Saturday October 3 1953

Chelsea 'A' 1 - Horsham 0

Chelsea 'A'
Wright '

Metropolitan & District League
Welsh Harp, Hendon
Saturday October 3 1953

The fact that Chelsea were able to grab two Metropolitan League points from Horsham at Hendon did not reflect credit on the Londoners, for they had enough chances to push the score into double figures. It was a day when drab football came to the fore and seemed to start when the usually steady Maurice Watts missed a penalty. The award came after a Chelsea defender had deliberately fisted a shot away in the opening minutes, but Watts had the misfortune of seeing his shot bounce harmlessly off the upright. The young Chelsea side, which included seven professionals, were constantly in the Horsham half and at times swept through the defence unchecked. When it came to scoring, however, they were hopeless. Horsham’s spasmodic attacks sometimes had a dangerous look about them, and Horsham left-winger Bert Pope had a lot of bad luck. In one fine run he beat several defenders only to see his shot sail inches wide of the goal.

The second half saw the only goal of the match when Chelsea’s inside-right, Wright, hit the ball hard at Ernie Manouch. The keeper only partially stopped the shot and it trickled over the line. The bright spot for Horsham was the way skipper Owen Parker, at centre-half, kept the Chelsea centre-forward tied down, and the way he sent his forwards into the attack. The game was spoiled, however, by the unnecessary shouting and handclapping that went on in the Chelsea side throughout the game, this being largely responsible for the mediocre standard of the play, and Horsham were upset at times by the petty fouls of the home side; towards the end tempers flared and one or two incidents could have become unpleasant.


  • Ernie Manouch
  • Tony Lee
  • Roger Christmas
  • Peter Wilkins
  • Owen Parker
  • Norman Cobb
  • John Browning
  • David Green
  • Leslie Glue
  • Maurice Watts
  • Bert Pope

Chelsea 'A'

  • K Humphrey
  • Alan Hetherington
  • Dick Whittaker
  • Alan Rule
  • Paul Berry
  • Brian Donaldson
  • Ernie Pudephatt
  • Richard Wright
  • D Garrett
  • Michael Charlton
  • J Moir