Shrewsbury Town v Peterborough Utd FA Cup 2nd Rd 4 Dec 1965

Venue: Gay Meadow, Shrewsbury

Attendance: 8,980

Score: Shrewsbury Town 3 v Peterborough Utd 2

Referee: P.R. Walters.

Posh manager Gordon Clark had to make five changes. In the forward line, Deakin and Barnes were recalled, Conmy was switched to inside right and Gordon Pulley made his first team debut.

Shrewsbury manager Arthur Rowley took the biggest gamble of his career by giving ex-skipper Pat Wright his first senior outing after two months out through injury – and it paid off.

Posh had plenty of support and rattles and chants were heard long  before the start of the match. The Gay Meadow ground was very heavy.

Posh were first on to the attack but Fairbrother failed to control the ball in the middle and the move broke down. Then Birks had to move well over to the left and clear as Shrewsbury struck back.

Kirkham stormed through and gave Pulley a pass inside the back. The winger moved well for it, but Boswell had no difficulty in holding his high shot.

Posh’s best effort in a brisk opening was a Kirkham header which Wright just managed to nod from under the bar.

Then Shrewsbury with Dolby (normally a centre half) wandering from his left wing spot, hit back. Broadbent swung the ball into the Posh’s penalty area and Crawford had to move briskly to cver Meredith who had nipped in from the wing.

The ground was cutting up quickly and Posh’s defenders passing back along the ground to Duff caused one or two anxious moments.

The defence had to work hard as Shrewsbury forwards switched about. In the tenth minute Barnes took a pass back from the line and Fairbrother  dashed in to meet it. Boswell parried it but a defender just managed to kick it away.

The game was developing into a great cup tie.

In the 12th minute Shrewsbury right half Hemsey slashed in a terrific drive which seemed certain to be a goal. But somehow Duff got his feet out of the clawing mud to make a brilliant one handed save. Shrewsbury’s defence had come right upfield to back the attack and was caught on the wrong foot.

The ball went to Deakin who sprinted 25 yards before flashing a drive which Boswell pushed over the bar for a corner.

In the 16th minute Duff missed a Braodbent cross, Boardman’s shot was handled by Crawford. Referee Walters gave the expected penalty . Meredith beat Duff easily from the spot and Posh were behind after looking the better side.

Fairbrother went up the left wing and earned a fruitless corner as Boswell palmed away his close range shot.

The mud was making it a very open game with the skidding ball leading to surprise situations.

In the 24th minutePosh looked to be on the way out of the Cup as Meredith flashed a drive past Duff. But the referee had spotted an infringement and disallowed the goal.

Fairbrother got the ball into the net but he had handled it on taking the pass from McAnearney. Pulley had not seen a lot of the ball but in the 38th minute he gave Boswella scare as another driv went across the face of the goal.

In the 43rd minute, Posh got the equaliser that their neat football deserved.

Fairbrother took a pass  on the right and Deakin rushed in to meet the cross. Boswell and Brodie were there as well but Deakin managed to screw it through the mud into the net.

There were crowd scenes during half time. Some Posh fans tried to go from one end of the ground to the other. Police caught up with them near the half way line and put them back behind the barriers.

Then trouble broke out in a corner of the ground and two men were led off down the players tunnel.

Shrewsbury were first on the attack as the game kept up its exciting first half tempo but in the 50th minute Posh got the goal they needed and it was a full back who put them ahead.

Deakin gave Pulley a great pass but the winger was cut out as he went for a goal and Wright conceded a corner. Pulley took it, and the ball was partially cleared. Then Birks jumped for joy as his first time shot went past Boswell.

Fairbrother and Barnes broke away down the right and the winger crossed well. Fairbrother got his head to it a little too strongly in front of a gaping goal and the ball went behind for a goal kick.

In the 55the minute Posh had their worse scare yet. A high Broadbent cross struck the inside of the post but luckily bounced out into play and Crawford gratefully scrambled it away.

Considering the conditions, Posh were playing good football. They were always prepared to indulge in clever inter-passing in the worst conditions so far this season.

However with Broadbent roaming and urging more fight into the side, Shrewsbury equalised in the 65th minute when Meredith flicked the ball the ‘wrong way’ from a shot from Clarke past Duff.

Posh hit back and Kirkham, his face blackened by mud, sent Pulley a pass.

Boswell had moved off his line but he recovered quickly enough to push Pulley’s shot over the bar.

Shrewsbury then really sailed and with 12 minutes to go Posh’s goal was under mighty pressure; three shots thundered in with Posh goalkeeper Willie Duff making three brilliant saves. The ball though rebounded out to the left wing where crafty Broadbent calmly lobbed it across a mass of defenders.

Up rose Frank Clarke to send the ball nipping just inside the post for the winner.

And Posh were once again out of the FA Cup.


The Posh: Willie Duff, Ian Crawford, Graham Birks, Tom McAnearney, Frank Rankmore, John Kirkham, Ron Barnes, Ollie Conmy, John Fairbrother, Peter Deakin and Gordon Pulley.

Shrewsbury Town: Boswell, Wright, Fellows, Hemsley, Brodie, Harris, Meredith, Broadbent, Clarke, Boardman and Dolby.

Goal scorers: The Posh – Peter Deakin and Graham Birks. Shrewsbury Town – Meredith (2) 16 mins & 65 mins and Clarke 78 mins.