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264 vs. Portugal
Sunday, 14 May 1950
End-of-Season Continental Pre-World Cup Match

Portugal 3 England 5
Estadio Nacional, Oeiras, Lisboa
Kick-off (CEST): 4.00pm 5.00pm BST.
Attendance: 70,000.
  Roy Bentley kicked off
   [0-1] Tom Finney penalty 5
'softly side-footed the ball past the goalkeeper'
(Serafim fouled Finney)
[0-1] Jackie Milburn strike skims the crossbar
Stan Mortensen 15
'Wilf Mannion pushed it through for Mortensen's perfect shot'.
Tom Finney 28
'Roy Bentley in turn passed to Finney , who came dashing through' to score
3.0 Down Your Way 4.0 Variety Concert Hall 4.45 "Much-Binding-in-the-Marsh" 5.15 Top Score 5.45 "Ray's a Laugh."
Portugal v. England.
6.45 Bing Sings 7.0 News 7.30 Grand Hotel 8.30 Sunday half-hour
[1-3] Henrique Ben David header 48
 headed in a Manuel Vasques cross

[2-4] Henrique Ben David 59
 'after Williams pushed out the ball from Travassos, David extended a long leg and hooked a very good shot into the net.'
Manuel Vasques header 70
 headed in a Albano centre
[1-4] Tom Finney 55 HAT-TRICK
'calmly beat the back and dribbled inside to place the ball just inside the far post'

[3-5]Tom Finney penalty 72
(Mortensen fouled)
first time England have been awarded two penalties, as well score two penalty kicks
last half hour live on the Radio Light Programme - commentator: tbc
Officials from Italy Portugal FIFA ruling on substitutes England Party
Giuseppe Carpani
43 (24 February 1907), Milano
The Continental ruling of allowing a substitute to replace an injured player prior to the 44th minute, and a goalkeeper at any time, is in place.
Generoso Dattilo
48 (3 March 1902), Roma
Agostino Michele Gamba
45 (4 July 1904), Torino
Portugal Team
Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 24th
Colours Maroon jerseys, white shorts, black socks
Captain Francisco Ferreira
until the 27th min.
Manager Salvador do Carmo
Portugal Lineup
  do Oliveira, Ernesto Nogueira 28
290 days
28 July 1921 G Atlético Clube de Portugal 1 5ᵍᵃ
2 Marques Mendes, Virgílio, off 31st min. 22
178 days
17 November 1927 RB FC do Porto 6 0
3 Carvalho, Ângelo Ferreira 24
284 days
3 August 1925 LB FC do Porto 2 0
4 Batista, Serafim Pereira 24
358 days
21 May 1925 RHB Boavista FC 2 0
5 Assunção Antunes, Félix 27
151 days
14 December 1922 CHB Sport Lisboa e Benfica 6 0
6 Ferreira, Francisco, off 27th min. 30
264 days
23 August 1919 LHB Sport Lisboa e Benfica 22 0
7 Pipi 27
158 days
7 December 1922 OR Sport Lisboa e Benfica 10 2
de Carvalho, Rogério Lantres
Soeiro Vasques, Manuel 23
289 days
29 July 1926 IR Sporting Club de Portugal 7 2
Ben David, Henrique de Sena 23
160 days
5 December 1926
 in Cape Verde
CF Atlético Clube de Portugal 1 2
10 Barreto Travassos, José António 24
81 days
22 February 1926 IL Sporting Club de Portugal 15 3
Narciso Pereira, Albano 27
144 days
21 December 1922 OL Sporting Club de Portugal 7 1
Portugal Substitutes
scoreline: Portugal 0 England 2
  Ribeiro Canário, Carlos Augusto, on 27th min. for Ferreira 32
93 days
10 February 1918 RHB Sporting Club de Portugal 6 0
scoreline: Portugal 0 England 3
  Santos Barrosa, Octávio, on 31st min. for Virgílio 29
144 days
21 December 1920 D Sporting Club de Portugal 6 0
result: Portugal 3 England 5
unused substitutes: not known
team notes: The Portuguese defied the substitution laws again. The two substitutes used should have included one goalkeeper, as well as for being to replace the injured.
Like Scotland in the previous fixture, if the Portuguese won this match, they had been promised a trip to the 1950 World Cup Finals.
2-3-5 Ernesto -
(Barrosa), Carvalho -
Serafim, Félix, Ferreira
(Canário) -
Pipi, Vasques, Ben David, Travassos, Albano.
Averages (starting XI): Age 25 years 349 days Appearances/Goals 7.2 0.6
England Team
Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours The 1949 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
P tenth of 43, W 7 - D 0 - L 3 - F 30 - A 16.

Billy Wright
Manager Walter Winterbottom, 37 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
13th of 90, W 10 - D 0 - L 3 - F 38 - A 17. Trainer: Ted Smith P 28th of 139, W 21 - D 3 - L 4 - F 96 - A 30.
² Party and team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry, on Thursday night, 27 April.
England Lineup
  two changes to the previous match (Jones & Milburn>Franklin & Langton) league position (27 April)  
  Williams, Bert F. 30
103 days
31 January 1920 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 2nd) 6 7ᵍᵃ
2 Ramsey, Alfred E. 30
112 days
22 January 1920 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC (FL2 Winners) 4 0
3 Aston, John 28
253 days
3 September 1921 LB Manchester United FC (FL 3rd) 13 0
4 Wright, William A. 26
97 days
6 February 1924 RHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 2nd) 28 2
693 5 Jones, William H. 29
1 day
13 May 1921 CHB Liverpool FC (FL 6th) 1 0
the 14th Liverpool player to represent England
6 Dickinson, James W. 25
20 days
24 April 1925 LHB Portsmouth FC (FL TOP) 6 0
7 Milburn, John E.T. 26
3 days
11 May 1924 OR Newcastle United FC (FL 7th) 6 6
Mortensen, Stanley H. 28
353 days
26 May 1921 IR Blackpool FC (FL 4th) 17 18
Bentley, T.F. Roy 25
362 days
17 May 1924 CF Chelsea FC (FL 13th) 3 1
Mannion, Wilfred J. 31
363 days
16 May 1918 IL Middlesbrough FC (FL 9th) 18 8

Finney, Thomas 28
39 days
5 April 1922
Preston North End FC (FL2 7th)
the 152nd (19th post-war) brace, the 46th (9th post-war) hattrick, 16th four-goals scored
12/13th successful penalty kicks (23rd/24th overall)   the sixth player to reach the fifteen goal milestone
unused substitutes: Dicky Robinson (Middlesbrough FC (FL 9th)), Redfern Froggatt (Sheffield Wednesday FC (FL2 2nd)) and Jimmy Mullen (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 2nd))
team changes: Bill Jones replaced the injured Laurie Hughes (Liverpool FC (FL 6th)).
team notes: This is the first match since the surprise decision of Neil Franklin's departure to Colombia, following 27 consecutive appearances, alongside Billy Wright. It meant that with this, his 28th consecutive appearance, Wright now held the record exclusively.
records: This victory, the fifth in a row, creates a new post-war record, beating the record set back in 1946. But still short of the record of ten victories set in 1908-09.
2-3-5 Williams -
Ramsey, Aston -
Wright, Jones, Dickinson -
Milburn, Mortensen, Bentley, Mannion, Finney.
Averages: Age 28 years 91 days Appearances/Goals 11.5 4.4

"...For Portugal, a trip to Brazil for the world championship finals is at stake. Although Portugal was invited to fill one of the two vacancies in the finals, a team will not be sent if the National Soccer Federation think it cannot do itself justice. The test will come to-morrow. If the Portuguese do well in  the match, a trip to Brazil will be the reward, together with a nice fat cash bonus which might amount to as much as £60 sterling. If they do badly, they get no trip, and might nt receive a penny for playing, as match fee and bonus are conditional. Portugal are given no chance by local soccer experts. Some 70,000 spectators, paying nearly £20,000 sterling, will be in the marble open-air stadium for the match, including 5,000 American sailors, here with the USA Fleet." - Saturday, 13 May 1950, The Gloucestershire Echo

              Match Report by Mike Payne

England began a two-match Continental tour in preparation for their first appearance in the World Cup finals starting the following month. In Lisbon they gave a thrilling first-half exhibition and romped into a 3-0 interval lead with some scintillating football. The man who inspired them was Tom Finney, who was in brilliant form scoring four goals in a superb display.

The tightly packed crowd of 70,000 saw Roy Bentley kick off and immediately a third minute shot by Finney skimmed the crossbar. Two minutes later, the winger was pulled down in the box. He took the penalty himself and calmly scored.

As England continued to dominate, Jackie Milburn fired in a blockbuster which the goalkeeper never saw but was relieved when it again skimmed the bar.

After 15 minutes, England went two up with a beautiful goal from Stan Mortensen, He took a through-pass from Wilf Mannion and deftly strode pass several Portuguese defenders before unleashing a fierce shot to score.

Portugal at this stage had been restricted to long-range efforts to test Bert Williams. They made a substitution but straight away it was England who scored again. Milburn and Bentley were involved in the approach work but Finney came in to finish the move off.

The home side improved before half-time after a further substitution and and it showed early in the second half when they pulled a goal back. Vasques moved out to the right wing and put over a perfect centre which their big coloured striker David headed home. It gave the crowd a lift and they really got behind their team. England began to feel the pressure.

Some of the steam was taken out of the situation in the 55th minute when that man Finney scored a fabulous fourth goal. A lovely dribble took him through the defence and he finished with a marvellous shot wide of Ernesto. Portugal hit back and Alf Ramsey saved one effort on the goal-line before David again scored, this time getting the vital touch after a terrific scramble.

That made it 4-2 and in the 67th minute Portugal had a golden opportunity to pull another goal back, but Albano missed an open goal. However the same player atoned for that miss shortly afterwards by sending over a lovely centre for Vasques to head home. With the score at 4-3 and the crowd delirious with excitement, England had to show all their character and experience to keep the Portuguese at bay.

They fought like tigers relying on breakaways to relieve the pressure. From one of these breakaways, England clinched the match.

Mortensen broke clear only for his legs to be whipped away from under him in the penalty area by Barrosa. Imagine the pressure on Finney as he stepped up to take the spot-kick. The crowd were howling their derision but Finney remained ice-cool and calmly slotted the ball past the goalkeeper.

              Match Report by Norman Giller

Four goals from Tom Finney, including two from the penalty spot, and a spectacular effort from Stan Mortensen lifted England to victory. But there were worrying signs that the defence was creaking without the steadying influence of Neil Franklin. Laurie Hughes was the original choice to fill the centre-half vacancy, but he pulled out at the last minute because of injury and the job went to his Liverpool team-mate Bill Jones. Portugal, after trailing 3-0 at half-time, had battled back and England were struggling to hold on at 4-3 when Finney settled it with his second penalty. There was disturbing evidence that Billy Wright was missing that all-important understanding that he had with Neil Franklin. The Portuguese had been promised a trip to the World Cup finals if they beat England, and they played their hearts out. Their African-born centre-forward Ben David scored two of their goals, and as well as Bill Jones played it was obvious that England had lost a lot of stability in the middle of their defence. England had major problems, and the World Cup finals were just a few weeks away.

              Match Report as appears in the F.A. Yearbook 1950-51, page 26

England 'A' team's first match was played against Portugal in Lisbon on May 14th before 70,000 spectators.
This was an exciting match, in which England, after leading 3-0, had all their work cut out to beat Portugal. In the first half they had things mostly their own way. They attacked from the start, and within five minutes Finney had scored from a penalty-kick. Soon afterwards, Milburn skimmed the crossbar with a terrific drive which the goalkeeper never saw, and then, in the 18th minute, Mortensen cleverly slid past the Portuguese defence to score again. In another ten minutes Finney got England's third goal after some good approach work by Milburn and Bentley.
The second-half opened with England three goals up, but within three minutes Vasques moved to the right wing and put across a perfect centre which David headed into the net. There was tremendous excitement as Portugal fought for a second goal, but the next one went to England, Finney dribbling past the Portuguese defence to put in a fine shot wide of the goalkeeper.
Portugal now attacked in earnest and by the 25th minute had made the score 3-4 with goals by David and Vasques. But England stood firm in the face of determined attacks. With ten minutes to go, after Mortensen had been tackled, Finney scored again from a penalty, to give England the victory by 5 goals to 3.


     In Other News....
It was on 13 May 1950 that Stevland Judkins was born six weeks premature in Michigan and developed detached retinas in both eyes due to the additional oxygen in his incubator. His blindness, however, did not stop him from becoming one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time, Stevie Wonder.   England's amateur team began a tour of Scandinavia, losing 4-1 to a Copenhagen select XI.
              Source Notes
Original newspaper reports
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record

Norman Giller, Football Author