Weather and ref not on side of the An­gels

Ton­bridge v Nor­wich City Novem­ber 22, 1952 (FA Cup First Round)

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - POINTS OF VIEW -

For the third year in a row, Ton­bridge found them­selves in the first round of the FA Cup.

Hav­ing pulled in more than 8,200 fans to the old An­gel Ground for the pre­vi­ous year’s match against Alder­shot, there had been hopes of at­tract­ing more than 10,000 for the visit of Divi­sion 3 (South) side Nor­wich City – this back in the era when huge crowds would flock to non-league matches.

But mis­er­able weather put many off and in the end ‘only’ 5,600 were there to watch a game which ended up 2-2.

The re­play took place a few days later where a con­tro­ver­sial goal – which many thought was off­side – de­nied the An­gels a route to the se­cond round. Since then, there has been pre­cious lit­tle to de­light fans when it comes to the cup.

A first-round ap­pear­ance in 1972 saw them tonked 5-0 by Charl­ton Ath­letic.

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