*Historic* England National Team vs Uruguay National Team Game - Match Used Ball for the official match played at Uruguay (Estadio Centenario), May 31, 1953. Provenance: Photo Match - England Tour & Billy Wright's 50th Cap - LOA Uruguay Captain Matías Gonzalez 1930 World Cup Museum.
Museum Piece (Check all photos) - Superb provenance.
England faced a formidable match on the last leg of their South American tour when they took on the current World Champions, Uruguay. Having won the trophy in 1950 they were now eagerly building a side to defend it in Switzerland the following year and emphasised their power. England were desperately unlucky before the match. After the Chile game many of the party were struck down by stomach upsets and some of the players looked barely fit enough to play. Nevertheless they battled bravely and to only lose by the odd goal in three was no disgrace. Uruguay took the lead after 27 minutes. Abbadie cut in from the right wing to fire low, hard and accurately from 20 yards leaving Gil Merrick well beaten. The crowd went wild with delight and firworks were let off all around the stadium, a frighteningly new experience for some of the younger players of this England team. The England team was always struggling and never really got going. Nat Lofthouse, especially, was a pale shadow of his normal self. Having said that England did have their moments. Tommy Taylor and Tom Finney almost got through and Uruguay occasionally had to hang on desperately to their lead. England had no luck at all especially when both Lofthouse and Ivor Broadis hit the inside of the Uruguayans' upright with shots that deserved a better reward. In the 60th minute, Uruguay stretched their lead. Cabrera, out on left, centred perfectly for Míguez to head wide of the despairing Merrick. Five minutes later Abbadie missed a sitter, shooting over from close range. At this stage Uruguay were in control, continually beating England for possession. But all credit to the tiring visitors as they refused to give up and they gained some deserved consolation in the last minute when Taylor pulled a goal back.
Ball details: Made in Uruguay. Leather material. See pictures for all details.