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Match No. 194 vs. Wales Match No. 196 vs. Northern Ireland Match Results

England National Football Team Match No. 195

England 3 Italy 2 [3-0]

Wednesday, 14 November 1934

Match Summary and Report

Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London, 14th November 1934 - England and Italy line-up against one another.

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Match Summary

Status: Friendly match.
Venue: Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London, England, capacity circa 73,000.
Attendance: 56,044.
Goals: England - Eric Brook, 3rd min.
England - Eric Brook, 10th min.
England - Ted Drake, 12th min.
Italy - Giuseppe Meazza, 58th min.
Italy - Giuseppe Meazza, 62nd min.
Cautions: Not known.
Expulsions: None.
Officials: Referee - Otto Olsson, Sweden.
Linesmen - Mr L. E. Gibbs, Bucks. & Berks. F.A., & J. De Rensis, Genoa, Italy.
Match observer - Not known.
Conditions: Kickoff in afternoon; foggy and rain, becoming particularly heavy in the second half.
Miscellany: Italy played short a man after Luis Monti left the match injured at two minutes; Prince Arthur of Connaught had both teams presented to him before the match; the Italian Ambassador, Count Grandi, also attended.




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


England Team


No official ranking system established; 4th before and 3rd 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: Eddie Hapgood, 1st captaincy.

England Lineup

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
1-Moss, Frank 05-Nov-1909 25  G Arsenal FC 4 5 GA 1934
2-Male, C. George 08-May-1910 24 RB Arsenal FC 1 0 1934-1939
3-Hapgood, Edris A. 24-Sep-1908 26 LB Arsenal FC 9 0 1933-1939
4-Britton, Clifford S. 29-Aug-1909 25 RH Everton FC 2 0 1934-1937
5-Barker, John W. 27-Feb-1907 27 CH Derby County FC 2 0 1934-1936
6-Copping, Wilfred 17-Aug-1907 27 LH Arsenal FC 7 0 1933-1939
7-Matthews, Stanley 01-Feb-1915 19 OR Stoke City FC 2 1 1934-1957
8-Bowden, E. Raymond 13-Sep-1909 25 IR Arsenal FC 2 0 1934-1936
9-Drake, Edward J. 16-Aug-1912 22 CF Arsenal FC 1 1 1934-1938
10-Bastin, Clifford S. 14-Mar-1912 22 IL Arsenal FC 9 4 1931-1938
11-Brook, Eric F. 27-Nov-1907 26 OL Manchester City FC 10 7 1929-1937


Moss -
Male, Barker, Hapgood -
Britton, Copping -
Bowden, Bastin -
Matthews, Drake, Brook.

Notes: 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.

Italy Team

Ranking: No official ranking system established; 1st before and after this match in the Elo world ranking;
Colours: Azure blue shirts, white shorts, black socks [with azure blue band at lower calf?].
Coach: Vittorio Pozzo, 48,
43rd match, W 26 - D 8 - L 9 - F 97 - A 54.
Career: P 95 - W 63 - D 17 -  L 15 - F 233 - A 127 from 29 June to 3 July 1912, 9 March to 2 June 1924 and 1 December 1929 to 5 August 1948.
Captain: Attilio Ferraris IV, 1st of 3 career captaincies.

Italy Lineup

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
1-Ceresoli, Carlo 14-Jun-1910 24 G Ambrosiana-Internazionale FC 2 3 GA 1934-1938
2-Monzeglio, Eraldo 05-May-1906 28 RB Bologna 1909 FC 18 0 1930-1938
3-Allemandi, Luigi 08-Nov-1903 31 LB Ambrosiana-Internazionale FC 15 0 1925-1936
4-Ferraris IV, Attilio 26-Mar-1904 30 RH SS Lazio 26 0 1926-1935
5-Monti, Luis ("Luisito") 15-May-1901 33 CH Juventus FC 16 1 1932-1936
6-Bertolini, Luigi 13-Sep-1904 30 LH Juventus FC 24 0 1929-1935
7-Guaita, Enrique ("Enrico") 15-Jul-1910 24 OR AS Roma 7 3 1934-1935
8-Serantoni, Pietro 16-Nov-1906 27 IR Juventus FC 4 0 1933-1939
9-Meazza, Giuseppe ("Peppino") 23-Aug-1910 24 CF Ambrosiana-Internazionale FC 28 24 1930-1939
10-Ferrari, Giovanni 06-Dec-1907 26 IL Juventus FC 24 9 1930-1938
11-Orsi, Raimondo 02-Dec-1901 32 OL Juventus FC 33 13 1929-1935


Ceresoli -
Monzeglio, Allemandi -
Ferraris IV, Monti, Bertolini -
Serantoni, Ferrari -
Guaita, Meazza, Orsi.


2-5-3 in Pozzo's "metodo" alignment, the centre-half still playing in midfield and the two inside forwards withdrawn so the forwards formed a W (2-3-2-3).

Substitutes: No substitutions permitted at time.

Match Report

England and Italy had drawn, 1-1, 18 months earlier in Rome in their only previous meeting.  The return match was billed as a contest for world supremacy, the most important of the century.  Italy were playing their first game since winning the second World Cup five months earlier in Rome.  They had been beaten only four times in the 34 matches they had played since maestro Vittorio Pozzo took over in late 1929 after two brief earlier stints as national team coach for the Olympic Games of 1912 and 1924.  Remaining aloof from FIFA and its World Cup competition, England were still widely regarded as the world's best team.  Predictably, the game settled nothing, although it is still remembered as "The Battle of Highbury."

The Italians were at full strength, retaining their three controversial South American "oriundi," "Luisito" Monti, Raimondo Orsi and "Enrico" Guaita, and making only two changes in their World Cup-winning team. Carlo Ceresoli, who missed the World Cup through injury but would become the first-choice goalkeeper for the year following it, replaced veteran Giuseppe Combi, and inside forward Pietro Serantoni, who would become a regular in the team and play in the 1938 World Cup final match, replaced Angelo Schiavio.

England fielded a team largely inexperienced at international level.  The selectors had given six players their debuts against Wales in England's last match in late September and now stuck with four of them--right-half Cliff Britton of Everton, centre-half Jack Barker of Derby County, outside right Stanley Matthews of Stoke City and inside right Ray Bowden of Arsenal--while giving debuts to two more--right back George Male and centre-forward Ted Drake.  Six players were thus winning their first or second caps, including the entire right side of the formation.  None of England’s players had more than nine caps entering the match.  Rather appropriately, since the match was played on their club side’s ground, seven Arsenal players took the pitch for England, a still-standing record for one club. Among them were two making their England debuts, Male, who was given a late call to join his Arsenal partner, Eddie Hapgood, at fullback after the withdrawal of injured Tom "Snowy" Cooper of Derby County, and Drake, who was selected late following the injury withdrawals of original centre-forward choice Sam Tilson of Manchester City and Tilson's initial replacement, George Hunt of Tottenham Hotspur.

Italy played almost the entire match with 10 men. Centre-half Monti had a foot bone broken in a challenge from Drake and left the game after two minutes. Convinced the injury was deliberately inflicted, Italy retaliated, and the first half became a blood bath. The azzurri went three goals down over the 10 minutes following Monti's exit, although several England players were injured. The most seriously hurt were Hapgood, making his debut as England captain, who had to leave the pitch for 15 minutes with a broken nose courtesy of an Italian elbow, and Eric Brook, who suffered a broken arm. Ray Bowden incurred an ankle injury, Jack Barker had to have his hand strapped, Drake got a leg cut and some other England players suffered severe bruising.

In the first minute of play, Ceresoli brought down Drake in the penalty area but stopped Brook’s ensuing penalty kick with a magnificent save. Within a few minutes Brook made amends, opening the scoring with a header from Cliff Britton's free kick and adding a second goal with a left-footed shot from a free kick just outside the penalty area.  But for Ceresoli's brilliant penalty kick save, Brook would have had a first-half hat-trick. Drake netted England's third goal while Hapgood was receiving treatment off the pitch. Following an attack down the right flank, the Arsenal centre-forward hooked the ball into the net.

After the half-time interval, Italy settled down to play football and, although shy a man, scored twice through brilliant centrel-forward "Peppino" Meazza, whose  career total of 33 goals for Italy during the 1930's has been exceeded only by Luigi Riva, who scored 35 in the 1960's and 1970's.  Meazza's goals came four minutes apart in very heavy rain, the first resulting from Guaita’s skill and the second on a header from Attilio Ferraris' free kick. Only good fortune--Meazza also hit the crossbar--and superb goalkeeping from Frank Moss, in his last international appearance, kept England's lead intact.

Although the match had not settled which was the superior team, Italy's display in the second half, accomplished while short a man, had at the very least served notice that English claims to world footballing superiority were open to legitimate question. 


Source Notes

Player details for Italy are taken primarily from the official Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio website and Libreria dello Sport, Maglie Azzurre: Nomi, cifre e date delle nazionali italiane (Datasport, Milan, 1996).

The official FIGC website has Eraldo Monzeglio's birthdate as 5 May 1906, while Maglie Azzure has it as 5 June 1906.

The official FIGC website has Luigi Bertolini's birthdate as 13 September 1904 while Maglie Azzure has it as 13 November 1904.

The official matchday programme, information of which was kindly provided by Rob Clark.


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