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Sunday, 18 May 1958
End-of-Season Pre-World Cup European Tour

USSR 1 England 1 [0-1]
 

 

Match Summary
USSR Squad
England Squad

Grand Sports Arena, Lenin Stadium, Khamovniki, Moskva
Attendance: 105,000;
Kick-off: 7.00pm CET, 5.00pm BST

England - Derek Kevan (45)
USSR - Ivanov (78)
Results 1955-1960

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Match Summary

Officials

USSR

Type

England

Referee (-) - tbc
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc

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

USSR Team

 

Rank:

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

reserves:

-
 
- -

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

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 calf hoop. 
Capt: Billy Wright, 77th captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 45 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
95th match, W 59 - D 19 - L 17 - F 271 - A 132, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
England Lineup
  McDonald, Colin A. 27 15 October 1930 G Burnley FC 1 1 GA
2 Howe, Donald 22 12 October 1935 RB West Bromwich Albion FC 7 0
3       LB      
4       RHB      
5 Wright, William A. 34 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

92 3
6 Slater, William J. 31 29 April 1927 LHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 6 0
7       OR      
8 Robson, Robert W. 25 18 February 1933 IR West Bromwich Albion FC 2 2
9 Kevan, Derek T. 23 6 March 1935 CF West Bromwich Albion FC 7 4
10 Haynes, John N. 23 17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC 20 8
11 Finney, Thomas 36 5 April 1922 OL

Preston North End FC

73 28
England Substitutes
1              

reserves:

-

team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record 57th consecutive match.
 
- -

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

    Match Report by Norman Giller

For this final match before the World Cup finals, Eddie Clamp came in at right-half to make an all-Wolves half-back line with clubmates Billy Wright and Bill Slater. Colin McDonald took over in goal and Bolton's tough-tackling Tommy Banks was called in at left-back. After the jolting defeat in Yugoslavia, England gave a much more disciplined performance in the new Lenin Stadium and a Derek Kevan goal just before half-time gave them a draw against a Russian side rated one of the best in Europe. England might have won but for the goalkeeping of the great 'Man in Black' Lev Yashin, and the intervention of the woodwork when first Tom Finney and then Derek Kevan struck shots against a post. The shock after the match was that Brian Clough, Middlesbrough's untried goal master, was told he was not needed for the World Cup squad. Cloughie had scored 42 goals in League and Cup matches that season and was in red-hot form. Cloughie made no secret of his displeasure. It made no sense to most people that the selectors decided to leave behind not only Brian Clough, but also the vastly experienced Nat Lofthouse and the living legend Stanley Matthews. Lofty had been in devastating form in the FA Cup final against Manchester United when his two goals virtually won the trophy for Bolton. The selectors could also have considered the young Chelsea whizkid Jimmy Greaves. For some reason they chose to take only twenty players, when twenty-two were allowed in each squad. England arrived in Sweden just two days before the kick-off to the tournament and were hardly the best prepared team going into the finals.  

Source Notes

"England will play Russia in Moscow on May 18, 1958, and in London on October 22, 1958. It is almost certain that the London match will be at Wembley Stadium and the Moscow game at the new Lenin Stadium, which comfortably holds 100,000 spectators, all seated. The countries have never met in an International match." - Saturday, 30 March 1957, Glasgow Herald.

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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