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Sunday, 20 June 1954
The Championnat du Monde de Football Finals First Phase Pool D match four

England 2 Switzerland 0 [1-0]

Players lost since last match
Joe Hodkinson (18 June 1954) 65
Wankdorfstadion, Wankdorf, Bern
Kick-off (CEST & BST): 5.10pm

Attendance: 43,119 (FIFA states 43,500).
Billy Wright won the toss Eugen Meier kicked-off
[1-0] Jimmy Mullen 43
 tapped the ball in with his right foot after rounding the keeper on the corner of the 6-yard box from a Tommy Taylor flick
[2-0] Dennis Wilshaw 69
 picked up a pass from Ron Staniforth 10-yard right-footed strike past Parlier after skipping through the defence
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"THAT'S BETTER, ENGLAND!" Charles Buchan, Daily News
Officials England Party FIFA ruling on substitutes Swiss Party
Referee (black)
István Zsolt
32 (28 June 1921), Budapest, Hungary
José da Costa Vieira
47 (13 February 1908), Porto, Portugal
Vasa Stefanović
England Team


No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th to 4th
Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared short-sleeved jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
41st, W 22 - D 10 - L 9 - F 108 - A 70.⁴³
Capt: Billy Wright³
45th W 26 - D 9 - L 10 - F 111 - A 70.⁹⁰
Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 41 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
63rd match, W 39 - D 13 - L 11 - F 185 - A 91, one abandoned.¹³⁹
Trainer: Jimmy Trotter (Charlton Athletic FC)
Team chosen by Selection Committee headed by Harold Shentall, on Saturday, 19 June 1954.
England Lineup
1 Merrick, Gilbert H. 32
145 days
26 January 1922 G Birmingham City FC 22 41ᵍᵃ
oldest WCF goalkeeper so far
Staniforth, Ronald 30
68 days
13 April 1924 RB Huddersfield Town AFC 5 0
3 Byrne, Roger W. 24
285 days
8 September 1929 LB Manchester United FC 5 0
733 14 McGarry, William H. 23
10 days
10 June 1927 RHB Huddersfield Town AFC 1 0
the 19th Town player to represent England
4 Wright, William A. 30
134 days
6 February 1924 CHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 60 3
most apps 1952-54
6 Dickinson, James W. 29
57 days
24 April 1925 LHB Portsmouth FC 37 0
11 Finney, Thomas 32
76 days
5 April 1922 OR Preston North End FC 53 23
8 Broadis, Ivan A. 31
184 days
18 December 1922 IR Newcastle United FC 13 8
Taylor, Thomas 22
141 days
29 January 1932 CF Manchester United FC 5 2
Wilshaw, Dennis J. 28
101 days
11 March 1926 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 2 3
youngest WCF goalscorer so far
Mullen, James 31
165 days
6 January 1923 OL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 12 6
final app 1947-54
reserves: not permitted.
team notes: Stan Matthews and Nat Lofthouse were named in their same positions as against Belgium, but had to be replaced at the last moment. Finney swapped wings, and Mullen and Wilshaw formed a new left wing.
2-3-5 Merrick -
Staniforth, Byrne -
McGarry, Wright, Dickinson -
Finney, Broadis, Taylor, Wilshaw, Mullen.
Averages: Age 29 years 27 days Appearances/Goals 17.5 3.9
Switzerland Team


No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 21st to 24th
Colours: Red buttoned-up jerseys, white shorts, black socks with two thin white hoops and red tops.
Capt: Roger Bocquet Manager: Karl Rappan, 48 (26 September 1905 in Austria), reappointed November 1953 for a third time.
40th match, W 13 - D 9 - L 18 - F 81 - A - 98.
Switzerland Lineup
2 Parlier, Eugéne 25
127 days
13 February 1929 G Servette FC 5 7ᵍᵃ
7 Neury, André 32
290 days
3 September 1921 RB Servette FC 26 0
4 Bocquet, Roger 33
62 days
19 April 1921 LB Lausanne-Sports 46 2
14 Kernen, Wilhelm 24
318 days
6 August 1929 RHB FC La Chaux-de-Fonds 16 1
10 Eggiman, Olivier 35
143 days
28 January 1919 CHB FC La Chaux-de-Fonds 38 0
oldest opposing WCF player so far
8 Bigler, Heinz 28
181 days
21 December 1925 LHB BSC Young Boys 4 0
22 Vonlanthen, Roger 23
197 days
5 December 1930 OR Grasshopper Club 11 3
15 Antenen, Charles 24
229 days
3 November 1929 IR FC La Chaux-de-Fonds 27 13
20 Meier, Eugen 24
51 days
30 April 1930 CF BSC Young Boys 7 1
16 Ballaman, Robert 27
364 days
21 June 1926 IL Grasshopper Club 22 9
17 Fatton, Jacques 28
183 days
19 December 1925 OL Servette FC 50 28
reserves: not permitted
2-3-5 Parlier -
Neury, Bocquet -
Kerna, Eggiman, Bigler -
Vonlanthen, Antenen, Meier, Ballaman, Fatton
Averages: Age 27 years 362 days Appearances/Goals 22.9 5.2
              Match Report by Mike Payne

Injuries to Stanley Matthews and Nat Lofthouse caused England to make several changes to their team for this vital World Cup match against the host nation. The Wankdorf Stadium looked very impressive under a cloudless blue sky and it soon warmed to a cauldron-like atmosphere as the shirt-sleeved crowd, reminiscent of a Test match, basked in the conditions. Sadly, the football match, understandably perhaps, never rose above the mediocre.
England, looking disjointed, never really got to grips with the game and far too often moves broke down before reaching the danger zone. The Swiss fared little better and it was hard to believe that they had already beaten Italy in these finals. On the plus side Billy Wright looked superb in his new role of centre-half and perhaps he will now settle down into a position that has been beckoning for some time.

Thirty minutes into the match, Tom Finney began to cause some flutters in the Swiss defence by moving to inside-right. Tommy Taylor also looked good and gave his market, Neury, a hard time. Five minutes before the break England broke the deadlock. Taylor headed a long through-pass in toce and Jimmy Mullen moved in to slide the ball past Parlier. It was a much-need boost for England.

The second half was very poor with the seering heat taking its toll on all the players, so, when midway through the half England settled the result with a second goal, the relief could be felt everywhere. The chance came with Billy McGarry finding Dennis Wilshaw with a ground pass. The inside-left sold two dummies before dribbling past Neury, Bigler and Bocquet to shoot a brilliant goal beyond Parlier. It was a fine effort by the Wolves player and effectively ended the contest.

There was only one other noteworthy moment when Switzerland almost set up a grandstand finish. With 15 minutes to go Ballaman flicked his shot past Gil Merrick, only to see Ron Staniforth save a certain goal by running back to clear off the line to safety.

So England moved into the next round as Britain's only survivors but they would have to improve on this performance to have any chance of progressing any further.

              Match Report by Norman Giller

Wolves left wing partners Dennis Wilshaw and Jimmy Mullen scored the goals, and their club captain Billy Wright started his first match as England's centre-half. Bill McGarry gave a solid debut performance in Wright's old position at right-half against the host nation and in searing-hot conditions that sapped the energy of the players. Mullen scored the first goal three minutes before half-time to silence a capacity 60,000 crowd. Wilshaw clinched the victory with a superb individual goal midway through the second-half, cleverly evading three Swiss defenders before steering a firm shot into the net. Syd Owen's injury had accidentally solved England's on-going centre-half crisis. Billy Wright slotted into the position as naturally as if born to the job, and the Swiss centre-forward was not allowed a sniff at goal.

              Source Notes
Original newspaper reports
FIFA match report
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record

Norman Giller, Football Author
The Complete Book of the British Charts
British Pathé