Match No. 289 - Sunday, 20th June 1954, 5:10pm

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    • Eugène ParlierEugène Parlier.
      Born 13th Feb 1929, Montreux.
    • 7
    • André NeuryAndré Neury.
      Born 3rd Mar 1921, Swtizerland.
    • 4
    • Roger BocquetRoger Bocquet.
      Born 9th Apr 1921, Geneva.
    • 14
    • Willy KernenWilhelm Kernen.
      Born 6th Aug 1929, La Chaux-de-Fords.
    • 10
    • Oliver EggimannOliver Eggimann.
      Born 28th Jan 1919, Switzerland.
    • 8
    • Heinz BiglerHeinz Bigler.
      Born 21st Dec 1925, Bern.
    • 15
    • Charles AntenenCharles Antenen.
      Born 3rd Nov 1929, La Chaux-de-Fords.
    • 22
    • Roger VonlanthenRoger Vonlanthen.
      Born 5th Dec 1930, Geneva.
    • 20
    • Eugen MeierEugen Meier.
      Born 30th Apr 1930, Schaffhausen.
    • 16
    • Robert BallamanRobert Ballaman.
      Born 21st Jun 1926, Reconvilier.
    • 17
    • Jacky FattonJacques Fatton.
      Born 19th Dec 1925, Exincourt, France.
    • 1
    • Gil MerrickBirmingham, 22nd of 23 caps
      32 years, 4 months, 25 days
    • 3
    • Roger ByrneMan Utd, 5th of 33 caps
      25 years, 4 months, 12 days
    • 4
    • Billy WrightWolves, 60th of 105 caps
      30 years, 4 months, 14 days
      (c)45th captaincy
    • 14
    • Bill McGarryHuddersfield, 1st of 4 caps
      27 years, 0 months, 10 days
    • 17
    • Jimmy MullenWolves, 12th of 12 caps
      31 years, 5 months, 14 days
    • 8
    • Ivor BroadisNewcastle Utd, 13th of 14 caps
      31 years, 6 months, 2 days
    • 10
    • Tommy TaylorMan Utd, 5th of 19 caps
      22 years, 4 months, 22 days
    • 11
    • Tom FinneyPreston NE, 53rd of 76 caps
      32 years, 2 months, 15 days

Notes

  • World Cup FormatThe 1954 World Cup had a peculiar format. Two seeded teams would be drawn with two non-seeded teams in each of the four groups of four. Instead of the usual round-robin format the seeded teams only played the non-seeded teams and extra-time was used for group matches ending in a draw.
    In the first match Switzerland beat seeded Italy before England and Belgium played out a 3-3 draw, the game progressed to extra time where both teams scored one each ending with a 4-4 draw. In the other matches Italy beat Belgium 4-1 and England beat Switzerland 2-0 leaving England top of the group with 3 points but both Italy and Switzerland on 2 points. This was an era where using any kind of secondary classification system was unheard of - forget penalties, not even goal difference was considered. So, Italy and Switzerland entered into a play-off on 23rd June that the host won 2-1.
  • Player MilestoneBill McGarry's 1st Cap
  • Player MilestoneJimmy Mullen'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)
  • Official FIFA report

Managers

Referee

  • Hungary Istvan Zsolt

Attendance

  • 43,119

Half Time Score

ELO Ratings

  • Down 1 place, gaining 23 ranking points to 2022 points England - 5th - 1
  • Switzerland - 23rd

World Cup 1954

(Group 4)

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    • Pts
    • GD
    • L
    • D
    • W
    • P
    • England
    • 3
    • +2
    • 0
    • 1
    • 1
    • 2
    • Italy
    • 2
    • +2
    • 1
    • 0
    • 1
    • 2
    • Switzerlan...
    • 2
    • -1
    • 1
    • 0
    • 1
    • 2
    • Belgium
    • 1
    • -3
    • 1
    • 1
    • 0
    • 2
    • Final Standings.