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23.03.1912 at 15:00 Burton’s Court, Chelsea Attendance :
2nd Coldstream Guards 2 - 1 St Albans City
Referee : Spartan League-match

Goalscorers
Pte.Higgins
Pte.Leach
A. Starr
Opening squads
Corpl.Leese
Pte.Whiting
Pte.Tracey
Sergt.Hooker
Corpl.Romans
Corpl.Smith
Pte.Leach
Pte.Watson
Pte.Gracey
Pte.Higgins
Pte.Wallett
Herbert Smith
Sammy Hatton
Fred Palmer
George Meagher
Harry Cook
George Edmonds
A. Starr
Oliver Summers
Ernest Grimsdell
Jimmy Brandham
Leslie Hosier
Substitutes
Substitutions
None None.
Yellow cards
None None.
Red cards
None None.
Match report

The 2nd Coldstream Guards – photographed at Stamford Bridge in 1912.

“DRAMATIC ENDING TO A GREAT GAME”

A defeat which may mean the loss of the Spartan League Championship and yet which was quite undeserved on the run of play, was met with by St Albans City at Burton’s Court, Chelsea on Saturday, the 2nd Coldstreams winning an intensely exciting game. In fact, the soldiers secured the points with the very last kick of the match, thus bringing a brilliantly-fought game to as dramatic a climax as one may witness in a lifetime.
Although the Guards snatched the victory, a draw would have been the fitting result. Indeed, but for their ranks consisting of practically ten men during the second half, it is quite probable that the City would have retired winners and with the championship a “safe thing”. As it is, there is now every likelihood of it being decided on goal average.
With the Saints making up with extra skill what they lacked in weight, the teams were fairly well matched and with both elevens “flat out” from start to finish, the 500 or so (chiefly impartial) spectators were provided with an entertaining display.

Reprinted from “The Herts Advertiser & St Albans Times” – 30th March 1912.