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United States of America


333 vs. Mexico
335 vs. Wales

Thursday, 28 May 1959
End-of-season Summer Tour of North America Match

USA 1 England 8 [1-1]


Match Summary
USA Squad
England Squad

Wrigley Field, South Park, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 13,000;
Kick-off: 8.00 (local) 4.00am (BST, 29 May)

USA - Ed Murphy (9)
England - Warren Bradley (35), Ron Flowers (52, 69), Bobby Charlton (64, 82 penalty, 85), Derek Kevan (74), Johnny Haynes (87).
Results 1955-1960

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Match Summary





Referee (-) - Ray Morgan
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Linesmen - tbc

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USA Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 66th to 68th
Colours: Blue jerseys, white shorts, blue socks.
Capt: Ed Murphy Manager: James Reed
USA Lineup
  Ottoboni, Victor     G     GA
2 Farquahr, Douglas M.     RB      
3 Cynowicz, Ben T.     LB      
4 Bachmeier, Adolp, off     RHB      
5 Evans, Bert     CHB      
6 Traina, John     LHB      
7 Murphy, Edward J.     OR      
8 Cameron, Frederick     IR      
9 Carson, William     CF      
10 Looby, William     IL      
11 Zerhusen, Albert     OL      
USA Substitutes
  Kulitchenko, P., on for Bachmeier            


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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th
Colours: The 1954 Umbro home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, blue socks with white calf hoop.
Capt: Billy Wright, ninetieth and final captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 46 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
108th match, W 62 - D 25 - L 21 - F 298 - A 153, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
England Lineup
  Hopkinson, Edward 23 29 October 1935 G Bolton Wanderers FC 12 20ᵍᵃ
2 Howe, Donald 23 12 October 1935 RB West Bromwich Albion FC 20 0
3 Armfield, James     LB Blackpool FC 4 0
4 Clayton, Ronald 24 5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC 30 0
5 Wright, William A. 35 6 February 1924 CHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 105 3
most apps 1946-59
final app 1946-59
6 Flowers, Ronald LHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 7 2
7 Bradley, Warren     OR Manchester United FC 3 2
final app 1959
8 Greaves, James     IR Chelsea FC 3 1
9 Kevan, Derek T. 24 6 March 1935 CF West Bromwich Albion FC 13 8
10 Haynes, John N. 24 17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC 32 13
Charlton, Robert     OL
Manchester United FC
the 52nd (15th post-war) hattrick scored



team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record seventieth consecutive match. in this, his final outing.
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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

This runaway victory in Billy Wright's 105th and final match helped wipe out the memory of the 1-0 defeat by the United States in the 1950 World Cup finals, but at one stage it looked as if another embarrassment was on its way. The Americans had an early goal disallowed and then took the lead, and at 1-1 at half-time the football writers were preparing head-chopping stories that were hurriedly rewritten as Bobby Charlton led a second-half goal rush with a hat-trick. The pitch, rarely used for soccer, was gravel at one end and grass at the other. England scored seven of their goals while attacking the grassy end. Charlton's first hat-trick for England on the way to an all-time record forty-nine goals included a penalty. The suspect American goalkeeper was beaten by four shots from outside the penalty area. The only forward who did not get his name on the scoresheet was one Jimmy Greaves! It was Billy Wright's farewell game. His England career had started in front of a 57,000 crowd in Belfast in 1946. The finish came in front of just 13,000 fans at the Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. But what a journey he had between the two games, setting a then world record of 105 international appearances. He captained England 90 times and played 70 successive games, a record that still stands.  

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