Wellingborough Town v Posh 1st Qualifying Rd 2 Oct 1937

Venue: The Dog and Duck, Wellingborough

Attendance: Unknown

Score: Wellingborough Town 0 v Peterborough Utd 5

Referee: W. T. Noble

With Wellingborough Town from a lower league (the United Counties League) and Posh in the Midland League nothing short of a Posh victory was expected.

Despite this controversy ensued before the game had even started as one of the Posh party noticed the pitch looked out of proportion and it was decided to measure it. This resulted in one of the touchlines being measured at 107 yards long with the other 101 yards as well as the centre line not being centre!

Following complaints to the referee the pitch had to be marked out anew!

Fortunately for the Posh, their run of drawn games and defeats came to an end at Wellingborough, where a 5-0 victory gave them the right to go ‘in the hat’ for the next FA Cup draw.

Though the Posh’s side this season appears to be below the Midland League average, Wellingborough gave them little trouble, probably because they in turn are below the standard of their particular sphere.

Wellingborough flattered to deceive, for in the first few minutes the penetrated the United defence time and again, and goalkeeper Jack Kendall was quickly called upon to save from Orton.

After ten minutes the Posh rallied, and at once scored. George Bowater’s centre swerved over the backs, and Tommy Atkin followed up to head in from close range. The right winger also notched the second point, rushing the ball in after his first shot had rebounded from the Wellingborough goalkeeper Mills.

Wellingborough were by no means finished, and their lively forwards gave James Smith and George Clark no little trouble.

Hawtin made a solo run and put the ball past Kendall, but the referee ruled that he had handled, and disallowed the point.

Sam Rowbotham scored the finest goal of the day after half an hour. He made a clever run from the halfway line, and, unexpectedly shooting with his left foot, drove the ball hard into the far corner of the net.

The Posh’s scoring was completed within fifteen minutes of commencement of the second half, and Cyril Boulton who had displaced Thomas Savage at centre forward, was the marksman on each  occasion.

The first of his pair came five minutes after the interval, when he took up Harry Robert’s forward pass, beat both backs, and left Mills helpless with a great shot.

Ten minutes later, Mills and Morrell left the ball to each other, and before they could recover Boulton had whipped it into the net.

Although they were awarded a couple of penalties Wellingborough were unable to open their account. The first came when Kendall lost the ball after running some distance out of goal, and Orton shot hard at the empty net. Charles McDonagh came across at a gallop and caught the ball rugby fashion on the line.

Several Posh players disputed the penalty award on the grounds Kendall had been fouled, but after consulting a linesman the referee adhered to his decision. W. Hawtin took the spot kick, and the ball cannoned back off the bar for Clarke to clear.

Undismayed, Wellingborough pegged away, and when Hawtin was fouled in the area he took the penalty himself . This time Kendall made a fine save.

The takings for this game was just over £20 and after expenses were paid, the Posh took home just £7! However, the victory at least gave hopes of more much needed money to come, and that is something.


The Posh: Jack Kendall, George Clarke, James Smith, Sam Rowbotham, Harold Smith, Charles McDonagh, Tommy Atkin, Harry Roberts, Cyril Boulton, Reg Foxall and George Bowater.

Wellingborough Town: Mills, B. Morrell, R. Hawtin, Turnell, Townsend, C. Campbell, B. Saunders, C. Dilleigh, W. Hawtin, Orton and J. Davidson.

Goal scorers: The Posh – Tommy Atkin (2) 10 & 15 mins, Sam Rowbotham 30 mins and Cyril Boulton (2) 50 & 60 mins.