Classic programmes: Southall

Good afternoon to Stansted FC for today’s important league game. So, what is more important three points today or beating them next week in the cup?

To me I always think reaching a cup final, any cup final (apart from the Premier Midweek Floodlight Competition, where we played one game on a Sunday morning) is good for the team. Mind you I’m greedy and want both.

Todays programme is for another semi-final – perhaps the most important one we have ever played.

The opponents were Southall in last (almost) hurdle before the final of the FA Amateur Cup and played on 12th Mach 1927 at Stamford Bridge.

The result was a two all draw. We led two nil with fifteen minutes to go until allowing Southall to draw level.

The replay was set for Craven Cottage. You will have noticed that both grounds are in west London giving Southall some sort of home advantage?

The cartoons, by Charles Shaw Baker, on the front of the programme show a complete lack of understanding of the amateur game and they think everyone talks with a cockney accent!

Take the exchange ‘Garn, Southall ain’t in the same clarse’, reply ’Go an’ fry your face’. They also thought we would not be accustomed to the larger grounds! At the time Leyton had the finest appointed ground in London of any amateur side.

Leyton did go onto reach the final despite going a goal down in the replay and missing a penalty. Always had a habit of making things difficult for ourselves.

The Leyton team in the first semi-final would be the same as those that went on to represent them in the final at The Den. With one exception Jackie Gleeson being replaced by Jim Preston, for the final.

In the Southall side that day were Charlie McKinley, who played for Leyton in their second Amateur Cup Final a year later. In goal was Tom Holding who would turn out for Leyton in the 1933/4 Amateur Cup Final.

Inside the programme the editor allowed Southall three and a half columns to Leyton’s one.

Southall were in the Athenian League and Leyton in the unfashionable, London League. We have always been short changed. Just one last observation. The cost of the programme is shown as ‘Two Pence’ or Post Free ‘Threepence’! No, no, mate that ain’t how it works. Gorblimey pal don’t you understand nufink.

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