European games

The England squad on its way to Europe to play Italy, Austria and Switzerland in 1952

(L-R): Billy Wright, Bill Eckersley, Bobby Langton, Gil Merrick, Eddie Baily, Jackie Sewell, Ronnie Allan,
Tom Finney, Stan Pearson, Bill Nicholson, Ivor Broadis, Jimmy Dickinson, Jack Froggatt (almost hidden),
Alf Ramsey, Bert Williams, Tommy Cummings, Nat Lofthouse and Jimmy Trotter

A relaxing stroll with, far left front row, Walter Winterbottom, Bert Williams and Raymond Glendenning but can you spot Tom Finney, Bill Nicholson & Stanley Rous?

The Palace Hotel in Brussels show Bert Williams and Alf Ramsey sharing a room.  They were often paired together on England tours.  The game was an International against Belgium and after a dire first half when England trailed by a single goal they came out in the second half and scored four times without reply.  Jimmy Mullen came on as a substitute and scored within 30 seconds of the restart and Wilf Mannion, Stan Mortensen and Roy Bentley scored the others.  This game was just prior to the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.

The 1950 FIFA World Cup, held in Brazil from 24 June to 16 July 1950, was the fourth FIFA World Cup.  It was the first World Cup since 1938, the planned 1942 and 1946 competitions having been cancelled owing to World War II.  It was won by Uruguay, who had won the inaugural competition in 1930, clinching the cup by beating the hosts Brazil 2-1 in the deciding match of the four-team final group (this was the only tournament not decided by a one-match final).  It was also the first tournament where the trophy was referred to as the Jules Rimet Cup, to mark the 25th anniversary of Jules Rimet's presidency of FIFA.

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