>> 6 5 4
>> 3 2
>> 1 (gk)
>Pretty close, Jim!
>The pattern was called the W-M formation, with the W being the forwards as
>you indicate (so Stan Matthews was always #7) and the defenders lined up in
> 6 4
>3 5 2
>while your pattern was obviously an earlier version where the centre-half
>really was a half-back and not what is now commonly called a centre-back.
>Billy Wright played in #5 in this spot, for example.
When I first started, I played #4 as in my
diagram. I don't remember who the true
defenders other than 2 and 3 were; I assume
there must have been at least one more, although
our #5, the center half, was an all-rounder and
captain (college team). Even as formations
change, if a team allocates numbers 1-11 (which
is rare these days) they still seem to be given
to players in approximately those locations.
I can still remember when I saw roughly that
formation with the numbers on the backs of
7-Gento, 9-DiStefano and 10-Puskas -- Real Madrid
in their heyday.