Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
England keeper recalls 1950 U.S. loss
AP, February 25th, 2010 11:38PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  england, men's national team, world cup

MOST COMMENTED

With the USA and England facing each other in their 2010 World Cup opener, recollections of their previous World Cup clash -- a shocking 1-0 U.S. win in 1950 -- continue to stream in. This time it's England goalkeeper Bert Williams, who is now 90 years old. "It's been 60 years," said Williams, who was beaten Joe Gaetjens. "It's taken a lot of forgetting as far as I am concerned."

''As soon as England played a good ball through, the whole American team retreated to the 18-yard line,'' said Williams. ''You could hardly see their goal. We hit the crossbar and the upright three times to my knowledge but we could not get the ball past this crowd of players.''

Williams, who played 24 times for England, said, ''We thought the score should have been 8-1, 10-1 even -- and I was virtually one of the spectators. ... I don't remember a great deal about the goal. I had the ball covered and it was a deflection off one of their players who was standing in front of me. I was going the right way. It just happened.''

England was eliminated after losing its next game to Spain, 1-0. ''I think what lost us the match against Spain was the utter dejection from losing 1-0 to the Americans," Williams said. "Our spirits were so low. I felt sorry for everyone who was on that tour."

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Five Lessons to Prepare for College Soccer    
Ed McLaughlin, the Athletic Director at Virginia Commonwealth who has been involved in college athletics for ...
Cal South TOPSoccer Program Turns 25    
"We're all soccer players, special needs or not," says Sandy Castillo, chair of the Cal South ...
How Neymar Played in Childhood     
Neyrmar: "I used to pick up the ball, set up the furniture and go around dribbling ...
Chivas USA Youth Players Face Murky Future    
Chivas USA, which folded after the 2014 season, had one of the MLS's most ambitious youth ...
Roma Partnering with U.S. Youth Clubs    
Italian Serie A club Roma, which has American ownership, aims to forge partnerships with seven U.S. ...
LVG: Falcao "Has to Prove Himself"    
Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal has responded to criticism over dropping Radamel Falcao by claiming ...
Report: Adidas to Assist Messi Move?    
According to Spanish sports daily AS, Lionel Messi's sponsor Adidas could be the key to the ...
Mourinho Questions Man City's Transfer Policy     
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho suggested that rival Manchester City is not adhering to UEFA's Financial Fair ...
Toure Admits Man City Future in Doubt     
Speaking ahead of the opening games of the African Nations' Cup in Equatorial Guinea this weekend, ...
Ronaldo Blasts 'Defensive' Atleti Tactics    
Cristiano Ronaldo blasted Atletico Madrid for its unattractive style after the Rojiblancos ousted Real Madrid from ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives