Wednesday September 9 1953

Horsham 1 - Southwick 0

Browning 1'

Metropolitan & District League
Queen Street, Horsham
Wednesday September 9 1953

The mighty cheer that went up at Queen-street after the end of Horsham’s Metropolitan League encounter with Southwick would have put many cup tie cheers to shame. But it was a special occasion. Horsham had won their first game of the season though the way they did it did not give much cause for cheering. The goal came in the first minute. Horsham kicked off and forced a corner on the right. It was well taken by Oliver Coldman and John Browning was there to head cleanly into the net. After this, the remaining eighty-nine minutes was devoted to doing everything else but scoring and towards the end Horsham were fighting to keep their slender lead. Both sides should have scored on several occasions, although had either side scored in the last twenty minutes, it would have been unfair for that part of the game was played in almost total darkness.

Horsham made five enforced changes from Saturday’s team, and the young reserves gave a display of much improved football. Albert King was out with a suspected broken toe, Roy Wilden with toe injuries, Bert Pope with bruised ribs, Leslie Glue with a wrenched knee and David Green with an ankle injury. Of the replacements, Johnny Elphick in the centre had a good game, though the most impressive player on the pitch was Roy Mobsby at left-half. Unfortunately for the local club, he had been called up to join the RAF for his National Service and would shortly be leaving the town. Though the Horsham performance was better, they were still poor in front of goal and should really have won by a wider margin. The whole game, however, was spoilt by the number of times the referee had to warn players of both sides. Just after the interval, much to the surprise of the crowd and both teams alike, he called all the players round him and warned them. As far as could be seen there had been no evidence of particularly dirty play, but after the match the referee told a reporter, “They were playing robustly and I did not want any nonsense. I did not want anybody to go to hospital, and I think my warning had the desired effect.”


  • Ernie Manouch
  • Owen Parker
  • Roger Christmas
  • Peter Wilkins
  • Jack Marriner
  • Roy Mobsby
  • Oliver Coldman
  • John Browning
  • John Elphick
  • Norman Cobb
  • Alec Ockenden