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Wednesday, 2 March 1955
International 'B' Friendly Match
 
Scotland vs. England
 
match postponed because of a waterlogged pitch


Ibrox Stadium, Edmiston Drive, Ibroxholm, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Kick-off (CEST): tbc (floodlit)

Attendance: not available
   
   
There is no Television or Radio coverage
 
"Disappointed—but they may yet meet" Daily Mirror
Officials were to be from Ireland Scotland UK ruling on substitutes England
Referee
"Heavy overnight rain was unable to seep through the layer of snow and ice covering the pitch and the ground was soon waterlogged."
Linesmen
tbc tbc
  
Scotland B Team
 
Rank: No official ranking system established; Colours: blue jerseys with white collars, white shorts, blue socks with white/blue tops.
Capt: was not confirmed after Cunningham's withdrawal Selector: Scottish 2nd XI FA Selection Committee
 team chosen on Wednesday, 23 February 1955
Scotland Lineup
  Martin, Fred 25
293 days
13 May 1929 G Aberdeen FC
2 Parker, Alexander H. 19
212 days
2 August 1935 RB Falkirk FC
3 Haddock, Harry 29
217 days
28 July 1925 LB Clyde FC
4 Neilson, John 25
335 days
1 April 1929 RHB St. Mirren FC
5 Malloy, Danny 24
116 days
6 November 1930 CHB Dundee FC
6 Cumming, John 24
350 days
17 March 1930 LHB Heart of Midlothian FC
7 Taylor, Samuel M. 21
160 days
23 September 1933 OR Falkirk FC
8 Morrison, Robert nk nk IR Falkirk FC
9 Davidson, Robert nk nk CF Falkirk FC
10 Wardhaugh, James 25
346 days
21 March 1929
near Berwick-upon-Teeed
IL Heart of Midlothian FC
11 Urquhart, John 30
27 days
3 February 1925 OL Heart of Midlothian FC
reserve: Willie Paton (Rangers FC)
team notes: Preston North End's William Cunningham, the captain, had a heavy cold, and was replaced with Falkirk FC's Parker. Heart's Willie Bauld was the original centre-forward, but he was unfit, and his spot went to Bobby Davidson, also of Falkirk FC.
 
2-3-5 Martin -
Parker, Haddock -
Neilson, Malloy, Cumming -
Taylor, Morrison, Davidson, Wardhaugh, Urquhart
Averages: Age 25 years 108 days  
 
England B Team
 

Rank:

No official ranking system established; Colours: The 1954 Umbro home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: Dennis Wilshaw
due to be his first B captaincy
Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 41 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
due to be his tenth B match
Trainer: H. Wright (Luton Town FC)
Team chosen by the Intermediate Selection Committee, headed by Joe Richards, on Sunday, 27 February.
England Lineup
    league position (27 February)
  Matthews, Reginald D. 22
72 days
20 December 1932 G Coventry City FC (FL3S 10th)
2 Meadows, James 23
224 days
21 July 1931 RB Manchester City FC (FL 6th)
3 Langley, E. James 26
23 days
7 February 1929 LB Brighton & Hove Albion FC (FL3S 14th)
4 Flowers, Ronald 20
217 days
28 July 1934 RHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL TOP)
5 Smith, Trevor 18
323 days
13 April 1936 CHB Birmingham City FC (FL2 9th)
6 Edwards, Duncan 18
152 days
1 October 1936 LHB Manchester United FC (FL 8th)
7 Groves, Victor G. 22
117 days
5 November 1932 OR Leyton Orient FC (FL3S 2nd)
8 Revie, Donald G. 27
235 days
10 July 1927 IR Manchester City FC (FL 6th)
9 Swinbourne, Royston H. 25
189 days
25 August 1929 CF Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL TOP)
10 Wilshaw, Dennis J. 28
356 days
11 March 1926 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL TOP)
11 Blunstone, Frank 20
136 days
17 October 1934 OL Chelsea FC (FL 3rd)
reserves: Ken Armstrong (Chelsea FC (FL 3rd)) and Johnny Hart (Manchester City FC (FL 6th))
team notes: The B team had the same practise strategy as the national side. They were due to play Manchester City FC under the floodlights on 28 February, but ice prevented that session, and then Manchester United FC the day after, that too being iced over. But they did manage to train at Preston North End's Deepdale ground, when the match was postponed. (PNE had won 1-0).
 
2-3-5 Matthews -
Meadows, Langley -
Flowers, Smith, Edwards -
Groves, Revie, Swinbourne, Wilshaw, Blunstone
Averages: Age 23 years 54 days Would have been England's youngest B team so far, had the match been played
 
              Match Report by Jimmy Stevenson, Daily Mirror, 2 March 1955

The bleak bog that was Ibrox Park yesterday was hopeless for play, and there was no alternative but to call off the Scotland-England "B" international which was to have been played there tonight. Water lay down the center of the field. Other parts were like marshland.
"We are looking around to see if a new date can be found, but no decision is possible, yet." S.F.A. Assistant Secretary, William Allan, told me yesterday. "We informed the England party in Lancs in good time to prevent them travelling north."
The England players were in the middle of a thirty-minute each-way practice match at Preston when their team-manager, Walter Winterbottom, learned that the game was off. He let them finish the practice game—against a scratch Preston side—before breaking the news.
    The England team lost 1—0, Preston's goal being scored by Foster, himself a former "B" international.
Afterwards the England party lunched together and then dispersed. Some travelled to Manchester nd the rest to London with Mr. Winterbottom. Before leaving Deepdale, Mr. Winterbottom expressed his disappointment that the match was off. "There is the consolation however, that we shall get a far truer idea of the progress of our young players by seeing them in better conditions later." he said.
The Scots team dispersed to their homes from Largs yesterday afternoon, disappointed at missing an international chance. Most realised, however, that a tough game in strength-sapping mud could have ruined expectations.

  

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