The following article is a conglomeration of articles posted to and e-mails between 13 July 1990 and 15 August 1990.  The
following folks are credited with any input into this article: (Garry Archer) (Miu Wang) (David T. Muxworthy) (Harold Somers) (Kevin Lewis)
The Hungary team that defeated England at Wembley 6-3 0n 25th November, 1953:

Sebes,		Gustav		MANAGER			Hungary

Grosics,	Gyula		Goalkeeper		Honved

Buzanszky,	Jeno		Right Back		Dorog
Lantos,		Mihaly		Left Back		MTK

Bozsik,		Jozsef		Right Half		Honved
Lorant,		Gyula		Centre Half		Honved
Zakarias,	Joszef		Left Half		MTK

Budai II,	Lazslo		Right Wing		?
Kocsis,		Sandor		Inside Right		Honved
Hidegkuti,	Nandor		Centre Forward		MTK
Puskas,		Ferenc		Inside Left		Honved
Czibor,		Zoltan		Outside Left		Ferencvaros
								(later Honved)

Other Hungarian internationals in the squad for the England game or in the
1954 World Cup: Mandi, Gyula (Manager, 1954 WC); Landor; Palotas; Varhidi;
Kovacs; Geller II; Csordas; J.Toth; Sandor; Vasas (Centre Back).

In Hungary the family name comes first, so Puskas' first name is Puskas,
and his last name is Ferenc. -- Miu Wang, Harold Somers et al.

The England team listing for that same famous game:

Winterbottom,	Walter		MANAGER			England

Merrick,	Gil		 #1 Goalkeeper		Birmingham City

Ramsey,		Alf		 #2 Right Back		Tottenham Hotspur
Eckersley,	Bill		 #3 Left Back		Blackburn Rovers

Wright (capt),	Billy		 #4 Right Half		Wolverhampton Wanderers
Johnston,	Harry		 #5 Centre Half		Blackpool
Dickinson,	Jimmy		 #6 Left Half		Portsmouth

Matthews,	Stan		 #7 Outside Right	Blackpool
Taylor,		Ernie		 #8 Inside Right	Blackpool
Mortensen,	Stan		 #9 Centre Forward	Blackpool
Sewell,		Jackie		#10 Inside Left		Sheffield Wednesday
Robb,		Graham		#11 Outside Left	Tottenham Hotspur

England scorers:  Ramsey, Mortensen, Sewell

The report in the FA Year Book was (the previous report was on England v
N Ireland, saying England hardly deserved to win, never mind 3-1):

"This time the scoreboard unfortunately reflected only too fairly the rival
strengths of the teams.  It is but sparse compensation to be able to reflect
that England lost her unbeaten home record to a team that played with
brilliance, flair and zest; and it is but painful irony to note that the
Hungarians largely owed their victory to their mastering of the 'English Style'
- interchanging forwards, a mingling of short and long passes, the same
defensive tactics, but all performed with almost geometrical accuracy and ball
control amounting to elegance.  Apart from all this they overcame the
traditional Continental weakness at finishing and shot four of their six goals
from outside the penalty area.

Within 60 seconds the Hungarians took the lead when Hidegkuti successfully sold
the dummy to Johnston before sending in a devastating shot.  England then drew
level after Mortensen made a well timed pass for Sewell to find the net.  Three
more Hungarian goals followed in quick succession: the first from Hidegkuti
following a poor clearance by the English defence, the second from Puskas after
juggling skilfully with a diagonal pass, the third also from Puskas who
diverted a free-kick by Boszik.  Then shortly before half-time Mortensen dashed
forward from a throw-in to score England's second goal.

Ten minutes after the interval Bozsik scored again and he was quickly succeeded
by Hidegkuti who completed Hungary's triumph with a hat-trick.  Though Ramsey
converted a penalty to make the final score 6-3, the issue by then was no
longer really at stake and a new page in the history of football had already
been turned."

Of course everyone expected England to be thrashed in the return match, and so
it turned out, 7-1.  The teams then were:

Gil Merrick           Birmingham City
Ron Staniforth        Huddersfield Town
Roger Byrne           Manchester United
Billy Wright          Wolverhampton Wanderers
Syd Owen              Luton Town
Jimmy Dickinson       Portsmouth
P Harris              Portsmouth
Jackie Sewell         Sheffield Wednesday
Bedford Jezzard       Fulham
Ivor Broadis          Manchester City
Tom Finney            Preston North End

The Hungarian team was :
Grosics; Buzansky, Lantos; Bozsik, Lorant, Zakarias; Toth, Kocsis,
Hidegkuti, Puskas, Czibor.

Looking down the England roster in the 7-1 loss at Hungary, I noted a
Bedford Jezzard whom I've never heard of before.  Wot a name!  I wonder
if anyone has any details on this player? -- Garry Archer

Bedford Jezzard was a dashing centre forward of the old type, struck me
as a gentleman possibly a public school type but I may be maligning him.
I went to Fulham quite a bit in 1959-62 and seem to remember him from then,
but memory may be playing tricks.  Maybe I saw him earlier with Jimmy Chin
Hill in the side. -- Dave Muxworthy

I have played with a player in our local (North Berks) league called Derek
Jezzard.  He was quite a good player at our level, and claimed his uncle
(Bedford Jezzard) had played for England during the 50's.  Not one of the
players had ever heard of him.  Although one or two ex-players thought that
they had. -- Kev Lewis

Oh... as an addendum to this game, I read once that there was a reunion
of all the players (England and Hungary) several years ago (early 1970's).
Sir Alf Ramsey greeted his fellow full-back of the day (25 Nov 1953) with,
"Er, Hello... it is Bill, isn't it?", and Puskas was heard to remark, "It
was like that when they played us -- the team hardly seemed to know each
other's names!" -- Garry Archer

From what I have read, I understood that England were completely outsmarted in
the 1953 Wembley game by the Hungarians playing a 4-2-4 formation.  Hidegkuti
in fact played in mid-field but wore the number 9 shirt.  Johnson the England
centre-half marked him because he was conditioned to marking the number 9
and spent the entire 90 mins wandering out of position.

Kocsis and Puskas were the main strikers wearing 8 and 10 respectively.
In Engish football the nos 8 and 10 were the inside forwards who were expected
to be marked by the wing-halves. However, Dickinson and Wright were not used
to opponents playing so far forward and thus were unsure whether to mark them
and end up playing right behind the defence or to play their normal game.
Also of course those clever little Hungarian forwards were constantly swapping
positions to add to the confusion of the English who were used to a more
regimented game.

This upset the full-backs when trying to mark the wingers, who were playing
deeper than normal. The whole English defence was therefore disorganised.

The 4-2-4 formation was developed by the Hungarians in the early 50's and was
used practically universally by 1958, when Brazil won the world cup, Apart from
of course the insular British who only caught on in the early 60's by which
time 4-3-3 was being tried. -- Kev Lewis