Slightly different nostalgia piece today. Horsham FC has provided the oldest photo of the team in their possession.
The shot was taken at The Dripping Pan, Lewes, during a Sussex County League game on Saturday 6th September 1947 and shows John Dashwood, Snowy Roberts and John Ripley waiting for the ball as Owen Parker fires a free-kick into the Lewes penalty area.
Below is a match report of the game.
Saturday 6th September 1947
Lewes (0) 1 Horsham (0) 1
Horsham scored an equaliser in the last minute of this County League game, and must have regarded themselves fortunate in balancing the lead Lewes had established early in the game. The home team had been quicker on the ball than their opponents and proved far superior in overhead play, taking more advantage of the following wind which seemed to upset the judgement of the Horsham players.
Play was rather ragged at the commencement, Smallwood being fouled in the fourth minute, and it was not until Lewes forced a corner that the excitement began when Power made a fine save from a header and thirty seconds later was called upon again. It was apparent that Horsham were employing the offside trap, much to the annoyance of the crowd, and Hare, realising this, raced through the centre to tap the ball past the advancing Power. From then on until half-time Horsham’s keeper was kept busy, saving from Boosey, Hare and twice from Gardner.
After the interval the game became very rough, the ball being in touch every few minutes and the adoption of any pre-arranged moves by Horsham appeared to have vanished.
Fifteen minutes from time, Funnell, the Lewes centre-half, left the field with an injured leg, but returned two minutes later after attention. In the closing stages Horsham were awarded two corners on the right which Hemsley came over to take, but Dine, at one time the Sussex keeper, was always quick in gathering the high ball.
With two minutes left for play Lewes appeared almost certain winners until Roberts was fouled by Funnell inches outside the penalty area. Parker took the kick and a corner was forced; this was cleared and Hughes returned the ball to Hemsley who beat Dine with a low shot into the right corner.
Horsham: Power; Lindfield, Spriggs; Parker, Dashwood, Hughes; Martin, Roberts, Smallwood, Ripley, Hemsley.