Desborough Town v Posh 2nd Qualifying Rd 18 Oct 1947

Venue: Waterworks Field, Desborough

Attendance: 3,400

Score: Desborough Town 1 v Peterborough Utd 2

Referee: F.E. Fowler

With Ranshaw limping on the left wing, and Ellmer dazed wandering on the other, the United just scraped home in the divisional semi-final of the FA Cup.

Full time came with the teams drawing 1-1, and it was not until 23 minutes of the extra period had gone that the United scored the winning goal.

Peterborough disappointed in the show they gave but it was not all the fault of the players, for the pitch resembled a ploughed field.

Good football was out of the question, and the United made the mistake of trying to play it.

Even Rickards, past master of ball control, was often at sea. The only man capable of juggling with the ball was Rawson, but his ground passes lost direction on the uneven surface.

Desborough, full of enthusiasm were much faster than Peterborough, and were unlucky not to earn the right to play again. However, they were almost beaten in the full ninety minutes, and they only qualified for extra time by an equaliser given them by Warnes.

In the 68th minute Tite, at centre half punted the ball up into the United penalty area. Warnes who had heaps of time to clear let it go and Mickley seeing his first opportunity, ran in and beat Ferguson.

Peterborough’s goal had come fourteen minutes earlier. In one of Peterborough’s spasmodic attacks Elmer crashed the ball against the bar, and as it rebounded Bramham got his head to it and nodded it well wide of Pratt.

When Desborough drew level they played like a team inspired, but they did not look like beating Ferguson. The goalkeeper has never played a better game for Peterborough and his judgement and anticipation always put him in the right place at the right time.

Seven minutes from the end of extra time Rickards, in a do or die effort, worked his way into the Desborough penalty area, drawing the whole defence to him. Then like a flash the ball went out to Ranshaw and back to Rawson, who deceived Pratt by heeling the ball into the net.

Peterborough received £72 10s as their share of the takings. Total receipts were £163 and expenses £16 8s.


The Posh: Bob Ferguson, Bernie Bryan, Cyril Parrott, Tommy Rickards, Fred Warnes, Tom Harris, Nat Brooksbank, Frank Ellmer, Arnold Bramham, Colin Rawson and Jack Ranshaw.

Desborough Town: Pratt, Broome, Littlejohn, Keep, Tite, Jobson, Taylor, Cleaver, Mickley, Page and Sparkes.

Goal scorers: The Posh – Arnold Bramham 54 mins and Colin Rawson 113 mins. Desborough Town – Mickley 68 mins.