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Harrow & District League Cup Final 1933

Clare Athletic 0  Northwood United 4
(at Old Lyonians FC)

Saturday 1st April 1933


Team line-up
1 W. Wood
2 J. Brown
3 A. Branch
4 A. Poulter
5 H. Darvill
6 J. Young
7 Bob Bell
8 Fred Taylor
9 Taffy Bennett
10 Tom Bell
11 G. Ratcliffe

Northwood FC was formed, as Northwood United, in 1926, and for the first two seasons, just friendly matches were played, but after the second campaign, in which sixteen of the twenty-three games had been won, it was decided to join a league.

Northwood United were elected to Division Two of the Harrow & District League for 1928-29, playing at the new Northwood Playing Fields, which was adjacent to Haste Hill golf course, at the end of The Drive, Northwood.

In their second year the club gained promotion, and twelve months later, further success saw them move up to the Premier Division of the Harrow & District League . At that time the club gained the use of a pitch in Northwood Recreation Ground at an annual cost of £14. 14s. including pitch marking and dressing room.

The following season, 1932-33, was one of great success for the new club, and they won three trophies, including the Premier Division title.

In our featured cup final, Northwood played Clare Athletic, who had inflicted two of the three league defeats that United suffered all season - one being a 0-5 reverse.

But in the final, played at Old Lyonians' ground in Harrow, there was no stopping Northwood United!!


The home end of Northwood was all excitement on Saturday, for the United were involved in two exciting games.

The first eleven had to travel to Harrow to meet Clare Athletic in the final of the Harrow & District League Senior Cup, and the second eleven were at home to Holy Trinity, Northwood in the league. Both teams were successful.

Playing at the Old Lyonians’ ground, the first eleven won the cup by beating Clare by four goals. Northwood in the first half kicked with the wind down the slope. For the first quarter-hour this did not seem to bring them any advantage. Clare were very aggressive, but found the Northwood defence in rare form, and Wood, in goal, made a glorious save from point-blank range.

This save inspired the United with confidence and they attacked strongly. Some good work by the halves gave R. Bell a chance, and he scored with a great shot. Five minutes later Taylor put the United further ahead.

In the second half Clare took up the attack, but their shooting was poor. Bennett made goal-getting look simple when he registered No. 3 for the United. A. Poulter, of the United, met with a serious accident, breaking a collar bone.

With a decimated side, Northwood tried harder still, and Bennett went through to score the fourth.

In the closing stages Clare, during pressure round the United goal, were awarded a penalty, but the shot passed well over the crossbar.

It was a splendid victory, and every man in the United side pulled his weight, and the team must be congratulated on the capital game they played. In the competition this season, Northwood have scored twenty goals and only had one scored against them.