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Sunday, 16 May 1948
Italian F.A. Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration Match

Italy 0 England 4 [0-2]

Match Summary
Italy Squad
England Squad

Stadio Comunale di Torino, Santa Rita, Torino, Piemonte
Attendance: 58,000;
Kick-off: 5.00pm CET

England - Stan Mortensen (scored with a difficult kick 3), Tommy Lawton (low centre from Mortensen 23), Tom Finney (the first a volley from a Mannion pass 75, his second from a Mortensen pass 77).
Results 1946-1950

England won the toss, Italy kicked-off. ? minutes (? & ?).


Match Summary





Referee (-) - Pedro Escartin
x (-), Spain.

Linesmen - tbc


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Italy Team


Current World Champions since 1938

Colours: Blue crew necked jerseys, white shorts.
Rank: No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Capt: Victor Mazzola Manager: Vittorio Pozzo
Italy Lineup
1 Bacigalupo, Valerio     G     GA
2 Ballarin, Aldo     RB      
3 Eliani, Alberto     LB      
4 Annovazzi, Carlo     RHB      
5 Parola, Carlo     CHB      
6 Grezar, Giuseppe     LHB      
7 Menti, Romeo     OR      
8 Loik, Ezio     IR      
9 Gabetto, Guglielmo     CF      
10 Mazzola, Valentino     IL      
11 Carapellese, Riccardo     OL      


2-3-5 Bacigalupo -
Ballarin, Eliani -
Annovazzi, Parola, Grezar -
Menti, Loik, Gabetto, Mazzola, Carapellese.


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd
Colours: The 1946 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks
Capt: Frank Swift, first captaincy. Manager:
Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry
Walter Winterbottom, 35 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
14th match, W 11 - D 2 - L 1 - F 53 - A 12.
England Lineup
  Swift, Frank V. 34 26 December 1913 G Manchester City FC 14 12 GA
2 Scott, Lawrence 31 23 April 1917 RB

Arsenal FC

14 0
3 Howe, John R. 32 7 October 1915 LB Derby County FC 1 0
4 Wright, William A. 24 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

14 0
5 Franklin, Cornelius 26 24 January 1922 CHB

Stoke City FC

14 0
6 Cockburn, Henry 26 14 September 1921 LHB

Manchester United FC

5 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 33 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 25 9
8 Mortensen, Stanley H. 26 26 May 1921 IR Blackpool FC 7 11
9 Lawton, Thomas 28 6 October 1919 CF Notts County FC 22 22
10 Mannion, Wilfred J. 30 16 May 1918 IL Middlesbrough FC 13 8
11 Finney, Thomas 26 5 April 1922 OL

Preston North End FC

12 11


Jack Aston (Manchester United), Alf Ramsey (Southampton), Bill Nicholson (Tottenham Hotspur), Stan Pearson (Manchester United), Bobby Langton (Blackburn Rovers).
2-3-5 Swift -
Scott, Howe -
Wright, Franklin, Cockburn -
Matthews, Mortensen, Lawton, Mannion, Finney.


Age 28.7 Appearances/Goals 12.8 5.2


    Match Report by Mike Payne

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Frank Swift recovered from his rib injury against Scotland the previous month in time to become the first goalkeeper to captain England, taking over from the unfortunate George Hardwick. His first match as skipper was against the two-times world champions Italy. Italy were stunned in the fourth minute when Stan Mortensen sprinted 40 yards down the right wing before cutting in and scoring with a screaming shot from an acute angle.  Following a series of stunning saves by skipper Frank Swift, Morty laid on a second goal for Tommy Lawton, and two individual goals from Tom Finney finished off the Italians late in the second-half. Derby County defender Jack Howe, making his debut at left-back, was the first to play for England while wearing contact lenses. There were tears among the shirt-sleeved 58,000 spectators in Turin's Stadio Communale as the Old Masters conquered the side that had won the World Cup in 1934 and again in 1938. At the peak of Italy's attempted revival in the first-half, it was Wright and Franklin together who did most to repel the wave upon wave of Italian attacks, with Swift always alert behind them as a magnificent last line of defence. He was so proud of being made captain that he was going to refuse to let anybody put the ball past him and spoil his big day. He saved at least half a dozen times when a goal seemed certain. The Italian team included six of the gifted Torino team that was tragically killed in an air crash a year later. Among the victims was skipper Valentino Mazzola, whose two sons later went on to play for Italy. It is chilling to think that both captains in the match against Italy, Frank Swift and Mazzola, were later to die in air crashes. Big Frank died in the 1958 Munich air disaster when travelling with Manchester United as a newspaper reporter.

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