USA v England, 29 June 1950 - 11v11 match report

USA v England, 29 June 1950

Score1-0 to USA
RefereeGeneroso Dattilo
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals group 2
VenueEstadio Independiencia
Kick Off: 15:00 This result is notable as one of the biggest shocks in the tournament's history. Before the game, England were heavy favorites against a hastily assembled U.S. team, which was composed of part-time players. The game's only goal was scored by the U.S.'s Haitian-born centre forward Joe Gaetjens. This game and the U.S. team were profiled by author Geoffrey Douglas in his book The Game of Their Lives, which was made into a film of the same name (later renamed The Miracle Match).

1  USA

Manager: William 'Chubby' Lyons

0  England

Manager: Walter Winterbottom


Joseph Gaetjens 38 G


Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Frank Borghi
Defender Harry Keough (captain)
Defender Joseph Maca
Midfielder Walter Bahr
Midfielder Charles Colombo
Midfielder Edward McIlvenny
Forward Joseph Gaetjens
Forward Gino Pariani
Forward Ed Souza
Forward John Souza
Forward Frank Wallace

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Bert Williams
Defender/Midfielder Billy Wright (captain)
Full back John Aston
Full back Alf Ramsey
Centre half Laurie Hughes
Midfielder Jimmy Dickinson
Centre forward Roy Bentley
Forward Tom Finney
Forward Stan Mortensen
Forward Jimmy Mullen
Inside forward Wilf Mannion