The letter from Walter Winterbottom advising Bert to prepare himself for the trip to Brazil. George Garland was the team cobbler who always travelled with the team. According to conditions of the turf he would raise or lower the studs with leather discs nailed into position.
England had received a severe setback when Neil Franklin who was the regular England centre half signed for Bogota in Columbia just before the team was due to fly to Rio. This immediately excluded him from playing for England in the finals. Bert thought that Neil was an incredible player and would be greatly missed as there was no obvious replacement. At a later date Neil confided to Bert that it was a great mistake going to play in Columbia.