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Switzerland v. England
5.45 Bing Sings
Sunday, 18 May 1947
End-of-Season Tour Friendly Match

Switzerland 1 England 0 [1-0]
Players lost since last match
Harry Jones (10 May 1947) 52

Grasshopperstadion (Hardturm Stadion), Industriequartier, Zürich
Kick-off (CET): 3.00pm 4.00pm DST (two hours ahead of standard time)
Attendance: 34,000 SOLD-OUT
unknown kicked-off
[0-0] Fink goal disallowed: Foul 25
[1-0] Jacky Fatton 27

 an acute angle following a Lauro Amadò pass
 'Eddie Lowe was fouled, dispossessed, and the Swiss were allowed to go on and score,'

[1-0] Bobby Langton goal disallowed: offside
[1-0] Fink goal disallowed: Offside 83  
second half live on Radio Light Programme - Commentator: tbc


Officials          Switzerland

FIFA ruling on substitutes

Victor Sedz
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.
"For the visit of the English team, they had erected temporary grandstands on the Hardturm Stadium. Chairs were placed on the cinder track skirting the pitch. Only a rope—and two feet of thin air—separated the spectators from the players."
- Billy Wright
tbc tbc
Switzerland Team
Rank: No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 18th
Colours: Red jerseys with buttoned-up collars, white shorts, black socks with red/white striped tops.
Capt: Lauro Amadò Manager: Karl Rappan, 41 (26 September 1905 in Wien, Austria), appointed in 1942 for a second time.
17th match, W 4 - D 5 - L 8 - F 30 - A - 42.
Switzerland Lineup
  Ballabio, Erwin 29
210 days
20 October 1918 G FC Grenchen 26 49ᵍᵃ
2 Gyger, Rudolf 27
32 days
16 April 1920 RB FC Cantonal 10 0
3 Steffan, Willi 22
62 days
17 March 1925 LB FC Cantonal 12 0
4 Belli, Andrè 20
339 days
13 June 1926 RHB Servette FC 1 0
5 Eggimann, Olivier 28
110 days
28 January 1919 CHB Lausanne-Sports 6 0
6 Bocquet, Roger 26
29 days
19 April 1921 LHB Lausanne-Sports 7 1
7 Tamini, Jean 27
160 days
9 December 1919 OR Servette FC 2 0
8 Fink, Walter 26
166 days
3 December 1920 IR FC Young Fellows 7 0
9 Bickel, Alfred 29
6 days
12 May 1918 CF Grasshopper Club 51 10
Amadò, Lauro 35
76 days
3 March 1912 IL Grasshopper Club 47 19
Fatton, Jacques 21
150 days
19 December 1925 OL Servette FC 7 4
unused substitutes: not known
2-3-5 Ballabio -
Gyger, Steffan -
Belli, Eggimann, Bocquet -
Tamini, Fink, Bickel, Amadò, Fatton.
Averages: Age 26 years 226 days Appearances/Goals 16.0 3.0
most experienced post-war opposition team so far
England Team
Rank: No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 1946 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks.
7th, W 5 - D 1 - L 1 - F 23 - A 6.


George Hardwick
7th, W 5 - D 1 - L 1 - F 23 - A 6.¹³
Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 34 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
7th match, W 5 - D 1 - L 1 - F 23 - A 6.¹³⁹
Physiotherapist: Walter Max
Party chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry following the France match on 3 May, team chosen on 15 May.
England Lineup
  one change from the previous match (Matthews>Finney) league position (15 May)  
  Swift, Frank V. 33
143 days
26 December 1913 G Manchester City FC (FL2 TOP) 7 6ᵍᵃ
2 Scott, Lawrence 30
25 days
23 April 1917 RB Arsenal FC (FL 15th) 7 0
3 Hardwick, George F.M. 27
105 days
2 February 1920 LB Middlesbrough FC (FL 9th) 7 0
4 Wright, William A. 23
101 days
6 February 1924 RHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL TOP) 7 0
5 Franklin, Cornelius 25
114 days
24 January 1922 CHB Stoke City FC (FL 2nd) 7 0
6 Lowe, Edward 21
311 days
11 July 1925 LHB Aston Villa FC (FL 8th) 2 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 32
106 days
1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC (FL 5th) 19 8
fourth Blackpool player to represent England
8 Carter, Horatio S. 33
148 days
21 December 1913 IR Derby County FC (FL 13th) 13 7
final app 1934-47
9 Lawton, Thomas 27
224 days
6 October 1919 CF Chelsea FC (FL 12th) 15 12
10 Mannion, Wilfred J. 29
2 days
16 May 1918 IL Middlesbrough FC (FL 9th) 7 7
11 Langton, Robert 28
252 days
8 September 1918 OL Blackburn Rovers FC (FL 18th) 6 1
unused substitutes: Dicky Robinson (Middlesbrough FC (FL 9th)), Phil Taylor (Liverpool FC (FL 4th)), Tom Finney (Preston North End FC (FL 6th)), Jimmy Hagan (Sheffield United FC (FL 7th)), Stan Mortensen (Blackpool FC (FL 5th)).
team notes: This is the first occasion that England have played a match on a Sunday.
Pre-match training took place at a training ground owned by the Swiss National Bank.
2-3-5 Swift  -
Scott, Hardwick -
Wright, Franklin, Lowe -
Matthews, Carter, Lawton, Mannion, Langton.
Averages: Age 28 years 141 days Appearances/Goals 8.8 3.2
most experienced post-war England team so far
        Match Report by Mike Payne

OVER 30,000 people watched this Sunday afternoon international in what was the first of two games in a European tour. The superior teamwork of the Swiss eventually won the game against a strangely subdued England side.

England never reproduced any of the exciting play of their previous post-war encounters and on this day even the defence looked well below its best against the speedy Swiss forwards.

What proved to be the deciding goal came in the 27th minute. A pass by Amado found Fatton completely unmarked to score from close range. The crowd went wild with delight as England struggled to get their game together. In one incident Tommy Lawton did get the ball into the Swiss net but the referee ruled it out for offside.

The second half was much the same pattern with the Swiss showing a lot of confidence and England desperately trying to improve. Fatton and Fink were particularly dangerous for Switzerland and Laurie Scott had his hands full with the lively winger.

It was not until the final 15 minutes that England came into the game. Lawton, easily England's most dangerous attacker, twice forced Ballabio into excellent saves but try as they might they could not force an equaliser.


        Match Report by Norman Giller

England's famed and feared attack ran into a Swiss wall defence known as "The Redoubt". Switzerland introduced the deep-lying centre-forward tactic that completely baffled England's defenders. Left winger Jacques Fatton scored the only goal in the 27th minute. Tommy Lawton celebrated what he thought was a second-half equaliser, but the referee ruled it off-side. Once the Swiss were in front, they stifled England with a mass defence that was both disciplined and rock-solid. It was 33-year-old Raich Carter's final match for England after an international career that stretched back to 1934. The small ground was so packed that they put seats alongside the touchline to cater for an overflow of spectators. This meant it was so cramped on the wings that England could not play to the strength of Stanley Matthews and Bobby Langton. What really threw the England defenders was the Swiss ploy of dropping their number nine back into the midfield, and it took them much of the first-half working out just which players each of us should be marking. It was a sad way for Raich Carter to end his wonderful run as an England player. He was one of the finest positional players of any era, and always knew exactly where to be to get the best out of any situation. He could pass with great precision and had an accurate shot. In short, Raich was the perfect inside-forward.


It was on 18 May 1947 that the Egyptian Prime Minister, Nokrashy Pasha demanded that British troops be withdrawn from the country which had been a military base for them during the war. Though they retreated to the Suez Canal area, it was to be another nine years before they withdrew completely from Egypt.  

        Source Notes
Original newspaper reports
Billy Wright's The World Is My Football Pitch
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record

Norman Giller, Football Author