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Sunday, 14 May 1950
End-of-Season Continental Pre-World Cup Match

Portugal 3 England 5 [0-3]


Match Summary
Portugal Party
England Party

Estádio Nacional, Jamor, Lisboa
Attendance: 70,000;
Kick-off: tbc local time, tbc BST

England - Tom Finney (penalty after he was tripped 5, dashed through after a Bentley pass 28, placed the ball just inside the far-post 55, penalty after Mortensen was tripped 72), Stan Mortensen (from a Mannion pass 15)
Portugal - Henrique Ben David (headed in a Vasques cross 48, stook out his leg to hook in a rebound 59), Manuel Vasques (headed in a Albano centre 70)
Results 1946-1950

England kicked-off. ? minutes (? & ?).


Match Summary

Officials from Italy




Referee (-) - Guiseppe Carpani
x (-).

Linesmen - G.Dattilo and A.Gamba

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.

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Portugal Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 24th
Colours: Maroon jerseys, white shorts, black socks
Capt: Ferreira Manager: Salvador do Carmo
Portugal Lineup
  do Oliveira, Ernesto Nogueira 28 28 July 1921 G Atlético Clube de Portugal 1 5 GA
2 Marques Mendes, Virgílio, off 31st min. 22 17 November 1927 RB FC do Porto    
3 Carvalho, Ângelo Ferreira 24 3 August 1925 LB FC do Porto    
4 Batista, Serafim Pereira 24 21 May 1925 RHB Boavista FC    
5 Assunção Antunes, Félix 27 14 December 1922 CHB Sport Lisboa e Benfica    
6 Ferreira, Francisco, off 27th min. 30 23 August 1919 LHB Sport Lisboa e Benfica    
7 de Carvalho, Rogério Lantres 27 7 December 1922 OR Sport Lisboa e Benfica    
8 Soeiro Vasques, Manuel 23 29 July 1926 IR Sporting Club de Portugal    
9 Ben David, Henrique de Sena 23 5 December 1926
born in Cape Verde
CF Atlético Clube de Portugal 1 2
10 Barreto Travaços, José António 24 22 February 1926 IL Sporting Club de Portugal    
11 Narciso Pereira, Albano 27 21 December 1922 OL Sporting Club de Portugal    
Portugal Substitutes
scoreline: Portugal 0 England 1
- Ribeiro Canário, Carlos Augusto, on 27th min. for Ferreira 32 10 February 1918 RHB Sporting Club de Portugal    
scoreline: Portugal 0 England 2
- Santos Barrosa, Octávio, on 31st min. for Virgílio 29 21 December 1920 D Sporting Club de Portugal    
result: Portugal 3 England 5



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.
2-3-5 Ernesto -
(Barrosa), Carvalho -
Serafim, Félix, Ferreira
(Canário) -
Rogério, Vasques, Ben David, Travaços, Albano.


Age 25.4 Appearances/Goals - -


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, thirteenth captaincy Manager:
Trainer: Ted Smith
Walter Winterbottom, 37 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching on 8 July 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
28th match, W 21 - D 3 - L 4 - F 96 - A 30.
Party chosen by Selection Committee headed by Arthur Drewry, on Thursday, 28 April 1950.
England Lineup
  Williams, Bert F. 30 31 January 1920 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 6 7 GA
2 Ramsey, Alfred E. 30 22 January 1920 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 0
3 Aston, John 28 3 September 1921 LB Manchester United FC 13 0
4 Wright, William A. 26 6 February 1924 RHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 28 2
5 Jones, William H. 29 13 May 1921 CHB Liverpool FC 1 0
6 Dickinson, James W. 25 24 April 1925 LHB Portsmouth FC 6 0
7 Milburn, John E.T. 26 11 May 1924 OR Newcastle United FC 6 6
8 Mortensen, Stanley H. 28 26 May 1921 IR Blackpool FC 17 18
9 Bentley, T.F. Roy 25 17 May 1924 CF Chelsea FC 3 1
10 Mannion, Wilfred J. 31 16 May 1918 IL Middlesbrough FC 18 8
Finney, Thomas 28 5 April 1922 OL

Preston North End FC

24 18


Dicky Robinson (Middlesbrough FC), Redfern Froggatt (Sheffield Wednesday FC) and Jimmy Mullen (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC)

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 this, his 28th consecutive appearance, Wright now held the record exclusively.
Bill Jones replaced the injured Laurie Hughes (Liverpool FC).
2-3-5 Williams -
Ramsey, Aston -
Wright, Jones, Dickinson -
Milburn, Mortensen, Bentley, Mannion, Finney.


Age 27.8 Appearances/Goals 11.5 4.4


    Match Report by Mike Payne

England began a two-match Continental tour in preparation nfor 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 Bentlet 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 strike 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.

Source Notes

"...For Portugal, a trip to Brazil for the wolrd 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 United States Fleet." - Saturday, 13 May 1950, The Gloucestershire Echo

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