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Wednesday, 7 May 1958
End of Season Friendly Match

England 2 Portugal 1 [1-0]
Empire Stadium, Empire Way, Wembley Park, Wembley, Middlesex
Kick-off (BST):
Attendance: '72,000';
  Portugal kicked off
[1-0] Bobby Charlton 24
 'Johnny Haynes slipped the ball through, for a soft, long-range shot went inside the post, hitting it on the run'

[2-1] Bobby Charlton 61
 'Derek Kevan floating pass into the middle followed by a left-footed 20-yard thunderbolt'
[2-1] Bryan Douglas crashed a shot onto the bar
             Tom Finney injured - ten men 72
[2-1]Jim Langley penalty 72
 'his low left-footed shot hit an upright and was cleared' - sent the keeper the wrong way
 (Martins fouled Finney)
         Tom Finney returns - eleven men
[1-1] Carlos Domingos Duarte 51
'Da Silva was in on goal, his shot flicked away by Langley, but straight to Duarte, who slammed it home with his right-foot'
75th goal in the white continental shirt
This week's Music Charts
second half live - commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme
Officials from Belgium England Party FIFA ruling on substitutes Portugal
Referee (black blazer)
Albert Alsteen
41 (13 August 1916), Woluwe
The goalkeeper maybe changed at any time during the match and one substitute will be allowed for any other player up to the 44th minute.
flame flag          Linesmen           orange flag
Antone Blavier
44 (28 January 1914) Namur
J. Ceulemans
England Team


No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd
Colours: The 1954 Umbro home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, red socks with whit calf hoop.
26th, W 17 - D 5 - L 4 - F 75 - A 29.⁴³
Capt: Billy Wright³
75th, W 46 - D 14 - L 15 - F 196 - A 105.⁹⁰
Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 45 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
93rd match, W 59 - D 18 - L 16 - F 270 - A 126, one abandoned.¹³⁹
Trainer: Harold Shepherdson
Team chosen by Selection Committee, headed by Joe Mears, on Tuesday, 22 April.
England Lineup
  unchanged from the previous match league position (22 April)  
  Hopkinson, Edward 22
190 days
29 October 1935 G Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 14th) 5 4ᵍᵃ
2 Howe, Donald 22
207 days
12 October 1935 RB West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 5th) 5 0
3 Langley, E. James 29
89 days
7 February 1929 LB Fulham FC (FL2 5th) 2 ¹
16th penalty missed (33rd taken overall)
4 Clayton, Ronald 23
275 days
5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC (FL2 3rd) 19 0
5 Wright, William A. 34
90 days
6 February 1924 CHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL CHAMPIONS) 90 3
most apps 1952-58
6 Slater, William J. 31
8 days
29 April 1927 LHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL CHAMPIONS) 4 0
7 Douglas, Bryan 23
345 days
27 May 1934 OR Blackburn Rovers FC (FL2 3rd) 5 1
Charlton, Robert 20
208 days
11 October 1937 IR Manchester United FC (FL 9th) 2 3
Kevan, Derek T. 23
62 days
6 March 1935 CF West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 5th) 5 3
Haynes, John N. 23
202 days
17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC (FL2 5th) 18 8
11 Finney, Thomas 36
32 days
5 April 1922 OL Preston North End FC (FL RU) 71 28
reserves: Colin McDonald (Burnley FC (FL 8th)), Maurice Norman (Tottenham Hotspur FC (FL 3rd)) and Bobby Robson (West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 5th)).
team notes: Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record 55th consecutive match.
penalty kick notes: This is the first time England have missed five penalty-kicks in-a-row. The unfortunate record also happens to include the fact they have all been missed at the Empire Stadium.
2-3-5 Hopkinson -
Howe, Langley -
Clayton, Wright, Slater -
Douglas, Charlton, Kevan, Haynes, Finney.
Averages: Age 26 years 157 days Appearances/Goals 20.5 4.0
Portugal Team


No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 33rd to 34th
Colours: Maroon jerseys, blue shorts, green socks
Capt: Virgílio Manager: Enrique Fernández Viola, 45 (10 June 1912 in Montevideo, Uruguay), also manager of Sporting Club de Portugal.
The final team was not chosen until just before kick-off because of an influenza outbreak within the team.
Portugal Lineup
  António do Como Costa Gomes, Carlos 26
109 days
18 January 1932 G Sporting Club de Portugal 18 28ᵍᵃ
final app 1953-58
2 Marques Mendes, Virgílio 31
171 days
17 November 1926 RB FC Porto 31 0
3 Martins, Ângelo Gaspar 28
18 days
19 April 1930 LB Sport Lisboa e Benfica 12 0
4 da Silva Graça, Emídio 26
355 days
17 May 1931 RHB Vitória FC 12 0
final app 1955-58
5 Arsénia de Oliveira, Miguel Arcanjo 25
359 days
13 May 1932
in Nova Lisboa, Angola
CHB FC do Porto 6 0
6 Torres, Mário 26
236 days
13 September 1931
in Huambo, Angola
LHB Académica OAF 3 0
Duarte, Carlos Domingos 25
43 days
25 March 1933
in Huambo, Angola
OR FC do Porto 4 1
8 Coluna, Mário Esteve 22
274 days
6 August 1935
in Inhaca, Colónia de Moçamique
IR Sport Lisboa e Benfica 6 0
9 Pinto de Almeida, José Augusto, off 44th min. 21
24 days
13 April 1937 CF FC Barreirense 1 0
10 Rocha, Augusto Francisco 23
89 days
7 February 1935
in Macau
IL Academica de Coimbra 2 0
11 Ferreira da Silva, Hernâni 26
8 days
1 September 1931 OL FC do Porto 15 2
Portugal Substitute
scoreline: England 1 Portugal 0
12 Barreto Travassos, José António , on 44th min. for Augusto 32
74 days
22 February 1926 OR Sporting Club de Portugal 35 5
final app 1947-58
result: England 2 Portugal 1
reserves: Arturo Vaz, José Maria Pedroto
team notes: Miguel Arcanjo was the only injury doubt, injuring his knee last week and did not travel with the rest of the party last Friday. He was given treatment upon his arrival not allow him to become fully fit.
The Portugal team arrived in England on Friday, 2 May and were set-up in a hotel on Park-lane, London. They arrived at the Empire Stadium to train on Monday, 5th, but were prevented from training because of the greyhound trials. Instead of training in Finchley, as planned, they did non-football jumps and exercises in London's Green park, close to their hotel
2-3-5 Carlos Gomes -
Virgílio, Ângelo -
Emídio Graça, Miguel Arcanjo, Torres -
Duarte, Coluna, José Augusto
(Travassos), Rocha, Ferreira
Averages: (start)
Age 25 years 294 days
26 years 298 days
Appearances/Goals 10.0 0.1
              Match Report by Mike Payne

WITH the World Cup fast approaching, England were looking for a good performance to give them the encouragement they need for the coming weeks. Unfortunately, Portugal came to Wembley determined  to prove that they were unlucky not to qualify from their group ad on this display they had every reason to feel disappointed  at not making it to Sweden.

England lacked consistency, struggling in the first half but picking up after the interval. With Johnny Haynes failing to control the game in his usual manner, the midfield never came to grips with the job at hand. The strong point of Haynes' play was his passing, but the accuracy just was not there on this day.

But even though Haynes was off his game England still had Bobby Charlton. He proved that his auspicious debut at Hampden Park was no fluke and his shooting was the highlight of the game. Every time he received possession a buzz went around the ground, just as it had the previous Saturday in the FA Cup Final for Manchester United against Bolton.

In the 25th minute, Charlton brought the crowd to its feet with a tremendous goal. Latching on to a Haynes pass, he hit a fierce, low shot past Gomes from 20 yards. It was made all the better by the fact that he was falling off balance as he shot after a strong challenge by Torres.

The goal was a bit unfair on Portugal, as with a little luck they could have been ahead themselves. Right at the start, Augusto missed an open goal when Rocha's clever flick set the centre-forward up. Also, only a last-ditch tackle by Jim Langley saved the situation as Torres burst through. Towards the end of the half, Don Howe made a goal-line clearance after a mistake by Eddie Hopkinson and then, right on the half-time whistle, Rocha saw a shot skim across the crossbar before being cleared. Also round this time, Augusto left the field, apparently injured, and so we saw another of those strange continental substitutions as the veteran Travaços came on.

After all this Portuguese pressure it was only justice when they deservedly equalized just after the restart. Da Silva made the goal with some super play, splitting Howe and Ronnie Clayton with his burst of speed before setting up Duarte. Strangely, the goal seemed to signal an end to Portugal's attacking play and they rarely threatened the England goal again.

England spent the rest of the game peppering shots at the visitor's goal. They regained the lead midway through the half with another memorable effort by Charlton. Again he received a pass from Haynes before moving swiftly forward, He brought Bryan Douglas into play on the right and then moved into position anticipating a cross. When the centre duly arrived, Charlton met the ball brilliantly to hit a left-footed half volley from 20 yards which flew past Gomes. It brought the house down and the Manchester United star was already building a huge reputation for himself with his power shooting.

The rest of the story belonged to England. Haynes hit the crossbar, and then Haynes and Charlton combined to set Tom Finney up. The winger was unceremoniously floored by a defender to give England a penalty. The kick was entrusted to Langley but his shot struck the post before being scrambled clear. It was the fourth [ed:-fifth] penalty miss in a row at Wembley in an international.

In the last quarter of an hour, Derek Kevan missed three fine chances and his display added fuel to the argument from his many critics that he was not international class.

              Match Report by Norman Giller

Two goals from Bobby Charlton  - the second, a scorching shot similar to that which rocked the Scots -  rescued England from the brink of defeat. Portugal created enough chances to have won the game, but their finishing was feeble. Jim Langley failed to score from the penalty spot, one of only two misses throughout his career. It was the fourth penalty miss in a row in an international match at Wembley.

              Match Report by Glen Isherwood

Portugal had failed to qualify for the World Cup after finishing bottom of Northern Ireland's group. They had beaten England, though, in the last of their four previous meetings, 3-1 in 1955 in Oporto. England had won the first three, scoring 20 goals in the process. Although they had shared the British Championship England had lost three important and influential players at Munich and were struggling to find good replacements for the approaching World Cup.
England were not impressive but went ahead when, from Haynes' pass, Bobby Charlton beat Torres and shot past Gomes from outside the penalty area.
Portugal deservedly drew level when Da Silva showed neat skills and then passed to Carlos Duarte who ran in to equalise. On the hour mark, however, from a centre by Douglas, Charlton hit a beauty to restore England's lead with his second. They could have increased their lead when Finney was fouled by Martins in the area but Langley hit the post from the penalty. Unbelievably, it was England's fifth consecutive penalty miss at Wembley.
Four days later England were thrashed 5-0 by Yugoslavia in Belgrade. This was the worst possible preparation for the World Cup and England were eliminated in a first round play-off by the USSR in Gothenburg.
Portugal reached the quarter-finals of the first European Championship in 1960, where they lost to Yugoslavia, the eventual finalists. They were back at Wembley in 1961 for a World Cup qualifying match.


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

In England's last home game before the World Cup some of the hopes raised following the defeat of Scotland were somewhat deflated. The England defence seemed decidedly shaky at times, especially against the speedy Portuguese wingers, while the attack never really combined well. England had, however, a territorial advantage, and it was no more than they deserved when Charlton slid home a long shot to put them in front after half-an-hour's play. There had, however, been several desperate moments in front of England's goal and it was no surprise when soon after half-time Portugal equalised through Duarte. The goal which won the match was gloriously scored by Charlton, when, with thirty minutes left, he rocketed home a left-foot shot from some twenty yards. England should have increased their lead during the final period, when Haynes hit the bar and Kevan failed twice fro good positions.

               Source Notes
Original newspaper reports
Glen Isherwood's Wembley Records
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record

Norman Giller, Football Author
The Complete Book of the British Charts
British Pathé