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'U23' 20 vs. Scotland 
  Wednesday, 11 November 1959
International Friendly Intermediate Match

England 2 France Espoirs 0

Roker Park Ground, Association Road, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, county Durham
Kick-off (GMT): 7.15pm

Attendance: '26,495'; (floodlit)
[0-0] Chris Crowe scores an 18yd free-kick disallowed:indirect 28
[0-0] Peter Dobing scores a 25yd free-kick
disallowed:offside 33
[1-0] Joe Baker header 48
 'Maurice Setters worked a slick free-kick move on the edge of the penalty area, and Baker positioned himself superbly to head the ball into the far corner.' after 'Dobing feinted to take the free-kick'
(Herbin fouled Baker)

[2-0] Chris Crowe 63
 'After Dobing's shot was blocked on the line, the ball came out to George Cohen, who pushed it to Crow, who cut past Chorda to hammer the ball behind the French 'keeper into the top far corner'
There is no Television or Radio coverage
Officials from Dublin, Republic of Ireland England FIFA ruling on substitutes France
Jack Meighan
red flag               Linesmen              yellow flag
Thomas Barton William A. O'Niell
England Intermediate Team
Rank No official ranking system established; Colours The 1959 Bukta home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, red socks with white calf hoop.
Maurice Setters  Manager Ronald Greenwood38 (11 November 1921), appointed over the 1959 summer, also assistant manager of Arsenal FC;
third of 8, W 1 - D 1 - L 1 - F 4 - A 3. trainer: Fred Ford third of 23 intermediate matches, W 1 - D 1 - L 1 - F 4 - A 3.
  Team chosen by the Intermediate Selection Committee, headed by Frank Adams, on Monday, 2 November in London.
England Lineup
  eight changes from the previous U23 match league position (2 November)  
  Macedo, Eliot 21
262 days
22 February 1938
in Gibraltar
G Fulham FC (FL 6th) 4 3ᵍᵃ
Cohen, George R. 20
20 days
22 October 1939 RB Fulham FC (FL 6th) 2 0
72 3 McNeil, Michael 19
277 days
7 February 1940 RB Middlesbrough FC (FL2 5th) 1 0
Setters, Maurice E. 22
330 days
16 December 1936 RHB West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 14th) 11 0
73 5 Swan, Peter 23
34 days
8 October 1936 CHB Sheffield Wednesday FC (FL 13th) 1 0
74 6 Smith, John 20
311 days
4 January 1939 LHB West Ham United FC (FL 3rd) 1 0
75 7
Crowe, Christopher 20
153 days
11 June 1939 OR Leeds United AFC (FL 19th) 1 1
8 Dobing, Peter A. 20
345 days
1 December 1938 IR Blackburn Rovers FC (FL 4th) 2 0
Baker, Joseph H. 19
117 days
17 July 1940 CF Hibernian FC, Scotland (SL 11th) 3 1
76 10 Eastham, George E. 23
49 days
23 September 1936 IL Newcastle United FC (FL 18th) 1 0
77 11 Sydenham, John 20
57 days
15 September 1939 OL Southampton FC (FL3 3rd) 1 0
reserves: Gordon Marshall (Hearts of Midlothian FC, Scotland (SL TOP)), Brian Miller (Burnley FC (FL 7th)), Fred Hill (Bolton Wanderers FC (FL 11th)).
team notes: Maurice Setters was sent-off for West Bromwich Albion FC against Sheffield Wednesday FC in a league match. It was the selector's policy not to choose a player with such a recent expulsion. The committee ignored his misfortune as they did not want to prejudice the decision of the disciplinary committee.
Joe Baker was a doubt after injuring his shin in Hibernians match with St. Mirren on the Saturday.
The French FA requested that England not include Full Internationals.
For the first time, two English-born Scots are chosen - Joe Baker and Chris Crowe.
2-3-5 Macedo -
Cohen, McNeil -
Setters, Swan, Smith -
Crowe, Dobing, Baker, Eastham, Sydenham.
Averages: Age 21 years 45 days Appearances/Goals 2.5 0
France Intermediate Team
Rank No official ranking system established; Colours blue jerseys and white shorts
Captain not known Manager Henri Guérin, 38 (27 August 1921), also trainer of Stade Rennais UC
France Lineup
1 Clément, Yvon, injured off 78th min. 22
246 days
10 March 1937 G Racing Club de Lens    
2 Peyroche, Georges 22
288 days
27 January 1937 RB AS Saint-Étienne Loire    
3 Chorda, André 21
264 days
20 February 1938 LB Olympique Gymnaste Club Nice    
4 Cornu, Alain 22
334 days
12 December 1936 RHB Olympique Gymnaste Club Nice    
5 Herbin, Robert J. 20
226 days
30 March 1939 CHB AS Saint-Étienne Loire    
6 Casolari, Georges 18
190 days
5 May 1941 LHB AS Monaco    
7 Bérard, Robert 19
320 days
26 December 1939 OR Stade de Reims    
8 Bonnel, Joseph 20
311 days
4 January 1939 IR US Valenciennes    
9 Goujon, Yvon 22
294 days
21 January 1937 CF AS Saint-Étienne Loire    
10 Alba, Jean-Pierre 21
229 days
27 March 1938 IL Olympique Gymnaste Club Nice    
11 Heutte, François 21
263 days
21 February 1938 OL Racing Club de Paris    
France Substitutes
scoreline: England 2 France 0
  Tailandier, Jean, on 78th min. for Clement 21
293  days
22 January 1938 G Racing Club de Paris    
result: England 2 France 0
unused substitutes: not known
team changes: There were four changes to the original announced team, two of them positional.
Casolari replaced Marseille's Régis Bruneton at left-half, because he could obtain leave from the army, and Bonel replaced the centre-forward Limoges' Paul Sauvage, who drops out because of injury and forced a forward-line reshuffle, Bonel will play at inside-right, Goujon moves into the centre from the outside-ride, which is now taken up by Bernard, from his original position at inside-right.
Clement went off in the 78th minute after suffering a finger injury.
2-3-5 Clément (Tailandier) -
Peyroche, Chorda -
Cornu, Herbin, Casolari -
Bérard, Bonnel, Goujon, Alba, Heutte
Averages: (start)
Age 21 years 170 days
21 years 141 days
               Match Report by Ken Jones, Daily Mirror, Thursday, 12 November 1959

JOE BAKER, nineteen-year-old Hibs centre-forward who leads the full England attack against Ireland next Wednesday, crashed Young England into the lead three minutes after half-time under the Roker Park floodlights here [last] night. Skipper Maurice Setters worked a slick free-kick move on the edge of the French penalty area, and the Baker boy positioned himself superbly to head the ball into the far corner.
Baker had taken just five minutes to hit his way into the hearts of the the critical North-Eastern fans. He did it with a flashing header from a right-wing cross just after the start.
   And for the most of the first half Baker was a force one-man attacking force.
His flashing feet sparked off most of England's moves, and three times his darting headers were only inches off the target. French danger man centre forward Yvon Goujon had shocked England's youngsters after only four minutes. His sparking run laid on a chance for left winger Francois Heutte, whose close-range shot had Tony Macedo diving desperately to punch away. Most of the French attacks came from the left wing, and Fulham's George Cohen was having a tough time trying to pin down the sparkling Huette. Right half Setters got England out of trouble with a great through ball to left winger John Sydenham. But the young Southampton star was having an unhappy international debut. Baker apart, there was little in England's attack to suggest that they would hit France hard and quickly.
   Newcastle's inside left, George Eastham, sparkled in the first fifteen minutes but faded.
He came back after half an hour with a jinking run that took him past three men, but was then bundled off the ball. England were unlucky not to have gone ahead in the thirty-third minute. Blackburn inside-right [Peter] Dobing hammered home a twenty-five-yard free-kick, but it was ruled out by an offside decision. Baker was back in the picture again before the interval with a dazzling jump that powered the ball across the goalmouth with the French 'keeper beaten. Right winger Chris Crowe crashed England into a two-goal lead in the sixty-second minute. The Leeds man cut past full back Chorda to hammer the ball behind the French 'keeper into the top far corner. Twelve minutes from the end French goalkeeper Clement went off and Taillandur (Racing) took over.


               Match Report as appears in the F.A. Yearbook 1960-61 page 35

The most noteworthy feature was the masterly way in which Baker led the English forwards. Supported by hard-working colleagues, he was always a menace to the French defence, even when marked by two opponents. Setters, a tireless worker, also gave a polished display at right-half, though our defence had little trouble in keeping the French at bay. England would have scored more often it they had not over-schemed when close to goal. Baker netted the first, 2 minutes after the interval; Crowe, accepting a through-pass from right-back Cohen, added a second after 62 minutes.

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               Source Note
Official matchday programme
FA Yearbook 1960-61
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Original newspaper reports
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