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Sunday, 20 May 1956
End of Season Tour of Scandinavia Match

Finland 1 England 5 [1-3]
 

 

Match Summary
Finland Squad
England Squad

Olympiastadion, Töölö, Helsinki
Attendance:
20,250;
Kick-off: tbc BST

Finland - Forsgren
England - Dennis Wilshaw (20), Johnny Haynes (22), Gordon Astall, Nat Lofthouse (63, 82)
Results 1955-1960

? kicked-off. ? minutes (? & ?).

 

Match Summary

Officials

Finland

Type

England

Referee (-) - tbc
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc

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

Finland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 88th
Colours: Blue jerseys, white shorts, blue socks
Capt:   Manager:  
Finland Lineup
        G     GA
2       RB      
3       LB      
4       RHB      
5       CHB      
6       LHB      
7       OR      
8       IR      
9       CF      
10       IL      
11       OL      
Finland Substitutes
1              

reserves:

-
 
- -

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 7th to 6th
Colours: The 1954 Umbro home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, 61st captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 43 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
79th match, W 48 - D 16 - L 15 - F 227 - A 113, one abandoned
England Lineup
  Wood, Raymond E. 24 11 June 1931 G Manchester United FC 3 3 GA
2       RB      
3       LB      
4 Clayton, Ronald 21 5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC 5 0
5 Wright, William A. 32 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

76 3
6 Edwards, Duncan 19 1 October 1936 LHB Manchester United FC 8 0
7       OR      
8 Haynes, John N. 21 17 October 1934 IR Fulham FC 7 3
9 Taylor, Thomas, off 44th min. 24 29 January 1932 CF Manchester United FC 9 4
10 Wilshaw, Dennis J. 30 11 March 1926 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 10 10
11       OL      
England Substitutes
? Lofthouse, Nathaniel, on 44th min. for Taylor 30 27 August 1925 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 31 29

reserves:

-

team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record 41st consecutive match.
 
- -

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Nat Lofthouse came on as a substitute for the injured Tommy Taylor a minute before half-time, and for the twelfth time in an England shirt he scored two goals. It lifted his haul to twenty-nine goals, one more than the previous England record set by the great Steve Bloomer before the First World War. Gordon Astall, playing in place of the unavailable Stanley Matthews, scored on his debut. England were leading 3-0 when Taylor limped off following a collision with the Finnish goalkeeper. The record-breaking goal by Lotfhouse in the eighty-second minute was a freak effort, the ball rolling gently over the goal-line between two defenders who left the clearance duties to each other. 

Source Notes

TheFA.com
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

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CG