Dover v Posh FA Cup 1st Rd 5 Nov 1960

Venue: Crabble Athletic Ground, Dover

Attendance: 5,205

Score: Peterborough Utd 4 v Dover 1

Referee: T.W. Dawes.

The many hundreds of Peterborough United supporters who decided against making the long trip to Dover and stayed at home to let their fireworks off made a very sensible decision because this game was one of the dullest, most uninteresting Cup clashes ever since.

For the first half at least Posh seemed to take a “couldn’t care less” attitude towards the match, and although they had the advantage of an early goal Dover presented third rate opposition and at no time looked capable of killing the smallest of giants.

United gave the impression that they could win the match at any time they chose to turn on the pressure, and that’s how it turned out after Dover had clung to their one goal lead until the interval.

The second half found Posh completely in command, and in the last 15 minutes when hundreds of Dover supporters had left for home United more or less did as they pleased.

No one can blame the Posh players for their complacency. Dover were so obviously outclassed – even their startling seventh minute goal did not shake United.

When balding right winger Taylor whipped the ball into the net as United stood leaden footed he did a private little war-dance and was hugged by his colleagues.

It was then when we thought we might see a little life, but it was not to be. Dover tried hard, in fact they played above themselves, But United were nearly always the masters.

There was one or two nasty moments, of course, particularly when centre forward Quinn found over centre forward was a constant menace to the Posh defence and his “deep” game obviously unsettled both Jim Rayner and Keith Ripley.

Banham effectively blocked the middle, however, and little danger came from Quinn’s accurate forward passes.

Jim Walker and Dick Whittaker gave the wingers little scope, but like all the Posh team they took a long time to settle down on the small bumpy pitch.

United’s forwards always take their time in getting settled down when playing away from home. At Dover they simply could not get moving as a line in the first half and consequently had few shots at goal.

The Dover fans must have thought their team was “on a good thing” and they made the mistake of hooting their derision at the Posh attack.

At half time they were “counting their chickens” – and on reflection they were perhaps a little justified. Posh hadn’t had a worthwhile shot, and Dover, with one goal already in the bag, might easily have been three up. 

The second half was a different story, however, and within four minutes United had levelled the score.

They seemed determined to equalise from the kick off but it was not until Denis Emery jumped to head a centre from left winger Peter McNamee that there was any danger to the Dover goal.

The ball was going into the net well out of the keepers reach when centre half Boon knocked it put with his forearm.

Referee Mr Dawes of Norwich immediately awarded a penalty, and there was no sign of a protest from Dover as Ripley stepped up to equalise from the spot. It was his first goal for United.

Nine minutes later Posh were ahead. McNamee put in some good work on his wing, cut inside, and slipped the ball back to Terry Bly who sent over a perfect centre for Denis Emery to crack home with a first time shot.

The move was so neat, sharp and methodical that it was like a clinical operation. For Dover, however, it was the butcher’s cleaver.

Emery made certain with another goal after 73 minutes by blasting in a tremendous shot with his left foot, the ball only just finding a path between a full back and a goal post.

Two minutes later the Dover defence stood appealing for offside as Bly raced forward to get a fourth goal.


The Posh: Jack Walls, Dick Whittaker, Jim Walker, Jim Rayner, Roy Banham, Keith Ripley, Billy Hails, Dennis Emery, Terry Bly, Ray Smith and Peter McNamee.

Dover: Dunkley, Robson, Crickson, McIlvenny, Boon, Goodfellow, Taylor, Moore, Quinn, Harris and Gray.

Goal scorers: The Posh – Keith Ripley 49 mins, Dennis Emery (2) 58 mins & 73 mins and Terry Bly. Dover – Taylor 7 mins.