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Finals Squad

England's squad for the 1950 World Cup contained 21 players. On May 9, two squads (A and B) of 14 players each were announced for two separate tours. Of the 28 names, the following twelve did not make it to the final World Cup squad: Bill Jones, Liverpool; Dicky Robinson, Middlesbrough; Redfern Froggatt, Sheffield Wednesday; Ray Middleton, Chesterfield; John Crosland, Blackpool; Jimmy Payne, Liverpool; Len Shackleton, Sunderland; Jesse Pye, Wolverhampton Wanderers; Bobby Langton, Bolton Wanderers; Jackie Wright, Blackpool; Phil Taylor, Liverpool; and Eddie Quigley, Preston North End.

The five remaining members of the final squad, who were not named in the above A and B squads were Henry Cockburn, Ted Ditchburn, Laurie Hughes, Stan Matthews and Jim Taylor, who were all touring elsewhere, with the exception of Hughes, who had to withdraw from the A squad, because of injury.

 

Name Age Pos Club Total Goals Capts
Aston, John 28 LB Manchester United FC 14 0    
Baily, Edward F. 24 IL Tottenham Hotspur FC 0 0 0  
Bentley, T.F. Roy 26 CF Chelsea FC 4 2    
Cockburn, Henry 28 LH Manchester United FC 10 0    
Dickinson, James W. 25 LH Portsmouth FC 7 0    
Ditchburn, Edwin G. 28 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 2 3 GA    
Eckersley, William 24 LB Blackburn Rovers FC 0 0 0  
Finney, Thomas 28 OR/L Preston North End FC 25 18    
Hughes, Lawrence 26 CB Liverpool FC 0 0 0  
Mannion, Wilfred J. 32 IL Middlesbrough FC 19 9    
Matthews, Stanley 35 OR Blackpool FC 30 10    
Milburn, John E.T. 26 CF Newcastle United FC 7 6    
Mortensen, Stanley H. 29 IR Blackpool FC 18 15    
Mullen, James 27 OL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4 2    
Nicholson, William E. 31 RH Tottenham Hotspur FC 0 0 0  
Ramsey, Alfred E. 30 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 5 0    
Scott, Lawrence 33 RB Arsenal FC 17 0    
Taylor, James G. 32 CB Fulham FC 0 0 0  
Watson, William 30 RH Sunderland AFC 2 0    
Williams, Bert F. 30 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 7  8 GA    
Wright, William A. 26 RH Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 29 2    
 
World Cup Record  
No. Name vs. Chile (2-0) vs. USA (0-1) vs. Spain (0-1) mins
Aston, John Start (3) Start (3) squad member 180
Baily, Edward F. squad member squad member Start (10) 90
Bentley, T.F. Roy Start (9) Start (9) squad member 180
Cockburn, Henry squad member squad member squad member 0
Dickinson, James W. Start (6) Start (6) Start (6) 270
Ditchburn, Edwin G. squad member squad member squad member 0
Eckersley, William squad member squad member Start (3) 90
Finney, Thomas Start (7) Start (7) Start (11) 270
Hughes, Lawrence Start (5) Start (5) Start (5) 270
Mannion, Wilfred J. Start (8) Start (8) squad member 180
Matthews, Stanley squad member squad member Start (7) 90
Milburn, John E.T. squad member squad member Start (9) 90
Mortensen, Stanley H. Start (10) Start (10) Start (8) 270
Mullen, James Start (11) Start (11) squad member 180
Nicholson, William E. squad member squad member squad member 0
Ramsey, Alfred E. Start (2) Start (2) Start (2) 270
Scott, Lawrence squad member squad member squad member 0
Taylor, James G. squad member squad member squad member 0
Watson, William squad member squad member squad member 0
Williams, Bert F. Start (1) GA 0 Start (1) GA 1 Start (1) GA 1 270
Wright, William A. Captain (4) Captain (4) Captain (4) 270
 
Post-World Cup  
No. Name Age Pos Club Total Goals Capts Disc
Aston, John 28 LB Manchester United FC 16 0    
Baily, Edward F. 24 IL Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0 0  
Bentley, T.F. Roy 26 CF Chelsea FC 6 2    
Cockburn, Henry 28 LH Manchester United FC 10 0    
Dickinson, James W. 25 LH Portsmouth FC 10 0    
Ditchburn, Edwin G. 28 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 2 3 GA    
Eckersley, William 24 LB Blackburn Rovers FC 1 0 0  
Finney, Thomas 28 OR/L Preston North End FC 28 18    
Hughes, Lawrence 26 CB Liverpool FC 3 0 0  
Mannion, Wilfred J. 32 IL Middlesbrough FC 21 10    
Matthews, Stanley 35 OR Blackpool FC 31 10    
Milburn, John E.T. 26 CF Newcastle United FC 8 6    
Mortensen, Stanley H. 29 IR Blackpool FC 21 16    
Mullen, James 27 OL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 6 2    
Nicholson, William E. 31 RH Tottenham Hotspur FC 0 0 0  
Ramsey, Alfred E. 30 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 8 0    
Scott, Lawrence 33 RB Arsenal FC 17 0    
Taylor, James G. 32 CB Fulham FC 0 0 0  
Watson, William 30 RH Sunderland AFC 2 0    
Williams, Bert F. 30 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 10  10 GA    
Wright, William A. 26 RH Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 32 2    


Captain Billy Wright took the microphone as confident England, hailed in the Brazilian press as "the kings of football," arrived for their first World Cup final tournament.  They had never before played competitive football outside the British Championship, and they failed their first foreign test.  A shocking loss to the U.S.A. sent them home early.

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