To the great delight of their supporters St Albans City passed into the second round of the Amateur Cup by virtue of beating the Army Ordnance Corps by two goals to nil.
Both clubs played their strongest available teams. The City were unable to place Cook and Fincke in the field, these players being ineligible, and E.Anderson and R.Hammond were introduced in their stead. The Ordnance Corps for their part had the team which has represented them almost unchanged throughout the season.
In truth, the match was disappointing. The Army men were in such a complete state of subjection that the game lost all interest once the City had opened their account. A score of 2-0 in the City’s favour is suggestive of a fairly close game, but in actual fact a margin of about half-a-dozen goals would have better represented the hopeless manner in which the Woolwich workers were outclassed.
The ground was in only fair condition, the sunshine of the morning having reduced the surface to a rather treacherous condition. The Army men arrived in good time and turned out for the preliminary ball practice as early as 2.15. They played in black and red halved shirts, with blue knickers, which formed a vivid contrast to the City’s black and yellow jerseys and white knickers.
Reprinted from “The Herts Advertiser & St Albans Times” – 14th January 1911.