28th November 1925
FA CUP FIRST ROUND PROPER
CLAPTON 3 NORWICH CITY 1
SCORERS Clapton – Massey (2), McNeil (pen) ;
Norwich City – Jackson
FA Cup 1st Round. Played at The Old Spotted Dog.
The kick off was delayed while both teams stood in silence in memory of Queen Alexandra who had died that week.
The pitch was partially frozen with some snow on it and City, who were expected to play clever football, found Clapton quicker off the mark and, playing against an icy wind, the Tons more than held their own.
After the change Clapton used the conditions to their advantage and scored three times in within 17 minutes. Just three minutes after the re-start, Massey, receiving a pass from Munden, sent the ball spinning over the City goalkeeper and into the net. Then an excellent centre from Barnard gave Massey the opportunity to hook home his second goal. Norwich’s misery was completed when Clapton were awarded a penalty for hands and McNeil beat Dennington from the penalty spot.
Incredibly Clapton were a man short when they scored all three goals. Great stalwart Jim Crussell was off the field receiving treatment for an injury.
A quarter of an hour from the end Jackson scored from a free kick for the Canaries but they never looked like reducing the deficit further.
Nearly 4,000 people were delighted with the result.
Clapton – A.Moore, E.Penstone, F.Blake, C.Williams, R.McNeil, C.Cable, R.Morgan, J.Massey, S.Munden, J.Crussell, W.Barnard.
Norwich City – Dennington, Hannah, Wingham, Bradbrook, Murphy, Earl, McKinney, Rogers, Jackson, Banks, Stoakes