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Northwood Hospital Charity Cup Final 1933

Northwood United 3  Roxeth Institute 2
(at Northwood Recreation Ground)

Monday 17th April 1933


Team line-up
1 W. Wood
2 H. Branch
3 A. Branch
4 A. Sandown
5 H. Darvill
6 J. Young
7 Bob Bell
8 Fred Taylor
9 H. (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 met Roxeth Institute, also members of the Harrow & District League, playing their home matches at Roxeth Recreation Ground in South Harrow.

On the way to the final, Northwood United had defeated Eastcote 12-1, Harrow & Wembley Postals 4-0, then Telling Sports 7-0 in the semi-final. For the final, Ruislip-Northwood Council authorised the closing of the Recreation Ground, so that admission to the game could be charged.


For the final of the Northwood Hospital Charity Cup, one of the largest crowds of recent years, around nine hundred persons, gathered on the Recreation Ground on Easter Monday.

Northwood United, winning the toss, took advantage of the wind and slight slope. Roxeth opened in great style, but had to revert to the defensive, and before long Tom Bell scored for the home side with a great shot. Roxeth were not long behind before their inside-left brought the scores level, but the United returned to the attack, and Taylor soon re-established their lead.

Later Roxeth were awarded a penalty, and the Northwood keeper Wood brought off a magnificent save. Before the interval, Tom Bell put the United further ahead.

Roxeth opened the second half very strongly. The home defence held them at bay, but Roxeth then scored the second goal through a defensive mistake. With the score standing at 3-2, play became very exciting, and Roxeth tried hard for an equaliser, but Wood kept a fine goal, and brought off two magnificent saves in quick succession.

In the closing minutes Northwood made several raids, and Roxeth had bad luck when a scoring shot was turned wide. The final whistle went with the scores reading Northwood United 3, Roxeth Institute 2. Both teams played a good clean game.

The presentation of the cup took place at the conclusion, Mrs Collins, wife of the Chairman of the Hospital, being called upon by the president of the competition, Lieutenant-Commander S.W. Todd, R.N., to perform the ceremony.

Commander Todd congratulated the Northwood United on their victory, and also congratulated them on winning the Harrow League Premier Cup. Mrs Collins then presented the cup and medals, and at the conclusion the Hon. Secretary’s daughter, Miss Dorothy Faint, presented her with a charming bouquet.

The gate money taken amounted to £15. 4s. 3d., and the raffe for the ball, presented by Mr R. Descaara, brought £3. 6s. 9d. The ball was won by Mr C. Parker.