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Wednesday, 6 May 1959
International Friendly Match

England 2 Italy 2 [2-0]


Match Summary
England Squad
Italy Squad

Empire Stadium, Wembley Park, Wembley, Middlesex
Attendance: 91,000;
Kick-off: 3.00pm BST
Live on BBC (UK) -
Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme

England - Bobby Charlton (26), Warren Bradley (38)
Italy - Sergio Brighenti (56), Amos Mariani (61)
Results 1955-1960

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Match Summary

Officials from West Germany




Referee (-) - Albert Dusch
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Linesmen - tbc

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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 calf hoop.
Capt: Billy Wright, 86th captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 46 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
104th match, W 61 - D 25 - L 18 - F 288 - A 144, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
England Lineup
  Hopkinson, Edward 23 29 October 1935 G Bolton Wanderers FC 8 11ᵍᵃ
2 Howe, Donald 23 12 October 1935 RB West Bromwich Albion FC 16 0
3 Shaw, Graham L. 24 9 July 1934 LB Sheffield United FC 4 0
4 Clayton, Ronald 24 5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC 26 0
5 Wright, William A. 35 6 February 1924 CHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 101 3
most apps 1946-59
6 Flowers, Ronald     LHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 3 0
777 7 Bradley, Warren     OR Manchester United FC 1 1
8 Broadbent, Peter F. 25 15 May 1933 IR Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 5 2
9 Charlton, Robert     CF Manchester United FC 8 8
10 Haynes, John N. 24 17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC 28 12
11 Holden, A. Douglas 28 28 September 1930 OL Bolton Wanderers FC 2 0



team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record 66th consecutive match.
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Italy Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 18th
Colours: Blue crew necked jerseys, white socks, blue socks.
Capt: Aramndo Segato Manager: Giovanni Ferrari
Italy Lineup
  Buffon, Lorenzo     G     GA
2 Robotti, Enzo     RB      
3 Castelletti, Sergio     LB      
4 Zaglui, Franco     RHB      
5 Bernasconi, Gaudenzio     CHB      
6 Segato, Armando     LHB      
7 Mariani, Amos     OR      
8 Gratton, Guido     IR      
9 Brighenti, Sergio     CF      
10 Galli, Carlo     IL      
11 Petris, Gianfranco     OL      


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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

England were reduced to ten men when Ron Flowers went off with a broken nose with England leading 2-0. The goals were scored in the first-half by Manchester United team-mates Bobby Charlton and Warren Bradley, a schoolmaster who was making his debut on the right wing. By the time Flowers returned to the defence seventeen minutes later the young, experimental Italian team had drawn level. The Italians were fielding the first all home-born team for twenty-five years following a ruling from FIFA that in future teams could not include players capped by another country. There was an embarrassing start to the game. When they stood to attention before the match the Italian players were astonished to hear the banned Mussolini-era national anthem being played. This had been replaced after the war. Every Italian restaurant in Britain must have been short of staff because Italy had thousands of supporters in the crowd, and they whistled and hooted as the anthem was played. But for some cracking saves by goalkeeper Eddie Hopkinson the Italian fans would have had a victory to cheer.

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