Manager Info

  • FA Select Committee

  • 1872 - 1939

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  • As the governing body of the game since it's establishment in October 1863 the Football Association and later the FA Select Committee had sole responsibility for selecting the England team.
    In the first 15 years of international football this was done by the board as a whole with Charles Alcock (FA Honorary Secretary) having the loudest influence. The Select Committee was formed in 1887 with the express purpose of selecting the team. The Committee of seven men, later nine, continued to pick the national team throughout two world wars. Several coaches such as Herbert Chapman and Thomas Whittaker were given responsibilities to un-officially manage England on overseas tours but the only real influence they had, despite training the team, was to suggest a replacement for one of the Committee's first choice players if one had been injured.
    When Walter Winterbottom was appointed national director of coaching at the resumption of international matches after World War Two in 1946, he was given complete control of the England set-up apart from the selection of the team; that remained with the Select Committee. Alf Ramsey was the first manager to have complete control over selection and tactics.

Match Types

    • Type
    • Played
    • Won
    • Drawn
    • Lost
    • For
    • Against
    • Friendly
    • 73
    • 48
    • 7
    • 18
    • 273
    • 125
    • British Home Championship
    • 153
    • 90
    • 30
    • 33
    • 401
    • 168
    • Competitive Matches
    • 153
    • 90
    • 30
    • 33
    • 401
    • 168
    • Home
    • 97
    • 65
    • 13
    • 19
    • 295
    • 116
    • Away
    • 129
    • 73
    • 24
    • 32
    • 379
    • 177
    • Total
    • 226
    • 138
    • 37
    • 51
    • 674
    • 293