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Sunday, 24 May 1959
End-of-season Summer Tour of South America Match

Mexico 2 England 1 [1-1]


Match Summary
Mexico Squad
England Squad

Estadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad Universitaria, ciudad de México
Kick-off: tbc BST

England - Derek Kevan (14)
Mexico - Cardenas, Reyes
Results 1955-1960

? kicked-off. ? minutes (? & ?).


Match Summary





Referee (-) - tbc
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  

Mexico Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 21st
Colours: Pale green shirt with white v-neck collar/cuffs with red trim, white shorts, green socks.
Capt:   Manager:  
Mexico Lineup
        G     GA
2       RB      
3       LB      
4       RHB      
5       CHB      
6       LHB      
7       OR      
8       IR      
9       CF      
10       IL      
11       OL      
Mexico Substitutes


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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th
Colours: The 1954 Umbro home shirt - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, white shorts, white socks with red/white/blue calf hoop.
Capt: Billy Wright, 89th captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 46 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
107th match, W 61 - D 25 - L 21 - F 290 - A 152, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
England Lineup
  Hopkinson, Edward 23 29 October 1935 G Bolton Wanderers FC 11 19 GA
2 Howe, Donald 23 12 October 1935 RB West Bromwich Albion FC 19 0
3       LB      
4 Clayton, Ronald 24 5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC 29 0
5 Wright, William A. 35 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

104 3
6 McGuiness, Wilfred, off 31st min 21 25 October 1937 LHB Manchester United FC 2 0
7 Holden, A. Douglas, off 57th min. 28 28 September 1930 OR Bolton Wanderers FC 5 0
8       IR      
9 Kevan, Derek T. 24 6 March 1935 CF West Bromwich Albion FC 12 7
10 Haynes, John N. 24 17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC 31 12
11       OL      
England Substitutes
1 Flowers, Ronald, on for McGuiness            



team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record 69th consecutive match.
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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

England scored first through Derek Kevan, but were burned out within an hour of kicking off in high-altitude ciudad de México. Despite officially using substitutes for the first time they were run off their feet in the last 30 minutes. Jimmy Greaves swept the ball into the net just after half-time, but the referee ruled it off-side. Moments later Mexico snatched a second goal and from then on England were on the retreat as they struggled to breathe in Mexico's thin air. Eddie Hopkinson performed wonders in the England goal, but he was often confused by the flight of the ball. Wilf McGuinness was the first player to be substituted after half an hour. He was affected by the heat and had to go to the dressing-room for an emergency intake of oxygen. Doug Holden was the next player hit by the heat, and he was replaced in the fifty-seventh minute by Warren Bradley. It was a match that Ronnie Clayton would never forget. He had been so badly burned while sunbathing that his back came up in a mass of blisters. They burst during the game, and in the dressing-room afterwards the Mexican doctor bathed the Blackburn skipper's back with mentholated spirits. It was this more than anything that finally convinced the Football Association that they should follow Walter Winterbottom's advice and always travel with a team doctor. It was hardly the best organised tour. Ron Flowers at one stage found himself sharing a hotel room with six complete strangers!

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