Workington Town v Posh 29 Oct 1960

Venue: Borough Park, Workington

Attendance: 6,538

Score: Workington Town 0 v Peterborough Utd 3

Referee: J. Pickles.

After struggling through a goalless first half at Workington Peterborough United snapped back into match winning form again and hammered in three goals which not only gave them their first victory in seven games but brought about a restoration of confidence which could not have come at a better time.

The Posh defence played magnificently, full backs Jim Walker and Dick Whittaker having great games, and deputy centre half Roy Banham showing up well in a rough baptism.

If United can reproduce the same form in their next game against Dover in the FA Cup then they are certain to get through to the second round.

Workington, one of the rugged sides of the Fourth Division, played it rough from the start and no one was rougher than their ‘giant’ centre forward Harburn who gave Banham a most uncomfortable afternoon.

Roy stuck to his task magnificently and although he finished with painful facial injuries he has again earned himself a regular place in United’s first team.

The forwards were a little disappointing in the first half and it seemed as if they were going to fail United for once.

But when they got to work after the interval Workington were a well beaten side.

Ray Smith, captain of United in Norman Rigby’s absence, made up for a lot of first half blunders by giving the Posh the lead within a minute of the start of the second half. He took a good pass from Terry Bly and with only the goalkeeper to beat pushed the ball home.

Five minutes later United struck again, centre forward Bly scoring his first League goal since October 3rd, after Peter McNamee had placed a free kick for him to head home.

These two goals brought new confidence to the whole of the United team and after 68 minutes Bly swept a great pass out to McNamee for the left winger to make a good opening from which Dennis Emery scored a third goal.

Workington had a final fling, but there was not a lot of skill in their play. The nearest they came to scoring was when Whittaker headed a shot off the line.

The attendance was Workington’s highest of the season and more than 2,000 above the average for first team games.


Posh: Jack Walls, Dick Whittaker, Jim Walker, Jim Rayner, Roy Banham, Keith Ripley, Billy Hails, Dennis Emery, Terry Bly, Ray Smith and Peter McNamee.

Workington: Wright, Wilson, Brown, Hinchcliffe, Tennant, Burkinshaw, McGary, Brownlee, Harburn, Dixon and Kirkup.

Goals: Posh – Ray Smith 46 mins, Terry Bly 51 mins and Dennis Emery 68 mins.