Friday, 1 April 2011
CLASSIC PROGS - WIMBLEDON V REST OF THE ISTHMIAN LEAGUE - 1962
On Saturday 18th August 1962 Wimbledon the reigning Champions and as the programme states 'accepted the challenge of the other league clubs in an annual encounter' and 'we know, gentlemen, that none of you are strangers to Plough Lane and we hope you will enjoy your return to our enclosure'
The programme has a section entitled 'Casualty Corner' which details that Wimbledon's last game of the 1961/62 season was the London Senior Cup Final at Dulwich where four players were abroad on International duty and three players absent through injury with Eddie Reynolds and Mike Kelly playing despite carrying injuries which would require later visits to the Nelson Hospital.
The section states 'other members of out playing staff were suffering from the aches and pains which are almost inseparable from a hard-fought season of soccer, but at the time of going to press we are happy to record a clean bill of health'.
Reynolds is listed as playing in the game and together with Ted Murphy were to be part of an Isthmian League side who were to travel to Uganda to take part in celebrations to commemorate the granting of Independence.
Wimbledon were then giants of the Amateur game as can be seen from the final tables of the 1961/62 season which showed them as Champions of the Isthmian League, Isthmian Reserve League and their 'A' team as Champions of the Surrey Combination League with their Junior side Champions of the Wimbledon and District League as well.
They went on to lift the FA Amateur Cup at the end of the season beating fellow Isthmian League sides Leytonstone 2-1 at Highbury in the Semi-Final before Sutton United were beaten at Wembley by a score of 4-2.
The Isthmian side contained players from Tooting and Mitcham, Kingstonian, Walthamstow Avenue, Bromley, Wycombe Wanderers (2), Ilford, St Albans City, Corinthian Casuals, Clapton and Leytonstone. They won the game 1-3.
With fixture list so congested nowadays the cold end can't recall the Isthmian League having a representative side in the last few years...Can anyone help with when a team last played???...Please contact the cold end with information if you can?.
The cold end has come up the idea of a pre-season competition where the best of Division One (South) takes on the best of Division One (North) with the winners playing the Premier Division best XI for some form of trophy all for charity of course. Obviously this would take a large amount of work but just picking the teams for now may get some supporters talking?