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Wednesday, 23 April 1958
International Friendly Intermediate Match


Wales 2 England 1
[1-0]

 
Originally scheduled for 5 February 1958, then 12 March 1958
The Racecourse Football Ground, Mold Road, Springfield, Wrexham, Denbighshire
Kick-off (BST): 6.00pm

Attendance: '13,000'; '20,000'



Black armbands were worn by both sides in memory of those lost in the Munich Air Disaster
  
unknown kicked-off
[0-0] George Baker shot saved onto the crossbar
[1-0] Kenny Leek 31
 seized on a Howe timid backpass to beat Hodgkinson
 

 
[1-1] Cliff Jones header scraped the crossbar
 

[2-1] Bryan Orritt header 89
 C.Jones and Howe leaped for a Bill Stephens cross, as the ball bounced off them, Orritt flashed forward to head in.
[1-1] Brian Clough 57
driven in from a first time pass by Jimmy Greaves, who in turn received an A'Court flick on
[1-1] England scored ruled offside
There is no Television or Radio coverage
"YOUNG ENGLAND WERE WRECKED" Daily Mirror
Officials from Scotland Wales UK ruling on substitutes England
Referee
W. Brittle
Glasgow
This is the Welsh's first ever fixture at intermediate level
Linesmen
W.F. Guild
(Glasgow)
W.M. Richmond
(Kilmaurs)
Wales Intermediate Team
 

Rank:

No official ranking system established; Colours: Made by Umbro - Red continental jerseys with white v-neck collars/cuffs, white shorts with red side stripe, red socks with white tops.
It appears that the left cuff has been sewn over with a black armband
Capt: Mel Charles Selector: International Selection Committee
Team announced on Monday, 14 April 1958
Manager: Jimmy Murphy (Manchester United)
Trainer: J. Jones (Wrexham AFC)
Wales Lineup
1 Jones, Kenneth 22
111 days
2 January 1936 G Cardiff City FC 1 1ᵍᵃ
2 Edwards, L. Trevor 21
89 days
24 January 1937 RB Charlton Athletic FC, England 1 0
3 Hopkins, Melvyn 23
167 days
7 November 1934 LB Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 1 0
4 Edwards, Malcolm 18
180 days
25 October 1939 RHB Bolton Wanderers FC, England 1 0
5 Charles, Melvyn 22
344 days
14 May 1935 CHB Swansea Town FC 1 0
only u23 app 1958
6 Baker, Colin W. 23
126 days
18 December 1934 LHB Cardiff City FC 1 0
only u23 app 1958
7
Stephens, John 22
301 days
26 June 1935 OR Hull City AFC, England 1 0
8
Orritt, Bryan 21
60 days
22 February 1937 IR Birmingham City FC, England 1 1
9 Baker, T. George 22
17 days
6 April 1936 CF Plymouth Argyle FC, England 1 0
10
Leek, Kenneth 22
271 days
26 July 1935 IL Northampton Town FC, England 1 1
only u23 app 1958
11 Jones, Clifford 23
75 days
7 February 1935 OL Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 1 0
reserve: Ron Howells (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, England)
team notes: Captain Mel Charles is the younger brother. Whereas the Jones' are cousins.
 
2-3-5 K.Jones -
T.Edwards, Hopkins -
M.Edwards, Charles, C.Baker -
Stephens, Orritt,
G.Baker, Leek, C.Jones
Averages: Age 22 years 59 days Appearances/Goals 1.0 0
  
England Intermediate Team
 

Rank:

No official ranking system established; Colours: The 1954 Umbro home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, black shorts, white socks
Capt: Don Howe
first, W 0 - D 0 - L 0 - F 1 - A 2.
Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 45 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
twelfth intermediate match, W 8 - D 2 - L 2 - F 36 - A 14.
Trainer: Harold Shepherdson
Team chosen by the Intermediate Selection Committee, headed by Frank Adams, on Monday, 14 April.
England Lineup
four changes to the previous U23 match league position (14 April)
  Hodgkinson, Alan 21
250 days
16 August 1936 G Sheffield United FC (FL2 6th) 5 5ᵍᵃ
2 Howe, Donald 22
193 days
12 October 1935 RB West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 3rd) 6 0
3 Harris, Gerald W. 22
197 days
8 October 1935 LB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL TOP) 4 0
4 Setters, Maurice E. 21
128 days
16 December 1936 RHB West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 3rd) 4 0
5 Smith, Trevor 22
10 days
13 April 1936 CHB Birmingham City FC (FL 13th) 11 0
most U23 apps 55-58
55 6 Iley, James 22
129 days
15 December 1935 LB Tottenham Hotspur FC (FL 4th) 1 0
56 7 Riley, Howard 19
248 days
18 August 1938 OR Leicester City FC (FL 19th) 1 0
8 Hayes. Joseph 22
93 days
20 January 1936 IL Manchester City FC (FL 5th) 2 0
9
Clough, Brian H. 23
33 days
21 March 1935 CF Middlesbrough FC (FL2 7th) 2 1
oldest u23 scorer so far
10

Greaves, James P. 18
62 days
20 February 1940 IR Chelsea FC (FL 11th) 4 5
11 A'Court, Alan 23
205 days
30 September 1934 OL Liverpool FC (FL2 3rd) 5 1
reserves: Eddie Clamp (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL TOP)).
 
2-3-5 Hodgkinson -
Howe, Harris -
Setters, Smith, Iley -
Riley, Hayes, Clough, Greaves, A'Court.
Averages: Age 21 years 274 days Appearances/Goals 4.1 0.6
 
              Match Report by Bill Holden, Daily Mirror, Thursday, 24 April 1958

NOT a Welshman left the ground as this game drew toward its reputation-shattering close at Wrexham last night. The side that Wales had rustled up after scouring the Third Division were holding the pride of England 1—1 in their first Under-23 international. It was a performance the fans had not dared to dream of. Now they waited, praying for the miracle of victory.
   AND IT CAME IN THE LAST MINUTE.
Bill Stephens, the Hull outside right who had been the weakest link of the Welsh attack and butt of the crowd, lofted over a cross. Cliff Jones, Spurs £35,000 outside left. leaped with right back Don Howe, and the ball bounced off them.
   Before it could touch the ground Welsh inside right Brian Orritt hurled himself forward to flash a jet header into the net.
It was a success no one had forecast except the eleven determined men in red shirts. And how England were humbled. Although skipper Howe played his heart out in an attempt to whip England into a forceful side, it just didn't happen.
   They remained a team capable of producing brilliant patches of ball control, but never linking up with real menace.
After ten minutes sparing, Wales woke up and realised they could win.
   And their first goal was a personal tragedy for Howe.
He tapped back a pass to Hodgkinson too tamely and inside left Ken Leek darted in to hammer the ball home. England's one real display of effective combination in the fifty-seventh minute produced the equaliser. Inside right Joe Hayes won possession on the halfway line and sent through a pass which outside left Alan A'Court flicked on to inside left Jimmy Greaves. The Chelsea wonder boy hit a first time pass for centre forward to move on to, and drive in.
   Unhappily, Young England never looked so good again, and for the first time lost a match in Britain.

   

              Match Report as appears in the F.A. Yearbook 1958-59 page 32

England's Under-23 team lost for the first time in Britain at Wrexham, and to some extent, only had themselves to blame. The Welsh played well, indeed at times they excelled themselves, but England should have had enough talent in their eleven to ensure success. Wales were the first to score after thirty minutes, when Leek seized on a backpass by Howe to beat Hodgkinson. Then minutes after half-time Clough equalised after a movement by A'Court and Greaves, but a last minute goal by Orritt - a fine header from Stephen's cross - gave Wales the victory.
  

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               Source Notes
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