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Wednesday, 13 November 1946
Home International Championship 1946-47 (52nd) Match

England 3 Wales 0 [2-0]


Match Summary
England Party
Wales Party

Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester, Lancashire
Kick-off (GMT): 2.30pm.
Attendance: 59,121; Receipts: over 10,000.

unknown kicked-off  
[1-0] Wilf Mannion 8
 guided a Carter scramble through Sidlow's legs (there was a Hughes clearance, but the referee believed it crossed the line)
[2-0] Tommy Lawton 39
 fine pass by Wright
[3-0] Wilf Mannion 76
 good shot following a Lawton pass

Second half live on Radio Home Service - Commentator: tbc


Match Summary





Referee (-) - William E. Webb
x (-), Glasgow.

Linesmen - R. Owen, Elay, and Rev. H.J. Pethybridge, Birkenhead

No substitutes permitted, as per UK ruling.

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

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 1946 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: George Hardwick, third captaincy. Manager:

Trainer: Laurie Barnett (Manchester City FC)
Walter Winterbottom, 33 (31 March 1913), appointed national director of coaching on 8 July 1946;
3rd match, W 3 - D 0 - L 0 - F 11 - A 2.
Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry on Wednesday, 30 October 1946, following the trial match between the FA XI and RAF XI in Reading.
England Lineup
  Swift, Frank V. 32 26 December 1913 G Manchester City FC 3 2 GA
2 Scott, Lawrence 29 23 April 1917 RB

Arsenal FC

3 0
3 Hardwick, George F.M. 26 2 February 1920 LB

Middlesbrough FC

3 0
4 Wright, William A. 22 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

3 0
5 Franklin, Cornelius 24 24 January 1922 CHB

Stoke City FC

3 0
6 Cockburn, Henry 25 14 September 1921 LHB

Manchester United FC

3 0
7 Finney, Thomas 24 5 April 1922 OR

Preston North End FC

3 2
8 Carter, Horatio S. 32 21 December 1913 IR

Derby County FC

9 3
9 Lawton, Thomas 27 6 October 1919 CF Chelsea FC 11 8
10 Mannion, Wilfred J. 28 16 May 1918 IL

Middlesbrough FC

3 5
11 Langton, Robert 28 8 September 1918 OL

Blackburn Rovers FC

3 1


Jimmy Hagan (Sheffield United FC) and Harry Johnston (Blackpool FC)

team notes:

The England team trained at Southport 's Haig Avenue ground and were staying at the de luxe Palace Hotel in Birkdale.


Swift  -
Scott, Hardwick -
Wright, Franklin, Cockburn -
Finney, Carter, Lawton, Mannion, Langton.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.0 Appearances/Goals 4.3 1.5


Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 11th to 12th
Colours: Made by Umbro - Red jerseys with white collars, white shorts with red side strip, red socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Hughes Manager: Team chosen by selection committee on Thursday, 31 October 1946
Wales Lineup
  Sidlow, Cyril     G Liverpool FC, England   GA
2 Sherwood, Alfred T. 23 13 November 1923 RB Cardiff City FC    
3 Hughes, William M.     LB Birmingham City FC, England    
4 Witcomb, Douglas F.     RHB West Bromwich Albion FC, England    
5 Jones, Thomas G.     CHB Everton FC, England    
6 Burgess, W.A. Ronald     LHB Tottenham Hotspur FC, England    
7 Jones, W. Ernest A.     OR Swansea Town FC    
8 Powell, Aubrey     IR Leeds United AFC, England    
9 Richards, Stanley V.     CF Cardiff City FC    
10 Powell, Ivor V.     IL Queen's Park Rangers FC, England    
11 Edwards BA, George     OL Birmingham City FC, England    


originally Alf Sherwood

team notes:

The Welsh team were based in Knutsford.
Initially, two changes were made on 11 November, Alf Sherwood replaced Roy Lambert (Liverpool FC) at right-back and Ivor Powell replaced Bryn Jones (Arsenal FC) at inside-left, both players being unfit. Then the day before this match, Swansea Town's Trevor Ford dropped out because of a pulled muscle to be replaced with Richards.
2-3-5 Sidlow -
Sherwood, Hughes -
T.Jones, Burgess -
E.Jones, A.Powell, Richards, I.Powell, Edwards.


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne

ENGLAND fought off the spirited challenge of the Welsh to gain at least a share of the Home International Championship for 1946-47. Several times the crowd were treated to the smooth rythmic understanding of a team with so many outstanding talents, although the typical Welsh tenacity made sure that they knew that they had beed in a very tough game.

An early goal is welcome in any game and it took England only eight minutes to take the lead. Tommy Lawton sent a long raking pass out to Bobby Langton on the left wing and Langton's cross was met by Raich Carter, who scrambled it towards goal. Wilf Mannion was also in the area and helped the ball on its way with a touch through Sidlow's legs. Although the ball was cleared by Hughes, the referee had decided that it had already crossed the goal-line.

Two good efforts by Ivor Powell then went close for Wales as they hit back strongly. The first shot went over and the second was superbly saved by Frank Swift. Then, with five minutes to go before half-time, England scored a second goal to set Wales back on their heels. Fine work and passing by Billy Wright, Carter and Mannion set up Lawton. The centre-forward needed no second bidding and Sidlow was soon picking the ball out of his net.

In the second half, Wales tried everything they knew to get back into the game. They threw everything at the home defence. Richards shot wide and Swift again saved well, this time from a header by Aubrey Powell. For 15 minutes it was all Wales but England weathered the storm and on 76 minutes they produced another flash of brilliance to finally kill off the Welsh dragons.

Tom Finney found Henry Cockburn with a pass in midfield and he, in turn, found Lawton. Mannion then came from nowhere to speed through a gap to take the final pass and settle the match with a good shot.

    Match Report by Norman Giller

The Home International championship was considered the most important tournament on the football calendar, and nearly 60,000 fans attended Maine Road on a windy Wednesday afternoon in October 1946 to watch England against Wales.

 "Will o' the Wisp" Wilf Mannion scored two and laid on the pass for a Tommy Lawton goal against a Welsh defence in which Alf Sherwood was making his full international debut at right-back. Over the next ten years he missed only one match for Wales. Frank Swift, playing in goal on his home Manchester City ground, made half a dozen outstanding saves to break the hearts of the Welsh forwards. England were nearly always in command against the Welsh, but when they did break through Frank Swift showed just why he was rated one of the world's great goalkeepers. Swiftie! What a player, and what a man. He had huge hands like shovels and often used to walk around the penalty area holding the ball with one hand as if it was a tennis ball.  His reflexes were exceptionally quick for such a big man, and his positioning was just about perfect. They say all goalkeepers are crazy, and Frank certainly came into that category when he used to dive head first at the feet of oncoming forwards. He was the bravest of the brave, and had the full respect of not only his team-mates but always of opponents.

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller, Football Author