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Reserves News, 1923/1924

Wednesday 27 October -

Hampstead Town Reserves entertained The Old Haberdashers on Monday evening, and a good game resulted in a win for the Town by 6-1. The feature of the game was the scoring of five goals by E.B. Irwin, Hampstead's latest recruit from the Garden Suburb F.C. Playing next to C. Wise, Irwin soon settled down to accept Wise's forward passes, and from four of these he scored, while his fifth came from a penalty for a foul on S. Smith. The Hampstead left wing, Wise and Smith, was by far the best on the field, while the halves, Harris, Barnes and Bloxham, held the opposing forwards. The outstanding player for the Old Haberdashers was S. Briscoe, who played a really fine game, and his tussles with Wise were good to watch. He was decidedly unlucky to be given offside, when he had the goal at his mercy, from what appeared to most spectators to be a back pass. J. Croal, another old Town player, was always trying, but he found stiff opposition in Harris and Iles.

Posted at 12:56

Wednesday 27 October - EASTER HAT TRICK

The Hampstead Town Wanderers accomplished three good performances during the holidays, by beating Tilbury 4-1 on Good Friday, Bromley Reserves 3-1 on Saturday, and Brentwood 3-1 on Easter Monday. On Friday against Tilbury, Iles, who moved up to centre-forward, scored three goals, the other being obtained by Elderton. On Saturday against Bromley goals by Wood, Elderton and Taylor gave Hampstead the victory; while on Monday against Brentwood, Crosby (2) and Butler scored to complete the run of success. Crosby is one of Hampstead's latest recruits. Other recent captures are Clark (right-back) and Bloxham (right-half), who assisted during the holidays and gave great promise of finding their way into the senior circle. On Monday Hampstead had the assistance of W. Brooker, the old first team back, who again put up an excellent defence. Butler, who captained the side in the absence of Barnes, gave three excellent displays, and his goal against Brentwood was a beauty. On Monday next [April 28th] the Wanderers entertain the Old Haberdashers at Cricklewood-lane, kick off 6.30. This should be an interesting game, as several old Hampstead players, including H.F. Woodward and S. Briscoe, will be in the Haberdashers team, and C. Wise will probably again assist the Wanderers. (Hendon & Finchley Times)

Posted at 12:30

Wednesday 27 October -

On Monday evening Hampstead Town Wanderers entertained Hendon Town in a friendly game, the proceeds being for the Hendon Cottage Hospital. Two first team players in C. Wise and Travers Day assisted the Hampstead reserve side who won by 2 goals to 0. Smith and Travers Day scored both goals in the first half. Strong, in goal for Hendon, was the outstanding player on his side and did some smart work. (Hendon & Finchley Times)

Posted at 11:30

Wednesday 27 October -

In the return match on Monday evening, both clubs {Hampstead Town Wanderers and Burlington] were strongly represented, Wise and Howell assisting the Wanderers, the latter in the unusual position of outside-right. Hampstead were the better side throughout and won by 4-0, Wise doing the hat-trick and Symonds adding the fourth. Wilson (Hodford Rovers) and Smith (Harlesden Thursday), who were both on trial for the Town, gave useful exhibitions. Just after the interval Chalkley, the Burlington inside-right, unfortunately received a nasty kick in the face and took no futher part in the game, and Clayton, the Town centre, wrenched his knee and was a passenger throughout the second period. (Hendon & Finchley Times)

Posted at 10:08

Wednesday 27 October -

Burlington, having an open date on Saturday last, engaged Hampstead Town Wanderers in a friendly game. Burlington fielded their Western League team, who have been standing idle for some weeks, with the exception of Nicholls, Hunt, and Burgin. The latter, who is this season's Middlesex County Junior centre-half back, is a possible capture for next season, and it was intended to give him a trial run. He shaped very well for the first ten minutes, when he was unfortunate enough to receive a severe leg injury which prevented him from taking further part in the game. Although losing by five goals to one, Burlington had their fare share of the game, but the defence, weakened by the loss of their pivot, gave away at least three of the goals. Harris, Taylor (2), Barnes and Symonds scored for Hampstead, and Nicholls for Burlington. (Hendon & Finchley Times)

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 26 October - A WELCOME WIN

Hampstead Town Wanderers visited Horley on Saturday to play the local side, and a good game resulted in a win for Hampstead by 5 goals to 1. This is only the second defeat of the home side on their ground this season. They are also in the final of the Surrey Junior Cup. Fifteen minutes after the start Taylor opened the score after beating both backs. Horley then took up the attack and Miller, in saving a shot from the home centre, carried the ball and from the free kick Horley equalised. Within ten minutes Hampstead again took the lead, a fine pass by Barnes giving Taylor the opportunity to add number two. In the second half Hampstead added three futher goals by Taylor (2) and Symonds. The Wanderers gave a much improved display, the defence in particular being very sound, with Miller, Iles and Brazier giving their best display. Barnes and Harris at half were usually on top of the home forwards, while the Hampstead forwards were in fine trim, Butler and Symonds combining well, and Taylor in the centre being well on the mark, scoring four times. (Hendon & Finchley Times)

Posted at 15:59

Tuesday 26 October -

Hampstead Town Reserves [aka Wanderers] entertained a strong Dulwich Hamlet side on Saturday, and an excellent game ended in victory for the visitors by three goals to one. Play was fairly even throughout. After thirty minutes' play Taylor opened the score for Hampstead from a neat pass by Barnard. Five minutes later a bad mistake by Iles let in Sivier, who scored with a splendid shot, which Miller could not divert over the bar. The teams crossed over on level terms, but after five minutes a fine combined effort by the Dulwich forwards gave Forsey the chance to put them ahead. Hampstead played hard for an equaliser and Taylor was unlucky to see a defender handle when he was clean through, but this missed the official's eye. Ten minutes from the end Iles again let Forsey through to score the third and final goal for Dulwich. Owing to C. Kelso failing to be up in time to play, Hampstead lent their visitors F. Wood, and he was unlucky to see a good shot hit the upright. Brazier, at left back for Hampstead, played an excellent game. This was his second good performance in three days, having assisted Middlesex County Juniors against London on Thursday. Butler and Elderton, the home right wing, gave the Dulwich defence a deal of trouble. The latter is Hampstead's latest recruit. In Miller, a new goalkeeper, Hampstead have another capture. For Dulwich, Williams, Pilkington and Goodliffe made a fine defense, and Gash, at right-half, was the best half on the field. Forsey, at centre-forward, made a capable leader, and his two goals were gems. (Hendon & Finchley Times)

Posted at 15:18

Monday 25 October - FROM BAD TO WORSE

The Hampstead Town Wanderers, who have recently been playing far from satisfactory football, received their biggest defeat of the season when they lost by 5 goals to 1 to Tottenham Avondale in the semi-final of the London Intermediate Cup on Saturday at Finchley. Without taking any credit from the winners, who well merited their victory on the play, one has to admit that they were not such a good team as Lyons or Hanwell, whom the Wanderers defeated in previous rounds. Had the losers played good football the result must have been vastly different. Only two of the players gave any exhibition - Harris at right-half and Butler at outside-right. During the whole ninety minutes not one shot reached the Tottenham goal, although play was more often in the Tottenham half of the field. The one goal scored by the Wanderers was from a perfect centre by Butler, which the goalkeeper caught, but the ball was bundled through the goal by Wood and Symonds. The Hampstead backs were woefully weak. The halves, except for Harris, did little against a forward line that kicked hard: while the forwards drew pictures on the ground without any attempt at scoring. Esser, in goal for Hampstead, had no chance with the five shots which beat him. The Tottenham team were all triers and for this they fully deserved their win. They were particularly well served at centre-half and inside-right. The former player opened out the game and shot at goal at every opportunity, two of his drives reaping just reward. (Hendon & Finchley Times)

Posted at 22:00

Monday 25 October - PENALTY OF LAZINESS

Many friendly games are spoilt by bad referees and lazy methods of the players. This match was typical of this. Hampstead Town Wanderers' team were very lax in their methods and for this reason alone deserved to suffer defeat. Of seven goals allowed (three only were genuine goals) Springfield Hospital claimed four and Hampstead three. The first goal, scored ten minutes from the start, was a gem, the whole team taking part in the movements which led up to Taylor receiving the ball 15 yards out and giving the home goalkeeper no chance. Taylor also scored Hampstead's second with a good drive, and Symonds claimed the third. Only one Hampstead player showed his ability, and he was Harris, who played one of his best games. The Wanderers will have to produce much better form this week if they hope to defeat Tottenham Avondale in the semi-final of the London Intermediate Cup on Finchley's ground. The return of Iles and Woodward should strengthen the defence. (Hendon & Finchley Times)

Posted at 21:30

Monday 25 October - WINNING CAREER CHECKED

Visiting Bromley on Saturday Hampstead Town Wanderers met with their first reverse since November, being beaten by the locals by 4-2. The Wanderers were without the services of Harris, Woodward and West, the last two players being under the spell of the "flu." Had the Hampstead side taken 25 per cent of the easy chances that came their way they would have won comfortably. Twenty minutes from the start they were awarded a penalty, which Taylor put straight to the home goalkeeper and chance after chance was fizzled away, so that at the interval the score sheet was blank. Three minutes after the inteval good work and a perfect pass by Barnard gave Taylor an easy chance to score whch he accepted, but within five minutes Bromley scored twice. The Wanderers then took a serious interest in the game and swarmed round the Bromley goal, until an accident to Brazier caused him to leave the field, and Bromley then added two further goals. Ten minutes from the end Symonds reduced the Bromley lead from a pass by Barnes. Of the twenty-two players Barnes stood out conspicuous from the rest, and it was seldom that the Bromley inside trio could pass him. Butler played an excellent game at outside-right, although he was badly supported by his half-back and inside man. Iles was safe at back, and Esser could not be blamed for the four shots that beat him. (Hendon & Finchley Times)

Posted at 15:19

Monday 25 October -

Hampstead Town Wanderers visited Hanwell Reserves to play their fifth round tie of the London Intermediate Cup, and after a hard game, full of exciting incidents, they passed to the semi-final, winning by 3 goals to 0. Hanwell Reserves are one of the few reserve sides who have beaten the Wanderers this season, but the Hampstead boys more than atoned for their previous defeat and were good value for their win. Ten minutes after the start Hampstead were awarded a penalty for hands, but Symonds put the ball straight at the goalkeeper. Twenty minutes later Taylor took a pass in mid-field and raced between both backs to beat the goalkeeper from 20 yards range. The Hanwell goalkeeper then held a shot from Butler a little too long and Wood forced the ball into the net. Hampstead were awarded a second penalty and West took the kick, but he shot straight at the goalkeeper. In the second half Hanwell had more of the play, but were seldom dangerous. Twenty minutes after the restart Butler cut in and squared the ball across the goalmouth and left Symonds with an opening from which he easily scored number three. This concluded the scoring, but Hampstead were unlucky in not increasing the score when a shot from Woodward curved just past the post with the goalkeeper well beaten. The shooting of the Wanderers must have been an object lesson to the home team. One shot from Harris was only saved with the goalkeeper full length. The bustling tactics of Taylor appeared to irritate the home defence. The strong line of the Wanderers was their halves, Harris, Woodward and West, who broke up most of the opponent's attacks and found time to assist their own forwards. Butler and Wood made an excellent right wing, Taylor led the forwards well and was well supported by Symonds, while on the extreme left Barnard was clever, but lacked the power of finishing. (Hendon & Finchley Times)

Posted at 11:40

Monday 25 October - AN EASY VICTORY

Edmonton Reserves were no match for Hampstead Town Wanderers in the game played at Edmonton on Saturday. But for some fine goalkeeping by the home goalkeeper the score must have been exceptionally heavy, as it was he was beaten on seven occasions, on each of which he had no chance. Apart from one fine full length save Esser, in the Hampstead goal, had quite a holiday. Iles and Brazier, the Wanderers backs, seldom had to exert themselves to stop the home forwards, and Barnes, at centre-half, was usually to be found up with his forwards. Five minutes after the start Symonds opened the score from a neat pass by Taylor. Three minutes later Barnes sored a second, which, by the way, is his first goal for the Wanderers, with a fine individual effort. Taylor added number three and Symonds headed a fourth from a centre by Butler. The teams crossed over with Hampstead leading by 4-0, and the second half was almost a repetition of the first, for Wood and Symonds (2) added further goals. Hampstead did not play half as well as usual, for with the opposition so weak they had nothing to make them extend themselves. In Webdale, a new half-back, they have a useful player, but his actual standard will be better judged when he has been seen against stronger opponents. His placing of the ball to his forwards was excellent. (Hendon & Finchley Times)

Posted at 11:24

Sunday 24 October - A CHARITY CUP TIE

Hampstead Town Wanderers met Finchley Reserves at Finchley on Saturday to decide which should enter the semi-final of the "Daily Chronicle" Hospital Shield, and a strenuous game ended in Hampstead's favour by two goals to one. All things seemed to combine to make the game as unpleasant as possible. Rain and hail fell during the game, which caused a suspension of play for ten minutes, the wind blew almost a gale across the ground, combine with these handicaps some badly ruffled tempers, then one gets a fair reflex of what the game was like. Had the official in charge been stronger more than one player would have been given marching orders. Hampstead had much the better of the first half, but failed to score through failing to control the ball on a muddy surface. Twenty minutes after the start Finchley's right wing got away, and Silvey, from Marsh's opening, scored a good goal. At half-time Finchley led 1-0, and had more of the game after the interval, but the Hampstead forwards scored the goals. A fine centre by Barnard was met by Wood, and banged past the Finchley goalkeeper, and two minutes later Butler sent across a perfect centre which was trapped by Taylor and quickly transferred to Wood, who again beat the home goalkeeper. The Wanderers played much below standard, only Brazier, Barnes, Wood and West showing their usual form. The latter player unfortunately met with a nasty accident five minutes from the end and was carried off unconcious, but he recoverd sufficiently to proceed home with the team. (Hendon & Finchley Times)

Posted at 20:50

Sunday 24 October -

Hampstead Town Wanderers entertained Lyons F.C. in the fourth round of the London Intermediate Cup, the home side winning by 7 goals to 2. The ground was in bad condition, and as soon as the Wanderers found their feet, and swung the ball about the result was never in doubt. For the first ten minutes Lyons did most of the attacking, but Hampstead wore them down and twenty minutes for the start Wallis sent over a good centre for Taylor to head through. Five minutes later good work by Symonds put Taylor through to score the second, and just before the interval Keiler reduced the deficit with a fine shot. Play in the second half was all in favour of Hampstead. Straight from the kick-off Symonds ran through the defence to score the third, and further goals were added by Symonds (2), Taylor and Wood. Ten minutes from the end Brazier in attempting to clear a shot from Wilkins put through his own goal. The Wanderers team all played well, while "Taffy" Harris took the eye of the home crowd for the way he continually held up the smart Lyons' left wing. Esser, Iles and Brazier were a capable defence, and Barnes, at centre-half, was a tower of strength and appeared to control the movements of the team. West completed a strong half-line. In Symonds and Taylor, Hampstead have two useful forwards, but the feature of the attack was the improvement of Wood at inside-right, for with Butler they formed the best wing on the field. (Hendon & Finchley Times)

Posted at 20:06

Sunday 24 October -

The Hampstead Town Wanderers visited Epsom to play the Town team in a friendly on Saturday, and an even game resulted in each side scoring on four occasions. Hampstead were without the services of Harris, Wallis and Brazier, the latter being away to assist the Middlesex F.A. to beat the West End F.A. Epsom opened the game in good style and bombarded the Hampstead goal for the first few minutes. Esser was called upon to make some quick saves and he was beaten after five minutes, Beaumont, in attempting to head away a hard shot, deflecting the ball into the corner of the net. After this reverse the Hampstead team got going and Taylor, taking a good pass from Symonds, drove the ball hard past the home goalkeeper from 25 yards. Hampstead soon scored again, Wood putting the finishing touch to some good work by Butler. At half-time the Wanderers were leading by 2-1, but in the first fifteen minutes of the second half they went all to pieces and allowed Epsom to score three times. With the score at 4-2 against them Hampstead pulled themselves together and set up attack after attack, until Barnard, meeting a good centre from Butler, scored their third. From this time onewards Hampstead were on top, and just on time Taylor scored a beauty after good work with Symonds. All the Wanderers played well, except for the lapse in the second half. Iles and Barnes defended well and the forwards gave an excellent display. (Hendon & Finchley Times)

Posted at 19:31

Sunday 24 October - A GOOD PERFORMANCE

Hampstead Town Wanderers put up a good performance again on Saturday when they beat the Hounslow Ivydene by 2 goals to 1. The Hounslow side are recognised as one of the smartest junior sides in Middlesex, and after beating Hendon Town the previous Saturday by 6-2 their home supporters expected them to beat the Wanderers, but they were up against stiffer opposition in the Hampstead defence. Owing to a sudden attack of the "flu," Taylor was unable to play, so the Hampstead team had to play one short, and reserves had to be brought in to take the place of Iles, Day and Wallis. F. Butler opened the scoring in the second half with a terrific shot which took goalkeeper and ball over the line. Ten minutes later Symonds got his usual one, with a clever dribble, finishing by drawing the goalkeeper out and placing the ball out of his reach. Hounslow tried hard to reduce this lead, and ten minutes from the end Chapman scored with a beauty from ten yards out. Hampstead made a discovery in D. Butler, who kept goal. He is a smart goalkeeper and made a big impression with the crowd. He was given a trial in Hampstead's trial match, but unfortunately sprained his wrist before the start and has only just returned to the game. R. Brazier, although operating alone at back, played quite his best game of the season and was a big stumbling block to the home forwards. The halves, Harris, Barnes and West, were in excellent fettle. The former, Hampstead's Cardiff recruit, is settling down to Hampstead's style of play, and under the coaching of Barnes, is dropping his hard kicking for the more profitable method of placing the ball to his forwards. Of the forwards, F. Butler, Symonds and Barnard were the pick, and Wood is developing into a useful inside man. Owing to Christmas duties the Wanderers will not be playing on Saturday, but some of them may be seen in the first team at Cricklewood-lane, where undoubtedly they will uphold the prestige of the team. (Hendon & Finchley Times)

Posted at 16:02

Saturday 23 October - MAMPSTEAD TEAM SURPRISED

Hampstead [Town Wanderer]'s visit to Chelmsford gave them quite an unexpected crop of goals. The homesters had a reputation of being quite a good side, but they could do nothing with the Hampstead forwards, who scored on ten occasions to Chelmsford's once. With the opposition so weak much credit cannot be given to the Wanderers, but their play stamped them as a real good side. The combination of the forwards was a real eye-opener to the locals. Goals were scored by Taylor (5), Symonds (3) and Wood (2). Barnes returned to centre-half for the winners and quite easily held the opposing forwards and found time to join in the attacks. Although outplayed the Chelmsford team stuck to their guns, and one had to feel sorry for the home goalkeeper, who stopped everything within reach. The one bad feature was the barracking by the local crowd. They would do well to follow the lead of the Chelmsford players and be sportsmen. (Hendon & Finchley Times)

Posted at 20:36

Saturday 23 October -

"An excellent game," was the verdict of all who watched this game at St. Albans - seven goals, plenty of thrills, and the result in doubt until the last kick. Of the seven goals scored St. Albans claimed four and Hampstead [Town Wanderers] three. With two minutes to go, a perfect pass from Taylor put Travers Day through the Saints' defence. A goal looked certain, but the home custodian made a wonderful save, so St. Albans won by the odd goal. Travers Day and Taylor (2) scored for Hampstead. Esser, the Hampstead goalkeeper, continues to improve. The inclusion of Cook at right-back did not, as was hoped, improve the defence, and Brazier was not so sure in his kicking as usual. The halves were in good trim, and Harris held the smart St. Albans wing very well. Three inside forwards, Day, Symonds and Taylor, played excellent football, but their finishing was not as deadly as usual. (Hendon & Finchley Times)

Posted at 12:38

Saturday 23 October -

Hampstead Town Wanderers visited Ongar on Saturday and defeated the local side by 9-0. In the first half Hampstead gave little promise of such a big score, leading at the interval by two goals, scored by Harris and Symonds. On changing over, the Wanderers' forwards took complete command of the game and scored almost when they wished. Further goals were added by Taylor (4), Symonds (2) and Iles. For Hampstead, Travers Day was very conspicuous at outside-right, his speed and accurate centres being responsible for four of the goals. Taylor and Symonds were both well on the mark with their shooting, but were rather prone to hinder each other by playing too close. The halves were always masters of the home forwards, and in Beaumont, Wallis and Harris the Wanderers have a strong line. The backs, Iles and Brazier, are two of Hampstead's captures from local junior circles and should eventually find their way into the premier team. Tommy West, the club's utility man, played at outside-left and again showed his ability to fill any position. (Hendon & Finchley Times)

Posted at 12:13