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246 Party vs. Sweden
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247 Party vs. Norway
Sunday, 15 May 1949
End-of-Season Continental Tour Match


Finland A 0 England 4
[0-1]
Match Summary
Finland Party
England Party

Team Records
 
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The England Party for the tour of the Continent  May 1949
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Capt
Aston, John 3 September 1921 27 LB Manchester United FC 5 0 0
Bentley, T.F. Roy 17 May 1924 24 CF Chelsea FC 1 0 0
Cockburn, Henry 14 September 1921 27 LHB Manchester United FC 10 0 0
Dickinson, James W. 24 April 1925 24 L/RHB Portsmouth FC 0 0 0
Ditchburn, Edwin G. 24 October 1921 27 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 2 3 GA 0
Ellerington, William 30 June 1923 25 RB Southampton FC 0 0 0
Finney, Thomas 5 April 1922 27 OR

Preston North End FC

16 13 0
Franklin, Cornelius 24 January 1922 27 CHB

Stoke City FC

20 0 0
Gibson, Colin H. 16 August 1923 25 OR Aston Villa FC 0 0 0
Harris, Peter P. 19 December 1925 23 OR Portsmouth FC 0 0 0
Harris withdrew from the Party before they left England.
Harrison, Walter 16 January 1923 26 HB Leicester City FC 0 0 0
Jones, William H. 13 May 1921 28 CHB Liverpool FC 0 0 0
Langton, Robert 8 September 1918 30 OL Preston North End FC 9 1 0
Leuty, Leon 23 October 1920 28 CHB Derby County FC 0 0 0
Mannion, Wilfred J. 16 May 1918 30 IL Middlesbrough FC 13 8 0
Milburn, John E.T. 11 May 1924 25 CF Newcastle United FC 4 3 0
Jackie Milburn withdrew from the Party on 4 May.
Morris, John 27 September 1923 25 IR Derby County FC 0 0 0
Mortensen, Stanley H. 26 May 1921 27 IR Blackpool FC 11 14 0
Mullen, James 6 January 1923 26 OL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1 0 0
Nicholson, William E. 26 January 1919 30 RHB Tottenham Hotspur FC 0 0 0
Nicholson replaced Wright in the Party before they left England.
Parsons, Eric G. 9 November 1923 25 OR West Ham United FC 0 0 0
Parsons replaced Harris in the Party before they left England.
Rowley, John F. 7 October 1918 30 IL Manchester United FC 2 1 0
Shimwell, Edmund 27 February 1920 29 RB Blackpool FC 1 0 0
Swift, Frank V. 26 December 1913 35 G Manchester City FC 18 17 GA 2
Westwood, Eric 25 September 1917 31 LB Manchester City FC 0 0 0
Williams, Bert F. 31 January 1920 29 G

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

0 0 GA 0
Wilshaw, Dennis J. 11 March 1926 23 LF Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 0 0 0
Wilshaw replaced Milburn in the Party on 3 May.
Wright, Arthur W. 23 September 1919 29 LHB Sunderland AFC 0 0 0
Wright withdrew from the Party before they left England.
Wright, William A. 6 February 1924 25 RHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

20 0 5
All information is complete to and including England's last match, the sixth of the 1948-49 season, against Sweden on 13 May 1949.

Diary

Monday, 2 May 1949 - The Football Association have chosen 26 players to tour the continent later this month. The retiring Frank Swift makes his last tour and will share goalkeeping duties with Ted Ditchburn and Bert Williams, close rivals as Swift's successor in the international sphere. Bill Ellerington, the Southampton full-back has now superseded Alf Ramsey in both club and representative honours. Walter Harrison deserves recognition, for his strong wing-half play was conspicuous throughout the successful cup run of Leicester City. Stan Matthews has not been too fit of late, but his omission is probably more attributable to personal commitments in the close season. Their are five matches in nine days, served by two teams, England and England B. The players fly from Northolt to Stockholm on 10 May in two planes.

Wednesday, 4 May 1949 - Dennis Wilshaw, the young Loughborough college student who cannot command a a regular place in Wolves' side, despite scoring ten goals in eight league games, is to tour Europe with England. He goes in the place of Newcastle's Jackie Milburn, and is the fourth member of Wolves to make the journey.

Tuesday, 10 May 1949 - England footballers started today upon a 3,000 mile Continental tour. Both Arthur Wright and Peter Harris had to drop out of the party almost at the last minute, and in their place went Eric Parsons, the West Ham forward, and Billy Nicholson, the Tottenham half-back, who played at Sunderland during the war-time football when stationed at Brancepeth.

Wednesday, 11 May 1949 - The teams to play Sweden and Finland are announced this morning.

Friday, 13 May 1949 - Sweden's unexpected 3-1 win over England caused great jubilation throughout Sweden. The Swedish Telegraph Board stated that they had never handled so many congratulatory telegrams. Several sacks of telegrams were delivered at the banquet given to both teams by the Swedish FA.
England Form: last six games
D W W W L L  f 15:a success: 58%
241 26 September 1948 - Denmark 0 England 0 [0-0]
Idrætsparken, København (41,000)
  Fr AD
242 9 October 1948 - Ireland 2 England 6 [0-1]
Windsor Park, Belfast (53,629)
Walsh (2)
Matthews, Milburn, Mortensen (3), Pearson
BC AW
243 10 November 1948 - England 1 Wales 0 [1-0]
Villa Park, Birmingham (68,700)
Finney HW
244 2 December 1948 - England 6 Switzerland 0 [3-0]
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury (48,000)
Haines (2), Hancocks (2), Rowley, Milburn Fr HW
245 9 April 1949 - England 1 Scotland 3 [0-1]
Empire Stadium, Wembley (98,188)
Milburn
Mason, Steel, Reilly
BC HL
246 13 May 1949 - Sweden 3 England 1 [3-0]
Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna (37,500)
Carlsson, Jeppson, Jönsson
Finney
tour AL
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