Friday, 28th April, 1911
SOUTHERN CHARITY CUP
THE FINAL TIE
SWINDON v. BRIGHTON AND HOVE
FINE STRUGGLE, BUT NO GOALS.
long-drawn-out character of the Southern Charity Cup Competition was
further exemplified at Craven Cottage, Fulham, on Monday, when Swindon
and Brighton and Hove met in the final before some 3,000 spectators, and
after 120 minutes' play had to retire with nothing scored. On the form
shown they might have gone on for a further period of the same length
without obtaining goals, for the attackers on both sides, bothered by
the heat, the lively ball, the hard ground, and the brisk breeze, could
never master the defence. Brighton had the bigger share of the game
territorially, but Walker's play proved a rare stumbling block for them,
and they finished as weakly as did their opponents, the result arrived
as being perhaps as little unsatisfactory as any other.
Swindon had the wind behind them at the start, but they
scarcely made the most use of it, and Brighton's early attacks
threatened the greater danger, Webb and Longstaff making praiseworthy
efforts to score. Fleming worked several openings for Swindon, but was
well watched, while on both sides, the shooting was very poor. There was
little cleverness in the football, while even its redeeming feature of
keenness was marred by a few nasty fouls. Crossing over with nothing
scored, Brighton set up a brisk attack on the resumption, but the play
soon became ragged again with occasional stoppages owing to injuries.
Swindon re-arranged their forward line, Fleming going to centre instead
of Burkinshaw, without, however, any immediate improvement in the matter
of combination. The Swindon goal had a narrow escape when Skiller went
down to a dropping shot from Longstaff, and missed the ball, which
bounced over the crossbar; and them came some improvement in the
marksmanship, Crinson saving from Jefferson, while Longstaff and Webb
went close for Brighton. The seasiders had most of the play, but their
goal looked once in peril when Fleming broke away, Crinson neatly saving
his shot, and this was about the last clear-cut incident in a scrambling
Half an hour of extra time was played, but still without
the scoring of a solitary goal, though Jefferson and Fleming for Swindon
and Longstaff for Brighton might have found the net with a little luck.
And so, with the result a pointless draw.
Miss Gertie Miller, who had attended the match for the
purpose of presenting the cup and medals, was denied that pleasure. The
replay will take place on the Tottenham Hospur ground on Thursday next.
Swindon: Skiller, goal; Kay and Walker, backs; Rushton,
Morrison and Silto, half backs; Jefferson, Fleming, Burkinshaw, Bown and
Brighton and Hove: Crinson, goal; Routledge and Lumley,
backs; Haworth, Wake and Booth, half backs; Longstaff, Jones, Smith,
Webb and Hastings, forwards.
Referee, Mr G. W. Verge.