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Wednesday, 16 May 1956
End of Season Tour of Scandinavia Match

Sweden 0 England 0 [0-0]
  

 

Match Summary
Sweden Party
England Party

Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län
Kick-off (CEST): 6.30pm 7.30pm BST

Attendance: 36,500.

Sweden won the toss England kicked-off
   
second-half live on the Radio Light Programme
 

Match Summary

Officials

Sweden

Type

England

Referee (-) - Leo Horn
x (-), Netherlands

Linesmen - Sten Ahlner and Hugo Bergström

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.

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  

Sweden Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 18th to 17th
Colours: Yellow jerseys, blue shorts, yellow socks.
Capt: Julle Gustavsson Manager: Selection committee, headed by J. Rudolf E. Kock, 54 (29 June 1901). Team announced on Monday, 7 May 1956.
Sweden Lineup
  Svensson, Karl-Oskar 30 11 November 1925 G Helsingborgs IF 57 105 GA
2 Johansson, Åke 28 19 March 1928 RB IFK Norrköping 4 0
3 Axbom, Sven E.E. 29 15 October 1926 LB IFK Norrköping 5 0
4 Svensson, Sven-Ove 33 9 June 1922 RH Helsingborgs IF 28 8
5 Gustavsson, Bengt O.E. 28 13 January 1928 CH IFK Norrköping 39 0
6 Parling, Sigvard 26 26 March 1930 LH Djurgårdens IF 11 0
7 Berndtsson, Bengt 23 26 January 1933 OR IFK Göteborg 1 0
8 Löfgren, K. Gösta H. 32 29 August 1923 IR Motala AIF 29 9
9 Ekström, Jan 18 11 October 1937 CF Malmö FF 1 0
10 Lindskog, Bengt 23 25 February 1933 IL Malmö FF 6 1
11 Sandberg, Gösta 23 6 August 1932 OL Djurgårdens IF 30 7

unused substitutes:

12-Åke Jönsson, 13-Charles Gustavsson, 14-Nils Håkansson, 15-Henry Thillberg.

team notes:

On the day before the match, Berndtson replaced original outside-right Henrik Kellgren and Centre-forward Ekström had replaced Nils Åke Sandell.
 
2-3-5 Svensson -
Johansson, Axbom -
Svensson, Gustafsson, Parling -
Berndsston, Löfgren, Ekström, Lindskog, Sanberg

Averages:

Age 26.6 Appearances/Goals 19.2 1.3

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th to 7th
Colours: The 1954 Umbro home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, sixtieth captaincy Manager:
Trainer: Jimmy Trotter (Charlton Athletic FC)
Walter Winterbottom, 43 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
78th match, W 47 - D 16 - L 15 - F 222 - A 112, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee on Tuesday, 15 May.
England Lineup
  Matthews, Reginald D. 23
148 days
20 December 1932 G Coventry City FC 3 3 GA
2 Hall, Jeffrey J. 26
252 days
7 September 1929 RB Birmingham City FC 7 0
3 Byrne, Roger W. 26
251 days
8 September 1929 LB Manchester United FC 20 0
4 Clayton, Ronald 21
285 days
5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC 4 0
5 Wright, William A. 32
100 days
6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

75 3
6 Edwards, Duncan 19
228 days
1 October 1936 LHB Manchester United FC 7 0
7 Berry, R. John 29
350 days
1 June 1926 OR Manchester United FC 4 0
8 Atyeo, P. John W. 24
99 days
7 February 1932 IR Bristol City FC 3 1
9 Taylor, Thomas 24
108 days
29 January 1932 CF Manchester United FC 8 4
10 Haynes, John N. 21
212 days
17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC 6 2
11 Grainger, Colin 22
341 days
10 June 1933 OL Sheffield United FC 2 2

unused substitutes:

not named, but the assumption is that the rest of the party made up the bench of unused substitutes:- Ray Wood (Manchester United FC), Gordon Astall (Birmingham City FC), Tommy Cummings (Burnley FC), Nat Lofthouse & Johnny Wheeler (Bolton Wanderers FC) and Dennis Wilshaw (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC).

team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record fortieth consecutive match.
The first scoreless draw since 1948, by the youngest post-war team to take to the field so far,
 
2-3-5 Matthews -
Hall, Byrne -
Dickinson, Wright, Edwards -
Berry, Atyeo, Taylor, Haynes, Grainger

Averages:

Age 24.3 (216 days) Appearances/Goals 12.6 1.1

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

It was a case of 'after the Lord Mayor's Show' as England travelled to Sweden for the first match of their summer tour fresh from the memory of that scintillating game against the Brazilians the previous week.

A strong, blustery wind was blowing around the stadium and Sweden kicked-off with the elements in their favour. Playing determined and uncompromising football, they soon had England pinned back in their own half. The visitors were virtually totally committed to defending as Sweden pressed forward.

Luckily for England, Sweden's finishing was very poor and they missed all their best chances. Lindskog and Sandberg both shot high and wide when well placed and Reg Matthews made super diving saves from both of those players as well as from another effort by S.Svensson.

Two other attempts could easily have opened the scoring. First Ekström hit a post and then Berndtsson lobbed over the bar from a great position. There was also a lucky let-off for England when Duncan Edwards clearly appeared to handle in the penalty area as Sweden exerted yet more pressure. The referee ignored the frantic appeals of the Swedes and waved play on.

England seldom threatened to score themselves and made only a few sorties upfield. Two powerhouse runs by Edwards promised much but then fizzled out, and England's best chances fell to John Atyeo, who twice wasted good opportunities.

After the change of ends, and with the wind now at their backs, it was England's turn to lay seige on the Swedish goal. They forced five corners in as many minutes early on but were frustrated by both Sweden's resolute defending and the unpredictable conditions. Time and again the ball ran out of control as they attacked and all too often the England players chased balls out of play. Edwards again made a strong burst and Taylor fired a good shot just over the angle of the post and crossbar from 20 yards.

Unfortunately, these moments grew rarer as the game went on and when the referee blew the final whistle it cames as somewhat a relief to everyone. England had missed the other Matthews in this poor match but if he had had the same sort service that Johnny Berry had received, then even he would have found it difficult to inject the much-needed boost to England's play.
    

    Match Report by Norman Giller

England were lucky to escape with a draw in a match ruined by a near-gale force wind. Goalkeeper Reg Matthews made three stunning saves to stop the Swedes from getting the victory their superior approach play deserved. It was the first goalless draw in which England had been involved since the game in Denmark in 1948. In conditions that would have sent a yachtsman racing for the shelter of any port, Wright managed to stop England from sinking with a cultured performance in the middle of the defence. The wind was so strong that it was almost impossible to measure a pass. Players would push a pass upfield for the forwards and invariably it would get caught by the wind and be taken for a goal-kick. It was a frustrating and fruitless game for everybody.
  

    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, and thirty on Friday, 13 April 1956. When England drew with Sweden, Ronnie Hilton's No Other Love was still the best selling single. This chart was published on Friday, 11 May 1956:-

1. (=) No Other Love - Ronnie Hilton (HMV) 11. (8) A Theme From 'The Threepenny Opera' (Mack The Knife) - Louis Armstrong With His All-Stars (Philips)
2. (=) The Poor People Of Paris - Winifred Atwell (Decca) 12. (11) You Can't Be True To Two - Dave King with The Keynotes (Decca)
3. (5) Only You - Hilltoppers (London) 13. (10) See You Later Alligator - Bill Haley and His Comets (Brunswick)
3. (=) It's Almost Tomorrow - Dreamweavers (Brunswick) 14. (15) Memories Are Made Of This - Dave King with The Keynotes (Decca)
5. (6) A Tear Fell - Teresa Brewer (Vogue Coral) 15. Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley (HMV)
6. (4) Rock And Roll Waltz - Kay Starr (HMV) 16. (19) Theme From 'The Threepenny Opera' - Dick Hyman Trio (Colombia)
7. (=) My September Love - David Whitfield (Decca) 17. (13) Memories Are Made Of This - Dean Martin (Capitol)
8. (12) Lost John/Stewball - Lonnie Donegan (Pye Nixa) 18. (17) Willie Can - Alma Cogan (HMV)
9. (14) I'll Be Home - Pat Boone (London) 19. (18) Ain't Misbehavin' - Johnnie Ray (Philips)
10. (9) Main Title Theme From 'Man With The Golden Arm' - Billy May (Capitol) 20. (r) Rock Island Line - Lonnie Donegan (Decca)
♪Most weeks at number one when England played: Doris Day and Frankie Laine five, Tony Bennett, Ronnie Hilton, Guy Mitchell and Jimmy Young two, Winifred Atwell, Bill Haley & His Comets, Vera Lynn, Al Martino, Lita Roza, Stargazers, Tennessee Ernie Ford, David Whitfield and Slim Whitman one each

Source Notes

TheFA.com
Svenskfotboll.se
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

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