THE HISTORY OF WIMBLEDON FOOTBALL CLUB
1949
 
Saturday, 24 September 1949
F.A. Cup - Pre R
Plough Lane
 
Wimbledon
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5 - 0
Hounslow Town

Harry Stannard, Jack Wallis and Doug Munday were released from County duty to allow them to play, so the Dons were at full strength for the replay. Hounslow, eventual Corinthian League winners, were also unchanged.

It was soon evident that the home side were out to make up for their lack-lustre performance the previous weekend and an aggressive start brought four corners in the first four minutes, each ending in a goalmouth tussle. The visitors packed their goal and it wasn’t until the twenty-fifth minute that they managed a shot at goal. Stannard opened the scoring three minutes later from a Jim Smith centre, which stung Town into a brief rally leading to King shooting over, but the Dons were soon back on the attack and Wallis and Freddie Gauntlett got in each other’s way when either could have scored. Edghill, so solid in the first game, dropped a long cross from Doug Munday that went for a corner, and two minutes before the break another pass from the same player was headed out by Greenwood only as far as Stannard who ran in and headed the ball into the back of the net.

Wimbledon was back on the attack soon after the break and Edghill had to dive smartly across to deflect Vic Bird’s shot. Wallis and King both took knocks and switched with their respective wings before Stannard beat three players before passing to Bird, who tapped it on for Gauntlett to drive home a low shot. Arthur Maggs was forced to clear off the line after Jack Haydock mis-judged a cross from Dowse, but that was as close as the visitors got all game. The Dons sealed it with two goals in the final seven minutes. Edghill stopped a shot from Bird but Stannard was on him before he could clear and bundled both the ball and the keeper over the line for his third and Wimbledon’s fourth and two minutes from the end Wallis hit the fifth in off the post.