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Wednesday, 16 May 1934
End-of-Season Tour Friendly Match

Czechoslovakia 2 England 1 [1-1]
 

Stadión Letná, Milady Horákové, Praha
Attendance: 35,000;
Kick-off: tbc

Match Summary
Czechoslovakia Squad

England Squad

England - Fred Tilson (20)
Czechoslovakia - Oldrich Nejedlý (43), Antonin Puč (62, maybe 51)
Results 1930-39

? won the toss, ? kicked-off.

 

Match Summary

Officials

Czechoslovakia

Type

England

Referee - John Langenus
Belgium (x)

Linesmen - x

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Czechoslovakia Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 9th to 8th
Colours: Red shirts, white shorts
Capt: Frantisek Plánička, 12th captaincies. Selectors: Karel Petrù
Czechoslovakia Lineup
  Plánička, Frantisek 29 2 June 1904  G SK Slavia Praha 48 0
  Zeníšek, Ladislav 30 7 March 1904 RB SK Slavia Praha 15 0
  Čtyroký, Josef 27 30 September 1906 LB AC Sparta Praha 18 0
  Koštálek, Josef 24 31 August 1909 RH AC Sparta Praha 11 1
  Čambal, Stefan 25 17 December 1908 CH SK Slavia Praha 14 0
  Krcil, Rudolf 28 5 March 1906 LH SK Slavia Praha 12 0
  Junek, Frantisek 27 17 January 1907 OR SK Slavia Praha 26 6
  Silný, Josef 32 26 January 1902 IR SC Nimes, France 49 28
  Sobotka, Jiri 22/23 1911 CF SK Slavia Praha 3 2
Nejedlý, Oldřich 24 25 December 1909 IL AC Sparta Praha 14 6
Puč, Antonin 27 16 May 1907 OL SK Slavia Praha 42 28

reserves:

reserves
   
2-3-5 Plánička -
Ženišek, Čtyroký -
Koštálek, Čambal, Krcil -
Junek, Silný, Sobotka, Nejedlý, Puč.

Averages:

Age tbc Appearances/Goals tbc tbc

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours: The 1923 uniform - White collared jerseys, navy blue or black shorts, black socks with white tops
Capt: Tommy Cooper, third captaincy. Selectors: The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, on x.
160th match, W 102 - D 29 - L 29 - F 482 - A 180.
England Lineup
  Moss, Frank 24 5 November 1909 G Arsenal FC 3 0
  Cooper, Thomas 30 9 April 1904 RB Derby County FC 14 0
  Hapgood, Edris A. 25 24 September 1908 LB Arsenal FC 7 0
  Gardner, Thomas 23 28 May 1910 RH Aston Villa FC 1 0
  Hart, Ernest A. 32 3 January 1902 CH Leeds United AFC 8 0
  Burrows, Horace 24 11 March 1910 LH Sheffield Wednesday FC 2 0
  Crooks, Samuel D. 26 16 January 1908 OR Derby County FC 21 7
  Beresford, Joseph 28 26 February 1906 IR Aston Villa FC 1 0
Tilson, S. Frederick 30 19 April 1903 CF Manchester City FC 2 2
  Bastin, Clifford S. 22 14 March 1912 IL Arsenal FC 8 4
  Brook, Eric F. 26 27 November 1907 OL Manchester City FC 8 4

reserves:

 
   

3-4-3

Moss - 
Cooper, Hart, Hapgood - 
Gardner, Burrows - 
Beresford, Bastin -
Crooks, Tilson, Brook.

Averages:

Age tbc Appearances/Goals tbc tbc

 

    Match Report

England moved on from Hungary to Czechoslovakia for the second and last match of an abbreviated Continental tour.  It was England's first meeting with Czechoslovakia, although they had played Bohemia in Prague on their first foreign tour in 1908, a decade before the Czechoslovakian state came into being.  While not as widely hailed as either Austria or Italy, Czechoslovakia, too, had claims to Continental footballing supremacy.  Czechoslovakia and England shared distinction as the only two teams to have beaten Austria during the early 1930's when the Wunderteam were ascendant and regarded as Continental Europe's strongest team.  Czechoslovakia had won 2-1 in Vienna in May, 1933 and drawn the return in Prague 3-3 four months later, while England had struggled to a 4-3 victory at Stamford Bridge in December, 1932.  Czechoslovakia and Austria were the only teams to have beaten Italy, the other candidate for Continental supremacy, thus far during the 1930's.  England were not to join that select group until later in the year.  Because England's continuing absence from World Cup competition meant the notion of English footballing superiority could be tested only in friendly matches, there was considerable prestige at stake in this game. 

The Czechoslovakians excelled at the intricate Danubian short-passing game, although they called their playing style the "little Czech passage" rather than the "Vienna School".  They boasted possibly the world's finest goalkeeper in Frantisek Plánička and perhaps Europe's best left-side forward pairing in Oldrich Nejedlý, the prolific inside forward who was to become top scorer at the World Cup 1934 final tournament the next month with six goals, and Antonin Puč, the high-scoring winger, both of whom struck goals against England.  The match marked the penultimate international appearance for Josef Silný, the forward of silky skills who earned his 50th and last cap in his team's opening match at the World Cup finals 11 days later.  These three forwards provided a combined firepower Czechoslovakia has not seen since.  Some 60 years after their careers ended, Puč remained atop the national side's goal-scoring chart, while Nejedlý and Silný still shared third place. 

Czechoslovakia fielded a team that was vastly more experienced in international football than the England team.  The Czechs had a combined 252 caps to their English counterparts' 75.  Only two England players had more than 10 caps--the Derby County pair of right back Tommy Cooper with 14 and right winger Sammy Crooks with 21.  Two England players were making their debuts, two were making only their second appearance and one his third.  By contrast, no Czech player had fewer than 20 caps and six had more than 40. 

The result was England's fourth loss against a Continental team on foreign soil--the second in succession--and should have put in question continuing claims to English footballing superiority.  At the very least it was clear England could no longer send just any assemblage of First Division players to the Continent and still remain assured of victory.  The result was also a reliable indication of the growing strength of Continental football and of Czechoslovakia's quality in particular.  At the ensuing World Cup final tournament, Czechoslovakia reached the final match, losing to host Italy 2-1 only after extra time.

Source Notes

The Czechoslovakia squad list for the ensuing World Cup 1934 finals found in Ken Knight, John Kobylecky, & Serge Van Hoof, A History of the World Cup Volume 1: The Jules Rimet Years 1930-1970 (1998) has Nejedlý playing for Slavia Prague and Silný for Sparta Prague, while the match summary appearing in the Association of Football Statisticians' Football Annual for 1933/34 has them playing for Sparta Prague and SC Nimes, respectively.  Nejedlý certainly played for Sparta at the time.  Richard Henshaw's excellent The Encyclopedia of World Soccer (1979), in its piece on the World Cup 1934 finals, which began almost immediately after this match, refers to Czechoslovakia's "gifted duo of Slavia's Antonin Puc on the wing and Sparta's Oldrich Nejedly at inside."  Moreover, the listing of Nejedly's club affiliations in Keir Radnedge's The Complete Encylopedia of Football (1998) includes Sparta Prague but not Slavia Prague.

Official Matchday Programme Czechoslovakia vs. England, 25 March 1992. (Many thanks to Selwyn Rowley)____________________

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