Saturday, 16 September 1950
F.A. Cup - Pre
3 (0) - (6) 9
Switched to Plough Lane

Jack Wallis returned in place of stand-in Jock Woods, else it was an unchanged side that took on another Surrey Senior League side in the F.A. Cup. Guildford, suffering from poor support in a town with professional (Southern League) competition, had applied to and received consent from the Football Association to switch the tie to Plough Lane in order to improve their share of the gate receipts. Despite the bus services to the ground not running they were rewarded with a surprisingly large crowd.

From the kick-off it was apparent that there was little likelihood of the Dons losing their 100% record for the season, and had they been minded they would have had a chance of beating the club’s record competitive score, 15-2 over Polytechnic at the same stage of the 1929/30 competition. The scoring was compared to a railway timetable, Harry Stannard scoring five in the first half, in the 12th, 17th, 26th, 37th and 38th minutes, with Vic Bird adding one in the 19th minute.

With under an hour gone it was 9-0, Freddie Gauntlett in the 50th minute, Stannard equalling the club’s individual goals-scoring record with his sixth in the 53rd minute and Bird getting his second a minute later, after which Wimbledon visibly eased up, allowing Guildford to score a surprise goal through Wiles with seventeen minutes remaining. Spurred on, Patrick then scored twice in a minute, making the score slightly more respectable, but with only eight minutes left the Dons put on the brakes and refused to allow their opponents to take any further liberties. The remaining time was the Wimbledon forwards against the Guildford keeper, but he held firm and prevented double figures.