Photos and Recorder copy provided by Malcolm Staight
G. Ritchie, D. Thomas, D. McCauly, G. Hopkins, D. Neal, Mr. Skinner.
M. Staight, M. Wheeler, P. Cane, M. Davies, N. Ingles.
P. Sutton, M. Tate.
(C. Webb, who played in the Final, had left Mayfield before this photo was taken)
The Recorder, Thursday, April 8th, 1965.
MAYFIELD SURGE BACK TO GREAT CUP VICTORY AFTER 2-GOAL SHOCK
Beal Grammar 3 Mayfield Secondary 4
This last Gibson Cup final to be staged by the Ilford Schools FA, at Newbury Park last Wednesday, proved to be one of the most exciting ever. Mayfield, two goals down in only seven minutes, stormed back to turn round a goal up. Beal equalised soon after the interval, but Mayfield finally snatched victory with a fourth goal. Beal’s English International Alf Moss, who played against Scotland at Wembley last Saturday, was always a danger but Mayfield’s counter of setting inside right Wheeler to follow him throughout the game succeeded in reducing his menace considerably.
Confident Beal took command at the start against a shakey unsure Mayfield defence, and were a goal up in two minutes. A hard clearance by full-back Ritchie was charged down by Whyatt, who then cracked home a great 30-yard volley which left Mayfield’s Ilford Boys’ goalkeeper Macauley helpless. It was all Beal and five minutes later they looked to have the game settled when Moss, playing in his England Boys’ left wing position, moved into the centre, chased a long through ball and got there first to steer it wide of the advancing Macauley.
Bravely, Mayfield gradually found their normal touch and reduced the deficit when outside-left Tate pushed home a Sutton cross. This at once gave them the confidence to play their customary good football and it was not long before the equaliser came through a headed goal by Cane.
Both sides went close in the end to end play that followed, but just before the interval Mayfield got the vital goal when Davies, receiving from Cane, broke through the centre and lobbed home over the goalkeepers head. Mayfield almost added another when Sutton hit the bar and the ball was cleared behind for a corner from which Staight headed narrowly wide, (half-time 2-3).
But early after the restart the game was back in the melting pot as Beal pulled back to level terms when Hudson converted a cross from Whyatt. This goal set the game alight, both sides playing some fine football. Twice in three minutes the ball was cleared from the Beal line by defenders with the goalkeeper beaten. This sustained pressure was finally rewarded when Tate put them ahead with a terrific left-foot shot from the edge of the penalty area – a fitting goal to win such a tremendous struggle.
With all 22 boys giving everything in a first-class final it would be quite invidious to pick out outstanding players – all deserve congratulations for a splendid game.
Memorable moments from the 1965 Gibson Cup Final
A narrow escape for Beal (dark Shirts) as a defender clears
from in front of goal during the Gibson Cup Final
Mayfield skipper Cane receives the cup from T. Horne,
Chairman of the Ilford School’s FA,
with his team mates behind him to collect their medals
G. Davies, R. Grant, I. Olive, C. Stearn, B. Lake, A. Inman
R. Whyatt, S. Kelly, K. Hudson, T. Smith, A. Moss.
D. Macauley, C. Webb, G. Ritchie, N. Ingles, G. Hopkins, P. Cane,
M. Staight, M. Wheeler, M. Davies, P. Sutton, M. Tate.