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Wednesday, 24 September 1958
International Friendly Intermediate Match

England 4 Poland 1

Hillsborough, Leppings Lane, Owlerton, Sheffield, South Riding of Yorkshire
Kick-off (BST): 7.00pm

Attendance: '38,525' (floodlit)

Poland kicked-off
[1-0] Bobby Charlton 5
 'dribbled past two men and from just inside the area sent a left-foot shot in off the post'
[2-0] Jimmy Greaves 10
 left-footed from 6yds 'Joe Baker sent across a short centre from the left'
[3-0] Bobby Charlton 19
'started the move, beautifully continued by Greaves and Peter Brabrook, and ended it with a second goal from his accurate left boot'
[4-0]Bobby Charlton penalty 37
 right-footed strike down the centre of the goal that Kornek could not keep out
(Michel fouled Baker)

[4-1] Zygmunt Gadecki 40
Hodgkinson could not hold Lerch's free-kick and Gadecki scored from the rebound
There is no Television or Radio coverage
"BOBBY SOCKS THEM!" Daily Mirror
Officials England FIFA ruling on substitutes Poland
Referee (black)
Leopold Sylvain Horn
42 (29 August 1916), Sittard, Netherlands
yellow flag             Linesmen                  red flag
Roy Harper
35 (11 May 1923) Sheffield
Alan Edward Wragg
36 (16 April 1922) Sheffield
England Intermediate Team


No official ranking system established; Colours: The 1954 Umbro home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, black shorts, red socks with white calf hoop
Capt: Jimmy Armfield
first, W 1 - D 0 - L 0 - F 4 - A 1.
Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 45 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
13th intermediate match, W 9 - D 2 - L 2 - F 40 - A 15.
Trainer: Bill Nicholson (Tottenham Hotspur FC)
Team chosen by the Intermediate Selection Committee, headed by Frank Adams, on Tuesday, 16 September.
England Lineup
  eight changes to the previous U23 match league position (16 September)  
  Hodgkinson, Alan 22
39 days
16 August 1936 G Sheffield United FC (FL2 11th) 6 6ᵍᵃ
2 Armfield, James 23
3 days
21 September 1935 RB Blackpool FC (FL 5th) 3 0
57 3 Allen, Anthony 18
301 days
27 November 1939 LB Stoke City FC (FL2 7th) 1 0
4 Setters, Maurice E. 21
282 days
16 December 1936 RHB West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 10th) 5 0
58 5 Scott, Melyvn Douglas 18
363 days
26 September 1939 CHB Chelsea FC (FL 8th) 1 0
59 6 McGuinness, Wilfred 20
334 days
25 October 1937 LHB Manchester United FC (FL 9th) 1 0
Brabrook, Peter 19
320 days
8 November 1937 OR Chelsea FC (FL 8th) 4 1
Greaves, James P. 18
216 days
20 February 1940 IR Chelsea FC (FL 8th) 5 6
60 9
Baker, Joseph H. 18
69 days
17 July 1940 CF Hibernian FC, Scotland (SL 8th) 1 0
61 10
Charlton, Robert 20
348 days
11 October 1937 IL Manchester United FC (FL 9th) 1 3
England's second U23 hattrick
62 11 Scanlon, Albert Joseph 22
349 days
10 October 1935 OL Manchester United FC (FL 9th) 1 0
reserves: Tony Macedo (Fulham FC (FL2 TOP)), Alan Williams (Bristol City FC (FL2 2nd)) and Ray Parry (Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 4th))
pre-match notes: England played a practice match with Sheffield United FC on Monday, 22 September. Young England won 3-1 with two goals from Jimmy Greaves, and Bert Scanlon providing the third.
2-3-5 Hodgkinson -
Armfield, Allen -
Setters, Scott, McGuinness -
Brabrook, Greaves, Baker, Charlton, Scanlon.
Averages: Age 20 years 239 days Appearances/Goals 2.6 0.5
youngest U23 team
Poland Intermediate Team


No official ranking system established; Colours: Red v-necked jerseys with white collars, white shorts, and red stockings
Capt:   Selector: International Selection Committee
Poland Lineup
1 Kornek, Konrad 21
224 days
12 February 1937 G OKS Odra Opole   ᵍᵃ
2 Kawula, Własysław K. 20
362 days
27 September 1937 RB TS Wisła 12  
3 Szymczyk, Stanislaw nk not known LB KS Cracovia    
4 Nieroba, Antoni 19
250 days
17 January 1939 RHB KS Ruch 3 0
5 Oślizło, Stanislaw 20
299 days
29 November 1937 CHB KS Górnik Radlin 5
6 Michel, Adam, injured off 37th min. 22
120 days
27 May 1936 LHB TS Wisła    
Gadecki, Zygmunt J. 20
246 days
21 January 1938 OR KS Lechia 6  
8 Lewandowski, Bolesław 23
111 days
5 June 1935 IR WKS Gwardia Warszawa
9 Lerch, Eugeniusz J. 19
221 days
15 February 1939 CF KS Ruch 2  
10 Liberda, Jan K. 21
302 days
26 November 1936 IL Polonio Bytom    
11 Nowak, Helmut K. 20
247 days
20 January 1938 OL GKS Szombierki    
Poland Substitute
scoreline: England 4 Poland 0
15 Grzegorczyk, Ryszard P., on 38th min. for Michel 19
4 days
20 September 1939 M Polonio Bytom    
result: England 4 Poland 1
unused substitutes: not known
team notes: The weather, and then the pitch, was so atrocious, that a couple of the Polish players were wearing the jerseys of benched substitutes, so finished the match wearing Numbers 16, 17 & 18.
2-3-5 Kornek -
Kawula, Szymcyk -

Nieroba, Oslizlo, Michal -
Gadecki, Lewandowski, Lerch, Liberda, Nowak.
Averages: (start)
Age 21 years 56 days¹⁰
20 years 300 days¹⁰
Appearances/Goals tbc tbc
              Match Report by John Camkin, Daily News, Thursday, 25 September 1958

BOBBY CHARLTON, the Manchester United forward, whipped in three goals before England's Under-23 team almost vanished beneath a flood here at Hillsborough tonight.
   Those goals, snatched in the first 35 minutes, will probably restore him to England's team in Belfast on Saturday week. He staked his claim before great gusts of rain pouring down in the glare of 192 arc lamps, reduced this match almost to a farce. As it was, Poland were little more than footballing lambs ready for the slaughter. In the first half hour of respectable football, as England placed themselves beyond defeat, Charlton sparkled, outshining completely his main rival, Chelsea's Jimmy Greaves. The Manchester lad was ahead on every point. He had three goals, one from the penalty spot, against one to Greaves. He had three other rasping shots, while Greaves wasted two good chances.
   More important, he was by far the better craftsman in midfield.
   Bad luck, then, for the impish Greaves that he should fail to capture club form as he paraded in front of England's selectors. Bad luck too, for Joe Baker, the 18-year-old, who made history in this match. As the first member of a Scottish club to wear the white shirt of England, he captured the constant attention of 30,000 gallant spectators. Joe showed many neat touches, and a great flair with his head. But he did not indicate that he is ready to wear a full cap for the land of his birth. The Poles, boys most of them, rather than young men, showed a neat close-passing drill, which simplified the work England's defence. Goalkeeper Alan Hodgkinson did not face a direct shot until he fumbled a skidding, difficult free-kick in the 35th minute. Then outside-right Zygmunt Gadecki tapped the ball into the net. Seconds earlier, Charlton had scored his third—and England's fourth—from the penalty spot when left-half Adam Michal, injured in the process, floored Baker. But the foundation of victory was laid right at the start.
   Charlton, twice selling the dummy immaculately, scored in the fourth minute with a cross shot which caught goalkeeper Konrad Kornek out of position and unsighted.
   In the next 13 minutes, eager young Bobby helped to make two more goals—one for Greaves and another for himself. In the tenth minute, it was Charlton who laid on the finest pass of the game to send Baker away, and Greaves flicked the low centre into the net. In the 17th minute, Charlton started the move, beautifully continued by Greaves and Brabrook, and ended it with a second goal from his accurate left boot.
   There was confusion in the second half when Nos. 15, 16, 17 and 18 appeared in the Polish side.
Grzegorczyk (No. 15) was substitute for the injured Michal, but Nos. 16, 17 and 18 were explained easily—three wet-through Poles had changed their shirts.

              Match Report as appears in the F.A. Yearbook 1959-60 page 32

THE season opened with a convincing victory over Poland at Hillsborough. All the goals were scored in a first half also marked by a cloudburst that swamped the pitch and rendered good football almost impossible in the remainder of the match. Outstanding in a good England side was Charlton who scored three goals, the last from a penalty, and also distributed the ball with intelligence and accuracy. Greaves scored England's second goal, and Scott was impressive at centre-half. The Polish team were unable to contend with the appalling conditions, but did score once through Gadecik.

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               Source Notes
Official matchday programme
FA Yearbook 1959-60
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Original newspaper reports