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Wednesday, 6 May 1959
International Friendly Match

England 2 Italy 2 [2-0]
Match Summary
England Party
Italy Party

Team Records
 

 

The England Summer Party-Pre Italy  May 1959
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club starts subs App Capt
Armfield, James 21 September 1935 23 RB Blackpool FC 0 0 0 0 0
Armfield is unavailable for the match against Italy, he is part of the Intermediate party.
Baynham, Ronald L. 10 June 1929 29 GK Luton Town FC 3 0 3 2ᵍᵃ 0
Bradley, Warren 20 June 1933 25 OR Manchester United FC 0 0 0 0 0
Broadbent, Peter F. 15 May 1933 25 IR Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4 0 4 2 0
Charlton, Robert 11 October 1937 21 CF Manchester United FC 7 0 7 7 0
Clayton, Ronald 5 August 1934 24 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC 25 0 25 0 0
Deeley, Norman V. 30 November 1933 25 LHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 0 0 0 0 0
Flowers, Ronald 28 July 1934 24 LHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 3 0 3 0 0
Greaves, James P. 20 February 1940 19 IR Chelsea FC 0 0 0 0 0
  Greaves is unavailable for the match against Italy, he is part of the Intermediate party.
Gratrix, Roy 9 February 1932 27 CHB Blackpool FC 0 0 0 0 0
Haynes, John N. 17 October 1934 24 IL Fulham FC 27 0 27 12 0
Holden, A. Douglas 28 September 1930 28 OL Bolton Wanderers FC 1 0 1 0 0
Hopkinson, Edward 29 October 1935 23 GK Bolton Wanderers FC 7 0 7 9ᵍᵃ 0
Howe, Donald 12 October 1935 23 FB West Bromwich Albion FC 15 0 15 0 0
Kevan, Derek T. 6 March 1935 24 CF West Bromwich Albion FC 11 0 11 6 0
McGuinness, Wilfred 25 October 1937 21 LHB Manchester United FC 1 0 1 0 0
Shaw, Graham L. 9 July 1934 24 LB Sheffield United FC 3 0 3 0 0
Wright, William A. 6 February 1924 35 CHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 100 0 100 3 85

All information is complete to and including England's last match, the fourth of the 1958-59 season, against Scotland on 11 April 1959.

Diary

Monday, 20 April 1959 - The England selectors showed their satisfaction with the team that beat Scotland at Wembley by making just one enforced changed because of the injury to Bryan Douglas, for the games against Under-23 team on 1 May at Highbury, and against Italy at Wembley five days later. The vacancy on the right wing has gone to Manchester United's Warren Bradley, who already has twelve appearances for the England Amateur team. The eleven, along with an additional seven players, will also make the trip to South America. However, there is still no recognised centre-forward, with Bobby Charlton expected to fill the role again. Jimmy Greaves and Jimmy Armfield will go to Milan to play for the under-23's against Italy on 7 May, returning to join the tour party who leave on 8 May.

Friday, 1 May 1959 - England 3 Young England 3:- 
"This match at Highbury should have been a showpiece. It was a flop—despite the score. Most of the players didn't put much effort into their game and many of the 34,212 fans, who were charged top prices, left half an hour after the game started. Ron Flowers put England ahead in fifteen minutes. In the 29th minute, Bobby Charlton made it 20. Two minutes later Charlton hammered home a drive. But Ray Parry clipped the lead. In the fifty-seventh minute Ray Pointer scored for Young England. Then Jimmy Greaves grabbed the equaliser." - Bill Holden, Daily Mirror
Roy Gratrix is the reserve for England against the Young England.

England against The Press
   A summer tour of South America had been both a football and PR disaster. Before it even began England had surrended a 2-0 half-time lead to draw 2-2 with Italy at Wembley and then things had gone from bad to worse. Matters weren't helped when a hitherto benevolent press turned on the players. Leading the charge was the Daily Herald's new reporter, Sam Leitch. In many ways, he could be seen as changing the entire complexion of tabloid football reporting with his forthright attacks at what he perceived to be the root of England's problems. His career began with a report on England's 2-2 draw with Italy: 'Just forty-eight hours before they fly off on their 20,000-mile tour of the Americas, England plunged into pathetic depths of tame surrender . . . the full list of England flops was headed by skipper Billy Wright whose 101st cap was his worst.' Things deteriorated from there on and Leitch was joined by others at last ready to chastise the national team. Suddenly gone, it seemed, were the days when the worst a player could get was a gentle joshing from a journalist's pen. Now newspapers were increasingly filled with the kind of invective one would formerly expect from only the most rabid fan. Expectation had not just moved up a notch, it was suddenly screaming from the back pages, particularly when it had not been lived up to.
England Expects, James Corbett, page 154

England Form: last six games
D L D W D W  f 13:a success: 58%
324 15 June 1958 - England 2 Austria 2 [0-1]
Ryavallen Stadion, Borås (15,872)
Haynes, Kevan
Koller, Körner
WCF ND
325 17 June 1958 - USSR 1 England 0 [0-0]
Nya Ullevi Stadion, Göteborg
(23,182)
Ilyin NL
326 4 October 1958 -
Northern Ireland 3 England 3
[1-1]
Windsor Park, Belfast
(58,000)
Cush, Peacock, Casey
Charlton (2), Finney
BC AD
327 22 October 1958 - England 5 USSR 0 [1-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley
(100,000)
Haynes (3), Charlton (pen), Lofthouse Fr HW
328 26 November 1958 - England 2 Wales 2 [1-1]
Villa Park, Birmingham
(40,500)
Broadbent (2)
Tapscott, Allchurch
BC HD
329 11 April 1959 - England 1 Scotland 0 [0-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley
(98,329)
Charlton HW
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