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372 vs. Wales

374 vs. Northern Ireland

Wednesday, 23 October 1963
F.A. Centenary Celebration Match

England 2 Rest of the World 1 [1-0]


Match Summary
England Squad
Rest of the World Squad

Empire Stadium, Wembley Park, Wembley, Middlesex
Attendance: 100,000;
Kick-off: 2.45pm BST
Second half live on ITV (Anglia, Grampian, Ulster, Scottish, Rediffusion and Border), also final forty minutes live on ITV (Granada and Tyne Tees) and final 25 minutes live on ITV (ATV and TWW)  -
Commentator: Gerry Loftus

England - Terry Paine (70), Jimmy Greaves (87)
Rest of the World - Denis Law (82)
Results 1960-1965

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Match Summary

Officials from Home Nations



Rest of the World

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

Linesmen - T.J. Mitchell (flame flag), Ireland and D. King (orange flag), Wales

This match, retrospectively, is not recognised as official by FIFA, even though, FIFA chose the team and made requests regarding the officials.

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours: The 1963 Bukta home uniform - White crew necked jerseys, blue shorts, white socks with red/white/blue tops.
Capt: Jimmy Armfield, eleventh captaincy Manager: Alfred Ernest Ramsey, 43 (22 January 1920), appointed 25 October 1962, effective part-time 31 December, full from May 1963.
eighth match, W 5 - D 1 - L 2 - F 24 - A 13.
England Lineup
  Banks, Gordon     G Leicester City FC 6 7ᵍᵃ
2 Armfield, James     RB Blackpool FC 39 0
3 Wilson, Ramon 28 17 December 1934 LB Huddersfield Town AFC 23 0
4 Milne, Gordon 26 29 March 1937 RHB Liverpool FC 5 0
5 Norman, Maurice 29 8 May 1934 CHB Tottenham Hotspur FC 12 0
6 Moore, Robert F.C. 22 12 April 1941 LHB West Ham United FC 16 0
7 Paine, Terence L. 24 23 March 1939 OR Southampton FC 4 1
8 Greaves, James 23   IR Tottenham Hotspur FC 32 26
9 Smith, Robert A. 30 22 February 1933 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 14 12
10 Eastham, George IL Arsenal FC 5 0
11 Charlton, Robert     OL Manchester United FC 47 31


Tony Waiters (Blackpool FC), Ron Flowers (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC), Tony Kay (Everton FC), Joe Baker (Arsenal FC)

team notes:

Manager Alf Ramsey played against a Rest of the World team in October 1953, scoring a last minute penalty.
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Rest of the World Team



Not applicable Colours: Blue jerseys, white shorts, blue socks
Capt: Alfredo Di Stéfano Manager: Fernando Riera
Rest of the World Lineup
  Yashin, Lev I., off injured 46th min   22 October 1929 G & USSR
2 Santos, Djalma Pereira Dias dos, off 46th min.   27 February 1929 RB  
4 Schnellinger, Karl-Heinz   31 March 1939 LB  
5 Pluskal, Svatopluk   28 October 1930 RHB  
3 Popluhár, Ján   12 September 1935 CHB  
6 Masopust, Josef, off 46th min.   9 February 1931 LHB  
7 Kopaszewski, Raymond, off 59th min.   13 October 1931 OR & France
8 Law, Denis   24 February 1940 IR Manchester United FC, England & Scotland
9 Di Stéfano Laulhé, Alfredo Stéfano   4 July 1926 CF  
10 Eusébio, off 46th min.   25 January 1942 IL & Portugal
11 Gento López, Francisco   21 October 1933 OL  
Rest of the World Substitutes
1 Šoškić, Milutin, on 46th min. for Yashin   31 December 1937    
2 Eyzaguirre Silva, Luis Armando, on 46th min. for Santos   22 June 1939    
6 Baxter, James Curran, on 46th min. for Masopust   29 September 1939   & Scotland
10 Puskás, Ferenc, on 46th min. for Eusebio   1 April 1927   & Hungary
9 Seeler, Uwe, on 59th min. for Kopa   5 November 1936    


Soskic, Eyzaguirre, Jim Baxter, Uwe Seeler, Puskas
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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Jinking Jimmy Greaves was the star turn on the Wembley stage in this prestige match to celebrate the Centenary of the Football Association. He might have had a first-half hat-trick but for the magnificent goalkeeping of Russia's 'Man in Black' Lev Yashin. Terry Paine gave England a first-half lead, which was cancelled out by Denis Law, and it was Greavsie who conjured the winner with just three minutes left of a memorable match. There was a wonderful moment in the first-half that captured the spirit in which the game was played. Yashin had been giving an amazing exhibition of shot stopping, and on the half hour artful dodger Greaves tried for a sixth time to beat him. He fired in a power drive that most goalkeepers would have tried to either tuck away around a post or over the bar. But the unpredictable Russian met it with a boxer's punch that sent the ball screaming back to the halfway line. Greaves and Yashin then fell into each other's arms laughing as they congratulated each other. Greavsie then at last got the better of Yashin with what he has since described as the 'greatest goal I never scored!' He threaded his way past four of the world's finest defenders before slipping the ball wide of the oncoming Yashin, but it was disallowed because the referee had - unheard by most people in the stadium - whistled for a foul against Greaves at the start of his scintillating run. What ever happened to the advantage rule, ref?

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