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Thursday, 22 May 1952
International 'B' Friendly Match


France Espoirs 7 England
1
[3-0]
 
 
stade municipal du Havre, Le Havre
Kick-off: tbc pm

Attendance: 7,000.
unknown kicked-off  
[1-0] Stanislas Curyl 6
[2-0] Georges Césari 31
[3-0] Roger Piantoni 39


[4-1] René Gaulon 54
 50-yard direct free-kick that bounced over Gregory
 

[5-1] René Domingo 74
[6-1] Roger Piantoni 76
[7-1] Raymond Kopa 89


[3-1] Ray Barlow 60
'met a half-cleared corner kick 20 yards out'
there is no Television or Radio coverage
 
"BIGGEST DEFEAT FOR ENGLAND" News Chronicle
Officials France FIFA ruling on substitutes England Party
Referee
Albert Alsteen
35 (13 August 1916), Woluwe, Belgium
The Continental ruling of allowing two substitutes to replace injured players prior to the 44th minute, and a goalkeeper at any time, is in place.
Linesmen
tbc tbc
 
France Espoirs Team
 
Rank: No official ranking system established; Colours: probably Blue collared jerseys, white shorts, red socks.
Capt:   Selector: Albert Batteux, 32 (2 July 1919)
France Lineup
  Remetter, François 23
288 days
8 August 1928 G FC Metz 1 1ᵍᵃ
2 le Maître, Robert 23
76 days
7 March 1929 RB Stade Rennais FC 1 0
3 Colliot, Roger 26
263 days
2 September 1925 LB Club olympique de Roubaix-Tourcoing 1 0
4
Gaulon, René 24
320 days
7 July 1927 RHB Stade français 1 1
5 Poitevin, Guy 24
216 days
19 October 1927 CHB L'Olympique Gymnast Club Nice 1 0
6
Domingo, René 23
146 days
28 December 1928 LHB AS Saint-Étienne 1 1
7
Kopa, Raymond 20
222 days
13 October 1931 OR Stade de Reims 1 1
8 Dereuddre, René 21
335 days
22 June 1930 IR C.O.R.T 1 0
9
Césari, Georges 23
266 days
30 August 1928 CF L'Olympique Gymnast Club Nice 1 1
10
Piantoni, Roger 20
148 days
26 December 1931 IL FC de Nancy 1 2
11
Curyl, Stanislas 22
28 days
24 April 1929 OL FC Séte 1 1
unused substitutes:  
 
2-3-5 Remetter -
le Maître, Colliot -
Gaulon, Poitevin, Domingo -
Kopa, Dereuddre, Césari, Piantoni, Curyl
Averages: Age 23 years 111 days Appearances/Goals 1.0 0.0
 
England B Team
 

Rank:

No official ranking system established; Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks with white tops.
Capt:
 
Joe Kennedy
first, W 0 - D 0 - L 1 - F 1 - A 7.³
 
Manager: Thomas James Whittaker MBE, 53 (21 July 1898), appointed B team manager 4 March 1952 for three matches, released from the March/April match, also manager of Arsenal FC;
only B match, W 0 - D 0 - L 1 - F 1 - A 7.
Trainer: Billy Wright (Portsmouth FC)
Team chosen by the Intermediate Selection Committee headed, by Harold Shentall, on Friday, 25 April.
England Lineup
  ten changes to the previous B match (only Wheeler remains) league position (25 April)  
6   Gregory, Ernest 30
194 days
10 November 1921 G West Ham United FC (FL2 11th) 1 7ᵍᵃ
64 only B app 1952
65 2 Gunter, Philip E. 20
137 days
6 January 1932 RB Portsmouth FC (FL 4th) 1 0
only B app 1952
66 3 Wicks, Stanley M. 23
316 days
11 July 1928 LB Reading FC (FL3S 2nd) 1 0
only B app 1952
4 Wheeler, John E. 23
301 days
26 July 1928 RHB Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 5th) 2 0
67 5 Kennedy, Joseph P. 26
189 days
15 November 1925 CHB West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 13th) 1 0
68 6
Barlow, Raymond J. 25
279 days
17 August 1926 LHB West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 13th) 1 1
only B app 1952
69 7 Astall, Gordon 24
243 days
22 September 1927 OR Plymouth Argyle FC (FL3S Winners) 1 0
only B app 1952
70 8 Foster, Robert J. 22
308 days
19 July 1929 IR Preston North End FC (FL 8th) 1 0
only B app 1952
71 9 Grant, Wilfred 31
293 days
3 August 1920 CF Cardiff City FC (FL2 3rd) 1 0
only B app 1952
72 10 Shannon, Leslie 26
71 days
12 March 1926 IL Burnley FC (FL 16th) 1 0
73 11 Hawksworth, Derek M. 24
311 days
16 July 1927 OL Sheffield United FC (FL2 12th) 1 0
only B app 1952
unused substitutes: Syd Owen (Luton Town FC (FL2 9th)), Bryan Edwards (Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 5th))
team notes: Gunter replaced Charlie Rutter (Cardiff City FC (FL2 3rd)), who was still suffering with the knee injury he received in the B match against Netherlands in March. Foster replaced his teammate Derek Lewis (Preston North End FC (FL 8th)), both on Tuesday, 13 May.
 
2-3-5 Middleton -
Scott, Wright -
Tyalor, Crosland, Watson -
Payne, Quigley, Lewis, Pye, Mullen
notes: after an hours play, Pye and Lewis swapped positions.
Averages: Age 23 years 57 days Appearances/Goals 1.1 0.0
youngest England B side so far
 
              Match Reports

"7-1 eclipse for England
"LE HAVRE. Thursday. — England's B team was beaten 7—1 by France's B team this evening—the highest score ever recorded against England in international professional football.
The crowd jeered the England team. A member of the F.A. Council said: "Our performance was disgraceful." "
- Daily News

"England "B" outplayed — FRENCH GAIN 7—1 TRIUMPH
"FRANCE ESPOIR (French Hopefuls) dominated an England "B" team in a Soccer match, played at Le Havre yesterday, and won by seven goals to one.
"Playing a fast lively game, the French side took full advantage of some weak defence by the England side.
"The French superiority was clearly established before half-time, when they gained a 3—0 lead. Curyl opened the account of 6min., Cesari adding a second 5min. later, and Piantoni going through 6min. from the interval.
"Gregory, in the England goal, found himself in difficulties against the sharp shooting French forwards.
"France continued their hard attacking game in the second half, adding to their score in the fifty-fourth minute when Gaulon scored from a free-kick.
Six minutes later Barlow, England's left-half, scored his side's solitary goal during one of England's rare attacking movements.
France put on three more goals through Domingo (seventy-fourth min.), Piantoni (seventy-sixth min.) and Kopa (eighty-ninth min.)." - Bradford Observer

"Lively forwards rout 'B' team
— FRANCE 7 ENGLAND 1
"LE HAVRE. Thursday.—France Espoir (French Hopefuls) gave England's "B" team a severe drubbing here tonight and with a little luck might have had more goals to show for their superiority. By clever, precise and swiftly made passes they bewildered the England defenders who were often drawn out of position.

"Taking advantage of bad marking and weak covering, the French team established a clear superiority before half-time when they were three goals ahead. In each instance the scorer was in an unmarked position and Gregory in the England goal found himself in difficulties against the sharp-shooting French forwards.
"France continued their hard attacking game in the second half. Their fourth goal came direct from a free kick and the other three followed at regular intervals. England had a few periods of attack, but their forwards were not clever enough to penetrate a sound defence and their goal scorer was Barlow, the half-back, whose goal came between France's fourth and fifth."
- Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer
  

              Source Notes
Original newspaper reports
France Football
  Rothman's Yearbooks
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