Monday, 9 March 2015

Huddersfield Town 1948-49 (Part two)

Posted by Tony Hutton

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 2 (Nightingale, Smith) SUNDERLAND 0      23,035

Wheeler; Hayes, Stewart (H); Hunter, Hepplewhite, Boot;
McKenna, Nightingale, Whittingham, Smith (C), Metcalfe;

Mapson; Stelling, Hudgell; Watson, Hall, Wright (A);
Duns, Robinson, Turnbull, Shackleton, Reynolds;

Huddersfield, following a good draw at Villa Park last week, did very well to inflict on Sunderland only their second defeat of the season. Without skipper Peter Doherty, the two inside forwards both did well, scoring a goal each in the first half. Nightingale's goal was a beauty and young Conway Smith improves with every game. McKenna also impressed at outside right, but there is room for improvement from left back Harry Stewart.

Albert Nightingale scores for Town

For Sunderland Yorkshire cricketer Willie Watson had a good game, but last season's record £20,000 signing, Len Shackleton from Newcastle, had little to offer. This was Watson's first game after a long running dispute with the club. He was the only Sunderland man to play consistently throughout the game.

The next game was my first visit to Elland Road for two years, since moving from Leeds to Huddersfield and it was good to have a change of scene for once.

LEEDS UNITED 1 (Marsh) WEST BROMWICH ALBION 3 (Williams 2, Walsh)        38, 500

Lomas; Dunn, Milburn; McCabe, Holley (capt), McAdam;
Cochrane, Marsh, Burden, Chisholm, Heaton;

Sanders; Pemberton, Millard; Hood, Vernon (capt), Barlow;
Elliot, Williams, Walsh, Haines, Kinsell;

Leeds were without their goalscoring centre forward, Albert Wakefield, and tried their recent signing from Chester, Tommy Burden - normally a wing half, in that position.
They also gave young goalkeeper Lomas, who is on trial, his first league appearance. Albion also made an experiment , trying Kinsell, normally a full back, on the left wing. This move was hardly a success, but even so the visitors with their two Irish internationals Vernon and Walsh outstanding, won confortably with two goals from inside right Cyril Williams and one from Walsh.
Marsh, normally an outside left signed from the Cheshire League last week, cleverly scored United's goal. Lomas was not at fault with any of the Albion goals which all resulted from bad covering in defence. Jim Sanders was outstanding making good saves from the powerful Chisholm, Cochrane and Burden, who also hit the bar, as well as saving a penalty from Milburn. Young McAdam gave a plucky display playing on with a badly cut forehead for much of the game.

SATURDAY 9TH OCTOBER, 1948                                  Attendance 19,383
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1 (Hassall) STOKE CITY 3 (Bowyer, Mountford (G), Baker)

Wheeler; Hayes, Stewart (H); Hunter, Hepplewhite, Boot;
McKenna, Glazzard, Whittingham, Hassall, Metcalfe;

Herod; Mould, McCue; Mountford (F), Jones, Sellars;
Mountford (G), Bowyer, Steele, Caton, Baker;

After a 7-1 hammering at Wolves last wee, Town were looking desperately for some improvement. However, without both Nightingale and Doherty, they found it difficult against a very solid Stoke side. Even though centre half Neil Franklin was away playing for England. Centre forward Freddie Steele led the line well, laying on chances for his other forwards.
With only a few minutes left young inside forward Harold Hassall scored to put Town level, but two very late goals saw Stoke take the points.


Mills; Hayes, Stewart (H); Hunter, Heppelwhite, Boot;
McKenna, Nightingale, Whittingham, Doherty, Metcalfe;

Newlands; Brown, Scott; Shankly, Corbett, Davie;
Bogan, McLaren, McIntosh, Beattie, Langton;

Town, encouraged by a 2-1 win at Burnley last week, thanks to two second half goals from Vic Metcalfe, were hopeful of picking up two more points against fellow relegation strugglers Preston. In fact, the visitors brought off their first win of the season and scored their first goal at Huddersfield since 1938. The absence of Tom Finney (injured) added to the number of Scots in the Preston side, making a total of eight. Mills returned after injury for Town, but the lack of a goalscoring centre forward is still the main weakness.
According to the Yorkshire Post Town were a well beaten side everyshere except in the League Table, where both teams now have ten points from fourteen games. There was a world of difference between the cool method of North End's experienced Shankly and the two goalscorers, Beattie and McLaren, and the scrambling get rid of it at any price tactics of Town. It must be noted however that both Preston goals were flukes.

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 3 (Doherty 2, Nightingale) CHELSEA 4 (Bentley, Williams, McInnes, Whittaker o.g.)                       Attendance 18,963

Mills; Hayes, Stewart (H); Whittaker, Hepplewhite, Boot;
McKenna, Nightingale, Whittingham, Doherty, Metcalfe;

Pickering; Winter, Hughes; Armstong, Harris (capt), Macauley;
Campbell, Williams, Bentley, Bowie, McInnes;

This exciting game marked the debut of wing half Bill Whittaker, signed for £10,000 from Charlton to bring some experience to the Town half-backs in place of the very promising David Hunter. Whittaker was extremely unfortunate to be credited with an own goal which won the match for Chelsea. In fact he simply touched a ball already on it's way into the net and would not have gone into the record books but for a statement by the refereee.
The goal which should have been prevented was an earlier one, when the goalkeeper lost the ball from a right wing centre and allowed an easy tap in goal. The return of Peter Doherty made a big difference in attack, but Town's problems in defence continue. However, it was a thrilling match and a shame such a poor crowd witnessed the rare feat of three goals from the home side. A draw would perhaps have been a fairer result.

LEEDS UNITED 1 (Browning) FULHAM 1 (Thomas R)                  26,500

Fearnley; Dunn, Milburn; McCabe, Holley (capt), McAdam;
Cochrane, Burden, Browning, Chisholm, Heaton;

Flack; Freeman, Bacuzzi; Quested, Taylor, Beasley (capt);
Thomas (S), Thomas (R), Stevans, Jezzard, McDonald;

The young Leeds centre forward, Len Browning, who is keeping Albert Wakefield in the reserves, was the star of the Leeds forward line. He scored their only goal and went close on several other occasions. After four wins in a row Fulham looked a very useful side and after a goal less first half, they more than held their own in the second half and fully deserved a point. Fulham's captain Pat Beasley had played for Huddersfield Town before the war and his wing half partner, Len Quested, was also to join Town a few years later.
Two of the Leeds team have selected to play for Ireland against Scotland on Wednesday. They are wing half McCabe, who gets his first cap, and outside right Davy Cochrane.

Caption for this picture from the Yorkshire Evening News reads as follows:-

Leeds United nearly took Fulham by surprise with a whirlwind start at Elland Road this afternoon. Chisholm, United's dashing Scot, is harassing Flack, the visiting goal keeper, after Burden had fired in a good shot. The effect of the heavy rain can been seen in the muddy state of the Fulham goalmouth.


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