Great article on the Soccer History blog – Nat Lofthouse: The Lion of Vienna May 1952

A mass of cheering, khaki-clad British soldiers, many waving Union Jacks, surged slowly across the Prater Stadium in the Soviet sector here this evening. Dotted among them on the broad shoulders of the Dorsets, the Warwicks, the Signalmen, the Gunners, were England Soccer players, their unfamiliar red shirts looking like poppies in a field of corn as they were carried high in triumph to their dressing-room.




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