CHAPTER 37. A FOOTBALL TOWN
Although a Rugby Football team was the first to be formed in the town in 1876, the Association game had taken control by 1885 and was totally dominant by 1893. Cricket had been the national game but had been overtaken at a gallop by Soccer (short for Association). Cricket in Luton experienced a bumpy ride as they were always in financial difficulties – indeed the Football club had to raise funds for them many times.
Football was played in the streets of Strawopolis, on every open space, 1,000 turned out to watch an LTFC practice match, the Grocers played the Ironmongers, many teams formed every season and new leagues were created and expanded. Luton was, is and always will be, a football town.
26th August 1893 Luton Reporter announced a practice match
“FOOTBALL.—The Town Club members will be enabled to indulge themselves tomorrow (Saturday) when a practice match is to be played on the Park.”
26th August 1893. From the Luton Reporter of 2nd September 1893.
“THE TOWN CLUB.—On Saturday evening considerably upwards of 1,000 persons were attracted to the People’s Park by the announcement that a practice match would be played between elevens representing the Town Club. The sides were not confined altogether to Reserves and first eleven, but the players were mixed. On one side—that of the “reds” —were to be found Galbraith, Allen, H. Whitby and Dimmock amongst the forwards, while fifth place was given to a young forward named R. Vickers, of Barnsley, who was tried on the outside left. Julian was absent, but Taylor was found in his right place, while Wilson played at back for the “whites.” The remainder were Reserves. At the outset the “whites” obtained the advantage and scored a capital goal, but their adversaries equalised. The “whites” again secured the upper hand, however, and despite some capital play succeeded in maintaining it to the end. The play—considering the hardness of the ground and the fact that none of those engaged could be considered fit—was excellent, and some capital play was witnessed. Vickers was eagerly watched, and it soon became apparent that he had plenty of ability. His tackling was fearless, and his passing was well timed and accurate, while he did not neglect opportunities. The committee have secure his services for the season, and judging by present appearances they are not likely to regret the step. Galbraith was as tricky as ever, but he showed a pronounced tendency to indulge in selfish play. He may be advised, before the season proper commences, to abandon such tactics, and to combine well with his fellow forwards. Allen was very smart as a left winger, and Whitby on the outside right performed in very promising style. Taylor did as large a share of work as ever, and Wilson was almost impassable, though at times he was troubled by Vickers. Of the remainder all that need be said is that they exhibited admirable attack and as noticeable defence, and if Saturday’s play is a reliable sample, footballers may count on having some splendid games this season. It should, perhaps, be stated that J. Wright, the ever-popular ex-half-back, appeared in the capacity of referee, and that he discharged the duties very capably. The final constitution of the team has not yet been decided upon, but there is only one place to fill. Edmund Bee, late of the Royal. Arsenal, is to have charge of the goal posts, and it is thought that he will prove a great accession to the team. W. Chesher will not be seen at left wing, as formerly, but at right back, and his companion has not yet been decided upon. The half-backs will be—J. W. Julian (centre), J. Wilson (right), and A.H. Taylor (left). H. Galbraith will again figure as centre forward, and will be assisted on the right by H. Whitby and F. Allen, while the left wingers are J. Finlayson (late of Bootle), and R. Vickers (late of Barnsley). Until the left back is chosen, C. Reed will occupy the position.
New signing, John Finlayson photo above, had signed on 30/- a week (30 shillings).
The club minute booked suffered some damage around this time – an incomplete loose page has been inserted without the date but it was clearly after the practice match.
“The Chairman then asked the committee’s opinion with regard to the play of Mr Vickers on Saturday 26th?. The opinion all round seemed very favourable which was confirmed by the greater part of those who witnessed the match. In fact it seemed the general opinion that he would be a good acquisition to our team. Several propositions and amendments were then proposed and withdrawn but it was resolved that he be called before the committee to hear his terms. On appearing before the committee he declined to state any terms preferring to leave it with the committee. Mr Vickers was therefore asked to retire while a decision could be arrived at. Decided to offer £1 per week REST TORN AWAY
“Boots for teams”, page torn off but continues over the page, I think talking about Wilson “and being out of work could not afford to buy any. It was also stated that Vickers would have to have boots before he could start play. Taylor was also in want of the same. Considerable warmth was shown with regard to the matter some thinking that if we found boots for one member of the team we should find them for all, others thought that if this was done the reserves would want the same. At length it was proposed by Mr Webdale seconded by Mr Hackett that boots be found for Messrs Vickers and Wilson (who had applied for the same), any other applications to be considered as they were made. Proposition carried by 5 votes to 4”.
“Boys tickets – Proposed by Mr Hinson seconded by Mr Barford that boys up to 14 years of age could have season tickets at 3/6, carried”
REST TORN AWAY – MORE PAGES MISSING
2nd September 1893. From the Luton Reporter of 9th September 1893
“LUTON TOWN v. RESERVES.—A large concourse of people assembled to witness this match, which was played on the Town Ground on Saturday evening. The day was fine, but not too hot, and the spectators evinced the closet attention to the game, this contrasting with the score or so of casual onlookers who have assembled on the same ground during the summer to watch the more important fixtures of the “national game.” The opposing teams were constituted as follows :—Town : Goal, E. Bee : backs C. Read and J. Wilson, half backs, C. Watkins J. W. Julian, and A. H. Taylor ; forwards, H. Galbraith (centre), H. Whitby and J. Finlayson (right), F. Allen and R. Vickers (left). Reserves : Goal, A. Tearle ; backs, Cook, Roe and King ; half-backs, J. Simpkins, Walker, and Gazeley ; forwards, Groom (centre), Reed and Brown (right), and Catlin and Dimmock (left). Play was commenced shortly after half-past 4. and the game was fast from the commencement, some capital play being witnessed. Vickers, on the outside left, was closely watched, and his play seems to well warrant his inclusion in the team, while Bee, in goal, stopped some difficult shots. In the second half of the game the latter was transferred to the “white” goal, having had little opportunity of distinguishing himself in his former position of custodian of the “red” citadel. In his new position he fisted out several hard shorts, and succeeded in dodging the opposing forwards several times in a manner that was highly amusing to the onlookers. The first eleven had all the best of the play throughout, but the contest was not unequal, the Reserves’ defence being rendered extremely effective by the presence of three backs. Only a short period elapsed before a goal was scored, Finlayson sending home a successful shot for his side after 10 minutes’ play. After an unsuccessful attempt by Whitby, another goal was added to the score off a neat shot by Allen. The ball continued down at the “white” end, their forwards only occasionally breaking away, and Tearle had rather a hot time, Bee, as has been stated, escaping very easily. A third goal for the first eleven off a very good shot from Galbraith was shortly followed by a fourth off Whitby, this after two unsuccessful shots from a melee in front of the goal. A smart run down by the “white” forwards gave Brown an opportunity of making several good shots, all of which, however, proved fruitless. Shortly afterwards a scrimmage in front of the Reserves’ citadel resulted in the first eleven again scoring, and at half-time the score stood as follows :—First Eleven, 5 ; Reserves’, 0. On resuming a smart dribble by the “red” forwards brought their opponents’ goal into jeopardy, but Bee stopped a shot from Finlayson, and the score was not altered. The Reserves had a little better of the game in the second half than in the first, and several times looked like scoring. They did not, however, succeed in preventing their opponents from adding to their total, and after an unsuccessful shot by Whitby Julian sent the ball home with a long shot. Bee was shortly afterwards applauded for a clever save, the game being at this time pretty equally divided between the two goals, and a grand shot by Finlayson was again splendidly handled by the ex-Arsenal goal-keeper. The game was for some time confined to the Reserves’ end of the field, and several unsuccessful shots were put in by Galbraith. A seventh goal for the first eleven was scored during the last quarter of an hour’s play, and when the game concluded the score stood at 7—0 for the first eleven. Reed acquitted himself very well throughout the game, and Wilson’s defence was as reliable as usual, while of the other players Julian, Galbraith, Vickers and Finlayson played a very useful game. Bee’s performances have been referred to previously ; he saved many difficult shots during the match, and his play was steady throughout. It should be stated that Mr. I. Smith, the secretary, was referee, while the linesmen were Messrs. Wright and Hackett.
EARLY CLOSING MATCH.—The members of the Early Closing Association indulged in a friendly game on Wednesday on the Stanley ground, when the Grocers opposed the Drapers. Mr. Moody captained the Grocers and Mr. C. Mares the Drapers, while Mr. Hoy acted as referee. The kick-off took place at 5.30. The Drapers scored the first goal, after which the Grocers proved too strong for their opponents, and won by three goals to one.
4th September 1893 committee meeting –
“Letter received from James Allan [the founder of Sunderland Albion who had recently folded having been unable to compete with AFC Sunderland.]
Teams selected against Woodville. Watkins half back, Wilson and (Russell if the Clapton man and will try and play a trial game) backs. Admission 4d Pav 2d.
Gate money for Sat 2nd Sept £13 0S 10d, Pav 1/1. Amount for tickets sold on gate £25 7s 6d.
“Secretary then opened the tenders for stalls on the ground during the season from Messrs Dimmock, Cox, Peach and Gatward when it was resolved to accept those of Messrs Dimmock and Gatward’s (subject to alterations made viz. striking out sweets etc in Mr Gatward’s tender). It was also left to the Assistant Secretary to see Mr Andrews with regard to a fish stall, the same restricted to shell fish”.
“We accede to the application of Mr Taylor”. “resolved that any further application for boots be not entertained”.
“Left to Secretary to make further enquiries as to the premiums of other offices”.
Woodville had not replied so unsure match with them would go ahead. Advertise if not heard by Tuesday.
Mr Worboys wanted to purchase 1 Patron and 2 boys tickets and the money remaining of his £5 share in club be paid to him”.
“youths from 14 to 17 be allowed season tickets at the sum of 5/-.
“J.W. Julian captain the first team”.
“Resolved that goals be fixed the opposite way round for practice”.
“resolved that one of the footballs spoken of by Mr Julian be obtained”.
Resolved that “Secretary get some hand bills printed calling the spectators notice to the use of bad language on the ground and have them circulated amongst the same”.
“Resolved that 50 Special tickets be obtained for the use of the players”.
9th September 1893. From the Luton Reporter of 16th September 1893.
“THE LUTON FOOTBALL CUP.—At the meeting of the council of the London Football Association on Tuesday night it was decided not to object to the continuance of the Luton Charity Cup competition.—The list of selected clubs has been completed this week, the following having accepted invitation : to compete : Rushden (this year’s holders) Luton Town, Wolverton, 1st Scots Guards, 2nd Coldstream Guards, Chesham, Luton Montrose and Hitchin. The draw for the first round, which is fixed for February 10, will be made in a few days. The concluding rounds are : First semi-final, March 17 ; second semi-final, March 31 final, April 14.
LUTON TOWN v. WOODVILLE.—The Town Club practically opened their season on Saturday, when they met their old antagonists, the Woodville Club, and administered to them a very sound beating by no fewer than seven goals to nil. The Lutonians were not able to put their full strength in the field ; Chesher was still unable to play, owing to the injury to this leg, and Vickers was compelled to abstain by reason of his transfer papers not having arrived (a difficulty which has since been remedied, so that this player will be able to appear for the club in the future). There was a large crowd of spectators, the assemblage being estimated at about 2,000. The weather was fine, though cold. The start was delayed owing to the fact that the visitors had not a full team, three of their players having been left behind in London. Two of the places were occupied by Luton Reserves. On the Luton side the blank caused by the absence of Vickers was filled by the inclusion of Dimmock in the team, and Reed filled the post of back which is later on to be occupied by Chesher. It was close upon 5 o’clock when the teams ranged up in the following order :—Luton Town : Goal, E. Bee ; backs, J. Wilson and C. Reed ; half-backs, J. W. Julian (captain), A. H. Taylor, and J. Watkins ; forwards, H. Galbraith (centre), F. Allen and G. Dimmock (left), H. Whitby and J. Finlayson (right). Woodville : Goal, W. Baker ; backs, F. Atkinson and W. Clements p; half-backs, A. Gant, J. Alsop, and J. Simpkins ; forwards, A. Graham (centre), H. E. Magson and F Rankin (right). Catlin and G. L. Moore (left). The referee was Mr. J. Wright, and the linesmen Messrs. A. D. Wilkins (Luton) and H. C. Bull (Woodville). The Luton men lost the toss and kicked off from the Dunstable-road end with the blinding sun shining full in their faces. At the outset a little scrambling play was witnessed, but even at this early period it became apparent that the visitors had met their match. Galbraith sent in a capital shot, which Baker fisted out just as capacity, and Wilson relieved when danger threatened. Dimmock brought the ball down two or three times in capital style, but he seemed to be uncertain as to the whereabouts of the uprights, and shot very wide. Hands against the visitors was followed by Baker conceding a corner, but this was ineffectual, Whitby sending the ball behind. Magson was struck in the right eye by the ball about this time, and he was so badly hurt that he was unable to resume, this necessitating the visitors playing with but 10 men during the remainder of the game. After Allen had sent in a hot shot the Woodville men exhibited some good style, and Reed acquitted himself exceedingly well on one or two occasions. Baker was sorely pressed shortly afterwards, but he always behaved splendidly. Finlayson ran through in excellent fashion and put in a capital attempt, but this failed to have any effect. Allen and Galbraith distinguished themselves by some excellent passing. A considerable time had elapsed before a decisive result was obtained, and general applause hailed the first goal of the season, which was put to the credit of his side by Galbraith, who notched it in the best possible manner. Not long afterwards Finlayson scored in excellent fashion, but at half-time no father advance had been made. After the resumption the Woodville men were very severely pressed, and several corners had to be chronicled to the Lutonians. At length Julian scored, and not long afterwards another point followed, this apparently being kicked from a scrimmage in front of goal by Allen. Later on Whitby took the ball up and scored, and Taylor followed his example a few minutes later from a free kick for hands. The result of a further scrimmage was that the ball was headed through, and thus the score of the Luton men was brought to seven goals to nil, by which number they won. The play of Finlayson again afforded the utmost satisfaction, and other members of the team are worthy of high praise.
STANLEY v. CHRIST CHURCH.—The Stanley Club played their first match on Saturday last, the fixture being with Christ Church. The Stanley have taken the late Star ground, and their colours are claret and white. The Stanley team was as follows ; – Eyles (goal) ; Barford (captain) and Humphreys (backs) ; W. Gudgeon, Holdstock, and Bachini (half-backs) ; Hazel and E. Bachini (right), R. Conquest (centre), P. Harden and F. Dawson (left) (forwards). Christ Church started with a rush and scored soon after the commencement. Afterwards until 20 minutes before time, and then Hazell equalised. Another goal was scored from a scrimmage. Harden for the Stanley put in some splendid centres which were not taken advantage of. Cox and Draper worked hard for the losing team and Barford and Harden for the Stanley. The game ended : Stanley two goals ; Christ Church, one goal.
The 3rd anniversary of the Red Cross Band was announced.
11th Sept 1893 committee meeting –
“Gate money for Sat 9th Sept £14 8s 8d, pav 1/6. Amount for tickets £14 5s 0d.
Team selected against Ilford. In the event of Cheshire being unable to play Mr Armstrong be asked to fill the left backs place.
“resolved that all lads from 14 to 17 who had paid 7/6 for their ticket should have 2/6 returned on application”.
“Resolved that Mr Dillingham and his two sons be offered tickets for 4 consecutive years as repayment of his £5 share”.
Work to be carried out in respect to the canvas.
“Resolved that Mr Rodell be employed to tar the racks”.
“Resolved that no re admission be allowed at our matches”.
16th September 1893. From the Luton Reporter of 23rd September 1893.
“LUTON TOWN v. ILFORD.—This, the first match in the Ilford Club’s list, was played at the Athletic Ground on Saturday. The teams had not met for several years, and considerable interest was felt in the encounter, the visitors being one of the strongest Essex combinations. The weather being of the best possible character, there was a very large attendance, as many as 3,000 spectators being present. Shortly after the advertised time the teams lined out in the following order :—Luton Town : Goal, E. Bee ; backs, J. Wilson and W. Chesher ; half-backs, J. W. Julian (captain), A. H. Taylor, and J. Watkins ; forwards, H. Galbraith (centre), R. Vickers and F. Allen (left), H. Whitby and J. Finlayson (right). Ilford : Goal, A. J. Davies ; backs, J. O. Drummond and B, Markham; half-backs, F. Markham, H. Watts (captain), and C. D. Regan ; forwards, H. O. Worrall (centre), J. C. Hutchins and C. Price (left), A. Porter and E. C. Porter (right). Referee, Mr. E. Field ; linesmen, Messrs. H. Shane (Luton) and S. Stenning (Ilford). It will be seen from this list that Chesher made his first appearance this season, while Vickers was again included in the ranks of the Luton men. The homesters loss the toss and had to play against the wind. Galbraith started the play, and in a very short time he and his companions made their way into close proximity to the Ilford goal. In about half a minute from the start Vickers headed through from a kick by Taylor, but the point was disallowed on the count that Whitby had broken the off-side rule just previously. When a corner had been conceded by Drummond, the Ilford men managed to transfer the play to the other end. The game was extremely fast, and the Ilford players were showing exceedingly good style. Despite their utmost efforts, however, they were unable to break through the Luton defence, and at length Wilson relieved with a huge kick in mid-field. Chesher also behaved capably about this stage, and Watkins displayed brilliant form in the half-back line. The visitors indulged to a large extent in long passing, but this was by no means effective. Luton obtained possession, but Whitby missed an easy chance for improving matters, and Chesher shortly afterwards displayed conservable ability in tackling. When Luton had exhibited some very fine passing a foul was awarded against Watkins, and immediately afterwards Ilford scored. The visitors at this stage were having by far the best of matters, and more than once they narrowly missed scoring. Hands against Luton not far from goal seemed to threaten danger, but Chesher came to the rescue. Watkins again distinguished himself, and Taylor also showed good form. Luton thereafter attacked hotly, but they found Drummond far too sturdy to allow their getting through ; indeed, this noted back was covering himself with glory. Galbraith put in a long shot and forced the goal-keeper to exert himself, and the next point of interest was when Vickers was pulled up for infringing the off-side rule. Bee saved magnificently when severely pressed ; on one occasion he managed to dispose of the ball after he had fallen down between the posts. Vickers seemed to have the opposition goal at his mercy a little later, but he left his final effort until too late. Hands and a corner against Luton were followed by Vickers being again penalised for off-side. The same player a minute later sent the leather on the top of the Ilford net from a pass by Allen. When half-time arrived a few seconds afterwards it was found that the score was unaltered. Starting the second portion in a minority, the “reds” played in determined fashion, and soon obtained a corner, which, however, proved resultless. Various minor points having been decided against the Lutonians, the game became faster than ever, and the spectators were delighted at seeing that their favourites had somewhat the best of it. When Bee had been called upon to fist out, which he did in capital fashion, the Ilford representatives managed to elude Bee’s vigilance, but the referee decided that the point should not count, as the off-side rule had been broken. Corners for Luton were obtained in rapid succession, but nothing came of them, the ball being either sent over the line or over the cross-bar. At length a loud and long outburst of applause betokened that the home side had at length succeeded in scoring, the point ensuing upon a very fine pass by Whitby. With the scores level both teams tried their utmost to obtain a deciding notch. Just before the finish the ball appeared to a good many to pass under the Ilford bar, but the referee declined to view the matter in that light. The result was accordingly a draw of one goal each—a result which, considering the play, was fairly satisfactory. For Luton excellent all-round form was shown, though the combination was not quite so good as might have been desired. The new men acquitted themselves well, and several of the old players rendered themselves conspicuous by brilliant efforts at times. If a special word of commendation may be accorded, it is due to Watkins, whose display at half-back was exceedingly good. Bee, too, managed to make some wonderful efforts. On the side of the visitors, capital style was exhibited by the forwards Worrall and the Porters, and the team as a whole were not only very fast but exceedingly clever in disposing of the ball when they had obtained it. The half-backs were safe, but the chief honours in the back defence must be awarded to Drummond, whose magnificent play will long linger in the memory of those who witnessed it. He was present in every emergency, and it was undoubtedly in a great measure due to his splendid defence that the homesters were prevented from scoring.
MONTROSE v. EXCELSIOR.—The former club opened their season on Saturday last on Bury Park, when they met and defeated the Excelsior Club by eight goals to nil. The teams were as follows : Montrose : Goal, E. Fisher ; backs, B. Sanders and G. King ; half-backs, J. Goodliffe, A. Hoy, and A. Smith ; forwards, S Moody and H. Hurcombe (right), C.. Hoy (centre), F. Hoy and C. Colling (left). Excelsior : Goal, F. Haddon ; backs, H. Cook and Waller ; half-backs, Hunt, Shaw, and Plummer ; forwards, Burley and Ellingham (right), Warren (centre), Bird and Tennant (left). Fisher won the toss, and the Montrose left wing soon made maters lively for the opposing defence. About 12 minutes from the start Moody centred in capital style and Colling had no difficulty in scoring the first goal of the season. C. Hoy notched the second point, while previous to half-time further goals were added by Moody, F. Hoy, A. Hoy, and C. Hoy. The fact that Fisher had only one shot to save during the game is sufficient indications of the strength of the defence. In the second half the play was all in favour of the Montrose, who scored two more goals through A. and F. Hoy, and thus won easily.
MONTROSE 2ND v HARPENDEN ROVERS.—Played at Harpenden on Saturday, and resulted in a draw, each side scoring once.
GROCERS v. IRONMONGERS.—A match was played on Wednesday on the Grocers’ ground, corner of Leagrave and Dunstable turn, between Luton Grocers F.C. and Ironmongers. Both teams were well represented. Mr. T. Webdale acted as captain for the latter, and C. Creasey for the former. The toss was won by the ironmongers team. The first goal was kicked by C. Creasey, and two goals by Mr. S. Brown, making three to the Grocers by half-time. In the second half a goal was well played by Mr. S. Young, of the ironmongers, who carried the ball up the field. Two goals kicked by Mr. Sills, who played up well right throughout , were followed by one added by Mr Brown. The final score was : Grocers, 6 ; Ironmongers, 1.
HOO PARK ROVERS v. ASHTON STAR.—A match was played on Wednesday evening on the ground of the Ashton Star. The Rovers won by one goal to nil.
NORTON COLLEGE v. STAR.—A match was played on the People’s Park on Wednesday between these teams. Both played a very good game, but the Star had the best of matters and won by four goals to one.
18th September 1893 committee meeting –
“Team selected against Clapton. Mr Hayes to take the place of Whitby.
Gate money for Saturday 16th £24 8s 6d, pav 2/9. Tickets £7 8s 0d.
“resolved to write to Mr Hayes asking him to play on Sat 23rd.
“that Watkins be signed on at once to be paid on the same terms as the other Town players from the time he commenced play”.
“that Mr Deacon, as trainer be paid the sum of 2/6 per week”.
“resolved to insure players individually with Mr Higgings”.
“that the printing be divided between the Times Office and Reporter”
“admission to Casuals match be 6d Pav 3d, referee Mr J. Wright”.
23rd September 1893. Taken from the Luton Reporter of 30th September 1893.
“LUTON TOWN v. CLAPTON.
On Saturday the Lutonians made their first journey of the season, and met some very formidable antagonists in the persons of the Clapton eleven. The encounter took place at the “Spotted Dog” at Upton, the enclosure at that noted resort containing a large assemblage. The numbers were variously estimated, but about 2,500 would be a fairly correct guess. Amongst these were about 100 ardent spirits from Luton who took advantage of a reduction in the fare to make the journey. The weather, though a cold wind swept over the ground, was eminently suitable, and the spectators settled down to enjoy a good game. It was considerably after the advertised time when the elevens ranged up in the following order : Clapton : Goal, S. G. Gillam ; backs, H. J. Cook and E. J. Watts ; half-backs, R. H. Clark (captain), A. B. Mayes, and S. Smith ; forwards, H. V. Hewett (centre), A. J. Hughes and A. G. Milton (left), C. Raisin and J. Harris (right(. Luton Town : Goal, E. Bee ; backs, J. Wilson and W. Chesher ; half-backs, J. W. Julian (captain), A. H. Taylor, and J. Watkins ; forwards, H. Galbraith (centre), R. Vickers and F. Allen (left), P. Hayes and J. Finlayson (right). Referee, Mr. C. Monro ; linesmen, Messrs. E. H. Jackson (Clapton) and H. C. Fryer (Luton). It will be seen from this list that H. Whitby was missing from his accustomed post on the outside right, his place being filled by Hayes, who was formerly a member of the Clapton team. Julian beat Clark in the toss, and naturally elected to take advantage of the wind and sun. Hewett started the game at about half-past 3, and Galbraith at once secured possession and went off with a rush. His term was not a long one, however, for he was almost immediately pulled up for handling the ball. Clapton pressed a trifle from the free kick, but did not avail themselves of an excellent opening, and Galbraith once more had the ball at his feet. He passed somewhat badly to the wing, however, and the leather went into touch. Chesher made what might have been a fatal miss, but Wilson rushed up and averted the danger. From the throw in which followed the homesters well nigh scored. The Claptonians were displaying very good form just now. Mayes was pulled up by a slight injury, but he was soon enabled to resume. The next interesting feature of the game was that Hewett managed to get within shooting distance of Bee’s charge, but his effort was without the desired effect. The Lutonians exerted themselves hereabouts and put a very different complexion on the game, and for a considerable space they held the upper hand. Both wings improved vastly in pace and combination, and the result was that some admirable style was shown. The “reds” travelled towards the Clapton goal at a great pace after a thrown in, and from a pass by Galbraith, Hayes headed into goal splendidly, though unfortunately the ball rose a trifle too high. Galbraith’s hands got in the way of the sphere with the result that his side were penalised, but this did not dismay them, and they were soon going as strongly as ever. Finlayson sent in a capital attempt during this stage, and from an attack by Hayes Gillam was compelled to conceded a corner. The plucky little Luton right winger was earning golden opinions amongst the visitors from this locality, and it became apparent from the generous applause of the remainder of the crowd that he was by no means a stranger to the habitués of the ground. The kick from the corner just mentioned as taken by Hayes and Galbraith sent in the ball at a tremendous pace, but Gillam saved grandly amid general cheering, though he gave a second corner in doing so. The Clapton keeper was having an anxious time just now, and he must have felt relieved when a throw-in resulted from the second corner. At length the siege—which had been of a very severe and determined character—was raised by hands being awarded against the Bedfordshire men. Vickers and Allen were showing first rate combination, and it was mainly through their efforts that the scene of operations was again transferred to the neighbourhood of Gillam’s charge. The Luton attack was a very hot one, and the Welshman—for the Clapton custodian is a Welsh International—was forced to steer the ball behind his goal-line. For several minutes the play was almost entirely confined to the territory of the wearers of the red and white stripes. Ultimately the bombardment was brought to a close, and the Claptonians by means of a rush succeeded in getting into the vicinity of the Luton uprights. An appeal by Luton for hands was disregarded by the referee, but the Londoners were pulled up a minute later for offside, and Julian who was putting in some grand work, hoisted the sphere over the bar instead of under it. Bee was afforded a chance of distinguishing himself a moment or two later and he succeeded to admiration. Shortly afterwards, however, the Lutonians’ pride received a severe fall, for Milton made a fine single-handed run down the left wing and finished by banging the leather through at a great pace, Bee having somewhat incautiously gone out to meet him. This score, which occurred barely half an hour from the start, was received with enthusiastic plaudits by the Clapton supporters, while the Luton visitors looked correspondingly glum. About two minutes later Hughes managed to elude the Luton defenders, and Hewett, receiving the sphere, put on the second goal with a shot which it was utterly impossible to stop. Clapton subsequently showed astonishingly good form and were playing for all they were worth. Bee effected a marvellous save when prostrate under the bar, and his example was emulated by Gillam, who was called upon twice in rapid succession to display his defensive skill. On the second occasion he gave away a corner, but nothing came of it, and eventually Vickers steered the ball over the line. Bee saved another hot attempt, and then a magnificent shot by Clark struck the bar with great force. The Lutonians were next found swarming round Gillam, who was called upon repeatedly, and he invariably acquitted himself in the best possible style. As the result of an execrable mistake by Galbraith in mid-field, Hewett was enabled to obtain possession and so good a use did he make of his chance that a third notch had to be credited to the home side. When a corner had been won by the leaders, Galbraith was offered a rare opportunity, but he did not exert himself sufficiently and no score ensured. Offside was awarded against either team, and then Hayes exhibited some tricky dribbling. Taylor neglected a chance and soon afterwards half-time arrived with the score standing three to none in favour of the Claptonians. With the wind and sun against them as well as a heavy score it was generally felt that the visitors were sorely handicapped on entering upon the second portion of the play, and there were few who did not anticipate defeat. Their spirit was not by any means lacking, however, and from the re-start Galbraith went off at high speed. Finlayson was badly fouled, and after the free kick the Lutonians took the leather near the Clapton goal line by means of some very fine passing, but Hayes kicked out. A corner off Taylor succeeded, but Julian prevented any serious results. Taylor again gave his opponents a chance, but Bee saved in his best manner during a scrimmage. The resources of the Clapton keeper were next sorely taxed and be managed to stem the tide for a considerable space ; but at length he succumbed to a splendid shot by Vickers. Stimulated by this reduction of the adverse balance, the “reds” displayed brilliant style, and evoked the admiration of friend and fee alike. Despite several decisions against them for alleged infractions of the rules, they kept the fray in their adversaries’ quarters, and ultimately they were successful in having a corner awarded to them. Upon this a capitally fought contest ensured, and the upshot was that the ball was again sent into the homesters’ net, though whether this was off one of the Clapton men could not be accurately determined. Galbraith was slightly lamed, but fortunately not sufficiently to call for his retirement. Vickers hit the post, and a minute afterwards Galbraith signalised his escape from serious hurt by scoring with a beautiful shot. The equalising of the scores was hailed with a great outburst of applause. Watkins, who had throughout been exerting himself well, pulled up Hewett repeatedly and subsequently the “reds” did all the pressing. Vickers sent the leather on the side of the net and Hayes made strenuous efforts to obtain the lead for his companions. The referee had not been giving anything like satisfaction, and the spectators were not slow to express their disapprobation. He persistently neglected the Luton men’s appeals, and awarded the most astounding advantages to the homesters. One of the most singular penalties was that which he gave against Bee who in clearing his goal was fiercely assailed. The custodian progressed some yards, but in order to save himself from the inevitable consequence of “carrying” the ball he dropped it at every pace. This, however, did not satisfy the referee, who penalised the ex-Arsenal man amid general cries of dissent. The most exciting point of the game was approaching, however. The visitors had completely worn down their foeman and were playing in determined fashion. They at length achieved their desire, Finlayson notching the winning point from a scrimmage. The great shout which arose when this feat was accomplished will not readily be forgotten. The “reds” continued to have much the best of matters to the close, when it was found that they were the winners of a grandly contested match by four goals to three. All that need be said of the payers is that all played well, though the backs were distinctly unreliable in the first half. Finlayson and Vickers were never seen to greater advantage, and if Hayes continues to play in such capital fashion he will be a veritable treasure, Of the others it is needless to speak individually, but of the Clapton men Gillam, Hewett, Clark and Milton might be selected as those displaying best style.
To-morrow (Saturday) the Town Club had been announced to play the Casuals, but an unfortunate misunderstanding was led to the scratching of the match. It seems that Mr. Bickley (the Casuals Secretary) had put down the fixture for last week, and had made all the necessary arrangements. To fill the vacancy a game has been arranged with Mansfield Greenhalghs, who occupy fifth position on the Midland League table. We have received considerable information regarding the visitors, and the team are exceedingly highly spoken of by the newspapers in their locality. Their record is an admirable one, for not only have they beaten Newark by three to nil and drawn with Doncaster Rovers at three goals all, but they were only beaten by Notts County by three goals to two, and even this result appears to be unsatisfactory. The team for Saturday is as follows:—Goal, W. Hunt ; backs, Jackson and Haslam ; half-backs, W. Wilson, H. Jarvis and C. Barratt ; forwards, T. Roper, A. Atkin (right), A. Saxton (centre), W. May and E. May (left). The kick off is fixed for 3 sharp.
LUTON RESERVES v. HORNSEY UNITED.
The first match of the season played by the Luton Reserves came off on the Town Ground on Saturday afternoon, before some 600 or 700 spectators. The visitors were a well organised combination and during the first half of the match showed a great superiority over the home team. In the second half Luton warmed to their work and eventually came off victors. The teams ranged up as follows : —Luton Reserves : A. Tearle (goal) ; Rowe and C. Read (backs); Gazeley, Simpkins, and Marshall (half-backs) ; Dimmock and Catling (right wing), Brown and Fryer (left wing), and Groom (centre) forwards. Hornsey United : W. Gibson (goal) ; J. McLeod and H. Andrews (backs) ; F. A. Lefebve, J. Piper, and F. Torrey (half backs) ; W. Bee and W. Darker (right wing), F. Piper and W. Smith (left wing), and J. Payne (centre) forwards. Mr. E. A. Barford was the referee and the linesmen were Mr. W. G. Wheeler (Luton), and Mr. A. Goodman (Hornsey). The visitors won the toss, and Groom started the ball, the sun shining full in his face. This was a great detriment to the play of the home team as was evidence by the very erratic shooting at the goal which was displayed on more than one occasion. Several times the visitors’ goal appeared to be at the mercy of some member of the home team, but the ball was either shot in wide of the mark or else it was nursed too long and the player robbed of his chance. Soon after the start Luton came away, but the hall was returned to the centre of the field, and Hornsey pressed. Dimmock relieved and some pretty passing took place, Fryer getting possession and carrying the ball down the field. The centre, however, was just missed and Gibson fisted out. Play was then moved to the other goal, and Smith sent in a good shot, which Tearle negotiated in a clever manner. Smith again sent in the ball, but Payne failed to take it and Tearle again saved. Relief being given by Fryer a momentary attack was made on the visitors’ goal, but without success, and the ball was returned to the centre of the field. From here it was taken to the home quarters, and after a short scrimmage F. Piper scored with a shot which it was utterly impossible to keep out. Up to this time Hornsey had been having the best of the game, but this reverse put the Lutonians on their metal, and during the rest of the game they played in a very spirited manner. Occasionally fault could be found with the manner in which two or three of the Luton players would try to gain possession of the ball at one and the same time, but beyond that their play was almost unimpeachable. From the re-start Luton carried the ball down the field, but their shooting at goal was somewhat erratic, the sun’s rays favouring the visitors to such an extent that the Luton players could barely see the goal posts. The Luton goal was again attacked, but a free kick for hands against Hornsey relieved the pressure, and the visitors were called upon to exert themselves. Another free kick for hands for Luton was a material assistance but nothing came of it, and although Luton pressed again and again, the score was unaltered, the half-time result being : Hornsey one, Luton nil. After the interval Luton showed some very fine play, and Dimmock soon forced a corner. The result was little tangible assistance, but from a scrimmage in the centre of the field Fryer carried the ball down the field and from the centre kick Groom equalised, amidst loud cheers. Both teams then played very had, and two corners were conceded by the visitors. Both, however, were useless, and the ball was returned to the centre of the field. Dimmock played up well, and from a splendid long shot put on the second point for the home team, this, being received with a great outburst of applause. After this the visitors’ combination appeared to break up and Luton had the game in their own hands. Again and again was the goal assailed, but Gibson, who had been playing a grand game throughout, was too quick for them, and they failed to break down his defence. Nothing further was scored, and the result was Luton two goals, Hornsey one. The victory was a very creditable one when it is remembered that, for a junior team, the Hornsey combination occupies a very good position. This was the third match they had played this season, and the first time they had been defeated, the previous games being a win and a draw. For Luton unstinted praise must be given to Tearle for his work in the goal. Time after time was he called upon to save, and he discharged his duties in a highly satisfactory manner ; the only goal scored against Luton being from a shot which appeared almost impossible to keep out. All the forwards played well, Dimmock and Fryer being particularly noticeable. In the back division Rowe and C. Read were a good defence, and the half-backs were always ready when their services were required. For the visitors the play of Gibson was very noticeable, the sterling manner in which he saved his goal during the latter part of the second half calling forth encomiums from many of the Luton partisans. The remainder of the team also worked well together until after Luton had scored their second goal.
LUTON GROCERS v. DRAPERS.—A return match was played on the Grocers’ ground on Wednesday between the above teams. The Drapers won the toss, and the Grocers commenced pressing with a slight wind in their favour, but the danger was well cleared by goalkeeper Bassett. At this point the Drapers infused a little more spirit into their game, but at half-time the scoring stood at nil. Commencing again, the ball was soon sent through the goal by Mr. Sills scoring the first one for the Grocers. Mr. Mills, of the Drapers, also scored, this making their first and only goal. The second goal for the Grocers was obtained by Mr. Custance, and a third by Mr. S. Brown. The Grocers accordingly won by 3 goals to 1. The teams were captained by Mr. White for Drapers, and Mr. S. Brown for Grocers.
FOOTBALL.—For the match between Luton and Mansfield Greenhalghs to-morrow (Saturday) Mr. A. Rostron Bourke is to be the referee.—Norton College v. Star.—The return match was played on the Stanley ground, Dallow-lane, on Wednesday afternoon. The teams were evenly matched, and played a very nice game. The College won the toss and kicked downhill. Hoy started the ball, and within 10 minutes of the start scored for the Star. On restarting J. Thurnham worked well and put in a nice shot which failed to score. The same player thereafter scored, and Groom succeeded in beating the College keeper. A good game ended : Star, 4 ; Norton College, 1.
25th September 1893 committee meeting –
“Match for Saturday left in Secretary’s hands”.
Gate money for Sat 23rd £4 4s 0 1/2d. Pav 8d. Tickets 7/6.
”resolved that Treasurer with the Secretary meet Mr Hayes on Friday 29th and arrange with him if possible”.
“Resolved that Secretary should speak to Vickers with regard to his conduct on the field”.
“It was proposed by Mr Webdale seconded by Mr Hinson that a grand stand be built and that a small committee of Messrs Arnold, Davey and Secretary wait upon Mr Taylor and inspect the one used on the Bury”.
“resolved that thicker irons to carry the ropes be placed around each goal”.
“It was also carried that the linesman for our team should act alphabetically as the gatemen”.
Expenses of our match (Clapton) £2 17s 8d.”
30th September 1893. From the Luton Reporter of 7th October 1893.
“PLEASE NOTE.—Henry Gibbons will close his establishment at 7 o’clock during the winter months—as in former years—commencing Monday next, October 2nd. Wednesdays and Saturdays as usual. [Advt.
MR. G. H. SMALL was on Saturday night presented with a prize as the player who had secured the best batting average for the season in connection with the Holborn Cricket Club.
MESSRS. M. MARES, Beecroft and Co., George and Edwin Strange and Alexander and Sons, intend closing their establishments at 7 o’clock during the winter months, Wednesdays and Saturdays as usual.[Advt.
NEW FOOTBALL CLUB.—On Wednesday night a football club was formed in connection with the Early Closing Association, when Mr. C. Mares presided. Mr. Mills was appointed secretary and a committee was formed.
“HAPPY ARTHUR” is coming to North-street Chapel on Sunday, October 8. Morning at 10.30, evening at 6 ; an address in the afternoon. The evening collection in aid of the distressed miners’ families. [Advt.
POLICE AND AMBULANCE LECTURERS.—The first of a series of lectures to the Borough Police on ambulance work was given in the Plait Hall last (Thursday) evening by Dr. H. Sworder. Including Head Constable Jaquest and Inspector Rogers, there were 30 members of the force present.
LUTON TOWN v. MANSFIELD GREENHALGHS.
The match originally appearing in the Town Club’s list for Saturday last was one with the Casuals, but owing to an unfortunate mistake on the part of the Casuals’ Secretary the fixture had to be scratched and the home officials were compelled to seek other adversaries. They secured the services of the Mansfield Greenhalghs, who are a capable Notts. organisation occupying a good position in the Midland League table. The weather was of the best, and the encounter was witnessed by a good crowd. The start had been fixed earlier than usual to enable the visitors to catch a train, and punctually at 3 o’clock the sounding of the whistle found the teams facing each other as follows :—Mansfield Greenhalghs : Goal, W. Hunt ; backs, Carrington and Haslam ; half-backs, W. Wilson, H. Jarvis, and C. Barratt ; forwards, T. Roper, and A. Atkin (right), A. Saxton (centre), W. May and E. May (left). Luton Town : Goal, E. Bee ; backs, J. Wilson and W. Chesher ; half-backs, J. W. Julian (captain), A. H. Taylor, and J. Watkins ; forwards, P. Hayes and J. Finlayson (right), H. Galbraith (centre), F. Allen and R. Vickers (left). The Lutonians lost the toss and Galbraith started operations from the Dunstable-road end with the sun and a fairly stiff breeze against him. At the outset the “reds” went off with great dash, and before the spectators had scarcely realised that hostilities had commenced Julian had sent the leather over the bar from a good centre by Hayes. Half a minute later Galbraith opened the score after some excellent combined play by Hayes and Finlayson, this achievement being hailed with unstinted applause. The visitors next took a spell of pressing, but a goal-kick relieved and the homesters were soon found in the visitors’ quarters again. Julian finished up by kicking over the cross-bar a performance which was imitated by the Greenhalghs just afterwards ; in fact, this seemed to be the fashion just now, for Wilson achieved similar distinction. Hayes had been putting in some good work on the extreme right, but he ventured to take the ball when palpably off-side, and the reliable referee was not slow in visiting the offender with the usual penalty. The first corner in the game fell to the Notts. Players, but they failed to improve upon it, and Chesher kicked the ball into mid-field when danger threatened. Hands against Luton was followed by some pretty passing between Allen and Galbraith, but Vickers bungled and a good opportunity was lost. The visitors’ left wing men were by this time exhibiting admirable style, and the outsider took the leather up single-handed and forced a corner. Nothing resulted, and though the wearers of the stripes got through again immediately afterwards they were pulled up for breaking the off-side law. Luton a minute later neglected another pronounced chance, and they failed to force the leather through from a scrimmage in front of goal. Greenhalghs next took a turn in the homesters’ confines and threatened danger, but the sting was taken out of their attack for a time. At length, however, the strangers equalised ; the ball was sent across the mouth of the goal land on its being returned Bee behaved splendidly, but the Leaguers persisted and eventually secured the wished-for score. Shortly after this performance had been duly cheered a great shout arose, for from a free kick Chesher kicked into the Greenhalghs’ net. The chagrin of the onlookers may readily be imagined when it was found that the ball had not touched a second player and that therefore the goal could not be allowed. A genuine point had to be credited to the visitors just now, however, for they managed to steer the ball past Bee from a corner. Allen appeared to have a good opening but he preferred passing to shooting and so nothing resulted. The home eleven were by no means deterred from trying by the adverse balance, for time after time they made strenuous attempts to break through, and on one occasion nothing but the magnificent defensive ability of Carrington prevented what appeared like a certain score. Hayes joined the list of offenders by kicking behind the line instead of through the posts, and Bee met with an accident which unfortunately terminated fatally for his side ; he had the ball in his hands under the bar and appeared to be able to dispose of it very easily, when he dropped it and was unable to prevent it rolling over the line. At half-time the score remained unaltered. With the wind and sun in their favour it was hoped that the home side would have better luck, and during the greater part of the second period they had by far the best of the play. The Greenhalghs attacked immediately after the resumption, but the Luton men transferred the scene of operations to the other end. For an appreciable space they seemed certain to score, but the visitors acted strictly on the defensive and though sorely taxed at times they managed to stave off the downfall of their fortress. When an opening occurred the “stripes” dashed down the field, and after passing the backs in the easiest possible fashion, sent the ball through the home goal in remarkably short time. Taylor had in the meantime been playing very finely, and he was instrumental in stemming another determined rush by the Notts. players. The homesters again rallied to the attack, but their utmost efforts were without avail. One tremendous struggle near the uprights was particularly noteworthy. After Greenhalghs had hit the Luton cross-bar, Galbraith forced Hunt to concede a corner, and Finlayson met with hard luck a little later. The same remark can safely be applied to the home team’s play during the next few minutes, for it ruled in their favour. A misunderstanding on the part of Taylor and Chesher eventually let the leaders through, and an easy score followed. A sixth point was put on shortly before the close, and when time expired Luton had been beaten by six goals to one. The defeat was undoubtedly a very decisive one, but the figures by no means form a true index to the game. It must frankly be admitted that the winners were the better team, but that they had all the best of the luck will not be denied by their staunchest supporters. Their combination was on the whole good, and to their fine defence in the second half is due the fact that the home score was not considerably larger. The left wingers and Saxton were the pick of the forwards, and Carrington was, perhaps, the best man of the rest. The Luton forwards were by no means so good in front of goal as could have been wished, and the playoff the half-backs was not altogether faultless. The great weakness was, however, but persisted in getting mixed up with the second line far too frequently. It was undoubtedly the unreliability of the home defence that is responsible for the defeat. Bee did some capital work in goal, and save for the accident already alluded to his play cannot be in any sense condemned. Mr. Roston Bourke was referee, and it is a pity he cannot attend regularly, for he actually went through the game without evoking a hostile shout from the crowd. The linesmen were Messrs. A. S. Hall (Greenhalghs) and H. Wilkins (Luton).
To-morrow (Saturday) the Town men had arranged to visit Plumstead in order to play Royal Ordnance Factories, but the latter have scratched owing to a cup-tie, and the home officials have arranged for a visit from the Royal Engineers.
LUTON RESERVES v. COWLEY ATHLETIC.
The Luton Reserves journeyed to New Barnet on Saturday to try conclusions with the Cowley Athletic Football team. The weather was fine, but a cold wind blew down the field. The following were the teams :—Luton : Goal, A. Tearle ; backs, G. Rowe and C. Read ; half0backs, F. Gazeley, J. Simpkins and Walker ; forwards, W. Brown, F. Fryer (right), G. Groom (centre), and J. Dimmock and W. Catling (left). Cowley : Goal, Huntley ; backs, Jessop Hockstrasser ; half-backs, Bell and Page (right), Martin (centre), and Simons and Stonehouse (left). Mr Barfield was the referee, and Mr. E. A. Barford, of Luton, was one of the linesmen. Tearle lost the toss, and the Cowley captain elected to play with the wind and sun in his favour. This, however, did not appear to help them in goal getting, at any rate, for at no time did they become anything like dangerous. Luton, on the other hand, were unable to score as the wind kept blowing the ball away from the goal, whilst in addition the shooting, owing to the sun shining full in the player’s faces, was very erratic. Luton pressed during nearly the whole of the first half, but at half-time no goal had been scored. Almost immediately after the interval Luton came away, and within a few minutes from the kick-off Groom scored the first goal. About that time C. Reed complained of feeling unwell, and he was put between the goal posts, Tearle taking the place of Simpkins in the halves and Simpkins went back. Shortly after the change Dimmock put on the second goal, and in a few minutes Brown, from a pass by Dimmock, scored the third, that feat being, soon afterwards, repeated. Reed then appeared to have been taken worse and must have left the goal unprotected, for from a kick by Simons from the centre of the field the ball was allowed to roll through, Cowley thus scoring their first and only goal. Groom then put on another goal, and at the call of “no side” the score stood : Luton 5, Cowley 1.
LUTON TOWN COMMITTEE v. NOVICES.—A little fun was caused on Tuesday afternoon, when a match under the above title was played on the Town ground, and resulted in a win for the Novices by five goals to two. The Committee won the toss and chose to kick with both sun and wind behind them. During the first half play was pretty even, only one goal being scored, and that came from the foot of Fyson for the Novices just before the interval. In the second half the Committee had to act most on the defensive. Four goals were scored for the Novices, and two against them. It is worthy of note that out of the seven goals scored three were given by the defending players. The teams were as follows: Committee : Goal, S. Pakes p; backs, J. Wright and Dockrill ; half-backs, W. Wheeler and H. Gregory (left), E. A. Barford (centre), G. Deacon and G. Hinson (right). Novices : Goal, W. Foxley ; backs, F. Cooke and P. Harden ; half-backs, R. Jeakins, C. Squires and C. Smart ; forwards, E. Gilder and H. Barford (left), S. Gilder (centre), G. Fyson and G. Fyson, jun. (right). The referee was Mr. H. Shane, and Messrs. G. Horn and T. Pedder acted as linesmen.
NORTON COLLEGE 2ND XI. v. HATFIELD GRAMMAR SCHOOL 1ST. XI.—The above teams met on the People’s Park, on Saturday, when the following represented Norton College :—F. Oliver (goal) ; F. Field, P. Camphius (backs) ; G. Layton, G. Camphius, A. Nuttal (half-backs) ; W. Huxley, F. Hamblin (left). The match resulted in a very one-sided game, the College being far too strong for their opponents in all points of the game. Result: Norton College 12 ; Hatfield School, nil.
EMPLOYEES MATCH.—A match was played on the Grosvenor College ground on Tuesday, between the employees of Messrs. Webb and Taylor and Messrs Wing, Arnold and Wing, and after a very one-sided game Messrs. Webb and Taylor’s men won by 11 goals to nil. The winning team was as follows :—Goal Barton ; backs, Sturman and Cumberland ; half0backs Burgess, Allen and Brazier ; forwards, Barton, Baron Reed, Tyso and Worboy.
EMPLOYEES OF MESSRS. GARRARD AND STADDON v. OLD FYSONIANS.—Played on Monday afternoon on the Bury Park ground, before a good assembly of spectators. Each team was well represented, but the Fysonians had the best of the game throughout. The passing of their forwards and the strong defence of the backs completely outmatched the play of their opponents, who would have had a larger score notched against them had it not been for the magnificent defence of their goalkeeper, J. Burley. The result at the call of time was : Fysonians four goals ; G. And S. employees, one goal.
LUTON SCHOOLBOY’S LEAGUE.—Two matches were played on Saturday morning, in connection with this league. The first took place on the Town Ground, between Waller-street and Hitchin-road Schools, and throughout the game the first named quite out-played their opponents. During the first-half Waller-street scored three goals and Hitchin-road one. In the course of the second half Waller-street put on four more goals and the game resulted in their favour by 7 goals to one.—The other match was played on the Christ Church Ground the opposing teams being Buxton-road and Old Bedford-road. The final result was Buxton-road 2, Old Bedford-road nil.—Two matches have been
Arranged for Saturday, one on the Town Ground between Chapel-street and Old Bedford-road, and another on the Christ Church Ground between Leagrave and Queen Square Schools. The Town Club Committee have given permission for a small admission charge to be made and on Saturday adults will be charged one penny and school boys a halfpenny.
2nd October 1893 committee meeting –
“Team for Saturday was selected as follows – E. Bee, goal; Wilson and Cheshire, backs; Watkins, Julian and Taylor, half backs; Hayes, Finlayson, Galbraith, Allen, Vickers, forwards.
“It was also resolved that Secretary should write McGahey and W.H. Russell asking if t was possible for them to play in our team and in the event of either being able to play on Saturday 7th, Cheshire stand out of the team”.
”It was also resolved that Secretary should write Messrs Galbraith, Wilson and Vickers calling their attention to the way in which they hang on to the ball, instead of passing it when the opportunity presents itself. In the case of Vickers special mention to made made with regard to his conduct on the field”.
The sub committee appointed to view Mr Taylor’s stand reported that they could not recommend it as it was in no way suitable for the purpose required. After considerable discussion Mr Davey volunteered next week to bring in a drawing of a stand 120 foot long with 3 tiers of seats with room for 2 rows to stand behind them, the seats to be one yard apart”.
“resolved that the tarring of the racks be left to the groundman”.
“Another long discussion ensued with respect to appointing a paid gatemen. Mr Barford proposed that a man be placed outside the box to see all tickets and all others to pay. This was seconded by Mr Davey. Amendment proposed by Mr Hackett seconded by Mr Pakes that the man be placed inside the box to take the gate money. A further amendment was proposed by Mr Shane, seconded by Mr Hinson that 1 committee man only be appointed to the box. Any committee man there to assist until the commencement of match.
For Mr Shane’s amendment 6
For Mr Hackett’s amendment 4
For the proposition 2.
Mr Shane’s amendment was therefore carried”.
Gate money for Saturday 30th Sept £25 14s 7 1/2d, Pav 2/6. Tickets £2 5s 0d.
Expenses of reserves to Barnet against Cowley Athletic £1 18s 10d.”