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Wednesday, 26 October 1960
International Friendly Match


England 4 Spain 2
[2-1]
 
 
Empire Stadium, Wembley Park, Wembley, Middlesex
Kick-off (GMT): 2.30pm
Attendance: '80,000'; Receipts: '£40,500'.
Bobby Smith kicked off  
[1-0] Jimmy Greaves 1
 'Greaves flicked the ball to Bobby Smith on the right wing, darting down the middle, Greaves took the return pass, parried the ball past a defender and hammered it into the net.'


[2-1] Bryan Douglas header 41
 'Jimmy Armfield centre floated perfectly into the target area for Douglas to head with rifle power.'




[1-1] Luis Del Sol 13
'Del Sol rounded off the movement calmly. Drew Springett out before shooting'
Del Sol and Suarez were in a offside position
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[3-2] Bobby Smith header 69
 'Bobby Charlton floated a beautiful centre rom the left and Smith leapt to head in a superb goal'
[4-2] Bobby Smith chip 82
 'Johnny Haynes pushed the ball through for him. He calmly watched Ramallets advance, then a 25 yard chipped ball perfectly over his head.'
[2-2] Luis Suárez 53
'Enrique Mateos put the ball inside, Suarez scored with a fierce shot that hit Armfield on the foot and deflected past Springett.'
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Referee (black)
Maurice Guigue
46 (3 March 1914), Velp
 
orange flag             Linesmen          flame flag
Jacques Devillers
49 (23 August 1911), Cambrai
M. Bois

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 9th to 8th
Colours: The 1959 Bukta home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, white socks with red/white/blue calf hoop
ninth match, W 4 - D 2 - L 3 - F 25 - A 16.³⁵
Capt: Johnny Haynes ¹
fifth, W 3 - D 0 - L 2 - F 18 - A 9.²²
Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 47 (31 March 1913), appointed as FA national director of coaching/team manager on 8 July 1946;
118th match, W 66 - D 28 - L 24 - F 325 - A 171, one abandoned.¹³⁹
Trainer: Harold Shepherdson Winterbottom's thirtieth match at the Empire Stadium
The team chosen by the Selection Committee, headed by Joe Richards, on Wednesday, 19 October in Luxemburg, announced by Walter Winterbottom on Thursday, 20 October at London Airport.
England Lineup
  unchanged from the previous match league position (19 October)  
  Springett, Ronald D. 25
96 days
22 July 1935 G Sheffield Wednesday FC (FL 2nd) 8 14ᵍᵃ
2
Armfield, James C. 25
35 days
21 September 1935 RB Blackpool FC (FL bottom) 11 0
5 Swan, Peter 24
18 days
8 October 1936 RHB Sheffield Wednesday FC (FL 2nd) 6 0
6 Flowers, Ronald 26
90 days
28 July 1934 LHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (FL 6th) 18 2
3 McNeil, Michael 20
262 days
7 February 1940 LB Middlesbrough FC (FL2 6th) 3 0
4 Robson, Robert W. 27
251 days
18 February 1933 RM West Bromwich Albion FC (FL 16th) 10 2
10
Haynes, John N. 26
9 days
17 October 1934 LM Fulham FC (FL 7th) 39 15
7
Douglas, Bryan 26
152 days
27 May 1934 OR Blackburn Rovers FC (FL 8th) 17 4
8
Greaves, James P. 20
249 days
20 February 1940 IR Chelsea FC (FL 17th) 10 9
9
Smith, Robert A. 27
247 days
22 February 1933 IL Tottenham Hotspur FC (FL TOP) 3 5
11
Charlton, Robert 23
15 days
11 October 1937 OL Manchester United FC (FL 20th) 21 17
unused substitutes: Brian Miller (Burnley FC (FL 3rd))
pre-match notes: The England party were due to play Tottenham Hotspur FC in a private practice match on 24th However, upon returning from Luxembourg, Walter Winterbottom found to his dismay, that Spurs had arranged a match against The Army that evening. England did get to practice, against Arsenal FC at Highbury. Jimmy Armfield was forced to miss the match because of a strained right knee. Brian Miller deputised.
and the following day, they trained at Cheshunt, the training ground of Tottenham Hotspur FC on Tuesday, 25th, Armfield inclusive, for ninety minutes.
Following their Tuesday training, the party spent the afternoon at the picture house. And at their Hendon headquarters, watched football matches (Real Madrid-Eintracht Frankfurt, Wolverhampton Wanderers-Barcelona and Spain-England).
team notes: Bryan Douglas becomes the 25th player to have made seventeen-or-more post-war England appearances, as well as under the management of Walter Winterbottom and the selection of the ISC.
 
4-2-4 Springett -
Armfield, Swan, Flowers, McNeil -
Robson, Haynes -
Douglas, Greaves, Smith, Charlton.

Averages:

Age 24 years 330 days Appearances/Goals 13.3 4.5

 

Spain Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 6th
Colours: Red jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with yellow tops
Capt: Luis Suárez Manager: Luis Miró Doñate, 47 (3 March 1913), also coach of Sevilla CF
Team chosen by Selection Committee, and announced on Tuesday morning, 15th October.
Spain Lineup
Ramallets Simón, Antonio 36
117 days
1 July 1924 G FC Barcelona 32 45ᵍᵃ
2 Marquitos 27
193 days
16 April 1933 RB Real Madrid CF 2 0
final app 1955-60
3 Gràcia Royo, Sígfridio 28
213 days
27 March 1932 LB FC Barcelona 7 0
4 Sosa, Manuel Ruiz 23
199 days
10 April 1937 RHB Sevilla CF 1 0
5 Santamaría Iglesias, José Emilio 31
87 days
31 July 1929
in Montevideo, Uruguay
CHB Real Madrid CF 6 0
6 Vergés Massa, Martín 26
232 days
8 March 1934 LHB FC Barcelona 10 2
7
Mateos Mancebo, Enrique 26
103 days
15 July 1934 OR Real Madrid CF
 
6
 
3
 
"In the eightieth minute [Smith] was half-ko'd by a diabolical foul by Mateos. He was spoken to by Guigue, who pointed a warning finger at the dressing room."
8
Del Sol Cascajares, Luis 25
203 days
6 April 1935 IR Real Madrid CF 2 1
9 Di Stéfano Laulhe, Alfredo Stéfano 34
114 days
4 July 1926
in Barracas, Argentina
CF Real Madrid CF 23 20
10
Suárez Miramontes, Luis 25
177 days
2 May 1935 IL FC Barcelona 20 13
11 Gento Lopez, Francisco 27
5 days
21 October 1933 OL Real Madrid CF 19 1
unused substitutes: José Araquistain (Real Sociedad), Feliciano Rivilla (Club Atlético de Madrid ), Jesus Garay (FC Barcelona), Chuzo (Club Atlético de Madrid ), Jesus Maria Pereda (Sevilla CF)

team notes:

José Santamaría played for Uruguay against England in the 1954 World Cup Finals quarter-final.
 
2-3-5 Ramallets -
Marquitos, Gràcia -
Sosa, Santamaria, Vergés -
Mateos, Del Sol, Di Stéfano, Suárez, Gento.

Averages:

Age 28 years 152 days Appearances/Goals 11.6 3.5

 

              Match Report by Mike Payne

WHAT A magnificent match, magnificent victory and magnificent performance by this new, rejuvenated England team.
 
On an appalling day with the wind and rain driving down across Wembley from first to last, two splendid sides produced a thriller for the 80,000 spectators. With two fine wins behind them, England were looking for an even bigger confidence booster and they took on the Spaniards determined to show them all that is best about English football.

Within 30 seconds of the start England were granted the wish that they wanted when they scored a precious early goal, A fine move down the right between Bryan Douglas and Bobby Smith ended with a diagonal pass across the face of the penalty area. Before the Spanish defenders could react, Jimmy Greaves burst through the rain, took the ball at top speed, slid through the gap and guided home a low shot past Ramellets. That was just the start England needed and both sides were soon producing some sparkling football.

In the 14th minute, Spain gained a superb equaliser. Fabulous play by Suarez began the move which was carried on by Di Stefano and Mateos. Then, in came Del Sol to finish off the attack with a clinical strike.

With Peter Swan and Ron Flowers holding the middle together well, England's 4-2-4 formation looked effective. Bobby Robson, who got through a mountain of work keeping tabs on Di Stefano as well as supporting Johnny Haynes in midfield, had an excellent game. Bobby Charlton and Greaves were sharp and dangerous up front and the whole side was an impressive unit.

Just before the interval, England regained the lead. A short free-kick by Robson to Jimmy Armfield enabled the full-back to put in a lovely centre. On the end of it, of all people, was Douglas, popping up in the centre-forward position to glance home a brilliant header. It was old fashioned but very effective, indeed the English game at its best.

The lead was certainly deserved and England must have been well satisfied with their first-half display. However, immediately after the break Spain levelled the scores again. A good run by the speedy Gento ended with him pulling the ball back for Suarez to sweep it wide of Ron Springett's dive.

The game was buzzing at this stage with the crowd revelling in the skills on show and forgetting the atrocious weather. The best was yet to come as in the last half-hour England's challenge reached a new peak. Charlton suddenly found extra venom as he cut the Spaniards' defence repeatedly to set up chances for his forward colleagues. From one such run, England regained the lead for a third time. This time Charlton's pass found Smith unmarked to head home and then ten minutes from the end England wrapped it all up with an exquisite fourth goal.

Robson began the move and when Smith took his pass, the centre-forward looked up and chipped in a perfect shot over the advancing Ramallets from some 25 yards.

It was a dream come true for the fans and the final icing on the cake came in the closing minutes when England treated the Spaniards to some of their own medicine, cleverly keeping possession with numerous passes which the visitors could not get near. It was poetic justice as England had suffered the same fate in Madrid last May.

It was also a lovely feeling, seeing England get their own back in such style.

  

              Match Report by Norman Giller

As in Madrid five months earlier, torrential rain turned the pitch into a miniature lake, but this time it was England who kept their feet better against an exceptional Spanish team that included their big shots di Stefano, del Sol, Suarez and Gento. England started and finished their victory romp with classic goals, the first from Jimmy Greaves and the second from Bobby Smith, who delicately chipped the ball over the goalkeeper's head from 20 yards to break the Spanish spirit after they had twice battled back to equalize. One of the outstanding features of the game - as in Madrid - was the duel between Armfield and Gento, with the Blackpool full-back emerging triumphant against one of the greatest wingers of all time. Remembering how Spain had tried to humble them in Madrid with keep-ball passing, England gave the Spaniards a taste of their own medicine and had the Wembley spectators roaring as they stitched together dozens of passes.
 

              Match Report by Glen Isherwood

Spain had lost on both their previous visits to England, the last occasion being at Wembley in 1953. They had beaten England 3-0 in Madrid, however, just five months earlier. Spain had also reached the European Championship quarter-finals but politics forced them to withdraw from a meeting with the eventual winners, the USSR.
England took a first minute lead. Smith's pass found Jimmy Greaves who shot low to beat Ramellets. Spain were not behind for long. Luis Del Sol taking a pass from Mateos to equalise. England regained the lead before the break. Armfield crossed and Bryan Douglas headed home. Spain levelled again just afterwards when Gento broke away, then pulled it back to enable Luis Saurez to shoot past Springett. England were not to be denied, though. Bobby Smith headed them in front once more from Charlton's centre. Then, in the 80th minute, Smith took a pass from Robson and brilliantly lobbed the 'keeper from 25 yards for his second.
Spain finished bottom of their group in the 1962 World Cup in Chile but won the European Championship in their own country in 1964. They returned to Wembley to face the World Cup holders in 1967.
Two European Footballers of the Year, Alfredo Di Stefano (who won it twice) and Luis Suarez (the 1960 winner) who scored their second goal, made their first appearance at Wembley. Only Di Stefano would return, for the FA's Centenary match in 1963.

 
     

              Match Report as appears in the F.A. Yearbook 1961-62 page 38

The selectors relied upon the same team against Spain, which was likely to offer the hardest game of the season. Although Wilson was now fit again left-back McNeil retained his place as he had been impressive in his first two games. A crowd of 85,000 watched the match in spite of the torrential rain which waterlogged the Wembley pitch, producing conditions unfavourable to the Spanish players. At the kick-off, a move involving Douglas and Smith ended with Greaves securing the ball at top pace and scoring with a low shot. England then dominated the play throughout, although the Spaniards equalised twice before goals by Smith in the second half put the result beyond doubt. Del Sol equalised England's opening goal in the thirteenth minute but Douglas regained the lead just after halftime when he headed home a centre from right-back Armfield. Although England attacked early in the second half, it was Spain, through Suarez, who scored. England mastered a tense situation to score in the sixty-eighth minute when Smith met Charlton's centre with his head and veered the ball beyond the reach of the Spanish goalkeeper. Twelve minutes later, Smith neatly volleyed the ball over the advancing Ramallets.
           

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              Source Notes
TheFA.com
Original newspaper reports
Official Teamsheet
BDFutbol.com
  Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record
Norman Giller, Football Author
The Complete Book of the British Charts
British Pathé
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