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Saturday, 17 October 1959
Home International Championship 1959-60 (65th) Match

Wales 1 England

Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff, Glamorgan
Kick-off (GMT): 3.00pm
Attendance: '62,000';
unknown kicked-off

100th goal scored in the white 1954 uniform>
[0-1] Jimmy Greaves 26
'Flowers began a midfield move and Charlton cleverly slipped a pass inside Hopkins. Greaves and Connelly moved in. Connelly shot and Greaves tapped the ball home after Kelsey could only parry the first effort.'
[0-1] Graham Moore headed goal: offside 50
[1-1] Graham Moore header 89
'Allchurch and Woosnam combining in midfield sent Cliff Jones away. Hopkinson failed to leave his line to catch the centre, and Moore coming in fast, headed home from five yards'
Second half live on The Light Programme - Commentator: tbc
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5 Players lost since last match Bill Jones (25 September) 83
Jack Alderson (2 July 1959) 68 Jack Tresadern (26 September) 67
Ted Harper (22 July) 57 Louis Page (11 October) 60
Officials from Northern Ireland Wales UK ruling on substitutes England
Thomas James Mitchell
47 (28 January 1912), Lurgan, Ulster

THE FACTS as reported in the Daily News...
—by Wales 3, by England 9. Corners—to Wales 1, to England 6. Off-side—by Wales 8, England 4.
Shots—by Wales—First half 4, second half 10-14. by England—First half 16, second half 3-19.
    red flag               Linesmen              yellow flag
D. Carswell S.E. Cummings
Wales Team
Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 27th to 25th
Colours Made by Umbro - Red continental jerseys with white v-neck collars/cuffs, white shorts with red side stripe, red socks with white tops.
Captain Stuart Williams Manager James Patrick Murphy, 49 (8 August 1910), also assistant manager at Manchester United FC.
Team chosen by The International Selection Committee
, on Monday, 5 October 
first, W 0 - D 1 - L 0 - F 1 - A 1.
Wales Lineup
  Kelsey, A. John 29
332 days
19 November 1929 G Arsenal FC, England 28 33ᵍᵃ
2 Williams, Stuart G. 29
100 days
9 July 1930 RB West Bromwich Albion FC, England 20 0
3 Hopkins, Melvyn 24
344 days
7 November 1934 LB Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 22 0
4 Crowe, Victor H. 27
259 days
31 January 1932 RHB Aston Villa FC, England 3 0
5 Nurse, Melvyn T.G. 22
6 days
11 October 1937 CHB Swansea Town FC 1 0
6 Sullivan, Derrick 29
68 days
10 August 1930 LHB Cardiff City FC 16 0
7 Medwin, Terence C. 27
22 days
25 September 1932 OR Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 22 3
8 Woosnam, Philip A. 26
305 days
22 December 1932 IR West Ham United FC, England 3 0
Moore, Graham 18
224 days
7 March 1941 CF Cardiff City FC 1 1
10 Allchurch, Ivor J. 29
311 days
16 December 1929 IL Newcastle United FC, England 39 13
Jones, Clifford W. 24
252 days
7 February 1935 OL Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 24 3
reserve: Alan Harrington (Cardiff City FC)
2-3-5 Kelsey -
Williams, Hopkins -
Crowe, Nurse, Sullivan -
Medwin, Woosnam, Moore, Allchurch, Jones.
Averages: Age 26 years 136 days Appearances/Goals 16.3 1.8
England Team
Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th to 7th
Colours The 1954 Umbro home shirt - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, blue socks with white calf hoop.
P 40th of 43, W 19 - D 13 - L 8 - F 102 - A 53.

Ronnie Clayton Manager Walter Winterbottom, 46 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
first of five, W 0 - D 1 - L 0 - F 1 - A 1. Trainer: Harold Shepherdson P 109th of 139, W 62 - D 26 - L 21 - F 299 - A 154, one abandoned.
  The team chosen by the Selection Committee, headed by Joe Mears, on Monday, 12 October.
England Lineup
  five changes from the previous match (Armfield, Wright, Bradley, Kevan & Haynes out) league position (12 October)  
  Hopkinson, Edward 23
353 days
29 October 1935 G Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 12th) 13 21ᵍᵃ
2 Howe, Donald 24
5 days
12 October 1935 RB West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 17th) 21 0
781 3 Allen, Anthony 19
324 days
27 November 1939 LB Stoke City FC (FL2 11th) 1 0
the 16th City player to represent England
4 Clayton, Ronald 25
73 days
5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC (FL 5th) 31 0
782 5 Smith, Trevor 23
187 days
13 April 1936 CHB Birmingham City FC (FL 21st) 1 0
the twelfth City player to represent England
6 Flowers, Ronald 25
81 days
28 July 1934 LHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 2nd) 9 2
783 7 Connelly, John M. 21
91 days
18 July 1938 OR Burnley FC (FL 4th) 1 0
the 18th Burnley player to represent England
Greaves, James P. 19
239 days
20 February 1940 IR Chelsea FC (FL 11th) 4 2
784 9 Clough, Brian H. 24
210 days
21 March 1935 CF Middlesbrough FC (FL2 3rd) 1 0
the 16th/17th Boro player to represent England
10 Charlton, Robert 22
6 days
11 October 1937 IL Manchester United FC (FL 10th) 13 11
785 11 Holliday, Edwin 20
132 days
7 June 1939 OL Middlesbrough FC (FL2 3rd) 1 0
the 16th/17th Boro player to represent England
reserve: John Smith (West Ham United FC (FL 3rd))
pre-match notes: The England party played a practice match on Wednesday against Arsenal FC at Cheshunt. The sixty-minute ended victorious for Arsenal, running out 3-1 winners with Jimmy Bloomfield, John Smith (the England reserve) and Johansson (another guest) scoring for the hosts, Eddie Holliday getting the reply.
team notes: This is the first England match since 19 May 1951 without Billy Wright in the line-up, and therefore, it is the youngest starting XI since the early days of England matches.
Ronnie Clayton is England's first new captain for nine years, since Alf Ramsey in November 1950.
Ron Flowers is the fortieth player under Winterbottom/ISC/post-war to have made nine-or-more appearances.
records: This team is sometimes recorded as the youngest ever. However, although it is the youngest since the war - and in fact, the youngest in the twentieth century, it still falls short of the record by 200 days set in February 1886.
2-3-5 Hopkinson -
Howe, Allen -
Clayton, Smith, Flowers -
Connelly, Greaves, Clough, Charlton, Charlton, Holliday.
Averages: Age 22 years 255 days Appearances/Goals 8.7 1.3
Youngest starting XI since 1886 least experienced starting XI since November 1950
              NEWS by Bill Holden, Daily Mirror, Saturday, 19 September 1959

ALL the Football Association selectors will go to today's League matches with new orders about how future England teams will be chosen. They have each been briefed to watch one specific player chosen from a list of forty possibles. And they will concentrate on deciding if their particular man can fit into the kind of team England will choose.
This is the result of a new policy, which was hammered out at a recent meeting of all selectors. It is based on the belief that there are plenty of world-class players in English soccer—but that the right blend has yet to be found. The meeting decided the basis of the playing style they want the England team to adopt in future.
   That is still top secret—and so is the list of more than 40 players who are likely to fit in it.
This is the biggest step forward that has yet been taken toward building a successful international team. The players have always been there. The 'X' factor which has been missing was the ability to mould eleven stars into a match-winning combination. A top-ranking F.A. official told me yesterday why the old methods have been scrapped. He said:
   "We have had a special meeting of all selectors and the idea was to get down to a player-viewing programme as distinct from a match-viewing programme. This means that a selector goes out to study and report on a particular player, and not just watch a game and say he thought some played well and others played badly. We have issued each selector with a list of more than forty players who have been recommended or who played in international football last season. They will be watched consistently by selectors to weigh up their current form. Every selector will be watching the players to discover whether they will fit into the type of team we have now decided to build. In particular, we shall look at players who are being considered for what we believe are the problem position. The fact that a Football League side and an Under-23 side have been chosen for matches next week does not necessarily mean that the team to play Wales in the frst international at Cardiff on October 17 will be entirely drawn from these twenty-two players."


              Match Report by Mike Payne

IT was an appalling day's weather at Ninian Park for this international and the big crowd had to endure a driving wind and heavy rain as well as a poor performance from the Welsh side. Before the match, Wales were hot favourites as England with five new caps seeked to rebuild a team able to challenge the best again. It fell to Ronnie Clayton to succeed the inimitable Billy Wright as captain and it was with immense pride that the Blackburn Rovers player led his side out at the start.

His teammates then responded well to the task and in the first half especially the game gave England hope for a brighter future. All the new faces settled quickly with Tony Allen the pick of them with a cultured display at left-back. Wales, meanwhile retained their usual style but alas for them the way they play is the beginning to look more and more outdated.

England attacked from the start and they were soon threatening Kelsey's goal. Unfortunately for the visitors, the Arsenal goalkeeper was in fine form and his saves were vital as England pushed for the early breakthrough. Brian Clough, who had made his name as a big scorer with Second Division Middlesbrough, saw an effort cleared by Williams from the Welsh goalline after good work by Edwin Holliday.

Then Kelsey made a superb save from Bobby Charlton, England's star player. The Manchester United man was everywhere and he tried all he knew to conjure up a goal. He and Holliday both put in good attempts and then Jimmy Greaves missed a great chance when he shot over following a lovely cross by John Connelly.

At last England finally scored the goal their play deserved when Greaves netted in the 25th minute. He was brilliantly put through by Charlton and although Kelsey blocked his first shot, the inside-right, typically, followed up to score from the rebound. Half-time arrived with England still one goal up but regretting the fact that it could. and should have been more.

After all this first-half promise from England, the second half came as a bitter disappointment and fell way below the standard one expects from an international football match. Only the occasional glimpses of class from Woosnam of Wales and Charlton from England brightened the gloom. The bad weather never relented and there were precious few moments of note in an uninspiring second 45 minutes.

England had some plusses, though, and all the newcomers did well. Allen continued his good start and although Trevor Smith looked a little cumbersome at times, Clough, Holliday and Connelly all showed promise. The visitors did not seem in too much trouble from the poor Welsh attack and all looked set for a narrow but comfortable victory. But with barely a minute left the red-shirted Welsh Dragons suddenly produced a goal out of nothing.

Jones, who had been largely anonymous up until then, summoned up his first positive run of the game. At the end of it he sent over a perfect cross to the far post and there was Moore to head home.

It was a bitter blow for England and they looked back ruefully on their first half dominance and many missed chances.


              Match Report by Norman Giller

For the first time in 71 matches, England kicked off without the indomitable Billy Wright leading them out. Brian Clough at long last got the England chance his stack of goals with Middlesbrough deserved. Into the team with him from the England Under-23 Party came Tony Allen, John Connelly, Cloughie's clubmate Eddie Holliday and, taking the place of Wright, Birmingham centre-half Trevor Smith. It was a mix that did not work, and it was a first-half Jimmy Greaves goal that saved England from defeat against a Welsh team operating without either of the Charles brothers. The unfortunate Smith spent much of his debut limping with a calf muscle injury in what were pre-substitute days, and he could not prevent twenty-year-old Graham Moore from scoring a late equaliser for Wales. Driving wind and incessant rain made conditions intolerable, and Cloughie later described it as "one of the most frustrating games of my life." Jack Kelsey, the exceptional Arsenal goalkeeper, made a series of magnificent saves in a weather-wrecked game that rarely rose above the mediocre. Bobby Charlton, for England, and Phil Woosnam, for Wales, occasionally brightened the gloom with flashes of brilliance, but it was a match that would be quickly erased from the memory.

              Match Report as appears in the F.A. Yearbook 1960-61 page 34

It was inevitable that changes would be made in the line-up following England's disappointing performances in Brazil, Peru, and Mexico. Allen was given his chance at left-back; Trevor Smith took over from Billy Wright who had retired; Connelly and Holliday were on the wings; Clough, who had just netted all five goals for the Football League against the Irish League, led the attack. Despite a strong wind and driving rain, both teams played skilfully. England were on top in the first half, with Connelly and Holliday leading a series of raids, initiated by Charlton who was playing well back. Greaves and Clough also looked dangerous and likely to score. But Kelsey and Nurse were cool and resourceful in the Welsh defence and it was nearly 30 minutes before a goal came - from Greaves, after the goalkeeper had been unable to hold a fierce drive from Connelly. England continued to press and looked certain to add to to their lead, but good efforts by Holliday, Greaves, and Connelly all missed narrowly. Only Woosnam among the Welsh forwards had seemed to be making any headway, but after the interval Wales were dominant, though they had to wait until the very last seconds to equalise - a long centre from Cliff Jones was headed home beautifully by Moore.

     In Other News....
It was on 16 October 1959 that a 19-year-old former United States Marine called Lee Oswald arrived in Moscow and asked if he could become a Soviet citizen. Though his request was met with suspicion, and subsequently refused, he was allowed to move to Minsk in Belarus, where he lived for three years, married and had a child, before returning to the United States, where he achieved worldwide notoriety in 1963, and was shot dead, two days later.
              Source Notes
Original newspaper reports
Official Matchday Programme
Wales' Complete Who's Who since 1946
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record
Norman Giller, Football Author
The Complete Book of the British Charts