Saturday February 6 1954

Haywards Heath 3 - Horsham 3

Haywards Heath
Bates ' Barkley ' Wood '
Green ' Pope (2)'

Metropolitan & District League
Hanbury Park, Haywards Heath
Saturday February 6 1954

With everything against them, including an iron hard pitch, Horsham played some of their best football for weeks at Hanbury Park in this Metropolitan League fixture and were unlucky not to come away with two points. There were several changes to the published team. Ernie Manouch was ill with flu and Roy Scutt and Johnny Elphick were injured. Owen Parker, who had previously been announced as unavailable, came in at right-half, Robin Stepney was at inside-right and David Green took over in the middle. Tony Winkworth was in goal.

Horsham attacked from the outset and within ten minutes had the ball in the net. Inside-left Roy Mobsby, back on weekend leave from the RAF, shot at goal, keeper Revell punched the ball clear, and Stepney headed it back into the net. It appeared to be a perfect goal, but for some reason the referee disallowed it. Not at all put out by this setback, Horsham continued to attack and play better football on the treacherous ground. In the nineteenth minute they took the lead. Oliver Coldman centred from the right and Green twisted the ball round before crashing it past Revell from an oblique angle. Heath were seldom in the picture during this half and it was much against the run of play when they equalised within ten minutes. They were awarded a free-kick just on the right-hand corner of the penalty box and left-half Bates was there to head past Winkworth.

The first fifteen minutes of the second half was the only period in which Heath had a brief spell of superiority. During that time Barkley netted from a right-wing centre and a few minutes later Heath were awarded a penalty. The referee consulted his linesman before pointing to the spot, but even the spectators right on the line were unable to see what foul had taken place. After he had sent the kick safely into the net, Ken Wood hunched his shoulders and turned up his hands as if to say, “Well, we’ve been given a penalty and I’ve scored, but what it was for I don’t know.” Despite being 3-1 down, Horsham still had the measure of their opponents and soon pulled a goal back when Bert Pope was adjudged to have been fouled as he was breaking through on the left; he despatched the penalty kick himself. A few minutes from the end and there was another penalty award when a Heath player fisted away a free-kick. Pope put the ball in the net, but was ordered to re-take the kick for some infringement, and again he crashed it into the goal.


  • Tony Winkworth
  • Jack Marriner
  • Albert King
  • Owen Parker
  • John Browning
  • Norman Cobb
  • Oliver Coldman
  • Robin Stepney
  • David Green
  • Roy Mobsby
  • Bert Pope

Haywards Heath