Saturday August 22 1953

West Ham Utd 'A' 3 - Horsham 2

West Ham Utd 'A'
Wratt (2)' unknown '
Pope ' Green '

Metropolitan & District League
Queen Street, Horsham
Saturday August 22 1953

The matchday programme for Horsham’s opening Metropolitan League game referred to ‘one or two most alarming positional changes’ in Horsham’s team and the experiment of playing Roy Mobsby and Roy Wilden as inside-forwards ended in failure. Both men hung back too far, with the result that leader Bert Pope was too often left alone in the middle to cope with the serried ranks of West Ham defenders when the ball was booted into the visitors’ penalty area. Pope did as well as he could and was unlucky with a couple of snap shots, but he was no miracle worker and the young Hammers quickly realised their best policy was to hem him in and make their challenges before he could get clear with the ball. John Browning, at wing-half, was not as effective as in his usual role of inside-forward and Maurice Watts, drafted in at right-back as the amateur permit for Roger Christmas had not come through in time, showed neither the strength nor temperament for the full-back role.

Finding the light ball tricky, West Ham flattered the home side at the start, and justice was only served when Pope headed a neat goal from a free-kick after twenty minutes. The scores were levelled three minutes later when Ernie Manouch and the Horsham defence got into a tangle as a high ball came down almost on the goal-line before bouncing into the net. Pope had bad luck when he hit the post and then had a good snap shot saved by goalkeeper Davies. Horsham nearly regained the lead when Davies fumbled a free-kick but, straight from the clearance, the ball went to the other end and Wratt flashed a close range, angled shot past Manouch. West Ham were now on top and added to their lead shortly after the interval when the Horsham defence let in Wratt to beat Manouch and shoot into the empty net. Horsham reorganised their forward line, with Browning and Mobsby changing places, and a late rally saw David Green seize upon a miskick by Browning to fire home. Browning and Oliver Coldman were too slow to take advantage of a Green cross in the closing minutes and Green himself saw Davies spill a shot that a defender then cleared to safety.


  • Ernie Manouch
  • Maurice Watts
  • Albert King
  • Owen Parker
  • Jack Marriner
  • John Browning
  • Oliver Coldman
  • Roy Wilden
  • Bert Pope
  • Roy Mobsby
  • David Green

West Ham Utd 'A'