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Wednesday, 5 December 1956
VM Coupe Jules Rimet Fotboll UEFA Group One Qualification Match

England 5 Denmark 2 [2-1]


Match Summary
England Party
Denmark Party

Molineux, Waterloo Road North, St. Peter's, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
Kick-off (GMT): 7.30pm

unknown kicked off  
Tommy Taylor (2, 20, 53),
Duncan Edwards
(75, 85)
Ove Bech Nielsen (30, 73)
second half live - Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme

Match Summary

Officials from France




Referee (-) - Maurice Gigue
x (-), Marseille.

Linesmen - tbc

  Goal Attempts  
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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, red socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, 66th captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 43 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
84th match, W 52 - D 17 - L 15 - F 242 - A 118, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
England Lineup
  Ditchburn, Edwin G. 35 24 October 1921 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 6 9ᵍᵃ
final app 1948-56
2 Hall, Jeffrey J. 27 7 September 1929 RB Birmingham City FC 13 0
3 Byrne, Roger W. 27 8 September 1929 LB Manchester United FC 26 0
4 Clayton, Ronald 22 5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC 10 0
5 Wright, William A. 32 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

81 3
6 Dickinson, James W. 31 24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

48 0
final app 1949-56
7 Matthews, Stanley 41 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 51 11
8 Brooks, John 24
348 days
23 December 1931 IR Tottenham Hotspur FC 3 2
Taylor, Thomas 24 29 January 1932 CF Manchester United FC 13 9
the 49th (twelfth post-war) hattrick scored
10 Edwards, Duncan 20 1 October 1936 IL Manchester United FC 11 3
11 Finney, Thomas 34 5 April 1922 OL

Preston North End FC

63 27

reserve to travel:

Tony Marchi (Tottenham Hotspur).

team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record 46th consecutive match.


This is the thirteenth consecutive match in which Jeff Hall and Roger Byrne have been partners at the back, equalling the record set by Laurie Scott and George Hardwick.
2-3-5 Ditchburn -
Hall, Byrne -
Clayton, Wright, Dickinson -
Matthews, Brooks, Taylor, Edwards, Finney


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


Denmark Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 34th to 35th
Colours: Red jerseys, white shorts, black socks
Capt: Åge Rou Jensen Manager: Arne Sorensen
Denmark Lineup
  Drensgaard, Theill     G     GA
2 Larsen, Erling Line     RB      
3 Nielsen, Verner 25 14 May 1931 LB Akademisk Bk 11 0
4 Nielsen, Flemming     RHB      
5 Hansen, Ove     CHB      
6 Olesen, Jørgen 32 21 January 1924 LHB Aarhus Gymnastikforening 24 2
7 Hansen, Jørgen 24 24 December 1931 OR Nøstved If 12 1
8 Pedersen, Bent     IR      
9 Nielsen, Ove Bech     CF      
10 Jensen, Åge Rou     IL      
11 Hansen, Jens Peter     OL      


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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

England's World Cup campaign got under way with this convincing victory over Denmark on Billy Wright's home ground of Molineux. The match was distinguished by a hat-trick from Tommy Taylor and two spectacular goals from his Manchester United team-mate Duncan Edwards, who played at inside-left in place of the injured Johnny Haynes. Edwards scored with two booming long-range shots, had another shot wondrously saved and nearly uprooted a post with another thunderbolt from a free-kick. England had been drawn in a three team group with Denmark and the Republic of Ireland, and this convincing performance underlined why they were rated among the favourites for the World Cup. It was as if Manchester United had taken over Molineux! Roger Byrne was the outstanding player in England's defence, and up front Tommy Taylor and Duncan Edwards showed the power that had taken United to the top of the First Division in defence of their title. It was like a home match for Duncan, who had many of his family from Dudley watching from the stand.

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