Saturday, 3 October 2009

Summerstown Athletic FA Sunday Cup 1964/65

'South London Press' Friday 29th January 1965

Cup-tie date for Champions Summerstown

Summerstown Athletic stake their claim for a place in the third round of the FA Sunday Amateur Cup at Erith & Belvedere's ground on Sunday (kick off 11.30am) when they meet Sussex. This is the first time that the trophy has been played for and sixteen counties from Cumberland to Sussex entered the competition.
London, with an eye to the future, hope that in time this will become a club competition and held a knock-out tournament earlier in the season with Summerstown earning the right to represent the City.
London have one change in their side from the one that beat Surrey in the first round 2-1 with Tony kenchington coming in at outside-right and Maurice Griffiths moving to inside-left in place of the suspended Pat Long. Ives, McGuinness, Philpott, Kent, Shears, Hawkins, Kenchington (T), Mills, Kenchington (P), Griffiths, Hickey.

(In earlier editions I could find no mention of either the Surrey match, nor the qualifying tournament.)

'South London Press' Friday 5th February 1965

Summerstown Athletic 3, Sussex County FA 1

Summerstown, representing the London FA in the quarter-finals of the FA Amateur Sunday Cup, took the lead following a free-kick in the 12th minute. Peter Kenchington took the ball towards a wall of defenders and then neatly lobbed it over their heads and into the Sussex net.
Sussex came close with a shot that smashed against a post and shortly afterwards George Ives had to go full length.
But Summerstown were getting on top now and Griffiths notched their second before the interval.
Harding scored the third from the penalty spot in the second half after Keith Mills, with only the goalkeeper to beat, had been brought down from behind. The Sussex goal came from Bill Ford.

'South London Press' Friday 19th March 1965

Hertfordshire 0, Summerstown 3

(no headline)

Summerstown, representing the london FA, in a bid to capture Sunday football's top prize, the FA Amateur Sunday Cup, were right back on top of their form.
After only seven minutes Keith Mills cottoned on to a long through ball by Peter Kenchington to score the first goal.
Paddy Long would have added another but for a handling offence, but no harm was done for Harding crashed home the spot kick rightly awarded.
Athletic had to put up with some heavy pressure after the interval, but co-operative defensive work kept their goal intact, and then Kenchington smashed home a third from 15 yards to put the issue beyond doubt.

'South London Press' Friday 9th April 1965

Summerstown force a draw at Walsall

Staffordshire FA 1, Summerstown Athletic 1

Goalkeeper Ives saved the day for Summerstown, representing the London FA in this Amateur Sundat Cup final, when he tipped over Glover's penalty a few minutes before the end-a penalty which, it seemed, must clinch the trophy for Staffordshire.
Staffordshire had taken the lead in the first half when Harper beat Ives with a curling drive from twenty yards following a pin-point centre.
Athletic's chances receded still further after the interval when defender Tony McGuinness became a wing passenger through injury.
But a brilliant move by Dave Hawkins gave robust Peter Kenchington his chance to crack an unstoppable equaliser.

(The correspondant clearly did not realise that this was a two-legged final)

'South London Press' Friday 14th May 1965

Four goals come in extra-time

Summerstown Athletic 5, Staffordshire FA 1

Summerstown, representing the London FA, saved their goal talents until extra-time in the second leg of the FA Amateur Sunday Cup Final at Hounslow on Sunday. (The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw)
When the whistle went at the end of ninety minutes the two teams were on level terms at 1-1.
Long scored the first of four extra time goals when he sliced the ball over the goalkeeper's head after collecting a pass from Keith Mills.
Seconds later the Mills-Long duet found the net again. Peter Kenchington, who had a shaky game, sent Summerstown into a 4-1 lead when he latched onto another Mills pass.
It was tit-for-tat shortly afterwards when Mills flicked the fifth after receiving a pass from Kenchington.
Pat Long scored the first goal in the fifth minute, but Staffordshire soon drew level when Glover cottoned on to a Ron Philpott pass-back meant for goalkeeper George Ives.

Friday, 2 October 2009

2-7-9 FA Sunday Cup 1975/76

'South London Press' 16th January 1976
2-7-9 sink Norfolk champs

Loke Athletic 1, 2-7-9 2

2-7-9 are through to the Sunday FA Cup Quarter-Finals following this win over the Norfolk champions.

Both teams seemed to play their better football when facing the strong winds that swept the splendid Lakenham Stadium pitch in Norwich.

Phil Emblem and Martin Ellison were superb in defence & midfielder Roy Mitchell-who snatched the 75th minute winner-was once again their architect.

Johnny Duffy opened the scoring after half an hour when the Loke defence only half cleared a Dave Waight shot & Duffy rammed home from close range.

The home side pressed strongly for an equaliser but found goalkeeper Steve Pateman in brilliant form. Then right on the half-time whistle Rudd put Loke on level terms.

In the second half 2-7-9 missed several chances before Mitchell finally got his boot to the winner.

( I am not sure if this was their first game in the competition or not. If there were earlier rounds then they were not covered by the newspaper.)

'South London Press' 6th February 1976

2-7-9 reach FA Sunday Cup semis

2-7-9 1, Robin Hood Retreat 0

Unbeaten 2-7-9 reached the semi finals of the FA Sunday Cup with this victory over Bristols' Robin Hood retreat at the National Dock Labour Ground, Sidcup.

The tie was settled with a 42nd-minute goal by Phil Emblem. Said manager Jimmy Wakeling "It was one of our better performances." Playing 4-4-2, 2-7-9's front runners Dave Flander and Johnny Duffy chased everything, never allowing the visitors defence to settle.

They received plenty of support from overlapping fullbacks Gerry Collier and Martin Ellison.

In the first fifteen minutes several chances came 2-7-9's way. Fiander running on to a through ball from Dave Waight, hurried and blasted his shot wide. Then Duffy had a shot charged down on the line.

In the 25th minute Waight, showing great skill, evaded several lunging tackles before being brought down just outside the box. Ellison took the fee kick but Fiander, despite out-jumping the defence, headed over.

The winning goal followed a long throw-in by Fiander. Duffy headed backwards into the six-yard box where Emblem charged in to head low into the corner of the net.

The visitors got into the game more in the second half, but could make little impression on classy 2-7-9.

Duffy had a goal disallowed ten minutes from time, the referee ruling that Duffy had handled before heading past Robin Hood goalkeeper Crowley.

'South London Press' Friday 27th February 1976

'Flu threatens 2-7-9 semi-final

Flu threatens 2-7-9's important Sunday FA Cup semi final against Evergreen from Watford at the Dulwich Hamlet ground at Champion Hill this weekened.

Manager Jimmy Wakeling will know today whether three of his players, Patsy Carey, Alan Williams and Jimmy Crombie have recovered and plans to contact the Football Association, if neccessary, to ask for a postponement. "I don't want to call it off," said Wakeling. "We have so many vital games still to squeeze in this season."

Injured Johnny Duffy is definately out with David waight (knee). Gerry Collins (groin) and Dave Fiander (groin) all doubtful.

Unbeaten 2-7-9, with four semi finals ahead of them, and 27 successive wind under their belt this trm, face an unbeaten Hertfordshire side. Wakeling, who formed the squad eleven years ago, added, "It promises to be our best season on record."

'South London Press'' 5th March 1976

2-7-9 chase Cup

Manager Jimmy Wakeling believes the winners of the Sunday FA Cup semi final at Dulwich Hamlets' Champion Hill ground this weekend will go on to win the competition. Wakeling, boss of 2-7-9, expects to have a full squad to pick from for their tie with Evergreen from Watford.

"The winners of this game will win the Cup," predicts Wakeling, who saw Evergreen beat Ship & Anchor 2-1 in the quarter final.

Sunday's match should have been played last week, but was postponed when Wakeling had eight of his players unfit through flu. Instead Wakeling travelled to Wolverhampton to watch the other semi final between Brandon United from County Durham and Birmingham's Club Lafayette. "Brandon won 3-1 and looked much the better side," he said. The winners of Sunday's tie meet Brandon in the final at Spennymoor, County Durham, on April 25th.

Evergreen, and 2-7-9, are both unbeaten this season, so one record must fall this Sunday, kick off 3 pm.

Striker Dave Waight is doubtful with an ankle injury.

'South London Press' Friday 12th March 1976

'We didn't deserve to win' says 2-7-9 manager Jimmy Wakeling

2-7-9 1, Evergreen 2

London Sunday champions 2-7-9 lost ther unbeaten record this season and a place in the Sunday FA Cup final with this defeat at Dulwich Hamlet's ground Champion Hill, writes Steve Grimes.

Manager Jimmy Wakeling, whoseside hadn't lost a match in 37 appearances, said after, "We didn't deserve to win. It was one of our worst performances this season and the players we usually rely upon had bad games."

Evergreen, unbeaten Watford champions and celebrating their first season in the competition with a final tie against Brandon United from County Durham, deserved their victory. Individually, they were not as strong as 2-7-9. But their teamwork was superior.

Wakeling added: "Phil Emblem is probably the best centre-half in Sunday football, but he had a nightmare game. In fact only full-back Collier seemed to raise his game. I think I might have given the lads too much confidence. But, honestly, I could see no way this team beating us if we played our normal game."

And 2-7-9 couldn't have got off to a better start when they took the lead after just eleven minutes. John Duffy collected a Collier free kick and turned in the Evergreen box before slamming wide of the keeper from fifteen yards. But it didn't take long before Evergreen gave warning of their intentions. The powerful throw-ins of burly Kevin McKenna upset the 2-7-9 defence and the fiery Norman Dodd found space well. McKenna set Dodd up for an equaliser after 37 minutes, but his low drive hit the foot of the post. Evergreen finally equalised three minutes before the interval when Roy Mitchell was robbed in midfield and the ball was knocked through for McKenna to chase and firee over the advancing goalkeeper Steve Pateman.

The Hertfordshire side could have had another before half time, with Pateman saving brilliantly and Collier clearing another effort off the line.

The winner came just seven minutes into the second half when Pateman stood stranded yards off his line as Tony Freeman hit a 20-yarder over his head into the net.

2-7-9 team: Pateman, Collier, Ellison, Williams, Emblem, Dorney, (Wood), Mitchell, Read, Duffy, Waight, Carty.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

2-7-9 FA Sunday Cup 1973/74

'South London Press' 5th October 1973:

2-7-9 go through

2-7-9 4, Crossness 0

Three headers sealed 2-7-9 a place in round two of the Sunday FA Cup where they will meet LESSA Walthamstow, conquerers of Southern Argyle.
Gerry Collier was 2-7-9's man of the match. He seemed to be involved in every move and inspired his colleagues in this first round tie at Abbey Wood. Collier laid on the pass for Paul McArthy to fire 2-7-9 into a fifteenth minute lead. Then Phil Emblem bravely dived full length to head home a Patsy Carey cross from among a forest of legs on the half hour. Within a minute John Duffy hung in the air before heading a fine cross from Terry Dinan.
Although the second half was a one sided affair, 2-7-9 only managed one more goal. In a brilliant move the ball went from Collier to McArthy who pulled back from the corner flag for Duffy to head home.

'South London Press' 2nd November 1973:

(No headline)

2-7-9 2, LESSA 0

For the first time 2-7-9 have reached the last thirty two of the Sunday FA Cup. Their in over LESSA, from Walthamstow, was easier than the scoreline suggests. In the first twenty minutes 2-7-9 played their best football of the season and were rewarded with two goals through Johnny Duffy & Sid Williamson.
After the interval, LESSA were more settled, but couldn't break their opponents defence, consisting of Ian Dorney, Tony Dinan, Phil Emblem and young Tommy Dudfield, the most improved player at the club. Newcomer Bobby Walker had an excellent debut in midfield for 2-7-9 and looks like holding his position.

'South London Press' 30th November 1973:

2-7-9 squeeze out Charterhouse in extra time

2-7-9 go through to the final sixteen of the Sunday FA Cup after being forced to play extra time by old Sportsman League rivals Charterhouse. Patsy carey was the hero, for after a poor season he suddenly sprang to form to score two goals. He scored his first soon after the start of the second half when he netted from close range after centre-half Phil Emblem had headed against the crossbar. With 15 minutes to go Charterhouse were award a free-kick on the edge of the box. Bobby Green fired it low and hard at the 2-7-9 wall and goalkeeper Kenny Baker misjudged it and saw the ball trickle over the line. In the first period of extra time 2-7-9 went ahead with a freak goal from Geoff Allen, whose intended cross sailed over keeper Geoff Parsons and into the net. In the closing stages of the game Patsy Carey picked up a pass from sid Williamson and ran on to place wide of Parsons.

'South London Press' Friday 11th January 1974:

2-7-9 have their most important game ever on Sunday in the Fourth Round of the Sunday FA Cup. They meet Louis International from Plymouth.

'South London Press' Friday 18th January 1974:

2-7-9 in Quarter Final of the Sunday Cup

2-7-9 reached the quarter final of the Sunday FA Cup, the major tournament of Sunday football, when they beat Louis International of Plymouth 2-0 at Sidcup.
Because of the boggy conditions 2-7-9 packed the midfield and played a strict 4-4-2 system for the first time this season. That made hard work for the front runners. Johnny Duffy opened the scoring in the first minute. direct from kick off Gerry Collier hit a long ball over the defence, Duffy out-paced the centre-half, beat the goalkeeper and slotted the ball home. This gave 2-7-9 a tremendous boost and after 15 minutes Duffy again had a great chance when he slipped past the centre-half, but this time the goalkeeper smothered the shot. the only other near miss 2-7-9 had before the interval came when Duffy completed a one-two and sent over a cross for Sid Williamson. he headed just wide of the post.
Five minutes into the second half Phil Emblem nearly put 2-7-9 further ahead when he went up for a Collier corner kick. His header went wide. The Plymouth side staged a revival and 2-7-9 goalkeeper Kenny Baker was called on to make several sound saves. Billy Wood and Geoff Allen were outstanding in defence. Kenny Jolly, who had a tremendous second half, scored his first ever goal for the club when he ran onto a long ball from Duffy, evaded a challenge and beat the keeper with an angled shot.

'South London Press' Friday 2nd February 1974:

2-7-9 skipper shows (photo of player with toe injury) why he will miss the most important game in the club's history on Sunday. Billy (28) a docker, of Brockman rise, Bromley, broke his right toe in last weekend's 1-0 win over Tate & Lyle in the quarter final of the London FA Cup.
Doubtful for this weekend's Sunday FA Cup semi-final with Newtown Unity from Birmingham are Patsy Carry, who broke his nose on Saturday, Kenny Jolly (ankle injury) and top scorer Johnny Duffy, who's suffering from a suspected pulled hamstring.
Club official Jimmy Wakeling said "After going 22 games this season undefeated we are full of confidence and have good replacements for the injured."
The match is being played on Aveley FC's ground, Dagenham, kick off 2.00 p.m.

'South London Press' Friday 9th February 1974:

2-7-9's Cup run leaves tough fixture backlog

Taverners (Boston) 1, 2-7-9 2.

2-7-9 travelled over 300 miles to play Taverners at Boston in the quarter final of the FA Sunday Cup and won themselves a semi-final place later this month.
In front of a 1,500 crowd, 2-7-9 had to overcome a few early anxious moments before settling down. Tommy Dudfield and Geoff Allen both cleared off the line in the first fifteen minutes. Kenny Jolly, who had a tremendous game, went close with an overhead kick and 2-7-9 again gave Taverners a scare when winger Paul McCarthy was pulled down. From the free kick on the edge of the box taken by Alan Williams, Phil Emblem headed just over the bar. 2-7-9 went ahead ten minutes before the interval. Gerry Collier hit a long ball into the Taverners penalty area, Jolly headed out to Johnny Duffy who fired into the net from close range.
At the start of the second half 2-7-9 went close twice, Sid Williamson and full-back Ian Dorney dominated the right hand side of the field and from this 2-7-9 created their second goal. Dorney gave the ball to McCarthy who out-ran two defenders and passed to Duffy. Duffy beat the centre-half and ran on to slip the ball past the advancing goalkeeper.
Taverners scored with five minutes to go. Later goalkeeper Kenny Baker saved 2-7-9 by racing off his line to smother another shot.
Now 2-7-9 have a busy fixture backlog because of their cup runs-and they are still left in five-they are forced to play a Kent Cup tie and a Forest & District League match on the same day. One in the morning and one on the afternoon.

'South London Press' Friday 1st March 1974:


2-7-9 1, Newtown Unity 4.

Two goals in the last five minutes by Newtown Unity crushed any hopes of 2-7-9 winning the Sunday FA Cup.
It was the dead-ball situations that caused problems for 2-7-9 in this semi-final tie. Newtown scored after 20 minutes when their centre-forward headed in a free-kick. But Johnny Duffy, who played with his thigh strapped up, equalised when he latched on to a Gerry Collier free-kick ten minutes before the break.
Right on the stroke of half-time Newtown scored from a corner when goalkeeper Kenny Baker only managed to palm the cross away.
In the second half 2-7-9 lacked spirit and only Dave Flander, Collier, Geoff Allen and Duffy can be proud of their performances.
2-7-9 played in the Forest & District League, which unusually for a South London based club, appears to be an east London league.

Additional notes:

Their home ground, in Sidcup, was the NDLB ground. Which stood for the National Dock Labour Board.

2-7-9 may have failed in the FA Sunday Cup, but they beat Woolwich Town 3-2 in the London Challenge Cup final, in front of over a thousand. venue not mentioned.

In the Kent Cup, at Chatham Town, Royal Sports were beaten 6-3.

And in the Forest & District Premier Cup Southdown United were overcome 2-0, at Walthamstow Avenue.

In the Charterhouse line up: Bobby Green could well have been the player who was with Tooting & Mitcham United at the time. & The keeper Geoff Parsons was also a top amateur, I think he may have been with Kingstonian at the time, but that's from memory.

To copy:

SLP,4/5/64 article on libraries.

'Charlie Chaplin' pub-opening 1965.

'South London Press' Friday 9th April 1965:


" The 'Charlie Chaplin' is a splendid name for the new pub at the Elephant," said the new Mayor of Southwark, Alderman Mrs. Francis Whitnall, when she opened it yesterday on the site of the old "Elephant & Castle".
Replying to critics who said that Charlie Chaplin was not directly connected with the Elephant, Mrs. Whitnall said: "Whatever you call it, there will be some people who disagree. This name will do a great deal for the tourist trade-especially Americans."
Charlie, who was unable to attend the opening, lived in East-st., Walworth, and spent his early years in nearby Kennington.
Mrs. Whitnall spoke of the "cosy atmosphere" of the pub- which has a cocktail and grill bar.
Main feature of the decor is a wrought-iron mural of Charlie Chaplin, made from metal springs.
The "Butts" a stone's throw from the "Charlie Chaplin", was opened on Thursday. This house, run by Nicholson's Catering Company, got its name from the ground it stands on which was used in olden days for archery.

Full story will appear on Tuesday.

"South London Press" Tuesday 13th April 1965:


The Hungarian artist, George Dereford, is waiting for South London-born Charlie Chaplin to come in for a pint at the new public house named after him at the Elephant so he can ask him what he thinks of the mural there.
"I only hope he will like it,"said Mr Dereford, who came to England 28 years ago.
Mr. Dereford went round scrap heaps to collect old iron for the mural. A metal sculpture runs the full length of the first and ground floors and is made from springs.
It epitomises the film "Modern Times" in which Chaplin depicted a little man caught up in a machine world.
The landlord is Mr. George Moles who since June 1963 has been manager of the "Belle Vue", Clapham Common. His wife said, "This is a big thing for us. We want to give the Elephant a new reputation. In the old days it was noted for roughs and dirty gin houses. This pub is plush and modern. "
There are cocktail and grill bars on the first floor and shoppers can walk into this part from the pedestrian concourse.
At the opening of the "Charlie Chaplin" on Thursday Mr. F. Watney said for the owners, "None of us feel that Charlie is going to be sentimental about the disappearance of the old Elephant and Castle which has made possible this splendid new development."
The leader of the new Southwark Council, Albert Gates, said, "I have been trying for years to convince people that Charlie Chaplin is a great name for the public house."
One of the three winners for a competition to find a name for the house was Mr. David Forester (23), an art teacher of 33 Athlone-rd.,Tulse Hill.
He won £25 and said at the opening, "I used the cash to study for another term at Goldsmiths College, New Cross."

Billy Secular

'South London Press' 30th April 1965



Southern Area Welterweight champion Peter McLaren from Brixton, halted half way through the last round against Liverpudlian Gordon McAteer on the first Premier Ring Sporting Show at Manor Place Baths on Tuesday.....

(This opener goves location and date)

Second, smaller, headline:


Billy Secular, lightweight from Bermondsey, beaten in four rounds by Lex Hunter, has decided to retire. After a chat with manager Denny Mancini, who dvised him to call it a day, 26-year-old Secular will hang up his gloves.

It only took Hunter, also from Bermondsey, two rounds to take the initiative. He landed a solid right hook on Secular's chin and followed it up with punishing body blows, but although Secular was not unneccessarily troubled it was the start of his downfall.

Secular went down fot a count of four in the third, but it was more a trip than a punch that put him there, and as he continued to back-pedal Hunter seized on every chance to break through.

Five right-handers from Hunter in the fourth softened Secular up and he went down for a count of seven and as Hunter continued to dish out the same treatment referee White stepped in.