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Wednesday, 22 October 1958
International Friendly Match

England 5 USSR 0
Empire Stadium, Empire Way, Wembley Park, Wembley, Middlesex
Kick-off (GMT): 2.30pm
Attendance: '100,000'; Receipts: £49,540;

Winterbottom surpasses two million supporters at the stadium
Billy Wright won the toss Nikita Simonyan kicked off
[1-0] Johnny Haynes 45 44:52
 powerful right-footed shot 12yds out low to keeper's right following a Bryan Douglas return pass
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[1-0] Nat Lofthouse scores with a header disallowed: no goal
[2-0] Johnny Haynes 62
half-volley from 16yds after Kesarev's headed clearance of a Finney cross fell into his path
[3-0] Johnny Haynes 80 HAT-TRICK
 right-footed strike from the near-side corner of the penalty area after he picked up another short Tom Finney corner
[4-0]Bobby Charlton penalty 85
 right-footed powerful strike to the keeper's left

(Kuznetsov fouled Douglas)
[5-0] Nat Lofthouse 89
 dashed on to a pass from Bryan Douglas and stretched to strike right-footed from 12yds high into the net.
"Belyayev grabbed the ball when it was over the line. Linesman signalled 'No Goal.'"
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Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme
"The Scottish F.A. have barred the televising of the match from Scottish T.V. screens." Daily Herald, 21 October 1958
"The B.B.C. will go ahead with the plan to televise today's Soccer international 'live' to Scotland." Daily Mirror, 22 October 1958
Officials from France England FIFA ruling on substitutes USSR
Referee (black)
Maurice Alexandre Guigue
46 (4 August 1912), Arles
The match was arranged on 17 February 1958.

THE FACTS as reported in the Daily News...
—by England 9, by Russia 8. Corners—to England 13, to Russia 5.
Off-side—England 3 times, Russia 7.
Shots—by England 24 (Douglas 1, Charlton 9, Lofthouse 7, Haynes 3, Finney 1, Clayton 2, Slater 1), by Russia 13 (Metrevelli 3, Ivanov 2, Simonyan 2, Mammadov 3, Illyin 2, Maslyonkin 1).
José Barbéran
33 (21 Feb1925), Valdenobres, Spain
Marcel Lequesne
47 (31 January 1911), Oissel
England Team
Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th to 4th
Colours The 1954 Umbro home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, blue socks with white calf hoop.
P 34th of 43, W 18 - D 10 - L 6 - F 88 - A 43.
Captain Billy Wright Manager Walter Winterbottom, 45 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
rec. 83rd of 90, W 47 - D 19 - L 17 - F 209 - A 119. Trainer: Harold Shepherdson P 101st of 139, W 60 - D 23 - L 18 - F 283 - A 140, one abandoned.
  ³ Team chosen by the Selection Committee, headed by Joe Mears, on Thursday, 16 October.
England Lineup
  four changes to the previous match (Banks, McGuinness, Brabrook & Broadbent out) league position (16 October)  
  McDonald, Colin A. 28
7 days
15 October 1930 G Burnley FC (FL 9th) 7 9ᵍᵃ
2 Howe, Donald 23
10 days
12 October 1935 RB West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 6th) 13 0
774 3 Shaw, Graham L. 24
105 days
9 July 1934 LB Sheffield United FC (FL2 6th) 1 0
the 31st United player to represent England
4 Clayton, Ronald 24
78 days
5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC (FL 14th) 23 0
5 Wright, William A. 34
258 days
6 February 1924 CHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 4th) 98 3
most apps 1952-58
6 Slater, William J. 31
176 days
29 April 1927 LHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 4th) 11 0
Douglas, Bryan 24
148 days
27 May 1934 OR Blackburn Rovers FC (FL 14th) 11 1
8 Charlton, Robert 21
11 days
11 October 1937 IR Manchester United FC (FL 7th) 5 6 ¹
19th successful penalty kick (35th overall)
Lofthouse, Nathaniel 33
56 days
27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC (FL TOP) 32 30
=most goals 1958
Haynes, John N. 24
5 days
17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC (FL2 2nd) 26 12
the 195th (62n post-war) brace, the 51st (14th post-war) hattrick scored
Finney, Thomas
200 days
5 April 1922
Preston North End FC (FL 2nd)
76 30
=most goals 1958
final app 1946-58
reserves: Eddie Hopkinson (Bolton Wanderers FC (FL TOP)), Bob Morton (Luton Town FC (FL 5th)) and Derek Kevan (West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 6th))
pre-match notes: Before Johnny Haynes could take his place in the England side, he had to write an apologetic letter to the Football Association after 'contravening a strict regulation that players must not comment on representative matches. Haynes had written in his newspaper article the previous week that Tom Finney proved he was best suited as a centre-forward and that the selectors should take note.
The FA accepted the apology and warned Haynes against his future conduct.
On Monday, 20th, the England party trained at Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge ground, and drew 2-2 with the host team in the practice match (Charlton & Haynes/Greaves & Sillett the scorers). Bob Morton deputised for Bill Slater, who had to attend to duties in Birmingham University.
On the Tuesday, 21st, the party trained at Tottenham Hotspur FC's ground at White Hart Lane, ending the session with a six-a-side match.
team notes: Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record 63rd consecutive match.
Nat Lofthouse's recall after two years was celebrated by him scoring his thirtieth goal, making him equal to Tom Finney as record highest goalscorer for England. Tom Finney will never again be given the opportunity to extend his scoring tally.
hattrick notes: Johnny Haynes becomes the most experienced player to score a hattrick. The fourth at Wembley.
penalty kick notes: Bobby Charlton's penalty kick is the first scored at Wembley since the kick against Hungary in November 1953. The following five were all missed.
records: This is the first time England have played ten matches in a single calendar year.
Johnny Haynes is the tenth player to have played 26 or more appearances under Walter Winterbottom/ISC/Post-war. Meanwhile, Bobby Charlton became the sixtieth player to have played in five or more matches.
2-3-5 McDonald -
Howe, Shaw -
Clayton, Wright, Slater -
Douglas, Charlton, Lofthouse, Haynes, Finney.
Averages: Age 27 years 269 days Appearances/Goals 27.5 7.0
Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th to 7th
Colours Red wing-collared jerseys with CCCP emblazoned across the front, white shorts, red socks with white/red/white hoop.
Captain Nikita Simonyan Manager Gavriil Dmitriyevich Kachalin, 47 (17 January 1911), appointed late 1954.
Member-in-charge: Leonid Sviridov
USSR Lineup
1 Belyayev, Vladimir G. 25
37 days
15 September 1933 G FK Dinamo Moskva 5 8ᵍᵃ
final app 1957-58
2 Kesarev, Vladimir P. 28
238 days
26 February 1930 RB FK Dinamo Moskva 10 0
3 Maslyonkin, Anatoli Y. 28
115 days
29 June 1930 LB FK Spartak Moskva 11 1
4 Kuznetsov, Boris D. 30
100 days
14 July 1928 RHB FK Dinamo Moskva 23 0
5 Voynov, Yuriy M. 26
327 days
29 November 1931 CHB FK Dinamo Kyiv 17 2
6 Tsaryov, Viktor G. 27
142 days
2 June 1931 LHB FK Dinamo Moskva 9 0
7 Metrevelli, Slava K. 22
145 days
30 May 1936 OR FK Torpedo Moskva 2 1
8 Ivanov, Valentin 23
337 days
19 November 1934 IR FK Torpedo Moskva 22 10
9 Simonyan, Nikita P. 32
10 days
12 October 1926 CF FK Spartak Moskva 20 10
final app 1954-58
10 Mammadov, Alakbar 28
166 days
9 May 1930 IL FK Dinamo Moskva 3 0
11 Ilyin, Anatoly M. 27
117 days
27 June 1931 OL FK Spartak Moskva 30 15
reserves: Con Krijevski, Viktor Voroshilov (Lokomotiv Moskva) and Vittali Tcherbakov (FK Dinamo Moskva). Konstantin Krizhevsky (FK Dinamo Moskva) & Igor Netto (injured)
team changes: Konstantin Krizhevsky was the original-named centre-half, but he gashed his knee in training at Griffin Park on Sunday, 19th. His place went to Boris Kuznetsov, who went to the right, pushing Yuriy Voynov into the centre. Vittali Tcherbakov was the 'likely' named left-back, and Viktor Voroshilov was intended to be the inside-left.
team notes: The Soviet team arrived in London on Saturday, 18th October, 6½ hours behind schedule.
The Soviet FA's request to train on the Empire Stadium pitch was not granted...'Not even the England team is allowed to train on the Wembley pitch!'
The Soviet party stayed at the 'luxurious West End hotel', they trained at Brentford FC's Griffin Park ground and in Hendon prior to the match.
The first ever Soviet international team to play in England arrived at Griffin Park at 12.44pm, Sunday, 19th October, on an Acorn Motors' bus, 41 DMV.
2-3-5 Belyayev -
Kesarev, Maslyonkin -
Kuznetsov, Voynov, Tsaryov -
Metrevelli, Ivanov, Simonyan, Mammadov, Illyin
Averages: Age 27 years 126 days Appearances/Goals 13.8 3.5
              Match Report by Mike Payne

ENGLAND met the Soviet Union at Wembley still smarting from the painful memory of Sweden, and the World Cup the previous June. For obvious reasons they had a desire to gain revenge over their opponents and, at the end of the day, they managed a result far beyond their dreams.

In a largely uneventful first half, both sides carefully tested each other out without showing any real threat. Powerful running by Nat Lofthouse, recalled for the first time since 1956, did cause some anxious moments for the visitors but neither goalkeeper was severely tested. Play was mostly confined to the midfield area where England gradually gained control. Ronnie Clayton, Johnny Haynes and Bobby Charlton were particularly impressive with Clayton having probably his best game in an England shirt.

The Soviet's best scoring opportunity came on the half-hour and Mamedov surely rued the simple chance he missed. It could well have been the most crucial turning point in the game. Charlton tried a few shots, usually off target, but deservedly just before the interval England gained their breakthrough. The half was almost over when Charlton, Tom Finney and Bryan Douglas combined down the left to send Haynes in to shoot low and hard past Balaev.

That was a body-blow to the Soviets, going in one down at half-time instead of being on level terms. Indeed, after the break England completely took over, swamping their opponents with some fine play. Despite the fact that Voinov and Simonian showed some lovely touches, Clayton's driving performance kept his side pushing forward relentlessly. Haynes continued in his role as an extra completely dominating the second half, reaped the benefit as the goals came later on.

A header by Lofthouse brought a desperate and untidy clearance by Kesarev and Haynes was on hand to punish the error by crashing the ball into the net. With eight minutes to go, Haynes and Finney worked a short corner and Haynes burst through the defence to complete a memorable hat-trick with a good shot.

The pressure continued right to the end with the Soviets fading and Bryan Douglas then made another goal. His wing play had caused problems all through and when he burst through on a run through the middle he was unceremoniously hauled down by Kuznetsov whilst in full flight. Penalty! Up stepped Charlton and it was 4-0. The final, and probably the loudest cheer, was reserved for Lofthouse.

The game was into the last minute when Charlton found the big man with a good pass. The Bolton forward seized the opportunity with both hands and quickly fired in a splendid shot which gave Balaev no chance to save. The delight of the crowd was obvious and it was a just reward for a typical performance by the gutsy number nine.

This was the first victory in eight internationals and the convincing nature of the win gave everyone a boost after the summer's disappointments. Graham Shaw's debut was full of promise and, despite Haynes' goals, Clayton was undoubtedly man-of-the-match.


              Match Report by Norman Giller

This was hollow revenge against the Russians for the defeat in the match that really mattered in the World Cup. Johnny Haynes, the pass master, turned goal snatcher with his one and only international hat-trick. Four of England's goals came in the second-half as goalkeeper Belaev, deputising for the injured Lev Yashin, flapped under non-stop pressure from the lion-hearted Lofthouse, who had been recalled after two years in the international wilderness. He revealed a flash of his old power with a crashing left foot shot for the fifth goal despite a Russian defender having a handful of his shirt. Bobby Charlton's goal came from the penalty spot. Ronnie Clayton, who was eventually to succeed Billy Wright as skipper, had an outstanding game with his driving performance from midfield, and Graham Shaw made a sound debut at left-back. The BBC television Sportsview team, led by Kenneth Wolstenholme, had been campaigning to have Johnny Haynes replaced. When they reported the match and Johnny's hat-trick, they appeared in front of the cameras in sackcloth and ashes.  This was notable as Tom Finney's seventy-sixth and final game for England. No better player ever wore the white shirt. He left the stage quietly when what he deserved was a farewell of fireworks and praise for all he had achieved for England. Tommy was as modest as they come, and he should have received better treatment from the selectors who just suddenly ignored him after an injury and a run of bad form.

              Match Report by Glen Isherwood

Before 1958 England had never met the USSR, but in the space of just over five months they were to meet four times. A 1-1 draw in Moscow was followed by 2-2 in the World Cup in Gothenburg. The Soviets, in their first World Cup, then put out England by beating them 1-0 in a play-off, also in Gothenburg. They were then beaten in the quarter-finals by the host nation Sweden. The USSR had only been competing in internationals for six years but had won the Olympic title in 1956. England were looking for revenge after a disappointing World Cup.
Just before half-time from a pass by Douglas, Johnny Haynes gave England the lead. After 63 minutes Kesarev's poor clearance was seized upon by Haynes and England were two up. The Soviet defence crumbled in the last eight minutes and conceded three more goals. From a corner Finney pulled the ball back and Haynes completed his hat-trick from the edge of the area.
Then Kuznetsov brought down Douglas and Bobby Charlton converted the spot kick to end England's run of unsuccessful penalties at Wembley. Nat Lofthouse scored the fifth in the last minute from a pass by Charlton. It was USSR's worst ever defeat.
The USSR won the first European Championship two years later and reached the World Cup quarter-finals again in 1962. They were back at Wembley for the 1966 World Cup.


              Match Report as appears in the F.A. Yearbook 1959-60 pages 32-33

This was undoubtedly England's best performance of the season, and was the complete revenge for their World Cup defeat by the Russians. Four changes were made from the side in Belfast—Slater, Douglas, and Lofthouse were recalled, and Shaw (G.) replaced the injured Banks. The match was a personal triumph for Haynes who scored the opening three goals. His first came shortly before half-time to give England a lead that they only just deserved on the first half showing. In the second half it was a different story; England, playing really well, first gained control of the match and finally dominated it. Soon Haynes scored his second, and completed his hat-trick with ten minutes to go. Two minutes later Charlton hit home a penalty awarded for a foul on Douglas, and in the last minute Lofthouse completed a storybook come-back by crashing in the fifth goal. In addition to Haynes, Shaw made a most impressive debut, and Clayton could not be faulted. Wright, Douglas, and Lofthouse will also remember the match with pride. The Russian team lacked penetration and finish, and tired badly in the closing stages.

Other Football Results   
Football League Division One:
Aston Villa 1 Arsenal 2
Villa Park, Birmingham (31,862)
McParland 38 ~ Ward 8, Nutt 65
Arsenal returned to the top of the table, on goal average, though they had played a game more than the teams immediately below them. Their opponents, Aston Villa were bottom and were heading for relegation.
Division One Top Five:
Team P Home Away F A
Arsenal 14 6 1 0 2 1 4 39 20 18
Bolton Wanderers 13 6 0 1 1 4 1 26 16 18
Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 5 1 1 2 1 3 28 18 16
Luton Town 13 4 3 0 1 3 2 24 16 16
Preston North End 14 4 1 2 2 3 2 27 22 16
Football League Division Two:
Stoke City 2 Derby County 1
Victoria Ground, Stoke (20,456)
Bowyer, Wilshaw ~ Swallow
Stoke continued their good run of form. It was their seventh win in nine games, but they lost their next three and a lack of firepower prevented them from sustaining a promotion push.
Division Two Top Three
Team P Home Away F A
Sheffield Wednesday 13 7 0 0 4 1 1 41 12 23
Fulham 13 5 1 1 4 2 0 36 17 21
Stoke City 14 7 1 0 2 1 3 28 23 20
Friendly matches:
Bradford City 8 Bradford 1
Valley Parade, Bradford (2,000)
Webb, D.Jackson (2), McCole (2), Reid (2 pens), Boyle ~ Ward

Middlesbrough 2 TSV 1860 München 2
Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough (17,116)
Peacock, Burbeck
~ Lihl, Auernhammer

Preston North End 9 South Africa XI 1
Deepdale Stadium, Preston
Thompson (5)
, Hatsell (4) ~ Scott

Reading 6 Bordeaux 3
Elm Park, Reading

Evans, Wheeler (4), Anderton
~ Casties, Leiza, Boulle
  Clyde beat Rangers 1-0 at Ibrox Stadium in the Glasgow Cup Final Replay to win the competition for the fifth and last time. Rangers went on to win the Scottish League Championship for the third time in four seasons.
     In Other News....
It was on 21 October 1958 that two female life peers were introduced to the House of Lords for the first time in the history of the upper house. They were Baroness Swanborough and Baroness Wootton of Abinger.
              Source Notes
Original newspaper reports
The Complete Book of the British Charts
Drew Herbertson, Scottish FA historian
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record
Norman Giller, Football Author
Glen Isherwood's Wembley: Complete Record
British Pathé