7-5 is still (and probably forever) the highest score ever in a World Cup finals match. Austria against the home team Switzerland and the referee was Charlie Faultless, which is not a nick name.
Born in Giffnock, a son of a factory worker, Charles Edward Faultless found a job with Collins Ltd during the Great Depression. Charlie was a good sales man and commercial traveller and climbed up to become a sales director in the clothes company he worked for for 30 years.
A keen sports man, he played tennis, golf, water polo and he was a football goalie. Charlie Faultless had to give up playing in a team after he had suffered a broken leg. He picked up refereeing and joined the highest rank just before the war.
During the war he was a RAF flying officer.
After he retired from refereeing, Charlie Faultless wrote for a Sunday news paper about football for 20 years .
Charlie Faultless married twice and has a son and two daughters. He died, aged 90, in 1998.
- During the 1954 World Cup match Brazil - Yugoslavia, it was Arthur Ellis, the 4th official, who noticed the Brazilian coach returning a smaller ball onto the field after one of his players had kicked it over the touch line. It was a ball preferred by the Brazilians, who were one goal down.
- There is a Charlie Faultless Trophy, an award for Scottish referees.
Statistics for CHARLIE FAULTLESS
Based on 6 international matches
MATCHES FOR CHARLIE FAULTLESS
|England||Wales||1954-11-10||3 - 2||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|Northern Ireland||England||1954-10-02||0 - 2||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|1/4 finals||Austria||Switzerland||1954-06-26||7 - 5||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||1 (1-0)||0 (0-0)|
|group stage||Brazil||Yugolsavia||1954-06-19||1 - 1||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|WC 1954 qualifiers - Europe|
|Wales||Northern Ireland||1954-03-31||1 - 2||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|Wales||England||1953-10-10||1 - 4||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|