The 1951/52 Season

Again playing in the United Counties League, the League increased in size, back up to 20 teams, with Bedford Town Reserves, Biggleswade Town and St. Neot’s joining the League.

It took the Reserves 6 games before they recorded their first win and won just twice in the first 10 games.

We have the final League Table, fixtures and results but sadly do not have details of goal scorers or player appearances for all games.

League Table:

 
Team
P W D L F A Pts
1. Corby Town 38 28 3 7 126 60 59
2. Spalding Utd 38 25 4 9 103 46 54
3. Holbeach Utd 38 24 6 8 108 63 54
4. Bedford Town Reserves 38 23 3 12 104 56 49
5. Rushden Town 38 20 5 13 95 86 45
6. Symingtons Recreation 38 16 11 11 91 84 43
7. Bourne Town 38 19 4 15 92 85 42
8. Stamford 38 17 6 15 80 81 40
9. Desborough Town 38 17 5 16 80 73 39
10. Kettering Town Reserves 38 17 4 17 89 83 38
11. Eynesbury Rovers 38 15 5 18 78 87 35
12. Peterborough Utd 38 13 7 18 63 72 33
13. Northampton Town A 38 14 5 9 59 90 33
14. Biggleswade Town 38 12 7 19 62 81 31
15. March Town Utd 38 11 9 18 65 97 31
16. Boston Utd Reserves 38 12 6 20 82 91 30
17. Coventry City A 38 12 6 20 53 66 30
18. St Neots 38 11 7 20 67 89 29
19. Wellingborough Town 38 13 3 22 61 102 29
20. Grantham Reserves 38 6 4 28 53 119 16

At the end of the season Corby Town, Coventry City ‘A’ and Eynesbury Rovers left the League.

Fixtures & results:

Date Opponents Home / Away Result Score Goal Scorers
18 Aug 51 March Town Utd Away Lost 1-0  
25 Aug 51 Eynesbury Rovers Home Lost 3-0  
30 Aug 51 Bedford Town Reserves Away Lost 3-0  
01 Sep 51 Desborough Town Away Drew 0-0  
08 Sep 51 March Town Utd Home Drew 1-1 Houghton
22 Sep 51 Coventry City A Home Lost 2-1 Saxton
29 Sep 51 Boston Utd Reserves Home Won 3-1 Saxton (2), Bee
06 Oct 51 Eynesbury Rovers Away Lost 4-1 Own Goal
13 Oct 51 Biggleswade Town Home Won 3-0 Houghton, Bee, Brown
20 Oct 51 Corby Town Away Lost 2-1 Key
27 Oct 51 Northampton Town A Home Won 3-2 Houghton, Clarke, Own Goal
03 Nov 51 St Neots Away Lost 2-0  
17 Nov 51  Stamford Away Won 3-2 Houghton, Saxton, Brown
24 Nov 51 Bedford Town Reserves Home Won 3-0 Houghton (2), Fielding
08 Dec 51 Corby Town Home Won 3-1 Key (2), Brown
15 Dec 51 Wellingborough Town Home Won 6-0 Key (2), Clarke, Brown, Fielding, Dewey
22 Dec 51 Bourne Town Away Lost 6-2 Pycroft, Houghton
25 Dec 51 Holbeach Utd Home Lost 6-0  
26 Dec 51 Holbeach Utd Away Lost 4-0  
29 Dec 51 Spalding Utd Home Won 2-0 Swinscoe, Own Goal
05 Jan 52 Wellingborough Town Away Drew 1-1 Own Goal
19 Jan 52 Coventry City A* Away Won 5-1 Donaldson (2), Dowson, Key, Own Goal
02 Feb 52 Rushden Town Away Lost 4-1 Clarke
16 Feb 52 Desborough Town Home Drew 1-1 Clarke
01 Mar 52 Spalding Utd Away Lost 3-1 Saxton
15 Mar 52 Biggleswade Town Away Drew 1-1 Martin
22 Mar 52 Northampton Town A* Away Lost 3-2 Saxton, Brown
29 Mar 52 Stamford Home Drew 1-1 Brown
05 Apr 52 Symingtons Recreation Home Drew 1-1 Own Goal
11 Apr 52 Grantham Reserves Home Won 4-0 Unknown
12 Apr 52 Kettering Town Reserves Away Lost 2-1 Key
14 Apr 52 Grantham Reserves Away Won 2-1 Unknown
19 Apr 52 Kettering Town Reserves Home Lost 1-0  
22 Apr 52 Symingtons Recreation Away Won 2-1 Unknown
24 Apr 52 Bourne Town Home Lost 3-2 Winn, Brown
28 Apr 52 Rushden Town Home Lost 3-1 Key
01 May 52 Boston Utd Reserves Away Lost 1-0  
03 May 52 St Neots Home Won 5-1 Unknown

 *Played at London Road

 

Players appearances/goals:

 

Player Apps: Goals  
Thornley 22 0  
Clarke 22 4  
Stafford 21 0  
Pycroft 21 1  
Saxton 21 6  
Key 21 8  
Brown 19 7  
Storer 18 0  
Bee 15 2  
Houghton 14 7  
Fielding 13 2  
Hall 11 0  
Randall 10 0  
Anton 8 0  
Winn 7 1  
Machin 7 0  
Woods 6 0  
Dewey 4 1  
Tomlinson 4 0  
Basford 3 0  
Walker 3 0  
Dowson 3 1  
Swinscoe 3 1  
Williamson 2 0  
Rigby 2 0  
Hair 2 0  
Martin 2 1  
Firth 2 0  
Shepherd 1 0  
Jackson 1 0  
Donaldson 1 2  
Moulson 1 0  
Moody 1 0  
Parrott 1 0  
Froggatt 1 0  
Holton 1 0  
King 1 0  
Hutton 1 0  
Plant 1 0  
Own Goals 6