Posh v Ransome & Marles 4th Rd Qualifying 13 Nov 1948

Venue: London Road, Peterborough

Attendance: 8,431

Score: Peterborough Utd 3 v Ransome & Marles 1

Referee: A.L. Burnham

The crowd who watched Peterborough Utd and Ransome & Marles fight out the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup raised the biggest cheer ever heard at London Road when Brooksbank, put the United ahead after 58 minutes. Brooksbank, unable to gain a place in the Midland League team since the early part of the season, played the game of his life. He scored the second goal, and “made” Sanderson’s with a perfect corner in the last minutes.

Jack Blood’s “fire and brimstone” forward line did all that was expected of it. Tapping and Rickards played brilliant football, and Sanderson made some great runs down the centre. But the star for the second week was Cockroft, United’s diminutive left half.

Peterborough fans were shocked to see Ransome go ahead after six minutes sparkling football. Abbott took a free kick dangerously near the area. The ball swerved over the goalmouth, out to the right. Puplett, temporarily unmarked, rushed past Blood and headed in.

Fifteen minutes later, Brooksbank slammed home a hard, left footed drive – which the referee promptly ruled offside.

In two dramatic minutes after the interval the United went ahead.

Tapping put Guest away on the left wing. Guest, moving at top speed, swayed past two defender and centred. Gwilym headed clear, but Rickards tore in to score with a rocket like drive that gave Hinton no chance.

Back came United to the attack. Ransome’s rattled defence bumped out a free kick by Guest, and then stood helpless as Brooksbank put United ahead with the best shot of the match. Excitement reached fever pitch.

Ransome & Marles refused to accept defeat, and pounded Peterborough’s defence for 10 worrying minutes. Fallon, solid and cool under continual pressure, backed by superb play on the left, broke up each attack. Bryan, too, was always in the picture, and stuck close to Martin.

In the last five minutes, Brooksbank took a copy book corner kick. As it dropped into the goalmouth, Sanderson got his head to the ball and flicked it into the net. It was a perfect goal.


The Posh: Bob Ferguson, Bernie Bryan, Jack Blood, Jim Harkin, Jim Fallon, Bert Cockroft, Tommy Rickards, Nat Brooksbank, Joe Sanderson, Fred Tapping and Billy Guest.

Ransome & Marles: Hinton, Gwilyn, Everitt, Parr, Bagnall, Abbott, Searby, Wallbanks, Puplett, Everett and Martin.

Goal scorers: The Posh – Tommy Rickards 57 mins, Nat Brooksbank 58 mins and Joe Sanderson 87 mins. Ransome & Marles – Puplett 6 mins.