Thursday April 22 1954

Horsham 3 - Newbury Town 0

Pope 6', 8' Glue 75'
Newbury Town

Metropolitan & District League
Queen Street, Horsham
Thursday April 22 1954

Again Horsham defied the prophets and there was no end-of-season football in the way they set about the Metropolitan League side from Berkshire. Newbury never looked like scoring, while Horsham were always dangerous. The inspiration of the Horsham side was Roy Mobsby, home on leave from the RAF, who combined the duties of a swift, attacking forward with those of a thoughtful, constructive half-back. Leslie Glue, who appeared in the middle to replace the injured Johnny Elphick, had a chance to  open the scoring after just thirty seconds but his shot went tamely away for a goal-kick. Only five minutes later, though, Horsham did take the lead when Robin Stepney centred well and Peter Kingston headed at goal. With the ball looking as though it may just go past the outside of the post, Bert Pope rushed in from the left to finish off the movement. Horsham scored again just two minutes later. Ernie Manouch’s mighty kick went well over the halfway line to Glue who controlled the ball nicely before lobbing it over the head of the approaching goalkeeper. The only real Newbury shot of this half came towards the interval when Kirk tested Manouch with a  stinger, but the keeper was well placed and he punched the ball over the bar for a corner.

The pace slackened somewhat in the second half, but it was still Horsham who were on top, although goalscoring chances went begging as forward after forward miskicked. One heart-in-the-mouth incident came for Horsham when the half was only a few minutes old. About eight players were juggling with the ball in front of the Horsham goal when a Newbury forward got a shot in which beat Manouch, but not John Browning, who headed off the line. A quarter of an hour before the end, after much play had seen the ball too often in the air instead of on the ground, Glue sent Pope away on his own on the left. The winger fired in a stinging shot and the ball hit the right post before skidding off into the net. Ten minutes later, Roy Scutt, Horsham’s hard working right-half, had to be helped of the field with a gashed thigh, but in spite of this Horsham were still goal-minded in the closing stages. Pope had a chance from a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area, but ballooned his shot, and in the next minute sent the ball wide from a few yards out.


  • Ernie Manouch
  • Jack Marriner
  • Albert King
  • Roy Scutt
  • John Browning
  • Norman Cobb
  • Robin Stepney
  • Peter Kingston
  • Leslie Glue
  • Roy Mobsby
  • Bert Pope

Newbury Town