THE HISTORY OF WIMBLEDON FOOTBALL CLUB
1949
 
Saturday, 18 February 1950
Isthmian League
Plough Lane
 
Wimbledon
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1 - 2
Corinthian-Casuals
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Selecting an unchanged side the Dons slipped to an unexpected defeat against lowly Corinthinan-Casuals.

It was a game full of incident and the contrast in styles made it an interesting one to watch, but the ineffectiveness of the home inside forwards proved to be the difference. Harry Stannard had obviously not yet regained match fitness since his injury and Vic Bird appeared low on confidence. After Arthur Maggs hit the crossbar with a fine shot, Casuals took the lead after eight minutes when Hubert Doggart beat Jack Haydock with a left foot drive from a corner. Doggart, whose father Graham was a full England international, county cricketer and went on the become chairman of the F.A., was to play in two tests for the England cricket team later in the year and would play over two hundred first class games for Sussex and Cambridge University before becoming president of the M.C.C. Doug Munday shot inches over with a terrific drive and Charlie Smith missed the ball completely when presented with an open goal, but half-time arrived with Wimbledon still one behind.

Jock Woods and Jim Smith switched wings at the break and the Dons showed an improvement. Cousins turned as shot from Stannard for a corner and a few minutes later the keeper had to receive treatment for a hand injury, but pluckily continued, despite obviously being in great pain. Jack Wallis then moved to inside left with Bird going to the wing and Jock Woods dropping to half-back, but before the reshuffle could have any effect the visitors increased their advantage when Boardmen netted from an astute pass by Millett. Wimbledon pushed desperately to reduce the deficit, but it wasn’t until seven minutes before the end that Ken Lister manipulated the ball into the penalty area and set up Charlie Smith for a comparatively easy score. The Casuals packed their goal for the remaining time and held out to become the first side this season to complete the double over the Dons.