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270 Party vs. Italy
272 Party vs. Switzerland
Sunday, 25 May 1952
End-of-season Continental Tour match

Austria 2 England 3 [2-2]
Match Summary
Austria Party
England Party

Team Records


The England Party for the end-of-season European Tour  May 1952
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club starts subs App G Capt
Allen, Ronald 15 January 1929 23 OR West Bromwich Albion FC 0 0 0 0 0
Baily, Edward F. 6 August 1925 24 IL Tottenham Hotspur FC 6 0 6 5 0
Broadis, Ivan A. 18 December 1922 28 IR Manchester City FC 3 0 3 1 0
Dickinson, James W. 24 April 1925 27 LHB Portsmouth FC 18 0 18 0 0
Eckersley, William 16 July 1925 26 LB Blackburn Rovers FC 6 0 6 0 0
Elliott, William H. 20 March 1925 27 OL Burnley FC 1 0 1 0 0
Finney, Thomas 5 April 1922 30 OR Preston North End FC 37 0 37 20 0
Froggatt, Jack 17 November 1922 29 CHB Portsmouth FC 6 0 6 1 0
Garrett, Thomas H. 28 February 1927 25 LB Blackpool FC 2 0 2 0 0
Lofthouse, Nathaniel 27 August 1925 26 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 6 0 6 5 0
Merrick, Gilbert H. 26 January 1922 30 G Birmingham City FC 4 0 4 4ᵍᵃ 0
Nicholson, William E. 26 January 1919 33 RHB Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0 1 1 0
Pearson, Stanley C. 11 January 1919 33 IL Manchester United FC 8 0 8 5 0
Ramsey, Alfred E. 22 January 1920 32 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 20 0 20 0 3
Sewell, John 24 January 1927 25 IR Sheffield Wednesday FC 1 0 1 0 0
Williams, Bert F. 31 January 1920 31 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 18 0 18 24ᵍᵃ 0
Wright, William A. 6 February 1924 28 RHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 41 0 41 3 24

All information is complete to and including England's last match, the sixth of the 1951-52 season, against Italy on 18 May 1952.


Friday, 25 April 1952 - The Football Association Selection Committee chose their seventeen players to take in three matches on the Continental Tour. No players have been chosen from either of the FA Cup finalists, Arsenal FC and Newcastle United FC. This means that Jackie Milburn, the United centre-forward, who was a strong candidate for a place in the party, will be able to go to South Africa with the club.
At the same meeting, the B team to face France B on 22 May is also selected.

Monday, 12 May 1952 - The Party report to Eastbourne. As an experiment, suggested by the F.A. Technical Committee, all tuning-up for the Italy-England match is being carried out at the Sussex resort.

Tuesday, 13 May 1952 - Thirteen of the Party who arrived yesterday took part in light training on Larkin's Field. Finney, Dickinson and Froggatt also arrived to swell the party to sixteen. Only Jackie Sewell was missing, as he is already in Switzerland. Later in the day, the B Team also report to Eastbourne for light training, as part of the Technical Committee's experiment. There are two enforced changes to the B team, Preston's Derek Lewis and Cardiff's Charlie Rutter have been forced to withdraw, there places going to Foster and Gunter. There are now thirty players at training headquarters—a useful mixture of seasoned stars and promising youngsters—from whom teams for practise work-outs can be drawn. All are staying at The Albion Hotel in the town.

Wednesday, 14 May 1952 - Full-scale trials under the guidance of Walter Winterbottom on a schoolboys' pitch near their Eastbourne headquarters, under the presence of the selectors. The starting XI that will face the Italians is named, showing just one change from the team that defeated Scotland, Billy Elliott winning his first cap instead of Jack Rowley, who is not part of the touring Party. The two teams play against each other, with the senior side winning two-nil, Pearson and Nicholson scoring for the seniors, with both goals set up by Elliott.
In the afternoon, the players and officials called on the Mayor of Eastbourne, Alderman R.J.S. Croft, at the Town Hall and visit the summer show at the Winter Garden Pavilion.

Thursday, 16 May 1952 - The England team leave London Airport for Milan, before taking the train to Florence (right).

Saturday, 17 May 1952 - The England team are invited to watch a football match in Florence between local sides in medieval costumes in the public gardens. The costume game is a tradition dating to the early 16th century, when the early Florentines played a form of football.

Sunday, 18 May 1952 - England drew today in one of the poorest international matches for many years before a large crowd. The Italians were unlucky not to beat England for the first time and there are certain to be changes in the England team for their game against Austria next Sunday. Billy Wright ended the match with a damaged right knee, whereas Alf Ramsey had a sore shoulder. Billy Wright also equals the record appearance tally set by Bob Crompton. Trainer Jimmy Trotter works to treat Wright's injured knee.

Tuesday, 20 May 1952 - The England team leave Florence for Siena, in northern Italy, a sixty mile road trip. They travelled in a luxury Pullman motor-coach equipped with a refrigerator for iced drinks as well as a radio. A halt was made at the town of Empoli, where the team visited one of the leading raincoat manufacturers and each player was presented with a raincoat. Wright and Ramsey both report themselves as fit to play, ahead of tomorrow's team selection.

Wednesday, 21 May 1952 - Following a two-hour meeting, the England team is selected, and as expected there are changes from the side that drew with Italy. Inside-forwards Broadis and Pearson are replaced by Sewell and Baily, and Eckersley takes over at left-back, from Garrett. Much of the meeting was dedicated to deciding whether they should move Billy Wright to the inside-forward position, but given the fact that this area is well-covered, it was considered to be unfair to fulfill the change of position for the England captain. The evening was spent at a local cinema, where the team watched a full-length film of their drawn match with Italy.

Thursday, 22 May 1952 - The English footballers had an hour's training at Siena. All seventeen members of the touring party took part in the work-out, which included a practise game with nine-a-side, Walter Winterbottom, played to make up a team. Billy Wright played with a bandage on his knee. He moved better than yesterday, but is still hoping to be fully fit. Several hundred spectators watched the training. The players then attended an basketball match between a Siena team and an Austrian side.

Friday, 23 May 1952 - The England party leave Siena for Rome, where the President of the Italian FA, Dr. Barassi, laid on a lunch at Hotel Quiranale. They then leave Rome airport for Vienna and the English players eventually arrive at Hotel Atsoria in Vienna this evening following a twelve-hour journey. Chattering crowds surrounded the hotel to which they were hurriedly shepherded after a delay of two hours in their flying time. Flags, favours and programmes, appeared in the streets. The miniature railway which runs through Prater, the famous Viennese pleasure gardens, did a roaring business with visitors wanting a pre-match trip past the stadium.

Saturday, 24 May 1952 -
The morning was spent training whilst the afternoon was spent resting. In the evening the British Embassy in Vienna laid on a reception for the England travelling party.

England Form: last six games
D D W W L D  f 10:a success: 58%
265 3 October 1951 - England 2 France 2 [2-2]
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury
Firoud OG, Medley
Doye, Alpsteg
266 20 October 1951 - Wales 1 England 1 [1-1]
Ninian Park, Cardiff
267 14 November 1951 - England 2 Ireland 0 [1-0]
Villa Park, Birmingham (57,889)
Lofthouse (2) HW
268 28 November 1951 - England 2 Austria 2 [0-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Ramsey (pen), Lofthouse
Melchior, Stojaspal (pen)
269 5 April 1952 - Scotland 1 England 2 [0-2]
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Pearson (2)
270 18 May 1952 - Italy 1 England 1 [0-1]
Stadio Comunale di Firenze, Firenze
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