26th November 1949
FA Cup 1st Round
Millwall v ECFC
And in the Southern League
Exeter City Reserves v Colchester
WEST SOCCER TRIO PROGRESS IN F. A. CUP.
POLICE PROTECT REFEREE AT MILLWALL.
Saturday, November 26th 1949.
MILLWALL 3 (Constantine 2, Brolly)
EXETER CITY 5 (Smart 3, Regan, Smith)
Half-time Millwall 1 City 4.
Millwall:- Hinton; Evans, Fisher; Brolly, Reeves, Forrest; Johnson, Simmonds, Constantine, Morgan, Hodgetts.
Referee:- Mr R.F.H.Meads, of Wiltshire. Exeter City: Hoyle; Johnstone, Rowe; Doyle, Davey, Greenwood; Harrower, Smart, Smith, McClelland, Regan.
All the West's Soccer clubs made progress in the F.A.Cup (1st round) as the result of good victories. As expected Torquay United won 3-1 at Gravesend thanks to two quick goals in the last 12 minutes. Yeovil Town beat Romford, the Amateur Cup finalists, for the second year in succession at this stage, by 4 goals to 1. Exeter City's 5-3 victory at Millwall, however, was one of the most
surprising results of the day. The London club were unlucky as their goalkeeper, Hinton, was taken to hospital with concussion before the interval and their centre-forward, Constantine, fractured a shoulder later in the game. The referee pleased impartial observers by his handling of the match at New Cross, but not a section of the Millwall supporters, who were resentful of the award of a free-kick which led to the scoring of the City's fourth goal. Spectators attempted to invade the playing pitch when the teams and officials were leaving the field. Missiles were thrown, and Mr Meads left the arena under police protection. Exeter City broke one record and preserved another by winning to-day. They won at Millwall for the first time, and their record of never having lost a Cup match in London still stands.
The order of scoring (Millwall first) was 1-0, 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1-4 in the first half. Second half:- 2-4, 3-4. 3-5. After Hinton's injury Simmonds was put in goal and later replaced by Forrest. Exeter's outstanding players were Dick Smart, the scorer of three goals, Hoyle, Johnstone, Greenwood, and Harrower.
CITY RESERVES 2 (Clark, Rew) COLCHESTER 3.
Team:- Singleton; Warren, Clark; Squires, Carter, Powell; Greenaway, Hutchings, Rew, Fallon, Murphy.