Lot 122

Match Tickets for the following games at Wembley Stadium: England v Hungary, 25th November 1953; England v Brazil, 9th May 1956; England v Brazil, 4th May 1963; England v Hungary, 5th May 1965; England v West Germany, 23rd February 1966

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Match Tickets for the following games at Wembley Stadium: England v Hungary, 25th November 1953; England v Brazil, 9th May 1956; England v Brazil, 4th May 1963; England v Hungary, 5th May 1965; England v West Germany, 23rd February 1966. These are very interesting set of match tickets. The outstanding one is the match in 1953, when England was given a drubbing by the Magic Magyars, as the Hungarian team was known. Without doubt this match had a greater significance for English football than any other before or since. Quite rightly it was called the match of the century, its effect was devastating. England had never lost at Wembley and were cocooned in a state of myopic insularity about their excellence. The team was not even selected by the manager, the FA Selection Committee chose teams! A classic example of this complacency is the statement of England's captain, Billy Wright. 'As we walked onto the pitch side by side with the visiting team, I looked down and noticed that the Hungarians were wearing these strange lightweight boots, cut away like slippers under the ankle bone. I turned to big Stan Mortensen and said, ''We will be all right here, Stan, they haven't got the proper kit''. The English team had hopelessly outdated heavy boots with big toe caps and tactics from the 1930s. The Hungarian team coached by Gustav Sebes was fitter, more skilful and tactically years ahead of England and had at least two world class players in Puskas and Hidegkuti. The team actually practised for lengthy periods. The Magyars created modern football in Europe. I was fortunate enough to watch the game and was astounded by what I saw. The culmination of skill that I witnessed was a hard low cross from Hidegkuti to Puskas, which he caught with his right foot, spun round and banged it into the English goal with his left foot. We just gasped with admiration. It later turned out that the two had practised the manoeuvre 120 times the day before. The devastating defeat of 3-6, which could have been 3-10 shattered English football and radically altered team training, tactics and kit. Alas to this day English players still do not have the technical skills of the better foreign players. Myopia is still alive in the Premier League. The England v Brazil match in 1956 saw the first goal scored by kicking the ball with the outside of the foot. Didi picked up the ball just outside the penalty area and shot. The English keeper, Matthews, dived towards his right hand side of the goal and then watched helplessly as the ball swerved to the other corner.

Auction Date: September 2012

Estimate:

£200 - £400

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