Monday April 27 1953

Horsham 7 - Callenders Athletic 0

Pope (4)' Browning (2)' Stillwell '
Callenders Athletic

Metropolitan & District League
Queen Street, Horsham
Monday April 27 1953

Horsham ran in seven against the league’s bottom team and deserved their goals as they played some good football despite the weakness of the opposition whose defence could never get itself together. The home side’s back line seldom allowed the Callender‘s forwards through and, on the rare occasions they did shoot, their weak efforts gave Ernie Manouch no trouble at all.

A corner from Oliver Coldman after twenty minutes opened the scoring; his well-placed centre came in at just the right height for John Browning to head in. The lead was doubled with one of the best goals of the game. Peter Wilkins put Denis Stillwell through and the inside-left flicked the ball across for Bert Pope to crash into the net on the run. Within minutes Horsham were three up. Stillwell sent an easy shot towards the Callender’s goal and keeper Willcocks bent to pick the ball up only to let it trickle through his hands and over the line. A movement involving Albert King and Stillwell resulted in number four when the ball was laid on to Pope and he took time to set up his shot before placing it coolly into the net. There was still time for another before the interval and just on half-time Browning scored a goal identical in every way to his first. It was another beautifully placed Coldman corner and once again the inside-right was there with his head.

Horsham seemed to take it easy in the second half and their attacks were less frequent. Browning tried another header from a Stillwell centre, but this time Willcocks saved well. It was another Stillwell centre which eventually gave the home side their sixth, with Pope this time heading over Willocks for his hat- trick. The Horsham centre-forward looked as though he could have gone on scoring goals all night and he soon added Horsham’s seventh, and his fourth. Collecting a loose ball from just outside the penalty area, he fired a shot low into the corner.


  • Ernie Manouch
  • Maurice Watts
  • Albert King
  • Peter Wilkins
  • Owen Parker
  • Roy Scutt
  • Oliver Coldman
  • John Browning
  • Bert Pope
  • Denis Stillwell
  • Norman Cobb

Callenders Athletic