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Wednesday, 5 June 1963
End of Season European tour match

Switzerland 1 England 8 [1-3]


Match Summary
Switzerland Squad
England Squad

Sankt Jakob Stadium, Sankt Jakob, Basel
Attendance: 47,588;
Kick-off: 7.45pm local & BST

Switzerland - Heinz Bertschi (42)
England - Bobby Charlton (20, 60, 88 hat-trick), Johnny Byrne (30, 47), Bryan Douglas (42), Tony Kay (75), Jimmy Melia (83)
Results 1960-1965

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Match Summary

Officials from Hungary




Referee (-) - István Zsolt
41, (28 June 1921), Budapest, Hungary

Linesmen - Gyula Gore and Jozsef Fehervari

This game followed a match between Switzerland and USA... at handball!

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Switzerland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 51st to 53rd
Colours: Red jerseys, white shorts, red socks.
Capt:   Manager: Karl Rappan (born in Austria), reappointed March 1960.
Switzerland Lineup
  Stettler, Kurt     G     GA
2 Grobéty, André     RB      
3 Tacchella, Ely     LB      
4 Weber, Hans     RHB      
5 Schneiter, Heinz     CFB      
6 Leimgruber, Wener     LHB      
7 Allemann, Anton     OR      
8 Odermatt, Karl     IR      
9 Kuhn, Köbi     CF      
10 Bertschi, Heinz     IL      
11 Pottier, Philippe     OL      

unused substitutes:

3-2-5 Stettier -
Grobéty, Schneiter, Tacchella -
Weber, Leimgruber -
Allemann, Odermatt, Kuhn, Bertschi, Pottier.


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 10th
Colours: The 1959 Bukta home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, white socks with red/white/blue tops.
Capt: Jimmy Armfield, ninth captaincy Manager: Alfred Ernest Ramsey, 43 (22 January 1920), appointed 25 October 1962, effective part-time 31 December, full from May 1963.
sixth match, W 3 - D 1 - L 2 - F 18 - A 12.
England Lineup
  Springett, Ronald D. 27 22 July 1935 G Sheffield Wednesday FC 30 44ᵍᵃ
2 Armfield, James     RB Blackpool FC 37 0
3 Wilson, Ramon 28 17 December 1934 LB Huddersfield Town AFC 21 0
823 4
Kay, Anthony H. 26 13 May 1937 RHB Everton FC 1 1
only app 1963
5 Moore, Robert F.C. 22 12 April 1941 CHB West Ham United FC 14 0
6 Flowers, Ronald 28 28 July 1934 LHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 42 10
7 Douglas, Bryan     OR Blackburn Rovers FC 36 11
final app 1957-63
8 Greaves, James     IR Tottenham Hotspur FC 30 24
9 Bryne, John     CF West Ham United FC 2 2
10 Melia, James 25 1 November 1937 IL Liverpool FC 2 1
final app 1963
Charlton, Robert 25
Manchester United FC
the 58th (21st post-war) hattrick scored

unused substitutes:


team notes:

Manager Alf Ramsey debuted for England against Switzerland in December 1948 and also played in the May 1952 match.
Ron Springett extends his record of being England's most capped goalkeeper, the first to reach the thirty appearance mark.
Bobby Charlton's thirtieth goal, his final in his hat-trick, makes him equal England's highest goalscorer, alongside Tom Finney and Nat Lofthouse. It is his fourth hattrick, equal with Vivian Woodward, and the most experienced player to score three goals.
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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

A hat-trick from Bobby Charlton and two goals from Johnny Byrne helped England bury the Swiss under an avalanche of goals. Everton midfield dynamo Tony Kay scored in his only international appearance before the careers of both he and his former Sheffield Wednesday team-mate Peter Swan were wrecked  by a bribery scandal. The sporting Swiss fans gave England a standing ovation at the end, and even poker-faced Alf Ramsey struggled to keep a smile off his face as he said, 'That was much more like it. We played with the urgency and purpose that was missing from the performance in Leipzig. All in all, this has been a most satisfactory summer tour. But there is much work still to be done.' The only surprises was that goal thief Greaves - at the peak of his powers, and six times the leading First Division marksman - failed to get on the scoresheet. But he played an assist role in four of the goals.

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