Mick's Football Memories

Mick’s Football Memories – part 8

The 1958/59 season was a difficult one for me personally, as I had severe bronchitis and was unable to play for the school team.

It was also a poor start to the season for Wolves, who in their first venture in to the European Cup were beaten at the first hurdle by unfancied Schalke 04, the West German champions, by 4 goals to 3 on aggregate. This was particularly disappointing after the success of all the floodlit friendlies under the Molineux lights against the best teams in Europe. However despite this setback Wolves were to retain the First Division championship, beating Fulham 9-0 along the way. After the events of the previous year Manchester United were invited to enter the European Cup but withdrawn by the Football League.

This was the season when Luton Town reached the FA Cup Final and the village emptied out en masse, as it seemed everyone had gone to Wembley to support them. I watched the game on television and particularly in the first half Nottingham Forest were unstoppable and raced in to a two goal lead; the first goal being scored by Roy Dwight, uncle of Elton John. Luton did get back in to the game in the second half and scored but it was not to be and the game finished 2-1 to Nottingham Forest. Luton had several international players in the team that day, the most capped of which was the Irish winger Billy Bingham.

Knebworth’s improvement continued finishing in mid table in the Herts County League Division One. They entered a reserve team in the newly formed Reserve Division “B”, which also finished in mid table. Colney Heath were Premier Division champions, Tabulator Sports won Division One, Leavesden Hospital reserves won Reserve Division “A” and de-Havilland (Leavesden) reserves won Reserve Division “B”. The Aubrey Cup was won by London Colney.

The European Cup was won by Real Madrid for a fourth successive season beating Rheims 2-0 and The Amateur Cup was won by Crook Town, defeating Hertfordshire side Barnet 3-2 in the Final.

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