Posh v Salisbury City FA Cup 1st Rd – 14 Nov 1964
Venue: London Road, Peterborough
Score: Peterborough Utd 5 v Salisbury City 1
Referee: N.C.H. Burkenshaw.
Salisbury playing in front of 10,000 people for the first time, put up a game battle at London Road. But they just did not have what is needed to join the list of giant killers that grows every year.
Nevertheless, they put the ‘wind up’ Posh when they snatched the lead after 28 minutes of this first round cup tie. For ten minutes, Peterborough’s players fought as if they could foresee the headlines which always greets the teams humbled by non league sides.
From the panic which appeared to be emerging from United’s play came the cool – almost casual enough to be cheeky – left foot of Peter McNamee.
Three times he chipped the ball exactly to where he was looking. And three times a colleague nodded it into the net.
To prove that Manager Gordon Clark had been right to return him at centre-forward – thus changing a winning team – Derek Dougan snatched a hat-trick inside fifteen minutes and it took desperate Salisbury defence to keep Posh to five as they withstood pressure up to the last ten minutes of the game.
Then Peterborough stood back, as if to admire their work, and Salisbury’s star man, left winger Brian Bevan, took the opportunity of sending in two vicious low shots which extended goalkeeper Nigel Sims for the only time in the match.
Salisbury’s hopes of pulling off a shock result were lost in the first half-hour, shaky Frank Rankmore was not at all happy, but Salisbury lacked punch in the middle . A switch to put more a powerful player – perhaps Joe Stocks or Mal Ambrose – into the middle may have done them some good.
As it was, they kept little Bernie Pask in the centre and he was never effective.
Like Rankmore, Graham Sissons did not always play with the confidence that was expected. But both men had help from wing halves Vic Crowe and Harry Orr, although it was usually on the attack that these two showed their best.
Crowe is likely to begin showing the benefit of his full time training with the rest of United’s staff at London Road. He certainly kept at it for a full 30 minutes in this game and his great header set United on the road to success.
Orr, making his home debut, played a useful game and was unlucky not to open the scoring with a great shot which rebounded from the upright. Just after this, Salisbury split the Posh defence and Joe Stocks took the ball into goal from a centre by Ambrose. Crowe appealed to the referee for handball as Stocks looked as though he had handled the ball as he bundled the ball over the line.
Ten minutes of worry for Posh fans ended when Peter Deakin and Vic Crowe put their heads to Peter McNamee’s pinpointed crosses.
Right Winger Ian Crawford didn’t get much scope in the game due to the close marking of Salisbury’s full-back.
In the second half, Derek Dougan finished off the men from Wiltshire. He headed in from McNamee, from Crawford and then took an excellent pass from Tony Moulden to complete his hat-trick.
Salisbury left the field knowing that they had given everything they had. Their efforts were obviously appreciated by the applauding fans.
The Posh: Nigel Sims, Graham Sissons, Graham Birks, Vic Crowe, Frank Rankmore, Harry Orr, Ian Crawford, Tony Moulden, Derek Dougan, Peter Deakin and Peter McNamee.
Salisbury City: Stevens, Pugsley, Brian Fitch, Gilbert, Henry, Massey, Penk, Mal Ambrose, Bernie Pask , Joe Stocks and Brian Bevan.
The Posh – Peter Deakin 38 mins, Vic Crowe 41 mins and Derek Dougan (3) 50 mins, 60 mins & 65 mins
Salisbury City – Joe Stocks 28 mins.