Posh v Doncaster Rovers 26th September 1960
Venue: London Road, Peterborough
Score: Peterborough Utd 6 v Doncaster Rovers 2
Referee: E. Jennings.
With four players called in from the reserves only hours before the game, Peterborough United scored their biggest League victory to date against Doncaster Rovers at London Road and proved that they have some very reliable men waiting for first team places.
Two of the reserves, left winger Peter McNamee and inside left Jimmy Dunne, were the stars of the match. They formed a brilliant partnership and delighted the crowd with some clever ball control. McNamee got a hat-trick and Dunne also scored in his first ever League game, and in addition both players had a hand in nearly every Posh attack.
Doncaster had no answer to United’s onslaughts and after the match their player manager Norman Curtis said “It is no disgrace to get a walloping from such a great team as Peterborough. When we saw you play at Doncaster last week we knew you would be too good for us at home.”
Leg injuries to full backs Ellis Stafford and Jim Walker forced manager Jimmy Hagan to call in Ray Hogg and Cliff Sansby on the eve of the match.
McNamee was named earlier in the day as replacement for Sheavills but there was another shock for posh when it was decided just before kick off the inside left Ray Smith could not play because of a swollen face.
Irishman Dunne came in for Smith and proceeded to play one of his best ever games. His clever ball play was a constant threat to Doncaster and he thoroughly deserved to get the first goal after 15 minutes although there was an element of luck about it.
McNamee cut inside the full back to slip the ball through to the unmarked Dunne. The inside forward managed to get his toe end to the ball as he was tackled by Murdue and as Nimmo came out to make an easy save the ball bounced over his wrists into the net.
Doncaster went all out for an equaliser and were successful only four minutes later when a neat movement on the left wing by Meredith and Broadbent left Fernie with the easiest of headers from only two yards out.
For a long spell United faded right out of the game and it was only some rugged tackling and intelligent distribution by wing halves Rayner and Ripley which put them back into the game.
Doncaster seemed certain to take the lead but again Walls was in great form doing well to spot a powerful long range shot from Haigh and palm the ball over the crossbar at the last second.
Then Posh woke up again thanks to some brilliant prompting by Dunne and McNamee. The left winger sent Emery away with a scoring chance but Dennis’s powerful shot was pushed out and Dunne raced in to blast the ball towards the unguarded net.
Mordue appeared from nowhere however and headed the ball away. But Posh weren’t finished and Sansby followed up the attack to give McNamee a great pass. The left winger slashed the ball home with his left foot.
This was after 32 minutes and four minutes later Mac struck again when he thrust out a foot to turn a left wing centre from Bly into the net.
United finished the half well in command and after the interval they took only 10 minutes to get into their goal scoring stride again.
Bly was sent clear away by Emery and as the goalkeeper and Mordue came across to the tackle he unselfishly slipped the ball across for Hails to walk it into the undefended net.
After 66 minutes McNamee was at it again. He dribbled past two defenders and wriggled his way in along the goal line almost to the foot of the post before flicking the ball inside to Bly who scored with ease.
McNamee missed a good chance to complete his hat-trick when his shot rebounded from a defender’s legs on the goal line. The ball went straight to the other end and Broadbent fired in a tremendous shot from 30 yards which rocketed into the net.
But Posh returned to the attack and with three minutes to go McNamee completed a great evening by dribbling through the entire Doncaster defence, including the goalkeeper to make the final score 6-2.
Posh: Jack Walls, Ray Hogg, Cliff Sansby, Jim Rayner, Norman Rigby, Keith Ripley, Billy Hails, Dennis Emery, Terry Bly, Jimmy Dunne and Peter McNamee.
Doncaster: Nimmo, White, Curtis, Kilkenny, Mordue, Lunn, Fernie, Haigh, Broadbent, Walker and Meredith.
Goals: Posh – Jimmy Dunne 15 mins, Peter McNamee 32 mins, 36 mins & 87 mins and Billy Hails 55 mins and Terry Bly 66 mins. Doncaster – Fernie 19 mins and Broadbent 80 mins.