Saturday October 10 1953

Horsham 7 - Tonbridge Res 1

Elphick (5)' Green ' Coldman '
Tonbridge Res
Butler '

Metropolitan & District League
Queen Street, Horsham
Saturday October 10 1953

This Metropolitan League game not only provided the highest number of goals this season for the town club, but more importantly provided the best display of football seen at Queen-street for a very long time as Horsham tore apart the league champions. Not once were Horsham troubled by the Kent side whose defence never looked strong enough to stop the lively home forwards, and Johnny Elphick had a field day, his personal bag being five, and the young centre-forward looked as though he could have gone on scoring all day.

Horsham started off at a terrific pace and forced seven corners within as many minutes. None produced a goal and it was left to David Green to start the scoring. The inside-right sent a high shot towards the Tonbridge goal from thirty yards. Goalkeeper Bowness tried hard to save but the shot was going away from him the whole time and the ball flew into the left-hand top corner. Within two minutes Horsham were two up. Alec Ockenden sent across a shot which Leslie Glue intercepted and the ball came loose allowing Oliver Coldman to run it over the line. One of the features of the game was the splendid way in which Green and Elphick worked together. It was one of these moves that produced Horsham’s third goal before the interval. Green, working along the right-wing, sent through a low ball for Elphick to crash home with Bowness well beaten.

Such was the pace set by Horsham in the first half that one Tonbridge supporter was heard to say at the interval, “They will never keep it up in this half,” but he was wrong and, if anything, Horsham seemed more goal-hungry after the break. Straight away they forced a corner and Coldman placed the ball perfectly for Elphick to head into the net. Almost before the cheering had died down Elphick had completed his hat-trick from an Ockenden pass. In one of the rare Tonbridge attacks, left-half Relf sent a high ball towards the Horsham goal which centre-forward Butler headed neatly past Manouch, but this was a brief moment of success for the visitors and the Horsham attacks never stopped. Green tried another long shot which Bowness managed to fist over the bar and Coldman hit the corner of the upright with a fine, curling, left-foot effort.

Nobby Cobb, who worked like a Trojan in his now regular position at left-half, sent Elphick through to make it half a dozen for Horsham and the centre-forward was brought down in the penalty area after making a solo run and smashed the ball into the net from the spot to take his side’s tally up to seven. The win took Horsham up to seventh in the league table, though they had at least three games in hand on most of the clubs above them.


  • Ernie Manouch
  • Owen Parker
  • Albert King
  • Roger Christmas
  • Jack Marriner
  • Norman Cobb
  • Oliver Coldman
  • David Green
  • John Elphick
  • Leslie Glue
  • Alec Ockenden

Tonbridge Res