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The Last Player Of The “ Match Of The Century ” Died

By Robert Velkey // 2016.09.27.

On 25 November 1953, an international football match was played between Hungary — then the world’s number one ranked team, the Olympic champions and on a run of 24 unbeaten games, and England, that became known as the Match of the Century. Sixty-two years ago, Hungary won 6–3 in Wembley. The stadium hosted a sold-out crowd. One hundred and twenty thousand spectators had gathered to see England play Hungary. The “Marvellous Magyars” had remained unbeaten for three years and England had never lost an international at Wembley, until this day.

The last living player of the historical match was Jackie Sewell. The former England and Notts County striker died in his 89th year.


Sewell made six appearances for England, scoring three times and retired from the sport in 1961. One of his goals for the national team came in 1953 in a game described as the Match of the Century, when England lost 6-3 to the Olympic champions Hungary at Wembley.

You can check the goals of the iconic players on the match of the century in this goal selection;

Here you can watch the historical match, if you missed it (yet);