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Thursday, 29 June 1950
FIFA 1950 World Cup Finals First Phase Pool Two, Match Four

United States 1 England 0 [1-0]
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Team Records


The England World Cup Finals Party Pre-United States  June 1950
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club starts subs App G Capt
Aston, John 3 September 1921 28 LB Manchester United FC 15 0 15 0 0
Baily, Edward F. 6 August 1925 24 IL Tottenham Hotspur FC 0 0 0 0 0
Bentley, T.F. Roy 17 May 1924 26 CF Chelsea FC 5 0 5 1 0
Cockburn, Henry

14 September 1921

28 LHB Manchester United FC 10 0 10 1 0
Dickinson, James W. 24 April 1925 25 L/RHB Portsmouth FC 8 0 8 0 0
Ditchburn, Edwin G.

24 October 1921

28 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 2 0 2 3ᵍᵃ 0
Eckersley, William 16 July 1925 24 LB Blackburn Rovers FC 0 0 0 0 0
Finney, Thomas 5 April 1922 28 OR Preston North End FC 26 0 26 18 0
Hughes, Laurie 2 March 1924 26 CHB Liverpool FC 1 0 1 0 0
Mannion, Wilfred J. 16 May 1918 32 IL Middlesbrough FC 20 0 20 10 0
Matthews, Stanley 1 February 1915 35 OR Blackpool FC 30 0 30 9 0
Milburn, John E.T. 11 May 1924 26 CF Newcastle United FC 7 0 7 6 0
Mortensen, Stanley H. 26 May 1921 29 IR Blackpool FC 19 0 19 20 0
Mullen, James 6 January 1923 27 OL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4 1 5 2 0
Nicholson, William E. 26 January 1919 31 RHB Tottenham Hotspur FC 0 0 0 0 0
Ramsey, Alfred E. 22 January 1920 30 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 6 0 6 0 0
Scott, Lawrence 23 April 1917 33 RB Arsenal FC 17 0 17 0 0
Taylor, James G. 5 November 1917 32 CHB Fulham FC 0 0 0 0 0
Watson, Willie 7 March 1920 30 LHB Sunderland AFC 2 0 2 0 0
Williams, Bert F. 31 January 1920 30 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 8 0 8 8ᵍᵃ 0
Wright, William A. 6 February 1924 26 RHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 30 0 30 2 15

All information is complete to and including England's last match, the eighth of the 1949-50 season, against Chile on 25 June 1950.


Monday, 22 May 1950 - In Rio de Janeiro, England have been drawn to play against Spain, United States and Chile in the World Cup finals next month, they will be based in Belo Horizonte.

Tuesday, 23 May 1950 - The selectors have sprung no real surprises in choosing the 21 footballers who will represent England in the World Cup finals. The party leaves by air for Brazil on June 19. All but one of the A team which toured the continent, plus Laurie Hughes who had withdrew from the side, have been picked. The absentee is Bill Jones. Members of B side, which faired indifferently on the Continent, who find places are Eddie Baily, Laurie Scott, Bill Eckersley, Willie Watson and Bill Nicholson. The inclusion of Stan Matthews will be welcomed, particularly in Brazil, where his reputation is well known. He is at present with the FA touring team in Canada, along with Jim Taylor, who is the only member of the Rio party who has not appeared in international football, he is the Football Association's attempt to solve the centre-half problem caused by the departure of Neil Franklin. John Aston and Henry Cockburn are with Manchester United in United States.

Monday, 29 May 1950 - The World Cup finals timetable have been released in Rio. England will play Chile on 25 June, then face United States on 29 June and finally, will play Spain on 2 July.

Monday, 12 June 1950
- Seventeen of the 21 footballers who leave England next Monday assembled in Dulwich Hamlet today for three days of light traning and tactical discussions.
The four missing are Matthews, Taylor, Aston and Cockburn.
This afternoon, the players were fitted out with tropical suits. Tomorrow and Wednesday, they will train on the reserve pitch at Dulwich Hamlet's ground, before going to Ascot races and an ice show later in the day. After training on Thursday, they will leave for home, reporting back on Sunday.

Friday, 16 June 1950 - Sir Stanley Rous, Secretary of the FA, and his associate, Arthur Drewry, Chairman of the Selection Committee, arrive in Buenos Aires to arrange for an Argentine team to tour England during next years Festival of Britain. They will then fly to Rio to meet up with the rest of the party.

Monday, 19 June 1950 - Seventeen players, Walter Winterbottom, trainers Jimmy Trotter and Bill Riddings and four referees, Reg Leafe, George Reader, Arthur Ellis and George Mitchell, are all on the plane (Panair Do Brasil PP-PCF 2049 (L049)) bound for Rio. Their flight from London Airport delayed by ninety minutes due to head winds, before heading to the Luxor Hotel in Copacabana.

Thursday, 22 June 1950 - England's footballers
performed well in a stiff work-out under a fierce sun in Botofogo. Half an hour of the practise as devoted to an eight a side match between the probable defence and attack. The forwards moved well in the steamy conditions and were continually changing positions. All the players left the field in fine condition. Stanley Matthews and Jim Taylor arrive from New York.

Friday, 23 June 1950 - England have dropped Jackie Milburn for their first World Cup match against Chile. In his place comes Jimmy Mullen. Milburn is being considered as a reserve centre-forward, not a winger. The England team resumed training in Botofogo before visiting the brand new purpose built stadium in the Maracana area.

Sunday 25 June 1950 - England won their first match in the World Cup finals, beating Chile 2-0. England led 1-0 at the interval, with a goal by Stan Mortensen. Mannion scored the second-half goal. The match was played in conditions similar to those in England, with rain falling, but the England attack never really 'clicked', and the defence found the Chilean forwards fast and tricky. Billy Wright was forced to leave the field with an injured left knee, and Mortensen dropped to half-back. The England captain resumed after three minutes, and seemed to have fully recovered, taking over his normal position.

Monday, 26 June 1950 - The England team are training for their second match at the British mining camp one thousand feet in the hills above Belo Horizonte. They are guests of the British owned gold and silver mine of Saint John Del Rei-the largest mine of its kind in Brazil. The players are feeling at home in this picturesque encampment of Morro Velho, pitched above the town of Nova Lima. They have been given the freedom of the camp by the Britons running it. The team arrived from Rio in time to reach the camp—sixteen miles from Belo, round the steep mountain roads with 67 acute curves—for lunch. After a short rest, the team played cricket, had a swim, a game of snooker, and generally amused themselves.

Thursday, 29 June 1950 - The team had light training this morning. All players seem fit except Jackie Milburn. He is having a massage for a slightly strained muscle. In a practise session on the local club's ground he badly strained his neck muscles while heading the ball and had to be treated at hospital. The rest of the Party spent the day resting and amusing themselves in a snooker championship organised for the team. Wilf Mannion appeared to be the best-or the luckiest.

Sunday, 2 July 1950 -
"Officials with the English football party at Rio de Janeiro have been told that one of the United States team who beat England 1-0 on Thursday in Belo Horizonte was not qualified to play, but they said they would not protest. With an unqualified player in the U.S. team, the English could protest and possibly get the match annulled, but Arthur Drewry, F.A. member in charge, said that England were fairly beaten."

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