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

    • Joe Gaetjens, 38'
    •  
    • 1
    • Frank Borghi  
    • 2
    • Harry Keough  
    • 3
    • John Maca  
    • 4
    • Eddie McIlvenny (c) 
    • 5
    • Charles Colombo  
    • 6
    • Walter Bahr  
    • 7
    • Frank Wallace  
    • 8
    • Gino Pariani  
    • 9
    • Joe Gaetjens  
    • 10
    • John Souza  
    • 11
    • Edward Souza  

Notes

  • Match Report:  Although the game was played almost exclusively in the American half, the English contrived, through frustration, awful shooting, questionable refereeing decisions, the outstanding saves of Borghi and the woodwork (which was struck no less than 11 times!) to lose the match. Probably the most infamous and humiliating defeat by an English side. Never had they 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