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Thursday, 7 May 1959
End of Season Tour of Europe Intermediate Match

Italy 0 England 3

Stadio Civico San Siro, Parco Sempione, Milano
Kick-off (CEST & BST): afternoon

Attendance: '70,000'; '75,000'; '80,000';
unknown kicked-off
  [0-0] Jimmy Greaves strike hits the crossbar 5
[0-1] Ray Parry 25
'Brabrook's right wing cross was not cleared and Tagliani sent the ball straight to Parry who slammed it into the gaping goal'
[0-1] Ray Parry strike hit the post... 29
[0-2] Ray Pointer 29
'...hit the rebound into the net.'
  [0-3] Ray Pointer 56
'got the goal after Trevor Smith had dribbled three-quarters the length of the field'
There is no Television or Radio coverage
Officials from Spain Italy FIFA ruling on substitutes England Party
Juanito Gardeazábal
34 (27 November 1923)
Rey Gomes
Italy Intermediate Team


No official ranking system established; Colours: white crew necked jerseys with blue chest hoop and white shorts, blue socks with two thin white hoops.
Capt: not known Manager: Henri Guérin, 37 (27 August 1921), also trainer of Stade Rennais UC
trainer: Giovanni Ferrari
Italy Lineup
1 Anzolin, Roberto, off at some point 21
29 days
18 April 1938 G AC Marzotto    
2 Capra, Bruno 21
267 days
13 August 1937 RB Bologna FC     
3 Guarneri, Aristide 21
61 days
7 March 1938 LB FC Internazionale    
4 Carpanesi, Sergio 23
46 days
22 March 1936 RHB FC Palermo     
5 Tagliavini, Vasco 21
202 days
17 October 1937 CHB FC Internazionale   
6 Bolchi, Bruno 19
75 days 
21 February 1940 LHB FC Internazionale      
7 De Robertis, Luigi 22
325 days
16 June 1936 OR AS Bari    
8 Favini, Fermo 19
94 days 
2 February 1936 IR AC Brescia
9 Bonacchi, Rodolfo 20
166 days
22 November 1938 CF AC Lecco   
10 Corso, Mario 17
255 days
25 August 1941 IL FC Internazionale     
youngest opp. U23 player so far
11 Zerlin, Eliseo 19
228 days
21 September 1939 OL AC Padova     
Italy Substitute (only the FA Yearbook states a substitute was used)
  Breviglieri, Ademaro, on for Anzolin 21
202 days
21 May 1937  G AC Monza    
unused substitutes: not known
2-3-5 Anzolin (Breviglieri) -
Capra, Guarneri -
Carpanesi, Tagliavini, Bolchi -
de Robertis, Favini, Bonacchi, Corso, Zerlin. 
Averages: (start)
Age 21 years 25 days
21 years 55 days 
Appearances/Goals n/a
England Intermediate Team


No official ranking system established;
Colours: Red v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys with red/white/blue trimmed collar/cuffs, navy blue shorts, white socks with red and blue cadet stripes
England were wearing an unusual away kit that still requires clarification as to the reason why, and who made it.
Capt: Jimmy Armfield
4th & final, W 3 - D 1 - L 0 - F 11 - A 2.
Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 46 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
16th intermediate match, W 11 - D 3 - L 2 - F 47 - A 16.
Trainer: Ron Greenwood (Arsenal FC)
Team chosen by the Intermediate Selection Committee, headed by Frank Adams, on Monday, 20 April.
England Lineup
  three changes from the previous U23 match league position (20 April)  
5   Macedo, Eliot 21
74 days
22 February 1938
in Gibraltar
G Fulham FC (FL2 2nd) 1 0ᵍᵃ
2 Armfield, James 23
228 days
21 September 1935 RB Blackpool FC (FL 6th) 6 0
final U23 app 57-59
3 Allen, Anthony 19
161 days
27 November 1939 LB Stoke City FC (FL2 6th) 4 0
4 Setters, Maurice E. 22
142 days
16 December 1936 RHB West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 8th) 8 0

Smith, Trevor
24 days
13 April 1936
Birmingham City FC (FL 10th)
12 0
final U23 app 55-59
mst U23 apps 55-59
64 6 Kay, Anthony H. 21
359 days
13 May 1937 LHB Sheffield Wednesday FC (FL2 TOP) 1 0
7 Brabrook, Peter 21
180 days
8 November 1937 OR Chelsea FC (FL 13th) 6 1
8 Greaves, James P. 19
76 days
20 February 1940 IR Chelsea FC (FL 13th) 8 7
=most goals 58-59
65 9
Pointer, Raymond 22
209 days
10 October 1936 CF Burnley FC (FL 5th) 1 2
Parry, Raymond A. 23
108 days
19 January 1936 IL Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 4th) 3 1
11 Scanlon, Albert J. 23
209 days
10 October 1935 OL Manchester United FC (FL 2nd) 4 0
reserves: Peter Wakeham (Sunderland AFC (FL2 14th)), John Angus (Burnley FC (FL 5th)), Dave Pacey (Luton Town FC (FL 18th)), John Connelly (Burnley FC (FL 5th)), Peter Dobing (Blackburn Rovers FC (FL 9th)), Jimmy Robson (Burnley FC (FL 5th)).
team notes: Tony Macedo is the first new intermediate goalkeeper since September 1957.
2-3-5 Macedo -
Armfield, Allen -
Setters, Smith, Kay -
Brabrook, Greaves, Pointer, Parry, Scanlon.
Averages: Age 21 years 360 days Appearances/Goals 4.9 0.7
               Match Report by Bill Holden, Daily Mirror, Friday, 8 May 1959

FOR the first time in years an English Soccer team was cheered long, loud and gloriously by foreign fans after those heart-swelling victory here today. At the end armed police had to rescue the Italian team from their own crowd as fans hooted and shouted 'dustbins' at them. But for Young England it was applause all the way. They did not just beat Italy, they showed them how the game should be played.
   The Italian supporters were cascading their cushions on the pitch in disgust long before the end.
With no pre-match training these Under-23 kids battled against the heat; the reaction of Italy's draw against the full England side at Wembley yesterday, and an excitable dramatic crowd. But the young pride of English Lions went in and hammered home our true Soccer superiority. Three times England should have gone ahead before they did score in the twenty-fifth minute. Peter Brabrook's right wing cross was never properly cleared and centre-half Tagliani sent the ball straight to inside left Ray Parry who slammed it into the gaping goal. Four minutes later Brabrook, outside left Albert Scanlon and inside right Jimmy Greaves, combined in a masterpiece of defensive destruction.
   Parry slammed the ball against against a post and centre forward Ray Pointer hit the rebound into the net.
Parry and Greaves almost put it beyond doubt before half-time. But in the last minute before the break centre half Trevor Smith, the biggest player and greatest star, collapsed on the pitch in agony with an ankle injury. He recovered, not just to come back, but to race through himself in the fifty-sixth minute and lay on the pass for Pointer to hit the third goal. Later when Smith was carried off again in the second half he insisted on coming back, even though victory was certain. Afterwards Arsenal and England coach Ron Greenwood said: 'We thought we would meet a far stronger Italian team.' And the Italians? Coach Giovanni Ferrari said: 'It was a real disaster.'


               Match Report as appears in the F.A. Yearbook 1959-60 page 35

The following day England's Under-23 team gave a fine display in Milan to beat Italy comfortably. They were on top from the start, and midway through the first half Parry gave them the lead, seizing on a rebound from an effort by Scanlon. Soon after this Pointer made it 2-0 when he scored after Parry hit the post. The third goal came soon after the interval, when Smith dribbled through and Pointer scored from his pass. There were no weak links in this England team, Allen, Smith, and Parry deserving special praise.

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