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217 vs. Switzerland
219 vs. Wales

Thursday, 26 May 1938
End-of-Season Tour Friendly Match

France 2 England 4 [2-3]

Match Summary
France Party

England Party

Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris
Attendance: 46,920 (record attendance in France);
Kick-off: 3.30pm WEST

England - Frank Broome (following a poor clearance 6), Ted Drake (34, rounded the keeper and shot into an empty net 43), Cliff Bastin (penalty 85)
France - Auguste Jordan (headed in a corner 33), Jean Nicolas (long-range shot 36)
Results 1930-39

England won the toss, France kicked-off.


Match Summary





Referee - Louis Baert

Linesmen - not known

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France Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 33rd
Colours: Pale blue shirts and white shorts
Capt: Etienne Mattler Selectors: Chosen by a Selection Committee, lead by Gaston Barreau
France Lineup
  Di Lorto, Laurent 29 1 January 1909 G FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 9 17 GA
  Cazenave, Hector 24 13 April 1914
born in Uruguay
RB FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 6 0
  Mattler, Étienne 32 25 December 1905 LB FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 38 0
  Bourbotte, François 25 24 February 1913 RH SC Fivois 9 0
Jordan, Auguste 29 21 February 1909
born in Austria
CH RC de Paris 3 1
  Diagne, Raoul 27 10 November 1910
born in French Guiana
LH RC de Paris 11 0
  Courtois, Roger 25 30 May 1912
born in Switzerland
OR FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 19 10
  Brusseaux, Michel 25 10 March 1913
born in Algeria
IR FC Séte 1 0
Nicolas, Jean E.M. 24 9 June 1913 CF FC de Rouen 22 19
  Heisserer, Oscar 23 18 July 1914 IL RC de Straßbourg 6 1
  Aston, Alfred 26 16 May 1912 OL Red Star Olympique 15 3


René Llense, Jules Vandooren, Henri Bastien and Ignatz Kowalczyk.
2-3-5 Di Lorto -
Cazenave, Mattler -
Bourbotte, Jordan, Diagne -
Courtois, Brusseaux, Nicolas, Heisserer, Aston.


Age 26.3 Appearances/Goals 12.6 2.9


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours: The 1935 home uniform - White collared jerseys, navy blue shorts, black socks topped with two white hoops
Capt: Eddie Hapgood, fourteenth captaincy. Selectors:
Trainer: Tom Whittaker
The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, Party selected on Saturday, 30 April 1938, team chosen on Tuesday, 24 May 1938.
185th match, W 118 - D 30 - L 37 - F 555 - A 216.
England Lineup (no numbers worn)
  Woodley, Victor R. 28 26 February 1910 G Chelsea FC 11 15 GA
  Sproston, Bert 22 22 June 1915 RB Leeds United AFC 8 0
  Hapgood, Edris A. 29 24 September 1908 LB Arsenal FC 23 0
  Willingham, C. Kenneth 25 1 December 1912 RH Huddersfield Town AFC 5 1
  Young, Alfred 32 4 November 1905 CH Huddersfield Town AFC 8 0
  Cullis, Stanley 21 25 October 1916 LH Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 5 0
Broome, Frank H. 22 11 June 1915 OR Aston Villa FC 3 2
  Matthews, Stanley 23 1 February 1915 IR Stoke City FC 10 6
Drake, Edward J. 25 16 August 1912 CF Arsenal FC 5 6
  Goulden, Leonard A. 25 16 July 1912 IL West Ham United FC 8 2
Bastin, Clifford S. 26 14 March 1912 OL Arsenal FC 21 12
ninth penalty kick scored


Arthur Bateman (Brentford AFC), Don Welsh (Charlton Athletic FC), Jackie Robinson (Sheffield Wednesday FC, poorly) and Harry Clifton (Newcastle United FC). Willie Hall (Tottenham Hotspur FC) was replaced by Drake on 6 May.
2-3-5 Woodley -
Sproston, Hapgood -
Willingham, Young, Cullis -
Broome, Matthews, Drake, Goulden, Bastin.


Age 25.3 Appearances/Goals 9.7 2.3


    Match Report

England beat France by four goals to two in the third, and last, match of their brief Continental tour at the Stade Colombes, on the outskirts of Paris this afternoon. It is three years since the two teams met in this country, and the occasion was marked by an attendance described as one of the largest, if not the largest, ever recorded at a football match in France.

The visitors received a warm welcome, and were applauded heartily when the game was over. Five of the goals were scored before half-time. The other came from a penalty by Bastin five minutes before the end. Although the first half was so productive of goals, the best football was seen after the change of ends.

England lost the toss and kicked off in the face of what little wind there was. They attacked strongly, and after five minutes' play Broome, at outside-right, was able to seize upon a faulty clearance by di Lorto, the French goalkeeper, and to score the opening goal...

France continued to press and were rewarded by a corner from which Jordan headed a goal.

England regained their advantage a minute later through Drake, but lost it again, immediately, Nicclas, the French centre-forward, scoring with a fine drive from several yards out. England's third goal was the result of what was, perhaps, the one mistake made by di Lorto, who otherwise played magnificently. On this occasion he came a little too far from his goal in an effort to intercept Drake, who was running through, but was only partially successful, and the ball rolled past him with just sufficient impetus to carry it to the corner of the net.

As time went on play in front of the French goal became increasingly vigorous, and with five minutes to go Drake, who had been engaged in a mild passage of arms with the opposing backs, was brought down when about to shoot from short range. A penalty was awarded against France ; Bastin took the kick and with it finished the day's scoring... - The Times - Friday 27th May, 1938


It was on 26 May 1938 that the 35-year-old accused, Edward Chaplin, was cross-examined in the trial of the murder of 58-year-old Percy Casserley at his Wimbledon home. Chaplin had admitted that 37-year-old Mrs Ena Casserley was pregnant with his child, and her husband had produced a gun. The pair struggled and Casserley was fatally injured by a gunshot wound. He then tried to make it look like a burglary had occurred. Chaplin was found not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to twelve years in prison. He was released after eight years and married Ena in 1946.

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