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346 vs. Scotland
348 vs. Portugal

Wednesday, 10 May 1961
International Friendly Match

England 8 Mexico 0 [4-0]


Match Summary
England Squad
Mexico Squad

Empire Stadium, Wembley Park, Wembley, Middlesex
Attendance: 77,000;
Kick-off: 3.00pm BST
Live on BBC (UK) -
Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme

England - Gerry Hitchens (2 1:30), Bobby Charlton (12, 23, 62 hat-trick, 73), Bobby Robson (23), Bryan Douglas (44, 85), Ron Flowers (penalty 59)
Results 1960-1965

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Match Summary





Referee (-) - Robert Holley Davidson
x (-), Airdrie.

Linesmen - John Dearie, East Kilbride, and Ronald Gordon, Glasgow

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th to 5th
Colours: The 1959 Bukta home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, white socks with red/white/blue tops.
Capt: Johnny Haynes, eighth captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 48 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
121st match, W 69 - D 28 - L 24 - F 347 - A 175, one abandoned.
Team chosen following the Scotland match on 15 April 1961.
England Lineup
  Springett, Ronald D. 25 22 July 1935 G Sheffield Wednesday FC 10 17ᵍᵃ
2 Armfield, James     RB Blackpool FC 14 0
3 McNeil, Michael 21 7 February 1940 LB Middlesbrough FC 6 0
4 Robson, Robert W. 28 18 February 1933 RHB West Bromwich Albion FC 13 4
5 Swan, Peter 24 8 October 1936 CHB Sheffield Wednesday FC 9 0
6 Flowers, Ronald 26 28 July 1934 LHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 21 3
7 Douglas, Bryan     OR Blackburn Rovers FC 20 5
8 Kevan, Derek T. 24 6 March 1935 CF West Bromwich Albion FC 14 8
final app 1957-61
795 9 Hitchens, Gerald A. 26 8 October 1934 CF Aston Villa FC 1 1
10 Haynes, John N. 26 17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC 42 18
Charlton, Robert 23
Manchester United FC
the 56th (19th post-war) hattrick scored

unused substitutes:


team notes:

Jimmy Greaves suspended by his club, Chelsea FC. Bobby Smith required by his club, Tottenham Hotspur FC.
Charlton's hattrick is the sixth by England under the twin towers. England have scored four hattricks in a season for only the third time, the others being in 1907-08 and 1946-47.
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Mexico Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 12th to 17th
Colours: Pale green jersey with white v-neck collar/cuffs with red trim, white shorts, green socks.
Capt: Raúl Cárdenas Manager: Ignacio Trelles Campos
Mexico Lineup
  Mota, Antonio     G     GA
2 Peña, Gustavo     RB      
3 Jáuregui, Ignacio     LB      
4 Cardenas     RHB      
5 Sepúlveda, Guillermo     CHB      
6 Portugal, Alfonso     LHB      
7 Cárdenas, Raúl     OR      
8 Reyes, Salvador     IR      
9 González, Carlos     CF      
10 Flores, Francisco, off  44thmin.     IL      
11 Mercado, Sigifredo     OL      
Mexico Substitutes
16 Reynoso, Tomás, on 44th min. for Flores            

unused substitutes:

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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Bobby Smith was injured and Jimmy Greaves suspended by Chelsea (for refusing to go on a club tour to Israel on the eve of his move to AC Milan), but the goal floodgates were still kicked open by England. Gerry Hitchens made a sensational start to his England career, scoring with his first shot after just 90 seconds. Bobby Charlton, a blond bombshell on the left wing, hammered his first international hat-trick as England took their goals tally to an astonishing forty in six matches. Derek Kevan played in place of Greaves, and missed three gilt-edged scoring opportunities. The question on many lips was, "How many goals would whizkid Jimmy Greaves have helped himself to against the overwhelmed Mexican defence?"

Source Notes

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
Drew Herbertson, Scottish FA historian