Northwich Victoria v Posh FA Cup 2nd Rd 14 Dec 1976

Venue: Drill Field, Northwich

Attendance: 5,070

Score: Northwich Victoria 4 v Peterborough Utd 0

Referee: Michael Lowe.

Posh suffered their most humiliating FA Cup defeat in their league history when they were thrashed 4-0 by Northern Premier Leaguers Northwich Victoria in the resumed second round tie in misty Cheshire.

Leading 1-0 and looking good when the original match was abandoned due to fog after 25 minutes, Posh never at any time reproduced that form.

Manager Noel Cantwell said, “I hold my hand up to Northwich, they were splendid on the night and outplayed us. I cannot think of one of my players who did well.”

Northwich manager , Paul Ogden commented: “We did our homework after Saturday. We learnt a lot from that 25 minutes and a two hour tactical talk on Monday produced the answers to counter Peterborough’s danger men. We were just great and right now we feel we could beat any team in the country. It’s the greatest night in the club’s history.”

Vics, who now go on to meet Watford at home in round three, took the lead ironically enough in the 25th minute. Their scorer was centre forward Phil Smith who with acres of room accepted  pass from Phil Jones and throttled the ball past Waugh from close range.

But Bob Doyle had a fine game in midfield prompting almost all of Posh’s  more promising moves. It was Doyle who began to open Northwich up in the second half, when he twice went into threatening positions when he was felled by Albre Nieman and Phil Jones, both of whom had their names taken.

Posh were beginning to apply relentless pressure when Northwich scored their second goal – against the run of play – in 62 minutes. Smith took possession and ran the ball just inside the Posh box, when Derek Jefferies tackled him and the Northwich player fell awkwardly. A linesman’s flagged and referee Lowe immediately awarded a penalty. Wain duly planted the spot kick home.

Straight away Posh substituted David Gregory from Keith Oakes and things began to happen. Gregory sent John Cozens through for the Posh’s best chance of the match, but ex Stoke keeper John Farmer came flying out to turn his shot around the post.

This was the end of Peterborough, for Northwich went away to score their third goal in 82 minutes when midfield star Johnny King found Jeff Swede with a great through ball. Swede took the ball on then beat Waugh with a well placed low shot. Smith put the boot in for Posh when in the last minute he rose high to head in a perfect cross from Swede.

It was a goal which brought hundreds of Northwich fans dancing joyously onto the field and play was held up for two minutes while police cleared the ground.

But there was nothing which could deny Victoria this night of triumph and manager Cantwell’s quiet word of congratulation for them, must surely preface some hard work for Posh as they get down to picking up the remnants of what is becoming an extremely disappointing season.


The Posh: Keith Waugh, Peter Hindley, Keith Oakes (sub David Gregory), Bob Doyle, Chris Turner, Derek Jefferies, Jack Carmichael, Jon Nixon, Ernie Moss, John Cozens, and Tommy Robson.

Northwich Victoria: Farmer, Eccleshare, Nieman, P. Jones, Hamlet, K. Jones, Wain, Swede, Smith, King and Collier.

Unused sub: Hutchison.

Goal scorers: Northwich Victoria – Smith (2) 25 mins & 89 mins , Wain 62 mins and Swede 82 mins.