THE HISTORY OF WIMBLEDON FOOTBALL CLUB
1950
Saturday, 23 September 1950
Isthmian League
 
Kingstonian
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1 (1) - (1) 1
Wimbledon
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Wimbledon’s 100% record travelled to take on a Kingstonian side that had yet to register a League win and were struggling to rebuild their side after their captain, Don Stoker, and several more of their prominent players had left for Sutton United during the summer. Wimbledon were missing the unfortunate Jack Wallis, now suffering from influenza, with Jock Woods again standing in the half-back line.

The home side, relying on long passes to their wings, took the lead in the fifth minute when Holding headed in a centre from Zimmer. They continued to put pressure on the Dons’ goal and Jim Haydock had to be smart across his goal to save from Fancett. Bill Cousins then headed clear from under the crossbar to save a certain goal. Just before the break Wimbledon hit the equaliser. An over-reliance on the high ball had deprived Harry Stannard of service, K’s tall centre-half Gaffney having the better of him in the air, but just before the break he finally got free and when Ridgwell blocked his shot it rebounded to Harry Bull and the winger forced the ball home.

Wimbledon did most of the attacking in the second half, but the quick tackling of the home defenders prevented the Dons’ forwards from seriously troubling Hooper in the home goal. Vic Bird made him concede a corner and Freddie Gauntlett shot inches wide with a great drive, but the final assault was from Kingstonian, Holding missing from two yards after two shots had been charged down.

  • Haydock prevents a cross reaching Kingstonian's prolific Johnny Whing.
  • Haydock gathers the ball, helped by Lister. Kingstonian's Whing watches intently.