil 24
254 days
14 September 1932
in Kavarna, Bulgaria
OR FC Energia Braşov    
8 Seredai, Vasile 23
155 days
22 December 1933 IR FC Locomotiva Bucureşti    
9 Ene, Gheorghe 20
119 days
27 January 1937 CF FC Locomotiva Bucureşti    
10 Lazăr, Remus, illegally off 46th min.     IL FC Dinamo Bucureşti    
11 Costea, Ian Constantin     OL      
Romania Substitute
10 Bükössy, Iosif, on 46th min. for R.Lazar 20
287 days
12 August 1936 IL CCA Bucureşti    
unused substitutes: not known
2-3-5 Cosma -
Skakacs, Soare -
I.Lazăr, Neantu -
Haşoti, Seredai, Ene,
R.Lazăr, (Bukossy), Costea
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
first of two, W 1 - D 0 - L 0 - F 1 - A 0. second of three B matches, W 1 - D 0 - L 1 - F 2 - A 2.
  Team chosen by the Intermediate Selection Committee, headed by Frank Adams, on Friday, 24 May.
England Lineup
  four changes to the previous B match (Anderson, Neal, Bloomfield & Clough out) FINAL league positions (1 May)
  Hopkinson, Edward 21
209 days
29 October 1935 G Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 9th) 2 2ᵍᵃ
2 Armfield, James 21
247 days
21 September 1935 RB Blackpool FC (FL 4th) 2 0
140 3 Norman, Maurice 23
18 days
8 May 1934 LB Tottenham Hotspur FC (FL RU) 1 0
4 Clayton, Ronald 22
294 days
5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC (FL2 4th) 2 0
5 Smith, Trevor 21
43 days
13 April 1936 CHB Birmingham City FC (FL 12th) 4 0
Edwards, Duncan 20
237 days
1 October 1936 LHB Manchester United FC (FL CHAMPIONS) 5 3
7 Douglas, Bryan 22
364 days
27 May 1934 OR Blackburn Rovers FC (FL2 4th) 3 0
141 8 Stevens, Dennis 23
177 days
30 November 1933 IR Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 9th) 1 0
9 Kevan, Derek T. 22
85 days
6 March 1935 CF West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 11th) 2 0
Haynes, John N. 22
221 days
17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC (FL2 11th) 6 1
=mst B apps 1954-57
11 Pegg, David 21
248 days
20 September 1935 OL Manchester United FC (FL CHAMPIONS) 2 0
final B app 1956-57
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 Alan A'Court (Liverpool FC (FL2 3rd))
team notes: The thirteen players that made up the original party arrived in Bucureşti from Sofiya on 21 May, and stayed at the Athenee Palace Hotel in the city. Winterbottom and the five senior players arrived the following evening (Flight SN696). Finally, Sir Stanley Rous arrived on Saturday afternoon (T2104).
2-3-5 Hopkinson -
Armfield, Norman -
Clayton, Smith, Edwards -
Douglas, Stevens, Kevan, Haynes, A'Court.
Averages: Age 22 years 63 days Appearances/Goals 2.7 0.2
             Match Report by Frank McGhee, Daily Mirror, Monday, 27 May 1957

THE Union Jack fluttered proudly over the huge concrete bowl of the August 23 Stadium here tonight, signalling the first-ever Engish victory in an international behind the Iron Curtain.
And the man who won this Under-23
[ed: B] game was the Cockney youngster who is steadily developing into one of the world's greatest inside forwards — Johnny Haynes, of Fulham. On this showing it won't be long before he can hold his high in the company of great names like Carter, Mannion and Docherty.
For eighty-eight stamina-sapping minutes, he patrolled from penalty area to penalty area, foraging, probing, shooting . . . and finding only the frustration of near misses. With just 120 seconds left, and the going getting rougher every moment, Haynes got his reward.
   It was a dramatic goal—and the best I have seen this season.
Dennis Stevens, the slim Bolton inside-right, was crashed down by the Rumanian right-back, Szakacs, a barrel-chested muscle-man, six-yards outside the penalty area. As left half Duncan Edwards came up to take the kick. Rumanian defenders lined up, braced to meet the shock of a first-time drive. IT NEVER CAME. Instead big Duncan flicked the ball to Haynes. Harassed from behind and faced by a defence packed like a pine forest, Haynes picked a spot high into the far corner of the net and hammered the ball there with his right foot. There was a stony silence from the biased Rumanian fans. But a win for England was the only just verdict. When the Rumanians did break through, they were seldom allowed into shooting distance by a defence in which Maurice Norman, of Spurs, was superb, and in which only Duncan Edwards was below form.
   The strain of his tremendously busy season is written plainly on him.

In the seventy-fifth minute, Edwards collapsed with cramp. In the second half he never managed to raise enough steam for one of his dramatic dashes upfield. At the start of the second half the Rumanians appeared with a new inside-left, Bukossy in place of Lazar—quite illegally. I must admit to a feeling of slightly malicious satisfaction when Bukossy shot high over an open goal. Towards the end, disappointment and over-eagerness combined to fray tempers on both sides. Haynes, Kevan and Stevens were all badly fouled—and Kevan was spoken to by Yugoslavian referee Damjan for retaliating. Still it ended happily with exchanges of handshakes at the final whistle to warm applause from the crowd.

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

This game was played on May 26th before 100,000 excited spectators at Bucharest. It was a great day for Haynes, who was easily the finest player on the field, and it was fitting that he should score the only goal two minutes from the end with a lightning drive from a free-kick cleverly taken by Edwards. England's defence had a good afternoon, with Norman outstanding at left-back, but the forwards failed to get together as a line, although some fine goalkeeping was partly responsible for their inability to score more than once.

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