The 1953/54 Season

After a year out Coventry City ‘A’ rejoined the League. The Reserves got off to a flying start with 4 straight wins, one of which was against March Town Utd who went on to win the League . However, results soon dipped and the Reserves finished in 4th place 10 points behind champions March Town Utd who they took three points off.

Although we have the final League Table, fixtures and results, 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. March Town Utd 38 26 6 6 108 35 58
2. Holbeach Utd 38 25 5 8 100 39 55
3. Spalding Utd 38 21 8 9 92 55 50
4. British Timken (Duston) 38 20 8 10 72 46 48
5. Peterborough Utd 38 20 8 10 85 63 48
6. Symingtons Recreation 38 19 9 10 96 78 47
7. Kettering Town Reserves 38 16 10 12 106 83 42
8. Corby Town Reserves 38 15 10 13 65 59 40
9. Rushden Town 38 17 5 16 75 78 39
10. Wisbech Town Reserves 38 16 6 16 61 84 38
11. Coventry City A 38 14 8 16 72 67 36
12. Stamford 38 14 8 16 84 89 36
13. St Neots 38 14 7 17 74 94 35
14. Bedford Town Reserves 38 13 5 20 72 63 31
15. Desborough Town 38 11 9 18 65 86 31
16. Boston Utd Reserves 38 13 4 21 82 105 30
17. Biggleswade Town 38 11 7 20 56 83 29
18. Northampton Town A 38 8 10 20 51 80 26
19. Wellingborough Town 38 10 4 24 48 109 24
20. Bourne Town 38 6 5 27 59 127 17

This was the last season the Reserves played in the United Counties League as they along with March Town United moved to the Eastern Counties League for the start of the 1954/55 season.

Fixtures & results:

Date Opponents Home / Away Result Score Goal Scorers
22 Aug 53 Bourne Town Away Won 7-0 Pateman (3), Vardy, Adcock (2), Hair
24 Aug 53 March Town Utd Home Won 3-2 Pateman, Hunter (og), Vardy
03 Sep 53 Kettering Town Reserves Away Won 4-3 Hair (2), Foley, Donaldson
05 Sep 53 Corby Town Reserves Home Won 5-2 Hair (3), McCulloch, Donaldson
07 Sep 53 Kettering Town Reserves Home Lost 3-0
12 Sep 53 Boston Utd Reserves Away Won 5-3 McCulloch (2), Vardy, Wood, Pateman
15 Sep 53 March Town Utd Away Drew 2-2 Foley, Hair
19 Sep 53 British Timken Home Lost 3-2 Wood, Hair
03 Oct 53 Northampton Town A* Away Won 2-1 McCulloch (2)
10 Oct 53 British Timken Away Drew 1-1 Pateman
15 Oct 53 Coventry City A* Away Drew 1-1 Unknown
17 Oct 53 Northampton Town A Home Won 4-1 Reynolds, Pateman  (2), Sloan
24 Oct 53 Wisbech Town Reserves Away Lost 2-1 Pateman
31 Oct 53 Biggleswade Town Home Drew 1-1 Foley
07 Nov 53 Biggleswade Town Away Won 3-1 Vardy, McCulloch, Hair
14 Nov 53 Bourne Town Home Won 3-2 Walker, Falconer, Sloan
05 Dec 53 Desborough Town Away Won 1-0 Pateman
19 Dec 53 Symingtons Recreation Home Lost 3-2 Reynolds, Adcock
25 Dec 53 Holbeach Utd Away Lost 7-0
26 Dec 53 Holbeach Utd Home Won 5-2 McCulloch (2), Reynolds, Wood (2)
02 Jan 54 Stamford Away Lost 2-1 Le Fevre (og)
09 Jan 54 Stamford Home Won 5-1 Reynolds (2), Pateman (2), McCulloch
16 Jan 54 Corby Town Reserves Away Drew 0-0
27 Feb 54 Spalding Utd Home Won 6-1 Pateman (4), Reynolds (2)
06 Mar 54 Wellingborough Town Away Lost 2-1 Foley
18 Mar 54 Coventry City A Home Drew 1-1 Adcock
20 Mar 54 Bedford Town Reserves Away Drew 1-1 Vardy
27 Mar 54 Bedford Town Reserves Home Won 3-0 Reynolds, Adcock, Flack
06 Apr 54 Spalding Utd Away Lost 1-0
10 Apr 54 Wellingborough Town Home Won 4-1 McCulloch, Reynolds, Flack, Freestone (og)
12 Apr 54 Wisbech Town Reserves Home Won 1-0 McCulloch
15 Apr 54 Desborough Town Home Won 2-1 Unknown
16 Apr 54 Boston Utd Reserves Home Won 2-0 Pycroft, McCulloch
19 Apr 54 St Neots Away Lost 2-0
21 Apr 54 St Neots Home Drew 1-1 McCulloch
22 Apr 54 Symingtons Recreation Away Won 2-0 Unknown
24 Apr 54 Rushden Town Home Won 3-2 Foley, Flack, Pateman
26 Apr 54 Rushden Town Away Lost 7-0

*Played at London Road

 

 

Players appearances/goals: 

Player Apps: Goals
Murdock McCulloch 19 13
George Stafford 16 0
Gordon Pateman 16 16
Richard Butler 15 0
Paddy Foley 15 6
Keith Randell 14 0
George Pycroft 14 1
Marshall Sanderson 13 0
Kevin Wood 13 4
Stocks 11 0
Brian Reynolds 10 9
Vic Walker 10 1
Ambrose Vardy 9 5
George Hair 7 9
Charles Adcock 7 5
Senior 7 0
Brian Flack 6 3
George Hall 3 0
Matthews 3 0
Charlie Warren 3 0
Compton 3 0
Andy Donaldson 3 2
Robinson 2 0
T. Randell 2 0
Jock Falconer 1 1
Paddy Sloan 1 2
Anderson 1 0
Ferguson 1 0
Tomlinson 1 0
Hobson 1 0
Campbell 1 0
Hanson 1 0
Geoff Wilson 1 0
Middlemass 1 0
Own Goals 3
Unknown 5