As the England men’s national side reach an important milestone this evening, we look back on the 13 Seasiders who have played for Blackpool and their country.
England take on Montenegro tonight at Wembley Stadium in their UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier, in what is the England men’s 1000th international fixture.
During England’s 147 year history, 13 Blackpool players have had the honour of representing their country:
- Harry Bedford – 1923-1924: Harry was the first Blackpool player to represent England, making two appearances for the senior side in 1923 and 1924 against Sweden and Ireland. Bedford was on the scoresheet against Ireland, which England went on to win 3-1.
- Jimmy Hampson – 1930-1932: Making 361 appearances for Blackpool, Jimmy Hampson was recognised for his outstanding goalscoring record in tangerine by being called up to the England senior side. Hampson was capped three times for England and scored five goals in the process – one against Ireland, two against Wales and two against Austria. His life was tragically cut short in January 1938 following a boat crash on the Fleetwood coast.
- Sir Stanley Matthews – 1934-1957: A man etched into Blackpool FC’s history books, not least because of his performance in the 1953 FA Cup Final, Sir Stanley Matthews represented his country 54 times over an incredible 23 year period. The Blackpool legend scored 11 goals for England, including a hat-trick in the 5-4 win over Czechoslovakia in 1937.
- Harry Johnston – 1946-1953: Another Blackpool stalwart, who made nearly 400 appearances for the Seasiders between 1934 and 1955, the defender made ten appearances for England. Despite his consistency at the back for Blackpool, Johnston should probably have received more England caps but for the Wolves defender Billy Wright keeping him out of the side.
- Stan Mortensen – 1947-1953: Stan Mortensen scored close to 200 goals for Blackpool during the 1940’s and 50’s. His goal-scoring was replicated in an England shirt too, scoring an incredible 23 goals in 25 appearances for the Three Lions.
- Eddie Shimwell – 1949: Eddie Shimwell received a single England cap in 1949 against Sweden. He played 283 times for Blackpool over an 11 year period.
- Tommy Garrett – 1952-1953: Representing Blackpool for 15 years, Garrett also played for England three times. He partnered Alf Ramsay in defence, who would later go on to manage England in the 1966 World Cup, becoming world champions.
- Ernie Taylor – 1953: Ernie Taylor made a single appearance for England in a 6-3 defeat to Hungary in 1953. The inside forward was also part of the legendary Blackpool FA Cup winning side in 1953.
- Bill Perry – 1955-1956: Bill Perry, originally born in South Africa, made three appearances for England in 1955 and 1956. He was also the man to score the injury time winner against Bolton Wanderers in the 1953 FA Cup Final, which Blackpool came from 3-1 down to win 4-3.
- Jimmy Armfield – 1959-1966: Arguably Blackpool’s best known player, Armfield made an incredible 569 appearances for the Seasiders over a 17 year period. He was awarded with 43 caps for England and was part of the 1966 squad who lifted the World Cup.
- Ray Charnley – 1962: Ray Charnley made 363 appearances for Blackpool scoring 193 goals. He made a single appearance for England in 1962 against France.
- Tony Waiters – 1964: Goalkepper, Tony Waiters, made 257 appearances for Blackpool and five for England. Unfortunately, Waiters didn’t make the final 22 man squad for the 1966 World Cup despite being in Alf Ramsay’s preliminary 40 man squad.
- Alan Ball – 1965-1975: The most recent Blackpool player to represent England, Alan Ball made 72 appearances for England and scored eight goals. He was the youngest of the 22 players in Alf Ramsay’s England squad for the World Cup in 1966.