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West Riding County Football Association Wednesday, 27 November 1946
West Riding F.A. Jubilee Celebration Friendly Match

England 8 Netherlands 2 [6-1]
Leeds Road Football Ground, Leeds Road, Bradley Mills, Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire
Kick-off (GMT): 2.15pm

Attendance: "was 32,435"; Receipts: "£4,917".
Leeds Road in 1946
England kicked off Bas Paauwe won the toss
2.0 For the Schools 3.10 Smiling Through
(on 449.1m) Association Football: England vs. Holland
(on 285.7m) Association Football: Scotland v. Ireland
Wednesday Matinee 5.0 Children's Hour 5.55 Weather Forecast 6.0 News
[1-0] Tommy Lawton 23
 a terrific right-footed drive from the edge of the penalty area

[2-0] Tommy Lawton header 26
 leapt over Potharst to head in a Tom Finney goalmouth lob past Kraak

[3-0] Raich Carter 31
 a left-footed drive into the far top corner from edge of area after the defender's clearance from a Finney centre fell to him
[4-0] Wilf Mannion
 a slow-rising 14-yarder which flew into the far right corner
[5-0] Tommy Lawton 34 HAT-TRICK
 ran through unchallenged, side-stepped Kraak, and tapped the ball in left-footed from 6-yard line.   

[5-0]George Hardwick penalty 43
kicked straight at Kraak
[6-1] Tom Finney 44
 a line ball which Kraak failed to punch out

[5-1] Ko Bergman header 37
headed in Gustav Drager's centre past Swift, who was disturbed by the flashing bulbs of the cameramen
[7-1] Raich Carter header 74
 headed in a Bobby Langton volley
[8-1] Tommy Lawton free-kick 77

Kick Smit
second half live on Radio Home Service - Commentator: Raymond Glendenning


Officials        England FIFA ruling on substitutes Netherlands
James M. Martin
Angus Hotel, Blairgowrie

"If the game takes place at Elland Road or Leeds Road, it will be part of the West Riding F.A. Jubilee celebrations." - Yorkshire Post, Tuesday, 9 July 1946.

The FIFA ruling of allowing a substitute to replace an injured player prior to the 44th minute, and a goalkeeper at any time, is in place.


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England Team
Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours The 1946 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks.
P 4th of eighteen, W 4 - D 0 - L 0 - F 19 - A 4.

George Hardwick Manager Walter Winterbottom, 33 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
4th of 13, W 4 - D 0 - L 0 - F 19 - A 4. P 4th of 139, W 4 - D 0 - L 0 - F 19 - A 4.
  Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry on Saturday, 16 November.
England Lineup
  one change to the previous match (Johnston>Cockburn) league position (16 November)  
  Swift, Frank V. 32
336 days
26 December 1913 G Manchester City FC (FL2 4th) 4 4ᵍᵃ
2 Scott, Lawrence 29
218 days
23 April 1917 RB Arsenal FC (FL 19th) 4 0
3 Hardwick, George F.M. 26
298 days
2 February 1920 LB Middlesbrough FC (FL 5th) 4 ¹
tenth penalty missed (20th taken overall)
4 Wright, William A. 22
294 days
6 February 1924 RHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 2nd) 4 0
5 Franklin, Cornelius 24
307 days
24 January 1922 CHB Stoke City FC (FL 6th) 4 0
664 6 Johnston, Harry 27
62 days
26 September 1919 LHB Blackpool FC (FL 3rd) 1 0
third Blackpool player to represent England
Finney, Thomas 24
236 days
5 April 1922 OR Preston North End FC (FL 9th) 4 3
Carter, Horatio S. 32
341 days
21 December 1913 IR Derby County FC (FL 18th) 10 5
the 137th (4th post-war) brace scored
Lawton, Thomas 27
52 days
6 October 1919 CF Chelsea FC (FL 12th) 12 12
  the 136th (3rd post-war) brace, the 39th (2nd post-war) hattrick, twelfth four-goals scored thirteenth player to reach the ten goal milestone /span> (8yrs 36dys)
Mannion, Wilfred J. 28
195 days
16 May 1918 IL Middlesbrough FC (FL 5th) 4 6
Langton, Robert 28
80 days
8 September 1918 OL Blackburn Rovers FC (FL 14th) 4 1
unused substitutes: Jimmy Hagan (Sheffield United FC (FL 10th)) and Henry Cockburn (Manchester United FC (FL 4th))
records: Following Bergman's 37th minute goal, it was the first goal England had conceded on Home soil for 481 minutes.
England have won their last twelve home friendly matches, extending the record that began back in 1923
Although they only played four matches in 1946, England were victorious in all four. The first time they have remained unbeaten in a calendar year since 1930, and the first time they have had a 100% record for the year since 1909.
goalscoring records: Tommy Lawton, for the second successive 'playing' year, ends the yearly goalscoring charts as joint top goalscorer, along with Wilf Mannion, they both scored six goals each in four matches. Both players each scored a hattrick.
In the build up to this match, both sides stayed in the same Harrogate hotel, the Majestic Hotel. Training at the Wetherby Road ground.


Swift  -
Scott, Hardwick -
Wright, Franklin, Johnston -
Finney, Carter, Lawton, Mannion, Langton.
Averages: Age 27 years 288 days Appearances/Goals 5.0 1.7
Netherlands Team
Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 32nd
Colours Orange jerseys with laced-up collars, white shorts, orange socks with white hoop.
Captain Bas Paauwe
Manager Karel Jozeph Kaufman, 48 (29 April 1898), appointed early 1946,
fourth, W 2 - D 1 - L 1 - F 16 - A 15. fourth match, W 2 - D 1 - L 1 - F 16 - A 15.
  Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by H.W.H. Herberts
Netherlands Lineup
  Kraak, Pieter Cornelis 25
286 days
14 February 1921 G IJ VV Stormvogels 4 15ᵍᵃ
2 Potharst, Jan Hilbert 28
327 days
4 January 1918 RB Amsterdamsche FC Ajax 3 0
3 van der Linden, Hendrik 27
355 days
7 December 1918 LB Amsterdamsche FC Ajax 4 0
4 Paauwe, Bastiaan Jacob 35
54 days
4 October 1911 RHB SC Feijenoord 31 1
5 Vermeer, Adrianus 24
133 days
17 July 1922 CHB SBV Excelsior 1 0
only app 1946
6 de Vroet, Arie 28
18 days
9 November 1918 LHB SC Feijenoord 6 0
Drager, Gustav Karl 28
348 days
14 December 1917 OR Amsterdamsche FC Ajax 9 3
8 Wilkes, Servaas 23
45 days
13 October 1923 IR RFC Xerxes 4 9
9 Roosen, Wilhelmus Geradus Johannes 28
119 days
31 July 1918 CF Haarlemsche FC 3 0
Smit, Johannes Chrishostomos 35
24 days
3 November 1911 IL Haarlemsche FC 29 26
Bergman, Jacobus Frederik Theodorus 32
346 days
16 December 1913 OL FC Blauw-Wit Amsterdam 5 3
unused substitutes: "The four Dutch reserves―goalkeeper, back, half-back and forward―will be stripped for action on the touchline."
In the build up to this match, both sides stayed in the same Harrogate hotel, the Majestic Hotel. Training at the Oatlands Preparatory School playing fields.
2-3-5 Kraak -
Potharst, van der Linden -
Paauwe, Vermeer, de Vroet -
Drager, Wilkes, Roosen, Smit, Bergman.
notes: "centre-half Vermeer began by playing the third-back game, but as soon as the English goals started he went well up field."
Averages: Age 28 years 355 days Appearances/Goals 9.0 3.6
oldest post-war opposition so far most experienced post-war opposition so far
           Match Report by Mike Payne

ENGLAND totally outplayed Holland from start to finish in this one-sided match. The pitch was heavy and slippery after much rain had fallen and in the opening quarter the Dutch side gave a good account of themselves. Their number eight, Wilkes, caught the eye but, alas, he seemed the only man who could match the England ball players.

In the 24th minute, England took the lead and from that moment there was only ever going to be one outcome. Raich Carter and Wilf Mannion had already taken a firm grip on the game with their immaculate passing and it came as no real surprise when Tommy Lawton scored with a shot from the edge of the area. Four minutes later the same player headed a second and in the next seven minutes there were an incredible four more goals, three to England one to Holland.

First Carter notched number three before Mannion and Lawton, his own third, made it 5-0. Bergman did manage to pull one back for the visitors but just before the interval there was more drama as George Hardwick missed a penalty and then Tom Finney scored a sixth goal. Holland trooped off at half-time in a daze, not knowing which way to turn next.

The pace, quite naturally after that onslaught, slackened after the restart and much of the play was scrappy. England went through the motions for most of the half but towards the end they livened up again creating more chances. From one excellent move Carter scored his second and then Lawton scored his fourth and England's eighth. In a late rally, Smit netted a second goal for Holland but it was, in the true sense of the word, only a consolation.


           Match Report by Norman Giller

Lawton scored four goals and might have had eight against a Dutch defence that had no answer to his all-round power. The selectors made their first change since Walter Winterbottom had taken over as manager, bringing in Blackpool skipper Harry Johnston for his England debut at left-half in place of Henry Cockburn. The Dutch held their own for the first 24 minutes on a rain-saturated pitch, and were then devastated by a six-goal storm in 20 minutes that included a Lawton hat-trick. During this spell, skipper George Hardwick missed from the penalty spot and Holland managed to pull a goal back to make it 6-1 at half-time. England took their foot off the accelerator in the second half before Raich Carter scored his second goal and Lawton his fourth. Outgunned Holland notched a late second consolation goal. Appalling weather restricted the Leeds Road attendance to 32,500. Dutch FA President Karel Lotsy told Tommy Lawton after the game: "You are the world's greatest centre-forward." Anybody who saw his amazing performance will have agreed.
International Football Results (27 November 1946)
Home International Championship:

Scotland 0 Ireland 0
Hampden Park, Glasgow (98,776)

England were already assured of a share of the title, and a point against Scotland at Wembley, four months later, would give them their first outright championship victory since 1938.
Home International Championship Table
Team P W D L F A
England 2 2 0 0 10 2 4
Wales 2 1 0 1 3 4 2
Ireland 2 0 1 1 2 7 1
Scotland 2 0 1 1 1 3 1

      In Other News....
It was on 27 November 1946 that the thorny issue of how the port of Trieste was to be governed moved a huge step closer to resolution at a meeting in New York between the foreign ministers of France, the Soviet Union, the United States and the United Kingdom (Ernest Bevin). Before the war, it had been part of Italy, but it was then occupied by the Nazis, before being taken over by Yugoslavia towards the end of the war. The meeting agreed on the withdrawal of troops so that the Free Territory of Trieste could be created under United Nations control. In 1954, the port was returned to Italy, but other parts of the territory became part of Yugoslavia.
           Source Notes
Original newspaper reports
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record

Norman Giller, Football Author
British Pathé