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Wednesday, 14 November 1956
Home International Championship 1955-56 (61st) Match

England 3 Wales 1 [0-1]


Match Summary
England Party
Wales Party

Empire Stadium, Wembley Park, Wembley, Middlesex
Kick-off (GMT): 2.30pm
Attendance: 93,796; Receipts: £42,782.

Tom Finney kicked off Wales won the toss
"Extra time allowed because of the the time taken up attending to and removing injured players, was the exceptionally long period of eight minutes."
[0-1] Tom Finney header hits the left post 8
[0-1] Colin Grainger header hits the right post 8
[0-1] John Charles 7 header
"soared high above the home defenders to send the ball flashing into the net" from Allchurch's free-kick
[0-1] Ivor Allchurch header hits the post
[1-1] Johnny Haynes 48
 "Finney headed the ball to his left and Haynes' left-footed volley was in the net."
[2-1] Johnny Brooks 51
 "Jones, trying to help out, teed up a goal for Brooks."

[3-1] Tom Finney 75
 "scored from a low centre which came straight to his right foot from Matthews."
Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme

Match Summary

Officials from Scotland




Referee (-) - Hugh Phillips
x (-) ,Wishaw.

Linesmen - John McNiven, Stonehouse (flame flag) and H.G. Rutherford, Edinburgh (orange flag)

"It was ten men against eleven for 62 minutes. It was nine men against eleven for eight minutes. It as ten against ten for the last 29 minutes. But without Kelsey in goal it was an unfair contest for 78 minutes." - The Daily Herald, Thursday, 15 November 1956

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 1954 Umbro home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, 64th captaincy Manager:
Trainer: Moore (Aston Villa)
Walter Winterbottom, 43 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
82nd match, W 50 - D 17 - L 15 - F 234 - A 116, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee on Monday, 5 November
Winterbottom's tenth victory at the Empire Stadium
England Lineup
  Ditchburn, Edwin G. 35 24 October 1921 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 7ᵍᵃ
2 Hall, Jeffrey J. 27 7 September 1929 RB Birmingham City FC 11 0
3 Byrne, Roger W. 27 8 September 1929 LB Manchester United FC 24 0
4 Clayton, Ronald 22 5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC 8 0
5 Wright, William A. 32 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

79 3
6 Dickinson, James W. 31 24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

46 0
7 Matthews, Stanley 41 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 49 11
757 8
Brooks, John 24
327 days
23 December 1931 IR Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 1
9 Finney, Thomas 34 5 April 1922 CF

Preston North End FC

61 27
10 Haynes, John N. 22 17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC 9 5
11 Grainger, Colin, injured off 61st min. 23 10 June 1933 OL Sheffield United FC 6 3


originally Jimmy Dickinson (Portsmouth). He was replaced with Tony Marchi (Tottenham Hotspur).

team notes:

Duncan Edwards was the original named left-half. An injury meant his place going to Dickinson on Monday, 13th. The team trained at Hendon on the Monday, and at Highbury on the Tuesday.
Colin Grainger twisted his leg and broke his right ankle and was carried off in the seventieth minute.
Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record 44th consecutive match.
Walter Winterbottom's fiftieth victory.


England win a record seventh match in a row at Wembley, extending their tally. It also beats a record sequence of seven matches unbeaten at the stadium, beating the previous record created in 1953.
2-5-3 Ditchburn -
Hall, Byrne -
Clayton, Wright, Dickinson -
Matthews, Brooks, Finney, Haynes, Grainger


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


Wales Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 30th
Colours: Made by Umbro - Red jerseys with white collars/cuffs, white shorts with red side stripe, red socks with white tops.
Capt: Alf Sherwood Manager: "Wales have once again named J.P. [Jimmy] Murphy, Manchester United, as team manager."
Team selected on Monday, 5 November
Wales Lineup
  Kelsey, A. John, injured 12th min. off 16th min. 26 19 November 1929 G Arsenal FC, England 11 21ᵍᵃ
2 Sherwood, Alfred T. 33 13 November 1923 RB/G Newport County FC 41 0
final app
3 Hopkins, Melvyn     LB Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 41 0
final app
4 Harrington, Alan C.     RHB/RB Cardiff City FC    
5 Daniel, W. Raymond 28 2 November 1928 CHB Sunderland AFC, England 19 0
6 Sullivan, Derrick 26 10 August 1930 LHB Cardiff City FC 8 0
7 Medwin, Terence C. 24 25 September 1932 OR Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 5 1
8 Charles, Melvyn, injured off 43rd min. 21 14 May 1935 IR/RHB Swansea Town FC 5 0
9 Charles, W. John 24 27 December 1931 CF Leeds United AFC, England 19 11
10 Allchurch, Ivor J. 26 16 December 1929 IL Swansea Town FC 27 8
11 Jones, Clifford W. 21 7 February 1935 OL Swansea Town FC 7 1


Derek Tapscott (Arsenal)

team notes:

The Welsh team were training in Byfleet in the build-up to this match.
Jack Kelsey was injured in a collision with Tom Finney in the twelfth minute and was stretchered off the field after receiving attention for four minutes. Alf Sherwood deputised. Mel Charles was taken to the dressing room in the 42nd minute after receiving a blow by the ball in the stomach by Johnny Haynes.
Both players returned to the field shortly in the second-half. Kelsey at outside-left, and Mel Charles as an ineffective. Kelsey was off again in the 70th minute, alongside Grainger..
2-3-5 Kelsey -
Sherwood, Hopkins -
Harrington, Daniel, Sullivan -
Medwin, M.Charles, J.Charles, Allchurch, Jones
notes: When Kelsey was injured, Sherwood replaced him in goal, with Harrington and M.Charles each dropping back a position.


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

This Home Championship match was wrecked by an injury to Welsh goalkeeper Jack Kelsey, who was carried off after being knocked out diving at the feet of Tom Finney. The incident came while the Welsh supporters were celebrating an eighth minute goal from John Charles, who rose above Billy Wright's challenge to head in an Ivor Allchurch corner. Right-back Alf Sherwood took over in the Welsh goal, and from then on England were dominant despite the stirring efforts of John Charles to turn the tide. Second-half goals from Johnny Haynes, debutant Johnny Brooks and the versatile Tom Finney at centre-forward gave England an undistinguished victory. This was England's seventh successive win at Wembley. The subject of whether substitutes should be allowed  was again a major talking point. Wales started full of fire and were obviously going to give England a difficult afternoon, but then the injury to goalkeeper Jack Kelsey robbed them of their rhythm. They also had Mel Charles as a hobbling passenger for much of the match, and we were handicapped by injuries to Colin Grainger and Johnny Haynes. It would have made sense to at least allow substitute goalkeepers, but the powers-that-be refused to follow the lead of the Continental clubs who were using substitutes more and more. It would be another nine years before they at last saw sense and allowed substitutes.

    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 beat West Germany, Ronnie Hilton's No Other Love was still the best selling single. This chart was published on Friday, 25 May 1956:-

1. (=) No Other Love - Ronnie Hilton (HMV) 11. (12) Only You - Hilltoppers (London)
2. (4) A Tear Fell - Teresa Brewer (Vogue Coral) 12. (11) A Theme From 'The Threepenny Opera' (Mack The Knife) - Louis Armstrong With His All-Stars (Philips)
3. (2) The Poor People Of Paris - Winifred Atwell (Decca)
4. (7) I'll Be Home - Pat Boone (London) 13. (6) It's Almost Tomorrow - Dreamweavers (Brunswick)
5. (3) My September Love - David Whitfield (Decca) 14. (18) Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins (London)
6. (5) Rock And Roll Waltz - Kay Starr (HMV) 15. Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom) - Perry Como (HMV)
7. (10) Lost John/Stewball - Lonnie Donegan (Pye Nixa) 16. Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley (HMV)
8. (14) Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley (HMV) 17. (13) You Can't Be True To Two - Dave King with The Keynotes (Decca)
9. (8) The Happy Whistler - Don Robertson (Capitol) 17. (15) Mountain Greenery - Mel Torme (Decca)
10. (9) Main Title Theme From 'Man With The Golden Arm' - Billy May (Capitol) 19. (17) Too Young To Go Steady - Nat 'King' Cole (Capitol)
      20. (19) Port Au Prince - Winifred Atwell and Frank Chacksfield (Decca)
♪Most weeks at number one when England played: Doris Day and Frankie Laine five, Ronnie Hilton four, Tony Bennett, 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

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
Drew Herbertson, Scottish FA historian