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Wednesday, 18 May 1955
End-of-Season Tour Match

Spain 1 England 1 [0-1]
Match Summary
Spain Party
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Team Records


The England Party for the Continental Tour Pre-Spain  May 1955
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club starts subs App G Capt
Bentley, T.F. Roy 17 May 1924 30 IR Chelsea FC 10 0 10 7 0
Blunstone, Frank 17 October 1934 20 OL Chelsea FC 3 0 3 0 0
Byrne, Roger W. 8 September 1929 25 LB Manchester United FC 11 0 11 0 0
Dickinson, James W. 24 April 1925 30 LHB Portsmouth FC 38 0 38 0 0
Eckersley, William 16 July 1925 29 LB Blackburn Rovers FC 17 0 17 0 0
Eckersely was drafted into the squad on 9 May as a replacement for Meadows
Edwards, Duncan 1 October 1936 18 LHB Manchester United FC 2 0 2 0 0
Flowers, Ronald 28 July 1934 20 HB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1 0 1 0 0
Hooper, Harry 14 June 1933 21 OR West Ham United FC 0 0 0 0 0
Lofthouse, Nathaniel 27 August 1925 29 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 24 0 24 25 0
Matthews, Reginald D. 20 December 1932 22 GK Coventry City FC 0 0 0 0ᵍᵃ 0
Matthews, Stanley 1 February 1915 40 OR Blackpool FC 43 0 43 10 0
Meadows, James 21 July 1931 23 RB Manchester City FC 1 0 1 0 0
Meadows withdrew from the party on 9 May because of a knee injury.
Quixall, Albert 9 August 1933 21 IF Sheffield Wednesday FC 3 0 3 0 0
Revie, Donald G. 10 July 1927 27 IR Manchester City FC 3 0 3 0 0
Revie was unavailable for the match against Spain because of an injury.
Sillett, R. Peter T. 1 February 1933 22 LB Chelsea FC 1 0 1 0 0
Williams, Bert F. 31 January 1920 35 GK Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 21 0 21 28ᵍᵃ 0
Wilshaw, Dennis J. 11 March 1926 29 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 5 0 5 7 0
Wright, William A. 6 February 1924 31 RHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 66 0 66 3 51

All information is complete to and including England's last match, the fifth of the 1954-55 season, against France on 15 May 1955.


Monday, 18 April 1955 - The seventeen names that will make up the party for England's tour of the Continent next month has been released. The party consists of ten of the players who overwhelmed Scotland, three other internationals in Dickinson, Bentley and Quixall, and four new players. The only absentee from the team that defeated Scotland is Ken Armstrong. The player he replaced, Len Phillips, is also omitted, still suffering with the injury that withdrew him from that team.

Monday, 9 May 1955 - Bill Eckersley, the Blackburn Rovers left-back, has been selected to accompany the England party on their close season tour of France, Spain and Portugal, despite not playing for England since November 1953. He takes the place of Jimmy Meadows, the Manchester City left-back, who tore ligaments in his left knee after he fell on the ball in the twentieth minute and limped off out of the FA Cup Final on Saturday.
He joins up with the rest of the party on London tonight, although Don Revie has flown home to Manchester with the rest of the City team.

Tuesday, 10 May 1955 - Don Revie flew back to London and the party all reported fit as they trained and practised at Finchley FC. In a practise match against a scratch team composed of Fulham and Charlton Athletic players, as well as the England reserves. The match ended 2-2, and England lined up as: Williams; Sillett and Byrne; Flowers, Wright and Edwards; Matthews, Revie, Lofthouse, Wilshaw and Blunstone.
Ron Flowers, the wonder boy of Wolverhampton, will get his first England cap against France in the shallow bowl of Colombes Stadium on Sunday. Another youngster, Chelsea right-back Peter Sillett, is the only other new cap. The England team has not been announced officially, but it has been revealed. The team will train in London again tomorrow, Charlton Athletic providing the opposition, and taking a break on Thursday.

Thursday, 12 May 1955 - The England party concluded their home preparations today with light training in Finchley. Then, accompanied by Walter Winterbottom, they watched films of the France vs. Spain and France vs. Germany matches.

Friday, 13 May 1955 - The England players and officials fly to Paris.

Saturday, 14 May 1955 - The England team is officially announced.

Sunday, 15 May 1955 -
"So we are back in the football doghouse―and with tails well down. England's exhibition against France here today was NEVER INSPIRING AND OFTEN PATHETIC. How we could look so full of fight against Scotland, then descend to today's basement level needs a lot of explaining.
Form is fickle, of course, but when a team shows the right spirit much can be forgiven. THIS ENGLAND TEAM SEEMED SADLY LACKING IN ENTHUSIASM. The winning goal was a penalty, the rights of which could be argued about from here to Madrid, where we play the next match, but nothing alters my opinion that France won deservedly with more forceful, more methodical, and more skilful football. After 37 minutes Peter Sillett half tripped, half fell against French outside-left Roger Vincent. Possibly eight referees out of ten would have waived the penalty claim, but the German, M. Schmetzer, pointed to the spot and centre-forward Raymond Kopa scored. A torrential hailstorm was in progress at the time and Bert Williams slipped on the soaked turf just as Kopa shot." - Clifford Webb, The Daily Herald.

Monday, 16 May 1955 - The England players and officials leave Paris in the afternoon, by air for Madrid. Both Dennis Wilshaw and Don Revie are nursing injuries following yesterdays match, but both are expected to be fit.
Madrid is in festive mood, the opening of Parliament and bull-fighting, as well as the match, is attracting many more thousands of visitors. Upon arrival, the party went straight to their headquarters, based in the Hotel Fenix at Torrelodones, a health resort twenty miles from the capital. The weather too, is vastly different to that of Paris, instead of being wet and chilly, it is sunny and hot, reaching about 80° F.

Tuesday, 17 May 1955 - The selectors have rung the changes for the match against Spain, making three changes. Bizarrely, as the Selection Committee were making their way to the conference room in the Hotel Fenix, the elevator they were using got jammed, and in the twenty minutes they were stuck, they named the team. Jimmy Dickinson comes in for Ron Flowers, who had had a poor debut. Roy Bentley replaces the injured Don Revie and Albert Quixall replaces Frank Blunstone, who also had a poor match against France. Quixall will play on the inside, however, with Wilshaw moving to the outside.

England Form: last six games
L W W W W L  f 17:a 10  success: 67%
290 26 June 1954 - Uruguay 4 England 2 [2-1]
Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel (28,000/50,000)
Borges, Varella, Schiaffino, Ambrois
, Finney
291 2 October 1954 -
Northern Ireland 0 England 2
Windsor Park, Belfast (59,000)
Haynes, Revie BC AW
292 10 November 1954 - England 3 Wales 2 [0-1]
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Bentley (3)
J.Charles (2)
293 1 December 1954 -
England 3
West Germany 1 [1-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Bentley, R.Allen, Shackleton
294 2 April 1955 - England 7 Scotland 2 [4-1]
Empire Stadium, Wembley
Wilshaw (4), Lofthouse (2), Revie
Reilly, Docherty
295 15 May 1955 - France 1 England 0 [1-0]
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris (54,696)
Kopa (pen) tour  AL
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