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303 vs. Brazil

305 vs. Finland

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

Sweden 0 England 0 [0-0]


Match Summary
Sweden Squad
England Squad

Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län
Attendance: 38,000;
Kick-off: 6.30pm local, 7.30pm BST

Results 1955-1960

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Match Summary





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

Linesmen - Sten Ahlner and Hugo Bergström

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

Sweden Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 18th to 17th
Colours: Yellow jerseys, blue shorts, yellow socks.
Capt:   Manager:  
Sweden Lineup
  Svensson, Karl     G     GA
2 Johansson, Åke     RB      
3 Axbom, Sven     LB      
4 Svensson, S.O.     RH      
5 Gustafsson, B.     CH      
6 Parling, Sigvard     LH      
7 Berndtson, B.     OR      
8 Löfgren, Gösta     IR      
9 Ekström, Jan     CF      
10 Lindskog, Bengt     IL      
11 Sandberg, Gösta     OL      
Sweden Substitutes


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


Arne Avidsson
2-3-5 Svensson -
Johansson, Axbom -
Svensson, Gustafsson, Parling -
Berndston, Löfgren, Ekström, Lindskog, Sanberg


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


England Team



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: Walter Winterbottom, 43 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
78th match, W 47 - D 16 - L 15 - F 222 - A 112, one abandoned
England Lineup
  Matthews, Reginald     G     GA
2 Hall, Jeff     RB      
3 Byrne, Roger     LB      
4 Dickinson, James     RHB      
5 Wright, William     CHB      
6 Edwards, Duncan     LHB      
7 Berry, John     OR      
8 Atyeo, John     IR      
9 Taylor, Thomas     CF      
10 Haynes, John     IL      
11 Grainger, Colin     OL      
England Substitutes


12-Ronnie Clayton, 13-John Astell, 14-Cumming, 15-Nat Lofthouse.


Ray Wood (Manchester United FC)
2-3-5 Matthews -
Hall, Byrne -
Dickinson, Wright, Edwards -
Berry, Atyeo, Taylor, Haynes, Grainger


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    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.

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