Match No. 214 - Wednesday, 1st December 1937, 2:30pm

  • Assist: Len Goulden. "...the ball went across to Goulden, who returned it for Crayston to drive a waist-high shot into the far corner of the net" Jack Crayston3rd of 3 goals, 13'
  • "[Morton] was put through cleverly, beat his man, and finished with a fine shot just out of Planicka's reach." Jackie MortonOnly Goal, 20'
  • "Matthews, with a brilliant long shot after Barkas had audaciously come through with the ball, made the score 3-1." Stanley Matthews4th of 11 goals, 30'
  • "12 minutes after the re-start, Matthews dribbled over to the left and sent in a lovely, left-footed rising drive which restored what looked a winning lead of two goals." Stanley Matthews5th of 11 goals, 57'
  • "...a shot by Matthews was deflected off a defender out of Planicka s reach." Stanley Matthews1st of 11 goals, 83'
    • 1
    • Vic WoodleyChelsea, 7th of 19 caps
      27 years, 9 months, 3 days
    • 3
    • Sam BarkasMan City, 5th of 5 caps
      27 years, 11 month, 3 days
      (c)3rd captaincy
    • 5
    • Stan CullisWolves, 3rd of 12 caps
      21 years, 1 month, 7 days
    • 6
    • Wilf CoppingArsenal, 16th of 20 caps
      30 years, 3 months, 15 days
    • 8
    • Willie HallSpurs, 4th of 10 caps
      25 years, 8 months, 20 days
    • 9
    • George MillsChelsea, 3rd of 3 caps
      28 years, 11 month, 3 days
    • 10
    • Len GouldenWest Ham, 5th of 14 caps
      25 years, 4 months, 16 days
  • Antonín Puč, 15'
  • Oldřich Nejedlý, 44'
  • Josef Zeman, 73'
  • Oldřich Nejedlý, 80'
  •  
    • GK
    • František PlánićkaFrantišek Plánićka.
      Born 2nd Jun 1904, Prague.
      (c)
    • RB
    • Josef KošťálekJosef Košťálek.
      Born 31st Aug 1909, Kladno.
    • LB
    • Ferdinand DaučíkFerdinand Daučík.
      Born 30th May 1910, Shahy.
    • HB
    • Antonín VodićkaAntonín Vodićka.
      Born 1st Mar 1907, Vrsovice.
    • HB
    • Jaroslav BoučekJaroslav Bouček.
      Born 13th Nov 1912, Cernosice.
    • HB
    • Karel KolskýKarel Kolský.
      Born 21st Sep 1914, Krocehlavy.
    • OR
    • Jan ŘíhaJan Říha.
      Born 11th Nov 1915, Pisek.
    • IR
    • Frantićek KlozFrantićek Kloz.
      Born 19th May 1905, Mlekorsby.
    • CF
    • Josef ZemanJosef Zeman.
      Born 23rd Jan 1915, Drunche.
    • IL
    • Oldřich NejedlýOldřich Nejedlý.
      Born 26th Dec 1909, Zebrak.
    • OL
    • Antonín PučAntonín Puč.
      Born 16th May 1907, Jinonice.

Notes

  • Player Injury: MillsThe Times notes that "Mills was hurt early on and went out to the right wing; then he partially recovered and went back to his proper position." whilst the Sheffield Independent states "[Mills] was knocked dizzy through a collision in the first ten mintues, played part of the game at outside-right, and 80 minutes of it with one eye practically closed."
  • Player Injury: CraystonThe Times: "When the teams came out after half-time Crayston, limping a little and obviously not able to go all out for the ball, was at outside-right and Hall dropped back to right half-back." Sheffiled Independent: "In addition, Crayston fell lame in the first half, and after the interval had to play at outside-right, with Hall at right-halfback. This meant Matthews playing the greater part of the game at inside-right..."
  • Match InfoMany publications note that the game finished in almost near darkness.
  • Hat-Trick: Stanley Matthews1st hat-trick (32nd overall). 53 minutes between first and third goals.
  • Player MilestoneSam Barkas' Last Cap
  • Player MilestoneJack Crayston's Last Cap
  • Player MilestoneGeorge Mills' Last Cap
  • Player MilestoneJackie Morton's Only Cap
  • Goal MilestoneJackie Morton's 1st Goal
  • Goal MilestoneStanley Matthews' 1st Goal

Sources

  • The Times "Stern Challenge by Czechoslovakia", Thursday 2nd December 1937, Page 6
  • Sheffield and Rotherham Independent "Czechs wipe out 4-2 lead but Matthews scores near time: Vistors' fine rally against crippled England side", Thursday 2nd December 1937, page 8.

Managers

Referee

  • Belgium John Langenus

Attendance

  • 45,879

Half Time Score

ELO Ratings

  • No change in rank, gaining 5 ranking points to 1979 points England - 3rd
  • Czechoslovakia - 10th