1950 FA Charity Shield

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1950 FA Charity Shield
1950 Charity Shield.jpg
The match programme cover
EventFA Charity Shield
Date20 September 1950
VenueStamford Bridge, London
RefereeArthur Ellis

The 1950 FA Charity Shield was the 28th FA Charity Shield, an early season exhibition football match hosted by The Football Association. The 1950 match was held between the England squad that had competed at the 1950 World Cup, and the squad that had participated in an exhibition tour of Canada in the same summer.[1] While in its early years the format of the Charity Shield had varied, by 1950 the match was an unusual variation from the normal game between the league champion and the FA Cup winner.

England had entered the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 1950, having previously missed the tournament due to the FA (and other Home Nations football associations) boycott of FIFA.[2] The tournament had gone badly, with an under-prepared England team eliminated in the first round, including suffering from a 1–0 defeat to the United States, whose team was largely made up of amateurs.[3] The decision to send a team on a goodwill tour — a fairly common practice by the FA at the time[4] — to Canada at the same time as the World Cup is now seen as evidence of this poor preparation, with key players such as Stanley Matthews and Nat Lofthouse unavailable for all or part of the World Cup due to their selection for the tour.[5] This was the last time to date that the Charity Shield was held between two FA teams (in 1913, 1923–26 and 1929 it had been between an England Professional XI and the England amateur team), though an FA XI would later compete in the 1961 FA Charity Shield against the double-winning Tottenham Hotspur team.

The match itself finished 4–2 to the World Cup squad. Matthews, who had been part of both squads, played for the Touring XI. [6] Liverpool F.C. defender Laurie Hughes was badly injured in the match, and never played for England again. He remained at Liverpool for the rest of his career, but the injury is seen as having prevented him from fulfilling his potential.[7]

Match details[edit]

England World Cup XI4–2F.A. Canadian Touring Team
Manion Goal
Mortensen Goal
Baily Goal
Mullen Goal
Johnston Goal
Lofthouse Goal
Attendance: 38,468
Referee: Arthur Ellis
England World Cup XI
F.A. Canadian Touring Team
1 England Ernest Butler
2 England Alf Ramsey
3 England Bill Eckersley
4 England Billy Wright (c)
5 England Laurie HughesSubstituted off
6 England Jimmy Dickinson
7 England Tom Finney
8 England Wilf Mannion
9 England Stan Mortensen
10 England Eddie Baily
11 England Jimmy Mullen
12 England Jim Taylor Substituted in
England Walter Winterbottom
1 England Stan Hanson
2 England Bert Mozley
3 England Stan Milburn
4 England Harry Johnston
5 England Reg Flewin (c)
6 England Tim Ward
7 England Stanley Matthews
8 England Jackie Sewell
9 England Nat Lofthouse
10 England Jimmy Hagan
11 England Johnny Hancocks
Match officials
  • Assistant referees:
    • R.J. Leafe
    • B.M. Griffiths


  1. ^ Sewell, Albert. "Ask Albert - Number 39". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  2. ^ "World Cup: US v England match recalls 1950 upset". BBC News. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  3. ^ Douglas, Geoffrey (2005). The Game of Their Lives: The Untold Story of the World Cup's Biggest Upset. Harper. ISBN 0060758775.
  4. ^ "British FA XI Tours". Rssf. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  5. ^ Liew, Jonathan. "England at the World Cup: Dirt, drama and defeat in 1950". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  6. ^ "1950/51 Charity Shield". Football Site. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  7. ^ Glanville, Barry. "Laurie Hughes obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 January 2016.