On this day in 1892....goodbye J.C. Lomax
Posted by RADSB on 8/10/2021, 9:07:40
J.C. Lomax scored the first ever LTFC goal in October 1885 and scored in his last game on this day in 1892. Brodies goal nets were used for the first time at Dallow Lane so J.C. Lomax was the first LTFC player to hit the back of the net. |
“Luton Town v Royal Arsenal Athletic. Played on the Athletic Ground on Saturday and ended in a somewhat unexpectedly severe defeat for the homesters by four goals to one. The game was witnessed by a very large number of spectators despite an increased charge for admission. The Arsenal team, which was regarded as fairly strong, was as follows; Goal, Ambler; backs, W. George and Rankin; half-backs, Stewart, McKenzie and Stacey; forwards, P. Conoly, Calmar (left), T. Green (centre), Barbour and Kirk (right). Of these Rankin was stated to be one of this season’s first eleven, while his companion was late of Reading Town. Stewart played in the first team last year. Green, who had formerly played with Birmingham St. Georges and West Bromwich, made his debut in the team, while Conoly and Barbour were the best known of the other forwards. The Luton eleven were constituted as follows: Goal, J. Burley; backs, A. Sanders and A. Hoy; half-backs, J.W. Julian (captain), A.H. Taylor, and J. Wright; forwards, F.K. Whitby and H. Whitby (left), T. Allen (centre), R. Brown and J.C. Lomax (right). The referee was Mr S.F.P. Moore, and the linesmen Messrs Russell (Royal Arsenal) and F. Evans (Luton).
The home captain won the toss and after a heavy shower of rain had swept over the ground Green started the game for the Royalists. The visitors at once pressed but “hands” against the relieved the Luton backs. The homesters went down in good style and passed across in front of goal, but the referee pulled the forwards up by deciding that the off-side rule had been infringed. A similar fate befell the Arsenal forwards, and thereafter Brown sent the leather over the cross-bar. The Luton backs behaved splendidly in stopping two or three rushes, and Lomax distinguished himself by making a capital pass. Allen was playing particularly well, his passing being greatly admired. Mr Moore awarded a “foul” against the Athletic in close proximity to their fortress, but the opportunity of scoring was neglected by the Town men. Hoy and Sanders were next afforded a chance of displaying their defensive powers, and they acquitted themselves worthily. After the Lutonians had been within an ace of scoring the Royalists transferred the scene of operations to the other end, and here first blood was drawn. Green scored in grand style, though it seemed to the onlookers that Burley should have at least attempted to save. The leaders continued to press, but chances of scoring were thrown away. The Lutonians retaliated, but though they made it very hot for the opposition keeper they failed to score. Julian and Taylor were exerting themselves to the utmost, while Wright was maintaining the good estimate which was formed of him in the previous week. Two or three free kicks were awarded against the visitors for breaking the rules, and Julian next rendered himself conspicuous by saving finely when a score seemed inevitable. Burley atoned for his previous questionable action by fisting out capitally in rapid succession shots which seemed certain to increase the Arsenal’s lead. The ball was thereafter kicked into the net at the Luton end, but the offside regulation was adjudged to have been broken. Allen, Julian and H. Whitby were most conspicuous for the home side in the next few minutes. The Lutonians brought the sphere down excellently twice or thrice, and they were unlucky in failing to open their account. Try as they would they were unsuccessful, and when the interval arrived they were a goal to the bad. Immediately after the resumption, the leaders secured a notch which was by no means free fro the element of luck, for it was obtained from a scrimmage following a kick from the corner flag. Shortly afterwards a similar point had to be added.
The Lutonians seemed to relax their efforts after this, but the opening of their score by Lomax from a pass by H. Whitby aroused them and evoked enthusiastic applause from the spectators, who began to think that their favourites might yet win. The game proceeded with varying fortunes for some time, and the Arsenal at length placed the issue beyond doubt by putting on a fourth goal. They eventually won a fast and stoutly contested game by four goals to one. For the visitors splendid style was shown by the backs and forwards, the last-mentioned maintaining a capital line and passing exceedingly well. The Lutonians again found that their defence was very strong, and that the weakness lay in the forward ranks. Julian was again the most praiseworthy player on his side. It should be added that the score did not accurately denote the play, for though the better side undoubtedly gained the victory their superiority would fairly be represented by the statement that they were a goal better than the losers. The new goal nets, which have been obtained by private subscription through the exertions of Mr T. N. Hughes and others, were used for the first time and gave unqualified satisfaction.”