"On 25 November 1953
, an international football match was played between Hungary - then the world's number one ranked team, the Olympic champions and on a run of 24 unbeaten games, and England... The British press referred to it as the "Match of the Century" - the originators of the game, against the finest team in the world at that time."
[via] The Guardian - 60 years on from the game that stunned a nation
The match on wikipedia
How they lined up:
GK 1 Gil Merrick (Birmingham City)
RB 2 Alf Ramsey (Tottenham Hotspur)
LB 3 Bill Eckersley (Blackburn Rovers)
RH 4 Billy Wright (Wolverhampton Wanderers) (c)
CB 5 Harry Johnston (Blackpool)
LH 6 Jimmy Dickinson (Portsmouth)
RW 7 Stanley Matthews (Blackpool)
IR 8 Ernie Taylor (Blackpool)
CF 9 Stan Mortensen (Blackpool)
IL 10 Jackie Sewell (Sheffield Wednesday)
LW 11 George Robb (Tottenham Hotspur)
Manager: England Walter Winterbottom
GK 1 Gyula Grosics (Honvéd) (c) Substituted off 78'
RB 2 Jenő Buzánszky (Dorogi)
LB 3 Mihály Lantos (Vörös Lobogó)
DM 4 József Bozsik (Honvéd)
CB 5 Gyula Lóránt (Honvéd)
CB 6 József Zakariás (Vörös Lobogó)
RW 7 László Budai (Honvéd)
FW 8 Sándor Kocsis (Honvéd)
AM 9 Nándor Hidegkuti (Vörös Lobogó)
FW 10 Ferenc Puskás (Honvéd)
LW 11 Zoltán Czibor (Honvéd)
(Substitutions: GK 12 Sándor Gellér (Vörös Lobogó) Substituted in 78th Min.)
Manager: Gusztáv Sebes
Wikipedia article on Football Positions Through The Ages
Things to look out for:
1) Foul Throws.
2) Backpass to the keeper.
3) Offside? Jonathan Wilson explains the history of the offside law
5) Name That Commentator.
6) Alf Ramsey.
if you haven't time to watch the whole match, the first 5-10 minutes will suffice - it doesn't change.
[spoiler warning -England Fans - look away now and keep looking away!]
Short Highlights clip of the reverse fixture the following year
(warning - loud Hungarian commentary)
In other Football News, the World Cup
starts in 1 months time...