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Wednesday, 8 May 1957
VM Coupe Jules Rimet Fotboll UEFA Group One Qualification Match

England 5 Republic of Ireland 1 [4-0]


Match Summary
England Party
Republic of Ireland Party

Empire Stadium, Wembley Park, Wembley, Middlesex
Kick-off (BST): 3.00pm
Attendance: 52,000;

unknown kicked off  
Tommy Taylor (9, 17, 40),
John Atyeo
(38, 90)
Dermot Curtis (56)
Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme and Walley Barnes

Match Summary




Republic of Ireland

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

Linesmen - tbc

"The first international match between England and Russia has been provisionally fixed for Wednesday, May 8, 1957, probably at Wembley. This match was included in the international and representative programme for 1956-57, announced [Wednesday, 7 March] by the Football Association following Monday's meeting of the International Committee."

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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, 68th captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 44 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
86th match, W 54 - D 17 - L 15 - F 249 - A 120, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
WInterbottom's twentieth match at the Empire Stadium
England Lineup
  Hodgkinson, Alan 20 16 August 1936 G Sheffield United FC 2 2ᵍᵃ
2 Hall, Jeffrey J. 27 7 September 1929 RB Birmingham City FC 15 0
3 Byrne, Roger W. 27 8 September 1929 LB Manchester United FC 28 0
4 Clayton, Ronald 22 5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC 12 0
5 Wright, William A. 33 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

83 3
most apps 1946-57
6 Edwards, Duncan 20 1 October 1936 LHB Manchester United FC 13 4
7 Matthews, Stanley 42 1 February 1915 OR Blackpool FC 53 11
8 Atyeo, P. John W. 25 7 February 1932 IR Bristol City FC 4 3
Taylor, Thomas 25 29 January 1932 CF Manchester United FC 14 12
the fiftieth (13th post-war) hattrick scored
10 Haynes, John N. 22 17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC 11 5
11 Finney, Thomas 35 5 April 1922 OL

Preston North End FC

65 27



team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record 48th consecutive match.
Tommy Taylor's second hattrick is the third at this Stadium England have scored.
He is the first player since Bill Dean in May 1927 to score a hattrick in two consecutive matches, and fourth goalscorer overall.


England win a record tenth match in a row at Wembley, extending their tally. It also extends their record sequence of ten matches unbeaten at the stadium.
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Republic of Ireland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 24th
Colours: Green jerseys with white collar, white shorts, white and green hooped socks.
Capt: Peter Farrell Manager: John Carey
Republic of Ireland Lineup
  Kelly, Alan J.A.     G     GA
2 Donovan, Daniel C.     RB      
3 Cantwell, Noel E.C.     LB      
4 Farrell, Peter D. 34 16 August 1922 RHB Everton FC, England 27 3
final app
5 Mackey, Gerard     CHB      
6 Saward, Patrick     LHB      
7 Ringstead, Alfred     OR      
8 Whelan,William A.     IR      
9 Curtis, Dermot P.     CF      
10 Fitzsimons, Arthur     IL      
11 Haverty, Joseph     OL      


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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

A second successive Tommy Taylor hat-trick - all his goals coming in the first-half - and two from John Atyeo crushed an outgunned Irish team in this second of England's four World Cup qualifying matches.  This was, sadly, to be the last match in which Jeff Hall and Roger Byrne were to partner each other. Jeff contracted polio and died on April 4 1959. Born in Scunthorpe on September  7 1929, he started his career as an amateur with Bradford Park Avenue before becoming a regular in Birmingham City's defence. He would have had, statistically, the best individual England record of any player but for the 2-1 defeat by Wales in 1955. In 17 matches he was on the beaten side only once. England won twelve of the games and drew four. Roger Byrne was his partner in every game.

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