Match No. 257 - Thursday, 29th June 1950, 6:00pm

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    • 2
    • Alf RamseySpurs, 7th of 32 caps
      30 years, 5 months, 7 days
    • 3
    • Jack AstonMan Utd, 16th of 17 caps
      28 years, 9 months, 26 days
    • 4
    • Billy WrightWolves, 31st of 105 caps
      26 years, 4 months, 23 days
      (c)16th captaincy
    • 5
    • Laurie HughesLiverpool, 2nd of 3 caps
      26 years, 3 months, 27 days
    • 7
    • Tom FinneyPreston NE, 27th of 76 caps
      28 years, 2 months, 24 days
    • 8
    • Wilf MannionMiddlesbrough, 21st of 26 caps
      32 years, 1 month, 13 days
    • 9
    • Roy BentleyChelsea, 6th of 12 caps
      26 years, 1 month, 12 days
    • 11
    • Jimmy MullenWolves, 6th of 12 caps
      27 years, 5 months, 23 days
  • Joe Gaetjens, 38'
    • 1
    • Frank BorghiFrank Borghi.
      Born 9th Apr 1925, St, Louis.
    • 2
    • Harry KeoughHarry Joseph Keough.
      Born 15th Nov 1927, St. Louis.
    • 3
    • Joe MacaJoseph Andre Maca.
      Born 28th Sep 1920, Brussels, Belgium.
    • 4
    • Ed McIlvennyEdward Joseph McIlvenny.
      Born 21st Oct 1924, Greenock, Scotland.
      (c)
    • 5
    • Charlie ColomboCharles Martin Colombo.
      Born 20th Jul 1920, St. Louis.
    • 6
    • Walter BahrWalter Alfred Bahr.
      Born 1st Apr 1927, Philadelphia.
    • 7
    • Frank WallaceFrank Wallace.
      Born 15th Jul 1922, St. Louis.
    • 8
    • Gino ParianiVirginio Peter Pariani.
      Born 21st Feb 1928, St. Louis.
    • 9
    • Joe GaetjensJoseph Edouard Gaetjens.
      Born 19th Mar 1924, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
    • 10
    • John SouzaJohn Souza-Benavides.
      Born 12th Jul 1920, Fall River, MA.
    • 11
    • Ed SouzaEdward Souza-Neto.
      Born 22nd Sep 1921, Fall River, MA.

Notes

  • Match ReportAlthough the game was played almost exclusively in the American half, the English contrived, through frustration, awful shooting, questionable refereeing decisions, hot weather, a poor pitch, but mostly due to the outstanding saves of Borghi and the woodwork (which was struck no less than 11 times!) to lose the match. Joe Gaetjen's (in)famous goal came from the USA's only real chance of the match and then it was a deflection off the back of his head!
    Inexplicably the FA had asked their best player, Stanley Matthews, to go on a "goodwill tour" of Canada during the start of the tournament and he only arrived just before this match. With Matthews available, the sole FA Selection Committee member present, Mr. Arthur Drewry from Grimsby, decided against selecting him because he didn't want to change the winning team that had beaten Chile 2-0 in the opening match.
    Probably the most infamous and humiliating defeat by an English side. A by-product of the still persisting arrogance of the English and the FA that the English team was still superior to "foreign" opposition and their luke-warm attitude to the World Cup in 1950.
    Despite all those factors, never had England played so badly, and to make matters worse, never had they had such bad luck.

Sources

  • England - The Quest for the World Cup - A Complete Record by Clive Leatherdale (Two Heads Publishing 1994)
  • England: The Complete Post-War Record by Mike Payne (Breedon Books Publishing Company 1993)
  • Official FIFA report
  • The Anatomy of England by Jonathan Wilson (Orion 2010)

Managers

Referee

  • Italy Generoso Dattilo

Attendance

  • 10,151

Half Time Score

ELO Ratings

  • Down 1 place, losing -57 ranking points to 2023 points England - 2nd - 1
  • United States - 31st

World Cup 1950

(Pool 2)

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    • Pts
    • GD
    • L
    • D
    • W
    • P
    • Spain
    • 6
    • +5
    • 0
    • 0
    • 3
    • 3
    • England
    • 2
    • 0
    • 2
    • 0
    • 1
    • 3
    • Chile
    • 2
    • -1
    • 2
    • 0
    • 1
    • 3
    • United Sta...
    • 2
    • -4
    • 2
    • 0
    • 1
    • 3
    • Final Standings.