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244 vs. Switzerland
246 vs. Sweden

Saturday, 9 April 1949
Home International Championship 1948-49 (54th) Match

England 1 Scotland 3 [0-1]


Match Summary
England Squad
Scotland Squad

Empire Stadium, Wembley Park, Wembley, Middlesex
Kick-off: 3.00pm BST
Live on BBC (UK) -
Commentator: Jimmy Jewell

Scotland - Jimmy Mason (sixyard flick in off the post from a Reilly cross 37), Billy Steel (sixyard tap-in into an empty goal while Houliston pressured Swift 50), Lawrie Reilly (diving header from Waddell centre 60)
England - Jackie Milburn (diverted a Mortensen shot in off the post 75)
Results 1946-1950

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Match Summary





Referee (-) - Benjamin Mervyn Griffiths
x (-), Abertillery, Monmouthshire.

Linesmen - tbc

Teams presented to HRH Prince Philip. Also in attendance was Prime Minister Clement Attlee.

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd
Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks.
Capt: Billy Wright, fourth captaincy Manager:
Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry
Walter Winterbottom, 36 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
19th match, W 14 - D 3 - L 2 - F 67 - A 17.
Team chosen Wednesday, 30 March.
England Lineup
  Swift, Frank V. 35 26 December 1913 G Manchester City FC 18 17 GA
2 Aston, John 27 3 September 1921 RB Manchester United FC 4 0
3 Howe, John R. 33 7 October 1915 LB Derby County FC 3 0
4 Wright, William A. 25 6 February 1924 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

19 0
5 Franklin, Cornelius 27 24 January 1922 CHB

Stoke City FC

19 0
6 Cockburn, Henry 27 14 September 1921 LHB

Manchester United FC

9 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 34 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 30 10
8 Mortensen, Stanley H. 27 26 May 1921 IR Blackpool FC 10 14
9 Milburn, John E.T. 24 11 May 1924 CF Newcastle United FC 4 3
10 Pearson, Stanley C. 30 11 January 1919 IL Manchester United FC 3 1
11 Finney, Thomas 27 5 April 1922 OL

Preston North End FC

15 12


Leon Leuty (Derby County), Roy Bentley (Chelsea).
2-3-5 Swift -
Aston, Howe -
Wright, Franklin, Cockburn -
Matthews, Mortensen, Milburn, Pearson, Finney.


Age 28.7 Appearances/Goals 12.2 3.5


Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 13th to 10th
Colours: Blue jerseys with white collars, white shorts, blue socks with red tops.
Capt: George Young Manager:
Trainer: A. Dowdells (The Celtic FC)

Team chosen Wednesday, 30 March.
Scotland Lineup
  Cowan, James     G Greenock Morton FC   GA
2 Young, George     RB Rangers FC    
3 Cox, Samuel     LB Rangers FC    
4 Evans, Robert     RHB The Celtic FC    
5 Woodburn, William     CHB Rangers FC    
6 Aitken, George     LHB East Fife FC    
7 Waddell, William     OR Rangers FC    
8 Mason, James     IR Third Lanark FC    
9 Houliston, William     CF Queen of the South FC    
10 Steel, William     IL Derby County FC, England    
11 Reilly, Lawrence     OL Hibernians FC    


Travelling reserves are Telfer (St. Mirren FC) and Thornton (Rangers FC).
Full team of reserves are Brown (Rangers FC); Govan (Hibernian FC) and Young (Rangers FC); Telfer and Ian McColl (Rangers FC); Jimmy Delaney (Manchester United FC) and Orr (Greenock Morton FC); Thornton; Billy Liddell (Liverpool FC);
2-3-5 Cowan -
Young, Cox -
Evans, Woodburn, Aitken -
Waddell, Mason, Houliston, Steel, Reilly


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne
     Match Report by Norman Giller

The selectors decided to make five changes in the team that beat Switzerland 6-0. With Derby County dynamo Billy Steel at his most potent, Scotland tore into England after Scottish goalkeeper Jimmy Cowan had almost played England on his own in the opening twenty minutes. Jimmy Mason, Steel and Lawrie Reilly put the Scots on the way to the Home Championship before Milburn snatched a consolation goal. Scotland's goalkeeper Jimmy Cowan was rightly hailed as the hero because of a string of wonderful saves in the first twenty minutes, but the real match winner for the Scots was their left-back Sammy Cox. He usually played as a wing-half and everybody expected Stanley Matthews to give him a roasting. But Sammy cleverly cut Stanley out of the game by intercepting many of the passes meant for the Maestro.

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