Saturday May 8 1954

Horsham 1 - Whitehawk & Manor Farm 0

Horsham
Glue 38'
1
Whitehawk & Manor Farm
0

Sussex Senior Cup Final
The Goldstone Ground, Brighton
Saturday May 8 1954
Attendance:

The Sussex Senior Cup had been a tough competition and the final at Brighton was no walkover, but the trophy would be resting in a good place over the next twelve months as Horsham claimed it for the fourth time. The sun-baked 5,000 or so crowd at the Goldstone ground saw some sparkling football by both sides at times with all honours going to the Horsham defence who had seldom played better.

John Browning was the best player on the field and Ernie Manouch somehow managed to pull a little extra out of his already crowded box of tricks. Roy Scutt at right-half, Nobby Cobb at left-half, and full-backs Jack Marriner and Albert King played superbly together, and on their performance alone Horsham deserved the cup. Of the forwards, the outstanding players were Leslie Glue and Robin Stepney. Stepney constantly fed the middle with accurate passes and was never slow in having a go at the slightest opportunity. Johnny Elphick, in the middle, and Bert Pope, on the left-wing were not in their best form and Roy Mobsby received a nasty knock in the first ten minutes which upset his game. He was so exhausted at the end that he collapsed and had to be assisted on to the field for the press photographs.

It was Stepney who paved the way to a goal in the thirty-eighth minute. His shot beat Robins but the ball rebounded into play after hitting the corner of the upright. Glue calmly collected it before placing his shot into the far corner of the empty goal. In the second half the Horsham defence took command of the game and the shots that did come Manouch’s way were dealt with without the slightest trace of cup nerves: the goalkeeper’s anticipation was perfect. Whitehawk always looked dangerous, however, and all credit went to them for never giving up. This was not, as had been forecast in some circles, the best Senior Cup final since the war, but it was one which Horsham would remember for a long time. There was, however, disappointment for one of their defenders as the team skipper Owen Parker, who had been selected at right-back, was kept out of the game with a foot injury; Jack Marriner took his place in the side and as captain. To celebrate the winning of the prestigious trophy, the Supporters’ Association took all three of the club’s teams to the West End of London to see the Al Read show ‘You’ll Be Lucky”.

Horsham

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

Whitehawk & Manor Farm