The 1952/53 Season

Three new teams (British Timken (Duston), Corby Town Reserves and Wisbech Town Reserves) replaced the three teams that left the League at the end of last season.

The Reserves had a very disappointing season finishing 16th out of 20 teams with all the ‘new’ teams finishing higher than Posh.

 

League Table:

 
Team
P W D L F A Pts
1. Bedford Town Reserves 38 28 7 3 124 49 63
2. Spalding Utd 38 23 12 3 115 55 58
3. Kettering Town Reserves 38 27 2 9 113 62 56
4. Rushden Town 38 22 5 11 99 61 49
5. Symingtons Recreation 38 21 7 10 102 67 49
6. Holbeach Utd 38 20 7 11 84 58 47
7. Stamford 38 22 1 15 96 80 45
8. Corby Town Reserves 38 17 8 13 85 81 42
9. Desborough Town 38 18 4 16 102 71 40
10. Wisbech Town Reserves 38 17 4 17 97 86 38
11. St Neots 38 14 6 18 82 100 34
12. Boston Utd Reserves 38 13 7 18 79 87 33
13. Bourne Town 38 13 6 19 71 80 32
14. British Timken (Duston) 38 13 6 19 70 92 32
15. March Town Utd 38 11 8 19 71 103 30
16. Peterborough Utd 38 11 7 20 68 88 29
17. Biggleswade Town 38 11 3 24 60 94 25
18. Wellingborough Town 38 8 8 22 67 98 24
19. Northampton Town A 38 9 4 25 62 134 22
20. Grantham Reserves 38 5 2 31 53 154 12

The table shows the Reserves scored 68 goals however the fixtures and results differ to this.

Having finished bottom of the League in three of the last four seasons Grantham Reserves left the league at the end of the season.

 

Fixtures & results:

Date Opponents Home / Away Result Score Goal Scorers
23 Aug 52 Corby Town Reserves Away Lost 4-0  
30 Aug 52 Northampton Town A Home Won 6-1 Hallam (3),Dewey,  Randell (2)
02 Sep 52 March Town Utd Away Drew 2-2 Mellor (2)
06 Sep 52 Bedford Town Away Lost 4-1 Pycroft
13 Sep 52 Corby Town Reserves Home Won 2-0 Martin (2)
20 Sep 52 Biggleswade Town Away Lost 3-1 McCulloch
22 Sep 52 March Town Utd Home Won 3-2 Mellor, McCulloch, Hall
27 Sep 52 Northampton Town A* Away Won 1-0 McCulloch
04 Oct 52 Bourne Town Away Lost 4-2 Mellor, McCulloch
11 Oct 52 Wellingborough Town Home Won 5-2 Walker (2), Mellor (2), McCulloch
08 Nov 52 Rushden Town Away Lost 5-2 Mellor, Vardy
15 Nov 52 British Timken Home Lost 3-2 Walker, Vardy
29 Nov 52 Bourne Town Home Won 3-2 Walker, McCulloch (2)
06 Dec 52 British Timken Away Lost 2-1 Bell
13 Dec 52 Bedford Town Home Lost 4-0  
20 Dec 52 Desborough Town Home Drew 2-2 McCulloch, Vardy
25 Dec 52 Holbeach Utd Home Lost 2-0  
26 Dec 52 Holbeach Utd Away Lost 7-1 Stocks
27 Dec 52 Wisbech Town Reserves Home Lost 3-0  
03 Jan 53 Grantham Reserves Away Won 5-0 Mellor, McCulloch, Foley, Vardy (2)
10 Jan 53 Stamford Away Lost 2-0  
17 Jan 53 Stamford Home Lost 2-1 Wilson
24 Jan 53 St Neots Away Lost 6-2 Mellor, Randell
07 Feb 53 Rushden Town Home Lost 4-0  
21 Feb 53 St Neots Home Drew 2-2 Walker, Bell
28 Feb 53 Kettering Town Reserves Home Won 2-0 McCulloch, Stafford
07 Mar 53 Wisbech Town Reserves Away Lost 4-2 Randell, McCulloch
14 Mar 53 Boston Utd Reserves Home Drew 1-1 Rudkin
21 Mar 53 Desborough Town Away Drew 1-1 McCulloch
03 Apr 53 Biggleswade Town Home Won 1-0 Vardy
04 Apr 53 Spalding Utd Away Lost 4-3 McCulloch (2), Rudkin
06 Apr 53 Symingtons Recreation Away Drew 0-0  
11 Apr 53 Spalding Utd Home Lost 2-1 Donaldson
16 Apr 53 Boston Utd Reserves Away Drew 1-1 Donaldson
23 Apr 53 Wellingborough Town Away Lost 1-0  
25 Apr 53 Symingtons Recreation Home Won 4-2 McCulloch, Adcock (2), Curry (og)
27 Apr 53 Grantham Reserves Home Won 4-2 Unknown
02 May 53 Kettering Town Reserves Away Lost 2-1  

*Played at London Road

 

Players appearances/goals: 

Player Apps: Goals
Hanson 23 0
Murdock McCulloch 20 15
Richard Butler 18 1
Frank Bee 18 2
Shaw 18 0
Ambrose Vardy 18 6
George Pycroft 16 1
Mellor 16 9
Paddy Foley 14 1
George Stafford 14 1
Clarke 13 0
Tomlinson 12 0
Keith Randell 12 4
Warren 9 0
Vic Walker 8 4
Hall 7 1
Tommy Rudkin 7 2
Parrott 5 0
Thornley 4 0
Geoff Wilson 4 1
Hallam 3 3
Woods 3 0
Andy Donaldson 3 2
Church 3 0
Jackson 3 0
Anson 2 0
Adcock 2 2
Dewey 2 1
Holding 1 0
Wright 1 0
Freddie Martin 1 2
Thorneycroft 1 0
Eastwood 1 0
Hair 1 0
Jones 1 0
Fairbrother 1 0
Hamshaw 1 0
Stocks 0 1
Own Goals 1