The match that was marked to be the greatest game. Hungary touched base in England as Olympic champions and undefeated for a long time, inciting the English press to call the amicable “the match of the century”
It was England’s first thrashing on home soil by mainland resistance, and the earnest 6-3 scoreline drove commander Billy Wright to recognize: “We totally belittled the advances that Hungary had made, and not just strategically. I looked down and saw that the Hungarians had on these odd, lightweight boots, remove like shoes under the lower leg bone. I swung to huge Stan Mortensen and stated: ‘We ought to be okay here, Stan, they lack the legitimate unit
Britain were not ready for the Hungarian 4-2-4 development
Nandor Hidegkuti was wearing the No 9 shirt yet played in midfield, and his marker, focus half Harry Johnston, wound up getting hauled out of position. Hungarian advances Sandor Kocsis and Ferenc Puskas were persistently swapping positions, confounding the English guard and inciting The Times journalist Geoffrey Green to depict Wright as “a fire motor heading for the wrong fire”
Hidegkuti scored after only 90 seconds. Britain evened out through Jackie Sewell however Hungary thundered back with three more objectives previously half-time. Mortensen included a moment for England before the break however Hungary score twice more in the second half. Alf Ramsey got England’s third, a punishment.
Tom Finney, who watched England’s trouble from the Wembley stands, represented everybody when he stated: “I left away pondering to myself what we had been doing every one of these years.” a half year later the Hungarians beat England once more, 7-1 in Budapest.