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DoDTS

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here's another one of DoDtS's history lesson, here's how it was when we played non league oposition in 1922

WORKSOP TOWN 1-2 SOUTHEND UNITED
F.A.Cup 1st Round
7th JANUARY 1922


Worksop were a non league side, but so were we two seasons previously so this meant little. Worksop, which is in Nottinghamshire, actually claim to be one of the oldest clubs in existence claiming routes back to the 1860s. and in 1921-22 they won the Midland league, and some clubs such as Lincoln or Doncaster who were in the Midland League applied for and were elected to the Football League.

In fact in the next year’s cup competition (1922-23) they held Tottenham 0-0 at White Hart Lane , for financial reasons the replay was again played at White Hart Lane but this time Spurs won 9-0.

The ground was said to hold 10,000 and had a stand to seat 1,500 but the area was suffering with large unemployment and in the mining crisis many were on a two day week. The ground was a mini Brammell Lane with one side open as it was also used as a cricket ground. The official attendance was given as 5,560 a record for the home club However the pitch was narrow which didn’t suite Southend who liked to play a wide game. As often for the First Round of the cup the weather was not good, rain had fallen throughout Friday and continued during Saturday eventually stopping about 1.00 and in the next hour and a half the home fans flooded in to the ground as well as about 300 Southend fans Admission had been raised to 1s 6d for the game but this didn’t seem to deter many.. In the difficult conditions we fell behind to Worksop’s first real goal attempt but we battled on and eventually came out worthy winners 2-1 in a hard fought game.

ARRIVAL OF THE SOUTHEND SPECIAL
Punctual to time the special had arrived from Southend but it must have been disappointing to Mr E. Grant to find that so few availed themselves of the facilities which he had provided and which fell so short of his guarantee. Probably the cheerless morning in Southend with snow falling made many change their minds and go back to a warm bed. Ninety seven availed themselves of the special and made a brave show with their favours, bell and other instruments of torture. All agreed they had a fine journey. Home enthusiasts had a dummy black cat tied with blue and white ribbons which they placed in front of the stand. The homesters also had a mascot in the shape of a fat little boy dressed in amber and black jersey and cap with white knickers, the home club colours and he kicked a ball about which was also painted in the same hues
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THE NEWS AT SOUTHEND
The United supporters were kept posted with progress of the game by bulletins placed in the window of the Southend Standard office,.special arrangements having been made for telephone messages from the ground. A crowd of about 500 enthusiasts awaited the result with anxiety. There was considerable relief when it was seen that Southend had survived the first half and were on terms. Three quarter time with the scores still even increased confidence in the team’s ability to at least draw and there was speculation as to the replay on the Wednesday. When the final score came through there was scenes of much enthusiasm, a hearty cheer being raised that could be heard from some distance. The game did not conclude till 4.13 and at 4.17 the result was posted upon the Standard office windows.


From the Southend Standard 12th January 1922

Hope some of you enjoy my ramblings.

DoDtS
 

DoDTS

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The same time we were playing at Worksop the reserves were playing at the Kursaal against the Grenadier Guards and we lost 4-6 in a friendly, a poor match in bad conditions. One of our goals was a penalty after Billy Ruddock our centre forward had been "clutched by the ankle and through half a dozen yards by one of the defending guardsmen".

They certainly knew how to foul in those days.

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Mick

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Hope some of you enjoy my ramblings.

Of course we do, Pete.

That year we entered the first round direct, possibly as a result of a decent run the year before - our first as a League side. There were more qualifying rounds then and less proper rounds which is why Rd 1 was being played in January.

The following year we were back to qualifying rounds which we failed to get past until the cup was restructured along the current lines in 1925.
 

Mick

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The same time we were playing at Worksop the reserves were playing at the Kursaal against the Grenadier Guards and we lost 4-6 in a friendly, a poor match in bad conditions. One of our goals was a penalty after Billy Ruddock our centre forward had been "clutched by the ankle and through half a dozen yards by one of the defending guardsmen".

They certainly knew how to foul in those days.

DoDtS

Lucky he wasn't bayoneted ! Although I can think of some refs that wouldn't have noticed.
 
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