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283 vs. Ireland
285 vs. Scotland

Wednesday, 25 November 1953
International Friendly Match

England 3 Hungary 6 [2-4]


Match Summary
England Squad
Hungary Squad

Empire Stadium, Wembley Park, Wembley, Middlesex
Attendance: 100,000;
Kick-off: tbc BST
Second half live on BBC (UK) - Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme

Hungary - Nándor Hidegkutu (1 0:43, 20, 55) Ferenc Puskás (24, second half), Jozsef Bozsik (first half)
England - Jackie Sewell (-), Stan Mortensen, Alf Ramsey (57 penalty)
Results 1950-1955

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


Match Summary




Referee (-) - Horn
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Linesmen - tbc

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd to 4th
Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, fortieth captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 40 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
58th match, W 37 - D 12 - L 9 - F 174 - A 77, one abandoned
England Lineup
1 Merrick, Gil     G     GA
2 Ramsey, Alfred     RB      
3 Eckersley, William     LB      
4 Wright, William     RHB      
5 Johnston, Harold     CHB      
6 Dickinson, James     LHB      
7 Matthews, Stanley     OR      
8 Mortensen, Stanley     IR      
9 Robb, George     CF      
10 Sewell, Jack     IL      
11 Taylor, Ernest     OL      
England Substitutes


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Hungary Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd to 1st
Colours: Red v-necked jerseys, white shorts, green socks
Capt: Ferenc Puskás Manager: Gusztáv Sebes
Hungary Lineup
  Grosics, off     G     GA
2 Buzansky     RB      
3 Lorant     LB      
4 Lantos     RHB   26  
5 Bozsik     CHB      
6 Zekerias     LHB      
7 Budai, László     OR      
8 Kocsis, Sandor     IR      
9 Hidegkuti, Nándor     CF      
10 Puskás, Ferenc     IL   52  
11 Czibor     OL      
Hungary Substitutes
1 Geller, on for Grosics            


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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

This was England's first defeat by foreign opponents on home territory, and the match that changed the face of English football. The Hungarians, Olympic champions and on a run of twenty-nine successive matches without defeat, played to a flexible 4-2-4 formation and made England's 2-3-5 pattern seem about as outdated as a hansom cab on a motorway. Nandor Hidegkuti, a deep-lying centre-forward, nipped in for a hat-trick as two-goal Ferenc Puskas pulled the defence inside out. England were flattered by the 6-3 scoreline. Alf Ramsey, Bill Eckersley, Harry Johnston, Ernie Taylor, Stan Mortensen and George Robb never played for England again. Taylor and Robb were making their debuts. Hungary had given just a taste of what was to come in the first minute when Hidegkuti collected a through ball from Puskas, deceived centre-half Johnston with  a distracting dummy and then fired the ball high into the net from twenty yards. Gil Merrick was left flapping at mid-air. Moments after Sewell had equalised in the fifteenth minute England were flattened by a thirteen minute burst of Magyar magic. Two goals from the purist Puskas and another from the elusive Hidegkuti made it England 1, Hungary 4. The 100,000 Wembley spectators could not believe their eyes. Stan Mortensen pulled it back to 4-2 by half-time. But any hope England had of getting back into the game died within ten minutes of the second half. First the cultured Jozef Bozsik scored with a rising drive, and then Hidegkuti completed his hurricane hat-trick when he put the finishing touch to a dazzling succession of passes that ripped the England defence apart. Alf Ramsey scored a late penalty after his Tottenham team-mate George Robb, a schoolmaster, was pulled down by goalkeeper Grosics. The final scoreline could easily have read 10-3 to the Hungarians. Billy Wright had never been given such a chasing in all his life as the one he got from Ferenc Puskas.

Source Notes

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