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Sunday, 2 October 1955
British Exhibition in Copenhagen Celebration & Grandstand Inauguration Match

Denmark 1 England 5 [0-3]

Idrætsparken, Inder Østerbro, København
Kick-off (CET): 1.30pm 12.30pm (GMT)
Attendance: 'more than capacity 50,000 crowd'

unknown kicked-off    

[1-4] Knud Lundberg header 65
 scored with a fine header unopposed from a Jensen corner
[0-1] Don Revie penalty 26
a side-footed penalty to keeper's left
[0-2] Nat Lofthouse 31
shot on the turn from 8 yards after Bradford fumbled a Hall free-kick
[0-3] Nat Lofthouse 41
struck from 6 yards after his dummy sent the keeper the wrong way
[0-4] Don Revie 53
 25 yard shot just inside the post from a Milburn pass

[1-5] Geoff Bradford 82
scored after a 50-yard Milburn pass
Match Summary
Denmark Party
England Party
highlights only the next day - commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme

Match Summary





Referee (-) - Giorgio Bernardi
x (-), Italy

Linesmen - tbc

The match was watched by the Duke of Edinburgh, Phillip Mountbatten, as well as the Danish King Frederik IX and his wife, Queen Ingrid of Sweden. The teams being presented to the Danish King.
It was also just one of the spectacles of the British Trade Fair in Copenhagen.
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.

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Denmark Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 25th to 27th
Colours: Red v-necked jerseys, white shorts, black socks with red/white hoop
Capt: Knud Lundberg Manager: Team chosen by selection committee, including Spang Larsen, on Monday, 26 September.
Denmark Lineup
  Henriksen, Per 26 15 August 1929 G Bk Frem af 1886 10 16ᵍᵃ
2 Andersen, Poul 25 2 January 1930 RB Skovshoved If 1 0
3 Nielsen, Verner 24 14 May 1931 LB Akademisk Bk 2 0
4 Jensen, Erik 24 6 December 1930 RHB Akademisk Bk 7 0
5 Brögger, Christen, injured off 28th min. 30 29 August 1925 CHB Akademisk Bk 17 0
6 Olesen, Jørgen 31 21 January 1924 LHB Aarhus Gymnastikforening 15 1
7 Hansen, Jørgen 23 24 December 1931 OR Næstved Ig 3 0
8 Jacobsen, Jørgen 21 14 October 1933 IR Bk af 1893 3 1
final app 1954-55
9 Anderson, Ove 18 30 June 1937 CF Brønshøj Bk 3 0
10 Lundberg, Knud 35 14 May 1920 IL Akademisk Bk 31 6
11 Pedersen, Poul 22 31 October 1932 OL Arbejdernes Ik Århus 7 2
Denmark Substitutes
scoreline: Denmark 0 England 0
  Jørgensen, John, on 28th min. for Brögger 31 31 August 1924 CHB Skovshoved Idr�tsforening 2 0
result: Denmark 1 England 5

unused substitutes:

not known
2-3-5 Henriksen -
Andersen, Nielsen -
Jensen, Br�gger
(Jørgensen), Olesen -
Hansen, Jacobsen, Anderson, Lundberg, Pedersen


Age 25.4 Appearances/Goals 8.1 0.8


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th
Colours: The 1954 Umbro home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, 54th captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 42 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
72nd match, W 44 - D 14 - L 14 - F 209 - A 106, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee on Thursday, 15 September.
England Lineup
75   Baynham, Ronald L. 26 10 June 1929 G Luton Town FC 1 1ᵍᵃ
749 2 Hall, Jeffrey J. 26 7 September 1929 RB Birmingham City FC 1 0
3 Byrne, Roger W. 26 8 September 1929 LB Manchester United FC 14 0
4 McGarry, William H. 24 10 June 1927 RHB Huddersfield Town AFC 3 0
5 Wright, William A. 31 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

69 3
most apps 1946-55
6 Dickinson, James W. 30 24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

41 0
7 Milburn, John E.T. 31 11 May 1924 OR Newcastle United FC 13 10
final app 1948-55
8 Revie, Donald G. 28 10 July 1927 IR Manchester City FC 4 4
9 Lofthouse, Nathaniel 30 27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 27 27
750 10 Bradford, Geoffrey R.W. 28 18 July 1927 IL Bristol Rovers FC 1 1
11 Finney, Thomas 33 5 April 1922 OL Preston North End FC 56 24

unused substitute:

Stan Anderson (Sunderland AFC)

team notes:

Stan Matthews (Blackpool FC) was the original named outside-right, but after receiving a groin injury in a league match on Saturday, 26 September, his place went to Milburn the following day.
Once Billy Wright got over his cold, which kept him out of the practice sessions, he extended his record appearance tally, in his record 34th consecutive match.
"The international selection committee when selecting the team took into account the League programme for Saturday, October 1st. The team was selected on the basis that no club should supply more than one player. The team will fly to Copenhagen on Friday, September 30th, and will return by air, on Monday, October 3rd. The Danish F.A. was informed of this arrangement which was the same as for the match against Denmark in 1948." - Football Association statement


The England team played a practice match against the Intermediate side at White Hart Lane, under floodlights, on Monday, 28 September (2-2, and Joe Kennedy deputised for Billy Wright). They then played Charlton Athletic FC at The Valley the day after, in a match lasting over an hour (2-1, Joe Kennedy again deputising).


Stan Anderson became the 120th player to be named by Winterbottom and the ISC onto teamsheets.
2-3-5 Baynham -
Hall, Byrne -
McGarry, Wright, Dickinson -
MIlburn, Revie, Lofthouse, Bradford, Finney


Age 28.5 Appearances/Goals 20.9 5.8


    Match Report by Mike Payne

A record crowd packed into the Idraetspark Stadium to see this match which was arranged as part of the promotion of the British Exhibition which was in full swing in the Danish capital. Even the King and Queen of Denmark were there to see the stars of the English side. Alas, the game did not live up to the occasion, only bursting into life now and again.

For the first 20 minutes Denmark largely controlled the proceedings. Urged on by an enthusiastic crowd they went at England at the visitors, without several leading players, for varying reasons, struggled to get going. Billy Wright spent the most of this early part of the match covering the mistakes of his nervous colleagues and even he looked nervous at times. As a result the Danes created several openings.

A fine move at the start between Hansen, O.Andersen and Jacobsen ended with Olesen bursting through a gap to fire a shot just over the England crossbar. The lively Lundberg also gave England's defence some problems and he went very close with one effort.

But in the 26th minute, the game dramatically changed its course. Tom Finney gained possession and set off on a mazy dribble. As he beat a defender to dart into the penalty area another defender bundled the Preston winger off the ball for an obvious penalty. Don Revie coolly sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot and after that England settled down. Just after the goal Br�gger left the field injured to be replaced by Jørgensen and within the space of the next 15 minutes, England killed off the remaining Danish challenge.

First, a clever lob by Jeff Hall into the goalmouth found Henriksen wanting as he was challenged and the ball ran loose. Geoff Bradford's shot was then blocked, but Lofthouse was on hand to latch on to the second rebound to score from close range.

Then shortly before half-time, England scored the best goal of the match. Wright and Bill McGarrry sent Bradford off on a long run down the left. When he centred, Finney cleverly dummied the defence to allow Lofthouse the easiest of chances from close in.

So, after a shaky start, England had moved into an unassailable lead by half-time, although in truth it was hardly deserved on their overall display.

The second half was equally unimpressive. England, three up and coasting, and Denmark, struggling to get their part-time players to raise their game a level, failed to lift the match out of its mediocrity. However, one player did stand out in the gloom and that was Revie. His positional play, passing and general all round contribution always caught the eye. The rest of the attack failed to gell, though, and moved in fits and starts.

Finney, when he played on the left, often seemed to over-elaborate and his left foot dribbling style seemed better suited to the right wing. Jackie Milburn never reproduced the speed and dash of his club form, and Bradford, hard though he worked, did not seem international class.

Having said all that, England still created all the chances and added goal number four just after the turn round. Thi came when Revie fired in a super shot on the run from 20 yards after a clever flick by Milburn.

England missed many more chances as the Danes tired but Lundberg did bring the crowd back to life when he headed past Ron Baynham for a consolation goal. Just before the end Bradford rounded off the scoring when he ran on to a long forward pass by Milburn which split the defence to shoot past the hapless Henriksen.

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Luton goalkeeper Ron Baynham, Birmingham City right-back Jeff Hall and Bristol Rovers inside-left Geoff Bradford all made debuts. Bradford, a consistent force with Rovers in the Second Division and winning his only cap, scored the fifth and final goal eight minutes from the end after a hat-trick from Don Revie (including a penalty) and the usual goal from Lofthouse had floored the Danes. Hall and Byrne were to partner each other at full-back for seventeen successive matches, with only one defeat. This match was played on a Sunday in front of the King and Queen of Denmark to coincide with a British Trades Fair. So as not to weaken club sides for the previous day's League programme, the Party was chosen on a one club, one man basis. In eight instances the players were paired off from the Saturday games so that their clubs were equally weakened. Don Revie had just started experimenting with his Hidegkuti-style deep-lying centre-forward role with Manchester City, but he played as an orthodox inside-right alongside Nat Lofthouse in this match and the pair of them together were always too much of a handful for the Danish defenders.

    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 were victorious in Denmark, Slim Whitman's Rose Marie was the best selling single. This chart was published on Friday, 30 September 1955:-

1. (=) Rose Marie - Slim Whitman (London) 11. (12) Indian Love Call - Slim Whitman (London)
2. (4) Cool Water - Frankie Laine With The Mellomen (Philips) 12. (11) John And Julie - Eddie Calvert (Columbia)
3. (2) Learnin' The Blues - Frank Sinatra (Capitol) 13. (=) Every Day Of My Life - Malcolm Vaughan (HMV)
4. (3) Ev'rywhere - David Whitfield (Decca) 14. (8) Love Me Or Leave Me - Sammy Davis Jr (Brunswick)
5. (6) The Man From Laramie - Jimmy Young (Decca) 15. (14) Stars Shine In Your Eyes - Ronnie Hilton (HMV)
6. (10) Close The Door - Stargazers (Decca) 16. That Old Black Magic - Sammy Davis Jr (Brunswick)
7. (=) The Breeze and I - Caterina Valente (Polydor) 17. Hey There - Rosemary Clooney (Philips)
8. (5) Evermore - Ruby Murray (Columbia) 18. (15) China Doll - Slim Whitman (London)
9. (16) Blue Star (The Medic Theme) - Cyril Stapleton Orchestra with Julie Dawn (Decca) 19. (18) That's How A Love Song Was Born - Ray Burns With The Coronets (Columbia)
10. (9) Strange Lady In Town - Frankie Laine (Philips) 20. (19) The Man From Laramie - Al Martino (Capitol)
♪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, David Whitfield and Slim Whitman 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
official charts.com singles chart