Match No. 180 - Wednesday, 9th December 1931

  • Assist: Alf Strange. "Within two minutes Smith scored from a pass by Strange." Jack Smith3rd of 4 goals. , 2'
  • Assist: Sammy Crooks. "...good play by Smith and Crooks ended in a pass across the goalmouth from which Johnson scored." Tommy Johnson4th of 5 goals. , <10'
  • Assist: Dixie Dean. "...Smith got the third goal some time later with a hard shot after, a pass from Dean, the ball going through just under the bar." Jack Smith4th of 4 goals. , 4?'
  • Assist: Ellis Rimmer. "In the second half Crooks scored the first goal from a centre by Rimmer, lofting the ball over the goalkeeper's head." Sammy Crooks4th of 7 goals. , 5?'
  • Assist: Harry Betmead. "Crooks, once more playing with great determination, forced a number of corners, and then centred for Dean to head the ball through the goal." Dixie Dean18th of 18 goals. , 68'
  • Assist: Dixie Dean. "A free-kick for hands taken by Cooper took the ball once more to Dean in the goalmouth and he placed it back to the feet of Johnson, who shot through with a hard kick." Tommy Johnson5th of 5 goals. , 76'
  • Assist: Ellis Rimmer. "Crooks got the seventh goal, once more coming in to the centre to take a pass from the other wing." Sammy Crooks5th of 7 goals. , <87'
    • GK
    • Harry HibbsBirmingham, 10th of 25 caps
      25 years, 6 months, 13 days
    • RB
    • Tom CooperDerby, 10th of 15 caps
      27 years, 11 month, 8 days
    • LB
    • Ernie BlenkinsopSheffield Wed, 21st of 26 caps
      29 years, 7 months, 19 days
      (c)1st captaincy
    • RH
    • Alf StrangeSheffield Wed, 11th of 20 caps
      31 years, 8 months, 7 days
    • CH
    • Charles GeeEverton, 2nd of 3 caps
      22 years, 8 months, 3 days
    • OR
    • Sammy CrooksDerby, 11th of 26 caps
      23 years, 10 months, 24 days
    • IR
    • Jack SmithPortsmouth, 3rd of 3 caps
      33 years, 1 month, 12 days
    • CF
    • Dixie DeanEverton, 15th of 16 caps
      24 years, 10 months, 18 days
    • OL
    • Ellis RimmerSheffield Wed, 4th of 4 caps
      24 years, 11 month, 7 days
  • Guillermo Gorostiza, 87'
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    • GK
    • Ricardo ZamoraRicardo Zamora Martínez.
      Born 21st Jan 1901, Barcelona.
      (c)
    • RB
    • Ramón ZabaloRamón Zabalo Zubiaurre.
      Born 10th Jun 1910, South Shields, England.
    • LB
    • Jacinto QuincocesJacinto Francisco Fernández de Quincoces y López de Arbina.
      Born 17th Jul 1905, Barakaldo.
    • HB
    • Leonardo CilaurrenLeonardo Cilaurren Uriarte.
      Born 5th Nov 1912, Basurto-Zorrotza.
    • HB
    • Francisco GamborenaFrancisco Gamborena Hernandorena.
      Born 14th Mar 1901, Irun.
    • HB
    • Roberto Etxebarria ArrutiRoberto Etxebarria Arruti.
      Born 6th May 1908, Eibar.
    • OR
    • Martí VentolràMartí Vantolrà i Fort.
      Born 16th Dec 1906, Barcelona.
    • IR
    • LeoncitoAntonio León Amador.
      Born 30th Aug 1909, Seville.
    • CF
    • José SamitierJosep Samitier Vilalta.
      Born 2nd Feb 1902, Barcelona.
    • IL
    • Juan Hilario MarreroJuan Hilario Marrero Pérez.
      Born 8th Dec 1905, Las Palmas.
    • OL
    • Guillermo GorostizaGuillermo Gorostiza Paredes.
      Born 15th Feb 1909, Santurtzi.

Notes

  • Match InfoStanley Rous and A. Carcer (President of the Spanish Referees' Association) were linesman for this match.
  • Player MilestoneAussie Campbell's Last Cap
  • Player MilestoneJack Smith's Last Cap
  • Player MilestoneEllis Rimmer's Last Cap
  • Goal MilestoneTommy Johnson, 76' - 550th goal scored by England

Sources

  • The Times "England's victory over Spain", Thursday 10th December 1931, page 6.
  • Fútbol en la Red futbol.sportec.es

Managers

  • England Committee
  • Spain José María Mateos

Referee

  • Germany Dr Peco Bauwens

Attendance

  • 55,000

Half Time Score

ELO Ratings

  • No change in rank, gaining 12 ranking points to 1989 points England - 4th
  • Spain - 8th