Thursday August 27 1953

Horsham 4 - Luton Town 'A' 5

Pope ' Green ' Browning ' Coldman '
Luton Town 'A'
Dallas (2)' Bradley ' Allen ' Thompson '

Metropolitan & District League
Queen Street, Horsham
Thursday August 27 1953

England ‘B’ international Sid Owen and a Luton Town team that included eight other professionals were glad to hear the final whistle in this thrilling match at Queen-street. Leading 4-1 with fifteen minutes to go, they were pegged back to 4-3 within three minutes. Another Luton goal did not dismay Horsham, who drew up to 5-4 and twice nearly snatched a point as the game died.

The first half gave no indication of the goal glut to come. Luton deserved their twenty-fifth minute lead through a Dallas header, but Bert Pope equalised five minutes later with a brilliant cross-shot and the scores remained level until half-time. Luton’s goal rush was aided by errors in the Horsham defence. Bradley, Dallas and Allen put them three goals clear but a David Green-inspired rally gave Horsham a chance. First, the winger beat Owen and scored with an angled shot on the run, and then he drew the centre-half before laying the ball on to John Browning who pushed it home. Right-back Thompson, playing on the left- wing, put Luton further ahead from what appeared to be an impossible angle, but Oliver Coldman followed up to score after Pope’s initial drive had rebounded off the post. Twice in the last few minutes Browning came close to equalising, but each time his shot was cleared off the line, and Horsham fell to their second home defeat of the new campaign.


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

Luton Town 'A'