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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 Party
England Party

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

Attendance: 38,000.

 unknown kicked-off  

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-Oskar 30 11 November 1925 G Helsingborgs IF 57 105 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 on 8 July 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
78th match, W 47 - D 16 - L 15 - F 222 - A 112, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
England Lineup
  Matthews, Reginald D. 23 20 December 1932 G Coventry City FC 3 3 GA
2 Hall, Jeffrey J. 26 7 September 1929 RB Birmingham City FC 7 0
3 Byrne, Roger W. 26 8 September 1929 LB Manchester United FC 20 0
4 Clayton, Ronald 21 5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC 4 0
5 Wright, William A. 32 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

75 3
6 Edwards, Duncan 19 1 October 1936 LHB Manchester United FC 7 0
7 Berry, R. John 29 1 June 1926 OR Manchester United FC 4 0
8 Atyeo, John     IR      
9 Taylor, Thomas 24 29 January 1932 CF Manchester United FC 8 4
10 Haynes, John N. 21 17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC 6 2
11 Grainger, Colin     OL      
England Substitutes


12-Jimmy Dickinson, 13-John Astell, 14-Tommy Cumming, 15-Nat Lofthouse.


Ray Wood (Manchester United FC)

team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record fortieth consecutive match.
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