On this day in 1893.....
Posted by RADSB on 15/4/2019, 8:38:54
From the Luton Reporter of 22 April 1893. |
“Luton Town v Royal Arsenal. - On Saturday these elevens met on the Town Club’s ground to play their return match, and additional interest centred in the affair not only from the fact that it virtually concluded the home side’s list but because the Royalists had been able to claim a very lucky victory by four goals to one earlier in the season. On Saturday Hoy made his re-appearance in the eleven, and there was no mistaking the heartiness of the reception which was accorded to him when he came upon the field. Considerable delay was occasioned at the start by the home team being photographed - an operation which was productive of a good deal of merriment amongst the onlookers - and it was about 4 o’clock when the elevens ranged up in the following order: - Luton Town: Goal, T. Read; backs, J. Wilson and J. Hoy; half-backs, A.H. Taylor, J.W. Julian and W. George; forwards, H. Galbraith (centre), H. Whitby and W. Brown (right), F. Allen and W. Chesher (left). Royal Arsenal: Goal, Bee; backs, Jeffrey and Connolly; half-backs, Cross, Barber and Munro; forwards, Thynne (centre), Calmar and W.J. Crawford (right), Spinks and Stacey (left). The referee was Mr A. Rostron Bourke and the linesmen Messrs T.W. Beardsley (Royal Arsenal) and A.F. Austin (Luton Town). The visitors won the toss and Galbraith started operations. During the first few minutes the Lutonians had by far the best of matters, and they narrowly missed scoring, the ball being sent uncomfortably close to the net several times. The Arsenal men broke away once or twice thereafter, and once seemed certain to score, but the home backs demeaned themselves gallantly, and averted the danger. Continuing to hold the upper hand, Luton tried hard to score, and when the game had been in progress for a considerable time, some fine play by George gave Galbraith an opportunity, which was eagerly accepted, and the initial point fell to Luton. The home eleven continued to have the best of the game until half-time, but they did not succeed in eluding Bee, and when the teams crossed over the score stood at one goal to none in favour of the homesters. The second half was even more distinctly in favour of Luton, the truth of this statement being shown by the fact that only half-a-dozen times were the Royalists able to make incursions into the homesters’ territory. In this portion the Luton men were by no means idle. Soon after the re-start Allen and Julian put in some remarkably good play, and the results of their efforts was that a second goal fell to their share. Not long afterwards Allen put on another. From this point the visitors were hopelessly beaten, and the poorness of their display astonished the onlookers. Bee had to save continually, and the home total should have been much larger. At this time the Lutonians conducted a steady bombardment, but they did not seem able to get the ball through. First the leather skimmed the top of the bar, then it went out at either side; indeed, the sphere seemed to go everywhere in close proximity to the net except into it. Shortly before the finish, however, Allen notched a fourth goal, and by that number Luton won to none. The Lutonians played an excellent game, and well deserved their success, but it is impossible to say much of a complimentary character regarding their opponents. They were palpably outclassed, and the action of the Arsenal authorities in sending down such a mediocre side was severely criticised by the spectators. The fact is that the folks in question do not appreciate the improvement which has taken place in the play of the Lutonians. The home forwards passed well, and the defence was excellent, Julian being particularly capable. Hoy was noticeable for good style. For the Arsenal Bee and the pair of backs did best, for while the half-backs were unable to cope with the smart forwards opposed to them the forwards were all at sea when confronted with the home defence. The victory formed a fitting close to a highly successful season, and the only matter of regret is that the score was not considerably larger, as it might well have been.”
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