|The Wolverton Express 28 August 1953
NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE
Castlethorpe Make a Bright Start
Four matches opened the season of the League on Saturday, all of them reaching a definite result. In Division I, Castlethorpe had a 5-1 win at Silverstone, who have always been difficult to beat on their own ground. Buckingham Town “A”, whose first team are to play in the new Hellenic League, lost by six clear goals to Bletchley.
Silverstone 1, Castlethorpe 5
All is well at Castlethorpe. The Friesians are well satisfied with the result of their first game of the season.
On Saturday Silverstone won the toss and set Castlethorpe to face the wind. From the kick-off Garratt hit the crossbar. Two minutes later the Silverstone centre forward found the visitors’ net with a good shot. This seemed to take the Castlethorpe defence by surprise but after a spell of mid-field play they began to settle down and were at times playing good football.
It was a surprise when Hill made the score 1-1. He collected a good pass from Garratt and went on to score 2-1 after good work on the right-wing by Old.
Just before half-time Silverstone began to slow down, and Kelly went through to score a good goal.
After the interval Castlethorpe were well on to and Kelly went on t score his second goal to make the score 4-1. Now it was the home side’s turn to do the attacking, but the Castlethorpe defence, with Virco, Wilson and Macpherson all in grand form, held the home forwards at bay.
Virco pushed two shots over the bar and saved a point blank shot from Silverstone’s centre-forward. With ten minutes to go Old was injured and had to leave the field for a time. Garratt moved to wing-half, and Kelly scored his hat-trick with the best goal of the match.
Castlethorpe showed the same spirit in this match as that which took them to second place in the table last season.
The game was well controlled by Referee Atkins (Wolverton) Thanks to Silverstone for a good sporting game.
Northampton Mercury 18 September 1953
Towcester go down 5-1
IN their first home game of the season on Saturday, Towcester Town were beaten 51 by Castlethorpe, last season’s runners-up in Division I. of the North Bucks League.
Down 21 at the interval. Towcester, having frequently proved the Castlethorpe defence to be vulnerable, might have been expected to swing the balance with the considerable advantages of wind and slope, in the second-half.
But Botwood’s hat-trick for Castlethorpe in the first quarter-of-an-hour after the interval settled the matter and pointed the moral. His sheer pace the up the hill emphasised Towcester’s slowness on the ball and off the mark, and his decisive shooting exposed their indecision in the goalmouth.
The best that can be said for Towcester is that their shortcomings, were particularly their lack of cohesion, were typical start-of-the-season complaints.
Northampton Mercury 22 January 1954
STONY STRATFORD LEADER
GETS 12 GOALS IN 3 GAMES
MANY the North Bucks League clubs were engaged in cup-ties last week.
In the Towcester Charity Cup semi-final.
Towcester entertained and, although the visitors led by the only goal scored at halftime, the home side netted twice in the second halfthe winning goal being scored just before time.
There was a “battle royal” in the semi-final of the Stantonbury Charity Cup between league champions Deanshanger and this year’s unbeaten leaders, Castlethorpe.
Both teams netted once and thus have to replay. But Deanshanger might have emerged victorious, for they missed a penalty.
The third round the League Challenge Shield saw no shock results and the fancied teams all won through.
The revised draw favours New Bradwell St, Peters, for they should defeat Great Linford. But the other game will a grim struggle between the two Army teams C.AD. (Buckingham) and R.A.O.C. (Whitfield).
There were three fixtures Division I. the North Bucks League, and both the bottom teams Tickford and Paulerspury were defeated by the same margin, 6-1. Stony Stratford the victors over Tickford. Four of their goals were scored by centre - forward Bunny Wills, which brings his personal tally to 12 goals in the last three matches.
There are only three division matches again this week. A close struggle should take place at with Deanshanger visitors.
Another Interesting match should be that between the two bottom teams, Pury and Tickford. In Division III.A on Saturday, Winslow United Reserves provided the "Terriers”-57 Med. Wksp (R.E.M.E.) with-their first win the season. Steeple Claydon disposed Preston easily -6-0.
In the “B” section, Deanshanger Reserves were too good for Paulerspury Reserves; but the game between Moulsoe and Castlethorpe Reserves was abandoned after 70 minutes.
Northampton Mercury 29 January 1954
In the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup, unbeaten league leaders Castlethorpe won their second-round fixture against Buckingham Athletic 4-0.
Northampton Mercury 29 January 1954
NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE
Results for last Saturday.
Division I: Brackley Town 5. Olney Town Silverstone B.L. 4, Deanshanger Ath. 2.
Division II: C.A.D (Buckingham) 9 Winslow Utd. 3: Potterspurv 2, Roade 2; Towcester Town Res. 1, R.A.O.C. (Whitfield) 1.
Division III A: Preston Bissett 6 Mursley 6; Steeple Claydon 7. 57 Med. Workshops (R.E.M.E.) 0; Westbury Starline 1. Whaddon 0.
Division IIIB: Wolverton Wanderers 1, Castlethorpe Res. 3; Olney Town Res. 1 Cosgrove St. Peter 6: Deanshanger Ath. Res. 6. McCorquodale’s 1: Shutlanger Utd. 2, Sherington Sports 3.
Northampton Mercury 12 February 1954
RETURN GAME The return match is being played at Towcester to-morrow and another hard struggle can be expected. Unbeaten leaders the North Bucks League, Castlethorpe, played in the semi-final of the Leighton Challenge Cup against Polish team Glydnia Starsand lost 31.
Northampton Mercury 19 February 1954
CASTLETHORPE CRASH AGAIN CUP GAME
ALTHOUGH unbeaten in the North Bucks League, the leaders, Castlethorpe, suffered their second successive defeat in cup competitions on Saturday.
They were knocked out of the Berks and Bucks Intermediate Cup divisional final by Bierton. The previous week they had been knocked out of a local cup.
Castlethorpe were hoping to uphold their reputation in the Intermediate Cup particularly after disposing of Wolverton in the previous round.
They were well beaten, however. The home side rattled in four goals without reply.
In the league, Towcester achieved the double over Stony Stratford. But as in the previous week, it was only in the closing stages that Towcester made sure of both points.
Silverstone met Brackley and shared the points. That one point is sufficient to put them at the head of the table; but they have played four more matches than Castlethorpe.
Northampton Mercury 26 February 1954
Shutlanger surprised Castlethorpe Reserves with a 21 win.
After their long absence from League encounters due to cup fixtures, leaders Castlethorpe return to the fray to-morrow with a home fixture against Yardley Gobion.
Results from last Saturday
Division III. (B): Castlethorpe Res. 1. Shutlanger United 2: Cosgrove St. Peter 7, Sherington Sports 3: Deanshanger Ath. Res. 8. New Bradwell St, Peter’s Res. 1; Paulerspury Res. 5. McCorquodale’s 1; Moulsoe 0, Olney Town Res. 2. To-morrow’s fixtures: Division I: Buckingham Town “A” v. Stony Stratford Town; Castlethorpe v. Yardley Gobion.
Division III. (B): Deanshanger Ath. Res. v. Castlethorpe Res.; Moulsoe v. Wolverton Wanderers; New Bradwell St. Peter’s R. v. Paulerspury Res.; Shutlanger United v. Olney Town Res.
Northampton Mercury 05 March 1954
North Bucks Soccer: The leaders, Castlethorpe, resumed League activities, and won comfortably 5-1 against Yardley Gobion.
This week sees fine clash between the Friesians and runners-up Silverstone, but Castlethorpe have the ground advantage and should pull it off.
Northampton Mercury 12 March 1954
CASTLETHORPE REMAIN UNBEATEN
SILVERSTONE paid their first visit to Castlethorpe last week. But like so many clubs, they were unable to smash that unbeaten record. The home side won by two clear goals.
Meanwhile, the fight for leadership of Division III goes on . This week, Deanshanger Reserves top the table following their 43 win over Paulerspury Reserves. Castlethorpe Reserves were surprisingly held to a 33 draw by the youthful Wolverton Wanderers.
Northampton Mercury 19 March 1954
Division III B: Castlethorpe Reserves 2 dealt a blow to Cosgrove St. Peter 1.
Northampton Mercury 26 March 1954
Division 1: Brackley Town 7. Paulerspury 5; Buckingham Town ‘A’ 2, Tickford Sports ‘A’ 3; Castlethorpe 5,
Division III (B) Shutlanger Utd. 7. Castlethorpe Res. 2.
Northampton Mercury 26 March 1954
IT WAS EASY FOR CASTLETHORPE
Castlethorpe justified their position at the top of the North Bucks League with a convincing 5-1 victory over Towcester at Castlethorpe.
The ball was heavy and the pitch a morass, but the home side adopted the right style and never lost control. The ball was in the visitors’ half for most of the match and only Collins in defence played anything like his normal game for Towcester. Lockwood (2), Kelly (2) and Hill scored for Castlethorpe and Osborne replied for Towcester.
Northampton Mercury 02 April 1954
RUNNERS-UP POSITION IS STILL OPEN
ALTHOUGH Deanshanger, at present second in the North Bucks League, held unbeaten leaders Castlethorpe to a draw in the semi-final of the Stantonbury Charity Cup, the Friesians repeated their league successes over the challengers and won the replay 5-3.
In Division III. B. Olney Reserves shocked Castlethorpe Reserves with a 7-2 win:
Northampton Mercury 09 April 1954
LAST SATURDAY’S RESULTS
Division 1: Olney Town 1, Castlethorpe 4.
Division III B: Castlethorpe Res. 4, Moulsoe 2.
Northampton Mercury 16 April 1954
Division III (B): Castlethorpe Res. 7, Sherington Sports 1.
Northampton Mercury 23 April 1954
NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE CASTLETHORPE TAKE THE CHAMPIONSHIP
With only a couple of weeks of the football season left and with championships at issue, North Bucks League officials are having a busy time.
It is all plain sailing in Division One for Castlethorpe with their 4-1 victory over Stony Stratford last Saturday made sure of the title. Their efforts are now being concentrated on repeating Deanshanger’s achievement of last season when they won the title for the third time in succession without losing a single match.
The Friesians have a difficult task in hand, however, they have to meet the runners-up-Deanshangertwice before fixtures are completed.
Castlethorpe have had a busy time for last week-end they beat Tickford’s in the final of the Stantonbury Charity Cup. Beat Stratford in Stony’s last match of the season, and on Monday beat Buckingham Athletic.
Northampton Mercury 30 April 1954
NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE ATTRACTIVE ENDOF-THE-SEASON GAMES PROMISED
THE North Bucks League is ending its football season with some particularly attractive games. There are two grand scraps tomorrow. Division I champions Castlethorpe, oppose the runners-up and champions for the last three seasons, Deanshanger.
THEIR HAPPY YEAR
This is a happy year for the Friesians. In their first season in Division 1, they were runners-up; now, in their second year, they have won the champion ship. They have also taken the Stantonbury Charity Cup and reached the divisional final of the Berks and Bucks Inter-mediate Cup, disposing of Wolverton en route.
Castlethorpe met defeat in the final of the Buckingham Cup.
Division III (B): Castlethorpe Res. 7. McCorquodale's 2
Northampton Mercury 07 May 1954
NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE FINAL POSITIONS IN NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE
There was a big surprise for Castlethorpe supporters when the champions were beaten 2-1 by the runners-up Deanshanger, in a special match between champions and runners-up, held at Castlethorpe on Saturday. This was Castlethorpe’s first defeat in league football during the season.
Division 1; Champions Castlethorpe. Runners-up Deanshanger Ath. Relegated Yardley Gobion. Tickford Sports “A”. Division II: Champions . C.A.D, (Buckingham). Runners-up . New B’well St. Peter. Relegated Thornborough. Great Linford- Division III: Champions Bletchley C. C. Runners-up Shutlanger Utd. Challenge shield: Winners .. C.A.D. (Buckingham) Runners-up New B’well St. Peter.
RECENT RESULTS Saturday. Division I Championship match. Castlethorpe 2, Deanshanger Athletic 3.
Northampton Mercury 03 September 1954
Champions Castlethorpe had one of their hardest fixtures to open the seasonaway to Silverstone. However, the Friesians made a good start, being 4 1 victors.
DIVISION III. Castlethorpe Res. 5, Steeple Claydon 6; Westbury Starline 2. Deanshanger Ath. Res. 4: Thornborough 0. Great Linford 6: Preston Bissett 2, Mursley 3.
TO-MORROW’S GAMES Division I. Castlethorpe v. Stony Stratford T.;
Northampton Mercury 10 September 1954
Tomorrow sees several key matches a good one should be Brackley v. Castlethorpe.
Northampton Mercury 24 September 1954
8 TEAMS STILL UNBEATEN IN N. BUCKS LEAGUE
THERE were no shock results in last week’s North Bucks League matches. But now the season is well under way, it interesting to note that there are eight teams who have not yet suffered defeat. At the other end the scale, 11 teams have failed to record a point. Castlethorpe still top Division 1, but they only just made the grade at Buckingham Town. Close on their heels are Deanshanger who won at Brackley, Bradwell St. Peters, who are third, made short work of Stony Stratford and ran out 2 victors. Stony ere one of the point-less sides.
Northampton Mercury 01 October 1954
Division III: Buckingham Athletic Reserves 0, Castlethorpe Reserves 5.
Northampton Mercury 08 October 1954
MOST attention was focussed on the first round of the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup last week-end. lit was thought that league champions Castlethorpe would have walk-over against Division III, team Winslow but the visitors put up great fight and the Friesians only won 3-1.
Northampton Mercury 15 October 1954
Division III. Great Linford, lost their proud title to a strong Castlethorpe Reserves team, who won by the only goal of the match.
Northampton Mercury 22 October 1954
ODDS LENGTHEN AGAINST
WHAT odds would local bookmakers offer now on the runners for the North Bucks League stakes ? After recent performances, the odds on Castlethorpe pulling off the double must be lengthening. Although they retained their 100 per cent, record last week, they only beat Buckingham Athletic by the odd goal of three. And the Athletic are bottom of the table.
In contrast, Deanshanger beat the other Buckingham teamthe Townby 101. Deanshanger also have 100 per cent, record and New Bradwell St. Peters have not lost game yet. They beat Brackley 40 and are second in the table. Another side whose chances must not be overlooked are Towcester Town. They have only lost one game to date. A good long shot are the Army team R.A.O.C Whitfield, who will finish far from the bottom of the league on their present form. They thrashed Silverstone 7-2 on Saturday. Great Linford, who suffered their first Division III. defeat a week ago, had the humiliating experience of a hiding from Deanshanger Reserves. They thus lost their position at the head of the table Steeple Claydon, who won 7-1 against Thornborough.
Northampton Mercury 29 October 1954
The clash of the North Bucks League “giants” took place last week in a re-arranged match. Deanshanger last year’s runners-upvisited Castlethorpelast year’s champions. Goals were few and far between. Deanshanger did well to earn point with a 11 draw. This puts the Northants club at the head of the table.
Division II., Steeple Claydon, just kept their place with a 2 1 victory over Tingewick. Rivals Mursley were held to a 22 draw by Castlethorpe Reserves.
Northampton Mercury 05 November 1954
Deanshanger are now sitting tight on top of the North Bucks League table with 15 points from eight matches. New Bradwell and Castlethorpe who were without league fixtures last week have each obtained 11 points from six games.
Northampton Mercury 12 November 1954
TWO UNBEATEN SIDES CRASH IN NORTH BUCKS
Two of the North Bucks League’s unbeaten top trio met their Waterloo in the Cup encounters last week. Biggest surprise was the defeat of league champions Castlethorpe by the young Army team C.A.D. Buckingham. The Army side are right on the target at present After their defeat of Stratford the week before they slammed home eight goals to the Friesian’s five. This was in the Berks and Bucks Intermediate Cup, in which Castlethorpe did so well last season.
Northampton Mercury 19 November 1954
CASTLETHORPE GET HANDSOME REVENGE
LEAGUE champions Castlethorpe had their revenge last Saturday. A week earlier, they suffered their first defeat of the season in the Berks and Bucks Intermediate Cupat the hands of CAD Buckingham. When they visited the Army camp on Saturday in a league encounter the Friesians were full strength and determined to keep their unbeaten league record. Keep it they did with “one-way traffic’’ the champions winning by seven goals to nil.
Northampton Mercury 26 November 1954
League champions Castlethorpe continued their challenge for this year’s honours when they beat Buckingham Town. They are now two points behind leaders Deanshanger with a game in hand. [5-1].
Northampton Mercury 03 December 1954
CASTLETHORPE PROVE THEY ARE MASTERS
NORTH Bucks League champions Castlethorpe met C.A.D., Buckingham, for the third time in a month, and proved that their defeat by the Army side in the first encounter was only a fluke. After their 7-0 victory two weeks ago, they drummed C.A.D. 6-2 in Buckingham Senior Cup.
Northampton Mercury 10 December 1954
Steeple Claydonwho head Division lllwere losing 4-3 at home to Castlethorpe Reserves, when the match had be abandoned 10 minutes from the end.
Northampton Mercury 23 December 1954
ROUND two of the battle between Deanshanger and Castlethorpe took place last week, when the two North Bucks League “giants” met in the Stantonbury Charity Cup. Deanshanger made full use of their ground advantage to end up victors by 41.
Northampton Mercury 31 December 1954
To-morrow sees another blank day for Division I. clubs but for those in Division II. and Division III, there will be plenty of action and Division II. leaders, Potterspury, will have a hard task at Roade. Steeple Claydon, who top Division III., will have to watch their step against Castlethorpe Reserves but their challengers. Great Linford, who have the same number of points, have an even stiffer proposition in visiting Mursley.