In December 1954 Bert played for England against Germany after a three-year absence.  It was a game that was described by one reporter as sheer beauty.  They described Stanley Matthews as flawless and Tom Finney as a master of his craft.  Almost one year earlier the England side had been demolished by the Hungarians 6-3 at Wembley.  Hungary had been World Cup finalists in June 1954, beaten by the Germans 3-2.  However, this was a relatively young German side but one that needed to be paid the respect that a World Championship team deserves.  England went ahead through Roy Bentley in the 27th minute and increased their lead with a goal from Ronnie Allen.  The Germans were struggling to keep the score respectable and England missed many opportunities to increase their lead.  Germany reduced the arrears which woke England up and Len Shackleton scored a third for England to win the game 3-1.

Bert’s England cap from the Portugal game in 1949-50

Action man Bert Williams at his best

Bert’s programme from the game against Germany

Bert’s amazing agility deemed some writers
to call him the “India-rubber” man

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