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Wednesday, 28 November 1956
International Friendly Match

England 3 Yugoslavia 0 [1-0]


Match Summary
England Party
Yugoslavia Party

Empire Stadium, Wembley Park, Wembley, Middlesex
Kick-off (GMT): 2.30pm
Attendance: "70,000"; Receipts: £32,780.

  Yugoslavia kicked-off
[1-0] Johnny Brooks 12
 "a stinging left-footed drive from near the penalty spot"
after Haynes rolled the ball into a gap from a Matthews pass
[2-0] Tommy Taylor 59
 "an unmissable chance"
after a Finney centre

John Atyeo missed penalty 79

 "Beara pushed Byrne's penalty kick around the post"
 Stankovic fouled Matthews

[3-0] Tommy Taylor 88
Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme

Match Summary

Officials from France




Referee (-) - Edouard Harzic
x (-).

Linesmen - Marcel Lequesne (flame flag) and Pierre Schwinte (orange flag).

Outfield substitutes permitted up until the 44th minute for injured players. The Goalkeeper maybe replaced at any time.

The teams were presented to the Lord Mayor of London.

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

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, 65th captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 43 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
83rd match, W 51 - D 17 - L 15 - F 237 - A 116, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee on Thursday, 22 November.
England Lineup
  Ditchburn, Edwin G. 35 24 October 1921 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 5
2 Hall, Jeffrey J. 27 7 September 1929 RB Birmingham City FC 12
3 Byrne, Roger W. 27 8 September 1929 LB Manchester United FC 25
4 Clayton, Ronald 22 5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC 9
5 Wright, William A. 32 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

6 Dickinson, James W. 31 24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

7 Matthews, Stanley 41 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 50
8 Brooks, John 24
341 days
23 December 1931 IR/CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 2
9 Finney, Thomas 34 5 April 1922 CF/IL

Preston North End FC

10 Haynes, John N., injured off 35th min. 22 17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC 10
11 Blunstone, Frank 22 17 October 1934 OL

Chelsea FC

5 0 final app
England Substitutes
Taylor, Thomas, on 35th min. for Haynes 24

29 January 1932

Manchester United FC



"Taylor, in an un-numbered shirt"  

unused substitutes:

Ray Wood (Manchester United), Duncan Edwards (Manchester United FC) and Don Howe (West Bromwich Albion FC)

team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record 45th consecutive match.
"Johnny Haynes was injured in the 35th minute, damaging a leg as he was tackled in the penalty area. At first Edwards slipped off his tracksuit but after discussion among the reserves, Winterbottom sent on Taylor."
"Haynes was carried off the pitch cradled like a babe in the arms of goalkeeper Vladimir Beara."


Tommy Taylor is the fourth substitute to be used by England since May 1950, but he is the first to be used at home, and the first England substitute at Wembley.


Not since the 1920's have England failed to convert four penalty kicks in a row.
England win a record eighth match in a row at Wembley, extending their tally. It also extends their record sequence of eight matches unbeaten at the stadium.
2-3-5 Ditchburn -
Hall, Byrne -
Clayton, Wright, Dickinson -
Matthews, Brooks, Finney, Haynes
(Taylor), Blunstone
notes: for the final ten minutes of the first half, following Taylor's substitution - Finney replaced Haynes at inside-left, with Brooks in the centre and Taylor on the right. Finney remained on the left in the second half.


Age - Appearances/Goals    


Yugoslavia Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 9th
Colours: "The blue shirted Yugoslavs".
...white shorts, red socks.
Capt: Ivan Horvat Manager: Aleksandar Tirnanić
60th match, although many were as part of a Selection Committee
Yugoslavia Lineup
  Beara, Vladimir 28 2 November 1928 G Fk Crvena zvezda 46 61ᵍᵃ
2 Belin, Bruno 25 16 January 1929 RB Fk Partizan 16  
3 Stanković, Branko 35 31 October 1921 LB Fk Crvena zvezda 61 3
4 Tasić, Lazar 25 5 April 1931 RHB Fk Crvena Zvezda 7  
5 Horvat, Ivan 24 16 July 1926 CHB nk Dinamo Zagreb 60 0
6 Boškov, Vujadin 25 16 May 1931 LHB Fk Vojvodina 44 0
7 Rajkov, Zdravko     OR   20  
8 Čonč, Vladimir 28 13 January 1928 IR Fk Dinamo 1 0
9 Toplak, Ivan 22 21 September 1931 CF NK Odred 1 0
10 Vukas. Bernard     IL   56  
11 Zebec, Branko 27 17 May 1929 OL Fk Partizan 39 9


2-3-5 Beara -
Belin, Stanković -
Tasić, Horvat, Boškov -
Rajkov, Čonč, Toplak, Vukas, Zebec.


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Johnny Haynes was heavily tackled by Yugoslav right-back Belin in the thirtieth minute, and was unable to continue. It had been agreed beforehand that substitutes would be allowed in the case of injury and Tommy Taylor came on in place of the limping Fulham player. England had taken a thirteenth minute lead when Johnny Brooks fired the ball high into the net after taking a neat pass from Haynes. England dominated throughout the second half and Taylor scored twice, while his Manchester United team-mate Roger Byrne had a penalty saved by world-class Yugoslav goalkeeper Vladimir Beara. Stanley Matthews ran the Yugoslav left-back into such a state of confusion that he finally resorted to rugby tackling him in a bid to stop his dribbling runs. England would have had half a dozen goals but for the magnificent goalkeeping of Beara. The Yugoslavs had no idea how to contain Stanley Matthews, and after he had been rugby tackled he said "For a minute I thought the game had been switched to Twickenham."

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