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Sunday, 22 May 1955
End-of-Season Tour Match

Portugal 3 England 1 [1-1]


Match Summary
Portugal Party
England Party

Estádio do Futebol Clube do Porto (das Antas), Avenida Fernão de Magalhães, Oporto
Kick-off (WEST & BST): 5.00pm
Attendance: 55,000.

unknown kicked off  

[1-1] José Águas 24
 a 25-yard chance shot after Wright slipped up
[1-2] Matateu 79

 scored a cracking goal after taking the ball from Byrne's feet
[1-3] José Águas 83
 picked up Wright's mis-header to Williams
[0-1] Roy Bentley 18
20-yard drive following a neat pass from Wilshaw
second-half live on the Radio Light Programme

Match Summary

Officials from Italy




Referee (-) - Giorgio Bernardi
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc

The FIFA ruling of allowing a substitute to replace an injured player prior to the 44th minute, and a goalkeeper at any time, is in place.

Portugal Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 34th to 31st
Colours: Maroon jerseys, white shorts, black socks
Capt: Manuel Passos Manager: Jo�o Joaquim Tavares da Silva, 51 (29 November 1903)
Portugal Lineup
  Pereira, Alberto da Costa 25 23 December 1929 G Sport Lisboa e Benfica 1 1ᵍᵃ
2 Caldeira, Manuel António 28 14 December 1926 RB Sporting Club de Portugal 3 0
3 Carvalho, Ángelo Ferreira 29 3 August 1925 LB FC do Porto 15 0
4 Pedroto, José Maria Carvalho 26 21 October 1928 RHB FC do Porto 3 0
5 Passos Fernandes, Manuel 33 26 March 1922 CHB Sporting Club de Portugal 9 0
6 Juca
 Pereira, Júlio Cernadas
26 13 January 1929 LHB Sporting Club de Portugal 2 0
7 Dimas, José Roméo 25 7 May 1930 OR CF Os Belenenses 1 0
8 Matateu
 da Fonseca, Sebastião Lucas
27 26 July 1927
born in Mozembique
IR CF Os Belenenses 9 2
9  de Carvalho Santos Águas, José Pinto 24 9 November 1930
born in Angola
CF Sport Lisboa e Benfica 6 4
10 Barreto Travassos, José António 29 22 February 1926 IL Sporting Club de Portugal 28 6
11 Bilãu, José Pedro, injured off 36th min. 23 10 April 1932 OL Lusitano FC 1 0
Portugal Substitutes
scoreline: Portugal 1 England 1
  Martins, João Baptista, on 36th min. for José Pedro 27 3 September 1927 OL Sporting Club de Portugal 7 0
result: Portugal 3 England 1

unused substitutes:

not known

team notes:

"Portugal had won only one of their previous 19 internationals, and that was against the amateurs of South Africa." - Clifford Webb. In fact, Portugal had not won for six years, since they beat Wales in May 1949
2-3-5 Pereira -
Caldeira, Carvalho -
Pedroto, Passos, Juca -
Dimas, Matateu, Águas, Travssos, José Pedro


Age 26.8 Appearances/Goals 7.1 0.8


England Team



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.
Capt: Billy Wright, 53rd captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 42 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
71st match, W 43 - D 14 - L 14 - F 204 - A 105, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee on Saturday, 21 May 1955..
England Lineup
  Williams, Bert F. 35 31 January 1920 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 23 32ᵍᵃ
2 Sillett, R. Peter T. 22 1 February 1933 RB Chelsea FC 3 0
3 Byrne, Roger W. 25 8 September 1929 LB Manchester United FC 13 0
4 Dickinson, James W. 30 24 April 1925 RHB

Portsmouth FC

40 0
5 Wright, William A. 31 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

68 3
6 Edwards, Duncan 18 1 October 1936 LHB Manchester United FC 4 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 40 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 45 10
8 Bentley, T.F. Roy 31 17 May 1924 IR/CF

Chelsea FC

12 9
9 Lofthouse, Nathaniel, injured off 39th min. 29 27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 26 25
10 Wilshaw, Dennis J. 29 11 March 1926 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 7 7
11 Blunstone, Frank 20 17 October 1934 OL

Chelsea FC

4 0
England Substitutes
scoreline: Portugal 1 England 1
  Quixall, Albert, on 39th min. for Lofthouse 21 9 August 1933 IR Sheffield Wednesday FC 5 0
result: Portugal 3 England 1

unused substitutes:

not named, but certainly Reg Matthews (Coventry City FC)

team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally. He also equals his own consecutive appearance record of 33.
Quixall becomes England's second ever substitute in a full international, he did so after Lofthouse was accidentally kicked in the head, giving him a nasty facial injury.
2-3-5 Williams -
Sillett, Byrne -
Dickinson, Wright, Edwards -
Matthews, Bentley, Lofthouse
(Quixall), Wilshaw, Blunstone.
notes: for the second half, Bentley swapped positions with Quixall


Age 28.2 Appearances/Goals 22.3 4.8


    Match Report by Mike Payne

England, with a defeat in Paris and a draw in Madrid, tried to end their 1955 summer tour on a higher note against Portugal. But the dismal run continued after Portugal registered their first victory over them.

To be fair, England should never have lost this match. They had most of the possession, but failed miserably in front of goal, showing a distinct, and annoying reluctance to shoot. Coupled with this they then made two terrible blunders in defence in the last ten minutes and consequently lost the game.

Yet it had all started brightly enough. In the 19th minute Roy Bentley gave England the lead with a good shot following a delightful move involving Bentley, Jimmy Dickinson and Dennis Wilshaw. Sadly, that turned out to be their only worthwhile goal attempt of the opening half. After 24 minutes England's defence was caught dreaming and the lapse enabled Portugal to level the scores with a 25-yard screamer by Águas which flew into the top left-hand corner of Bert Williams' goal.

De Fonseca, always dangerous, and Trava�os both went close afterwards but on the whole the half continued to favour England. But despite their long periods of possession it could not be turned into goals. Passos was a tower of strength for the home side and the England forwards, although showing their undoubted skill, could find little to encourage them.

There was a distinctly lethargic look about the England players, although the irrepressible Billy Wright was the exception. He was his usual immaculate self, inspiring his colleagues with a fine performance. Wright covered the many errors of his teammates with the minimum of fuss and yet still found time to urge on his forwards. The rest of the team did not respond to their skipper's example as they should have done.

The opening 25 minutes of the second half saw England surging forward and in this spell they should have put the result out of Portugal's reach. First Bentley and Wilshaw combined to create an opening, but Bentley tried one pass too many and the chance was lost. Then Albert Quixall, who had substituted for Nat Lofthouse, missed a sitter from close in when he ought to have scored. Finally, Wilshaw saw a header rebound off the crossbar when, again, he ought to have done better. Stanley Matthews had set up that last chance with a typical piece of skill, but apart from that, the Blackpool wizard was largely subdued by the hard-working Portuguese defence.

With ten minutes to go, England made a fatal error. They were pressing hard for a winner when Portugal made a rare break from defence. When Roger Byrne gathered the ball to clear it seemed the attack had broken down. But the ever alart de Fonseca chased Byrne and challenged for the ball. In a flash the coloured striker robbed the full-back before striding on to shoot past Williams. The crowd went wild with delight as the possibility of a famous victory was sensed.

Four minutes later they were even more ecstatic as that possibility became fact. This time, Wright, making his only mistake of the game, tried a back-header that fell short of Williams. Águas nipped in smartly and once again the goalkeeper was helpless.

At the end of the game the scenes at the stadium were reminiscent of a team winning the World Cup!

    Match Report by Norman Giller

England were disjointed from the moment Nat Lofthouse went off injured with the score at 1-1. Albert Quixall came on as substitute in what was his final England appearance. It was also Roy Bentley's last match for England after twelve appearances in three different shirts over a period of six years. His nineteenth minute goal could not save England from their first defeat by Portugal. Defensive errors let the Portuguese in for two late goals and a famous victory. Stanley Matthews and Billy Wright were the only players on the pitch who had featured in the 10-0 slaughter of  Portugal in Lisbon eight years earlier. Billy Wright owned up to being responsible for Portugal's third goal. Trying to find our goalkeeper Bert Williams with a back header, he misdirected the ball and it opened the way for an easy goal. You would have thought Portugal had won the World Cup when the final whistle went. Thousands of spectators poured on to the pitch, and mobbed their players. It just went to show that beating England was still counted as the big prize.

    The Top Twenty UK Music Chart by New Musical Express

On Friday, 15 November 1952, The New Musical Express published the first ever singles chart in the UK, comprising the twelve highest selling singles of the week, it increased to twenty on Friday, 1 October 1954. When England lost to Portugal, Tony Bennett's Stranger in Paradise was the best selling single. This chart was published on Friday, 20 May 1955:-

1. (=) Stranger In Paradise - Tony Bennett (Philips) 11. (17) Unchained Melody - Les Baxter (Capitol)
2. (3) Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White - Eddie Calvert (Columbia) 12. (14) Ready, Willing And Able - Doris Day (Philips)
3. (2) Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado & His Orchestra (HMV) 13. (=) Unchained Melody - Jimmy Young (Decca)
4. (5) Give Me Your Word - Tennessee Ernie Ford (Capitol) 14. (9) (I'm Always Hearing) Wedding Bells - Eddie Fisher (HMV)
5. (11) Unchained Melody - Al Hibbler (Brunswick) 15. (12) Under The Bridges Of Paris - Eartha Kitt (HMV)
6. (4) Earth Angel - Crew Cuts (Mercury) 16. Stranger In Paradise - Four Aces (Brunswick)
7. (8) If You Believe - Johnnie Ray (Philips) 17. (19) Stranger In Paradise - Eddie Calvert (Columbia)
8. (7) Stranger In Paradise - Tony Martin (HMV) 18. (=) Under The Bridges of Paris - Dean Martin (Capitol)
9. (6) Softly Softly - Ruby Murray (Columbia) 19. Where Will The Dimple Be? - Rosemary Clooney & The Mellomen (Philips)
10. (=) If Anyone Finds This I Love You - Ruby Murray with Anne Warren (Columbia) 20. (15) Melody Of Love - Ink Spots (Parlophone)
      20. Paths Of Paradise - Johnnie Ray (Philips)
♪Most weeks at number one when England played: Doris Day and Frankie Laine five, Tony Bennett and Guy Mitchell two, Vera Lynn, Al Martino, Lita Roza, Stargazers, Tennessee Ernie Ford and David Whitfield one each

Source Notes


Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author
officialcharts.com singles chart