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1960-61 Metropolitan League 'A'

OXFORD UNITED RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Dickie

Cripps

Burkett

Peters

Bickles

Charles

Patten

Boyce

Bleanch

Beesley

Hugo

Manor Ground

1 - 1 (Beesley)

27 August 1960

A very good game largely predominated by the defences (David Bickles was outstanding in ours). Against the wind we survived heavy pressure in the opening quarter-of-an-hour but had an equal share  of the first haif. Oxford scored five minutes after the interval following a corner, but five minutes later Mike Beesiey took a through  pass to make the final  score 1-1.

The Metropolitan League is now in its twelfth season. Two new clubs joined the league prior to the start of the season Metropolitan Police from the Spartan League and St Neots Town from the Central Alliance. Chelsea 'A' and Fulham 'A' both resigned, Canterbury City joined the Southern League with Windsor & Eton joining the Delphan League. The only other notable change is that Headington United Reserves have changed their name to Oxford United Reserves, the league now has a membership of eighteen clubs for this campaign.

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60_09_17 Crawley Town v. WHU Metro

HAYWARDS HEATH : Metropolitan League

Dickie

Cripps

Burkett

Peters

Bickles

Charles

Bleanch

Boyce

Beesley

Barrett

Hugo

Lingfield

6 - 1 (Bleanch 2, Barrett, Beesley, Boyce, Hugo)

3 September 1960

METROPOLITAN POLICE : Metropolitan League

Dickie

Cripps

Burkett

Peters

Bickles

Charles

Bleanch

Starkey

Beesley

Barrett

Hugo

Imber Court

6 - 2 (Beesley 3, Hugo 2, Barrett)

8th September 1960

This was Jim Barrett's first game since returning to the Hammers, and he celebrated by scoring our fourth goal 14 minutes from time. A slippery ground at the start made conditions rather difficult, but our good midfield play eventually paid dividends, the second half display being positively brilliant.

Norman Bleanch made us one up at the interval from Roger Hugo's pass and these two again combined for Hugo to make it 2-0. Ron Bovce picked up the ball in our opponents' half and beat three men for the third, and after Barrett's goal Mike Beesley and Bleanch made the final score 6-0.

BRIGHTON & HOVE "A" : Metropolitan League

Dickie

Cripps

Burkett

Peters

Bickles

Charles

Patten

Starkey

Bleanch

Barrett

Hugo

Hove Stadium

3 - 0 (Hugo, Barrett, Bleanch)

10th September 1960

CRAWLEY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Dickie

Le Surf

Burkett

Peters

Bickles

Charles

Starkey

Boyce

Bleanch

Barrett

Hugo

Town meadow

3 - 1 (Le Surf, Bleanch, Hugo)

17th September 1960

HASTINGS UNITED RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Dickie

Cripps

Le Surf

Peters

Bickles

Charles

Starkey

Boyce

Bleanch

Barrett

Patten

Pilots Field

2 - 1 (Bleanch 2)

24th September 1960

Michael Beesley netted a hat-trick in a 6-2 victory, with Roger Hugo (2) and Jimmy Barrett as the other scorers against a Police team which was hardly ever able to cope with our strong attacks.

A pitch that needed the considerable attentions of the mower was the cause of several passes going astray and until the Hammers got used to these conditions the play tended to be rather scrappy. However, we were two up at half-time and won comfortably by 3-0. Roger Hugo opened the score after 28 minutes after Norman Bleanch's shot had rebounded from the post; Jimmy Barrett got the second five minutes before the interval from a low cross from John Patten ; and Bleanch ended the scoring in the 76th minute from close in.

With Harry Cripps playing for the Reserves we made our first-of-the-season change in the third-string defence, including apprentice professional Reg Le Surf in our line-up. Reg soon got into the picture by scoring with a 25-yard drive after play had been in progress for a quarter-of-an-hour, but we should have been better placed by then if missed opportunities were taken into consideration. Nevertheless, we went further ahead before the interval through Norman Bleanch and the same player was later unfortunate when he hit the bar after moving well with the ball from Jim Barrett's pass. Maintaining their superiority the Hammers made it 3-0 after 72 minutes (Roger Hugo being the scorer) and it was not until right on time that Crawley scored their only goal.

60_10_01 Dartford v. WHU MPC

DARTFORD : Metropolitan League Professional Cup (First Round)

Reader

Cripps

Le Surf

Presland

Bickles

Barrett

Scott

Boyce

Bleanch

Starkey

Hugo

Watling Street

3 - 5 (Cripps, Scott, Starkey)

1st October 1960

This was the Hammers' hardest game to date in the competition, and our whole side is to be commended upon a performance in a game when the scales were balanced against them through an injury to John Charles which left us with ten men for the whole of the second half. To retain an unbeaten record was most praiseworthy.

We survived heavy pressure in the first ten minutes through sterling defensive work and after 28 minutes took the lead when John Starkey rounded the full-back to cross the ball to the far post where Norman Bleanch did the conversion.

The same player scored again four minutes later from Ron Boyce's pass; Boyce had a fine same, providing first-rate passes throughout. Hastings got one goal five minutes after half-time, but we held on to gain a 2-1 victory.

Against a rather more experienced side our third-string sustained its first defeat of the season. Nevertheless our youthful XI contributed its full share to the soccer skill displayed, and maintained a steady stream of shots which we put in despite some robust tackling by the opposition. Further satisfaction for us was that Peter Reader and Tony Scott each came through their tests in a satisfactory manner in their first appearances of the season following close-season mishaps.

A 25-yard drive by Harry Cripps enabled us to take a 14th-minute lead, but a penalty goal four minutes later and another tally in the 24th minute put Dartford ahead; we levelled the scores ten minutes before the interval through Scott. In the 69th minute John Starkey got a good goal to give us the lead once more, but three in the last 18 minutes for the homesters made the final score 5-3 in their favour; our biggest stroke of misfortune came when the score was 3-4 against us, the referee making yet another poor decision when he ignored a penalty appeal as Norman Bleanch was brought down well inside the area.

ARSENAL "A" : Metropolitan League

Spotted Dog Ground

2 - 1 (Robinson 2)

10th October 1960

Reader, Presland, Burkett, Peters, Bickles, Charles, Woodley, Robertson, Bleanch, Hugo, Dear

Two goals by new signing Archie Robertson and a useful display between the sticks by Peter Reader helped us to lead by 2-0 at half-time. The very strong Gunners' side reduced their arrears after the interval, but we ran out winners by 2-1, thus becoming the only unbeaten team in the Metropolitan League.

EASTBOURNE UNITED : Metropolitan League

Reader

Presland

Cripps

Peters

Bickles

Charles

Starkey

Robertson

Bleanch

Beesley

Hugo

Princes Park

0 - 3

22nd October 1960

60_10_22 Eastbourne United v. WHU Metro 60_10_29 Guildford City v. WHU Metro Cup 60_11_03 Metropolittan Police v. WHU Metro

GUILDFORD CITY : Metropolitan League Challenge Cup (Second Round)

Reader

Presland

Burkett

Peters

Bickles

Charles

Starkey

Robertson

Bleanch

Beesley

Scott

Joseph's Road Ground

2 - 1 (Beesley 2)

29th October 1960

METROPOLITAN POLICE : Metropolitan League

Reader

Cripps

Cantwell

Peters

Bickles

Charles

Barrett

Robertson

Bleanch

Beesley

Scott

Imber Court

8 - 1 (Scott 4, Bleanch 2, Robertson 2)

3rd November 1960

ARSENAL "A" : Metropolitan League

Reader

Cripps

Burkett

Peters

Bickles

Charles

Scott

Robertson

Bleanch

Beesley

Dear

London Colney

0 - 1

5th November 1960

Our first Metropolitan League defeat of the season was heralded by a bad start to this game, the Seasiders being one up in the first five minutes. The greater experience of the home forwards enabled them to interchange positions frequently and this led to a second goal after 20 minutes. At the other end the Eastbourne defence was having an easy time, and they had the opportunity to help their own attack to score again to make the final count 3-0.

A greasy ground and rain throughout made conditions very heavy, but we settled down after a quarter-of-an-hour to accurate passing which brought good results. John Starkey laid back a good ball for Mick Beesley to put us ahead after 20 minutes and our inside-left netted his second goal at the end of an hour's play; Guildford scored from a penalty right on time, so we won by 2-1. The Surrey side brought out the best in our defence and Peter Reader made several fine saves,   but our wing-halves still managed to keep the forwards supplied and John Charles in particular went up to put in a fine shot  that was stopped by the "save of the match." Norman Bleanch kept his line moving well.

In a very one-sided game we led by 7-1 at half-time. The Police kept us at bay a  little after the interval, but the final score was 8-1. Tony Scott netted four goals and Norman Bleanch and Archie Robertson two apiece.

The forwards had few scoring chances in this game and a solitary goal gave the top-of-the-League Gunners a victory. We should have been awarded a penalty in the second half when Brian Dear was brought down, and a conversion of that could have earned a deserved point....

LUTON TOWN "A" : Metropolitan League

Spotted Dog Ground

0 - 2

7th November 1960

Dickie, Cripps, Burkett, Peters, Bickles, Charles, Bleanch, Robertson, Beesley, Barrett, Dear

60_12_24 Dartford v. WHU Metro

GUILDFORD CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Joseph's Road Ground

4 - 2 (Charles, Dear, Bleanch, Besley)

12th November 1960

Reader

Presland

Cripps

Peters

Bickles

Charles

Bleanch

Cartwright

Beesley

Hugo

Dear

The visitors were generally the better side and earned their 2-0 victory both goals being scored in the second half. However, their XI was virtually of Combination standard, and our youngsters (particularly Martin Peters') were by no means disgraced.

We had beaten Guildford in a League Cup match a fortnight earlier by 2-1, and doubled the score on this occasion to complete the "double" with a 4-2 win. Adapting themselves better to the heavy ground the Hammers were always on top and gave one of their finest displays this season. John Charles opened the scoring with a 30-yard drive from Martin Peters' square pass and Bryan Dear got a brilliant second goal; Dear made an opening for Norman Bleanch to score the third goal from close in and also provided the pass for Mike Beesley to net the fourth on the volley.

BEDFORD TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

The Eyrie

0 - 3

19th November 1960

Reader

Presland

Cripps

Peters

Bickles

Charles

Bleanch

Cartwright

Beesley

Hugo

Dear

DUNSTABLE TOWN : Metropolitan League

Kingsway

2 - 1 Beesley, Mangan

3rd December 1960

Reader

Presland

Cripps

Peters

Bickles

Charles

Bleanch

Cartwright

Beesley

Hugo

Mangan

DARTFORD RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Watling Street

3 - 1 (Beesley, Brett, Robertson)

24th December 1960

Reader

Presland

Cripps

Peters

Bickles

Charles

Bleanch

Robertson

Brett

Beesley

Dear

Although we completely outplayed Bedford for the first 40 minutes we could net no goals. Then came a complete change; in the 41st minute the homesters broke away to score and they continued from thence onwards to have much the better of the exchanges. Further goals in the 70th and 85th minutes ended in our losing by 0-3.

Goals by Mike Beesley, Ron Brett and Archie Robertson helped us to a 3-1 victory that  avenged a 3-5 defeat at the hands of the same opponents in the Metropolitan League Professional Cup

ST NEOTS TOWN : Metropolitan League

Shortlands

3 - 5 (Presland, Dear 2)

31st Decemeber 1960

Reader

Presland

Cripps

Cannon

Bickles

Charles

Starkey

Cartwright

Bleanch

Hugo

61_01_07 Crawley Town v. WHU Metro 61_01_14 Hastings United v. WHU Metro

CRAWLEY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Town Meadow

7 - 1 (Dear 4, Beesley 2, Robertson)

7th January 1961

Reader

Cripps

Burkett

Presland

Bickles

Peters

Bleanch

Robertson

Beesley

Hugo

Dear

HASTINGS UNITED : Metropolitan League

Pilot Field

1 - 2 (Bleanch)

14th January 1961

Reader

Presland

Le Surf

Peters

Bickles

Charles

Starkey

Robertson

Bleanch

Cartwright

Hyde

Our defence underwent such heavy pressure in the first half-hour that we could well have been four down; instead, we were one up through Eddie Presland converting a well-taken free-kick by Harry Cripps! However the home side were not to be denied, and they went into a 4-1 lead before Brian Dear got our second from John Starkey's lay-back pass. Each side scored once again before the end, Dear getting ours right on time for a 5-3 score-line in St. Neots' favour.

The Star of this victory was Hammers' young outside-left, Brian Dear, who netted four goals in the second half. Three of these came in a five-minute spell, starting ten minutes after the interval when he beat the full-back in a tackle, cut inside, and slammed the ball wide of the keeper; two minutes later he got his second and three minutes afterwards he completed his hat-trick from the centre-forward position. Crawley got their only goal in the 80th minute ... but Dear was there again two minutes afterwards for the finale.

The Town had been under heavy pressure straight from the opening whistle, and it was no surprise when Mick Beesley (who had been forestalled twice previously by fine saves) took a through ball to score our first goal after eleven minutes. Norman Bleanch crossed the ball for Beesley to run in and head it home (33 mins) and Archie Robertson got one three minutes later to make it 3—0 at half-time.  

An entertaining first half with both sides attacking in turn ended with the home side a goal ahead thanks to a 38th minute goal which came when their outside-right hit a cross ball for an inside-forward to score.

After the interval we had onlv ourselves to blame for not securing at least one point. We were unfortunate when John Cartwnght hit the crossbar   but chance after chance went begging before an own goal put Hastings two up in the 69th minute. Our half-back line had been playing extremely well throughout and their pressure eventualy led us to net four minutes from time :   Cartwright squared the ball to John Starkev who beat his full-back and sent across a high centre for Norman Bleanch to score.   However, on the day. Archie Robertson was our best player

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION "A" : Metropolitan League

Hove Stadium

3 - 1 (Cartwright, Woodley, Bleanch)

21st January 1961

Reader

Cripps

Le Surf

Robertson

Bickles

Charles

Woodley

Cartwright

Bleanch

Hugo

Dear

61_02_04 Tonbridge v. WHU Metro 61_02_13 WHU v. Arsenal Metro Cup3

TONBRIDGE RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Angel Ground

2 - 3 (Dear, Starkey)

4th February 1961

Reader

Presland

Cripps

Robertson

Bickles

Charles

Woodley

Starkey

Bleanch

Hugo

Dear

ARSENAL "A" : Metropolitan League Challenge Cup (Third Round)

Upton Park

0 - 2

13th February 1961

Reader

Presland

Cripps

Peters

Bickles

Charles

Woodley

Cartwright

Bleanch

Hugo

Dear

The first half was generally even with most of the play in midfield, although Peter Reader made one very good save by tipping a long drive over the bar and John Cartwright came close a couple of times against a defence adopting offside tactics.

The game warmed up after the interval, but the goal which gave Brighton the lead in the 50th minute was a lucky one; a free-kick into our goalmouth hit the centre-forward's foot and was diverted into the: net. However, the Hammers were undaunted by this reverse, and with Cartwright continuing to play well they ran out good 3-1 winners. For the first goal Harry Cripps put Brian Dear away down the wing, and the centre to the far post was headed back by Derek Woodley for Cartwripht to score. Cartwright gave a through ball to Woodley for our right-winger to get the second, and a minute later Woodley again had a hand in the scoring when he passed for Norman Bleanch to finish it off.

With a strong wind against them the Hammers were defending for long periods in the first half, but succeeded in holding the score-sheet blank at the interval. After resuming we made better progress and Brian Dear quickly put us ahead from close range, after which a good shot by John Starkey would have increased our margin but for a brilliant save. However, the home side overcame the weather conditions to fight back and gam a 3-1 lead with three minutes to go. Then Starkey scored the st goal of the match after beating two men "on a sixpence," and we looked like having a chance to save a point when Harry Cripps was grassed in the penalty-area whilst going through; unfortunately the expected penalty was not awarded, so we went under by 2-3

The Gunners put on a lot of pressure in the opening stages and eventually went ahead in the 14th minute when their outside-left accepted a chance following a miskick. They scored again eight minutes later, following up to net at the second attempt after Peter Reader had brilliantly saved a "cert." After this we came more into the game, but poor finishing (and a missed penalty) kept us scoreless and we went under by 0-2.

LUTON TOWN "A" : Metropolitan League

Luton

3 - 3 (Cartwright, Robertson 2)

18th February 1961

Reader

Presland

Cripps

Peters

Bickles

Charles

Woodley

Robertson

Bleanch

Cartwright

Dear

61_03_04 Dartford v. WHU Metro

TONBRIDGE RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Angel Ground

5 - 3 (Woodley, Dear 2, Beesley, Hugo)

25th February 1961

Reader

Presland

Cripps

Peters

Bickles

Charles

Woodley

Robertson

Beesley

Hugo

Dear

DARTFORD RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Watling Street

1 - 1 Beesley [pen])

4th March 1961

Reader

Presland

Le Surf

Barrett

Bickles

Charles

Woodley

Robertson

Beesley

Cartwright

Dear

ST NEOTS TOWN : Metropolitan League

Shortlands

0 - 3

18th March 1961

Griffin

Presland

Peters

Barrett

Bickles

Charles

Hugo

Boyce

Bleanch

Robertson

Dear

61_04_03 Newbury Town v. WHU Metro

GUILDFORD CITY RESERVES : Metropolitan League

Joesph's Road Ground

1 - 1 (Hugo)

25th March 1961

Jonscher

Presland

Burkett

Robertson

Bickles

Charles

Starkey

Barrett

Bleanch

Hugo

Dear

In the first 20 minutes our side made good progress, moving the ball accurately and having several shots. John Cartwright got our first goal during this period (after seven minutes) beating two men before netting from 20 yards. However Luton equalised with an angled shot in the 23rd minute and got another just before half-time. They increased their advantage to 3-1 after the resumption and the Hatters' 'keeper brilliantly saved a penalty to make their chances very bright. However, two goals in the last quarter-of-an-hour earned us a deserved point; both were scored by Archie Robertson ; he ran in to net after a move by Norman Bleanch and Cartwright, and afterwards beat two men before firing wide of the goalkeeper for the equaliser

Although we had plenty of scoring opportunities earlier on it took 43 minutes before we got our first goal; then two came before half-time. Derek Woodley notching the first after Martin Peters had split the defence with a through pass and Brian Dear netting the second after Woodley had done all the spade work. Defensive errors allowed Tonbridge to equalise within 13 minutes of the restart, and although Mike Beesley took a good pass from John Charles to beat the centre-half and put us in front once more, the homesters drew level at 3-3 to keep the game full of interest. However, quick goals by Dear and Roger Hugo brought a merited 5-3 victory for the Hammers.

This game signalled the return of Jimmy Barrett to our line-up after an absence since 7th November when injury forced him to undergo a leg operation; we are pleased to say he came through successfully and played a useful part in the gaining of a point. Although both teams showed good approach work the finishing was not so effective largely due to quick-tack ling defences who kept on top for long periods. Mick Beesley converted a penalty in the 19th minute to put us in front, but Dartford equalised after half-an-hour's play when their inside-forward connected with a high cross-pass from the wing. The second half proved much the same as the first, and with no further goals a 1-1 draw resulted.

The whole team played very well for the first 20 minutes, but faded after St. Neots scored their first goal and from then on hardly looked like scoring. It was unfortunate, however, that a couple of harsh decisions should lead to further tallies for the home team, resulting in them gaining a 3-0 margin at the final whistle. In his first "A" Team game young Dick Griffin did quite well between the sticks here ...

This Metropolitan League game produced a 1-1 draw, the Hammers' tally being netted by Roger Hugo. Playing in goal for the first time in our line-up was Erik Jonscher, a German student who is in England at the present time and who plays for V.F.L. Osnabruck when at home; he did quite well, and we hope to give him a further trial at a later date.

DUNSTABLE TOWN : Metropolitan League

Brewers Hill Ground

1 - 0 (Bleanch)

31st March 1961

Dickie

Waddington

Le Surf

Gray

Presland

Charles

Starkey

Robertson

Bleanch

Hugo

Dear

BEDFORD TOWN RESERVES : Metropolitan League

The Eyrie

0 - 1

1st April 1961

Dickie

Presland

Le Surf

Gray

Waddington

Charles

Starkey

Robertson

Beesley

Hugo

Dear

NEWBURY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Town Ground

3 - 5 (Beesley, Dear, Hugo)

3rd April 1961

Dickie

Presland

Le Surf

Gray

Waddington

Charles

Starkey

Robertson

Beesley

Hugo

Dear

EASTBOURNE UNITED : Metropolitan League

Princes Park

0 - 1

8th April 1961

Dickie

Le Surf

Lyall

Peters

Waddington

Charles

Woodley

Robertson

Bleanch

Hugo

Dear

OXFORD UNITED : Metropolitan League

Manor Ground

2 - 5 (Cartwright, Robertson)

15th April 1961

Dickie

Presland

Burkett

Bovington

Lansdowne

Peters

Woodley

Robertson

Bleanch

Cartwright

Dear

DIDCOT TOWN : Metropolitan League

Station Road

3 - 2 (Harris, Bleanch, Hugo)

19th April 1961

Dickie

Presland

Wadham

Robertson

Bickles

Charles

Woodley

Harris

Bleanch

Hugo

Dear

HAYWARDS HEATH : Metropolitan League

Hanbury Park

2 - 1 (Dear, Bleanch)

22nd April 1961

Dickie

Presland

Busby

Robertson

Bickles

Charles

Woodley

Starkey

Bleanch

Hugo

Dear

Oxford United were rather lucky to end with a 5-2 advantage, for in general we had just as much of the play but were unfortunate near goal. John Cartwright and Archie Robertson got our goals.

We included a couple of our Colts' side in the line-up, and were pleased with the efforts of Graham Wadham and Alan Harris. Harris got one goal, and others by Norman Bleanch and Roger Hugo sufficed to earn a 3-2 win.

Against foot-of-the-table opposition we had a poor game, but nevertheless had little difficulty in winning 2-1, Brian Dear and Norman Bleanch being our scorers.

1959-60 Metro 1961-62 Metro Season 1960-61

NEWBURY TOWN : Metropolitan League

Town Ground

2 - 2 (Cartwright, Dear)

26 April 1961

Dickie

Presland

Burkett

Peters

Bickles

Charles

Woodley

Starkey

Bleanch

Cartwright

Dear

 

DIDCOT TOWN : Metropolitan League

Station Road Ground

4 - 0 (Cartwright 2, Hugo, Peters)

29 April 1961

Shearing

Cripps

Burkett

Peters

Bickles

Charles

Woodley

Cartwright

Beesley

Robertson

Hugo

 

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