Manchester City 6 West Bromwich Albion 1 1921/22

CITY 6 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1

League Division 1

19th November 1921

attendance 25,000

Scorers
City Barnes 3, Browell 2, Woosnam
West Brom ???

City Blair, Cookson, Fletcher, Sharp, Woosnam, Fayers, Meredith, Warner, Browell, Barnes, Murphy

taken from MAX WOOSNAM, ALL ROUND GENIUS – THE UNKNOWN STORY OF BRITAIN’S SPORTSMEN by Mick Collins
…Far from being bowed down by the pressure. Woosnam himself was cheerfully aware that people were worrying about when, and if his goal would happen, eventually promising his colleagues that he would take them for a meal at the Midland Hotel when, and if it transpired.
Eventually, midway through November 1921, and with City already leading 4-1 against West Bromwich Albion, Woosnam struck. It appears that this momentous goal inspired one local poet (and the term is used in it’s very loosest fashion) to put pen to paper and compose a poem entitled ‘His First Goal’ and dedicated to ‘Our Max’

“What a scene of jubilation and a round of great applause.
The spectators are delighted and you need to ask the cause.
For Max Woosnam of the ‘City’ who at Cambridge won his blue.
Has at last performed the function with the goal he had in view

The Albion were opponentsat Hyde Road, the favoured patch.
Where City since 1919 had never lost a match!
This game they won 6 to 1 but City number 5.
Was Max’s special effort, and it’s memory will survive.

Max had obtained the precious goal we’d waited for so long.
And wholehearted acclaimation was his greeting from the throng.
Twas a tribute to a genius who had won the hearts of all.
By his splendid sporting spirit and hist mast’ry of the ball.

He’s an absolute first rater, and one really wonders how.
Those who pick the Internationals have missed him up to now.
This all-round athlete, amateur, has earned a lasting fame;
He’s popular with everyone; he always plays the game.”

As the goal went in, the City goalkeeper Tom Blair, was so excited he removed his gloves, threw them into the back of his own net, and sprinted the length of the pitch to join in the celebrations. “He’s only interested in that dinner at The Midland” one spectator was heard to comment sarcastically.

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