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Saturday, 13 May 1939
End-of-Season Tour Friendly Match

Italy 2 England 2 [0-1]
 

Stadio Civico San Siro, Parco Sempione, Milano
Attendance: 70,000 (new Italian record); Receipts: at least £14,000 (also an Italian record);
Kick-off: 5.00pm CET, 4.00pm BST
Second Half live on National Radio: Commentator: Ivan Sharpe

England - Tommy Lawton (headed in a Matthew's corner 19), Willie Hall (shot and beat the unsighted keeper 77)
Italy - Amedeo Biavati (a run rounding Mercer and Hapgood and cutting in to send in a hard-rising shot 47), Silvio Piola (Biavati crossed, Piola controlled the ball with his hand into the net 63)
Match Summary
Italy Squad

England Squad
Results 1930-39

Italy won the toss, England kicked-off.

 

Match Summary

Officials

Italy

Type

England

Referee - Dr. Peco Joseph Bauwens
52 (24 December 1886), Germany

Linesmen - not known

In the midst of the obvious path to war, Stanley Rous visited Robert Vansittart, the Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign Office to seek advice regarding the forthcoming summer tour of Europe. "When?" asked Vansittart. "End of May!" was the reply. "In that case it will be all right" responded Vansittart, "It is August which will be the danger month." - Football Worlds: Stanley Rous, p.104.

Once more, the Fascist salute, was given by the England team, before and after the match. Watched by Signor Mussonlini's sons, Benito and Vittoria, and his nephew Vito.

Italy Team

 
Current World Champions Colours: Blue v-necked shirts, white shorts.

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Capt: Giuseppe Meazza Selectors: Vittorio Pozzo, 53 (2 March 1886), Italy.
from 29 June to 3 July 1912, 9 March to 2 June 1924 and since 1 December 1929.
Italy Lineup (no numbers worn)
  Olivieri, Aldo 28 2 October 1910 G FC Torino 16 15 GA
  Foni, Alfredo 28 20 January 1911 RB Juventus FC 13 0
  Rava, Pietro 23 21 January 1916 LB Juventus FC 19 0
  Depetrini, Teobaldo 26 12 March 1913 RH Juventus FC 3 0
  Andriolo Frodella, Miguel Á. 26 6 September 1912
Born in Uruguay
CH Bologna 1909 FC 19 1
  Locatelli, Ugo 23 5 February 1916 LH Ambrosiana-Internazionale FC 15 0
Biavati, Amedeo 24 4 April 1915 OR Bologna 1909 FC 7 3
  Serantoni, Pietro 32 11 December 1906 IR AS Roma 17 0
Piola, Silvio 25 29 September 1913 CF SS Lazio 21 21
  Meazza, Giuseppe 24 23 August 1910 IL Ambrosiana-Internazionale FC 49 33
  Colaussi, Gino 25 4 March 1914 OL US Triestina 20 10

reserves:

reserves not known
 
2-3-5 Olivieri -
Foni, Rava -
Depetrini,
Andriolo, Locatelli -
Biavati, Serantoni, Piola, Meazza, Colaussi.

Averages:

Age 25.8 Appearances/Goals 18.1 6.2

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th to 4th
Colours: The 1935 home uniform - White collared jerseys, navy blue shorts, black socks topped with two white hoops
Capt: Eddie Hapgood, twentieth captaincy. Selectors:
In charge: B.A. Glanvill
Trainer: Tom Whittaker
The fourteen-man FA International Selection Committee, squad selected on Thursday, 6 April, the team selected on Friday, 12 May 1939.
191st match, W 122 - D 31 - L 38 - F 575 - A 223.
England Lineup
  Woodley, Victor R. 29 26 February 1910 G Chelsea FC 17 22 GA
2 Male, George C. 29 8 May 1910 RB Arsenal FC 17 0
3 Hapgood, Edris A. 30 24 September 1908 LB Arsenal FC 29 0
4 Willingham, C. Kenneth 26 1 December 1912 RH Huddersfield Town AFC 11 1
5 Cullis, Stanley 22 25 October 1916 CH Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 10 0
6 Mercer, Joseph 24 9 August 1914 LH Everton FC 3 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 24 1 February 1915 OR Stoke City FC 16 8
8 Hall, G. William 27 12 March 1912 IR Tottenham Hotspur FC 9 9
9 Lawton, Thomas 19 6 October 1919 CF Everton FC 6 6
10 Goulden, Leonard A. 26 9 July 1912 IL West Ham United FC 12 3
11 Broome, Frank H. 23 11 June 1915 IR Aston Villa FC 5 2

reserves:

Bill Morris (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, injured), Wilf Copping (Leeds United AFC), Leslie Smith (Brentford FC), Don Welsh (Charlton Athletic FC). Bob Hesford (Huddersfield Town AFC) was a stay-at-home reserve.
 
2-3-5 Woodley -
Male, Hapgood -
Willingham, Cullis, Mercer -
Matthews, Hall, Lawton, Goulden, Broome.

Averages:

Age 25.4 Appearances/Goals 12.3 2.5

 

    Match Report

Source Notes

TheFA.com
FIGC.it
Original newspaper reports
Rothman's yearbooks
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