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301 vs. Spain
Wednesday, 18 May 1955
End of Season Tour Match

Spain 1 England 1
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Chamartín, Madrid
Kick-off (CEST & BST): 5.30pm
Attendance: 125,000 (sold-out).  Receipts: over £50,000
The Spanish match programmes for the home matches against England in 1980 and 1987 both call it the Estádio Chamartin when detailing this game. A history of the Spanish national team calls it the Bernabéu at that time. Simon Inglis' The Football Grounds of Europe says 'the name Santiago Bernabéu was officially adopted in January 1955'; and above all the cover of the actual match programme for the 1955 game calls it the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.
Billy Wright won the toss and England kicked off
  [0-1] Roy Bentley 38
superb 25-yard right-footed strike out of the 'keepers reach following an Duncan Edwards lay-off

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[0-1] Paya's header from a freekick skims crossbar
[1-1] José Rial 65
 put away a loose ball from 8 yards after Edwards tackled Mauri in the area and Sillett failed to clear
there is no Television or Radio coverage
Officials from Italy Spain FIFA ruling on substitutes England Party
Referee (black blazer)
Riccardo Cesare Pieri
34 (7 November 1920)
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Spain Team
Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 12th
Colours Red buttoned jerseys with wing collars, blue shorts, black socks with red/yellow hooped tops.
Captain Antonio Ramallets Manager Don Benito Díaz Iraola, 57 (17 April 1898).
appointed for the summer matches.
second and final match, W 0 - D 1 - L 1 - F 2 - A 3.
Spain Lineup
  Ramallets Simón, Antonio 30
321 days
1 July 1924 G FC Barcelona 15 20ᵍᵃ
2 Matito Domínguez, Román 28
105 days
2 February 1927 RB Real Valladolid CF 1 0
only app 1955
3 Campanal 23
94 days
13 February 1932 LB Sevilla FC 5 0
González del Río, Marcelino Vaquero
4 Mauri  21
22 days
26 April 1934 RHB Athletic Club 1 0
Lauzirika, Mauricio Ugartemendia
5 Garay Vecino, Jesús 24
250 days
10 September 1930 CHB Athletic Club 3 0
6 Zárraga Martín, José María 24
276 days
15 August 1930 LHB Real Madrid CF 1 0
7 Mañó Villagrasa, Daniel 23
80 days
27 February 1932 OR Valencia CF 1 0
only app 1955
8 Pérez-Payá Soler, José Luis 27
51 days
28 March 1928 IR Real Madrid CF 1 0
9 Kubala Stecz, László 27
342 days
10 June 1927
in Buda-pest, Hungary
CF FC Barcelona 5 1
Rial Laguía, José Héctor 26
216 days
14 October 1928
in Pergamino, Argentina
IL Real Madrid CF 2 1
11 Gento López, Francisco 21
209 days
21 October 1933 OL Real Madrid CF 1 0
unused substitutes: Carmelo Cedrón Ochandategui, Canito, José María Maguregui Ibargutxi, Miguel González Pérez, Ramón Alberto Villaverde Vázquez, Sócrates Belenguer Pérez and Enrique Collar Monterrubio.... according to BDfutbol
team notes: Journalist Bob Ferrier reported that Benito Diaz was the 'Spanish team manager who saw our failure against France.' - Tuesday, 17 May 1955, Daily Mirror
2-3-5 Ramallets -
Matito, Garay -
Campanal, Zárraga, Mauri -
Rial, Pérez-Payá, Mañó, Kubala, Gento
Averages: Age 25 years 146 days Appearances/Goals 3.3 0.1
England Team
Rank No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th
Colours The 1954 Umbro home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue rayon shorts, black socks with white tops.
p fourth of 43, W 2 - D 1 - L 1 - F 11 - A 6.⁴³
Captain Billy Wright
Manager Walter Winterbottom, 42 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
record 52nd of 90, W 30 - D 10 - L 12 - F 129 - A 81. p seventieth of 139, W 43 - D 14 - L 13 - F 203 - A 102, one abandoned.¹³⁹
  ³ Team chosen by Selection Committee, headed by Harold Shentall, on Tuesday, 17 May.
England Lineup
  three changes to the previous match (Dickinson, Bentley & Quixall>Flowers, Revie & Wilshaw) FINAL league positions (5 May)  
  Williams, Bert F. 35
107 days
31 January 1920 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL RU) 22 29ᵍᵃ
2 Sillett, R. Peter T. 22
106 days
1 February 1933 RB Chelsea FC (FL CHAMPIONS) 2 0
3 Byrne, Roger W. 25
252 days
8 September 1929 LB Manchester United FC (FL 5th) 12 0
4 Dickinson, James W. 30
24 days
24 April 1925 RHB Portsmouth FC (FL 3rd) 39 0
5 Wright, William A. 31
101 days
6 February 1924 CHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL RU) 67 3
most apps 1952-55
Edwards, Duncan 18
229 days
1 October 1936 LHB Manchester United FC (FL 5th) 3 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 40
107 days
1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC (FL 19th) 44 9
oldest outfield player
Bentley, T.F. Roy 31
1 day
17 May 1924 IR Chelsea FC (FL CHAMPIONS) 11 8
9 Lofthouse, Nathaniel 29
264 days
27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 18th) 25 25
no number worn in the second half
10 Quixall, Albert 21
282 days
9 August 1933 IL Sheffield Wednesday FC (FL 22nd rel.) 4 0
11 Wilshaw, Dennis J. 29
68 days
11 March 1926 OL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL RU) 6 7
unused substitutes: not named, but certainly Reg Matthews (Coventry City FC (FL3S 9th)).
team notes: "In one blatant obstruction, centre-forward Nat Lofthouse had his shirt almost torn from his back. He played in the second half in a new un-numbered shirt".
"The one in which he had started the game had been clawed off his back by Spanish centre-half Garay, who stopped Nat with a rugby tackle as he was tearing on to a pass by Bentley"
"There were so many personal feuds going on after this that the game lost all of its rhythm, and the referee had little or no control."
2-3-5 Williams -
Sillett, Byrne -
Dickinson, Wright, Edwards -
Matthews, Bentley, Lofthouse, Quixall, Wilshaw.
Averages: Age 28 years 241 days Appearances/Goals 21.4 4.6
              Match Report by Mike Payne

This game will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. On a beautiful sunny day, in front of 125,000 people in a magnificent stadium, the scene was set for a classic confrontation. Sadly, by the end, it had degenerated into nothing short of a brawl.

Spain had looked forward to this match and the air of expectancy was much in evidence around this lovely city prior to the kick-off. England withstood a passionate opening by the Spaniards. Kubala was instrumental in all the good things his team produced and they forced England back on their heels for long spells. Bert Williams was looking very safe in goal, though, and Billy Wright marshalled his defenders superbly, drawing on all his vast experience.

As the first half progressed, the visitors began to come into things a little more and with Stanley Matthews roaming inside to gain more of the possession some chances were beginning to appear. After 25 minutes, Ramellets saved at Albert Quixall's feet bravely after the Sheffield Wednesday player had been put through by Roy Bentley. Then Nat Lofthouse had the goalkeeper diving at full length to save a screamer before, amazingly, with six minutes of the half remaining England took the lead.

A good move between Dennis Wilshaw, Quixall and Lofthouse set up Bentley. The number eight continued with his impressive goal tally by shooting home a beauty from 20 yards out. Three minutes after the goal came the incident that, more than any other, lowered the tone of the game.

In a breakaway attack, Bentley hit a long pass forward. It dropped in front of Lofthouse, who for once was clear of his marker, Garay. The big centre-forward strode clear and seemed certain to score, but two yards from the edge of the Spanish penalty area Garay dived forward, rugby style, to grab Lofthouse and end the attack in the most callous way possible. From that moment England's dander was up and the second half was 'fought' out in a most uncompromising manner.

The Italian referee struggled to keep control and all the rhythm went from the play as his whistle constantly interrupted the proceedings. For the most part of the second half, England were under heavy pressure as Spain searched for an opening. With 25 minutes left, the impressive debutant Ugartemendia dribbled hard at the England defence. As the ball fell between Sillett and Duncan Edwards, Rial nipped in smartly to finish off the attack to equalise.

Neither side impressed during the remainder of the match and some players seemed more intent on kicking each other rather than the ball.


              Match Report by Norman Giller

In a bad-tempered match Nat Lofthouse had his shirt ripped off his back in the first-half, and played throughout the second half with a numberless shirt. Even Stanley Matthews was drawn into the roughhouse, and conceded a free-kick with a tackle, the first time anybody could recall him committing a foul. Roy Bentley scored from a Lofthouse pass in the thirty-eighth minute and Spain equalised in the sixty-fifth minute following a mistake by Duncan Edwards that was as rare as a foul by Matthews. The trouble flared after Lofthouse had been rugby tackled to the ground when on a run towards the penalty area. There were so many personal feuds going on after this that the game lost all of its rhythm, and the Italian referee had little or no control. England's players were furious over the foul against Lofthouse, and they could not believe it when the player who had rugby tackled him was allowed to stay on the pitch. Tempers were on a short fuse, and when Stanley Matthews was moved to foul somebody then something had to be seriously wrong. The referee completely lost it, and the wonder is that there were no legs broken. It was one of the roughest and most bad spirited games in which England had played overseas.

              Match Report as appears in the F.A. Yearbook 1955-56 pages 29-30

The second match of the tour was played in Madrid, before a great crowd of 125,000 spectators who filled the magnificent Chamartin Stadium in the hope of seeing a classic exhibition of football.
England scored after 38 minutes, as the result of a really grand goal. Wilshaw, a success in the new position of outside-left, made ground and gave to Quixall; a clever pass to Lofthouse, a flick to Bentley who sent a crashing drive from the edge of the penalty-area which gave Ramallets no chance. Spain equalised half-way through the second half when Rial rushed in to score after Edwards had partially deflected a shot by Mauri which Wright had half stopped. After that all the England side - and especially Williams and Wright - threw themselves gallantly into the fray in a determined resistance to hold Spain to a draw in a game which was marred by the large number of infringements. Territorially Spain were superior in the second half, yet England would have been more dangerous if more of their attacks had reached the Spanish goalmouth.


              In Other News....
It was on 17 May 1955 that heavy snowfalls were reported in Lancashire and Yorkshire, the Midlands, south Wales and in the south west, in Dorset and Wiltshire. Snow was eight inches deep in the Peak District, and London experienced its last significant snowfall in May to date. The touring Football Association squad beat Jamaica 7-0 in Kingston.
              Source Notes
The Complete Book of the British Charts
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record

Norman Giller, Football Author
British Pathé