Posh v Bradford Park Avenue 3 Apr 61

Venue: London Road, Peterborough

Attendance: 16,549

Score: Peterborough Utd 3 v Bradford Park Avenue 1

Referee: A. Rowbottom.

More than 16,000 people went to London Road on Easter Monday expecting to see a Fourth Division promotion battle. The majority came away disappointed because, apart from player manager Jimmy Scoular, Bradford failed dismally and their hopes of getting a place in Division Three next season were shattered by Posh.

The rugged Scoular very nearly ran himself into the ground in an effort to put some fight into his side.

He saw chances galore squandered by his forwards and it was fitting that he should be the man to show them the way to goal with a brilliant long shot three minutes from the end which left Jack Walls helpless.

But by then it was too late. Posh had consolidated their two in three minutes burst in the first half with a goal from Terry Bly which put them out of danger of possible retaliation by the Yorkshiremen.

Bradford have only themselves to blame for not taking home at least a point. They had plenty of chances and might easily have been a goal ahead before United scored.

Spratt got the ball into the net but was offside, and then Anders, who was to finish the game limping on the wing, shot tamely at Walls when he had the goal at his mercy.

After 25 minutes United went ahead. A centre from Hails was headed down into the goalmouth by Bly and McNamee had all the time in the world to put the ball into the empty net.

Two minutes later Posh struck again, this time through Smith. Bly swept the ball out to Hails whose pass found McNamee in a good position near te post. Mac slipped the ball inside to Smith who scored with a well angled shot.

In the next minute Bly should have made it 3-0 but he missed the ball completely when he had only to tap home a cross from Emery.

Scoular rallied his men in the second half and a goal would have put them back in the game.

The injured Anders very nearly beat Walls and then Jack made one of his feet first saves to stop Spratt who was sent clear  of the defence.

After 80 minutes Terry Bly put the issue beyond doubt when he won a duel with the centre half and flicked the ball into the roof of the net.

Scoular’s goal came three minutes from the end, but by then it was all over.



Posh: Jack Walls, Dick Whittaker, Jim Walker, Jim Rayner, Norman Rigby, Keith Ripley, Billy Hails, Dennis Emery, Terry Bly, Jimmy Dunne and Peter McNamee.

Bradford Park Avenue: Scoular, Spratt, Anders, rest unknown.

Goals: Posh – Peter McNamee 25 mins, Ray Smith 27 mins and Terry Bly 80 mins. Bradford – Jimmy Scoular 87 mins.