Saturday, 18 April 2015

Last weeks in Yorkshire

Posted by Tony Hutton
SATURDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER, 1949
FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION TWO AT ELLAND ROAD, LEEDS

LEEDS UNITED 3 (McMorran, Dudley, Barratt og) COVENTRY CITY 3 (Murphy, Simpson, Lockhart)
Searson; Dunn, Milburn; McAdam, Charles, Burden (capt);
Cochrane, McMorran, Dudley, Wilkins, Harrison (P);

Wood; Barratt, Timmins; Cook, Mason (G) (capt), Simpson (W);
Simpson (D), Dearson, Roberts, Murphy, Lockhart;

Referee H.T. Wright, Macclesfield                        Attendance 22,500

This report is from the Yorkshire Post.
17 year old John Charles suffered the ups and downs of football life in a very eventful ninety minutes at Elland Road, He enjoyed a fifty yard dribble then passed along the ground to Cochrane, from whose centre Dudley headed a perfect goal. Then he suffered the chill dismay of conceding a penalty and finally the sharp, nagging pain of a bad ball with just five minutes to go.

Charles writhed on the ground and was carried to the dressing room, but the crowd would have been astonished to see him just one hour later being able to walk from the ground, with only a knee strain and the after effects of a stunned nerve. He should be fit for next Saturday.

With ten minutes remaining Town led 3-1, but conceded two late goals both due to bad defensive mistakes and in the end were lucky to draw ! Coventry's passing was acurate, the positional play quick and interlligent, but their finishing was atrocious. On the other hand United had a brilliant goalkeeper and three well taken gla, just the opposite of City in fact. Wilkins and McMorran were both too slow at inside forward, right half McAdam was not seen until the second half and even Burden had an off day.


Frank Dudley's header falls to McMorran (2nd left) who scores
 
The result of all this was that United's forwards got little service and the defence little assistance. Already this season United have used nine players in the two inside forward positions and it was speculated in the Press that Yorkshire cricketer Brian Close might become the tenth before he joins the Army for two years National Service in the near future.

Harrison's corner, helped on by Dudley, enabled McMorran to open the scoring for United, Charles and Cochrance helped Dudley get the second, then the Irish international Cochrane got the third himself.



SATURDAY 1ST OCTOBER, 1949
FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION ONE AT LEEDS ROAD, HUDDERSFIELD

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1 (Nightingale) ASTON VILLA 0   Attendance 20,636
Mills; Briggs, Hayes; Whittaker, Boot (capt), Hunder;
Duthie, Glazzard, Rodgers, Nightingale, Metcalfe;

Jones; Parkes, Dorsett; Powell (I), Martin, Moss (F);
Craddock, Gibson, Ford, Dixon, Goffin;
Referee: C. Fletcher, Northwich

Town were again forced into several changes, with two new full backs, including the veteran Bill Hayes at left back. Eddie Boot playing in his third position of the season already was tried at centre half in the continued absence of Hepplewhite. Young outside right Duthie came in for McKenna and Hassall and Burke were still absent. In the circumstaces Town could be pleased with their hard fought victory, thanks to a rare goal from Albert Nightingale. Boot did well to subdue Welsh international Trevor Ford.

This proved to be my last match at Leeds Road for some time. The odd game was possible when staying with my grandparents in Leeds, but it was not until the late 1960s before I returned to Yorkshire.

SATURDAY 8TH OCTOBER, 1949

FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION TWO AT ELLAND ROAD, LEEDS

LEEDS UNITED 2 (Dudley, Browning) CARDIFF CITY 0      Attendance 25,000

Searson; Dunn, Bannister (E); McCabe, Charles, Burden (capt)
Cochrane, McMorran, Browning, Dudley, Williams;

Joslin; Lever, Sherwood (capt); Hollyman, Rowland, Baker;
Williams (R), Stevenson, Stitfall (R), Blair, Edwards;

Referee:- W.R. Rodgers, Birmingham


I have no record of the events of this match which was to be the last game I saw in Yorkshire, apart from the odd holiday visits, for almost twenty years. The next blogs will cover my football watching in the West Midlands where in turn I watched Walsall, Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City. So sadly with John Charles just beginning his great career, I only saw him a very few times in the future.
Len Browning in action against Cardiff