Peterborough Utd v Swansea FA Cup 5th Rd 20 Feb 1965
Venue: London Road, Peterborough
Score: Peterborough Utd 0 v Swansea Town 0
Officials: Harry New, R.A. Cole and C.S. Allat.
Swansea came within an inch of settling this game in the final 10 tense, thrill packed minutes. A flashing drive from Derek Draper cracked like a thon the Posh crossbar with Willie Duff hopelessly beaten. One inch lower and the shot would have put Swansea into the next round.
But that was just about the closest Swansea came to winning this tie.
They must, however, start favourites to win the replay on their own pitch and with the support of their own fans.
The Swans can thank a display of slipshod shooting by Irish international Derek Dougan for their second bite at a place in the sixth round.
Despite the encouraging roar every time the lanky Irishman pressured his way forward “the Doog” could never find his goal scoring touch.
In fact, as the Posh stepped up the pressure late in the game when they were attacking the goal where they hit the goals that sunk Arsenal – luckless Dougan wound up with the miss of the match.
Swansea goalkeeper Ronnie Briggs was on his back 10 yards from goal and a vast, empty net faced Dougan, who could only trickle the ball, with tantalising slowness, a foot the wrong side of the upright.
It was not a difficult chance. It was certainly well within the capabilities of a man of Dougan’s experience.
Swansea’s lone star, in an out of touch forward line, was Jimmy McLaughlin who gave Posh full back Ron Cooper a terrible chasing.
But giant Frank Rankmore easily mastered Swansea’s leader George Kirby and consequently, Duff had very little to do when McLaughlin’s smart centres swept across into the penalty area.
Manager Trevor Morris dropped regular winger Ken Pound to move McLaughlin to the wing and brought back Draper at inside forward.
The move gave extra punch to the left wing all right, but it removed McLaughlin and his sharp shooting skill from the inside positions – which was where Swansea needed a marksman.
The Peterborough forwards worked industriously and set up several neat looking moves, but a curious lack of confidence spoilt many well worked openings.
Peter Deakin and Ollie Conmy capitalised well on some poor covering by the Swans’ half backs but too often tried to set up easy chances for colleagues when shots might have paid off.
Tension caused the match to be littered with far too many inelegant tackles and fouls and referee Harry New booked two Swansea players – Draper and Harley.
One tackle by Harley on Conmy when the Peterborough inside forward was well clear and heading for a practically deserted Swansea penalty area really angered the fans.
Posh manager Gordon Clark too was upset by some of the tackling and said afterwards that five of his players are doubtful for Tuesday’s replay.
Swansea are likely to be without Keith Todd, who jarred his shoulder badly when clashing with Duff.
The Posh: Willie Duff, Ron Cooper, Graham Birks, Vic Crowe, Frank Rankmore, Harry Orr, Ron Barnes, Ollie Conmy, Derek Dougan, Peter Deakin and Peter McNamee.
Swansea Town: Ronnie Briggs, Brian Hughes, David Ward, Mike Johnson, Brian Purcell, Albert Harley, Brian Evans, Derek Draper, George Kirby, Keith Todd and Jim McLaughlin.
Bookings: Swansea – Derek Draper and Albert Harley.