Posh v Barrow 29 Apr 61
Venue: London Road, Peterborough
Score: Peterborough Utd 6 v Barrow 2
Referee: K. Collinge.
Posh signed off a wonderful Fourth Division season with half a dozen goals against Barrow in a match in which the Football League’s goal-scoring record was boosted to 134 and Terry Bly’s hat-trick took his total for the season to 52.
It was fitting that Bly’s 22nd minute goal which set up the record was also his fiftieth in League football for Peterborough United. It makes Bly the first player to get over 50 League goals and his 52 is also a club record – one better than Dennis Emery’s total in Midland League days.
The London Road crowd of 15,318 rose to salute the Posh as Bly turned the ball past goalkeeper Alan Goglan from a snap centre by right winger Billy Hails. Then Bly danced away from goal to get handshakes from his jubilant team-mates.
It was the first goal of the game. But Barrow had been slightly on top for the first 20 minutes and with player manager Ron Staniforth backing up his forwards from the right half position, the visitors had gone close on several occasions.
Then came a change and Posh stormed into the attack. In one of the craziest goalmouth scrambles ever likely to be seen at London Road, shots from all angles were blocked on the line and left winger Peter McNamee headed against the bar and then hit the post with a strong right footer.
Thoughts of Peterborough United finding it impossible to score in this game came to the fore as this all out attacking failed to bring the goal to put United over the border of a record.
But those doubts were dispelled in the 22nd minute when Bly scored and six minutes later, Emery sent the defence the wrong way as Billy Hails passed for Ray Smith to push the ball past the advancing Coglan.
Two minutes before half time, Bly gave Peterborough a 3-0 lead. After the interval it was a case of four goals coming at five minute intervals.
In the 48th minute, Cahill, a left back with good ideas of attacking football, went through and passed to Robertson. The Barrow man had Jim Rayner close to him but he slipped the ball past Jack Walls as the Peterborough goalkeeper advanced.
Then came United’s fight back to cancel out that goal – and add a further couple for good measure.
After 53 minutes Keith Ripley went through with a dribble in which no-one looked likely to stop him. A quick pass to Emery earned him an equally quick return pass and he moved on to score.
Another five minutes and a centre by Hails was finger-tipped to the left of goal by the stretching Coglan, only for Dennis Emery’s head to steer the ball into goal for Posh’s fifth.
Yet another five minutes and Bly completed his hat-trick, This time, Hails had turned up on the left wing and his centre was just right for the centre forward to sign off his first League season with United with a hat-trick.
The Fourth Division goal of the season at London Road went to John Robertson of Barrow. It came ten minutes from the end of the game and rewarded the hard working inside man who had seen a good header go just wide a few minutes earlier.
No-one was outstanding for United. It was one of those games where, once the ice was broken, they seemed to skate along at an easy pace.
Barry Lowes who was the rage of Barrow when Peterborough went there early in the season, was hardly in the game. It was in fact, right winger Howard who was most noticed.
He indulged in tough tussles with Ripley and Jim Walker – give him credit for picking the biggest! – and then he had his name taken for a foul on Walls!
Although thrashed, Barrow never looked like a side seeking re-election. Perhaps they, like many sides, played better than usual on London Road’s big ground.
Anyway it was a fine end to a great season and Mr. Len Shipman brought the cheer of the day as he handed the Fourth Division Cup over to skipper Norman Rigby.
Posh: Jack Walls, Dick Whittaker, Jim Walker, Jim Rayner, Norman Rigby, Keith Ripley, Billy Hails, Dennis Emery, Terry Bly, Jimmy Dunne and Peter McNamee.
Barrow: Coglan, Robinson, Cahill, Staniforth, McEvoy, McGlennon, Howard, Clark, Lowes, Robertson and Kemp.
Goals: Posh – Terry Bly (3) 22 mins, 43 mins & 63 mins, Ray Smith 28 mins, Keith Ripley 53 mins and Dennis Emery 58 mins. Barrow – Robertson 48 mins & 80 mins.
Caution: Barrow – Howard.