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England National Football Team Match No. 19

Czechoslovakia 2 England 1 [1-1]

Wednesday, 16 May 1934 

Match Summary and Report


Match Summary

Status: Friendly match.
Venue: Stadión Letná, Praha, capacity _____.
Attendance: 35,000
Goals: England - Frederick Tilson, 20th min.
Czechoslovakia - Oldrich Nejedlý, 42nd min.

Czechoslovakia - Antonin Puč,
62nd min. [a contemporary report suggests 51 minutes.]
Cautions: Not known.
Expulsions: None.
Officials: Referee - John Langenus, Belgium.
Linesmen - Not known.
Match observer - Not known.
Conditions: Not known.
Miscellany: Not known.




Goal Attempts - -
Attempts on Target - -
Hit Bar/Post - -
Corner Kicks Won - -
Offside Calls Against - -
Fouls Conceded - -
Time of Possession - -


Czechoslovakia Team


No official ranking system established; 8th before and 7th after this match in Elo world ranking;

Colours: Red shirts, white shorts, unknown socks.
Coach: Karel Petrů
Captain: Frantisek Plánička, 12th of 37 career captaincies.

Czechoslovakia Lineup

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
1-Plánička, Frantisek 02-Jun-1904 29  G SK Slavia Praha 48 0 1926-1938
2-Ženíšek, Ladislav 07-Mar-1904 30 RB SK Slavia Praha 15 0 1926-1935
3-Čtyroký, Josef 30-Sep-1906 27 LB AC Sparta Praha 18 0 1931-1938
4-Koštálek, Josef 31-Aug-1909 24 RH AC Sparta Praha 11 1 1930-1938
5-Čambal, Stefan 17-Dec-1908 25 CH SK Slavia Praha 14 0 1932-1935
6-Krcil, Rudolf 05-Mar-1906 28 LH SK Slavia Praha 12 0 1929-1935
7-Junek, Frantisek 17-Jan-1907 27 OR SK Slavia Praha 26 6 1929-1934
8-Silný, Josef 26-Jan-1902 32 IR SC Nimes, France 49 28 1925-1934
9-Sobotka, Jiri 1911 22/23 CF SK Slavia Praha 3 2 1934-1937
10-Nejedlý, Oldřich 25-Dec-1909 24 IL AC Sparta Praha 14 6 1931-1938
11-Puč, Antonin 16-May-1907 27 OL SK Slavia Praha 42 28 1926-1938


Plánička -
Ženišek, Čtyroký -
Koštálek, Čambal, Krcil -
Junek, Silný, Sobotka, Nejedlý, Puč.

Substitutes: No substitutions permitted at time.

England Team


No official ranking system established; 5th before and 5th after this match in Elo world ranking;

Colours: White shirts, navy blue shorts, navy blue socks with two white stripes at top.
Coach: None; selection by Football Association International Select Committee.
Captain: Tommy Cooper, 3rd captaincy.

England Lineup

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
1-Moss, Frank 05-Nov-1909 24 G Arsenal FC 3 0 1934
2-Cooper, Thomas 09-Apr-1904 30 RB Derby County FC 14 0 1927-1934
3-Hapgood, Edris A. 24-Sep-1908 25 LB Arsenal FC 7 0 1933-1939
4-Gardner, Thomas 28-May-1910 23 RH Aston Villa FC 1 0 1934-1935
5-Hart, Ernest A. 03-Jan-1902 32 CH Leeds United AFC 8 0 1928-1934
6-Burrows, Horace 11-Mar-1910 24 LH Sheffield Wednesday FC 2 0 1934-1935
7-Crooks, Samuel D., 16-Jan-1908 26 OR Derby County FC 21 7 1930-1936
8-Beresford, Joseph 26-Feb-1906 28 IR Aston Villa FC 1 0 1934
9-Tilson, S. Frederick 19-Apr-1903 30 CF Manchester City FC 2 2 1934-1935
10-Bastin, Clifford S. 14-Mar-1912 22 IL Arsenal FC 8 4 1931-1938
11-Brook, Eric F. 27-Nov-1907 26 OL Manchester City FC 8 4 1929-1937


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


3-4-3 in the WM alignment with the centre halfback of the old 2-3-5 formation becoming a centre-back between the fullbacks and with the inside forwards withdrawn (3-2-2-3).

Substitutes: No substitutions permitted at time.

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 wih 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)