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Wednesday, 3 March 1954
International 'B' Friendly Match


England 1 Scotland 1
[0-0]
 
 
Roker Park Ground, Association Road, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, county Durham
Kick-off (GMT): '7.15pm' (floodlit)

Attendance: '21,048.'
unknown kicked off
     


Don Revie injury - ten men 53
[1-1] Harry Hooper 68
 'Hooper ran onto a long pass by Roger Byrne to shoot. He only half-hit the ball and Anderson allowed it to pass under his body.
returned to full compliment 75
[0-1] Johnny Cumming 52
a low drive to the inside post
"A linesman flagged for a throw-in near the left corner flag, but the referee allowed play to continue, and Cumming shook off Revie's tackle before shooting into the corner of the net".
Charlie Buchan states the linesman flagged for 'hands'
There is no Television or Radio coverage
 
"HERE'S HOPE, ENGLAND!" Daily News
Officials from Northern Ireland England UK ruling on substitutes Scotland
Referee
John Davidson
Newtownards

This is the first representative match to be floodlit in England.
Linesmen
W. Williams
Belfast
V. Maxwell
Belfast
 
England Team
 

Rank:

No official ranking system established; Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared jerseys, blue shorts, red socks with white tops.
Capt: Ken Armstrong
first, W 0 - D 1 - L 0 - F 1 - A 1.³
Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 40 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
eighth B match, W 5 - D 3 - L 0 - F 22 - A 4.
Trainer: Bert Johnson (Sunderland AFC)
Team chosen by the Intermediate Selection Committee, headed by Joe Richards, on Monday, 22 February.
England Lineup
  nine changes to the previous match (only Staniforth & Byrne remain) league position (22 February)  
8   Wood, Raymond E. 22
265 days
11 June 1931 G Manchester United FC (FL 6th) 1 1ᵍᵃ
84 only B app 1954
2 Staniforth, Ronald 29
324 days
13 April 1924 RB Huddersfield Town FC (FL 3rd) 2 0
3
Byrne, Roger W. 24
176 days
8 September 1929 LB Manchester United FC (FL 6th) 2 0
85 4 Armstrong, Kenneth 29
273 days
3 June 1924 RHB Chelsea FC (FL 8th) 1 0
86 5 Dugdale, James R. 22
47 days
15 January 1932 CHB West Bromwich Albion FC (FL TOP) 1 0
87 6 Bell, Eric 24
96 days
27 November 1929 LHB Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 5th) 1 0
88 7
Hooper, Harry 20
262 days
14 June 1933 OR
/IR
West Ham United FC (FL2 12th) 1 1
89 8 Revie, Donald G., injured off 53rd-75th min 26
236 days
10 July 1927 IR
/OR
Manchester City FC (FL 17th) 1 0
only B app 1954
90 9 Allen, Ronald 25
47 days
15 January 1929 CF West Bromwich Albion FC (FL TOP) 1 0
91 10 Haynes, John N. 19
137 days
17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC (FL2 8th) 1 0
youngest B player so far
92 11 Pilkington, Brian 21
19 days
12 February 1933 OL Burnley FC (FL 4th) 1 0
only B app 1954
reserve: Stan Anderson (Sunderland AFC (FL 19th))
team notes: Peter Harris (Portsmouth FC) was the original named outside-right. He withdrew because of a septic ankle, Hooper was handed his place on 1 March.
After Scotland's goal, Revie had to leave the field to receive stitches over his eye.
The team were set up in Whitley Bay prior to the match.
 
2-3-5 Wood -
Staniforth, Byrne -
Armstrong, Dugdale, Bell -
Hooper
(Revie), Revie (Hooper), Allen, Haynes, Pilkington.
notes: when Revie was off the field after 53 mins. Hooper looked after the right-wing, and went on the inside when Revie returned to take up the outside.
Averages: Age 24 years 73 days Appearances/Goals 1.1 0.0
 
Scotland Team
 

Rank:

No official ranking system established; Colours: blue jerseys with white collars, white shorts, blue socks with white/blue tops.
Capt: Bill Paterson Manager: Team chosen by Selection Committee on Wednesday, 23 February 1954
Scotland Lineup
  Anderson, John 24
85 days
8 December 1929 G Leicester City FC, England 1 1ᵍᵃ
only B app 1954
2 Haughney, Michael 27
83 days
10 December 1926 RB
/LB
The Celtic FC 1 0
only B app 1954
3 Aird, John R. 27
75 days
18 December 1926 LB
/RB
Burnley FC, England 2 0
final B app 1954
4 Dudley, James G. 25
191 days
24 August 1928 RHB West Bromwich Albion FC, England 1 0
only B app 1954
5 Paterson, William A.K. 24
6 days
25 February 1930 CHB Doncaster Rovers FC, England 1 0
only B app 1954
6
Cumming, John 23
351 days
17 March 1930 LHB Heart of Midlothian FC 1 1
7 McDonald, Thomas 23
283 days
24 May 1930 OR Hibernian FC 1 0
only B app 1954
8 Fernie, William 25
101 days
22 November 1928 IR The Celtic FC 1 0
only B app 1954
9 Henderson, John G. 22
45 days
17 January 1932 CF Portsmouth FC, England 2 0
final B app 1954
10 Dick, John H. 23
349 days
19 March 1930 IL West Ham United FC, England 1 0
only B app 1954
11 Mochan, Neil 26
331 days
6 April 1927 OL The Celtic FC 1 0
only B app 1954
reserve: James Forrest (Motherwell FC)
team notes: Original named outside-left Ally McLeod (Third Lanark FC) withdrew from the side so he could aid his side in their Scottish Cup replay. Willie Bauld (Heart of Midlothian FC) was the original named centre-forward, he withdrew on 27 February after being injured (bruised ribs) in a cup tie match against Queen of the South FC. Both were replaced on 1 March.
 
2-3-5 Anderson -
Haughney
(Aird), Aird (Haughney) -
Dudley, Paterson, Cumming -
McDonald, Fernie, Henderson, Dick, Mochan
notes: Aird and Haughney swapped wings for the second half
Averages: Age 24 years 340 days Appearances/Goals 1.1 0.0
youngest known opposing B team so far
 
              Match Report by Clifford Webb, as appears in the Daily News, 4 March 1954

England's selectors found encouragement here tonight in the first representative match played in this country under floodlights. I should love to see the game again under more suitable conditions. The ground, watery on top at first, slowly turned to ice until, at the end, it resembled a skating rink.
It would be unfair, under such conditions, to criticise any of the players. So let us note the encouraging signs.
Roger Byrne showed he is a great left-back ready for the highest honours and Eric Bell, at left-half staked a claim for an England cap. In the forward line Harry Hooper, Ron Allen, Johnny Haynes and Brian Pilkington justified their places and raised hopes for England's future. Allen was a clever, lively leader, flashing neat passes and firing at goal at every chance. But I liked best of all the clever footwork of Haynes and Hooper. They should be members, with Allen, of our World Cup party next summer. I admired the adaptability of this young, new England, trying to play first-class Soccer and moving smartly into position.
The Scottish selectors too, have reasons to be pleased. Young John Aird, at full-back, showed skill and resourcefulness, while wing half-backs Jimmy Dudley and Johnny Cumming excelled both in defence and attack. The red-haired Cumming put up a great show. Inside-right Willie Fernie initiated most of Scotland's attacks. He will get more chances. Jock Henderson, fast and direct, also forced himself to the front. But I was sorry for Johnny Dick. The big inside-left was beaten by the conditions.
It took the players 20 minutes to find their feet on greasy turf that became treacherous. Nether goalkeeper had a shot during that period. Henderson provided Mochan with an easy chance but he shot over from six yards.
Scotland switched their full-backs, Haughney and Aird, in the second half when England's forwards forced the pace. Anderson saved brilliantly from Revie and Allen sent a great shot inches wide. The first Scottish attack in this half brought a goal. Fernie, I thought, nudged the ball down with his arm to Cumming, who beat Wood with a low 20-yard shot. A linesman flagged for hands, but the Irish referee, J. Davidson, allowed the goal.
Revie went off with a cut eye and the Scots had more of the play, which did not reach international standard. Henderson made one solo run that was worth a goal. England's equaliser in the 23rd minute was not. Anderson looked to have the shot by Hooper covered but allowed it to pass under his body. With 15 minutes to play Revie came back at outside-right. England then got right on top, but could not beat a dour Scottish defence.
The attendance was only 21,048 but Sir Stanley Rous, secretary of the F.A. said: "When more than 20,000 people will turn out on such a night it is obvious there must be possibilities in floodlighting."

   

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