Match No. 283 - Wednesday, 11th November 1953

    • 1
    • Gil MerrickBirmingham, 16th of 23 caps
      31 years, 9 months, 16 days
    • 4
    • Billy WrightWolves, 54th of 105 caps
      29 years, 9 months, 5 days
      (c)39th captaincy
    • 8
    • Albert QuixallSheffield Wed, 3rd of 5 caps
      20 years, 3 months, 2 days
    • 9
    • Nat LofthouseBolton, 19th of 33 caps
      28 years, 2 months, 15 days
    • 75'
    • 11
    • Jimmy MullenWolves, 9th of 12 caps
      30 years, 10 months, 5 days
  • Eddie McMorran, 54'
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  •  
    • 1
    • Billy SmythWilliam Thomas Smyth.
      Born 1925, Belfast.
    • 75'
    • 2
    • Len GrahamWilliam George Leonard Graham.
      Born 17th Oct 1925, Belfast.
    • 3
    • Alf McMichaelAlfred McMichael.
      Born 1st Oct 1927, Belfast.
    • 4
    • Danny BlanchflowerRobert Dennis Blanchflower.
      Born 10th Feb 1926, Belfast.
      Older brother of Jackie Blanchflower.
    • 5
    • Billy DicksonWilliam Dickson.
      Born 15th Mar 1923, Lurgan.
    • 6
    • Billy CushWilbur Cush.
      Born 10th Jun 1928, Lurgan.
    • 7
    • Billy BinghamWilliam Laurence Bingham.
      Born 5th Aug 1931, Belfast.
    • 8
    • Jimmy McIlroyJames McIlroy.
      Born 25th Oct 1931, Lambeg.
    • 9
    • Billy SimpsonWilliam Joseph Simpson.
      Born 12th Dec 1929, Belfast.
    • 10
    • Eddie McMorranEdward James McMorran.
      Born 2nd Sep 1923, Larne.
    • 11
    • Norman LockhartNorman H. Lockhart.
      Born 4th Mar 1924, Belfast.

Notes

  • Early GoalA cross-shot by Hassall was fumbled into his own net by Smyth.
  • Player InjuriesFor the last fifteen minutes both teams played on with ten men. Lofthouse had hurt his head and Smyth had a broken nose. Dickson continued in goal for Ireland.
  • Player MilestoneStan Rickaby's Only Cap
  • Player MilestoneHarold Hassall's Last Cap

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)

Managers

Referee

  • Wales Robert Smith

Attendance

  • 70,000

Half Time Score

ELO Ratings

  • No change in rank, gaining 3 ranking points to 2025 points England - 3rd
  • Northern Ireland - 42nd

World Cup 1954 Q

(Group 3)

    •  
    • Pts
    • GD
    • L
    • D
    • W
    • P
    • England
    • 6
    • +7
    • 0
    • 0
    • 3
    • 3
    • Scotland
    • 3
    • 0
    • 1
    • 1
    • 1
    • 3
    • Northern I...
    • 2
    • -3
    • 2
    • 0
    • 1
    • 3
    • Wales
    • 1
    • -4
    • 2
    • 1
    • 0
    • 3
    • Final Standings.