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Wednesday, 28 October 1959
International Friendly Match

England 2 Sweden 3 [1-0]


Match Summary
England Squad
Sweden Squad

Empire Stadium, Wembley Park, Wembley, Middlesex
Attendance: 72,000;
Kick-off: 2.30pm GMT
Second half live on ITV (Granada region only), final twenty minutes only (TWW region only) -
Commentator: Kent Walton

England - John Connelly (8), Bobby Charlton (81)
Sweden - Agne Simonsson (52, 75), Bengt Salomonsson (60)
John Connelly's goal was WInterbottom's 300th goal, as well as 300th goal since the war.
Results 1955-1960

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Match Summary





Referee (-) - Robert Holley Davidson
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Linesmen - tbc

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 7th to 8th
Colours: The 1959 Bukta home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, red socks with white calf hoop.
Capt: Ronnie Clayton, second captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 46 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
110th match, W 62 - D 26 - L 22 - F 301 - A 157, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
England Lineup
  Hopkinson, Edward 23 29 October 1935 G Bolton Wanderers FC 14 24ᵍᵃ
final app 1957-59
2 Howe, Donald 24 12 October 1935 RB West Bromwich Albion FC 22 0
3 Allen, Anthony     LB Stoke City FC 2 0
4 Clayton, Ronald 25 5 August 1934 RHB Blackburn Rovers FC 32 0
5 Smith, Trevor 23 13 April 1936 CHB Birmingham City FC 2 0
final app 1959
6 Flowers, Ronald     LHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 10 2
7 Connelly, John     OR Burnley FC 2 1
8 Greaves, James     IR Chelsea FC 5 2
9 Clough, Brian 24 21 March 1935 CF Middlesbrough FC 2 0
final app 1959
10 Charlton, Robert     IL Manchester United FC 14 12
11 Holliday, Edwin 20 7 June 1939 OL Middlesbrough FC 2 0


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Sweden Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th to 4th
Colours: Blue jerseys, white shorts, blue socks.
Capt: Orvar Bergmark Manager:  
Sweden Lineup
  Nyholm, Bengt     G     GA
2 Bergmark, Orvar     RB      
3 Johansson, Åke   19 March 1928 LB      
4 Axbom, Sven     RHB      
5 Parling, Sigge     CHB      
6 Jonsson, Torbjörn     LHB      
7 Thillberg, Henry     OR      
8 Börjesson, Reino      IR      
9 Bernstsson, Bengt     CF      
Simonsson, Agne     IL      
11 Salomonsson, Bengt     OL      


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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

An unchanged team was given a second chance, but a defeat by Sweden signalled the end of the international road for Hopkinson, Smith and Cloughie. They carried the can for a pathetic performance that brought rare jeers from England supporters. The Swedes, World Cup runners-up to Brazil when host nation in 1958, played a smooth, walkabout game punctuated with sudden changes of pace that had England's defenders exposed to the perils of panic. It all started promisingly for England when John Connelly put the finishing touch to a swift five-man movement, but this was one of the few memorable moments from England for the 72,000 Wembley spectators.  The Swedes rattled the England woodwork twice in the first-half as warning signs of what was to follow. Within 15 minutes of the second-half Sweden were 2-1 in the lead as they tore the England defence apart, and man-of-the-match Agne Simonsson made it 3-1 in the 75th minute. The skilful Swedish centre-forward made such an impression that the next day he was signed by Real Madrid. Jimmy Greaves cleverly created an opening for Bobby Charlton to make it 3-2, but there were plenty of witnesses to the fact that England had been flattened by the Swedes and flattered by the scoreline. It might easily have been a repeat of the six-goal drubbing received from Hungary six years earlier. The 'dream team' pairing of Greaves and Clough rarely got out of nightmare territory. Both were instinctive predators, and continually found themselves being drawn to the same place. There was room for only one of them, and it was Greaves who survived. Cloughie was thrown on the scrapheap, and it left him embittered that he was never given another chance. At one stage he had the embarrassment of falling and sitting on the ball close to the Swedish goal-line. "It was as if I was trying to hatch the bloody thing," he said later.

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Official Matchday Programme
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author