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254 vs. Portugal
Sunday, 25 May 1947
End-of-Season Tour Friendly Match—Centenary Cup

Portugal 0 England 10 [0-5]
"As we walked on to the lush pitch, it felt strangely familiar underfoot. I was told the pitch was of Cumberland turf imported from England. It was the same turf Wembley had." -
The Way it Was, Stanley Matthews
Portugal is the 22nd nation visited by England
Complexo Desportivo do Estádio Nacional do Oeiras, Algés, Oeiras, Lisboa
(CET): 4.45pm 5.45pm DST (two hours ahead of standard time) fifteen minutes late
Attendance: 62,000.
unknown kicked-off
  [0-1] Tommy Lawton header 1 0:17
Stan Matthews' right-sided cross was met by Lawton's glancing header inbetween the post and Azevedo
[0-2] Stan Mortensen 2
a magnificent right-footed drive following a Tom Finney pass
[0-3] Tommy Lawton 11
 a first time drive from a Stan Matthews inside pass
 [0-4] Tom Finney 21
took a ball from George Hardwick beat the defence before shooting from a narrow angle
 [0-5] Tommy Lawton 38 HAT-TRICK
another fine effort
  [0-6] Tommy Lawton 59
Stan Mortensen
from another Stan Matthews centre
 [0-8] Stan Mortensen 71 HAT-TRICK
 [0-9] Stan Mortensen 77
 [0-10] Stan Matthews
tapped the ball past Capela after a defence-splittng run sent on his way by Billy Wright
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Officials           Portugal FIFA ruling on substitutes England
Charles Adolphe Delasalle
49 (8 December 1897), France
The England team received the Centenary Cup from the Portuguese President António Óscar Fragoso Carmona following this match.
The match was to be courted by controversy when the Portuguese were determined to use a size 4 football, instead of the regulation size 5. Although the correct size ball was used, the Portuguese kept swapping... to no avail.
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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Portugal Team
Rank: No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 21st to 25th
Colours: "Wearing tight-fitting maroon singlets and brief white pants".
Capt: Álvaro Cardoso Manager: Taveres da Silva
Portugal Lineup
  Azevedo, João Mendonça, off 27th min. 31
319 days
10 July 1915 G Sporting Club de Portugal 16 32ᵍᵃ
2 Cardoso, Álvaro, off 29th min 33
124 days
14 January 1914 RB Sporting Club de Portugal 13 0
final app 1941-47
3 Ferreira, Francisco 27
275 days
23 August 1919 LB Sport Lisboa e Benfica 13 0
4 Amaro, Mariano Rodrigues 32
290 days
7 August 1914 RHB CF Os Belenenses 16 0
5 Feliciano, António 25
119 days
19 January 1922 CHB CF Os Belenenses 9 0
6 Moreira, Francisco 32
26 days
29 April 1915 LHB Sport Lisboa e Benfica 5 1
7 Correia, António Jesus 23
49 days
3 April 1924 OR Sporting Club de Portugal 5 1
8 Araújo, António de 23
242 days
25 September 1923 IR FC do Porto 7 4
9 de Seixas Peyroteo de Vasconcelos, Fernando Baptista 29
76 days
10 March 1918 CF Sporting Club de Portugal 16 12
10 Barreto Travassos, José António 21
92 days
22 February 1926 IL Sporting Club de Portugal 5 2
11 Pipi  24
169 days
7 December 1922 OL Sport Lisboa e Benfica 7 2
de Carvalho, Rogério Lantres
Portugal Substitutes
scoreline: Portugal 0 England 4
  Nogueira Capela, Manuel Maria, on 27th min. for Azevedo 25
16 days
9 May 1922 GK CF Os Belenenses 3 9ᵍᵃ
  de Jesus Oliveira, Vasco, on 29th min. for Cardoso 25
71 days
15 March 1922 CD CF Os Belenenses 1 0
result: Portugal 0 England 10
unused substitutes: not known
The Portuguese apparently made substitutions for tactical reasons and without consulting the referee.
"Suddenly, after a word with the Portuguese team-manager, reserve goalkeeper Capela, a giant with a long Tommy Trinder jaw, trotted out and took up position behind the goal. Then, while the Portuguese forwards were giving Swift some practise, Azevedo and Capela held a hurried conference, and to our astonishment Azevedo, head lowered, and with the crowd still giving him the bird [a high-pitched whistle], walked slowly to the touch-line and joined the reserves while Capela took over in the Portuguese goal, without either the referee or George Hardwick being consulted!"
"Manager Tavares da Silva looked around for some other means of halting the avalanche—and his eyes rested upon Cardosa, Portugal's right-back and captain...One minute, he was chasing after Finney like a greyhound after the hare. In the next he had developed a limp and had been succeeded by Vasco."
- Billy Wright, The World is My Football Pitch, p.56
2-3-5 Azevedo (Capela) -
Cardoso (de Oliveira), Fereira -
Amaro, Feliciano, Moreira -
Correia, Araújo, Peyroteo, Travassos, de Caravalho.
Averages (starting XI): Age 27 years 221 days Appearances/Goals 10.2    2.0
England Team
Rank: No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: Probably the 1946 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks
8th, W 6 - D 1 - L 1 - F 33 - A 6.¹⁸

George Hardwick
8th, W 6 - D 1 - L 1 - F 33 - A 6.
Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 34 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
8th match, W 6 - D 1 - L 1 - F 33 - 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 19 May.
England Lineup
  two changes to the previous match (Mortensen & Finney>Carter & Langton) league position (19 May)  
  Swift, Frank V. 33
143 days
26 December 1913 G Manchester City FC (FL2 TOP) 8 6ᵍᵃ
2 Scott, Lawrence 30
25 days
23 April 1917 RB Arsenal FC (FL 16th) 8 0
Hardwick, George F.M. 27
105 days
2 February 1920 LB Middlesbrough FC (FL 9th) 8 0
Wright, William A. 23
101 days
6 February 1924 RHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL TOP) 8 0
5 Franklin, Cornelius 25
114 days
24 January 1922 CHB Stoke City FC (FL 3rd) 8 0
6 Lowe, Edward 21
318 days
11 July 1925 LHB Aston Villa FC (FL 7th) 3 0
final app 1947
Matthews, Stanley 32
113 days
1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC (FL 5th) 20 9
the 17th & third oldest player to reach the 20-app milestone
667 8
Mortensen, Stanley H. 25
364 days
26 May 1921 IR Blackpool FC (FL 5th) 1 4
  the 41st (fourth post-war) hattrick scored fourth Blackpool player to represent England
Lawton, Thomas 27
231 days
6 October 1919 CF Chelsea FC (FL 12th) 16 16
the 40th (third post-war) hattrick scored
10 Mannion, Wilfred J. 29
9 days
16 May 1918 IL Middlesbrough FC (FL 9th) 8 7
Finney, Thomas 25
50 days
5 April 1922 OL Preston North End FC (FL 8th) 6 5
unused substitutes: Dicky Robinson (Middlesbrough FC (FL 9th)), Phil Taylor (Liverpool FC (FL 4th)), Bobby Langton (Blackburn Rovers FC (FL 17th)), Jimmy Hagan (Sheffield United FC (FL 6th)), Raich Carter (Derby County FC (FL 13th)).
records: England have scored four hattricks in a season for only the second occasion, the first since in 1907-08.
Fifth time two hat-tricks have been scored in a single match (first time since 1908).
For just the second time, England have played eight matches in one season. The third time they have won six, the first since 1908-09 season.
goalscoring records: Tommy Lawton ends the season as top goalscorer, ten goals in eight matches, including two hattricks.
"Special permission to fly over the Pyrenees [on board the Skymaster] was granted by the Spanish authorities to the England team which arrived in Lisbon by air from Geneva. Normally the Spanish authorities refuse to allow aircraft to fly over the Pyrenees because of frontier fortifications." - Birmingham Gazette, Friday, 23 May 1947
The England team landed at Lisbon's Portella airport and were then set-up in the Hotel do Parque in Estoril.
2-3-5 Swift  -
Scott, Hardwick -
Wright, Franklin, Lowe -
Matthews, Mortensen, Lawton, Mannion, Finney.
notes: Mortensen was playing as a second centre-forward.
Averages: Age 27 years 148 days Appearances/Goals 8.5 2.8
        Match Report by Mike Payne

England overwhelmed Portugal in this, the very first meeting between the two countries. It was a hot and sunny day and the superb pitch was perfectly suited to the fine ball players in the England side. They tore into the beleaguered Portuguese defence from the start and on the day were in a completely different class.

After only two minutes, England were already two goals up. Both Stan Mortensen and Tommy Lawton crashed the ball past Azevedo in a devastating opening. Immediately, Portugal tried to bend the rules. Before the match, it was agreed that a normal full-size ball would be used. Somehow, the Portuguese officials managed to swap it for a lighter, smaller version which they preferred. Later they illegally made two substitutions.

All this made no difference to the superior and highly experienced England players. With Stanly Matthews and Tom Finney in exquisite form, they ripped Portugal apart. Lawton notched their third and fifth goals and, sandwiched between them, Finney scored a cracker.

Picking the ball up on the half-way line, he beat one man, then another before reaching the by-line. As he turned towards goal, a third opponent came at him only to be beaten as well. Finney then shot past the goalkeeper from the narrowest of angles.

Half-time came and Portugal looked demoralised. But there was no let up for them after the break as the game continued in the same pattern. Lawton scored his fourth and this was followed by three more goals from Mortensen. The icing on the cake came when Matthews scored a rare goal to put the total in double figures.

It was little wonder that the unhappy, bewildered Portuguese team missed the official after-match banquet.


        Match Report by Norman Giller

The defeat by Switzerland panicked the selectors into at last agreeing that they should play their two aces, Matthews and Finney, in the same attack against Portugal in Lisbon nine days later. The effect was sensational. England paralysed Portugal with two goals inside the first two minutes through debutant Stan Mortensen and Tommy Lawton. Matthews and Finney ran down the wings as if they owned them, and the Portuguese defence just caved in under the non-stop pressure. England were 5-0 up at half-time and then repeated the dose in the second-half after Portugal had substituted their goalkeeper, who went off in tears. Both Morty and Lawton scored four goals each, and Matthews and Finney got on the scoresheet. Wilf Mannion was the only forward who did not score, but his passes were an important part of the goals banquet. This was the closest thing ever seen to perfection on the football field. Everything England tried came off, and Portugal just didn't know what had hit them. There was a dispute before the game over which ball should be used. Walter Winterbottom demanded the usual full-size ball that was common to most international matches, but the Portuguese coach wanted a size-four ball, the type used in English schoolboy football. The referee ordered that they should play with the full-size ball, and England had it in the back of their net within twenty seconds of the kick-off. It seemed to take the goalkeeper an age to retrieve the ball, and he was fiddling around on his knees appearing to be trying to disentangle it from the corner of the netting. England were back in possession within seconds of the restart and realised the goalkeeper had switched the ball for the smaller one, and a minute later he was also fishing that out of the back of the net!  There has rarely been a more astonishing debut than Stanley Mortensen's. A goal inside the first minute and four in all! Incredible. Stan was a real miracle man. Only two years earlier he had been dragged unconscious from a crashed bomber that he had been piloting, and had head injuries that threatened to end his life, let alone his football career. He and his Blackpool team-mate Stanley Matthews were magical together. This was the match in which Tommy Lawton jokingly complained to Stanley Matthews that the lace was facing the wrong way when he centred it.


It was on 26 May 1947, at the Labour Party Conference at Margate, that the members voted overwhelmingly against a resolution to reject the government's policy of military conscription which was to take the form of the National Service Act 1948. The first men were called up in 1949 to serve for 18 months.   

        Source Notes
Original newspaper reports
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record

Norman Giller, Football Author
Billy Wright's The World Is My Football Pitch