Saturday October 17 1953

Headington Utd Res 2 - Horsham 1

Headington Utd Res
Bradley ' Charles '
Elphick '

Metropolitan & District League
Manor Road Ground, Headington
Saturday October 17 1953

After the exhilarating performance the previous week, this Metropolitan League game at Headington proved to be a big disappointment for Horsham. The visitors put in a dull performance and were lucky to get away with things so lightly. Top-of-the-table Headington spent the best part of the second half fussing about in front of the Horsham goal like so many old hens, and even their own supporters cat-called and jeered at their atrocious finishing. Time and again they had the Horsham goal at their mercy and, on many occasions, had only Ernie Manouch to beat, but they shot yards wide. Horsham, however, did not seem able to take advantage of this poor display although on many occasions their attacks were more dangerous.

A corner after ten minutes gave Horsham their first scoring chance but the ball was cleared. Soon after Alec Ockenden centred for Johnny Elphick, but the centre-forward’s shot went over the bar. Headington were attacking well through their wing men, but good work from Owen Parker and Albert King often foiled their movements. Manouch made several brilliant saves and his anticipation was a joy to watch. Another Ockenden pass found Elphick but again the shot went over. This was followed up by a free-kick for Headington which Manouch just managed to turn over the bar.

Just after the start of the second half Headington‘s outside-right, Bradley, always a source of danger to the Horsham defence, scored. But it was a goal that should never have been. Manouch had the ball well covered, but a defender tried to intercept and the ball skimmed past the keeper. Within a minute, Horsham had the ball in the back of the Headington net, but a whistle had gone for an infringement and the hosts stretched their lead shortly afterwards when Manouch was well beaten from close in by Charles. At this point Horsham lost Ockenden with a leg injury and the outside-left was not able to return to the field. In spite of this handicap, Horsham scored. Roger Christmas sent a long, ground pass forward and Elphick ran on to the ball and beat Humpston easily. The whole incident was so quick that for a second or two nobody realised that a goal had been scored. Then came the Headington attacks every few minutes, but their forwards were never on target and the few shots that did go in the direction of the goal were safely caught by Manouch.


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

Headington Utd Res