Cosgrove Football Club - Newspaper reports

Croydon's Weekly Standard - Saturday 27 March 1886

Football.—The return match between the Wolverton and Stony Stratford teams was played on Saturday last, at Old Wolverton, - when, after a very fast game, the Wolverton team proved the winners by two tries and several rouges to nothing. The Stratford team was a widely represented one, comprising men from Cosgrove; Deanshanger, Old Stratford, and Leighton Buzzard, but the activity of the Wolverton team, who were mostly youths, more than made up for the great strength possessed by their opponents.


Northampton Mercury - Saturday 16 November 1889

FOOTBALL

ST GEORGE’S v. COSGROVE. These teams met at Cosgrove on Saturday last, when the visitors won easily nine goals to nil. The goals were got by Brown (4), Bryan (2), Meacham (2), and Sharp (1).

Buckingham Express Saturday 16 November 1889

WOLVERTON ST. GEORGE’S v. COSGROVE.

These Association elevens met at Cosgrove on Saturday, and a very one-sided game was played, the visitors winning by nine goals to nothing. Brown got four, Bryan two, Meadrem two, and Sharpe one goal for the winning team.


Buckingham Express Saturday 23 November 1889

FOOTBALL MATCH Cosgrove Association F.C. v. Wolverton Roman Catholics. This match was played in a field kindly lent by Mr. J. J. Atkinson, C.C., on Saturday last, and was of a very one-sided description, the home team being beat by 6 goals to nil. In fairness to the Cosgrove team it should be stated that they have not had the chance for practice which is necessary in this game, and we hope that in another year they will be able to show better fight, and produce results as good as they do at cricket.


Northampton Mercury - Saturday 08 February 1890

LOCAL FOOTBALL. Association. Stony Stratford v. Cosgrove.

These clubs met at Stony Stratford on Saturday last to contest a game of football under Association rules. The weather was just suited to the occasion, and the home team, having won the toss, proceeded to play the most favourable way. The Cosgrove team were much heavier than their opponents, but, spite of this, the Stratford club kept the ball close to goal quarters, which necessitated some sharp work on the part the Cosgrove goal keeper. After play had proceeded for some time the home team secured three goals quick succession, and, before the game had concluded, added another to the score, while the Cosgrove men failed to score anything of importance. The game thus ended in a victory for Stratford four goals to nothing.


The Bucks Standard Saturday 11 October 1890

STONY STRATFORD TOWN v. COSGROVE.—A match between those teams was contested on the Stratford ground, on Saturday last. The game was very interesting throughout, an at length Stratford were returned the winners by four goals to one. Stratford started the ball against the wind, and for several minutes the play was very even. The home forwards men made a determined rush, and after one or two good passes succeed in gaining their first point, which was quickly followed by another good shot, and a second goal was registered. The Cosgrove forwards then made a rush on the Stratford citadel, but to avail, the backs in each instance returning the ball in splendid style. At this point of the game Stratford had very bad luck in scoring, several good shots by the forwards just missing the posts. The ball having been again re-started, the home team pressed their opponents for a considerable time, and at last, by a good shot, the third goal was scored for them. Several corners were then conceded to Stratford, but no result was gained. Soon after this, however, the fourth goal was obtained, the ball just going over the line. Another goal was also quickly gained for Stratford, but was disputed, and then, just within 5 minutes' time, Cosgrove scored their first goal. The following composed the Stratford team : W. Marsh, goal; E. K. Osborn and W. Parsons, backs U. Woollard, E. Stockings ,and G. Rolfe, half-backs ; J. French and W. Allwood, right-wing; W. J. Jones, centre; E. Mawle and G. Attlee, left wing. Umpire, Mr. W. A. Sherwood.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Thursday 22 October 1891

SATURDAY’S FOOTBALL MATCHES

(A) Wolverton Town Reserves v. Cosgrove, at Cosgrove.


Buckingham Express Saturday 28 November 1891

STANTONBURY UNITY v. COSGROVE.—This match was played at Cosgrove on Saturday last. The home team won the toss and played up hill. —After about 20 minutes play the Cosgrovites scored the first goal—The ball was started and the visitors made a rush and got a corner. The kick was entrusted to Wesley who converted into a goal--At half time both sides had claimed a goal each. Soon after the restart the visitors passed up the field and made in many shots one of which was successfully launched by Jackson and very quickly Moore and Front scored one a-piece. At the sound of the whistle the result stood Stantonbury, 4 goals ; Cosgrove, 1.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Thursday 31 December 1891

SATURDAY’S FOOTBALL MATCHES

(A) Stony Stratford Town v. Cosgrove at Cosgrove.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Monday 04 January 1892

(A) COSGROVE v. STONY STRATFORD TOWN. These teams played at Cosgrove on Saturday, when the visitors, who had a good team, won by four goals. Cosgrove were out-matched nearly the whole of the game. Payne rendered valuable service for his side.


Buckingham Express Saturday 09 January 1892

STONY STRATFORD. v. COSGROVE. —Stony Stratford with a strong XI. journeyed to Cosgrove on Saturday last and easily defeated the home team, scoring four times in the first calf and twice in the second :—Cosgrove Goal, King ; backs, Jelley and Brown ; half back R. Wise. B. Wise. and A. N. Other ; centre. Baldwin ; left wing. W. Cockerill and H. Pinfold; right wing. T. P. Bull and R. Jones. Stony Stratford ; Goal, T. Pattison ; backs, M. B. Miller. and E. K. Osborn ; half backs, F. W. Wollard, J. French. and T. Cashmore ; centre, J. Stimpson ; left wing. H. Payne and J. H. French ; right wing; H. R. Cowley and H. Pimbley. Referee, Mr. W. Hillier (Cosgrove).


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Tuesday 26 January 1892

(A) Northampton Rovers v. Cosgrove. Played at Northampton on Saturday when a draw (after an excellent game) resulted, each  side scoring one goal. Teams :—Rovers ; Goal, S. Howell; backs, H. Dove and W. Greene; half backs, A. Hobbs, A. Barry and O. Sheny; right wing, A. Goodman and C. Williams' ; left wing, H. Goodman and W. Baucutt ; centre forward, S. Wilson. Cosgrove Goal, G. Brown ; backs, J. Brown and W. Wise;  half backs, F. Hanson, H. Mills, and C. Baldwin; right wing, H. Jackson and T. Lloyd; left wing, T. Moore and J. Ball ; centre forward, H. Frost.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 30 January 1892

COSGROVE: The Cosgrove team journeyed to Northampton to play a friendly game with the Northampton Rovers on Saturday, and the match ended in a draw after an excellent game, each side scoring one goal. Cosgrove played a good passing game, and the Rover’s backs and goal-keepers had to check them several times. The Rovers made several attempts to score, but by the good play of the Cosgrove goal-keeper, were only able to secure one goal. Teams : Rovers—Goal, S. Howell; backs, H. Dove and W. Greene; half-backs, Hobbs, A. Barry, and O. Sherry; right wing, A. Goodman and C. Williams; left wing, H. Goodman and W. Baucutt; centre forward, S. Wilson.
Cosgrove—Goal, G. Brown; backs, J. Brown and W. Wise; half-backs, F. Henson, H. Mills, and C. Baldwin ; right wing, H. Jackson and T. Lloyd; left wing, T. Moore and J. Ball; centre forward, H. Frost.


Buckingham Express Saturday 19 March 1892

STONY STRATFORD ST. MARY’S RESERVES v. COSGROVE.—Played at Stony Stratford on Saturday, and ended in a win for the visitors by three goals to one. Teams :—Cosgrove G. Brown, goal ; A. Jelley; and W. Wood, backs; W. Wise, B. Wise, and J. Wise, half-backs; C. Baldwin, centre ; F. Henson and J. Brown, right wing ; A. Cockerill and W. Cockerill, left wing. St. Mary's Francis, goal French and Newbold, backs ; Stevens, Sherwood, and Beard, half-backs; Hawkins, centre; Russell and Robinson, right wing ; H. Amos and Kightley. left wing. Referee, Mr. J. Brown. Linesmen, Messrs. F. Henson and C. Meakins.

WHAT RAMBLER HEAR

That the popular Unionist candidate for the Division, Mr. T. L. M. Cartwright, has sent 10s 6d. as a donation to the Cosgrove Association Football Club.


Buckingham Express Saturday 23 April 1892

COSGROVE.
ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL CLUB ANNUAL DINNER.

The members of this village club held their first annual dinner on Saturday evening at the Barley Mow inn, Cosgrove, when over 60 sat down to A capital hot spread, provided by Host and Hostess Willison, who were assisted by an able staff of waiters. The room was nicely decorated with evergreens and flowers, while at the rear of the Chairman's seat football requisites adorned the wall: The tables were prettily decked with hothouse plants and flowers, and, in fact, the whole presented a most inviting appearance, thanks to the energetic secretary (Mr. W. Cockerill) and committee. After the good things had been fully discussed, the cloth was removed and the chair was taken by Mr. Seymour, amongst those present being Mr. Marks., Mr. Anchor, Mr. W. Willison, jun., Mr. Jones, Mr. Geary (Yardley), Mr. Skates, Mr. Bianchi.
The Chairman proposed the toast of “The Queen and Royal Family,” which was drank with musical honours. "The Bishop and Clergy of all Denominations" was submitted by the Chairman, who alluded to the excellent abilities of their worthy Bishop, and said that in their pastor—the Rev. P. G. McDouall.—they had a good representative, and one who took a deep interest in all village affairs.—The toast was cordially received.
Song—Don't let us be strangers— Mr. W. Meadows.
The Chairman gave "The Army and Navy, and Reserve Forces." He alluded to the fact that although our army was not the largest. Yet it was an army worthy of the position it held. Of the Reserve Forces he would recommend all young men to join the Volunteers, which was a valuable defensive force to this country. He had spent three years in the Volunteers, and it was the jolliest time he had spent in his life (hear, hear).—The toast was enthusiastically honoured.
Mr. A. E. Jones (1st Bucks R.V. Corps), in responding, endorsed the remarks of the Chairman, and pointed out the great benefits derived physically in the Volunteer force, and the opinion expressed by the German Emperor at the review of the Volunteers at Aldershot and Wimbledon. The remarks, coming from such a notability, spoke volumes for the Volunteer force, especially when one's thoughts wandered to the lands where conscription reigned. To the citizen force Englishmen could thank themselves that conscription had not been resorted to, but if they wished to keep that out it would be necessary that some increase in numbers should be accomplished (applause).
Song—Friends of our faithful age—Mr. C. Burnell.
Song—l'm in it—Mr. A. Jelley.
Song—Give me the man with honest heart—Mr. G. Brown.
Mr. Jones proposed the toast of the evening, "Success to the Cosgrove Football Club." He congratulated the members upon their first annual dinner, which, he thought, was very successful for so young a club. During the year he was informed that they had had a very successful season, and that some very good matches had been played.—The toast was drunk with enthusiasm.
Mr. W. Cockerill (secretary), replying, thanked the company for the kind manner in which the toast had been received, and was pleased to see as my present. In the past season they had played 15 matches, lost 7, won 6, drawn 2. They had scored 36 goals to 30 (applause). The club numbered 36 members. He trusted in the coming season that the members would turn up well to practice, and that a good fixture card would be arranged (applause).
Song—The song that reached my heart—Mr. C. Baldwin.
Song—The old Brigade—Mr. Jones.
Song—Kate O'Connor—Miss Willison.
Song—Mary at the Garden Gate—Mr. Anchor.
Mr. Anchor submitted "The Health of the Cosgrove Cricket Club," to which Mr. A. R. Bianchi responded. He said as Chairman of the Cosgrove Cricket Club--which position he had held for some six years—he thanked them for the cordial reception the toast had been accorded. If the players of their club would only stick together and obey the officers of the club they would hold their own with any village club (hear, hear). He congratulated the Football Club most heartily upon their position, and wished them every success.
Song—Whore did you get that hat—Mr. Geary.
Song—The Agricultural Irish Girl—Mr. J. Harding.
 "The Health of the Chairman" was proposed, and musically honoured.
The toast of "The Host and Hostess" was heartily drunk, Mr. Willison responding, and this brought the toast list to a close.—The harmony of the evening was well sustained by Messrs. R. Lovesey, F. Henson, G. Brown, B. Brown, Holt, Anchor, Hinton, W. Hillyer, and others. A most enjoyable evening was brought to a close at 11 o'clock by the singing of "Auld Lang Syne " and " God Save the Queen."


The Bucks Standard Saturday 23 April 1892

APPLICATION FOR EXTENTION OF TIME

Mr. Willison, of the Barley Mow Inn, Cosgrove, applied for an extra hour on April 16, on the occasion of the Football Club Dinner, which was granted.

COSGROVE ARROCIATION FOOTBALL DINNER. -- The annual dinner of the Cosgrove Association Football Club was held at the Barley Mow Inn, on Saturday 1st inst. The room was nicely decorated. W. Seymour presided, and there were about 60 present. A capital dinner was placed upon the tables by Host Willison. The usual loyal, patriotic, and complimentary toasts were duly honoured, and Mr. A. E. Jones proposed "Success to the Cosgrove F. C." which was replied to by Mr. W. E. Cockerill (secretary), who said the club was in a good position. They had 36 members and had played 15 matches, of which they had won 6, lost 7, and drawn 2, scoring 36 goals against 30. Other toasts followed, and a pleasant evening was spent, songs being given by Messrs. Meadows, Hinton, Burnell, Henson, Lovsey, Jones, Geary, Harding, Jelley, and Baldwin.


Buckingham Express Saturday 27 August 1892

COSGROVE, ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL CLUB. - This club, which has the Right Hon. Lord Penrhyn for its President, with an influential body of Vice-presidents and Patrons, promises to have a successful season. The energetic Secretary, Mr W Cockerill, has arranged matches for the first team with Northampton St. Peters, Moss Rose and Rovers, Higham Ferrers, Stony Stratford Town, Stantonbury Unity, Towcester Grammar School, Bletchley, Wolverton Town, Winslow, Stratford St. Mary's and Towcester Rovers. For the information of Secretaries of clubs, there are a few open dates as yet for which the Secretary will be glad to arrange matches. Practice began this week, when there was a good number of members present. With regard to the second team, the Secretary will be glad to arrange matches with minor teams. Early applications should be made, to 165 Aylesbury-street, Wolverton, Bucks. STANTONBURY.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 10 September 1892

Football.—Cosgrove v. Stantonbury Rovers.—The opening match the Cosgrove Reserves was played at Cosgrove on Saturday afternoon in the presence of a large number of spectators. A most pleasant and interesting game ensued in which Cosgrove won by one goal to nil. Combined play was the order of both teams and some capital passing was done by A. Cockerill, R. Wheeler, and Jones for the home Club. The goal was secured by Meacham. Teams:—Cosgrove :M. Cockerill, goal; P. Henson and T. Lord backs; G. Meacham, R. Smith, and H Willison, half backs; A. Jones and R. Henson, right wing; A Cockerill and R. Wheeler, left wing; H. Stamp, centre. Stantonbury Rovers : R. Jarvis, goal; F. Cope and W. Wood, backs; A Mills, G. Wilcox, and J. Yates, half-backs; K. Morris and C. Moore, left wing; A. Wood and J. Owens, right wing; W. Carter, centre. Linesmen, Messrs Baldwin and W. Chester. Referee, Mr H. Gee.

The Bucks Standard Saturday 10 September 1892

COSGROVE v. STANTONBURY ROVERS. The opening match of the Cosgrove Reserves was played at Cosgrove on Saturday afternoon, in the presence of a fair number of spectators. A most pleasant and interesting game ensued, in which Cosgrove won by one goal to nil. Combined play was the order of both teams, and some capital passing was done by A. Cockerill, R. Wheeler, and A. Jones for the home Club. The goal was secured by Meacham. Team: Cosgrove: M. Cockerill, goal; F. Henson, ...tain, and T. Lord, backs; G. Meacham, R. Smith, and H. Willison, half-backs; A. Jones and R. Henson, right wing; A. Cockerill and R. Wheeler left wing; H. Stamp centre.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 30 September 1892

COSGROVE. On Saturday a smoking concert was held in the large room adjoining the Barley Mow Inn, Cosgrove, aid of the funds the Cosgrove Football Club. A large number of friends from Wolverton, Stratford, and Deanshanger had promised to help, and a capital concert was expected, and the hope was realised. The committee hail gone to lot of trouble in decorating the room. The secretary (Mr. A. E. Jones) had devoted a large amount of time to the organisation of the concert, and was through his efforts that was complete success. There was some capital singing.

Programme : — Song, " Britannia's Flag," Mr. Roberts ; song, " Soldier's Tear," Mr. Barren ; song, ""The Longshoreman," Mr. Thurstons (encored, and " True till Death given): comic song," Killaloe," Mr. West: song, "Clara Nolan's Ball," Mr. Boulter; song, "Two Lovely Black Eyes," Mr. Boulter: song, "England is England Still," Mr. Roberts: comic song, Mr. Hilton: song, "Ho, Jolly Jenkins, Mr. Thurstons ; song, Only to see her Face, Mr. Jones; song, " Comrades," Mr. Cresswell; song, "The Tar's Farewell," Mr. Percy; comic song, " Still Alive," Mr. Furniss; song, The Song that Reached Heart," Mr. Jones ; comic song, Mr. Percy; song, Mr. Webb; comic song, Mr. West; song, "Off to Philadelphia," Mr Thurstons. The chair was occupied by Mr. F. Payne.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Monday 29 September 1902

BUCKINGHAM ENTERTAIN COSGROVE.

These clubs met on Saturday, at Buckingham in the first match of the season in the Buckingham and District League. Buckingham were minus two or three of their best players, including Roots, suffering from an injured foot sustained in the game with Stowe on the previous Saturday in the Aylesbury League, when Buckingham proved the victors by eight goals to two. On the present occasion Cosgrove were new comers to the League, and, therefore, were an unknown quantity, though it was well known that they included several good players of last year's Hanslope side. However, within half a minute of the start Cosgrove scored, and then the game became fast and exciting. Buckingham equalised, and the teams crossed over on equal terms. A few minutes before the interval Greason sustained an injury which necessitated his leaving the field, but he was heartily cheered on re-entering at the commencement of the second half, in which good play was witnessed on both sides. Cosgrove placed two more goals to their credit and Buckingham one, and the game ended—Cosgrove, three goals, Buckingham, two goals. From this their first match with Buckingham (who were the winners of the cup last year), it is evident that Cosgrove are well in the running for the premier honour this year, and their play all round was certainly very commendable.


The Bucks Standard Saturday 01 October 1892

COSGROVE Smoking Contest—On Saturday evening last, a smoking concert was held in the large room adjoining the Barley Mow Inn, Cosgrove, in aid of the funds of the Cosgrove Football Club. A large number of friends from Wolverton, Stratford, and Deanshanger, had promised to help, and a capital concert was expected, the hope being realised. The committee had been at a deal of trouble in decorating the room, the walls being hung with flags and banners, and the beams covered with evergreens and flowers, the work principally of Mr. J. Jelly, all of which was creditably done. At the platform end of the room a large bill bore the inscription " Success to the Cosgrove Football Club." The secretary, Mr. A. E. Jones, devoted a large amount of time to the organisation of the concert, and it was through his efforts that the concert was a complete success. There was some capital singing, Mr. Boulter, late drummer in the H.M 97th regiment, amusing the company with his rendering of " Clara Nolan's Bill," "The Whistling Woman" and " Two Lovely Black Eyes." Mr. West sang a couple of capital songs in very good style; and Mr. Thurstans, who is always in favour, sang “Ho! Jolly Jenkins," "The Longshoreman," and several others of that character, and a very enjoyable evening was spent by the company.
Appended is the programme : Song, " Britannia's Flags," Mr. Roberts ; song. Soldier's Tear," Mr. Burnell; song, "Killall," Mr. West ; song, " Clara Nolan's Ball," Mr. Boulter: song, " Longshoreman," encored and “True till death" given, Mr. Thurstans ; comic song, "Two Lovely Black Eyes," Mr. Boulter; song; " England is England Still," Mr. Roberts; comic song, Mr. Hilton ; song, "Ho ! Jolly Jenkins." Mr. Thurstans song, "Only to see her face." Mr Jones ; song, " Comrades," Mr. Cresswell ; song, " Tar's Farewell," Mr. Percival ; comic song, Mr. Percy; comic, song, "Still Alive," Mr. Furniss.; song " The song that reached my heart," Mr. Jones ; comic song, Mr. Percy ; comic song, Mr. Webb ; comic song. Mr. West ; song, " Off to Philadelphia," Mr. Thurstans. The chair was filled by Mr. F. Payne ; after a vote of thanks to the singers, and to the chairman, moved by Mr. A. E. Jones, the party broke up about 11 o'clock,
Buckingham Express Saturday 15 October 1892

COSGROVE FOOTBALL CLUB.—SOCIAL EVENING.—On Saturday evening, in connection with the Cosgrove Football Club, a social evening was held at the Barley Mow inn, the proceedings taking the term of a c..d collation and smoking concert. Host Harry Willison a nice spread on the tables, to which 20 sat down ; and afterwards, under the genial chairmanship of Mr. Will. Hillyer, a pleasant evening was spent, songs being given by Messrs. A. Jelley, J. Henson, W. Hillyer, G. Holt, C. Burnell, F. Henson, A. E. Jones, W. Hinton, F. Henson, W. Wise, R. Wheeler, and others. Mr. Jones presided at the piano, furnishing suitable accompaniments. The proceedings, which were of a most humours character concluded at 10 p.m. with the National Anthem.


Buckingham Express Saturday 15 October 1892

STANTONBURY UNITY v. COSGROVE --On Saturday these two teams met for the first time this season in a friendly match at Stantonbury, when after a well contested game the Unity men claimed team the victory by 4 goals. Stantonbury had a strong team in the field whilst Cosgrove were without the services of R. Brown, their goal keeper, but in Burnell a very good custodian was found. The play of both teams was very creditable, especially that of Baldwin and Cockerill, the former scoring the only point in Cosgrove’s favour. Teams: Stantonbury Unity: T. Worker, goal; J. Hartwell and H. Frost, backs; A. Wesley, H. Mills, and Peddar, half backs; T. Moore and H. Jackson, right-wing; C. Morre and S. Bissel, left-wing; W. Dormer, centre. Cosgrove: C. Burnell, goal; W. Wood and A. Telley, backs; W. Wise, S. King, C. Baldwin, (captain), half-backs; F. Henson, J. Owens, right-backs; G. Wheeler, A. Cockerill, left-wing; J. Mahoney, centre. Linesmen, Messrs. Wallace (Cosgrove) and W. Brown (Stantonbury); Referee, Mr. J. Hands.

COSGROVE v. WOLVERTON STARS —This junior match was played on Saturday at Cosgrove, when a very one-sided game ended in a win for the home team by 4 goals to nil. W. Cockerill scored 2 goals, J. Brown 1, and Smith 1. Team : Cosgrove :G. Brown, goal; J. Holt and R Wheeler, Smith and H. Willison, half-backs; J. Brown and G. Gee, right-wing; W. Cockerill and A. Willison, left-wing; H. Brown centre.
Buckingham Express Saturday 29 October 1892

NORTHAMPTON ST. PETER'S v. COSGROVE This match under Association rules was played at Northampton on Saturday afternoon, and, after a very interesting game, ended in a win for the visitors by two goals to one. St. Peter's were the first to score in less than a minute from the start, having the wind in their favour. G. Wheeler scored the first goal for Cosgrove, and at half-time the play was equal. In the second half Cosgrove pressed very hard, and many well-directed shots from R. Wheeler, Cockerill, and Mahoney were cleverly repulsed by Smith, the home team's goal-keeper. J. Smith was of very valuable service also to the home side, in many instances keeping a very good defence. Baldwin kept the forwards well fed, and within ten minutes from the call of time H. Wheeler sent a nice shot in, and scored No. 2. For the home team Goodman, Newman, and Stanton played a sterling game; and Wood, Jelley, Burnell. and Owens, besides others mentioned, were of great service for the visitors. Teams:— Northampton St. Peter's—S. Smith, goal ; J. Smith and S. Baker, backs ; T. Goodman, T. Smith, and W. Arnold, half backs ; G. Newman, J. Stanton, right wing; A. Barker, centre ; H. Treadgold, J. Eden, left wing. Cosgrove.—C. Burnell, goal; W. Wood and A. Jelley, backs ; S. King. F. Henson, and C. Baldwin, half backs; J. Owens and G. Wheeler, right wing; J. Mahoney, centre ; A. Cockerill and R. Wheeler, left wing. Linesmen, Messrs. H. Eyles and W. E. Jones. Referee, Mr. C. Gibbons.

COSGROVE v. WOLVERTON ST. GEORGE’S This reserve match was played on Saturday at Cosgrove, when the home team won by 3 goals to two. A very pleasant game.
FIXTURES FOR TO-DAY (SATURDAY) Second round of the English Cup Competition; Towcester (Dr. W. T. Knight’s School) v. Cosgrove, at Cosgrove.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 29 October 1892

(A) NORTHAMPTON ST. PETER’S v. COSGROVE. This match was played at Northampton on Saturday afternoon, and ended in a win for the visitors by two goals to one.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 29 October 1892

St George v. Cosgrove which ended in a draw.


Buckingham Express Saturday 05 November 1892

COSGROVE v. TOWCESTER SCHOOL. This match was played at Cosgrove on Saturday, a very one-sided  game ending in a win for the home team by 13 goals to one.


The Bucks Standard Saturday 12 November 1892

COSGROVE v. BLETCHLEY. This association match was played at Bletchley in the Park Hotel grounds on Saturday afternoon, in the presence of a large number of spectators. Both clubs were well represented except in the case of Cosgrove. Jelley being unable to play through indisposition. After a very pleasant game the result was Cosgrove 3 goals, Bletchley 2. Three goals obtained by the visitors were disallowed 2 being offside. Cosgrove Team: C. Burnell, goal; R. Brown and W. Wood, backs; G. King, C. Baldwin (capt.), W. Wise, half backs; J. Owens and G. Wheeler, right wing; J. Mahoney, centre; R. Wheeler and A. Cockerill, left wing. Linesman, Mr. W. Cockerill.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 12 November 1892

COSGROVE RESERVES v. STRATFORD STARS. These teams met at Cosgrove on Saturday last, when, after a very close game, the visitors won by a goal to nothing.


Buckingham Express Saturday 19 November 1892

STANTONBURY v. COSGROVE.—This reserve teams match was played on Saturday at Cosgrove, when a well contested and interesting game ended in a win for Stantonbury by 6 goals to 2. In the first half the visitors had it all their own war, the wind and ground being greatly in their favour, and their superior weight told greatly against the home team. When Cosgrove did get the ball up into their opponents' quarters, Lawless and Bate. proved themselves formidable backs and frustrated any attempts at goal. The visitors in the first half scored 3 goals against Cosgrove's nil, the passing of the Unity being simply grand and combination a special feature in their game, whereas Cosgrove. except in one or two instances, had no idea of passing. Willison and B. Wise were quite out of form. In the second half business proved a little more brisk for the Cosgrovites, and through the steady dribbling of Hillyer two goals in rapid succession were scored for the home team. For the Unity three more goals were obtained. Several good shots were sent in by Smith, but were splendidly saved by Jarvis. Special notice may be made of the play of R. Smith, who especially distinguished himself on one and more occasions in the second half by some pretty play. With a little more practice and tuition this player may be safely admitted into the first team. For the visitors Wallace, Moore and Dormer played a good game, whilst for the home team A. Jelley, W. Wise, F. Stevenson and G. Gee did good service. Teams :—Cosgrove : C. Burnell, goal ; B. Wise and A Jelley, backs ; W. Wise, F. Henson and R. Smith ; half-backs ; H. Willison, and H. Brown, left-wing: W. Hillyer, centre ; R. Henson and G. Gee, right-wing. Stantonbury Unity : Jarvis, goal ; Lawless and Bates, backs ; Wallace, Goyer, and Dormer, half-backs ; Mills and Moore, left-wing ; Dormer, centre ; Watson and Clarke, right-wing. Linesmen, Messrs. C. Baldwin and Willison. Referee, Mr. W. Cockerill.


Standard Saturday 10 December 1892

MOSS ROSE v. COSGROVE.-Played on the County ground on Saturday last, and resulted in an easy win for the Moss Rose by six goals to one. Soon after the start Parker scored a goal, and Spiers quickly followed. Cosgrove then played up, and Owens scored the first and only goal for his side. Parker scored the third goal for the Moss Rose just before the whistle blew for the first half. Moss Rose complied three more goals in the second half, Spicer, T. Madge, and Chapman scoring.
Cosgrove team. C. Burrell, goal, Wood and G. King, backs; R. Smith, W. Wise, and F. Henson, half-backs; C, Baldwin and J. Owens, right wing; A. Cockerill and R. Weaver, left wing; J. Mahoney, centre. Referee, Mr. G. Ola


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 24 December 1892

Cosgrove v. Winslow.— These teams met on Saturday, and, notwithstanding that Cosgrove brought a good team for this return match, the order was reversed, for whereas on the first occasion they were victors by four goals to two, this time they went away beaten by three goals to one.


Buckingham Express Saturday 14 January 1893

COSGROVE. WHAT RAMBLER HEARS.

THAT the Committee of the football club intend arranging another smoking concert to be held at the Barley Mow inn at no distant date, when the proceeds will be given to the funds.
THAT up to half-time ending December 31st the Cosgrove football club have played 10 matches, won 8, lost 7, drawn 1. Total goals scored—For, 44 ; Against, 40.


Buckingham Express Saturday 14 January 1893

Kettering and District Minor Cup Competition. On Saturday week, in the first round of this Competition Cosgrove met Wellingborough Albions at North Park, Kettering, when after a Very good game the Albions won by two goals to one.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 28 January 1893

NORTHAMPTON ROVERS V. COSGROVE. This match was played on Saturday on the Barley Mow ground, Cosgrove, when, after a very pleasant game, the home team won by three goals to love. The ground was in a fearful condition, and, fortunately, there were accidents, although some nasty falls. There were a fair number of spectators present. Northampton, during the first half of the game, had the wind in their favour, against which Cosgrove had to work very hard to keep them from scoring. Whiting’s energies were taxed more than once with a fusilade of shots from Cockerell and Wheeler, and excellently did resist them. Some give and take play ensued, after which Burnell and W. Wise did some very good work. The only goal obtained in the first half was secured by Cockerill. After crossing over, the home team resorted to pressing, and Mahoney, in a rush, obtained No. 2. The Rovers, getting possession, made off to the right, and Cooper shot, which Brown had to fist out. Again they pressed, and this time got a corner, which proved fruitless. Baldwin and G. Wheeler made a capital pass, and eventually got within the '25. Hands were claimed in the month of goal, and shortly after, G. Wheeler scored the third goal. For Cosgrove, Jelley, Henson, and W. Wise, played a fine game, and Sherry and Bawcutt rendered most excellent service to the visitors. Teams:— Cosgrove: R. Brown, goal; A. Jelley and B. Wise, backs; W. Wise, F. Henson, C. Burnell, half-backs; A. Cockerill and B. Wheeler, left wing; J. Mahoney, centre; C. Baldwin (capt.), G. Wheeler, right wing. Northampton Rovers: J. Whiting, goal; O. Sherry (capt.), W. Bawcutt, backs; C. Dickins, H. Key, F. Dove, half-backs; H. Dove, S. Wilson, right wing; A. Goodman, H. Goodman, left wing; W. Cooper, centre. Linesmen—Messrs. G. Holt and W. Cockerill. Referee—Mr. A E. Jones.


Buckingham Express 04 February 1893

TOWCESTER SCHOOL (DR. KNIGHT'S) PAST AND PRESENT V. COSGROVE.—These teams met on the ground of the Rovers at Towcester on Saturday afternoon last in the presence of a good company. The ground was in very good order, and the weather was fine, but there was a strong wind blowing from the south. The game was a very good one throughout, the homesters reversing the decision this time by five goals to one as against 13 to one at Cosgrove. The first goal fell to the visitors, but it was not long before the school equalised matters, and then for some time the game proceeded in very even manner, neither side scoring. Both teams played well, the visitors showing a little better combination, but were scarcely fast enough for the home team as some of the home forwards made some fast runs and this was particularly noticed on changing over. It was not long after the change, when the School had the wind at their backs, that they soon altered the score and with several good runs and many shots for goal, they managed to score no lose than four more points, although Brown showed a good defence and saved many shots. For the home team R. Packer and R. Giles ( Wolverton) did the principal work, whilst A. Cockerill, R. Wheeler, C. Baldwin, J. Mahoney and W. Wise were the pick of Cosgrove. Team:— Cosgrove : R. Brown, goal ; C. Baldwin (captain). R. Newbold, backs; W. Wise, C. Burnell, W. Cockerill, half-backs ; A. Cockerill and R. Wheeler, left-wing; J. Mahoney, centre; J. Wheeler, F. Henson, right-wing.


Buckingham Express 18 March 1893

COSGROVE V. NORTHAMPTON ST. PETERS.—This return match was played on Saturday at Cosgrove, when, after a very interesting and good game, both teams retired at the call of time with no goals being scored. There was a fair number of spectators prevent.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 25 March 1893

St. Michael’s Moss Rose v. Cosgrove.— This match was played at Cosgrove on Saturday, the result being a win for the visitors by five goals to one. In the first half, goals were obtained for St. Michael’s by the Rev. C. A. Hutchinson two, and Chapman one. On changing over, two more goals were obtained for St. Michael’s by Chapman and Parker. St. Michael’s Moss Rose.—Goal, J. Steele,; backs, the Rev. G. T Charlesworth and C. Tompkins; half-backs, F. Kent, C. Lloyd, and W. Holder; right wing, the Rev. C. A. Hutchinson and R. Parker; left wing, T. Madge and W. Chapman; centre J. Spiers.


The Bucks Standard Saturday 06 May 1893

COSGROVE FOOTBALL CLUB, ANNUAL DINNER. On Saturday evening, April 29, the annual dinner of the Cosgrove Football Club was held at the Barley Mow Inn, when a capital and thoroughly well cooked meal was provided by Host Willison, to which ample justice was dome. The room was very tastefully decorated with evergreens, flowers, &c. Colonel Murray, presided and about 40 sat down. The poet prandial proceedings were of the usual character, and the usual loyal and patriotic toasts were honoured. The chairman, in proposing the toast of the Queen and Royal Family, said they had a Sovereign whom there was none better in the world, and she was assisted by a Royal Family who were always willing to assist in any good work. He therefore asked them to drink the toast in musical honours. All present sang lustily " God save the Queen.” Mr. W. A. Martin proposed is. Amy and Navy. Col. Murray responded, and said that in reference to the Army and Navy be did wet know that there were any special items he wished to call their attention to. The services were going on in rather a humdrum fashion, but that did not say that those who had charge of the Army and Navy were neglecting their duty. He thought the state of the Army was satisfactory the regiments were filled with young soldiers. He was not advocating that they should be filled with old men, that was saying another thing, but he was old-fashioned enough to think that long service was more satisfactory than short service. With respect to the Navy, he wished and hoped to see it superior to any two countries in the world, and then they might sleep comfortably in their beds. With respect to the advantages gained from joining the Services he had known a great many men who it had had no cause to regret their connection with the Service, and had rebound to this civil avocations better in every way. (Applause). The toast of " The Visitors," proposed by Mr. A. E. Jones, and responded to by Mr. Bianchi, was next given. Col. Murray then gave the toast of the evening "Success to the Cosgrove Football Club," and said that when the formation of the club was mentioned to him, he had suggested that the Football and Cricket Clubs should be joined together, his idea being that it would strengthen both. He was not posted in the actual position of the club, but he should be glad to hear that they had been able to hold their own in the field. In responding, Mr. A. E. Jones (secretary) thanked Col. Murray for the way in which he had proposed the toast, and would take the opportunity of reading letters of apology from Lord Penrhyn, Mr. W. W. Carlile, Mr. Cartwright, and Mr. Guthrie, M.P. He said the club had played 24 matches during the season, of which they won 12, lost 10, and drew 2. It had a membership of 40, with a balance in hand. He hoped they would have as good a list of fixture for the next season as they had had in the past. (Cheers.) "The Patrons," proposed by Mr. Jones, acknowledged by Col. Murray ; “The Press," proposed by Col. Murray, responded to by Mr. Martin, were the remaining toasts. During the evening songs were given by Messrs. Jones, Burnell, Whitehouse, Hancock, H. Panter, and Smith, and an enjoyable evening closed with the ringing of "God save the Queen."

Played at Buckingham Results:
Buckingham one goal.
Cosgrove one goal.


Buckingham Express Saturday 02 September 1893

COSGROVE. FOOTBALL. CLUB MEETING. The annual general meeting of this club was held on Thursday evening week, at the club house, the Barley Mow inn, when the chair was taken by Mr. W. Hillyer. There was a good attendance. The balance-sheet was read by the Secretary, which showed: Income.£7 14s 3d. ; expenditure, £6 1s. 1d. ; balance.£1 10s 2d.. The auditor (Mr. Cockerill) having given his report, on the motion of Mr. A. Jelley, seconded bry Mr. C. Burnell, the balance sheet was adopted.—The election of officers was proceeded wish next :—President, Rev. H. C. W. Hewson ; secretary, Mr. A. E. Jones ; treasurer, Mr. H. Willison; assistant secretary, Mr. W. Cockerill ; captain. Mr. A. Jelley ; vice-captain, Mr. G. Wheeler; committee. Mr. W. Hillyer (chairman), Messrs. C. Baldwin, C. Burnell, A. Cockerill, W. Dilliston, G. Holt, S. Laird; auditor, Mr. F. Henson.—A vote of thanks to the Secretary and Chairman concluded the meeting.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 01 October 1893

Stony Stratford St. Giles’ Senior v. Cosgrove.—A match between these teams was played on the Town Cricket Ground, Stony Stratford, on Saturday, and after an interesting game the contest ended in a win for Cosgrove one goal to nil.


Buckingham Express Saturday 14 October 1893

WINSLOW Town on Saturday last gained a victory over Cosgrove by three to two. The game was very interesting and of a pleasant nature. Both teams gad honours divided within an ace of time, when through the fault of Cosgrove's goal keeper, he kept possession of the ball too long and was knocked over. With such an able captain as Pass and the assistance of Wigley, who played a rattling game, the homesters did very well, whilst it being the opening match for Cosgrove, perhaps a little allowance can be made. Wise, Simpson, Clifton and G. Wheeler played very fair for the visitors. There were a good many present.


The Bucks Standard Saturday 14 October 1893

Stony Stratford St. Giles’ v. Cosgrove. This match was played on the ground of the former on Saturday, October 14, and won by the visitors by one goal to nil. The home side had rather the best of the game in the first half, but were unable to score, the play of the visiting backs being very good. The visitors, who scored one goal in the first portion had much the best of the game in the second moiety, but were unable to score again.—'Teams: Stony Stratford: B. McBright, goal; T. A. Hunt and A. Baker, backs P. Francis, R. Astley, and H. Beard, half-backs ; H. Colman and W. Lines, right wing ; J. Hawkins, centre ; J. Cox and H. Amos, left wing. Cosgrove : C. Burnell, goal; C. Baldwin and G. Clifton. Backs; W. Wise, R. Wheeler, and R. Smith, half-backs; R. F. Bull and G. Gee, right wing ; T. P. Bull, centre; A. Cockerill and H. Brown, left wing. Referee, A. Gidman; linesmen, J. Franklin and W. Hillyard.


Buckingham Express Saturday 16 December 1893

WOLVERTON VICTORIA v. COSGROVE.—A match between these teams was played on the ground of the latter, on Saturday last, December 9th, a one-sided game ended in a win for Cosgrove by nine goals to two. The Victoria won the toss and elected to play down hill. At the end of the first half the score stood : Cosgrove 6, Wolverton nil. The “Vics” " played a better game the second half and scored two goals, but were beaten at the call of time by nine goals to two.


Bucks Herald Saturday 17 October 1896

Wolverton Stars 6 bt Cosgrove 3


Buckingham Express Saturday 01 May 1901

COSGROVE. FOOTBALL. MATCH AND DINNER.—A football match was played at Cosgrove on Saturday afternoon last, between two teams picked from those resining " above " and " below " the Aqueduct. The "Above the Aqueduct" players were successful by two goals to one, after a good game. The teams were as under •—" Above the Aqueduct " : Burnell (goal); E. Jelley, C. Skeats (backs); W. Hillyer, C. Jelley, A. Willison half backs) ; G. Noble, W. Lambert, Brown, W. Luck, and A. Luck (forwards). "Below the Aqueduct” W. Wise (goal) ; A. Merriden, D. Green (backs): C. Holman, W. Brown, G. Williams (half backs) ; W. Gee, W. Holman, J. Smith, O. Gee, A. Busby (forwards).
A dinner and smoking concert followed in the evening, when Mr. F. D. Bull was in the chair, supported by Mr. Norman, of Wolverton, and Mr. A. Canvin, of Stony Stratford. A very enjoyable evening was spent, Messrs. A. Canvin, Burnell, Brown. G. Williams, Gee, amongst others, contributing to the harmony of the evening. The record of Cosgrove F.C. stands as follows : Matches played. 23 ; won 19 ; lost, 4; goals for, 85; goals against, 32.


Buckingham Advertiser & Free Press Saturday 13 July 1901

Buckingham Football League. The adjourned annual meeting of the Buckingham Football League was held on July 10th at the Bull Hotel, Stony Stratford. The president, H. E. Bull, Esq., was in the chair, and there were also present Messrs. R. Williams (who is to take over part of the secretarial work), W. Gee, W, H. Woolliams, A. J. Kay, G. Barlow, W. J. Markham, C. Harding, A. Inwood, Groves, etc. It was decided to send a letter of congratulation to the Rev. H. C. Izard on his recent marriage. It was also decided to run the competition on junior lines, and players who have taken part in any three senior games during the previous or the present season, will be debarred from taking part. The following clubs were elected to take part in the competition in 1901-1902: —Buckingham, Winslow, Stantonbury St. James’s United A Team, Wolverton Trinity A Team, Stony Stratford A Team, Fenny Stratford, Cosgrove (providing the necessary permit be obtained), Castlethorpe, Newport Excelsior, and possibly Hanslope. A successful meeting concluded with the usual votes of thanks.


Buckingham Express Saturday 28 September 1901

Cosgrove v. Stony Stratford, at Cosgrove.


The Bucks Standard Saturday 19 October 1901

Excelsior v. Cosgrove. At Cosgrove on Saturday was a draw of 4 goals each.


Buckingham Express Saturday 26 October 1901

HANSLOPE v. COSGROVE. This game took place at Hanslope on October 19th, in fine weather before a fair gate. Both teams were representative. The first portion was well contested, but in the second half the visitors had practically the whole of the game, and won by five goals to none. Lane, the Hanslope centre-half, was injured. This somewhat handicapped the homesters. However, the Hanslope team took them in a very good spirit. The following are the teams :—Cosgrove Wootton, goal; Green and Kingully, backs; Lambert, Brown and Baker, half-backs ; Jelly, Foulkes, Brown, Cockerill and Gee, forwards. Hanslope : Draper, goal; Eakins and Taylor, backs; Hollis, Lane and Mills, half - backs ; Harris, Olney, Powell. Kerreage, Wesley, forwards. Referee : Mr. W. Rainbow.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press - Saturday 09 November 1901

FOOTBALL NOTES: Cosgrove seem a most capable side, and it a pity that they did not compete in the Buckingham League, at one time they had settled to do. On form they would be quite strong enough to hold their own.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press - Saturday 28 December 1901

Stony Stratford Reserves entertained Cosgrove on Saturday and quite out-classed their opponents, winning by 6 goals to 1.


The Bucks Standard Saturday 28 December 1901

FOOTBALL. Stony Stratford Reserves entertained Cosgrove on Saturday, and ran out easy winners by six goals to one.


Buckingham Express Saturday 25 January 1902

COSGROVE v. OLD STRATFORD. This match was played at Cosgrove on January 18th, in fine weather, before a good attendance and resulted in a win for Cosgrove by 9 goals to nil.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 27 September 1902

FRIENDLY AT BUCKINGHAM

BUCKINGHAM v. COSGROVE. The following will represent Cosgrove in today’s fixture:—Arnold, Jelley, Bull, Brown, Lane, Mills, Cockerill, Nicholls, Lambert, Powell, and Gascoyne. The Buckingham team will be selected from— Tyrell, C. Gough, Martin, W. Parker, King, Ganderton. Rev. S. Meade, Taylor, Butler, J. Roots, C. R. H. Gresson, Holland, G. Parker. Referee: Mr. A. J. Markham, Bletchley.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Monday 29 September 1902

BUCKINGHAM ENTERTAIN COSGROVE.

These clubs met on Saturday, at Buckingham in the first match of the season in the Buckingham and District League. Buckingham were minus two or three of their best players, including Roots, suffering from an injured foot sustained in the game with Stowe on the previous Saturday in the Aylesbury League, when Buckingham proved the victors by eight goals to two. On the present occasion Cosgrove were new comers to the League, and, therefore, were an unknown quantity, though it was well known that they included several good players of last year's Hanslope side. However, within half a minute of the start Cosgrove scored, and then the game became fast and exciting. Buckingham equalised, and the teams crossed over on equal terms. A few minutes before the interval Greason sustained an injury which necessitated his leaving the field, but he was heartily cheered on re-entering at the commencement of the second half, in which good play was witnessed on both sides. Cosgrove placed two more goals to their credit and Buckingham one, and the game ended—Cosgrove, three goals, Buckingham, two goals. From this their first match with Buckingham (who were the winners of the cup last year), it is evident that Cosgrove are well in the running for the premier honour this year, and their play all round was certainly very commendable.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 04 October 1902

FOOTBALL NOTES. The heartiest congratulations must be offered to Cosgrove on their most successful debut in the Buckingham League. To beard the champions (Buckingham) in their lair and to emerge with two points is a fine achievement, even allowing for the fact of the Reds’ crack forward, J. Roots, being unable to play. The game was played in ideal weather, and before a fair crowd. A startling commencement was made, as Cockerill scored for Cosgrove in the first minute, Tyrell being at fault. This reverse roused the homesters and play was of give and take description, and not before half time did Gresson get away, and he and Arnold (the Cosgrove goal-keeper) had a tussle. However, the Bucks cricketer had the best of matters and equalised, but in doing so was injured. On resuming the game continued fast, Butler nearly drawing blood for the Reds, and Mead missing an easy chance. However, Gascoyne placed the visitors ahead, Tyrell having no chance with the shot. Directly afterwards Buckingham drew level from a corner which Arnold fisted through his own goal. A ding-dong struggle ensued for the winning point, which was eventually obtained by Cosgrove, Gascoyne again doing the needful. Just before the whistle blew King nearly equalised, a fine shot from twenty yards out just skimming the crossbar; however, the Cosgrove defence was very safe, and they claimed fine victory by 3 goals to 2.
Of course Buckingham felt the absence of Roots very severely. C. R. H. Gresson showed several glimpses of his old form, but was out of condition and would do better in his old place at outside right. The halves were fairly good, but did not quite come up to expectations and skied the ball too much. Martin played excellent game at full back, but we have seen C. Gough in better form. The visitors played a hard game and seemed to in better condition than the Reds. The backs were fair, but in Brown, Lane, and Miles, Cosgrove have three fine halves, Lane especially shining, and it was principally owing to these three players that the victory was gained. The forwards were fast and did not wait when opportunities came their way, their strong point being that they always go straight away for goal.
Cosgrove are a smart and well balanced lot, and with a little luck should make all the opponents opposed to them bustle for points. The day was terribly warm for football, and several of the players seemed to have had enough of it before the whistle blew for hostilities to be closed. It should be mentioned that there were very few fouls, both sides playing a particularly clean game. At the end of the season Cosgrove are likely nearer the top than the bottom of the ladder.


Wolverton Express October 10th 1902

BUCKINGHAM AND DISTRICT
FOOTBALL LEAGUE
COSGROVE v. WINSLOW

(by our own Representative)

These teams met for the first time in the above League on the Cosgrove Ground on Oct. 4, 1902, before a good attendance. Cosgrove was represented by their best eleven, but the visitors were poorly represented.

The following were the teams:-

Cosgrove: Arnold goal; Jelley and Bull, backs; W. Brown, J. Lane and Mills, half-backs; Cockrell, Croft, Lambert, Gascoyne, and Nicholls, forwards.

Wilnslow: Stowell, goal; Atkins and Young, backs; H. Ray Chrisp and Rice half-backs; G. Bassett, Taylor, Foscick, and Buran, forwards.

Cosgrove having lost the toss, Lambert started the game. In the first two minutes Stowell was called upon to save two quick shots in rapid succession from Cockerell and Nicholls. Relief only came when Young stepped in and transferred to midfield. This player next gave a corner, but the ball passed harmlessly past the post, and nothing was gained to the home side. Cockerell next troubled the visitors’ custodian with an attempt which was equally well saved. After twenty minutes play, Croft opened the score for the homesters. Immediately afterward, Lambert scored a second. From a break-away Taylor scored for the visitors soon afterwards. Croft scored the third for the homesters. Just before half time the Wilnslow forward came down the field in time, and Foscick succeeded in netting the ball. Half time Cosgrove 3 Winslow 2.

On the resumption the Cosgrove forwards at once secured possession, by Young. (unfinshed text)

The Bucks Standard Saturday 11 October 1902

COSGROVE v. WINSLOW. This match was played on Saturday, October 4, on the Cosgrove ground. The visitors were but weakly represented. The exchanges during the first half were of an even character, and when half time arrived the score was three to two in favour of the homesters. But on resuming Cosgrove gained the upper hand, and before the close put on five more goals. The visitors, being unable to respond, were thus beaten by eight goals.


The Bucks Standard Saturday 25 October 1902

BUCKINGHAM LEAGUE. COSGROVE v. WOLVERTON RESERVES. This match was played at Cosgrove on Saturday, October 18, and a good game ended in a win, for Cosgrove by 3 goals to 0.


Bucks Standard Saturday 01 November 1902

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press - Saturday 08 November 1902

The League leaders, Cosgrove, were on view at Fenny Stratford and a good crowd assembled to watch the game. Cosgrove were at full strength, but the homesters were without the valuable assistance Jeffrey and Markham. At the start the visitors had  a lot the best of matters and scored two goals in the first twenty minutes. Several fouls were given and the score remained unaltered at half time. In the concluding half the Fenny brigade had the better of the play and pressed considerably, but their shooting was very much at fault. The Cosgrove defence proved in fine form and try as they would Fenny could not score. Neither set of forwards played up to form, but the defence on both sides was good. This makes Cosgrove’s fourth successive victory in the League. They will take a bit of shifting from the top place.


Wolverton Express November 14th 1902

BUCKINGHAM AND DISTRICT LEAGUE TABLE
Corrected to Saturday November 8th

P

W

L

D

F

A

Pts

Cosgrove

4

4

0

0

16

4

8

Newport Town

4

3

0

1

20

3

7

Wolverton Res

5

3

2

0

10

11

6

Buckingham

5

2

3

0

13

13

4

Stony Stratford

4

1

2

1

7

12

3

Fenny Stratford

2

0

2

0

2

7

0

Winslow

4

0

4

0

4

21

0


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Monday 08 December 1902

LEAGUE GAME AT STONY STRATFORD

Stony Stratford v. Cosgrove was the Buckingham League fixture on Saturday, on the ground of the former. The visitors came with an excellent reputation, having secured the full number of points in the four previous League matches, and they were in hopes of annexing another two. The game was stubbornly contested, and ended in a draw of one all. Neither goals, however, ought to have been scored.


Wolverton Express 12th December 1902

Buckingham and District League

Stony Stratford v Cosgrove

These local rivals met on the Prince of Wales Ground, in bright frosty weather, before an excellent gate. Both clubs had done well this season, but the visiting team possessed the better record. Cosgrove, losing the toss, started the game, and opened in promising style, Cockerill and Gee making capital efforts to score. Ormsby was not given much anxiety, however, as Baker and Lloyd defended well. However, after 15 minutes play, Gascoyne working himself into a nice position and centering accurately, Croft had no difficulty in netting the ball. Stung by this reverse the homesters began to press, and after 20 minutes play, from a fine centre by Robinson, J Lane, the visitors’ centre half turned the ball through his own goal, thus equalising the game. Midfield play followed, neither side gaining any advantage. Certainly the homesters were having the best of matters, but the erratic judgment near the goal consequently destroyed the chances of success. A foul favoured the visitors but the ball was got rid of by Baker. After this, play was fairly even, and nothing further of a tangible character accrued prior to the interval which arrived with score:

Stony Stratford 1 : Cosgrove 1

During the short interval the Band played various selections.

Play was resumed in vigorous fashion, Cosgrove being first to make headway. Cockerill got close to the homesters’ goal, but kicked outside. Scott next had a splendid opening, but failed when in an easy position. Robinson followed up and he also got into a grand situation, but Kerridge, who was playing at this period a grand game, prevented his final effort from taking effect.

The game continued at a fast rate, and Gascoyne nearly brought about another downfall, Baker just clearing at the expense of a corner. The place kick failing, the pressure was relieved. Scott strove hard to gain ground, but he was forcibly robbed when being tackled by J Lane, who was by no means particular in his style of play. Gee tried hard to beat Ormsby, but failed, the sphere going wide. The goal kick favoured Stratford.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press - Saturday 13 December 1902

COSGROVE v. STONY STRATFORD. The visit of Cosgrove to Stony Stratford in the Buckingham League had been looked forward with considerable interest, and there was a good number of spectators to watch the game, which took place last Saturday. Mr. Markham, of Fenny Stratford, was the referee, and the game started soon after the advertised time. Stratford won the toss, and set Cosgrove to face the sun, the visitors, however, having the benefit of the wind. It was apparent from the outset that the game would be stubbornly contested. Cosgrove had a bit the better of the opening exchanges, but they were held well in hand by the Stratford defence. About 15 minutes from the start, Ormsby failed to get a goal kick away properly, and very quick return put Cosgrove (who had previously scored off-side goal) one up. Then Stratford had a look in, and after copying their opponents by scoring an off-side goal, obtained a legitimate point, one of the Cosgrove players heading the ball through his own goal, Arnold misjudging the same. Consequently, the luck was about equal. The teams kept at it in ding dong fashion, but there was no more scoring, and the teams crossed over on even terms. The second half was uneventful. Both sides tried hard to score, but failed in the attempt. Rough play by Lane was not appreciated by the spectators.


The Bucks Standard Saturday 17 January 1903

BUCKINGHAM LEAGUE.
NEWPORT PAGNELL v. COSGROVE.

The first meeting of these teams, this season, in the above League, took place on Saturday last, January 10, in the Wood Field, Newport Pagnell, before a fairly good number of spectators. The first portion of the game was evenly contested, both teams trying hard to score, but for some time could not pierce the opposing defence, but at last Huckle, with a good shot, beat the visitors' custodian and gave Newport the lead. Before the interval, however, Cosgrove managed to equalise, and the teams crossed over on even terms. In the second half, although having somewhat the best of the game, the home team could not regain the lead, and as Cosgrove also failed to score, the result was a draw of one goal each. Newport team:—A. Brooks, goal; A. Matthews and J. Clark, backs ; F. Huckle, L. O. Bull, and W. Walker, half-backs; G. Dinwiddy, H. Griffin, R. Hill, A. Baker, and J. Glave, forwards. Referee, Mr. R. Williams, Wolverton.


The Bucks Standard Saturday 07 February 1903

FOOTBALL
BUCKINGHAM LEAGUE.
COSGROVE V. FENNY STRATFORD

This was the only fixture in this Competition Saturday, January 31, at Cosgrove, and the home team won by two goals to one, they still head the table. Next Saturday the leaders meet Buckingham, also at home, and a very keen struggle is anticipated. When the teams met earlier in the season Buckingham were going very poorly, but just now are at the top of their form, and hold the proud position of representing North Bucks in the semi-final of the Berks and Bucks Junior Cup, which is, we understand, to be played at Wolverton on February 14, their opponents being Windsor and Eton.


Buckingham Express Saturday 14 February 1903

BUCKINGHAM v. COSGROVE. Buckingham were the visitors and the victors at Cosgrove on Saturday last, coming out of the bout with the men who top the League table an easy first by five goals to two. Practically the only show of fight made by the homesters was in the first moiety when they secured their only two against three in favour of the Reds. Losing the toss, Buckingham set out against the wind. Cosgrovians pressed and were rewarded with the opening goal, which Tyrell had only partly cleared when another man was upon him to send the sphere home. Meade replied for Buckingham with a stinger from the right. The homesters' second goal came through a penalty, which was nullified at the first attempt by the players unlawfully encroaching just as Tyrell had successfully negotiated the shot ; the second kick took effect. Gresson was the means of giving his side the lead before half-time by scoring from a penalty and later with a shot which gave the keeper no chance. The Reds ran away in the second half and before the call of time had notched, another two, one through Meade and the other through Gresson.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Monday 02 March 1903

LEAGUE GAME AT WOLVERTON

At Wolverton on Saturday, Wolverton Reserves and Cosgrove met, the game being in connection with the Buckingham League. In the end Cosgrove won by four goals to two. Wolverton started well, and scored twice through Holland in the first three minutes of the game, but the visitors’ weight told, and they scored four goals. Cosgrove are a good village team, and stand first in the League table.


Wolverton Express 6th March 1903

Football – Buckingham League

Wolverton v Cosgrove

This match was played at Wolverton on Saturday last February 28th, resulting in a win for Cosgrove by four goals to two. A large amount of local interest was centred on this match, and as a result of this the attendance was about the largest seen down the Park this season. The first meeting of these two teams at Cosgrove resulted in a victory for the home team by three goals to nil, and with Wolverton largely having to depend on the lads from the minor team, eight of whom were included in the eleven, Cosgrove hoped to repeat the performance.

The teams were as follows:

Wolverton : Draper, goal; Hillyard and Massey, backs; Murlis and Gerrard, half backs; Henson, Mackey, Holland, Martyr and Millward, forwards.

Cosgrove : Arnold, goal; Kerridge and Jelly, backs; Mills, Lane and Brown, half backs; Gee, Gascoyne, Croft, Lambert and Cockerill, forwards.

Referee: Mr Molineaux (Wing)

Mackey won the toss and elected to kick towards the Gas Works. The game started sensationally for Jelly conceded a corner in the first minute, and from the kick, taken by Gerrard, Holland headed into the net. Straight from the restart Holland got away on the right, and centred, and Holland, getting his head to the ball again, notched Wolverton’s second, and as it turned out, last point, within three minutes from the start. Soon after, Martyr was hurt and play was stopped for a few minutes, but quickly resumed. Play was altogether in the Cosgrove half for some few minutes until a foul was given against Holland, which brought the play nearer the home goal. This was cleared, and Martyr got away but was rightly given off-side. Henson next missed a good opening by shooting wide.

Some further pressure on the Cosgrove half took place, during which time play was stopped for a while owing to Croft injuring his knee. A foul was given against Carvell for tripping Cockerill just outside the penalty line but this was easily cleared. Cosgrove were now getting their full share of the play, and Gacoyne was responsible for some good work, but Draper ran out and cleared. For a short time now, play, which had been very fast, was slower, and Cosgrove were gradually having the better of the game. Cockerill netted the ball after the whistle for off-side and just after resulting from a foul give against Carvell close in. Gascoyne slipped through the defence an easily beat Draper with a fine shot. Following this Cosgrove forced a corner, which was immediately after followed by another, which was cleared by Gerrard. From now to half time Cosgrove did the bulk of the attacking, but nothing further of note occurred beyond a proportion of fouls and half time came with a score of two goals to one in favour of Wolverton.

Wolverton were the first to attack on the resumption of play but the ball went by on the right. From the goal-kick Cosgrove sailed down and netted the ball but were given off-side. A minute or two of very severe pressure ensued on the Wolverton goal but at length the ball was cleared and at the other end Carvell was put by. A foul was awarded Cosgrove close in, but this was well cleared by Massey, and immediately after one was given against Cosgrove. This resulted in a corner, but this was cleared, and Cockerill was getting away when he was fouled by Carvell. Nothing came from this, Holland Kicking clear away. Fouls were very frequent, both sides offending. The weight of the Cosgrove men now began to tell on the Wolverton team and the visitors had all the best of the game. Wolverton experienced a narrow escape, but Gerrard saved the situation.

Martyr conceded a corner, from which Draper had to fist away. Play was transferred to the other end where a free kick was headed by Holland. Millward next obtained possession and beating Kerridge, all but scored with a splendid high shot, which the goal keeper only saved at the expense of a corner. This was cleared and the two fouls were given against Wolverton, but nothing came of these. At length a long shot by Lane found its mark and equalised for Cosgrove, Draper shaping rather weakly at it. Millward next put in some good work but Kerridge robbed him and a melee followed in midfield, and as a result of which the referee awarded Cosgrove a foul, but the reason for his decision was not very clear.

Fouls again became numerous, the home team, although not the worst offenders, being penalised more often than Cosgrove. After some forcible play in front of the home goal, Croft gave Cosgrove the lead, and after some further pressure, added a fourth with a long shot. The end came soon after, with the score, as stated, four goals to two in favour of Cosgrove.

For Cosgrove, Kerridge at left back played a champion game, and was the best back on the field. The halves were not very conspicuous, although at times they robbed the home forwards by sheer weight. Cockerill was the pick of the forwards. For Wolverton, Mackey played the best forward game, with Holland a good second. Gerrard was the pick of the halves. Carvell spoiling an otherwise good display but continual fouling. The backs were sound, but Draper’s display in goal did not do him much credit.


The Bucks Standard Saturday 07 March 1903

FOOTBALL
BUCKINGHAM LEAGUE
WOLVERTON RESERVES v. COSGROVE

This return match was played at Wolverton, on Saturday, February 28, before a huge " gate." Wolverton included eight of the minors in their team. Cosgrove brought their strongest team. Wolverton, who won the toss, immediately began to attack, and forced a corner, which was taken by Gerrard and placed splendidly in the front of goal, and Holland headed finely into the net. Immediately on restarting the homesters went straight for goal, and Millward made a pretty ran down the right wing and put in a lovely centre, and Holland again headed through, giving the homesters their second goal when the game was only a few minutes old. Cosgrove now began to attack and a free kick in front of goal looked dangerous but Mackey cleared, and Wolverton again tasted the visitors' defence, but Jolley kicked out. The game proceeded very fast, and after a spell of even play Draper had to save from Gascoyne. The Wolverton team played and had hard lines in not increasing their lead, but the ball just went outside the post. After the game had been in progress 35 minutes, Gascoyne opened the Cosgrove score with a good shot. The visitors kept up the attack but were unable to score, the interval arriving with Wolverton leading by 2 goals to 1. Half way through the second half Cosgrove equalised, Lane beating Draper with a long shot. Cosgrove now played up well and began to attack again, but Millward and Martyr made a fine run down, but were stopped by Kerridge. Millward put in a lovely shot which just went over. Cosgrove returned and Croft gave them the lead. Wolverton tried hard to equalise, Mackay and Millward put in some good shots but failed to score. Croft increased the visitors' lead in the last two minutes of the game, which ended in a win for Cosgrove by 4 goals to 2.
Teams :— Wolverton — Draper, Hillyard and Massey, backs ; Carvell, Murilis, and Gerrard, half-backs; Henson Mackey, Holland, Martyr, and Millward forwards. Cosgrove— Arnold, goal ; Jelley and Kerridge, backs ; Brown, Lane, and Mills, half-backs ; Cockerill, Lambert, Croft, Gascoyne, and Gee, forwards. Referee, Mr. Molineaux (Wing).

Owing to the withdrawal of Winslow from this Competition, the table has undergone considerable alteration, but Cosgrove are still at the head of affairs, with Newport Pagnell as a good second. These two clubs meet to-day (Saturday) at Cosgrove, when the result should about settle who will be the ultimate winners of the League.


The Bucks Standard Saturday 14 March 1903

BUCKINGHAM LEAGUE.
NEWPORT PAGNELL v. COSGROVE.

These teams met at Cosgrove on Saturday, March 7, when an even game resulted in a draw of 1 goal each.
Only a few matches now remain to be played in this competition. Cosgrove still head the list and have finished their matches, but as Newport have still two matches to play they may yet be reckoned to have a good chance.


The Bucks Standard Saturday 11 April 1903

FOOTBALL BUCKINGHAM LEAGUE.
NEWPORT PAGNELL. v. BUCKINGHAM

Saturday, April 4, 1903, was a red-letter day in the history of the Newport Pagnell Town Football Club, when they journeyed to Buckingham, and, with a highly creditable victory over this season’s Berks, and Bucks Junior Cup winners, gained the championship of the Buckingham League for the first time. The game was played before a good number of spectators front all over the district, and an excellent game was witnessed. In the first half the only point reworded was by Griffin, for Newport, who led at the interval by 1 goal to 0. In the second half Mynard added a second goal for Newport, and Long scored for Buckingham. Nothing further was snored and so Newport successfully "climbed the high fence," the final score being Newport 2 goals, Buckingham 1. This result shattered the home of the Cosgrove team and their supporters, who, if Newport had lost, would have won the championship, but now they will have to be content with second place in the table.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Wednesday 24 June 1903

FOOTBALL. - The annual general meeting of the Buckingham and District Football League was held on Saturday at the Bull Hotel. Mr. H. E. Bull was in the chair, and representatives from Buckingham, Cosgrove, Stony Stratford and Wolverton were present Mr. R. Williams the hon. secretary was also in attendance. The balance-sheet was passed and the following officers elected for 1903-1904. President Mr. H. E. Bull: hon. secretaries Messrs. R. W. Williams and W. Gee. It was decided to  adhere to the junior character of the League, and to exclude all players from taking part in the completion who have participated in three senior games during the present season. An alteration in the time for making protests was made, this being extended to 21 days. After a somewhat long debate, it was decided that “if any club play an ineligible player in any match, the club shall be fined 10s. and the match points awarded to the opposing club.”
The following clubs are probable “starters” for the ensuing season:- Buckingham, Cosgrove, Newport Pagnell, Stony Stratford, Wolverton Town Reserves, Fenny Stratford Rovers, Leighton Cee Springs, and possibly Stantonbury St. James.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Saturday 12 September 1903

NORTHAMPTON FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
LOWER JUNIOR CUP
The draw for the first round  resulted as under:
DIVISION 1.

Northampton St. Giles’s Rovers v. Cosgrove Referee: Mr A. Jones, Far Cotton.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Monday 14 September 1903

DISAPPOINTMENT AT STRATFORD.

Stony Stratford displayed rather disappointing form in the opening match on Saturday against Cosgrove. True, they were not at full strength, neither were the visitors, but a beating of six goals to love is a pretty good indication that Cosgrove know how to use their opportunities in front of goal. Ormesby, the Stratford custodian, had a good deal of work to do, and mistakes led to goals being scored which ought to have been saved. His vis-à-vis Draper, had very little to do, but he appears to be smart in goal. In the Stratford forwards theirs is too much finessing in front of goal, instead of shooting oftener, whereas Cosgrove’s victory was the result of not only of good forward work, but the back division packed the goal well whenever danger threatened. Improvements can, and certainly must, be made in the Stratford team. Unless there is, the Stratford committee will come in for much adverse criticism.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Monday 14 September 1903

DISAPPOINTMENT AT STRATFORD.

Stony Stratford displayed rather disappointing form in the opening match on Saturday against Cosgrove. True, they were not at full strength, neither were the visitors, but a beating of six goals to love is a pretty good indication that Cosgrove know how to use their opportunities in front of goal. Ormesby, the Stratford custodian, had a good deal of work to do, and mistakes led to goals being scored which ought to have been saved. His vis-à-vis Draper, had very little to do, but he appears to be smart in goal. In the Stratford forwards theirs is too much finessing in front of goal, instead of shooting oftener, whereas Cosgrove’s victory was the result of not only of good forward work, but the back division packed the goal well whenever danger threatened. Improvements can, and certainly must, be made in the Stratford team. Unless there is, the Stratford committee will come in for much adverse criticism.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Saturday 10 October 1903

BUCKINGHAM AND DISTRICT LEAGUE

Buckingham v. Cosgrove


The Bucks Standard Saturday 10 October 1903

BUCKINGHAM LEAGUE
STONY STRATFORD v. COSGROVE

This match was played at Cosgrove on Saturday, October 3, when an evenly contested game resulted in a victory for the home team by 3 goals to 2.


The Bucks Standard Saturday 17 October 1903

BUCKINGHAM LEAGUE
COSGROVE v. BUCKINGHAM

These teams met at Buckingham in the above League on Saturday, October 10, and great interest centred in the game, it being the visitors’ second League match this season, and last year they were very near winning the cup, which went to Newport Pagnell, and on the previous Saturday they beat the latter team 3 – 2. Buckingham had played and won two matches, and headed the list with four points. The weather was very favourable and the attendance of spectators was unusually large, and they were rewarded with an extremely good game. The Buckingham Town Band was in attendance. During the unavoidable absence of Mr. J. Scott (Aylesbury), the referee was Mr. G. Waller, of Wolverton. Play was fast and furious from the commencement and resulted in the visitors notching their first goal. A penalty kick gave the homesters a good chance to equalise but unfortunately W. Gresson sent the ball wide of the posts, to the great delight of the visitors and their supporters and the disappointment of the " Reds." In the second half Roots placed a nice goal for the home eleven, after which the play, if possible, heightened in excitement, but without result, the splendid goal keeping of the visitors' custodian defying all assaults, though play had been stopped a few minutes owing to his injury in a scrimmage. Towards the close of the game the referee warned Lane (Cosgrove), and perhaps this step should have been taken earlier, his repeated fouls caused some retaliation. The game ended in a draw of one 1 each.

Buckingham Express Saturday 17 October 1903

Football Notes: The Reds on Saturday had great difficulty in preserving their unbroken League record. The Cosgrove side are undoubtedly a fine team, and when the season closes it is safe to predict that they will again be near the top of the League ladder. The team plays well together as a whole, moving on that veteran player, Lane, who is still the pivot of the team at entre half. It is true that the home side did not appear to play up to their usual form, but it is probable that the excellence of the visiting team may have done much to disorganise the front line.


Buckingham Express Saturday 31 October 1903

COSGROVE v. CEE SPRINGS RESERVES.

These teams met at Cosgrove on Saturday. The homesters were far too good for the Reserves, who had Mead and Richmond away. At half-time Cosgrove were three goals to the good, and throughout the game they continued to hold the upper hand, eventually running out winners by ten goals to one.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Saturday 14 November 1903

BUCKINGHAM AND DISTRICT LEAGUE

Fenny Stratford Rovers v. Cosgrove
Played at Fenny Stratford, and a close game resulted:
Fenny Stratford Three goals.
Cosgrove Three goals


Buckingham Express Saturday 28 November 1903

BUCKINGHAM AND DISTRICT
LEAGUE. CEE SPRING RESERVES v. COSGROVE.

These teams met at Leighton on Saturday, the result being in favour of the visitors by five goals to one. Whittaker, who played a good game, scored the solitary point registered by the Springs, and Smith in goal played an excellent game. Walton in the half-line was a new man and showed promise of developing into a useful player.


Buckingham Express Saturday 05 December 1903


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Saturday 19 December 1903

BUCKINGHAM AND DISTRICT LEAGUE

Cosgrove v. Stony Stratford
Cosgrove Two goals
Stony Stratford One goal


The Bucks Standard Saturday 26 December 1903

BUCKINGHAM LEAGUE
STONY STRATFORD v. COSGROVE

These teams met at Stony Stratford on Saturday, December 19, and a capital game ended in favour of Cosgrove, who at present head the League, and thus they were able to add two more points to their already excellent record. The home team was below its full strength, having the services of three of the Minor Cup lads. Still the team gave the villagers a good game, and it was no disgrace; rather it was a very creditable performance to be defeated by not more than two goals to one, and the first goal for Cosgrove was scored when Stratford had only ten men on the field, the eleventh not having arrived when the game started. All the goals were scored in the first half.


Wolverton Express 27th December 1903

COSGROVE AT STONY STRATFORD

Cosgrove, who at the present time head the Buckingham and District League Table, visited Stony Stratford on Saturday, and by winning added two more points to their already excellent record. Stony Stratford were below full strength, having three of the Minor Cup lads in the team. Still they gave the villagers a good game, and it was no disgrace; rather it was a very creditable performance to be defeated by not more than two goals to one, and the first goal for Cosgrove was scored when Stratford had only ten men on the field, the eleventh not having arrived when the game started. All the goals were scored in the first half.


Wolverton Express 15th January 1904

COSGROVE AT STONY STRATFORD

Cosgrove, who at the present time head the Buckingham and District League Table, visited Stony Stratford on Saturday, and by winning added two more points to their already excellent record. Stony Stratford were below full strength, having three of the Minor Cup lads in the team. Still they gave the villagers a good game, and it was no disgrace; rather it was a very creditable performance to be defeated by not more than two goals to one, and the first goal for Cosgrove was scored when Stratford had only ten men on the field, the eleventh not having arrived when the game started. All the goals were scored in the first half.


Buckingham Express Saturday 16 January 1904

BUCKINGHAM AND DISTRICT LEAGUE.
COSGROVE v. BUCKINGHAM.
COSGROVE STILL UNBEATEN.

Buckingham journeyed to Cosgrove on Saturday last to play the return League fixture with the local team. Up to this match neither team had suffered defeat, although Cosgrove had drawn three games and Buckingham one. A fair number of the Reds supporters journeyed to Cosgrove to witness the encounter, and were very much disappointed at the exposition of the game they saw, for it was a very one-sided game. The ground was in a rather heavy condition. Cosgrove were at full strength, but on the other hand Buckingham were rather weak, especially in the forward line, for they seemed all at sea the greater part of the game, and if they want to win the Cup, for they have still got a chance, they will have to play a far better game than they did on Saturday last. Arthur Martin turned out at full back to make the team up, this is the first match he has played this season, consequently, he was not in his old form. Having lost the toss, Buckingham started the ball rolling and were soon making for the Cosgrove goal, but were soon repulsed. The home forwards then took play to the other end and Stimpson had a shot which went by. From the goal kick Roots secured the ball and passing to Gresson who went away and had a shot which certainly should have scored, but it went wide of the mark. Play was now for a time in the Cosgrove territory, when Roots passing out to Bird who shot and had hard lines in not scoring. After this Cosgrove seemed to have most of the play. Cockerill receiving the ball from Stimpson sent in a stinging shot which gave Beckett no chance whatever, scoring No. 1 for Cosgrove after 20 minutes play. From the kirk-off the home forwards took play again into the visitors quarters, and after some very good work by them Gee beat the goalkeeper, scoring No. 2. Nothing further resulted and halftime arrived with Cosgrove leading by two goals to nil. On resuming, Cosgrove soon got into the Buckingham territory and to the end of the game it was one continual bombardment at goal, Beckett having plenty to do, and he kept goal well. Buckingham have only their goalkeeper to thank for not having more goals scored against them. In this half the visitors only got over the half-way line once or twice, and Cosgrove scored twice more through Stimpson and Keightley, the end came after a very one-sided game with Cosgrove winners by four goals to nil.


Buckingham Express Saturday 23 January 1904

BUCKINGHAM AND DISTRICT LEAGUE.
WOLVERTON RESERVES v. COSOROVE.

This match was played at Wolverton on Saturday last before a good attendance. Cosgrove brought a full team, but the home side was not at full strength. Cosgrove soon pressed and Henson scored in the first few minutes, and Stimpson added a second point soon after. Both of these goals were scored from what appeared off-side positions, but the referee allowed them. Wolverton tried hard to score, but they could not penetrate the visitors defence. Cosgrove took up the attack again, and after Brooks had made three brilliant saves, Cockerill beat him with a stinging shot. The home team combined well, but their efforts were spoilt through the visitors, who kept handling, and Wolverton were awarded seven free kicks in quick succession, Brown and Lane being the chief offenders. Cosgrove had the best of play up to the interval, but the home defence could not again be beaten, and at half-time Cosgrove were leading by 3-0. On resuming Wolverton played up much better and soon attacked and forced a corner, but nothing resulted. After mid-field play Millward received and went up the right wing and centred to Henson who beat Draper with a lovely shot. The homesters kept up the attack and forced several corners, but all proved fruitless. Cosgrove eventually cleared, and Brooks was called upon to save at the other end, but the homesters again took play to the visitors quarters, and Draper had to deal with hot shots. The home team had much the better of the second half, but the visitors defence could not again he penetrated, and a good game resulted in a win for Cosgrove by 3-1


Wolverton Express February 1904

A WIN FOR COSGROVE

Buckingham came a cropper on Saturday at Cosgrove, the local lads winning by four goals to nil. Previous to Saturday, Cosgrove had lost three points in eight matches and Buckingham one point in six games, neither having been defeated this season in the Buckingham and District League Competition. Cosgrove had shown themselves to be the more prolific goal getters, having scored 21 goals against 13, but Buckingham appeared to have the safer defence, as only two goals had been registered against them, while they had scored 14. Both teams having an unbeaten certificate, a crowd assembled in anticipation of a keen struggle. Early in the game, Buckingham had hard lines in not scoring, but for the first thirty minutes neither side could claim any advantage. Then Cosgrove opened the scoring and added a second a few minutes afterwards, to the delight of the home supporters. This appeared to take the steam out of the Buckingham players. In the second half Cosgrove had much the better of the play. Buckingham adopted the questionable tactics of playing the one back game, with the result that the Cosgrove forwards were continually infringing the offside rule. The home lot, however, were not to be denied, and scoring two goals in the second half, ran out winners as above stated. Cosgrove deserve congratulation for a splendid performance. The Buckingham forwards were not up to usual standard, the outside left being particularly ineffective.


Buckingham Express Saturday 12 March 1904


Wolverton Express 18th March 1904

COSGROVE v. NORTHAMPTON

The Cosgrove team, which paid a friendly visit to Northampton ground, may consider themselves a very unlucky team not that they were defeated by the odd goal out of five, as but for an unfortunate decision on the part of the referee, the Bucks men would have made a draw of it. This unfortunately was not the only mistake made during the afternoon. The game was a poor one, the only redeeming feature of which was the very apparent earnestness of the visitors, who certainly made up in a large degree for what they lacked in  science by downright hard work, which certainly deserved to have brought success in its wake. Bad luck dogged their footsteps all through. They were one behind at half time and a similar amount in arrears when the final whistle blew. Northampton were the more finished team but their play at times was poor, several of the men treating their opponents very lightly. Cosgrove are the proud possessors of a useful pair of backs, Dilley being a very smart player. Kightley and Cockerill were the pick of the forwards, the former being perhaps the better of the pair. For Northampton, Murrell shaped well at centre half and Norman was a tower of strength at back, but the forwards were below form, Lowe and Cooper being the pick.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Monday 11 April 1904

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS AT WOLVERTON

On Saturday a match was played at Wolverton between Cosgrove (Buckingham and District League Champions) and a team selected from the rest of the League. Cosgrove were the runners up last season, and the game was played before a good attendance. It was soon seen that Cosgrove were the better team, for although having to face the sun and wind they went straight down from the kick-off, and Gee scored in the first minute. A little later, Cotterill made a fine run down the right wing, and scored a lovely goal from near the touchline, the ball going into the far corner of the net; whilst before the interval Gee scored a third goal. The second half was again in favour of Cosgrove, who soon took up the attack. Beckett brought off a splendid save from Stimpson, but Keightly rushed up, and again put the ball into the net, the custodian having no chance of saving. The League tried hard to reduce their opponents’ lead, and tested Draper, but cleared in good style, and after midfield play Cotterill registered the fifth goal for Cosgrove, who retired victorious by five goals to nil.

INTERESTING PRESENTATION.

After the match Mr. H. E. Bull presented the Cup to Cosgrove, and in doing so congratulated the team on the form they had shown during the season. He thought they were without doubt the best team in the League. He was pleased to see the Cup pass from one district to another. He thought the League, which had been in existence seven seasons, had been the means of bringing out several footballers, who were now playing in higher class matches, such as the Southern League etc. Mr. Bull then presented the Cup to the Captain, Mr. J. Kerridge, but he was sorry the medals were not quite finished, but the players would receive them in due course.— Both teams were kindly entertained by Mr. H. E. Bull to tea at the Victoria Hotel, where an excellent tea was provided by Mr. Tarry.—After tea Mr. R. Williams presided. – Mr. Williams proposed, and Mr. Markham seconded, that a hearty vote of thanks be sent from the gathering to Mr. Bull, wishing him good health, which was unanimously carried.—Mr. Cotterill proposed a vote of thanks, to the of the Wolverton Club for the way in which they had carried out the arrangements for the match in the afternoon, and Mr. Mayne seconded.—Mr. Price acknowledged on behalf of the officials of the club, and said it was their pleasure to do all they could for all clubs the district. He congratulated the Cosgrove team on their success, and congratulated Mr. Markham (secretary of - Stony Stratford F.C.) on the success of the Stony Stratford Mirror Cup team. Mr. R. William also congratulated the Cosgrove team, and Mr. Kerridge (captain), in reply, said they were very pleased to have won the Cup, and hoped that if they again competed in the League they world win again.


Wolverton Express 1904

BUCKINGHAM LEAGUE

WOLVERTON RESERVES V COSGROVE

This match was played in the Park on Saturday last and resulted in a win for Cosgrove by three goals to one. The teams were as follows :

Wolverton : Brooks, goal; Weston and Massey, backs; Gerrard, Roper and F Stimpson, half backs; Milward, Nicholls, Martyr, Massey and Henson, forwards.

Cosgrove : Draper, goal; Jelley and Kerridge, backs; Brown, Lane and Gascoigne, half backs; Cockerill, Kightley, C Stimpson, Gee and Henson forwards.

Referee: Mr J Howard, Stantonbury

Wolverton losing the toss, Martyr kicked off for them. Cosgrove at once attacked, and within three minutes Henson had scored for the visitors. Cosgrove increased their lead just after through Stimpson, who was standing right offside at the time. The visitors, still pressing, forced a corner immediately on the restart, but this Stimpson cleared, and passed down the left to Henson, who, however, was forced over the line by Jelly. Several cases of off-side on the part of the visiting forwards occurred, but the referee ignored all appeals for this and the home goal was often in danger in consequence. But apart from this Cosgrove were the smarter team during this half and deserved a lead on the play. Cockerill added a third goal for Cosgrove in the midst of a melee, after Brooks had performed the apparently impossible feat of saving in quick succession two hot shots from close in. After this additional reverse the home lads livened up, and transferred the play to the other end, where Stimpson was fouled close in. Nothing came of the free kick and Cosgrove were soon on the aggressive again. Wolverton, however, again attacked sharply and it was only the hardest of luck – ably assisted by Draper, it is true – that kept them from scoring. Having once started Wolverton kept their opponents busy for some time. Hands were given against Brown, who manipulated the ball almost as much with his hands as with his feet, several times, but none of the free kicks proved of any advantage to the home lads. Lane was penalised for badly kicking Mackey and the free kick had hardly been taken and the game resumed before he (Lane) was again pulled up and cautioned for kicking Nichols, who had to be assisted off the field in consequence. These two events caused some shouting among the spectators and some ill feeling, but nothing beyond a free kick for Wolverton resulted. Nothing came of this, and Cockerill, who all through the game was conspicuous for good play was again noticeable for one or two centres and shots. Nothing more, however, was scored in this half and the teams crossed over with Cosgrove leading three goals to nil.

The visitors attacked sharply on the resumption of play, but the homesters retaliated, Martyr shooting. Nichols, who had returned, although still limping in consequence of his injury, strengthened the home forward line, and the visiting defence was kept pretty busy. Wolverton forced a corner, which was cleared. Weston, however, returned the ball with a well judged kick, and Millward, getting possession of the ball, centred, from which Henson scored a good goal for Wolverton. After this, the home lads pressed hard, but the visitors’ defence was sound, Kerridge especially showing up well. Again the game was stopped, owing to Lane fouling. He was again cautioned by the referee and the game resumed. Almost immediately after the free kick Wolverton were awarded a penalty for handling on the part of one of the visitors. Draper saved this, which was taken by Mackey, splendidly. Wolverton were pressing continuously now. They forced a corner, following which one of the visitors again handled within the penalty area. No notice was taken of this, however, and a foul awarded to the homesters close in proved of no use to them, as the ball was somewhat easily cleared. From this Cockerill got away, and although right offside, was allowed by the referee to go on. A corner to Cosgrove followed, but this was sent by. Just after, C Cockerill got well going, but was pulled up for offside, although when he got the ball he was well on side. The peculiar decisions of the referee were very noticeable and much resented by the spectators. Wolverton had the better of the play from now to the finish, but could not add to their score and the game ended in a win for Cosgrove by three goals to one.


Buckingham Express Saturday 16 April 1904

BUCKINGHAM AND DISTRICT LEAGUE.
COSGROVE RECEIVE THE CUP.

On Saturday a match was played at Wolverton between Cosgrove and a team selected from the Rest of the League. Cosgrove, who are the winners of the League this season, were also the runners-up last season. The match was played before a good attendance. It was soon seen that Cosgrove were the better team, for although having to face the sun and wind, they went straight down from the kick-off, and Gee scored in the first minute. The game was even for a time, until the Rest were awarded a Penalty, which Mayne sent by. Cockerill made a fine run down the right wing and scored a lovely goal from near the touch line, the ball going into the far corner of the net. These reverses aroused the Rest of the League, who took up the attack and gave Draper several shots to save, but the Cosgrove defence was sound and cleared, and Cosgrove worked down and forced two fruitless corners. A good centre from Cockerill went begging. After Beckett had saved, Gee scored the third goal for Cosgrove. Beckett made a grand save just a few minutes to half-time, which arrived with Cosgrove leading by three goals to nil. The second half was again in favour of Cosgrove, who soon took up the attack. Beckett brought off a splendid save from Stimpson, but Keightley rushed up and again put the ball into the net, the custodian having no chance of saving. The League tried hard to reduce their opponents' lead and tested Draper, but he was safe and cleared, and after mid-field play Cockerill registered the fifth goal for Cosgrove. No more scoring was done, and Cosgrove retired victorious by five goals to nil. The following were the teams :
Cosgrove :—Draper, goal ; Jelley and Kerridge, backs; Brown, Lane, and Gasooyne, half-backs ; Cockerill, C. Stimyson, Keightley, Gee, and Henson forwards.
REST OF LEAGUE:—Beckett (Buckingham), goal ; Wood (Stantonbury) and Simmons (Stratford ), backs ; Thom (Fenny), Marne (Newport), and Stimpson (Wolverton), half-backs ; Dinwiddy (Stantonbury), C. R. H. Greason (Buckingham), Kilsby (Fenny), Pacey (Fenny), and Henson (Wolverton), forwards.
Referee, Mr. H. Williams (Wolverton).
After the match Mr. H. E. Bull presented the Cup to Cosgrove. Mr. Bull congratulated the team on the form they had shown during the season. He then presented the Cup to the Captain, Mr. J. Kerridge.
Both teams were entertained at tea by Mr. Bull at the Victoria Hotel, where an excellent spread was provided by Mr. W. H. Tarry.
After tea Mr. R. Williams presided, and stated that Mr. Bull had left a letter, which he wished him to read, in which he regretted he was unable to be present at tea, owing to an important engagement, but he wished them all a pleasant evening.
Mr. Williams proposed, and Mr. Markham seconded, that a hearty vote of thanks be sent from the gathering to Mr. Bull, and wishing him good health, which was unanimously carried.
Mr. Cockerill proposed a vote of thanks to the officials of the Wolverton Club for the way in which they had carried out the arrangements for the match in the afternoon, and Mr. Mayne seconded, Mr. Price acknowledging on behalf of the officials of the Club, congratulating the Cosgrove team on their success in winning. He also congratulated Mr. Markham (Secretary of Stony Stratford F.C.) on the success of the Stony Stratford Minor Cup team, which had been successful in winning the Minor Cup at Slough by two goals to nil.
Mr. R. Williams congratulated the Cosgrove team on winning the League. Mr. Kerridge (captain) said they were very pleased to have won the cup, and hoped that if they again competed in the League they would win it again ; and a pleasant gathering terminated.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Saturday 27 August 1904

From an article: Northampton Town’s First Practice.
In Kerridge, the reserve right back from Cosgrove, Northampton have discovered a first-class player, who shaped like a workman all through, and frequently stopped the progress of the Whites’ forwards.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 03 September 1904

FOOTBALL. The Editor would glad to receive list of fixtures and prospects the coming season from secretaries local clubs. The football season is once more upon us, and we are indebted to the Hon. Secretary of the Buckingham League for a few particulars concerning the coming campaign, which we feel sure will interest our readers. Two Divisions will run, the first consisting of six clubs and the latter eight clubs. The Senior Division will made of Buckingham, Fenny Stratford, Newport Pagnell, Stantonbury St. James, Stony Stratford, and Wolverton. In Division II. will be found Bletchley Hotspur, Hanslope, Leighton Springs Reserves, Newport Reserves, Newport Unity, Stratford Reserves, and Wolverton. Reserves. Cosgrove, the cup holders, owing to their having lost several of their players, have not entered this season.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Monday 12 December 1904

The Rovers Reserves met Cosgrove on the Brickhill-road grounds, and made a draw of the game at three goals all. Cosgrove last year was at the head of the Buckingham League, Division 1., but most of their then players have joined Stony Stratford this year. Cosgrove no longer playing in the First Division. For the Rovers on Saturday F. Kilsby, S. Payler, and W. E. Burton were the scorers.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Saturday 29 July 1905

Mrs. William Orme Foster, who has been at Harrowgate, has been staying at Cosgrove Priory, Castlethorpe, but has now returned to Woodcote, Shropshire. The Duke and Duchess of Somerset were for some years tenants of the Priory, which is a most picturesque mediaeval place, before the succession to the title.


The Bucks Standard Saturday 09 November 1907

COSGROVE v. NORTHAMPTON ST. LUKE’S OLD BOYS. Played at Cosgrove on Saturday, November 2, and ended in a draw of three goals each.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Friday 20 October 1911

South Northants Medal Competition

Harpole Stars v. Cosgrove St. Peters
At Harpole


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Friday 27 October 1911

North Bucks Junior League

Cosgrove St. Peter’s v. Olney Town
At Cosgrove


Wolverton Express November 3rd 1911

COSGROVE

FOOTBALL SOCIAL.- Under the auspices of the Cosgrove Football Club, a most successful dance and social was held in the Schoolroom on Saturday evening, when there was a good company present. Mr. A. Walters (Stony Stratford) provided some capital music for the dancing, and the duties of M.C.’s was most efficiently carried out by Messrs. O. Gee and W. Brown. The refreshment department was ably managed by Messrs. A. Jelley and J. Swain. The Committee were Messrs. W. Brown, W. Lane, A. Jelly, J. Swain, with T. Tack as Hon. Secretary.


Croydon's Weekly Standard - Saturday 04 November 1911

COSGROVE v. OLNEY

Playing on their own ground Cosgrove inflicted a severe defeat on Olney, punishing them to the tune of 5 goals to nill.

Football Social. In connection with the Cosgrove Football Club a social was held in the schoolroom on Saturday evening. There was a capital attendance and the proceedings were most enjoyable. Mr. W. Brown and a committee made the arrangements, and Mr. A. Walton presided at the piano.


Croydon's Weekly Standard - Saturday 11 November 1911

FOOTBALL
BUCKS JUNIOR LEAGUE
STANTONBURY OLD BOYS v. COSOROVE ST. PETERS.

This match was played in the Red Bridge field at Stantonbury on Saturday, November 4, and resulted in a win for Cosgrove by 5 goals 2. Cosgrove won the toss and kicked towards the bridge end with the wind in their favour. Forcing the game they were soon one up, J. Brown scoring after Payne had saved from Bugby. This encouraged the visitors who continued to play with much vigour and dash, and after Childs put on a second goal the Old Boys’ left then got away but Foster’s shot went outside, and Ash with the goal kick, sent well up the field, which led to Brown putting on the third for Cosgrove. Prior to the interval the visitors scored a couple more through Brown and Bugby, and at half-time they were leading by 5 goals to nil. Upon the restart the Old Boys’ right wing broke away and Green scored a splendid goal with Ash well beaten, this being their first goal on their own ground this season. The homesters now attacked vigorously and for quite 30 minutes Cosgrove had to act on the defensive. St. Peters got away on the left but Harvey put a stop to their movements, and then Brooks put on a second goal for the Old Boys. Play was very fast towards the end and for the Old Boys green put on a third but the whistle had gone for a foul on Sergeant. Nothing resulted from the free kick. The Old Boys made many bold efforts to reduce their opponents’ lead but were unsuccessful and the end came with Cosgrove winners by 5 goals to 2. The teams lined up as follows under Mr. Edwards of Stony Stratford:,
Old Boys: Payne; Gacoyne and Bellchamber, Hooton, Turnley, Harvey, Green, Fincher, Brooks, Sergeant and Foster.
Cosgrove: Ash H. Jelley and ...ey, Tapp, W. Brown, Tack, Lambert, Bugby, J. Brown, Childs and Basson.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 04 November 1911


Croydon's Weekly Standard - Saturday 02 December 1911

In the semi-final of the South Northants Medal Competition on Saturday, Cosgrove visited Duston, and to the surprise of their supporters were beaten in a heavy scoring game by 5 goals to 3.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 16 December 1911

In the North Bucks League, Cosgrove, Stony Stratford St. Giles, and Newport Autos are running neck and neck honours for premier position.


Buckingham Express Saturday 27 January 1912


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Friday 01 November 1912

North Bucks Junior League Fixtures
November 23

Cosgrove v. Deanshanger


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Friday 15 November 1912

North Bucks Junior League

Newport St. Peter’s v. Cosgrove at Newport


Buckingham Express Saturday 14 December 1912

Cosgrove v. Stantonbury


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Friday 20 December 1912

North Bucks League

Aspley Guise v. Cosgrove at Aspley Guise


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Wednesday January 22 1913

North Bucks Junior League Fixtures

January 25
Cosgrove v. Potterspury

February 8
Newport Pagnell Autos v. Cosgrove

February 15
Linford v. Cosgrove

February 22
Cosgrove v. Newport Pagnell St. Peter’s

March 01
Stoke Goldington v. Cosgrove

March 15
Stony Stratford v. Cosgrove

March 22
Cosgrove v. Olney

March 29
Stantonbury St. Peter’s v. Cosgrove


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Tuesday 26 August 1913

NORTH BUCKS JUNIOR LEAGUE FIXTURES

September 13
Stoke Goldington v. Cosgrove

September 20
Cosgrove v. Potterspury

September 27
Cosgrove v. Newport Autos

October 4
Cosgrove v. Great Linford
Score Cosgrove 5, Linford Hornets 2

October 18
Buckingham v. Cosgrove

November 1
Wolverton Res. v. Cosgrove

November 8
Potterspury v. Cosgrove

November 29
Great Linford v. Cosgrove

December 6
Cosgrove v. Stantonbury

December 13
Cosgrove v. Wolverton Res.

December 20
Deanshanger v. Cosgrove

January 17 1914
Stony Stratford v. Cosgrove

February 7
Stantonbury v. Cosgrove

February 14
Cosgrove v. Stoke Goldington

February 21
Cosgrove v. Stony Stratford

February 28
Newport Autos v. Cosgrove

March 14
Cosgrove v. Buckingham

March 28
Cosgrove v. Deanshanger



Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 27 September 1913

This was Stoke’s first game in the competition. Cosgrove should have paid them a visit last Saturday week, but failed to turn up, because unable to raise a team.

Cosgrove and Potterspury drew 1 -1, in a hard game last Saturday. There was little to choose between the two sides, and a draw was a very fitting result.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 04 October 1913

In the North Bucks League there was some heavy scoring last Saturday, the heat making little difference to the forwards’ scoring powers. Cosgrove, playing at home, defeated Newport Autos by 5 goals to nil. Newport were perhaps a little unlucky to lose by so large a score, but Cosgrove were far the better team.

Cosgrove are playing Great Linford at Cosgrove, and this should a first-rate game. Each side have already won games in the competition, and 1 should not be surprised if a draw is not the result.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 11 October 1913

Seven goals were scored in the game between Cosgrove and Great Linford Hornets, at Cosgrove. Cosgrove’s quintette were in great form, scoring five times, while the Hornets got the other two, and so were beaten rather easily.

September 18th (Fair day), Cosgrove are the visitors to Ford Meadow, and what is in store for the Reds is only known to the gods. As Cosgrove defeated Newport  5—0 a week or two ago, and Newport trounced the Reds, 8—1, last Saturday, what will the result of the Buckingham v. Cosgrove game? A good whacking for somebody, on recent form.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 18 October 1913


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 01 November 1913

Wolverton reserves, who are not finding the competition [North Bucks League] a bed of roses, are at home to Cosgrove who should have no difficulty in defeating the Reserves.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 15 November 1913

A big crowd was present at Potterspury on Saturday to witness the local Derby between Potterspury and Cosgrove. The home team again failed win, another draw being the result.1—1. This fairly represents the match, and while a great deal of excitement was shown, both sets of players gave a sporting game. Potterspury obtained the first goal from a corner, while Cosgrove equalised from a free kick near goal. Cosgrove also missed a penalty. The home team pressed for the last minutes, and it was only the splendid defence of the visitors that prevented them scoring. The referee in this game was Mr. A. West, Buckingham, and the goal-scorers were Foulkes for the homesters and Jelley for Cosgrove. By the way, these two sides have been drawn together in the 2nd round of the South Northants Medal Competition, which is to take place on November 22nd at Cosgrove.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 22 November 1913

Cosgrove playing at home in the Northants Junior Cup, defeated Northampton All Saints, in a good game, by 2 goals to nil. J. Currage and Lambert scored the gaols.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 29 November 1913

Cosgrove playing at home, last Saturday, in the South Northants Medal Competition (Second Round), defeated Paulerspury by 1 goal to nil, W. Brown getting the goal.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 13 December 1913

Another good North Bucks League game took place at Cosgrove under the charge of Mr. West, Buckingham. Stantonbury St. Peters were the visitors, and after a fast game ended in draw, neither side being able pierce the defence.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 20 December 1913

Cosgrove, at Buckingham, in the North Bucks League; kick-off, 2.15.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 20 December 1913

Stantonbury St. Peters say that Cosgrove’s ground is the worst in the league, and wonder that no visiting team ever win there. But methinks Stantonbury rarely thought they would be the first to lower Cosgrove's colours, but they managed a draw, and so they blame the ground.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 27 December 1913

Cosgrove defeated Bugbrooke in the Northants’ Lower Junior Cup last Saturday, at Cosgrove, by 2 goals to nil.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 19 January 1914

Cosgrove, another unbeaten side in the competition, are due to visit Deanshanger to-day, where a good game should be witnessed. The homesters have shown in and out form during this season. But on their day they take a lot of beating, and Cosgrove will do a fine thing if they maintain their unbeaten record this afternoon. Referee, Mr. H. Holton (Buckingham).


Wolverton Express 23rd January 1914

COSGROVE’S FIRST DEFEAT

Stony entertained Cosgrove on Saturday in the North Bucks League, and more than pleased the large crowd of supporters present by winning in decisive fashion by 4 goals to nil. On previous visits Cosgrove have generally proved a tough proposition, but on Saturday they were completely outclassed by the re-organised home team.

Kerridge set the ball in motion and Claridge was almost immediately called upon to clear. The game had not been in progress many minutes when a disgraceful scene occurred – Morris the home right back in attempting to stop a rush by Lambert clearly fouled, but the offended player instead of leaving the matter with the referee struck a blow at his aggressor. After consultation, however, Mr Edwards allowed the player to continue. This incident was the signal for vigorous, almost rough play, and unfortunately towards the end feelings ran high.

Half an hour from the start Millard opened the scoring for Stony with a splendid first-time shot at long range, right up to the interval the visitors could not break the solid home defence, and but for the splendid goal kept by Jelley, the margin against them would have been considerable. Upon resumption Henson almost immediately increased the lead with a good shot, the result of a fine centre by Haddon. The visitors’ halves were working hard, but the forwards could not co-operate, with the result that the home goal was never in danger. The third goal was unfortunate for the visitors, Bugby in endeavouring to head clear placing the ball in his own goal. Before the end, Tooley put Stony further ahead, and there was every appearance of the performance being repeated when the final whistle sounded.

The Stony Team was : Claridge, Morris and Lambert; Tapp, Ross and Hudson; Haddon, Tooley, Stokes, Millard and Henson.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 24 January 1914

In the North Bucks League last Saturday, Stony Stratford played one of their best games of the season when they defeated Cosgrove, an unbeaten side in the competition, by four gaols to nil. The games was played at Stony Stratford, and was witnessed by a large number of spectators.


Wolverton Express 13th February 1914

COSGROVE ST PETER’S AND CUP TIES

The village club is making headway in the Northants Cup and Medal Competitions, and every endeavour is being made to capture at least, the trophies of one of the two competitions they are engaged in. In the Lower Junior Cup, they receive a visit tomorrow from Rushden C 1. The referee appointed to take charge of the game is Mr W H Sykes of Northampton. The other competition engaged in is the South Northants Village Medal Competition, and in this they have to meet Bugbrooke on March 21st. In this match they also have the good fortune to be drawn at home.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Monday 9 March 1914

BERKS AND BUCKS SENIOR CUP
Cosgrove 4, Stoke 1


Wolverton Express 13th March 1914

A COSGROVE SUSPENSION

At the monthly meeting of the Northants Football Association, held on Thursday, the North Bucks League match, Cosgrove St Peter’s v. Stony Stratford, which was played at Stony Stratford on January 7th, ending with the score of 4-0 in favour of the home team, came under discussion, the matter arising from the referee’s reports. F Lambert, of the Peter’s team, was reported for striking E Morris, a player of the Stony Stratford Club, and for this assault Lambert was suspended for 7 days.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 21 March 1914

FOOTBALL NOTES.

The wind and rain were the only conquerors of Cosgrove on Saturday last; the game between Buckingham Town and Cosgrove in the North Bucks League was drawn, 2—2. But although the conditions were anything but good, the game, will remembered as one of the most strenuous seen at Cosgrove this season. A draw was a very fair result, either side would have been unlucky to lose. All things considered, it was a wonderfully good game—fast, and containing many thrilling moments, with the ground treacherous (just as bad as Ford Meadow would have been on such a day), and rain falling during most of the game. The defence of both sides naturally had most of the play, but there were some really clever movements by the forwards. The ball travelled from end to end, and both goals were often in danger, but there was always lack of finish—under the circumstances mistakes were excusable. Cosgrove, who anticipated a rather easy victory, lost the toss, but they began with some strong rushes, which suggested that their anticipations would realised. But the Reds got together, and for the best part the first 45 minutes held their own. At half-time the score was 2—l in favour of the homesters. Early in the second period V. White got hurt and went into the vanguard from the back position, and from then the Reds improved mightily, and there were many determined onslaughts on the homesters’ goal. After a lovely piece of pacing V. White shot through, making the scores level, and from then until the finish the homesters played vigorous football and rained shots upon George, who had been playing a fine game in goal all through, but he was not to be beaten. It was keen struggle for the conquering goal, but the game ended, as stated above 2—2 each


Bucks Herald Saturday 18 April 1914

Buckingham has received a larger number of visitors than usual this Eastertide. Brilliant sunshine prevailed on Good Friday, and many of the inhabitants took advantage of the day to put in long day’s work in garden and allotment. It was a pretty general remark that it was quite a treat to be on the ground again after the late heavy, cold rains. On Saturday a game of football between the Town Club and Cosgrove, in the North Bucks League, attracted many spectators, and resulted in favour of the homesters by 1—0.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 18 April 1914

FOOTBALL NOTES.

“From victory to victory,"' we read somewhere, and to be the cry of the Reds just lately. Their latest success was last Saturday, when they defeated Cosgrove on Ford Meadow, in a North Bucks League game, by 1 goal to nil. Cosgrove, who are in the final of the South Northants Medal Competition, are a smart side when in full strength. Last Saturday they were minus one or two of their regular men, who were resting on account of their important game this afternoon with Kislingbury; but they managed to give the Reds a good game.


Wolverton Express Oct 29th 1915

AN APPEAL FOR FOOTBALLS FROM THE FRONT

Corporal J. Geary, “D” Company, 7th Oxford and Bucks, L. I., British Expeditionary Force, France, and late of High-street, Stony Stratford. Write: “May I make an appeal on behalf of the above Company, through your valuable paper, for a couple of footballs, of which we have none. As you are aware there are many of the Wolverton and Stratford boys in this Company and they approached me to make an appeal feeling sure that Wolverton and District will grant their request.”


Wolverton Express 14th April 1916

OUR BOYS AT FOOTBALL IN SALONICA

Pte Frank Williams, of D Company, 7th Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry at Salonica, son of Mr W. H. W. Williams, Green-Lane, Wolverton, write to the Editor of the Wolverton Express;

“A very interesting football match took place last Friday, March 24th in the vicinity of Salonica between two Companies of the 7th Oxford and Bucks L I, who are now doing active service in Greece, the two Companies being D Company and the Headquarters Company. This match was played after the Tommies had had a hard day’s work with the pick and the shovel, kicking off at 5.30 with an Aegean breeze.

D Company won the toss, and the Headquarters Company kicked off before a fair crowd, consisting of British and French troops. After a little even play the Headquarters were having all the game in their favour, and with a little excitement Tolley, of the Headquarters only just missing scoring. The Headquarters, only the sea breeze in their favour, were well over their opponents. Sherwood, at centre half, was showing his Northants league form for the Headquarters, but was unable to find Lewis, the old Watford goalie, weak, and as the whistle blew half time it was no score.

During the next half play was very even. E. Bennett, of the Headquarters, was very consistent at left half, but as the crowd emerged from the ground A J Ross placed the ball well in the goal mouth, and after a very excitable time Laddie Brown scored the only goal of the match. Thus D Company won by one goal to nil.

Look out for further accounts of other matches later on. Hoping you are in the best of health, as it leaves me top hole. We are having extraordinary hot weather.”


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 03 January 1920

Boxing Day the Salvation Army Band paraded the streets, making a collection, and there were the usual callers for Christmas-boxes. In the afternoon a football match resulted in a draw of 1—1 between the Buckingham Club and Cosgrove.

Bucks Herald Saturday 03 January 1920

On Boxing Day in the afternoon a football match resulted in a draw of 1 – 1 between the Buckingham Club and Cosgrove.


Bucks Standard February 28th 1920

BRADWELL ST. PETER’S v. COSGROVE.

On Saturday last the St. Peter’s visited Cosgrove and won handsomely. The ground was not of the usual size and it was in a bumpy condition, which really saved the score from being heavier. The visiting forwards were well placed and they combined in a manner which made the net well in their reach Cosgrove 2.


Bucks Standard April 3rd 1920

FOOTBALL
NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE – DIV. 1
NEWPORT PAGNELL V. COSGROVE

This match was played at Newport Pagnell on Saturday, and resulted in a draw, each side scoring once.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Tuesday 21 August 1920

STANTONBURY HOSPITAL CUP.

The Stantonbury Hospital Cup Competition has now been reorganised by the Berks and Bucks Football Association, and the Stantonbury Hospital Fund Committee, which is piloting the competition through its first season, has extended invitations to the following clubs in the district to take part, the majority having definitely accepted: Stantonbury St. Peter's, Stantonbury Albions, Hanslope, Great Linford, Old Wolverton, Olney Town, Stoke Goldington, Stony Stratford. Wolverton Town, Old Bradwell, Deanshanger. Bletchley, Newport Autos , Cosgrove, Potterspury, and Old Stratford. It is anticipated that the first round of the competition will be played in January in order not to clash with the preliminary and early rounds of the various county cap competitions which will be played in the district during the early part of the season.


Bucks Herald Saturday 04 September 1920

The Stantonbury Hospital Cup competition has now been reorganised by the Berks and Bucks Football Association, and the Stantonbury Hospital Fund Committee, which is piloting the competition through its first season, has extended invitations to the following clubs in the district to take part, the majority having definitely accepted: Stantonbury St. Peter’s. Stantonbury Albions, Hanslope, Great Linford, Old Wolverton, Olney Town, Stoke Goldington, Stony Stratford, Wolverton Town, Old Bradwell, Deanshanger, Bletchley, Newport Autos, Cosgrove, Potterspury, and Old Stratford. It is anticipated that the first round of the competition will be played in January in order not to clash with the preliminary and early rounds of the various county cup competitions which will be played in the district during the early part of the season.


Wolverton Express 24th September 1920

Football

COSGROVE ST PETER’S V STONY STRATFORD

The Stony Stratford team made a good start to their season’s program, winning their opening match on Saturday by five goals to nil. Cosgrove were their opponents. The fixture, which was originally to have been played at Stony Stratford was transferred to Cosgrove in order not to clash with the Town Hospital Fete. The team Stratford fielded on Saturday included a number of new players to those who assisted the team during their successful campaign last season. Cosgrove Club was also not fully represented. During the first half, Stratford had the best of the play. During the first thirty minutes, the visitors were constantly pressing, and scored through Jelley. Before the interval, Wain increased the lead by two further goals. In the latter stages of the second half, J Claridge registered the fourth, and before the final whistle, Stratford had increased the lead to five goals.

Stratford were represented by R Claridge; B Bull and Boughton; A Wilks, S Colton and S Fiddler; S Smith, J Claridge, P Jelley, S Wain and T Dicks.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Friday 08 October 1920

LOWER JUNIOR CUP
First Round

KINGSTHORPE C.I. v. COSGROVE On the Vicarage Field, Kingsthorpe. Referee: F. A. Thomson

Saturday results Kingsthorpe 8 Cosgrove 3


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Wednesday 29 December 1920

HOLIDAY RESULTS.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24.
NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE
 Wolverton Town 10. Cosgrove 0.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Thursday 30 December 1920

LEAGUE AND LOCAL MATCHES FOR SATURDAY
NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE. FIRST DIVISION
Cosgrove v. Bradwell St. Peter’s


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Monday 31 January 1921

NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE
Stony Stratford 4, Cosgrove 1


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Friday 04 February 1921

NORTH BUCKS & DISTRICT LEAGUE
            Compiled to include Jan. 29th
DIVISION 1.

P

W

D

L

F

A

P

Newport Autos

14

12

1

1

55

14

25

Deanshanger

11

10

0

1

36

10

20

Wolverton Town

12

9

1

2

59

9

19

Hanslope

14

9

0

5

45

30

18

Stony Stratford

12

7

3

1

41

15

17

Potterspury

15

8

1

6

40

26

17

Bradwell

11

5

2

4

29

28

12

Buckingham

12

4

3

5

21

33

11

Stoke Goldington

13

4

3

6

24

31

11

Bletchley

14

3

2

9

15

42

8

Great Linford

16

2

3

11

18

53

7

Olney Town

13

3

0

10

26

62

6

Cosgrove

15

0

1

14

15

81

7


Bucks Standard March 5th 1921

FOOTBALL

COSGROVE v. NEWPORT AUTOS.

The Autos experienced no difficulty in defeating Cosgrove last Saturday. They always held the upper hand and won easily by 7 goals to 1. Gil Daniells (4), Tandy (2) and Hobbs were the scorers. The Autos are still the League leaders.


Wolverton Express 8th April 1921

BRADWELL v COSGROVE

Cosgrove were visitors to the Red Bridge Field in the North Bucks League on Saturday last, the wooden spoonists proving easy victims by 4 – 0. The Peters [Bradwell] fielded a good team, Coles being the principle absentee, being injured in the game with Hanslope the previous Tuesday. Cosgrove played their usual team. The game was under the charge of Mr Reid, Northampton. The weather was glorious, but made football warm work. Play opened evenly in mid field. Olney was the first player to test the goalie, for after six minutes he broke through to open the scoring with a shot taken from just outside the penalty area, the ball striking the upright before entering the net. The Peters were constantly on the attack and the brothers Brice were playing with good understanding. Haynes was also prominent and Gaskins and Watts did fine things but could not score. After twenty minutes Gaskins tried a first shot twenty yards out which entered the net at a tremendous pace, giving the goalie no chance of saving. Play remained in the Peters favour, Lewis only being called upon once before the interval, when the Peters led by two goals to nil. The play opened again in the Peters favour and so one sided was the play that it was nothing but shooting in throughout. Only two goals were scored, these coming from Gaskins and Sergeant. This was the latter player’s first goal of the season. Only on two occasions during this half was Lewis called upon to save. Credit is due to the sporting manner of which Cosgrove continued to play their games, and had the Peters taken advantage of their scoring chances, double figures must have resulted. It was the easiest encounter the Peters have taken part in this season. Gaskins was the best player on the field, his play, especially during the second period, being a treat to watch. He got more shots at goal than any of the forwards on the field.


Wolverton Express 29th April 1921                                                           

At Linford, Cosgrove met another large defeat by 7 – 0. Cosgrove finished up their League fixtures on Monday, with a journey to Bletchley, where an evening match was played. Cosgrove were able to record a win by the score of 2 - 0. This season Cosgrove have only gained five points out of the maximum of 48. These were obtained from wins over Bradwell and Bletchley and a drawn game at Buckingham. Of the 21 goals registered by their own players only 9 were scored at Cosgrove, and only once in home matches has the club scored more than one goal. A total of 119 goals have been netted by Cosgrove’s opponents, 57 being scored at Cosgrove, and 62 on away grounds.


Wolverton Express 14th April 1922

FRIENDLIES – STONY STRATFORD THURSDAYS V COSGROVE

A friendly match between the above teams was played at Stony Stratford on Thursday last. The clubs were represented as follows:

Stratford Thursdays: R. G. Oldham; F. Giles and A. Goodridge; F. Canvin, J. Hillyer and V. Pittam, E. Chown, E. Foulkes, W. Howe, R. Meadows, and A. Brown.

Cosgrove St Peter’s: A. Cadd, P. Jelley and A Giles, F. Barby, A. Young and P. Swain, G. Jelley, O. Childs, S. Lucas, F. Childs and S. Lord.

Stratford won the toss and W. Howe chose to play with both wind and sun. The opening play was even but after 15 minutes Cosgrove opened the scoring. Following this reverse, Stratford attacked with vigour. A Cosgrove defender handled in the penalty area from which they made the scores level. After this the village lads set about their task in determined fashion and were soon leading by two goals which they held till the interval.

Now playing with the wind Cosgrove were soon attacking and added number 4. Had it not been for the good work of Oldham in the Stratford goal, Cosgrove must have got several more goals. Stratford improved after this and from a breakaway managed to reduce the lead. The village lads defence was in great form and well held the Stratford forwards. The final whistle sounded with Cosgrove winners by 4 – 2. Scorers for Cosgrove were F. Childs (2), S. Lucas and O. Childs; for the losers E. Foulkes and J. Hillyer. Mr Jelley proved a very capable referee.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Monday 12 September 1921

NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE

Cosgrove 3, Olney Res. 1


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Saturday 04 September 1922

NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE
DIVISION 1

Old Wolverton v. Cosgrove
Result Old Wolverton 0 Cosgrove 3


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Monday 18 September 1922

NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE
DIVISION 1

Cosgrove v. Stantonbury Res.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Monday 9 October 1922

NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE

Cosgrove 1 (Freeman), Old Stratford 1 (Butler)


Wolverton Express 12th January 1923

DIVISION II

COSGROVE ST PETER’S V OLD WOLVERTON

Old Wolverton visited Cosgrove last Saturday to play the St Peter’s. After their victory over Stratford Reserves the previous week a keen game was expected, but it proved to be a very one-sided affair. Cosgrove attacked from the start and after ten minutes play opened the scoring. They gave the visitors’ defence a hard time and added two more goals before the interval, half time arriving with the home team leading by 3 – 0. The second half followed on much the same lines as the first. The visitors were rarely dangerous. The home team had plenty of shooting practice and scored 4 goals to the visitors’ 1.

The final score was Cosgrove 7, Old Wolverton 1. Scorers for the winners were W. Jelley (4) and Freeman (3), and for the losers, H. Warwick.


Wolverton Express 23rd February 1923

COSGROVE v SHERINGTON

Played at Cosgrove on Saturday and resulted in a draw of 2 goals each. The home team was below strength, both the regular inside forwards being absent. Cosgrove soon opened the scoring, and although having most of the play were unable to add to their lead. After 30 minutes the visitors equalised and five minutes later scored again. The interval arrived with the score 2 – 1 in favour of the visitors. During the second half the visitors were penned in and were kicking out most of the time. Shots were sent in from all directions, but each time the ball was either charged down by the backs or saved by their goalie. However, ten minutes from the end the home team scored. Cosgrove netted again but the whistle had gone for offside. Although still pressing to the finish, the home team could not score again, and the final whistle sounded with the points divided. F. Childs scored both goals for Cosgrove.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Monday 03 September 1923

NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE
Cosgrove 8, Sherington 1.


Wolverton Express 28th September 1923

North Bucks League Division 2

WOLVERTON ST MARY DRAW WITH COSGROVE

Wolverton St Mary’s were at home with Cosgrove as visitors on Saturday last in a North Bucks League Division 2 game. The first portion of the game was very even. The ball travelled from end to end of the field, and several fruitless corners were forced by each side. The home side took up the attack and Jelley was called upon several times. The visitors soon retaliated and opened the score through F. Barby, who beat the home custodian with a long shot. The sun shining in his eyes caused him to misjudge the ball. St Mary’s strongly pressed and there were several scrimmages in the visitors’ goal mouth, but the right touch was lacking. After the restart, play for a time was mid field. Then both goalies were called upon but neither side was very aggressive. The home team returned to the attack, but for some times were unable to break through the visitors’ defence. Following a melee in the Cosgrove goal, A. Bonham broke through and equalised 15 minutes from time. Cosgrove made determined efforts to obtain the lead, but the home defence was sound. The teams lined up as follows:

St Mary’s: A. J. Mackerness; J. Bason and R. Muscutt; J. Bird, C. East and R. Johnson; W. Claydon, F. Eaton, R. Bonham, E. Little and F. Claydon.

Cosgrove: P. Jelley; W. Swain and M. Jelley; R. Brown, F. Barby and J. Wise, F. Childs, W. Jelley, O. Childs, B. West and S. Eglesfield.


Wolverton Express 12th October 1923

NORTH BUCKS AND DISTRICT LEAGUE

NEWPORT AUTOS RES V COSGROVE

This game took place at Newport last Saturday. The Autos first team being without a game the Reserves were greatly strengthened by the inclusion of three first team players, whereas Cosgrove were much below full strength, four of their regular men being unable to play. Under the circumstances they did well to keep the score down to 5 – 2, in fact this score rather flatters the home team. Play opened at a great pace, the home team playing with the wind in their favour, being very keen on forcing matters. The visitors’ defence was in rare form and time and again cleared under great pressure. The Peter’s [Cosgrove] forwards made many raids on the home goal, and a less capable goalie than Claridge would have been beaten on more than one occasion. However, the reserves opened the scoring, and soon after added number 2, but the Peter’s defence held out, the interval arriving with the Res leading by 2 – 0. The second half was only a few minutes old when the home team added to their score. But this reverse livened the Peter’s up and in a few minutes they had reduced the lead and only splendid saves by the goalie kept the visitors from adding to their score. The homesters again attacked and then scored number 4. The Peter’s still kept pegging away, and again found the net. Just before the end a visiting defender notched Newport’s fifth goal, the final whistle sounding with the homesters winners by 5 – 2. It was a very clean game, and also the hardest that Newport Reserves have had this season.


Wolverton Express 26th September 1924

COSGROVE

A successful dance was held in the Clubroom of the St Peter’s Football Club on Thursday last, when about 40 dancers enjoyed the dance music provided by Mrs Keech at the piano. Mr C Evans was the MC. This was the first of a series of weekly dances in aid of Football Club funds.


Wolverton Express 26th September 1924

NEWPORT AUTOS SWAMPED BY COSGROVE

Newport Autos visited Cosgrove St Peter’s on Saturday and were beaten by almost a “Cricket score” – Cosgrove 16, Newport 1. Newport were well represented, and at the commencement of the game their play was such that a score of this description was beyond all thought. Eglesfield opened the scoring for Cosgrove with a goal which proved the best of the match. After the second goal had been scored against the Autos after 20 minutes play, the team completely collapsed and Cosgrove made rings round their opponents. The half time score was 6 – 0, and ten goals were added in the second half. Eight players figured in the scoring: W. Jelley obtaining 5, A. Giles 3, Wise 2, Castle 2, Stimpson, R. Giles, Eglesfield and O. Childs one each.

Cosgrove’s team was : T. Hillyer, A. Giles and Tack; J. Wise, Stimson and Bushell; R. Giles, Jelley, T. Castle, O. Childs and S. Eglesfield.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 27 September 1924

The Newport Autos had a very severe trouncing in a North Bucks League fixture with Cosgrove last Saturday, when they were beaten, according to one Press report, by 16 goals to 1


Wolverton Express 3rd October 1924

NORTH BUCKS AND DISTRICT LEAGUE

COSGROVE BEATEN AT OLNEY

The only game in the North Bucks and District League on Saturday was played at Olney, when another high scoring game resulted, Olney winning by 11 goals to 3. At the opening Cosgrove were the best team and for the first half hour kept their opponents penned in their own half. During this time they scored once, but a breakaway by Olney led to the equaliser which changed the whole run of the game. In the quarter of an hour following this, Olney netted five times. In the second half, Olney, who were the heavier team, over ran their opponents and scored frequently. The scorers for the home team were Lovell 5, Dix 3, Coles 3, and for Cosgrove W. Jelley 2 and H. Castle 1.


Wolverton Express 23rd October 1925

FOOTBALL Friendlies : Cosgrove 2 - Hanslope 0

Cosgrove visited Hanslope on Saturday in a friendly fixture and won by a two goal margin. Swain and Gascoyne were the scorers. Dunkley and Luck played well on the visitors’ right wing, whilst W Swain proved a good leader of the attack. Gascoyne and Meakins on the left wing were unable to stay the pace. The halves worked well, especially S. Bushell. His brother Tom met with injuries to the right wrist and ankle which made him a passenger in the team for part of the game. F. Johnson played well at back, whilst E. Kingston between the sticks did good work.

This week Cosgrove, who defeated Roade by 13-1 earlier in the season, visit Roade for the return fixture.


Wolverton Express 24th September 1926

North Bucks and District League

Cosgrove 1 : Stoke Goldington 0

These teams met in a return fixture at Cosgrove on Saturday, when the home team took a further two points from last season’s champions of the division. A good game was witnessed, interesting throughout. In spite of the heat of the afternoon, a fast pace was maintained, although the long grass made the low passing game difficult. Stoke Goldington adopted the right tactics in such conditions of the long kicking, and were always dangerous. They were also stronger in defense, and the one goal scored against them had an element of luck, although well secured. It was in the last minute of the first half that a shot by Cook hit the side of the leg of a Stoke defender, and the ball deflected out of the reach of the goal keeper. Cosgrove had the smarter forward line, but the feature of the game was the fine display of both goalies, who showed excellent anticipation and skill. On the run of play there was little to choose between the two teams.

Mr F. Cope, Wolverton, ably controlled the game.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 27 September 1924

The Newport Autos had a very severe trouncing in a North Bucks League fixture with Cosgrove last Saturday, when they were beaten, according to one Press report, by 16 goals to 1


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 23 October 1926

FRIENDLY MATCHES.
COSGROVE 8. OLD STRATFORD 3.

This friendly encounter was arranged because neither club had league engagement and was played at  Cosgrove on Saturday. The game was a fast one, with the homesters dominant, goals being secured by S. Bushel (3), W. Luck (3) E. Gascoyne, and J. Dunkley. The visitors scored through Henson (penalty), Lake, and B. Pittam.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 06 November 1926

EMBERTON 1. COSGROVE 6.

The game opened in fine style, the home team forcing corners in quick succession. As soon the visitors were settled down they took the lead through H. Cook, and the same player completed his hat-trick before the interval. Soon after resuming, the home team scored, giving the goalie no chance. The visitors then took charge of the game, and went further ahead through M. Knight and H. Cook (2). The latter player scored five times.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 18 December 1926

NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE (Division II.).
WICKEN 3. COSGROVE 11.

Fourteen goals were scored at on Saturday last, eleven which were obtained by the visitors, who were much too strong for their opponents. It was practically a one-sided game. Cosgrove doing the major portion of the attacking, and they led at the interval by 5-1. In the second half play was of a similar nature, eight goals being obtained. Cosgrove’s goals were secured W. Jelley, H. Cook. B. Giles, and E. Gascoyne.


Wolverton Express 1st January 1927

North Bucks and District League

Cosgrove on Saturday entertained Emberton and finished up their home games by winning by 5 goals to 0.  They have not been defeated on their own ground this season. The home team winning the toss, set to the visitors to face a strong wind and sun.  From the start Cosgrove took control of the game and Priestley, Barby and Jelley all tried shots which were charged down.  The visitors’ goal had many escapes.  After Emberton had missed a chance to take the lead Bushell opened the scoring for Cosgrove after the visitors’ goalie had saved from jelly.  From the centre Cosgrove went further ahead with a header by Bushell from a corner, Knight scored the third by rushing the goalkeeper into the net.  Bushell then got his hat trick with a long shot.  Half time arrived with the home defence untroubled, Kingston not having touched the ball during the first half.  Midfield play was witnessed throughout the second half, neither goalkeeper being seriously troubled.  Jelley stored a further goal for Cosgrove just before the end. Emberton were awarded a penalty which they failed to utilize.


Wolverton Express 4th February, 1927

Old Wolverton 2 Cosgrove 1

A game having an important bearing on the leadership of the Second Division, North Bucks League, was played at Old Wolverton on Saturday, when the Trinity entertained Cosgrove with an interesting result of 2 - 1 for the home team.  By this weekend, Old Wolverton again take the leadership of the division.  The teams were composed as follows:

Cosgrove: C Knight: A. Giles and G. Stewart: S Bushell, J Prisley, and F Barby: R. Giles, W Jelley, T Castle, H Cook, and S Eglesfield.

Old Wolverton: McEachran: F Sharp and D Kemp: A Parrott, W Bull, and W Axby: R. Cook, F. Coles, F Whitehead, J Eales, and R Tucker.

Cosgrove who won the toss had the advantage of a wind blowing obliquely across the pitch.  They had the better of the opening play, but afterwards the game became more even, the ball travelling quickly from goal to goal.  Coles with a long shot drove the ball against the Cosgrove crossbar and as it bounced to the ground, to all appearances it seemed as though the ball crossed the goal line, but when the ball came out again into play the referee allowed the game to proceed although he was appealed on the point.  Knight later saved a “sitter” from Whitehead at the expense of a corner.  The home goal had a fortunate escape near the interval. Eglesfield, who with Cooke, made a lively win for Cosgrove, fired a shot over the crossbar from close range.  The score sheet remained blank at the interval. 

Old Wolverton with the wind during the second half, kept play in the Cosgrove area for some time, but the visitors defence played soundly.  In a spurt to the other end, Jelley finished weakly whilst Cook put in a hot drive which McEachran smartly pushed behind for a corner, which was cleared. Eglesfield also skimmed the crossbar with a shot.  Old Wolverton opened the scoring after 17 minutes, Whitehead netting a centre from Eales.  Pay became more spirited following this and in an attack by Cosgrove, Kemp cleared from off the goal line with McEachran out of his charge.  Kemp cent the ball well up the field to Whitehead who sent Tucker away on the wing to score with a fast grounder.  A few minutes later Cosgrove reduced the lead through Jelley who took advantage of a mistake by Kemp in the goalmouth.  Old Wolverton were attacking during the closing play and Knight saved well from Eales.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 05 February 1927

OLD WOLVERTON TRINITY 2, COSGROVE 1.

This match was played at Old Wolverton on Saturday last, and the result, as was expected, will have an effect on the championship of the league. Both teams were below usual strength owing to the ’flu. Old Wolverton’s goal-scoring centre-forward, W. Birdsey, was one of the absentees.
The game started before poor attendance, due to counter-attraction at Wolverton. The first half was evenly contested. The Trinity scored a perfectly legitimate goal, the ball hitting underneath the crossbar and bouncing down well over the line, but the referee ignored the claim of players and linesman. In the second half the Trinity took up the game and gave Cosgrove a bad time, scoring twice through Whitehead and Tucker, both being good goals. Cosgrove scored through W. Jelley, and made great effort to equalise.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Friday 04 March 1927

NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE
COSGROVE v. DEANSHANGER

At Cosgrove, at 3 p.m.

Cosgrove. E. Kingston, A. Giles, G. Stewart, F. Barby, J. Priestly, M. Knight, R. Giles, W. Jelly, T. Castle, S. Bushell, S. Eglesfield.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Friday 11 March 1927

NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE
COSGROVE v. BUCKINGHAM RES.

At Cosgrove, at 3 p.m.

Cosgrove. E. Kingston, A. Giles, G. Stewart, F. Barby, J. Priestly, M. Knight, R. Giles, W. Jelly, T. Castle, S. Bushell, S. Eglesfield.


Wolverton Express 11th March, 1927

North Bucks League

Cosgrove St Peter’s 4,   Deanshanger 1

The divisional leaders entertained a near neighbours, Deanshanger, on Saturday and won by 4 goals to 1.

The visitors were the first to attack, and the home goalie was severely tested by Bird and Toombs.  Then play was taken to the other end where W Jelley opened the scoring with a good shot.  A melee in front of the visitors’ goal looked dangerous and the goalie did well to stop two hot drives from Knight.  He was, however, beaten by this player shortly afterwards.  Cosgrove were enjoying the best of play and just before the interval obtained their third through Castle, who headed in a centre from R. Giles.  Right upon time, Tombs gave the Cosgrove goalie considerable trouble with a strong shot. Cosgrove were leading by 3 goals to nil at the interval. 

The second half was more even and the ground was by this time in a very bad condition owing to the heavy rain.  Castle scored Cosgrove’s fourth goal midway through the half, and later the visitors scored from a penalty which was taken the second time.  W Tapp took the first kick and Kingston saved, but the referee owing to an infringement ordered the kick to be retaken and Bird netted.

Cosgrove were represented by E. Kingston, A. Giles and G. Stewart; F Barby, J. Priestley and M Knight; R. Giles, W Jelley, T Castle, S Bushell and S Eglesfield.


Wolverton Express 11th March, 1927

North Bucks League Div II

Cosgrove St Peter’s 3, Old Wolverton Trinity 1

There was a good attendance of spectators from the surrounding district to witness this game which was played at Cosgrove on Saturday.  Cosgrove won the toss and had the advantage of a crosswind.  The opening play was fast and the home goal had a lucky escape when the ball rolled across the front of the goal mouth.  At the other end the visitors’ goal was the scene of a struggle, but eventually the ball was cleared, the visitors attacked hotly and forced four consecutive corners and for one of the centres the ball again rolled across the goalmouth, but it was scrambled away.  Cosgrove broke away but Sharpe cleared.  Knight shortly afterwards drove the ball back into the visitors’ goal mouth and following a scramble for possession Castle sent the ball into the corner of the net to give Cosgrove the lead after 18 minutes.  Playing now became exciting and fast, both sides attacking in turn.  McEachran saved well from Giles by turning the ball over the bar for a corner.  Old Wolverton had a fine opportunity of equalising just before the interval.  Whitehead receiving from Birdsey went through, and when about to shoot with an open goal missed his step and put the ball by the post.  Interval score: Cosgrove 1, Old Wolverton nil. 

The second half opened with both teams playing strongly.  The home team were awarded a penalty, a visiting defender having handled the ball, and from the resultant kick W Jelley put them further ahead.  McEachran partly saved the shot, but the greasy condition of the ball made it slip through his hands.  The visitors pressed and Cook and Coles had shots saved by Kingston.  At the other end Gidman badly miskicked in front of goal and Castle practically walked the ball into the net for the third goal after 28 minutes play.  Old Wolverton forced a corner straight from the kick off.  Cook sent the ball in and it was returned to the winger who took a shot at goal, the ball passing over the heads of players swarming the goalmouth and into the net.  The visitors put on pressure after this success and Tucker went near to further reducing the lead, putting the ball along the front of the crossbar, with Kingston beaten.  Both sides played out strongly until the end, with Cosgrove the better team, deserving their win.  Final score: Cosgrove 3, Old Wolverton 1. 

The teams lined up under the charge of Mr. WA Pickering (Northampton) as follows:

Cosgrove St Peter’s: E. Kingston; R. Giles and G. Stewart; G Bugby, J Prisley and M Knight; R. Giles, W Jelley, T Castle, S Bushell, and S Eglesfield. 

Old Wolverton Trinity: McEachran; C Gidman and P Sharpe; A Parrott, W Bull and W Axby; R Cook, F. Coles, S Whitehead, W Birdsey, and R Tucker.


Wolverton Express 18th March 1927

Cosgrove 3 Buckingham 1

The divisional leaders at home further improve their position on Saturday by defeating Buckingham by three goals to one. All the scoring took place in the first half. T Castle netted first for Cosgrove, and W Jelly added a second, while the former player scored number 2.


Wolverton Express 8th April, 1927

North Bucks League

Woughton 1, Cosgrove 7

This match at Woughton on Saturday was an important one, for by the result Cosgrove gained the divisional championship honours.  It was a scrappy game and rain fell throughout.  A. Giles won the toss for the visitors and set the home team to face a strong wind and rain.  But the visitors soon settled down, and Jelley hit the crossbar with a long shot.  After ten minutes R. Giles opened the scoring with a fine shot, and Bushell shortly afterwards added the second goal.  Woughton retaliated, and Kingston, in dealing with a hot shot, turned the ball off to the upright from which it rebounded into the net.  Bushell scored Cosgrove’s third goal before the interval. After the change of ends Cosgrove had matters all their own way and netted four goals in quick succession, Castle claiming two, whilst Bushell and Jelley each had one, with two strong shots.  The final school was: Cosgrove 7 Woughton 1.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 30 April 1927


Wolverton Express 6th May 1927

Footballers celebrate

To celebrate their winning of the championship of Division II of the north bucks league, the Cosgrove St Peter’s football club held a supper and smoking concert at their headquarters, the Barley Mow Inn on Saturday last. The Cosgrove club enjoyed a very successful season and only lost two of 18 games played and the majority of the matches were won by very decisive margins, as the goal average of 83 for and 22 against, indicates. They were fortunate in having a good list of players to choose from, yet the team fielded was very little altered week by week and only then altered where circumstances made it necessary. Their success was all the more noteworthy by the fact that the majority of the playing members were village residents.

A company numbering about 60 sat to well laid tables. There were a number of visitors present including Mr. R Whiting, Mr. W Gee, and Mr. J E Harding (the two latter representing the North Bucks and District League). Mr. W Gee occupied the chair in the absence of Captain PY Atkinson. The chairman gave the loyal toast, which was honoured, and then read letters of apology from Captain Atkinson, Lieutenant-Colonel LC Hawkins JP CC and Mr. J G Knight, all of whom wished the function success.

The chairman congratulated the club on winning the Divisional honours and referred to the past history of the club, during the whole of which it was a force to be reckoned with in local football. He also referred to the time when Mr. Walter Gee (chairman of the Wolverton town F C), and many others, who were well-known in local football, played for Cosgrove.

The remainder of the evening was spent in harmony and enjoyable songs were rendered by Mr. H Coxhill, Mr. E Skinner (Wolverton) Mrs Hartell, Messrs. E. Kingston, C Eglesfield, M Knight, Robinson, C. Burnell, Hartell, Ratcliffe, S Sanders, and P Horne. Mr M. Jones made a very able accompanist. Their supper was excellently catered for by Mr. and Mrs. Andrews (the Host and Hostess) and much enjoyed. They had the helpful assistance of Mrs. Horne, Mrs. D. Andrews Jr., Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Brown, Mrs Bushell, Mr F. Andrews, and Mr. T Bushell, who were responsible for the serving and preparing the tables.

All other arrangements were carried out by the committee of the club with Mr. A Jelley efficiently performing the duties of hon. Secretary, an office he has held with the club throughout its successful season.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 06 May 1927

Cosgrove Football Club on Saturday set an example which other clubs might well follow. The club held a supper to celebrate the winning of a league championship, and only one speech was made. Usually at gatherings of this kind the greater part of the evening is taken up with speeches that none of the company want to hear.

COSGROVE. FOOTBALL CLUB.

A supper and smoking concert took place at the Barley Mow Inn, Cosgrove, on Saturday in celebration of the success of the Football Club in winning the championship of Division II of the North Bucks League. About 60 were present and Mr. J. W. Gee, the chairman of the league, who presided, congratulated the team, but this was the only speech, and the evening was given over to harmony.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 07 May 1927

COSGROVE NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

St. Peter’s F.C. celebrated their winning Division II of the North Rucks League by a dinner and smoking contest at the Barley Mow, on Saturday. Mr. J. W. Gee (Wolverton). Chairman of the League, presided, and the company numbered about 60. The Chairman congratulated the Club on their success and the sportsmanship they had displayed. Songs other items were contributed by members of the company.


Wolverton Express 20 May, 1927

Cosgrove

Football Club Presentations and Dance

A large number of supporters of the Cosgrove FC were present at the victory dance held on Saturday last. During the evening the team, who are the champions of Division II of the North Bucks League, were presented with their medals by Mrs Atkinson of Cosgrove Priory. Miss Gune Atkinson and Captain PY Atkinson were also present. Short speeches were made by the chairman Mr. A Noble, Mrs. Atkinson, Captain P Y Atkinson, and the popular captain of the team, Mr A. Giles. The recipients were greeted by loud and prolonged cheers.

Musical honours were recorded by Mrs Atkinson, who was presented by Mr A. Giles with a framed photograph of the team and officials as a slight token of her many kindnesses to them. Mrs A. Andrews was the pianist while Messrs. F Hillyer and E. Kingston were M C’s. The refreshments were in the capable hands of Mrs. G Brown, Mrs. P Horne, Mrs Bushell, Mrs. A Smith, and Mrs. Stewart. The committee, under the chairmanship of Mr. A Noble, are to be congratulated on a most pleasant and successful evening.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 17 September 1927

NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE (DIV. II).
COSGROVE 4. WINSLOW RES 4.

It was evident from the commencement of the game that Cosgrove were intent on retaining their unbeaten home record of last season and before ten minutes had passed had found the net twice. From this point Winslow appeared to be getting a better grip of the game and after several dangerous movements eventually reduced the lead, changing end with the score 2—1 in favour of the home team. Following the interval some good football was witnessed in which Winslow equalised. Cosgrove then attacked with renewed vigour and added two more goals in quick succession. Winslow, however, fought back in convincing style scoring again ten minutes from the end. The equalising goal came with but a few minutes to go, and the final whistle went with Winslow pressing hard.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 October 1927

COSGROVE. DANCE.

A successful dance in the Council Schools on Saturday was behalf of the Cosgrove Football Club. About 90 were present.


Wolverton Express 14th October, 1927

North Bucks and District League

Cosgrove 3, Old Wolverton 2.

Considerable interest marked the meeting of these two teams on Saturday last at Cosgrove.  The home team was successful by the odd goal in five after a keen and exciting game.

Cosgrove kicked off before a good attendance and the Trinity attacked first, but were soon driven back and Birdsey put by. Kemp miskicked in the visitors’ defence, Purdey saving the situation.  A nice movement on the Trinity’s left was spoilt by Whitehead who gave Kingston a weak shot which he easily saved.  The home side attacked and forced two corners, but without result.  Coles fouled a home player about 25 yards from goal and Prisley with a hot drive opened the scoring direct from the kick. This goal came after 10 minutes play. 

The visitors took up the running and, from a free kick, Hall tested Kingston with a good drive which the custodian saved well.  At the other end the visitors stood appealing for offside and let Birdsey through.  Fortunately for them he made a poor finish, the ball being cleared.  Play was transferred to the Cosgrove end where Goodridge centred the ball well for Eales to put the Trinity on level terms, the goalie having no chance to save.  Cosgrove progressed strongly and forced a corner.  R. Giles plays the ball well into the goalmouth where Birdsey gave the home team the lead with a header.  From a breakaway by the visitors, Tucker missed a good opportunity of putting old Wolverton on level terms.  Gidman cleared a dangerous movement on the visitors’ right and from an infringement by the home team Keightley placed well into the goalmouth and Kingston did well to save. 

Even play was now witnessed, both sides attacking in turn.  The visitors right wing made an attack, but Coles shot weakly by.  A corner taken by Goodridge was well placed, but Tucker failed when in a good position.  The interval arrived with the home team leading by two goals to one.  The second half was fought out strongly, much even play being witnessed.  In a breakaway by the visitors, Goodridge had his shots charged down by Stewart and from the rebound Coles put over from close range.  Cosgrove took play to the other end where, from a centre by Eglesfield, Birdsey easily headed in and gave Cosgrove the lead of two goals.  Play became exciting and not many minutes had elapsed before Old Wolverton reduced Cosgrove’s lead from a penalty for hands, Bull being the marksmen.  Bushell, at the other end put by when well placed.  Goodridge tried a long shot as did Axby, both without result.  The visitors took command of the game at this period and Kingston saved shots from Whitehead, Eales, and Bull.  Following a miskick by Kenp in the Trinity’s defence, Godfrey saved well from Castle.  Old Wolverton towards the end kept Cosgrove practically on the defensive, but could not score and were attacking when the final whistle sounded.

The teams lined up as follows: Cosgrove St Peter’s: E. Kingston; C Gidman, G. Stewart; F Barby, J Prisley, W Odell; R. Giles, W Birdey, T Castle, S Bushell, S Eglesfield.

Old Wolverton Trinity: A. Godfrey; A Pooley, D Kemp; R Keightley, W Bull, W Axby; S Goodridge, S. Coles, S Whitehead, J Eales, R Tucker.

Mr F Cope, Wolverton, had charge of the game.


Wolverton Express 4th November, 1927

Buckingham Hospital Cup

Paulerspury 2 Cosgrove 1

Cosgrove visited Paulerspury in the Buckingham Hospital Cup on Saturday last, and won by the odd goal of five. Their success was all the more creditable seeing that they played six reserves, and the football they put up should carry them well into the competition.  The home team started off strongly, and the visitors’ defence had a busy time, Johnson being called upon to save several hot shots.  Paulerspury secured their first goal after ten minutes’ play, and continued to have the better of exchanges up to half time.  L. Giles and Bushell played well in the visitors’ defence in preventing the visitors from scoring further goals before the interval.  Cosgrove improved in the second half and was soon in the picture.  Gascoyne equalised when the first time which well beat the goalie.  Both of the Cosgrove wingers were playing well and from a centre by Eglesfield, Gascoigne scored a second goal.  The visitors, continuing to dominate play, went further ahead by Gascoyne completing his hat trick.  Just before the final whistle Paulerspury had a breakaway, from which they gained a corner.  From the flag kick Bushell, in endeavouring to clear, headed through his own goal.

Cosgrove were represented by: T. Johnson; L. Giles and T Bushell; M Knight, T. Cummings and F Barby; T Eglesfield, S Bushell, E Gascoyne, W Luck, and R. Giles.


Wolverton Express 11th November, 1927

South Northants Village Medal Competition

Spratton 2 Cosgrove 3 and

Cosgrove St Peter’s visited Spratton in the South Northants Village Medal Competition on Saturday, and won by the odd goal of five, thus securing entry into the semi-final round.  The home team scored first, but Cosgrove were able to wipe off this deficiency and secure a 2-1 lead by the interval.  Cosgrove further increased their lead in the early part of the second half for Spratton to later reduce the margin.  In the closing stages Cosgrove had a goal disallowed.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 14 January 1928

NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE
BUCKINGHAM UNFORTUNATE
COSGROVE 3. BUCKINGHAM 0.

After being without a game for three weeks, Buckingham visited Cosgrove in search of North Bucks League points on Saturday last. Winning the toss, Cosgrove took advantage of the breeze and slope. Buckingham were quickly off the mark and soon tested the home goalie, who cleared in fine style. After ten minutes’ play Buckingham were awarded a penalty for a foul on Smith, but Ridgway sent wide. Cosgrove attacked with vigour, but the ball went behind. Buckingham were quickly on the offensive again, and White missed an easy chance to give the visitors the lead when he crashed the ball against the bar with the goal untenanted. Cosgrove attacked and were awarded a penalty for an alleged foul, and as a result took the lead. Following this misfortune the Robins attacked strongly, but seemed unable to do anything right, for many gilt-edged opportunities were allowed to go by. Futher misfortune befell the visitors when

Cosgrove went still ahead, the ball going off Isham into the net. This rather discouraged the visitors, for although playing well in midfield they were unable to make any headway near goal. To add to this, Gunthorpe put the ball through his own goal to add further to Cosgrove’s credit. Half-time arrived with the home team leading by three goals. In the second half Cosgrove went off with a dash and forced an abortive corner in the first minute. Gradually the Robins drove them back and penned them in their own half, but so well did the homesters pack their goal that the goalie was not often called upon, and when was dealt with the shots very effectively Except for occasional breakaways the Robins still continued to keep the play in their opponents’ half, and did everything bar score. Cosgrove adopted the defensive tactics of kicking out, and a lot of time was spent in throwing the ball in. Though having much the best of the game, Buckingham failed to score, and the final whistle sounded with Cosgrove hanging on to their lead.


Bucks Herald Saturday 27 January 1928

At a meeting of the Council of the Buckingham Hospital Cup, held on Friday last, the draw for the third round and semi-finals was made as follows;— Third Round; (A) Twyford or Charndon v. Buckingham Town; (B) Quainton v. Great Horwood; (C) Tingewick v. Brackley Town; (D) Towcester Town v Cosgrove. To be played before March 10th. Semi-finals: Winner of A v. winner of C; winner of D v. winner of B. To be played or before April 14th. First named Club in each case to have choice of grounds.


Wolverton Express 27th January, 1928

Cosgrove 4, Wicken 3.

On Saturday last week Wicken visited Cosgrove, who were of the opinion that they were going to have an easy victory, and were anxious to atone for the surprise they received when they visited Wicken earlier in the season.  Cosgrove won the toss and kicked with the wind, which was blowing rather fresh.  After ten minutes play the home team scored the first goal.  At two minutes to half time the score still stood at 1 - 0, but when the whistle blew it was 3 - 0 in favour of the home team.  Cosgrove again scored in the second half, but Wicken were having much more of the play, and the home team looked like being easy winners by 4 goals to nil, but the final score was 4 - 3.  A Tapp, K. Holloway, and H Russell scored in the last six minutes.


Wolverton Express 17th February, 1928

North Bucks League

Cosgrove St Peter’s 7, Fenny Stars 1.

Cosgrove were at home to Fenny Stars on Saturday and were easy winners by seven goals to one.  In the first half Fenny had the advantage of a strong breeze, but play was more of an even character although the visitors school scored before the interval arrived and they led by that goal upon change of ends.  Upon resuming the game changed considerably and the villagers took complete charge and found the net on seven occasions through W. Birdsey and M Knight two each, G. Stewart, S Bushell, and Luck.


Wolverton Express 9th March, 1928

North Bucks League

The monthly meeting of the North Bucks League was held on Thursday evening at the Craufurd Arms Hotel, Wolverton, Mr. J W Gee presiding, supported by Lt Col L C Hawkins J P (president), Mr R. Williams (vice-chair), Mr. J E Harding and Mr. A J Emerton (joint hon secs).  Fenny Stars were fined 10/6 for non-fulfilment of fixture at Wicken on Jan 17th and ordered to pay 3/- expenses to Wicken in respect of this. The match has been rearranged for 14 April.  A claim by Emberton for 10/- travelling expenses against Fenny Stars in respect of the postponed fixture on 31st Dec, it was decided it should be met by the League.  Claims by Buckingham Town, Stantonbury St Peter’s and Winslow United, against Bletchley Minors; and by Wicken, Cosgrove St Peter’s, and Stoke Goldington against Sherington, who have withdrawn from the League, were considered and allowed.


Wolverton Express 30th March, 1928

Cosgrove St Peter’s maintained their lead of the North Bucks League by a 3 - 2 win at Winslow while Buckingham are still gathering points, a further two being added to their record at Emberton on Saturday by a score of 4 - 2.  Stoke Goldington appear to have struck a bad patch of late and on Saturday at Wicken they were again defeated. Wicken played a good game and won by the odd goal of three.


Bucks Herald Friday 04 May 1928

Buckingham Town drew with Cosgrove in a football match on Saturday, and thereby lost their chance of winning the championship of the North Bucks League. Cosgrove became the winners of the League championship, having one more point than Buckingham, who have to play Bow Brickhill to decide who shall have the runners-up medals


Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 May 1928

COSGROVE WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP

Cosgrove St. Peter’s won the championship of the North Bucks League by drawing at Buckingham on Saturday by 3—3. Prior to this game Cosgrove required one point and Buckingham two, for honours. The game was keenly fought out, and at the conclusion the home crowd made a demonstration against the referee and also a linesman. Buckingham and Bow Brickhill will play off for the runners-up medals.


Wolverton Express 25th May, 1928

North Bucks Football League

Presentation of Football Cup and Medals

The Championship Cup of the North Bucks and District Football League was presented to the champions of the League of the past season, Cosgrove St Peter’s, at a special meeting of the League held at the Craufurd Arms Hotel, Wolverton on Thursday evening last.  Lieutenant-Colonel Hawkins JP CC, the president of the League, was in the chair, and other officials present were Messrs. W Gee (Chairman), A R Williams (vice chairman), J E Harding and A J Emerton (joint Hon Secretaries).

The president said it was usual to present the cup at a match between the champions and runners up, but owing to the lateness of the completion of the League programme, partly due to the bad weather, the match could not be arranged.  It was rather a “hole and corner” way to send a cup to the winners so it was decided to present the trophy at that meeting.  He congratulated Cosgrove St Peter’s upon winning after such a strenuous competition.  Three clubs were extraordinarily close and it was not until the last game that the cup was won, and then it even became necessary to have an extra match to decide who should take the runners up medals.  He understood that Cosgrove won the League in the first year it was instituted and in that year the League had no cup to give them.  This was the second time Cosgrove had won the cup, whilst they were once divisional champions.  Should the First Division of the League be reconstituted for next season he hoped that Cosgrove and one or two other leading Division II clubs might see their way to enter it.

Lieutenant-Colonel Hawkins presented the cup to Mr. Knight, the captain of the winning team, and to him he also handed the championship medals in bulk.  He added that he was sorry that the runners up medals were not available for presenting to Buckingham that evening as the medals had been forwarded to that club at their desire.  Whilst he did not quite agree with this method of procedure as regards the metals, he congratulated Buckingham Town on attaining the runners up position.

Mr. Knight, upon receiving the cup, said that confident Cosgrove had had to fight hard to win the cup and the other clubs in the League had given them excellent games.  He complimented Emberton on their pluck in remaining in the League the whole of the season without a win.  Some other clubs had withdrawn because they found they could not win many matches.  He concluded by proposing thanks to Col. Hawkins for presenting the cup.  He also wished the League a successful season next year and a strong competition which was needed at the present time.

Mr. Parker on behalf of the Buckingham Club seconded the vote and also congratulated Cosgrove on their success.

The Cup was afterwards filled by the President and handed round the company present.

Mr. W Gee remarked that Cosgrove entered the League when it first started and remained with the League since.

Mr. R Williams referred to his own experiences with Cosgrove matches many years ago as a referee.  He remarked that Cosgrove had made a mistake that evening in not bringing their Secretary with them.

Mr. J E Harding complimented Cosgrove on the excellent sporting spirit they had shown in remaining with the League since it was formed in 1911.

Mr. A J Emerton wish the Cosgrove Club another successful season next year.

Congratulations to Cosgrove and Buckingham were also extended by the following Club representatives: Mr. O Mills (Stantonbury St Peter’s), Mr. A E Atterbury (Old Wolverton Trinity), Mr. A Barby (Wicken), Mr. C G Derby (Stoke Goldington), and Mr. Wright (Emberton).

Mr. Atterbury voiced thanks to Col Hawkins for the keen interest he had displayed in the League.

The cup was publicly presented to the Cosgrove St Peter’s Football Club at a victory dance held in the New Schools, Cosgrove, on Saturday evening.  Mrs. Atkinson, the president of the club, made the presentation and was supported by Captain P Y Atkinson and Miss Gune Atkinson, Mr. and Mrs. R Whiting, Mrs. I Knight (Hon Secretary), and Mr H. Johnson (Chairman of the Club and Treasurer).  The latter cordially welcomed Mrs. Atkinson, of Cosgrove Priory, who he said was such a keen supporter and helper of their club.  Like all other clubs, Cosgrove had had its ups and downs but by pulling together they had achieved success.  He appealed to the players to remain loyal to the club so that success would again attend the club next season so that the cup might remain in the village for another year.

Mr. C Knight, the captain of the team, received the cup from Mrs. Atkinson and also his medal, and other players to receive medals were: F. Johnson (goal) C. Giles, C Gidman, and G Stewart (backs), A Barby, W Luck, and S Bushell (half backs), R. Giles, F Wain, S Eglesfield, and H Cook (forwards).


Wolverton Express 25th May, 1928

Cosgrove

Greetings from China

To wind up the past season, the Cosgrove St Peter’s Football Club held a victory dinner on Saturday evening at the Barley Mow Inn where a company numbering 25 included players, officials, and supporters of the Club.  An excellent spread was provided by the host and hostess (Mr. and Mrs. A. Andrew) who were assisted by Mrs. P Horne and Mr. and Mrs. H Keech.  Mr. H Tooley, Stony Stratford, proposed thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew and helpers and also congratulated the Cosgrove Club upon winning the North Bucks League two seasons in succession.  He said he hoped they would be able to do the “hat trick”.  Mr. H Wright in seconding the thanks, endorsed these remarks.  Afterwards the company spent the evening in harmony, songs being given by members present.  Mrs Keech and others provided the accompaniments at the pianoforte.  The cup was filled on behalf of Mr. A Pettifer, a native of Cosgrove, who is at present serving with the Bedford regiment in China, who upon learning of the Club’s success sent a sum of money for the cup to be filled at his expense.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Monday 27 August 1928

The meeting of Cosgrove St. Peter's and Brackley Town was the closest game of the afternoon. At the end of the allotted time the score stood at one corner each. Five minutes extra time each way was played, at the end of which it was two corners. Another five minutes each way saw the score again level at three corners each. Alter a further five minutes each way, Cosgrove won by four corners to three corners. Under the rules of the competition, where no gaols were scored corners were taken into the reckoning, but goal beat any number of corners


Northampton Mercury - Friday 31 August 1928

FOOTBALL TO HELP THE HOSPITAL.

The principal item at the Wolverton Hospital Fete programme Saturday was the football competition for gold medals. The competition was played off the Park, and eight clubs took part.

The meeting of Cosgrove St. Peter’s and Brackley Town was the closest game of the afternoon. At the end of the allotted time the score stood at one corner each. Five minutes extra time each way was played, at the end of which it was two corners. Another five minutes each way saw the score again level at three corners each. After further five minutes each way, Cosgrove won four comers to three corners. Under the rules of the competition, where no goals were scored corners were taken into the reckoning, but goals beat any number of corners.

At the conclusion of the competition, Mr. J. Purves presented the gold medals to the members the Wolverton team. Mr. W. Dale chairman of the Hospital Effort Committee) proposed thanks to Mr. Purves, and Mr. H. Wheeldon, J.P., seconded the vote, Mr. Purves announced that the gate receipts amounted to £27 Is. 9d. Owing to rain a tennis tournament was abandoned. There were several sideshows and amusements, manned by members of the Wolverton Branch of Toc H. Teas were served under the supervision Mrs. R. Griffith.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press - Saturday 01 September 1928

COSGROVE FOOTBALL CLUB will again be playing in the North Bucks League, and have entered the Buckingham Hospital Cup competition. All the player- who assisted the club last year have signed on for this season.


Wolverton Express 21st September, 1928

Paulerspury 2, Cosgrove St Peter’s 3

Cosgrove St Peter’s, the champions of the North Bucks League, opened their season on Saturday last at Paulerspury, where they were fortunate to win by the odd goal of 5, for it was only with the last kick of the game that Cook registered the winning goal.  All the other scoring took place in the first half.  Eglesfield found the net for Cosgrove with a good drive from the left wing quite early in the game and Cook increased the lead before Paulerspury equalised with two goals before the change of ends.  Play throughout was very keen and sporting. This was Paulerspury second game in the league, and their first defeat.


Wolverton Express 12th October, 1928

North Bucks League

Stony Stratford 3 Cosgrove St Peter’s 6

Stoney Stratford Reserves played their first home game in this League on Saturday last, when they had Cosgrove St Peter’s as visitors.  Their opponents, who were the stronger represented, were also the heavier team.  Cosgrove opened the scoring after 3 minutes play and speedily added a second goal.  Stratford reduced the lead through G. Henson, but Cosgrove went further ahead before the interval when the score stood at 3 - 1 for the visitors.  Early in the second half Bonham reduced the lead from a penalty, but Cosgrove netted two goals, and although Stratford again reduced the margin, this time through Coles, they could not prevent Cosgrove scoring again before the final whistle.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press - Saturday 13 October 1928

COSGROVE 6. STONY STRATFORD RES. 2, Stony Stratford Reserves had a home match in the North Bucks League on Saturday against Cosgrove. The standard of play was quite good, and although beaten by —the home players were always triers. Stratford's goals were scored by G. Henson. H. Bonham and F. Coles.


Wolverton Express 9th November, 1928

North Bucks League

Bletchley MPD 5 Cosgrove St Peter’s 0

The Bletchley Railwaymen had Cosgrove St Peter’s as visitors on Saturday last and had the easiest game of the season so far, and also the easiest win.  Cosgrove were very disappointing and never gave the Bletchley goalkeeper one difficult shot to deal with.  The Cosgrove goalie played a fine game and saved his side from a much heavier defeat, and also stopped a penalty kick taken by Foster.  The Bletchley team had a sound defence which continually held up the visiting forwards, whilst the home defence combined well.  If the team can only keep together the club will be in for a very successful season.  The scorers for the winners were Scobie 2, Dell, Rogers, and Foster.


Wolverton Express 11th January, 1929

Cosgrave St Peter’s 4, Buckingham 3.

Buckingham Town visited Cosgrove in the North Bucks League on Saturday last, and the villagers were successful by the odd goal of seven.  The first half was evenly contested, the teams sharing two goals at the interval.  The second half went in favour of the home side, who settled three times to Buckingham’s twice.  The scorers for the winners were ATompkins, S Bushell, I Dunkley, and M Knight.


North Buckinghamshire League

Newport Town 2, Cosgrove St Peter’s 5

This match took place at Newport Pagnell on Saturday last and the visitors won easily by five goals to two.  The first half of the game was contested fairly evenly and after 30 minutes Dunkley opened the school for Cosgrove, who led at the interval by the only goal scored.  Two minutes after the resumption, Dunkley again found the net and night added a third.  Newport played up strongly and were awarded a penalty and from the spot kick reduced the visitors’ lead.  Stewart made the game practically safe for Cosgrove by taking the score to 4 - 1, but W. Hobbs further reduced the lead.  Before the end Knight again found the net to complete the scoring.  Mr. F Cope of Wolverton very ably managed the game.

Cosgrove were represented by: F. Johnson; A. Giles and C. Gidman; W Luck, G. Stewart and S Bushell; R. Giles, I Dunkley, M Knight, A. Tompkins, and S. Giles.


Wolverton Express 15th March, 1929

North Bucks League

Cosgrove 1 Potterspury 2

This local “derby” between the above Northamptonshire village teams took place at Cosgrove on Saturday last and the home side lost by the odd goal of three.  The game opened in favour of Cosgrove and Knight put them ahead after ten minutes.  Potterspury attacked strongly and quickly equalised, Wootton being the marksman. The interval arrived with the teams sharing two goals.

During the second half the home side attacked strongly, but Potterspury in the attack took advantage of a mistake made by the home custodian and Holloway gave them the lead after 15 minutes. Cosgrove pressed hotly for the equaliser, but the visitors’ defence played strongly.  In the concluding 5 minutes the home team made a bold bid for a share of the points, flowering several: corners.  A good sporting and clean game ended in a win for Potterspury by two goals to one.  Russell at centre half for Potterspury played an excellent game and was responsible for holding the home forwards.  Mr. R Castle, Stony Stratford, ably controlled the game.


Wolverton Express 29th March, 1929

Cosgrove St Peter’s 5 Newport Town 2

These teams met at Cosgrove on Saturday last, the Peter’s winning handsomely by five goals to two.  It was a team game with two teams very evenly matched.  Newport missed many scoring chances and up to the last ten minutes of the game were only one goal in arrears.  Cosgrove twice found the net in the closing stages.


Wolverton Express 12th April 1929

North Bucks League

Buckingham Town 2 Cosgrove St Peter’s 3

The above match was contested at Buckingham on Saturday last and the results had a considerable bearing on the championship on the North Bucks League.  Buckingham were playing their last home league game and required but one point to make certain of the championship honours, whilst Cosgrove, who were their nearest challengers required both points to have a chance of winning the League.  The results went in favour of Cosgrove and if they are successful at the Red Bridge Field against Stantonbury St Peter’s tomorrow (Saturday) the championship honours will have to be decided by Buckingham and Cosgrove again meeting, this time on neutral ground.

The game on Saturday was witnessed by a good number of spectators and Cosgrove fielded a strong team.  Buckingham, who won the toss had a slight breeze and the sun in their favour.  Both teams played strongly and Cosgrove opened the scoring after ten minutes through Birdsey, following good work by Fiddler.  The visitors had the better of subsequent play, but Buckingham equalised from a penalty kick taken by Hitchcock, Stewart having handled the ball.  Play ruled fast and at the interval the teams shared two goals.  Upon resuming Cosgrove pressed and quickly took the lead when a shot from R. Giles went into the net off the defendant.  Shortly afterward Buckingham again equalised, Hitchcock registering with a good shot from the wing.  Cosgrove was afterwards awarded a penalty, Eglesfield having been fouled, but Stewart sent badly by the post, but Cosgrove were made amends when Fiddler secured the winning goal ten minutes from the end.  The closing stages were fought out very keenly, but the Cosgrove defence held out.  Cosgrove well deserved the win they thus secured.

The teams were:

Cosgrove: F. Johnson; C Gidman and A. Giles; C Knight, G. Stewart, and S Bushell; R. Giles, W Birdsey, J. Fiddler, A. Tompkins, and S Eglesfield.

Buckingham: G. Wesley; W Gunthorp and F Stalye; Thomas, F. Jones, and W Isham; H Livingstone, S. Carder, P. Dolman, R Smith, and P. Hitchcock.

Mr W. Beckett, Bletchley, was the referee.


Bucks Herald Friday 19 April 1929

Buckingham Town have won the championship of the North Bucks and District Football League. Cosgrove St. Peter’s, Bletchley M.P.D., and Bow Brickhill have tied, as runners-up, for the medals, and in all probability a play-off will take place between the three Clubs.


Wolverton Express 26th April, 1929

North Bucks League

Bletchley MPD 8 Cosgrove St Peter’s 0

Bletchley MPD met Cosgrove St Peter’s on Saturday on the Red Bridge Field, New Bradwell, to play off one of the games necessary to decide the runners up position of the League.  Both teams were below full strength, and the Railwaymen ran out winners by 8 goals to nil by scoring four goals in each half of the game.  Foster netted four times and the other scorers were: Reed, Hartley, Dell, and Willis, the latter from a penalty.  Bletchley MPD now meet Bow Brickhill on Saturday on the Bletchley Sports Club ground.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 24 May 1929

STREET FOOTBALL.

Alfred Victor Key (20), body maker, 112, High-street; Charles Alfred Bird (19), body maker, 147, High-street; Edward George Nicholas (18), fitter, 3 Temperance-terrace; James Foulkes (l7), painter, 179, High street; and Frederick Henry Key, bodymaker, 112, High-street, all of Stony Stratford, were summoned for playing football on the highway at Cosgrove, on April 27. —Defendants all pleaded guilty.

P.C. Grainger said the boys were playing football on the road, within a few yards of recreation ground.—The Chairman warned the lads of the danger of the practice and fine was imposed of 10s. each.


Wolverton Express 11th October, 1929

The Honours list.

Cosgrove played the Peter’s Reserves to a draw,

Certainly a merit test without the slightest flaw.

Cosgrove certainly are to be congratulated in forcing a draw with the Peter’s second team who have got a very good side going.  Comments will be found lower down.

The Balance of the Scales.

At one time in the game with Cosgrove the Peter’s were leading with a three goal school, but the village team gradually got on the path of the “bull’s eye” and eventually brought a well played out game to a draw of four goals.  This has been placed as the merit lead of the week.  The Peter’s had a good side out and realized also that to play away means an extra pull.  There lead was certainly one to think that the game was theirs, nevertheless until the last kick of football the match is always in doubt, that is why it fascinates its thousands.  The game was keen throughout and spectators voted it one of the best they had seen this season on the village award.


Wolverton Express 25th October, 1929

North Bucks League

Winslow United 6 Cosgrove St Peter’s 2

A fairly good game was the outcome of the meeting of these teams at Winslow on Saturday last.  Cosgrove’s started at a great pace and scored in the first ten minutes, then R Fulks replied with three goals before the interval.  The same player after the resumption netted a fourth.  Before the final whistle Winslow found the net twice more to Cosgrove’s once.

Bucks Herald Friday 25 October 1929

NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE.
WINSLOW UNITED (6) v. COSGROVE ST. PETER’S (2).

Winslow proved much the better team in their home engagement with Cosgrove St. Peter’s. However a good game resulted, and the visitors missed a penalty.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press - Saturday 30 November 1929

Cosgrove’s Determination. Cosgrove are making a fine spurt in their league games and defeated North Crawley last Saturday by four goals one. The game was rather one sided, but not without, passages of interest. North Crawley played well in the early stages, but did not place their finishes as they might have done. The heavy pitch somewhat handicapped Cosgrove, who are on the light side, otherwise more goals must have accrued. The match was played in the North Bucks. League, and there is going to be some interesting finishes: before the championship is settled, and there plenty of time to get to the fore even now. In the league are teams that are feeding first elevens with players, but should there come a day when some of these are available for the second teams, someone will get defaced score cards.


Northampton Chronicle and Echo Monday 02 December 1929

THREE PLAYERS SENT OFF
IN NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE GAME.

During a North Bucks League match at Bow Brickhill on Saturday, when Cosgrove St. Peter's were the visiting team, three players were sent off the field. Two were members of the home team and one was a visitor. Bow Brickhill won by 2—1


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 11 January 1930

North Crawley now place to their credit their third victory in league strife. Cosgrove being their latest victims. Jordan scored their two goals. The team played fine progressive football and their moves if robust got them the deserved goals. Cosgrove rather dallied upon the ball and played the close-passing game which lost them the points.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 25 January 1930

Twitterings by “Robin.'

The Robins maintained their greatly improved form when they visited Cosgrove in the North Bucks League on Saturday, the villagers being completely out-played, the Robins winning in an easy fashion by six goals to one.
Thus was the bogey of the Cosgrove ground well and truly laid. The Cosgrove ground has, in seasons past, often proved fatal to Buckingham owing partly to its smallness and peculiar position, Saturday’s victory proved a welcome change, and showed that the Robins return to form is no mere fluke. The forwards showed more understanding than in any previous match this season, and Smith proved himself a great opportunist, and made the most of the openings provided, as his scoring of five of the goals suggests. This player has now scored five goals in two successive matches. The half-backs backed their forwards up in a splendid manner, besides rendering the Cosgrove forwards ineffective. In the first half Carder and Dolman were none to steady, but improved greatly in the second period, while Bryant was very seldom extended

BUCKINGHAM CLINCH MATTERS

Cosgrove 1 Buckingham 6

Opening play of the second half was not of much interest the ball being constantly in touch. However, things livened up and the pace of the game increased. Cosgrove were now going all out to decrease the lead, but the Buckingham backs were much steadier than in the first half and what shots reached Bryant, were dealt with in a confident style. Cosgrove gradually fell away and the Robins again took up the offensive. The ball was swung about in an excellent fashion and a movement in which all the forwards took part ended in Aris giving Smith a nicely judged pass for that player to put Buckingham four up. Cosgrove made spasmodic attacks on the visitors goal, but were by now a well beaten team. Buckingham forced a corner on the left, which Hitchcock placed perfectly and Smith had no difficulty in heading the fifth goal for Buckingham. Midfield paly followed for a period, but just before the final whistle. Smith added the visitor’s sixth goal from a pass from Grace. This was the final episode and Buckingham retired worthy winners.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 08 March 1930

Cosgrove’s Catch. Cosgrove defeated Bletchley by seven goals to two in a North Bucks League encounter last week. Bletchley had a very indifferent side out and did not get going. Cosgrove on the other hand were on top form and pounced upon every chance. The score would denote a very one sided affair but I am told this was not so but that during the run of the play there was plenty of interesting flashes.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press - Saturday 22 March 1930

NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE AN ABANDONED GAME

Buckingham Town 6, Cosgrove 0.

Immediately after the Hospital Cup game, a North Bucks League game followed on Lord Meadow, Cosgrove being the visitors. The weather was still extremely bad, and the light, which was none too good throughout the game, eventually put an end to it. Six of the players that had assisted Buckingham in the Hospital Cup game, turned out again for this match, whilst Cosgrove only fielded nine men.
In the game itself Buckingham had matters all their own way and the forwards well backed up by the halves, gave a delightful display of football considering the treacherous surface. W. Isham, who usually figures at left half, gave a good display at outside left. Buckingham were four goals up at the interval, these being scored by Isham (2), Jones and Smith.
The second half, as in the first. Buckingham had the best of matters. Very rarely did Cosgrove get near the home goal and Bryant had an afternoon off. Carder got through a great deal of work in the defence, and saved some of the tired players a lot of running about. Aris with two good goals brought the Robins total six, whilst Isham missed a penalty, Ten minutes from time the referee abandoned the game through the failing light.

League Table 29th March 1930

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Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press - Saturday 05 April 1930

Cosgrove’s Win.
Cosgrove met Stantonbury St. Peters upon the Red Bridge field on Saturday and defeated them by six goals to one, in a North Rucks League game. Only eight men turned play for Stantonbury, others failing to put an appearance. The secretary, however, got others eventually, to turn out and the sides were able to commence the game to time. Cosgrove also had a very poor side out, which included the trainer. There no doubt the "end of the season” feeling has commenced and with spring like weather, the call of the " open road” is making its presence felt. The game was very poor from a spectators point of view.


Northampton Mercury July 25, 1930

NORTH BUCKS FOOTBALL.

League Arrangements for Next Season.

The fixture meeting of the North Bucks and District Football League, was held at the Crauford Arms Hotel, Wolverton on Wednesday, Mr. J. W. Gee presiding.
The clubs represented were; Wolverton Town, Towcester, Stony Stratford, Stantonbury St. Peter’s, Bletchley Town, Bletchley L.M.S., Paulerspury, Potterspury, North Crawley, Winslow United, Old Bradwell and Buckingham Town.
An application by Cosgrove St. Peter’s for permission to withdraw from the League owing to difficulty in running the club, was granted with regret. Salmons and Sports Club reported they were unable to give decision as to whether they would take part in the League next season, and it was agreed to leave their open pending general meeting the club early in August.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press - Saturday 02 August 1930

North Bucks Football League. Twelve clubs are to be represented next season in this competition. Cosgrove St. Peters are resigning owing to difficulty in running the club. Salmons and Sons also are unable yet to say whether they will run a team this season. The league have agreed to keep a vacancy open for them. Newcomers are Old Bradwell, Towcester, Wolverton Town and Stony Stratford. The two latter clubs, deserting the Beds league and returning their old love.


Wolverton Express 25th March, 1932

Wolverton Congregationals 3 Cosgrove 3

The meeting between these clubs produce the best game seen at Old Wolverton this season.  Cosgrove were the first to attack and opened the scoring through Dunkley, and a few minutes later the home backs were again at fault when Frost scored easily.  The Congregationals then attacked and after forcing several corners Old registered with a hard shot, and ten minutes from the interval they equalized with a nice goal neatly headed by Miles.  In the second half most of the game was confined to the Cosgrove half, yet it was the visitors who secured the lead from a breakaway, Kightley scoring in the subsequent scrimmage.  From there until the end of the game the Congregationals were repeatedly attacking and Old levelled the scores.  A remarkable save by the Cosgrove goal keeper of a free kick by Neil, prevented the Congregationals from claiming the honours of the game.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 03 October 1931

Friendly Games: Stony Stratford Pirates 7, Cosgrove 1.


Wolverton Express 1st April 1932

Friendly matches

Cosgrove 5 Stratford Pirates 4

The pirates lost to a much heavier teams at Cosgrove on Saturday last by the odd goal of nine.  Cosgrove obtained the lead with a penalty after ten minutes play.  Another goal for Cosgrove almost immediately followed, and by the interval they had established a lead of 5 goals to 1.  The second half saw the Pirates make a fine rally, and a school to three goals without reply.  The scorers for the losers were Clark, Goodridge, and Roberts.


Wolverton Express 24th June, 1932                   

North Bucks League

Many New Clubs Expected

When the annual general meeting of the North Bucks and District Football League is held on Wednesday next, it is expected that applications for admission to Division II of the league for next season will be numerous.  Should the number be sufficient the League Council will recommend that Division II be divided into two sections in order to minimize travelling expenses.  Among the new clubs anticipated to join the Division II are Olney Town, Newport Athletic, Wolverton Celtic, Wolverton Congregationals, Stantonbury St Peter’s Res., Wicken Sports, Cosgrove, Bradwell League of Youth, and Stony Stratford Pirates.  Other applications are expected.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 09 July 1932

NORTH BUCKS AND DISTRICT FOOTBALL LEAGUE

TEN NEW CLUBS ADMITTED.

The annual general meeting, in connection with the North Bucks and District Football League, took place the., Crauford Arms Hotel, Wolverton. Lt.-Col. L. C. Hawkins, J.P., C.C. (president), being in the chair. In opening the meeting, Lieut.-Col. Hawkins said that the attendance was the largest since he had been elected President. He gave welcome, especially to the representatives of the new clubs, and said it looked as if the League would again become as strong as it was some years ago. The secretary (Mr. J. E. Harding), gave his annual report, which was a comprehensive review of the happenings in the league during the last season, and mentioned the presentation to the league of a very handsome cup by the President. The winners of the two divisions Wolverton Reserves and Great Linford Hornets respectively were congratulated. The balance sheet revealed the League to be sound financially, and to be slightly up on the previous year’s working. In addition to the clubs already forming the League, ten new ones applied for admission, and these were unanimously elected. The Council decided that Division 2 should divided into two sections, to be known as "East” and "West,” and if all the clubs who were expected to join came in, the sections would be composed as follows: West.—*Wolverton Congregational, *Wolverton Celtic, Stony Stratford Reserves, *Stony Stratford Pirates, *Cosgrove St. Peter’s. Deanshanger, Buckingham Reserves. *Wicken Sports, Bletchley L.M.S. Reserves, *Drayton Parslow.
East.—*Bradwell League of Youth, New Bradwell Corinthians, Stantonbury St. Peter’s Reserves, Salmons and Sons’ Sports Reserves. *Newport; Athletic, Emberton, *Olney Town, Cranfield United, Linford Hornets, *Filgrave and Tyringham.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 16 July 1932


Bucks Herald Friday 19 August 1932

The North Bucks League.

The League will be composed of 33 teams this season and for the first time in the League’s history it will be divided into three sections, as follows:
Division I. Buckingham Town, Bletchley Town, Bletchley L.M.S., London Brick Works (Bletchley Works). Old Bradwell United, Potterspury. Stantonbury St. Peters, Stony Stratford Sports, Salmons Sons & Sports, Winslow United, Wolverton Town Res.
Division II. (Eastern Section) —Bow Brickhill Juniors, Cranfield United, Emberton, Linford Hornets, New Bradwell Corinthians, New Bradwell League of Youth, Newport Pagnell Athletic, Olney Town, Salmons Sons’ Sports Res., Stantonbury St. Peter’s Res., Tyringham and Filgrave. Division II. (Western Section) Buckingham Town Res., Bletchley L.M.S. Res., Cosgrove St. Peter's. Deanshanger Juniors, Drayton Parslow, Hanslope, Stony Stratford Sports Res., Stony Stratford Pirates. Wolverton Congregationals, Wolverton Celtic, Wicken Sports


Wolverton Express 2nd September, 1932

Cosgrove and Bradwell League of Youth Share Goals

Two new teams to the North Bucks League this season, but operating in different sections, played a friendly game with one another on Saturday prior to entering upon their respective programmes of League games.  These teams were Cosgrove St Peter’s and Bradwell League of Youth who met at New Bradwell on the recreation ground, and the match proved an excellent trial game for both clubs.  The first half was fought out evenly with neither side able to penetrate to the defence of their opponents, with the result that there was a blank score sheet at half-time.  Ten minutes after the interval Pettifer opened the scoring for Cosgrove, but shortly afterwards, the home team provided the equalizer.  The result of the game was: Bradwell League of Youth 1, Cosgrove St Peter’s 1.

Cosgrove was represented by : E. Kingston; R. Giles and L. Giles; A Castle, D Pittam, and J Eglesfield; E Old, A. Tompkins, F Sharpe, A Henson, and H Pettifer.

Cosgrove winning ball No: 4819


Wolverton Express 7th October, 1932

Cosgrove St Peter’s defeated at home

Wolverton Congregationals visited Cosgrove St Peter’s on Saturday last and registered a narrow win by the odd goal of three.  The visitors were early to the attack, but the Cosgrove defendants adopted the one back game to advantage, the Congregationals attack being repeatedly pulled up for offside.  In one attack Gee netted for the visitors, only to be ruled offside, but shortly afterwards, the same player convert it a pass by E Bull, to register the opening goal.  The Congregationals retained this lead until the interval, and the second half opened with very even play.  After about ten minutes, Gee, receiving from Reynolds near the halfway line, ran through to add a second goal for his side.  Keeping up the attack, the visitors gave the Cosgrove goalie plenty to do and he dealt capably with shots from Bull and Reynolds.  With about ten minutes to go Cosgrove scored their only goal through Bushell, and play then continue to rule even until the final whistle.  During the game, the Congregationals netted five times but had three disallowed.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 15 October 1932

Goals Galore! Spectators at Drayton Parslow cannot complain about not seeing enough goals scored, for Cosgrove netted ten times there on Saturday without reply.


Wolverton Express 28th October, 1932

Cosgrove surprise the Wolves

Cosgrove St Peter’s achieved a fine performance on Saturday last by dismissing Wolverton Town Reserves (holders) from the Stantonbury Hospital Cup competition by the odd goal at seven.  The match was played at Cosgrove and this success by the village team should do them a great amount of good from the support point of view.

Tomkins who won the toss for Cosgrove decided to kick with the wind during the first half.  The villagers by its aid were soon attacking and forced several corners whilst the Wolves, when they had settled down, gave the Cosgrove goalkeeper some good shots to save.  Henson opened the scoring for Cosgrove by converting a pass from Bushell, and the Wolves soon equalized with a shot that the Cosgrove goal keeper fumbled.  The scoring was level at 1 – 1 at the interval.

The Wolves opened the second half with a strong attack on the left wing and scored and Cosgrove replied with some pretty foot work which concluded with Dunkley levelling the scores again.  In another attack by the Wolves L. Giles had the misfortune to put through his own goal and after this Cosgrove took command of the game.  Dunkley registered the equalizer and the winning goal for the villagers came from Tompkins after he had taken the ball from the halfway line.  All the Cosgrove players did well, with Tompkins the captain, setting them a good example. It was the best game seen at Cosgrove for a long time and the committee are hoping that the village club will get the full support they deserve.  The team was: E. Kingston; L. Giles and A. Giles; A Castle, D Pittam, and S Bushell; G Highes, I Dunkley, A Tompkins, A. Henson and A Bushell.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 29 October 1932

The other surprise result was also a case of second division North Bucks League " babes" conquering their senior rivals, when Cosgrove defeated last year’s North Bucks League champions, Wolverton Reserves, by four goals to three. Phew ! this football form has me beat!


Wolverton Express 11th November, 1932

North Bucks League

Cosgrove win at Wicken

A keen game resulted in the meeting of Wicken Sports and Cosgrove St Peter’s at Wicken on Saturday last.  With the wind in their favour, Cosgrove were soon one goal up.  Wicken tried hard to register, but luck was against them and before half time Cosgrove had established a three goal lead.  In the second half, Wicken had by far the better of the exchanges, but met a staunch defence, Kingston especially putting up a fine performance in goal, when he was bombarded with shots.  He was once beaten, a shot by Morris striking the crossbar and as the ball rebounded, Birdsey rushed up to put it in the net.  It was a disappointment to Wicken when Birdsey netted again only for the score to be disallowed.  Cosgrove had scored one further goal, making a final result of: Wicken Sports 1, Cosgrove St Peter’s 4.  The scorers for Cosgrove were Tompkins (2), Dunkley, and Hughes.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 12 November 1932

Wicken Fail at Home. Wicken Sports, for the third week in succession, appeared before their own supporters, this time in a North Bucks league fixture, their opponents being Cosgrove St. Peters. The visitors won four goals to one and thus greatly improved their position in the league table.


Wolverton Express 25th November, 1932

Cosgrove

A Dance was held on Friday evening in the Schools under the auspices of the Cosgrove St Peter’s Football Club.  There was a good company present and an enjoyable programme of music was provided by the Melody Makers Mouth-organ Band.  The committee wish to thank those friends who associated with the catering.


Wolverton Express 25th November, 1932

Cosgrove Fail at Home

A very keenly contested game resulted in the meeting of near neighbours at Cosgrove on Saturday between the Peter’s and the Stratford Pirates.  The exchanges were fast throughout.  The Pirates opened the scoring after fifteen minutes, through L. Clarke, but the home side were not long in arrears, Tompkins bringing the scores level with a clever header from a well-placed corner kick.  There was no change in the score at the interval.  After the change of ends each goal had its share of attention in even play.  H. Clarke put the Pirates ahead, for Cosgrove quickly to level up the position again with a penalty successfully taken.  Willett got his hands to the ball, but the force of the shot turned it into the net.  Willett was afterwards injured and off the field for a short period during which time Sims occupied the position between the sticks.  Two minutes from time the Pirates snatched the victory, Sims who had resumed his original position, netting a good goal.  Final score: Stratford Pirates 3, Cosgrove St Peter’s 2.  The game, witnessed by a fair crowd of spectators, was well controlled by Mr. S Eady (Wolverton).

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 26 November 1932

Cosgrove Beaten. Stony Stratford Pirates caused some surprise on Saturday when they defeated Cosgrove St. Peters in a North Bucks League (Div. II) fixture. The game, which was a close one, ended in an odd goal of five win for the Pirates.


Wolverton Express 9th December, 1932

High scoring at Cosgrove

Eleven goals were scored in the match between Cosgrove St Peter’s and Wolverton Celtic at Cosgrove on Saturday in the North Bucks League, Cosgrove winning by seven goals to four.  The Celtic madeain enforced last minute change, Dowdy coming in for Coleman.  Cosgrove opened their account within five minutes, Tompkins registering, and Pittam followed suit, the latter’s shot rebounding off the crossbar over the goal line. Cosgrove continued to attack, and with their defence well up the field, R Brown, the visitors centre forward, received from a hefty clearance and scored with a shot the goal keeper could not hold.  Cosgrove replied with two further goals through R Eglesfield, but Stimpson reduced the lead after drawing the home defence.  A noticeable feature of this half was a fine goalkeeping of L. Carey for Celtic.  The visitors soon levelled the scores after the resumption with goals by R Brown and F Brown, and the scores remained level until five minutes from time, when feeling crept into the game.  Then the villagers managed to rattle in three more goals to give them a win by that margin.  The scorers were Hughes, Eglesfield, and Tompkins.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 10 December 1932

A High Scoring Game. Cosgrove St. Peters and Wolverton Celtic figured in a high scoring game on Saturday, at Cosgrove in the second division the North Bucks League. Cosgrove netted seven times, while the Celtic replied with four, which suggests weakness in the defences of both sides.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 17 December 1932

A Good Performance, Bletchley L.M.S. Reserves put up a good performance on Saturday when Cosgrove visited them in the North Bucks League (Division II) by beating their visitors by the only goal scored. This was the. L.M.S. Reserves first home game for several weeks.


Wolverton Express 23rd December, 1932

A Local “Derby” at Hanslope

Hanslope Juniors and Cosgrove St Peter’s met at Hanslope on Saturday and the match attracted a good crowd of spectators.  Cosgrove took the field with ten men, owing to their goalkeeper failing to put in an appearance.  The home team won the toss and immediately launched a strong attack upon the Cosgrove goal.  After ten minutes Hanslope took the lead, scoring from a corner kick.  Play gradually went to the other end of the ground and Hughes equalized for the visitors with a shot from an acute angle.  Three minutes before half time Hanslope again took the lead, the forward going unchallenged while the Cosgrove defendants appealed for offside. 

The visitors had the larger share of play upon the resumption, but failed to add to their score.  Hanslope adopted safety tactics, and after twenty minutes nearly increase their lead, a Cosgrove defender kicking the ball off the goal line.  The receipts of the return match between Cosgrove and Hanslope at Cosgrove this Saturday will be devoted to a fund that has been opened for the benefit of the unemployed of the Cosgrove Village.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 24 December 1932

Hanslope Win Again. Hanslope United who have been upsetting many teams of late, gained another well-earned victory on Saturday, when they played Cosgrove St. Peters at home. The score was 2—1 in Hanslope’s favour. This game was in the North Bucks League (Div. II).


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 31 December 1932

Hanslope Fail! Hanslope failed to maintain their recent improved form on Saturday when they visited Cosgrove St. Peters in the North Bucks League (Div. II). The game was a typical local derby and Cosgrove scored twice without reply and thus avenged their defeat of the previous week.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 31 December 1932

The [Buckingham] Reserves have an important game in the North Bucks League (Div. II) to-day (Saturday), when they are called upon to visit Cosgrove. Both sides are well in the running for the league leadership, and a good game should be the outcome of the meeting. We are in hopes of fielding a somewhat strengthened side, and hope for at least one point. The bus leaves headquarters at 1.30 p.m.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 07 January 1933

RESERVES BAD PATCH !

Cosgrove St. Peters 3, Buckingham Res. 0

Buckingham Reserves and Cosgrove St. Peters, two of the teams who are in the running for the leadership of the North Bucks League (Div. II, Western Section) met at Cosgrove on Saturday. After a clean and sporting game, Cosgrove claimed the points by winning 3-nil.Buckingham Reserves have struck a bad patch.
Cosgrove won the toss and elected to kick with a breeze at their backs. Contrary to expectations Buckingham were first to attack, a header by Tanner landing on the top of the net. Play went to the other end, but Richardson was not called upon. Thomas (H.) in clearing with a hefty kick set the Buckingham attacking, Busby’s final effort going wide. The play was fairly even and neither side looked like scoring, the defences being on top. In attempting to clear Culley was injured but was able to carry on. A corner against Buckingham proved troublesome, but Dixon eventually cleared. Play returned to the Cosgrove goal area where Twelftree shot into the keeper’s hands, and Tanner narrowly missed. Buckingham were playing much better football and deserved to be in the lead. Cosgrove in an attack, forced a corner, but this proved abortive. From the clearance Lucas obtained the ball and a goal looked to be forthcoming. He was unable to get into a scoring position, however, R. Griffiths had a shot charged down, while at the other end Thomas (H.) did well to clear when hampered by several forwards. A long shot by the Cosgrove centre-half skimmed the crossbar with Richardson unsighted. A few minutes later, Richardson did well to save a cross-drive from the homester’s right winger. The visitor’s defence came to far up the field and from a hefty clearance, the home centre-forward had no difficulty in racing through to beat Richardson, who made a good effort to save the shot. This lead was against the run of play. Just on the interval, a moment between all the Buckingham forwards had the home defence out of position, but before a shot could be taken the interval whistle went with the score:- Cosgrove 1, Buckingham Res. 0.
On resuming Cosgrove had the best of matters, and within two minutes increased their lead, their left winger centring for the centre-forward to score a fine goal. This put new life into the game, and Tanner was unlucky with a screw shot, while Thomas (H.) had a long shot saved. Buckingham kept up heavy pressure and only the bad ground, which made good shooting impossible stopped them from reducing the lead. A corner was forced on the left and Busby dropped the ball well into the goalmouth, but this went behind for another corner, from which Tanner headed over. A surprise shot by R. Griffiths gave the home goalkeeper trouble. From a sudden breakaway, Cosgrove scored their third gaol. Play came back to the home goalmouth where shots were saved from all the forwards. Twelftree in attempting to go through was fouled in the fatal area, but Tanner’s shot was saved. This marked the closing incident in a fast, clean game. Final: Cosgrove St. Peters 3, Buckingham Res. 0.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 14 January 1933

A Surprising Result!

A surprising result in North Bucks football, on Saturday, was the defeat of Cosgrove St. Peters. Playing at home to Stony Stratford Reserves, they conceded seven goals to their lowly-placed opponents. Cosgrove scored four times Mr. A. E. Bishop, of Buckingham, had charge of the game. The game was in the North Bucks League (Div. II.).


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 21 January 1933

Cong’s Checked!
Wolverton Congregationals the leaders of the North Bucks League (Div. II, Western Section) received a set-back, when they were beaten at home by Cosgrove St. Peters on Saturday. The score was 4-2 in Cosgrove’s favour. This is the Congs. second league defeat of the season, their other defeat being at the hands of Buckingham Town Res.


Wolverton Express 27th January, 1933

Strident Cosgrove

Cosgrove, refreshed by their recent victory over Wolverton Congregationals, last week gave a further good account of themselves by defeating Wicken by 7-3 in a good game.  Despite the high scoring there was a good amount of midfield play and lively exchanges.  Cosgrove, however, took the lead, which they maintained.  Their teamwork was particularly strong, and this and good leadership was responsible for the large win.  Wicken’s goalie played a good game.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 28 January 1933

A Game of Ten Goals. Cosgrove St. Peters and Wicken Sports figured in a high scoring game on Saturday at Cosgrove in the North Bucks League (Div. II). The game produced ten goals, seven of these being claimed by Cosgrove.


Wolverton Express 10th February, 1933

Cosgrove win at Deanshanger

Deanshanger entertained Cosgrove St Peter’s on Saturday in a League encounter and there was a good attendance of spectators.  Cosgrove took the lead in the second minute of the game, E Eglesfield scoring from a free kick with a splendid shot from thirty yards.  With the aid of the wind, the visitors did the bulk of attacking and Tompkins, who was the outstanding player of the game, increased their lead.  In the second half Deanshanger tried hard to reduce the arrears but were met by a sound defence and E Eglesfield added a further goal for Cosgrove from a breakaway.  Deanshanger did most of the attacking but their finishing was weak.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 11 February 1933

Deanshanger Checked !

Deanshanger, who have done extraordinarily well of late, received a set back to their league leadership hopes on Saturday at Cosgrove, the home side ran out winners of a good game by three goals to nil, it being a North Bucks League (Div. II) fixture.


Wolverton Express 17th February, 1933

A close game

The re-arranged League fixture between Wolverton Celtic and Cosgrove St Peter’s on the Wolverton Sports Ground on Saturday produced the narrow result of three goals to two in favour of the Celtics.  Play had been in progress less than ten minutes when Beesley put the Celtics ahead as a result of a penalty awarded for hands, and immediately afterwards Tompkins equalized from close range, his shot being deflected past Carey by Coleman.  Feeling entered into the play and the Cosgrove centre half was ordered to leave the field.  Shouler put the Celtic ahead from a neat pass by Rogers and Beesley increased the lead from another penalty after Knight had handled a shot going well for goal.  Midfield play ruled for some time and when Dunkley was going through for the visitors he was brought down within the penalty area and Knight reduced the margin from the resultant kick.  There was no scoring during the second half.


Wolverton Express 17th March, 1933

Pirates Run Riot

The Stony Stratford Pirates gave their best display of the season on Saturday, when at home to Cosgrove they netted no fewer than ten goals to Cosgrove’s one.

The game was witnessed by good sized crowd, the gate being the best the Pirates have had.  The game opened in remarkable manner, H Dickens netting for the Pirates in the first minute, and straight from the centre the Pirates increased their lead, Church scoring from Dickens’s pass.  These two goals coming in the first two minutes of play, greatly encouraged the home side and they attacked strongly, and after six minutes the visitors’ goal fell again, T Clarke scoring.  Five minutes later Church was going well for goal when he was brought down in the area, and L. Clarke scored from the spot to bring the total to four.  Cosgrove made several raids on the home goal, but made a strong defence.  The Pirates were playing fast football and after twenty minutes had elapsed Church netted the pirates Fifth goal, and a penalty kick successfully taken by L. Clarke brought the interval score to six.

Cosgrove started the second half strongly, and after Willett had dealt with several shots they reduced the lead.  This goal served to set the home side going again and T Clarke was fouled, but recovered and scored a good goal, but the whistle had gone for the infringement and a free kick was awarded instead.  The same player netted again soon afterwards, but was adjudged offside, whilst L. Clarke, called upon to take third penalty of the game for a foul, saw a good effort strike the crossbar and the ball was cleared.  The Pirates were not to be denied, and after Kingston had saved several hard drives he was beaten by T. Clarke.  Church scored with the eighth, C. Clarke the ninth and H. Dickens brought the total to double figures.  Cosgrove were unlucky in catching the Pirates at the top of their form.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 18 February 1933

A Close Game !

Wolverton Celtic and Cosgrove St. Peters figured in a keen game on Saturday at Wolverton when Wolverton claimed the two points by winning 3—2. The game was in the North Bucks League (Div. II, Western Section).


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 04 March 1933

In Semi-Final.

Cosgrove St. Peter’s qualified for the semi-final of the Buckingham Hospital Cup (Junior Section) on Saturday, when they defeated Great Linford Hornets, in a high scoring game by eight goals to four. The game was played under bad conditions and the defenders of both sides had a trying time. Cosgrove proved the better stayers, however, and well earned their place in the semi-final.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 25 March 1933

Cosgrove Win!

Cosgrove St. Peters met Stony Stratford Reserves on Saturday and avenged a defeat earlier in the season. Cosgrove were never extended and won by a score of five goals to nil. The game was in the North Bucks League (Division Western Section).


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 01 April 1933


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 01 April 1933

Cosgrove’s Win!

Cosgrove St. Peters easily secured the North Bucks League (Division II Western Section) points on Saturday when they had Bletchley L.M.S. Reserves as visitors. Cosgrove always had the game well in hand and netted five times without reply.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 08 April 1933

BUCKINGHAM HOSPITAL CUP
SEMI-FINALS.

Maids Morton 2, Cosgrove St. Peters 1.
(played at Winslow)


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press - Saturday 15 April 1933

On Saturday evening, after the Hospital Cup game we are meeting Cosgrove St. Peter's in a North Bucks League (Div. II) game, the kick-off being timed for 5.30. Cosgrove defeated our Reserves at Cosgrove by three goals to nil, and we shall be all out to turn the tables.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 22 April 1933

North Bucks League. Div. II

Buckingham Reserves 5, Cosgrove 3.

Buckingham Reserves entertained Cosgrove after the Hospital Cup semi-final on Saturday evening, and after being behind at the interval gained a well-merited victory by five goals three.
Cosgrove were the more aggressive in the first half and in less than ten minutes were a goal up. They continued to press and increased their lead a few minutes later. The Reserves pressed strongly and were awarded a penalty James took the spot-kick and immediately replied and made their total three. Buckingham, were now settling down and some good work by Griffiths led to Bryant giving Marshall an easy chance to net. Cosgrove still maintained the odd gaol lead.
Buckingham quickly controlled the play in the second half and the forwards, well backed up by their halves, made repeated attacks on the Cosgrove goal. Griffiths, a hard-working centre-forward, scored the equalising goal. For a period Cosgrove looked dangerous, but Aris, James and Tunks were prominent with some good defensive work. Well fed by Bryant. Denny almost gave Buckingham the lead with a good shot that the goalkeeper pushed round the post. Taking a through pass from Aris in his stride, Marshall gave Buckingham the lead with a shot that went into the far corner. Cosgrove made a determined efforts to get on terms, but the Buckingham defence held. Before the close Marshall further increased Buckingham’s lead following some good work by Griffiths. The final whistle found Buckingham winners of an interesting game by five goals to three.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 02 September 1933

The Reserves open their programme with a home game against Cosgrove St. Peters.


Wolverton Express 15th September, 1933

Cosgrove’s Win

Cosgrove met Wolverton Celtic on Saturday last and secured a win of five goals to nil.  The Celtic are team building and undoubtedly before the season ends should secure as good a side as they have fielded in former seasons.  Cosgrove played a smart side and made good use of the chances presented.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 30 September 1933

NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE. Div. II.

A GRAND START!
Buckingham Town Res. 6, Cosgrove St. Peter's 3.

Buckingham Town Football Club opened their home league engagements with a Division II game against Cosgrove St. Peters, who had won their previous two matches. The weather conditions were far from ideal, heavy rain falling through the major portion of the game, which ended in a fine win for the Reserves By six goals to three.
Buckingham, winning the toss, defended the Gasworks' goal and were the first to become prominent and Bryant tested the visitors' goal-keeper with a long shot. Play went to the homester's goal where Thorne relieved with a timely clearance. Buckingham were having the best of the play so far but failed near goal. In a Cosgrove attack, Sear was unable to hold the wet ball, but Culley came to the rescue and cleared. After about 15 minutes' play, Buckingham took the lead, Harris putting Bryant through to score from close in. Cosgrove fought back hard in an effort to equalise, but good defensive work nullified their efforts. Denny (Alb.) and Tunks were outstanding in defence, while Harris, who was working hard at centre-forward, gave Bryant a good pass for the latter to beat the visitors' goalkeeper with a rising shot. Buckingham now held a distinct advantage and only bad luck prevented further goals. Bryant in an effort to get the ball over the line, hit the upright twice, the ball eventually being put behind for a corner which proved abortive. Near the interval, Denny (Alf) centred well for Twelftree to net with a first time effort. Many shots were saved by the visitors’ goalkeeper when a goal looked certain. Half-time : Buckingham Res. 3, Cosgrove 0.
Cosgrove started strongly on the restart and were quickly in the homesters’ goal area and eventually secured their first goal, a bouncing ball going over Sear’s shoulder when he had it well covered. Cosgrove were now having matters much their own way, and very quickly added another goal. Buckingham fought back well, but offside spoilt many movements. Howkins netted but was given offside, the spectators showing that they thought otherwise. Eventually Dennv (Alf) put Buckingham further ahead with a high shot that completely baffled the visitors’ keeper. A minute later Twelftree sent in a shot which the goalkeeper fumbled and Harris bundled both him and the ball into the net. This goal seemed to take all the heart out of Cosgrove and Harris added the sixth. Before the end Cosgrove reduced the lead. Final : Buckingham Res, 6, Cosgrove 3.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 07 October 1933

Cosgrove Win.
Cosgrove St. Peters came back to form on Saturday after their defeat at Buckingham, when they visited Stony Stratford Reserves. Cosgrove were by far the superior team and netted six times without reply.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 14 October 1933

Cosgrove Draw.
Cosgrove St. Peters were engaged in the Northants Lower Junior Cup on Saturday, their opponents being Paulerspury. After a good game the Peter’s forced a draw of four goals each.


Wolverton Express 10th November, 1933

Stratford Pirates Win at Cosgrove

The Stratford Pirates, who have only played at home twice this season, were away again on Saturday, when they visited Cosgrove St Peter’s in a North Bucks League engagement, and, as was anticipated, a keen game resulted.  In fast opening play both goalkeepers were tested.  The first goal did not come until after the game had been in progress twenty five minutes, and then T Clarke netted for the Pirates from a pass by H. Dickens.  The Pirates netted again through J. Dickens, but a goal was disallowed through Clarke being offside.  A few minutes later Harry Clarke registered the Pirates’ second goal.  Cosgrove then went to the attack and were awarded a penalty for hands.  Canvin saved the spot kick, but the ball was not cleared from the goal area and in a melee Henson drove the ball into the net at a fast pace to open Cosgrove’s account.  Nearing the interval the home goal underwent a bombardment and H. Dickens headed the ball into the net, but again an offside decision nullified the point.  Cosgrove raced away to the other end and only a timely clearance by Key on the goal line prevented an equalizing goal.  Half time: Stratford Pirates 2, Cosgrove St Peter’s 1.

The opening play of the second half was very even, with both defences playing strongly.  Canvin saved cleverly from Tomkins, and later the home goal keeper saved at full length from T Clarke.  Cosgrove drew level after twenty five minutes through Henson, and following this goal the Pirates played up strongly and regained the lead in rather lucky manner.  Knight in attempting to clear, placed the ball past his own goalkeeper into the net.  Towards the end of the game the Pirates were having the better of play and T. Clarke completed the scoring.

Result Stratford Pirates 4 Cosgrove 2.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 11 November 1933

Pirates Good Win.
Stony Stratford Pirates won their fourth game Saturday when they visited Cosgrove St. Peter’s in the North Bucks League (Div. II, Western Section). The Pirates netted four times to Cosgrove’s two.


Wolverton Express 17th November, 1933

Cosgrove in Shooting Mood

Meeting Deanshanger in the North Bucks Shield last Saturday Cosgrove found rapid progress.  They scored nine goals to Deanshanger’s one.  The game was full of vim and in the early stages productive of good football.  Certainly Cosgrove were on top form and they made good use of their shooting boots which brought them a good result.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 25 November 1933

Hanslope Draw !
Hanslope dropped their first North Bucks League (Div. II) point on Saturday when they visited Cosgrove. It was a strenuous encounter and the forwards of both sides were in form, each finding the net four times.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 02 December 1933

Cosgrove’s Cup Win.
Cosgrove St. Peter’s had little difficulty in defeating Great Horwood on Saturday in the Buckingham Junior Hospital Cup. This game, which has been long delayed, resulted in a win for the Peter’s by 4 goals to 1. Great Horwood could not hold the quick moving Cosgrove forwards, who were in fine shooting form.

A Point Dropped.
Stony Stratford Pirates dropped a valuable point on Saturday when they had Cosgrove St. Peters as visitors. The Peters have improved in recent weeks and this improvement was maintained on Saturday. Both teams netted three times. The game was in the North Bucks League (Division II. Western Section).


Wolverton Express 8th December, 1933

Cosgrove beat Wicken

In a North Bucks League game on Saturday at Cosgrove, the home team defeated Wicken by four goals to one.  The visitors had the aid of a wind during the first half and came close to scoring in the first few minutes.  Neither team was at full strength, and the game had every appearance of a keen struggle from the start.  Wicken were the first to score, W. Atkins heading into the net a splendid corner kick taken by Birdsey.  Cosgrove made several dangerous raids, but the Wicken defence played strongly and the visitors retained their one goal lead at the interval.

With the aid of the wind during the second half, Cosgrove settled down and gave the Wicken defence a good deal of work.  They netted four times despite the good display of Smith, the Wicken goalie.  The score somewhat flattered the home team and the game ended in darkness owing to the late start of the match.


Wolverton Express 15th December, 1933

Stratford Pirates held by Cosgrove

The meeting of the Stony Stratford Pirates and Cosgrove St Peter’s at Stony Stratford on Saturday resulted in a drawn game, six goals being shared.  The Pirates netted within four minutes of the start, T. Clarke being the scorer, and afterwards the home side continued to have slightly the better of the exchanges and Harry Clarke put them further ahead, heading the ball into the net from a well-placed corner kick by H. Dickens.  Following this second reverse Cosgrove played up strongly and after several of their attacks had been beaten off the visitors reduced the lead.  Harry Clarke afterwards scored for the Pirates, who were leading at half time by three goals to one.  Cosgrove played well in the second half and reduced the lead after twenty minutes.  The Pirates should have scored again when the ball rolled along the goal line with the goalkeeper out of position.  Later the Pirates launched a strong attack and H Clarke sent in a shot which the goal keeper partly saved, but was unable to clear.  T Clarke, dashing up, netted a goal which the referee ruled as offside.  Cosgrove then fought hard for the equaliser, and two minutes to the end a long dropping shot was deflected into the net by Key to level the score. 

Result: Stratford Pirates 3, Cosgrove St Peter’s 3.


Wolverton Express 5th January 1934

A Keen Game

Forders Reserves met Cosgrove last Saturday, but were defeated by four goals to one.  Cosgrove have a good home record.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 06 January 1934

Cosgrove Held. Forder’s Res. put a creditable performance on Saturday when they visited Cosgrove St. Peter’s in a North Bucks League (Div. II, Western Section) fixture. The game produced eight goals, each team securing four Cosgrove had recently been showing excellent form and the result was perhaps, just a little surprising.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 27 January 1934

Cosgrove Through
Cosgrove gained a surprisingly easy victory to enter the semi-final of the Buckingham Junior Hospital Cup on Saturday. Their opponents, Potterspury, failed against the fast Peter’s forwards who scored five times, Potterspury replying with one. The other three teams left in the competition are Maids Moreton (holders), Linford Hornets and Quainton, and these should prove attractive pairings.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 17 February 1934

Wicken Sports again failed at home in a North Bucks League (Div. II) fixture on Saturday. Their visitors were Cosgrove St. Peter’s and although Wicken's form showed decided improvement, Cosgrove carried away the points by a score of two goals to nil.


Wolverton Express 9th March, 1934

Cosgrove Count Nine

Cosgrove met Winslow Reserves last Saturday and brought off a superb effort, claiming no less than nine goals without reply.  The match really developed into a one sided affair.  It gave Cosgrove the chance to increase their goal average and they seized the advantage.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press - Saturday 24 March 1934

BUCKINGHAM JUNIOR HOSPITAL CUP
(SEMI-FINAL)

Cosgrove St. Peters v. Quainton.
(On Buckingham Town F.C. Grounds

NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE
Division II. Western Section.

Cosgrove St Peter’s 3. Buckingham 4.

NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE (Division II)
A CLOSE CALL.

Cosgrove St. Peters 3. Buckingham Res. 4. Interest was added to this North Bucks League (Division II), game at Cosgrove, on Saturday, the fact that both teams were fighting for third place in the league. The game was of an interesting character, running on even lines, and Buckingham just snatched the points by the odd goal of seven. Cosgrove won the toss and the Reserves had to face a strong breeze and a brilliant sun. The opening play was in favour of Cosgrove, but they were rarely dangerous. A movement between Harris, Parker and Twelftree ended in the latter hitting the crossbar. At the other end a free kick just outside the penalty area caused Sear some trouble. Several corners were forced by Cosgrove, but none these were improved upon. The game continued on even lines, with Cosgrove having slightly the better of the exchanges. Eventually they took the lead. Sear being a judged to have taken the ball over the goalline—a doubtful decision. The Reserves fought back well, but they were unable to finish off their movements. A free kick just outside the penalty area was well taken by Griffiths (C.), but the goalkeeper saved. Half-time: Cosgrove St. Peters 1, Buckingham Reserves 0.
At the commencement of the second half the Reserves had the best of matters, but once again were unable to push home their advantage. Lepper and Parker both went close. After this half had been in progress about 15 minutes, Buckingham obtained an equaliser, Twelftree scoring through a crowd of players. Buckingham now dominated the game, and from a corner on the right, Parker headed an excellent goal. A few minutes later the same player obtained another point, the ball going in net off a defender. Cosgrove took the running and reduced the arrears. The game looked like fizzling out into a tame affair when Griffiths (C.) was pulled up for a foul in the penalty area. The kick failed, and straight from the goalkick Lepper ran through and scored the best goal of the match. In the last minute Cosgrove were awarded another penalty, this time their inside left found the net. There was no time to restart the game. Final: Cosgrove St. Peters 3. Buckingham Reserves 4.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 31 March 1934

QUAINTON IN FINAL

Quainton 6 Cosgrove St. Peters 2.

The first of the Hospital Cup semi-finals was played on Saturday evening on Ford Meadow, between Quainton and Cosgrove St. Peters, and a fairly large crowd, considering the inclement weather, saw Quainton qualify for the final by six goals to two. Cosgrove had much, if not more of the game as their opponents, but lacked penetrative power near goal and this contributed to their defeat.
The opening play was of an even character. The ground was in a bad condition and the players had difficulty in keeping their feet. After about ten minutes’ play Quainton took the lead. Cook forced a corner, and taking the flag kick himself dropped the ball well into the goalmouth for Wheeler to score. Within a minute Quainton went further ahead. Wheeler running through to give Jones no chance. These two quick goals unsettled Cosgrove and for a few minutes they were called upon to defend stubbornly. Wheeler was constant menace, and on one occasion nearly increased Quainton’s lead. Play veered to the other end, where Cannon headed against his own crossbar, the ball going for a corner. From the flag kick Eglesfield  headed just wide. Many openings came Cosgrove’s way, but they were unable to take advantage. Brien, after a good run, put Quainton three up. Jones was penalised for carrying, a scramble ensued from the free kick, the ball eventually going behind. Quainton were not long in adding to their total. Cook bustled Jones, and Brien taking advantage, crashed the ball into the net. Cosgrove improved and two corners were forced, but these proved abortive. Half-time Quainton 4. Cosgrove St. Peters 0.
Cosgrove, on the run of the play, hardly deserved four goals in arrears, but they had only themselves to blame for not taking their chances.
The half opened in favour of Cosgove, and Warner blocked a good shot from Dunkley. After a period attacking reduced the arrears with a good header. This goal put fresh life into the game, but Quainton quickly restored their advantage, netting. Cosgrove continued to have the best of the play and they were rewarded by a nice goal by Chapman, Quainton’s goal had a lucky escape when a shot hit the underside of the crossbar. Tompkins was injured, but was able to resume. In the closing minutes, when the light was getting bad, Wheeler scored for Quainton. Final: Qnainton 6, Cosgrove St. Peters 2.
Teams.—Quainton: F. Casemore; F. Warner, D. Cannon: W. Todd, T. Casemore, S. Aris; S. Parker. P. Wheeler, E. Brien, W. . Buckingham, A. Cook.
Cosgrove: Jones; Pittam, Eglesfield; Bushell, Bushell, Castle; Herbert, Chapman, Dunkley, Tompkins, Eglesfield. Referee; Mr. E. Holton (Buckingham).


Wolverton Express 20th April, 1934

Cosgrove on Form

Cosgrove met Deanshanger last Saturday in a League game and won by five goals to two.  The play was interesting, Cosgrove’s forward line working well.  Deanshanger’s goals were well placed efforts and they certainly helped to make the match retain its vim.  By this win Cosgrove take fourth place in the League.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 22 September 1934

Five All '.
The same between Cosgrove St. Peters and Potterspury Crusaders on Saturday produced a crop of goals. Neither club had obtained point prior to the game, which ended in a draw each side scoring five times. The game was in the North Bucks League (Div. II, Western Section).


Wolverton Express 28th September, 1934

Yardley Gobion Trounce Cosgrove

Yardley Gobion gained a decisive win over Cosgrove St Peter’s in a North Bucks League match on Saturday last by a margin of six goals to one.  In the early stages Cosgrove repeatedly broke up the Yardley attacks, but eventually the home forwards adapted themselves to the conditions and assumed an advantage.  Good goals were registered for the home club by F Horton (2), C Hall (2), and W. Glenn (2).  One of the goals scored by Hall came from a perfect header, whilst Glenn netted a splendid goal from a fine centre by T Kightley.  Individually most of the Cosgrove players were good and rallied well towards the finish. 

Result: Yardley Gobion 6 Cosgrove St Peter’s 1


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 29 September 1934

Cosgrove Down Again !
Cosgrove St. Peters who have not opened their season in a convincing manner came another cropper on Saturday when they visited Yardley Gobion in a North Bucks League (Div. II. Western Section) game. Cosgrove were outplaved to the tune of 6 goals to 1. F. Hooton (2), W. Hall (2). W. Glenn (2) secured Yardley’s goals. This win takes Yardley into second position in the league chart.


Bucks Herald Friday 12 October 1934

BUCKINGHAM HOSPITAL CUP

I


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press - Saturday 13 October 1934

A Hard Fight.
Hanslope were given a very hard light on Saturday when they met their near neighbours, Cosgrove in the North Bucks League (Div. Il). The game was a typical local derby one, and it was by the only goal of the match that Hanslope gathered the points. The game was played at Cosgrove.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press - Saturday 20 October 1934

Forwards on Top!
The forwards so dominated the game between Potterspury Res. and Cosgrove St. Peters on Saturday at Potterspury. that thirteen goals were scored. The final score was 7—6 in Cosgrove’s favour, thus gaining them their first league victory. This was Potterspury’s first defeat. The game was in the North Bucks League (Div. II. Western Section).


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 27 October 1934

The Holders Beaten '
Maids Moreton suffered an unexpected heavy reverse in the first round of the Buckingham Junior Hospital Cup on Saturday. They entertained Cosgrove and with practically a full side out were expected to pass on. But Cosgrove found several weak links in the Moreton defence and found the net no fewer than eleven times, Moreton replying with three. Moreton were the holders of the trophy. Mr. F. Scott (New Brad well) had charge of the game. Cosgrove have to visit Old Bradwell in the next round.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 17 November 1934

Cosgrove’s Success Cosgrove St. Peter’s, who have been showing improved form in recent weeks, again figured on the winning side on Saturday against Deanshanger. The game, which was in the North Bucks League (Div. II. Western Section) resulting in a 4—1 victory for the Peter’s.


Wolverton Express 21st December, 1934

Cosgrove’s Brilliant Effort

Cosgrove certainly brooked the great surprise last Saturday by defeating Hanslope by four goals to three.  Gradually Cosgrove have been settling down to getting a real good side in operation, and Saturday’s result is certainly the award for keen spirit and well directed teamwork.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 22 December 1934

Peter’s In Form
Cosgrove St. Peter’s victory over Hanslope on Saturday was one of the surprises of the day. Hanslope, previously undefeated on their own ground, were right off form and allowed the visitors to take away both points by the odd goal of seven. The game was in the North Bucks League (Div II, Western Section).


Wolverton Express 11th January, 1935

Led by that veteran player of North Bucks football, Albert Tompkins, Cosgrove gave Wolverton Congregationals one of the best games they have experienced this season.  On one particular occasion he beat six players and was robbed of his goal by are very close shave.  It was really a feature of the match to watch the way he captained Cosgrove and as the verdict was only three goals to two in the Congregational’ favour it speaks well for the battle that was staged between these two popular sides. It was by far one of the best games in the district last Saturday.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 12 January 1935

Gongs. Hard Fight.
Wolverton Congs. had to fight hard to annex two North Bucks League (Div. II), Western Section) points from Cosgrove St. Peter’s. The score—3-2—denotes the closeness of the encounter. The Peter’s, who still have a say in the Buckingham Junior Hospital Cup, have got a useful side together and will no doubt upset the book of form before the season is ended.


Wolverton Express 11th January, 1935

Wolverton Congregationals still winning

At Cosgrove on Saturday the Congregationals were the first to attack, but met a strong defence which forced play to the other end, where, after ten minutes play Tompkins scored with a well-placed shot which gave Willett no chance.  After this the Congs tried hard to equalize, but did not succeed until after thirty minutes, when Franklin registered from close in.  The Cosgrove forwards were very dangerous and Herbert went close with two hot shots, whilst Kightley saved well at the other end from Franklin.  No further score took place before the interval.  Upon resuming the Congs attacked hard, but took the lead in unlucky fashion when a shot from Gee which was going wide struck their defender’s hand, Allen scoring from the resultant kick.  Cosgrove fought back well but met a stubborn defence in which Glave was outstanding.  The Congs, further increased their lead when Allen broke through the Cosgrove defence to score with a fine angled shot.  After this Cosgrove rallied and Herbert reduced the lead from close in. Both sets of forwards missed good chances before the final whistle, and Cosgrove were unlucky not to force a draw.

Result: Cosgrove St Peter’s 2, Wolverton Congregationals 3


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 19 January 1935

The Reserves [Buckingham] return to league football after an absence of some weeks, this (Saturday) afternoon when they visit Cosgrove St. Peters in the North Bucks League (Div. II). After such a lengthy absence, we cannot expect the side to show their best form. Cosgrove are amongst the strongest sides in this section, and the Reserves will do well if they get a point. We are hoping to field a strong side.


Wolverton Express 25th January, 1935

Buckingham Reserves win

Cosgrove put up a good game against Buckingham Reserves last Saturday and the Robins had to go all out to get the verdict of three goals to one.  In their last games Cosgrove have shown had wonderful improvement and last Saturday they certainly rose to the occasion as the Buckingham team were a good combined eleven and worked smartly together for the points.  Wins should soon be with Cosgrove on their display last Saturday.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 26 January 1935

Our Reserves [Buckingham] are deserving of a little congratulation for their fine performance at Cosgrove. It was indeed something in the nature of a surprise. They fully deserved their success by three goals to one. In the first half Cosgrove obtained the lead and this they held at the interval. After the change of ends, however, the Reserves made up lost ground and goals from Cadd, Bryant and Lucas gave them the victory and the points. The game was in the North Bucks League (Div. II). Buckingham Junior F.C.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 02 February 1935

A Drawn Game.
Cosgrove St. Peter’s gained one North Bucks League (Div. II) point as the result of their visit to Forders on Saturday. Forder’s Reserves were below strength and a very moderate game was seen. Hockley scored for Forders and Smith for Cosgrove, the final score being 1-all.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 09 February 1935

Cosgrove’s Easy Task.
Cosgrove experienced little difficulty in defeating Old Bradwell in the second round of the Buckingham Junior Hospital Cup on Saturday by five goals to nil. Old Bradwell have only played friendly football this season and found their visitors the better side. Mr. R. Gidman had charge of the game.


Wolverton Express 15th March, 1935

Cosgrove place four

Cosgrove made a bold win in defeating Forders Reserves by a clear cut out four goals.  The game was much in Cosgrove’s favour, and some good play came from their whole side, who under the leadership of their able captain made things go ahead during the match.  Forders found their opponents alert and but for some good defensive work their defeat would have been heavier.  The match was not one sided but Cosgrove played more convincing football.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 23 March 1935

Peters In Form.
Cosgrove St. Peters had an easy task in securing two North Bucks League (Div. II, Western Section) points on Saturday when they paid a visit to Stony Stratford Pirates Res. The game was as one-sided as the score denotes, the Peters netting nine times.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 13 April 1935

Cosgrove Dismissed

At a meeting of the Buckingham Hospital Cup Council on Friday evening Cosgrove were dismissed from the Junior Competition for failing to fulfil their semi-final fixture with Twyford on March 30th. A fine was also imposed upon them to cover expenses incurred.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 07 September 1935

Yardley‘s Dozen
Yardley Gobion commenced the season in grand style, netting 12 goals in their first League game. Their opponents, Cosgrove St. Pater’s, could only find the net on one occasion. Yardley have been absent from League football for several seasons, but they look likely to make things “hum” in the Western Section.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 14 September 1935

Another Defeat!
Cosgrove St. Peters were again heavily defeated on Saturday when they had a visit from Potterspury Crusaders in a North Bucks League (Div. II, Western Section) fixture. The Peters have started the season in a disastrous manner, but should hold their own as the season develops. Potterspury’s forwards were in shooting form and found the net on seven occasions, their opponents replying with two.


Wolverton Express 20th September, 1935

Cosgrove impress

Cosgrove St Peter’s made a good impression in their game last Saturday against Stony Stratford Reserves, securing the win by six goals to two.  The match was well contested in the first half, both sides battling well.  In the concluding stages Cosgrove, who had attained a good lead, finished up with their side in happy mood, having broken their pointless record.


Wolverton Express 4th October, 1935

Cosgrove Fine Recovery

Stony Stratford Pirates Reserves visited Cosgrove St Peter’s on Saturday and did well to return with one point, although at the interval the Pirates were leading by three goals to nil.  The game was well contested, the villagers’ half back line being particularly prominent.  Tompkins being outstanding.  The Pirates, by making the most of their chances, registered three good goals in the first half, but in the second, Cosgrove staged a fine rally, and the Pirates’ defence was kept busy.  Cosgrove reduced the lead, but the Pirates restored the balance with a fourth goal.  Later the home team swarmed to the attack and three goals were scored quickly to bring the scores level.  Five minutes from the end Cosgrove were awarded a penalty, which Roberts, the Pirates’ goalkeeper, saved in fine style.

Result: Cosgrove St Peter’s 4, Stratford Pirates Reserves 4.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 05 October 1935

Eight Goals Shared.
Cosgrove and Stony Stratford Pirates Res. shared eight goals on Saturday when the two sides met at Cosgrove. It was a good hard game and with very little to choose between the sides. This point was the first point the Pirates’ Reserves have gained this season.


Wolverton Express 1st November, 1935

Cosgrove’s Great Display

Cosgrove put up a fine display against Buckingham Reserves and won by 4-2.  The match was full of zest, with Cosgrove well served in defence.  The half-time score was 3-1 in the home side’s favour.  In the second half Buckingham settled down better, but Cosgrove finally won by 4-2.  Cosgrove scorers were Neil, Herbert (2), and Elliott.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 02 November 1935

THEIR FIRST DEFEAT.
Cosgrove St. Peter’s 4, Buckingham Res. 2. Buckingham Reserves met with their first league defeat of the season on Saturday when they were beaten at Cosgrove by 4 goals to 2. Cosgrove, on the run of the play just about deserved their success, but had the Reserves had a little luck they might easily have reversed the result. The game was played in a fine sporting spirit, only one foul, and that of a minor character, being given. The Reserves failed to show their usual form, all departments of the side being below their best. Buckingham won the toss and kicked against a slight breeze. They were quickly on the attack and the home goalkeeper had to save from Griffiths. Keeping up pressure. Buckingham went near on several occasions to scoring. However, it was Cosgrove who opened the scoring. Their outside-left took advantage of a slip on the part of the Reserves' defence and beat Pollard with a good shot. Within a minute, Buckingham were on level terms, Griffiths netting with a low drive. Play was of an even character with the advantage slightly in favour of Cosgrove. Another slip on the part of the Reserves’ defence led to Cosgrove’s second goal. Before the interval they scored again, Pollard having no chance to save. Halftime : Cosgrove, 3, Buckingham Res. 1. Upon resuming Buckingham had the best of matters, but were unable to press home their advantage. Shots which seemed likely scorers were either blocked by defenders or just missed the goal. Midway through this half Parker headed in from a corner on the right. Just afterwards the Reserves had an opportunity to draw level when a penalty was awarded them for hands. Alf Denny, however, shot by the post. Almost immediately afterwards Cosgrove secured their fourth goal and the final whistle went with no addition to the score : Cosgrove St. Peters 4, Buckingham Reserves 2.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 09 November 1935

Easy For Yardley.
Contrary to many expectations Yardley Gobion had little difficulty in beating their near neighbours Cosgrove St. Peters, at Cosgrove on Saturday. It had been expected that, after their win over Buckingham Reserves, who had beaten; Yardley, Cosgrove would prove a tough nut for Yardley to crack, Yardley, however, and gave showed that this form was “all wrong” by netting seven times without reply.


Wolverton Express 15th November 1935

Cosgrove’s Achievement

Cosgrove played an excellent game in their League venture against Stony Stratford Sports Reserves, winning a brace of useful points by seven goals to four.  Of Cosgrove’s goals Herbert claimed five and Birdsey two.

Cosgrove were naturally very elated and certainly it was a good achievement.  But for the brilliant work of Stony’s goalkeeper the score would have reached a much heavier total.  He played a marvellous game.  Stony’s four goals were all well timed and neatly placed.


Wolverton Express 22nd November, 1935

Cosgrove’s great improvement

Cosgrove are gradually improving their League status and they did considerably well to defeat Wolverton Technical College by three goals to two.  The match was well fought and both sides were in good form.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 23 November 1935

Cosgrove’s Win.
Cosgrove St. Peters must surely be the most inconsistent team in the North Bucks League (Div. II, Western Section). After beating Buckingham Reserves and then losing heavily to Yardley, they came “up to scratch” on Saturday and gained a creditable victory over Wolverton Technical College. The game was played on the College ground and Cosgrove won by three goals to two.


Wolverton Express 22nd November, 1935

North Bucks League

Technical College lose at home

Wolverton Technical College were surprisingly beaten by Cosgrove at Wolverton on Saturday by three goals to two.  The visitors played a strong game and fully deserved their win.  The College scored first after ten minutes play through Shouler but the visitors played up strongly and Herbert equalized from close range and shortly after put his side in front.  Before half-time Shouler equalized for the college following a corner.

Upon resuming, the home team should have built up a good lead, but poor finishing prevented them scoring, although Harding once got the ball into the net only to be given off-side.  Ten minutes from time Castle scored an excellent goal for Cosgrove to gain them the points.

Final score: Wolverton Technical College 2, Cosgrove 3.


Wolverton Express 29th November, 1935

Cosgrove again successful

Wolverton Technical College visited Cosgrove on Saturday and were defeated by three goals to two in a hard game.  Cosgrove started against a slight wind and after the home goal keeper had cleared smartly Herbert opened the scoring with a shot that went into the net off the upright.  Even play followed, both defences having plenty to do.  Cosgrove scored a second goal after good work by Herbert and then at the other end a shot from Frisby struck the upright and Blackburn’s shot from the rebound was cleared by a defender.  Upon resuming, the home side soon added to their lead when Herbert scored a good goal.  The College retaliated strongly and Snowdon reduced the lead from a pass from Jones and shortly afterwards the same player scored a second goal with a hard drive.  Cosgrove were hard pressed to keep out an equalizer and Blackburn missed narrowly.  Towards the end the home team attacked vigorously and Gabell brought off a great save from Herbert.

Final score: Cosgrove 3, Wolverton Technical College 2.


Wolverton Express 29th November, 1935

Cosgrove making progress

In their last few games, Cosgrove have made great strides.  Last Saturday they again excelled in defeating Wolverton Technical College by three goals to two.  Both sides were well balanced and the football served up was extremely good.  Upon their present form Cosgrove should make headway in their league programme.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 21 December 1935

The Reserves appear to be striking an unlucky patch in regard to their matches, for on Saturday, Cosgrove wired at the last moment scratching their fixture with the Reserves on Ford Meadow.


Wolverton Express 10th January, 1936

An excellent result

As the result of a football benefit match held on Boxing Day on behalf of Mr. Tom Cummings, who has been ill for the past seven months, the sum of £24/10/0 was raised.  The match was organized by the Cosgrove St Peter’s FC, of which Mr. Cummings was at one time playing member, a member of the committee, and later trainer.  The game was between past members and present members of the club and ended in favour of the latter by 7 goals to 2.  Owing to the inclement weather of the day the attendance was somewhat affected, but tickets had been generously purchased before the day.  Mr. Cummings is grateful for the help he has thus received, and wishes to thank the members of the football club who organised the effort, those who participated in the game, and all kind friends who contributed to such a handsome sum.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 11 January 1936

Hanslope’s Fight.
Hanslope are not letting Yardley have matters all their own way in the second division of the North Bucks League (Western Section). On Saturday they captured couple of useful points at the expense of Cosgrove whom they defeated on their own ground six goals to nil.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 18 January 1936

Cosgrove's Eight
Cosgrove found little difficulty in disposing of Towcester Reserves in a league game on Saturday. Towcester Reserves, whose first season it is in the league, have not had too good season and rest at the bottom of the table. On Saturday Cosgrove found the net eight times. Towcester getting three.


Wolverton Express 28th February, 1936

Kean Going

Cosgrove proved a good opposition to Paulerspury and did well to bring the issue to a drawn game of three goals all.  Paulerspury lead off well and seemed destined to become the winners.  A good rally by Cosgrove placed matters on a better footing, and whilst both teams exerted for the issue, this was denied to them.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 29 February 1936

Six Goals Shared.
The meeting of Cosgrove and Paulerspury on Saturday produced a drawn game of three goals each. The game was played at Cosgrove and there was very little to choose between the two sides.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 21 March 1936

In the Reserves’ [Buckingham] game with Cosgrove Saturday, the Reserves had little difficulty in getting the points. Showing superior form, fore and aft they scored eight goals, Cosgrove getting two. The goals came from Alf Denny (4). Neal (2). R. Saxbv and W. Barker. The Reserves’ displays of late deserve better support, there being very few present on Saturday.


Wolverton Express 3rd April 1936

Cosgrove on Form

Cosgrove met Stratford Reserves in the Shield Competition, and finally won by the decisive score of eight goals to two.  In the first part of the game both sides battled well for the lead, this coming to Cosgrove, who led by two goals to one at the interval.  In the second half Cosgrove had much of the play and eventually outplayed their visitors.  Cosgrove now have to meet Paulerspury in the semi-final a week next Saturday, and this should be a fine match.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press - Saturday 04 April 1936

Stony Stratford Sports were fined the sum of 2/6 for failing to fulfil their game with Cosgrove the Shield Competition on March 21st The game was ordered to be played at Cosgrove March 28th.


Wolverton Express 10th April, 1936

Hanslope win Section

Hanslope, by defeating Cosgrove, won their section of the league, and must be congratulated on the achievement.  As a team of they have played consistently throughout, and I was much impressed by their display only in the season, which seemed to establish them then as likely league leaders.  Cosgrove put up a splendid opposition, but Hanslope won by the odd goal in a fine encounter.


Wolverton Express 17th April, 1936

Cosgrove Shield Success

Cosgrove met Paulerspury in the Shield Competition this holiday-time and won the match by five goals to four.  Cosgrove played a wonderful first half and were leading by five clear goals.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 09 May 1936

A Cosgrove Surprise.
Cosgrove St. Peters created some surprise on Saturday when they defeated Cranfield United in the final of the North Bucks Shield at Wolverton on Saturday. The game was played at Old Wolverton and Cosgrove won four goals to three. Mr K. Williams, Vice-President of the League, presented the Shield after the match. Cranfield had previously been defeated by Borders’ Reserves in the semi-final, but Borders were dismissed from the competition for playing ineligible men and were lined 7/6 in respect of each man and 10/- for sending in a result card with names other than those who played.


Wolverton Express 18th September, 1936

Cosgrove Score Seven

Cosgrove sprang a surprise on Wolverton Juniors by defeating them 7 - 4.  At the beginning the Juniors looked like having a runaway game, for they netted three goals in quick succession.  Cosgrove, however, were not deterred by this lead, and gradually scored goals until they got the lead.  Owens, Wolverton Juniors’ goalkeeper, was playing his farewell game with the team, prior to enlistment in the Navy.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 19 September 1936

Cosgrove made auspicious start to their season by winning at Wolverton against the Town Juniors by 7- 4.


Wolverton Express 5th October 1945

Football

Cosgrove fielded a good side to meet Stantonbury St Peter’s second eleven last Saturday and they secured the win by 5-3. The match was played upon the Bradwell Road recreation ground.


Wolverton Express 30th October, 1936

Cosgrove in Form

Cosgrove were inform against Potterspury Crusaders and won by seven goals to two.  Cosgrove forwards were persistent in their attacks on the Crusaders’ goal, and although Potterspury’s defence made strong efforts they were unable to cope with them.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 31 October 1936

Cosgrove's Seven!
In another Western Section game Cosgrove scored a smart win at the expense of Potterspury Crusaders. The game was played at Cosgrove and the home team piled on seven goals to the Crusaders’ two.


Wolverton Express 13th November, 1936

Wolverton Juniors win at Cosgrove

At Cosgrove on Saturday, the Juniors succeeded in reversing the result of the previous encounter at Wolverton, winning a hard game by 3 goals to 1.  The exchanges for some time were even and it was during the absence of the home left half who retired for “repairs” to an injured knee, that the Juniors took the lead through Frisby, who shot a beautiful goal from a centre from Woodward.  This lead was held until the interval.

Resuming at full strength, Cosgrove attacked, and Herbert went very close.  Afterwards the Juniors again took up the running and further goals came from Morley and Mead.  A regrettable incident occurred shortly afterwards resulting in one of the Cosgrove men getting “marching orders”.

Despite being one man short, the home team managed to reduce the lead when Herbert slipped Eaton, who had played a fine defensive game all through and scored, making a final score of 3 - 1 in the Juniors favour, a result which on the run of the play they deserved.

The Juniors played well together although there was still a tendency to attempt to beat too many players.  Much better performances will be obtained when individual work becomes less and team and combination work more prominent.  Chamberlain was the better of two quite good backs.  Jones was an outstanding half back.  Eaton “shadowed” the Cosgrove centre forward most successfully, whilst Russell played his usual sound game.  Forward, the inside men, Frisby, Mead, and Morley, were the pick.  Coxhill was usually safe in goal.


Wolverton Express 8th January, 1937

A Keen Draw

The meeting of Cosgrove and Wolverton Congs Reserves produced a keen game.  Both teams played well and Cosgrove were particularly good in the first half of the match, holding their lead at the interval by two goals to one.  In the second half the Congs rallied and finally brought the encounter to a drawn game of three goals all.  Herbert played a good game for Cosgrove, netting two of their goals, whilst Day placed the other shot in for Cosgrove.


Wolverton Express 5th February, 1937

Cosgrove on Form

Cosgrove after a long absence from league football resumed on Saturday.  Meeting Wolverton Congs reserves they defeated them by two goals to nil.  Ratcliffe was the outstanding player for Cosgrove and netted to their two goals.  And the interval Cosgrove led by one goal.  In the second half they proved a good opposition to the Congs who were unable to penetrate Cosgrove’s defence.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 06 February 1937

Yardley’s Record. Yardley Gobion still maintains their unbeaten record in the Western Section of the league, and it does not seem as if they will now be caught. On Saturday they gained a 3—1 victory over Stratford Sports Reserves on the Stratford ground. Stratford put a strong side into the field and gave Yardley a hard struggle. The other game played in this section of the league resulted in Cosgrove taking both points from Wolverton Congs.’ Reserves on their own ground. The score was 2-nil in Cosgrove’s favour.


Wolverton Express 12th February, 1937

Cosgrove Net Nine Goals

Cosgrove netted nine goals, Paulerspury obtaining three.  Finer forward line work was a feature from Cosgrove and their defence also kept Paulerspury well at bay.  At the interval the visitors led by four goals to one.  A. Tompkins, a veteran player as far as North Bucks football is concerned, netted three goals.  Herbert also completed a hat trick, whilst all the forwards had a hand in the goal getting.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 13 February 1937

Western Section Games. Cosgrove visited Paulerspury and showed fine form in scoring nine goals, Paulerspury replying with three.


Wolverton Express 19th February, 1937

Cosgrove Make a Bold Bid

Cosgrove made a bold bid for the points at Stony Stratford and were successful by 5-2. The first half produced even play, both sides scoring twice.  In the second half Cosgrove went ahead, Herbert claiming his hat-trick.  Day and Ratcliff were Cosgrove’s other scorers.


Wolverton Express19th March, 1937

Cosgrove Continue to Win

Cosgrove continue winning.  Last Saturday they entertain Stratford sports reserves and won by 5-2.  Cosgrove played well in the first half, scoring four goals without reply.  Stratford settled down better in the second half, but Cosgrove were a safe side.  Herbert scored four of the goals for Cosgrove, and goals were also scored for them by Tompkins and Wilkinson.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 20 February 1937

Cosgrove also found their task against Stratford Sports Reserves an easy one and won by 5—2. The scores were level 2-all at the interval. Herbert (3), Day and Ratcliffe netted Cosgrove’s goals.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 06 March 1937

Yardley Held!
Yardley Gobion lost their first point in the second division of the North Bucks League (Western Section) on Saturday and that on their own ground. They were at home to Cosgrove and a real " needle game” was witnessed. Each side scored once, this being a fair reflex of the game.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 20 March 1937

The Western Section.
In the Western Section of the league Cosgrove St. Peters gained another good victory, this time at the expense of Stratford Sports Reserves. Cosgrove were at home and won 6—2. Herbert (4), Tompkins and Wilkinson scored for Cosgrove.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press 03 April 1937

Yardley's 9 - 1 Victory
Cosgrove St. Peters entertained Yardley Gobion on Saturday and were expected to give their visitors a hard fight, judging by recent form. Yardley however, were taking no risks and brought over their strongest side and trounced Cosgrove to the tune of 9 - 1. The game was in the North Bucks Shield, and was the divisional final.


Wolverton Express 16th April 1937

Shared points

Cosgrove and Hanslope shared points in a drawn game of two goals each last Saturday.  Cosgrove included three reserves in their team.  They, however, were good substitutes and the side worked well to hold Hanslope forwards in the first half.  Tompkins opened and the scoring with a fine goal and later Wilkinson also netted.  Hanslope, however, reduced the lead with a well-planned goal, the interval score being two goals to one.  In the second half Hanslope pressed well and equalised up matters in a good combined team effort.  Play was always interesting.


Wolverton Express 30th April, 1937

Cosgrove Take Two Points from Yardley

Cosgrove are the only side to take two points from Yardley Gobion this season.  In a midweek game last week they forced a draw of one all.  Chapman netted Cosgrove’s goal with a well-placed effort.  The fine performance of Cosgrove was due largely to the fine leadership of Albert Tompkins whose ability needs no embellishment here.  On two occasions Cosgrove have taken one point from their near neighbours.  This must be regarded as a good achievement.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 28 August 1937

The Juniors have an attractive opening match with Cosgrove St. Peter’s to-day (Saturday,) on the Stratford Road ground, and with no other football attraction in the town a good crowd should be present to encourage the Juniors in their new venture. The kickoff at 3.15 p.m. Cosgrove, who are a difficult side to beat, finished second in this section last season to Yardley Gobion, with 13 points from 10 games, only being beaten once, although five games were drawn.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 18 September 1937

Western Section Games. Several games were played in the Western Section of the North Bucks League (Div. II). Cosgrove and Flettons’ Athletic met in their return game and this time Cosgrove reversed the result of the previous meeting by winning 6—3. Flettons were not at full strength.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 25 September 1937

Western Section Games. There were several games in the Western Section the North Bucks League (Div. II). Wolverton Juniors ran up the top score of the day, defeating Cosgrove, their visitors, by twelve goals to nil.


Wolverton Express 1st October, 1937

Cosgrove got into stride and scored six goals against Bletchley Boys’ Brigade, who replied four times.  Chapman was a fine asset to Cosgrove, claiming four of the goals.  Bletchley netted two goals from penalties.  Gee proved a livewire for the Bletchley side.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 02 October 1937

Western Section Games. Goals were plentiful in the Western Section of the North Bucks League (Div. II) on Saturday. At Cosgrove ten were netted, the home side claiming six and Bletchley B.B. Old Boys four. The Old Boys were beaten on their merits and a poor pitch did much to add to their lack of form.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 09 October 1937

Western Section Games. There was again some high storing in the Western Section of the North Bucks League (Div. II) on Saturday. Wicken, playing at home against Cosgrove scored six, their visitors replying with two. Wicken have got a useful side together which includes several well-known local players. Their goals on Saturday were scored by Atkins (3), Rogers (2) and L. Jones.


Wolverton Express 15th October, 1937

Football

Stratford reserves will also hold a watching brief on this section of the league.  Coached by Harry Culver, the side gave a smart performance against Cosgrove, who should soon get into winning vein.  Here Stratford won by seven goals to three, but Cosgrove’s goals were all well timed efforts.


Wolverton Express 15th October, 1937

North Bucks football league

Stony Stratford Res 7, Cosgrove St Peter’s 5

Stoney Stratford reserves had a visit from their near neighbours, Cosgrove St Peter’s, in a North Bucks league game on Saturday and the match was witnessed by the largest crowd the Reserves have had at their games for a long time.  Stratford were the first to attack and shots from Reynolds and Culver found the Cosgrove goalkeeper safe.  Cosgrove were awarded a free kick which brought them success, for Smith place a shot into the corner of the net.  Cosgrove then took up the attack and drew level when a well-placed centre by Reynolds was converted by Smith.  Five minutes later Cosgrove were awarded a penalty for hands and Castle made no mistake with the kick, making the interval score in the visitors’ favour of 2-1.

In the second half the home team had matters all their own way, goals coming from Culver (2) and Reynolds.  Then, from a breakaway, Cosgrove and netted an easy goal following a misunderstanding between the Stratford backs.  Reynolds, H Smith, and L Smith added further goals for Stony before the final whistle.  Reynolds missed a penalty.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 16 October 1937

Western Section Games. Two games were played in the Western Section of the North Bucks League (Div. II) on Saturday and in both instances big scores were recorded. Stratford Reserves continued their winning ways and ran up seven goals against Cosgrove, but Cosgrove got five in reply. Twelve goals in one match.


Wolverton Express 12th November, 1937

Benefit for Former Cosgrove Footballer

A benefit dance in the Memorial Hall, Old Stratford, on Friday was on behalf of Mr. C Bushell, of Cosgrove, who for many seasons donned the colours of his village football club.

Mr. Bushell who is a married man with one small daughter, has been unable to follow his employment at the Sandpits, at Cosgrove, for nine months owing to ill health. We are pleased to say his health is now improving. 

Between 80 and 100 persons attended the dance, music for which was supplied by the Selmer Band from Hanslope.  A spot competition was won by Miss Langley and Miss Hobson.  Refreshments were served by Miss O Eglesfield, Mesdames C. Evans, A Smith, T. Cummings, and J Lovesey.  The organizer was Mr. G Hickford, who was given much assistance from residents of the village, and his committee comprised Messrs. A. Tompkins, J Lovesey, B Brrown, E Eglesfield, and A Loughrey.

Generous help was given by Cosgrove residents and people from villages and towns in the neighbourhood.  Gifts included refreshments, prizes, donations, and a large iced cake which was won in a competition by Miss R. Hooton.  A box of chocolates was won by Mr. Geary the band’s pianist.

As a result of the effort the helpful sum of £16 2s 6d has been handed to Mr. Bushell, who wishes to thank all for the kindness shown to him.


Wolverton Express 26th November, 1937

Cosgrove have Hard Match

Cosgrove, in a rearranged fixture at home, received Fletton’s Sports.  Here this progressive side did well to hold their strong opponents as much as they did.  Although defeated by 7-1, Cosgrove showed mettle.  Of late Fletton’s Sports have had a sequence of wins that has shown them to be a side to be reckoned with.


Wolverton Express 3rd December, 1937

Football

Cosgrove put in a fine effort at home and with a much strengthen side drew 1-1 with Stony Stratford reserves.  It was a splendid tussle and both sides held out in defensive work, conceding little.  This match, of course, will have to be decided at a later date.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 04 December 1937

North Bucks Sheid Game
Cosgrove and Stratford Reserves have to fight again, for the game at Cosgrove ended all square, each side scoring once.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 11 December 1937

Last week Cosgrove and Stratford Sports’ Res. met in the North Bucks Shield and the result was a draw, but on Saturday when the teams met in the League a very different result was recorded. Stratford were much to the fore and won 8-nil.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 18 December 1937

A Clear-Cut Win
GOALKEEPER NETS FROM PENALTY SPOT

Buckingham Juniors had an easy win on Saturday when they visited Cosgrove in the North Bucks League (Division II.) They had their full side out for the first time in some weeks and gave a fine show fore and aft. The wind was rather strong and the Juniors faced it the first half. For the first ten minutes Cosgrove made raids on the Juniors’ goal as if they were going to get a large score. Dines, however, broke away and ran through from the half-way line to put the Juniors one up. Cosgrove still continued with their attacks, but Horn was safe. Cosgrove’s forwards were never allowed to settle down and could not make an impression on a strong defence, in which all were prominent. Before half-time the Juniors increased their lead to four through J. Nash, F. Bloxham and Edwards. The Juniors had matters much their own way in the second half. J. Nash got their fifth goal from a long shot, which the goalkeeper stopped but could not hold, and it dropped into the net. Bloxham soon after got another with a shot that dropped over the goalkeeper’s head. Cosgrove tried hard to get a goal, but did not seem to have the final touch. Just before the end Horn, the Juniors’ goalkeeper, was called upon to take a spot kick and he made no mistake, for the ball hit the back of the net with great force. Final: Cosgrove, 0; Buckingham Juniors, 7.


Wolverton Express 19th December, 1937

Stratford Reserves Net Eight

Stratford Reserves visited Cosgrove and had little difficulty in winning the match, scoring 8 times to nil.  Stratford were the more experienced players, but despite this fact Cosgrove played up well against them for a young side.


Wolverton Express 21st January, 1938

Neutral Ground

Stoney Stratford Reserves met Cosgrove in the replay of their Shield contest game, and after extra time the match ended in a draw of three goals all.  This means that again will have to be played on a neutral ground.  Both sides played well.


Wolverton Express 4th February, 1938

Western Games

There were three Western League matches played last Saturday and some exciting football was seen.  Paulerspury absolutely swept the board, scoring eight goals against Cosgrove.  Here again Paulerspury have been team building, and have now a strong eleven operating.  Cosgrove were worthy of something better than a blank score on the run of the game.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press Saturday 05 February 1938

Second Division Games

Paulerspury registered the highest total this section by beating the luckless Cosgrove side 8-nil on their own ground.


Wolverton Express 25th February, 1938

Western Whispers

Wolverton Congs Reserves entertained Cosgrove, but the Peter’s put up a fine rally.  Jack Hurst figured at centre forward and in his final effort gave Cosgrove the win by one goal to nil.  His work certainly put Cosgrove on form and the defence was a complete stumbling block to the Congs, who while being well represented did not make headway that their opponents found.  The return match this Saturday between the sides will prove who really is on top niche.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 05 March 1938

A week or so back Cosgrove surprised the Congs’. Reserves by beating them on their own ground. On Saturday, the Congs. played the return game at Cosgrove and took ample revenge for their home defeat by winning five-nil.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 13 May 1939

Since its inception in 1911, the following teams have held the North Bucks League championship : —-

1911-12

Cosgrove St. Peter’s.

1912-13

Stantonbury St, Peter’s.

1913-14

Stantonbury St, Peter’s

1919-20

Stratford Sports

1920-21

Newport Autos

1921-22

Newport Autos

1922-23

Wolverton Town

1923-24

Newport Autos

1924-25

Buckingham Town

1925-26

Stratford Sports

1926-27

Winslow United

1927-28

Cosgrove St. Peter’s

1928-29

Buckingham Town

1929-30

Bletchley Town

1930-31

Winslow United

1931-32

Wolverton Town

1932-33

Salmons’ Sports

1933-34

Buckingham Town

1934-35

Potterspury

1935-36

Buckingham Town

1936-37

Buckingham Town

1937-38

Potterspury

1938-39

Buckingham Town


Present trophy given by Lt.-Colonel Hawkins, the original cup being played for by the second division clubs.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 27 February 1943

DEANSHANGER. An effort is being made to revive football in Deanshanger and the local youth squad have now got together a team which will be known as Deanshanger Wanderers. They played their first match a friendly game with Cosgrove. They also have fixed up other friendly meetings with local teams. They are playing on the green, and hope later to get a private pitch if it is possible. They are in need of a set of jerseys and at present are playing in white knicks and shirts.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 29 September 1945

Football
NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE A.G.M.

The annual meeting of the North Bucks Football League was held at The Foresters Arms, New Bradwell on Thursday of last week. Mr. S. Coles (Chairman) presided, supported by Mr. F. Scott (Berks and Bucks representative) and Mr. C. H. Scott (Hon. Secretary). An apology was read by the Secretary, from Mr. J. Harding who was on holiday and unable to attend. This, he stated, was the third time since 1912 that he had missed the League's annual meeting. The following clubs were represented Wolverton Town, Stantonbury St. Peters, Newport Athletic, Wolverton Congs., Olney Town, Deanshanger. Cosgrove St. Peters, Stony Stratford and an apology was received from Horwood R A F. who will be entering the League.
The meeting endorsed the Secretary's report and the statement of accounts revealed a balance of £35 12s. 10d. Stony Stratford was granted a month’s respite to endeavour to obtain the release of their ground and kit now used by the Forces. The officers were re-elected en bloc with Lord Denham being again asked to take the Presidency. All the clubs present were elected to Division I. The Minor Cup will be run as a knock-out. Registration of players has been reintroduced. The auditors report was given by Mr, R. Mills who expressed satisfaction in the way the books were kept. A suggestion re guest players was rejected. The League will meet monthly at the Foresters’ Arms, the first meeting being in November the first Thursday.
Thanks to Mr. Jones for the kind use of, the room and to the chairman, concluded a fine meeting with prospects of good peace-time football in the coming season.


Wolverton Express 5th October 1945

Football

Cosgrove fielded a good side to meet Stantonbury St Peter’s second eleven last Saturday and they secured the win by 5-3. The match was played upon the Bradwell Road recreation ground.


Wolverton Express 12th October 1945

A real good game took place at Newport, when the athletic entertained Cosgrove, who were able to get the desired lead in a verdict of 3-2.  Plus the two opening league games have certainly made surprises and conjectures for things to come.


Wolverton Express 19th October 1945

League matches this forthcoming Saturday are Cosgrove St Peter’s at home to Newport Athletic, whilst Horwood RAF receive a visit from Wolverton Town. Neither of these clubs are affected by the junior cup games.


Wolverton Express 26th October 1945

Cosgrove were again on top form last Saturday when they entertained Newport Athletic, who also are getting together a useful side and form a worthy opposition.  The score favoured Cosgrove, who won by the margin of four goals to one.


Wolverton Express 2nd November 1945

Peter’s League win over Cosgrove

Stantonbury St Peter’s received Cosgrove on Saturday last and registered a North Bucks League win by five goals to two.  In the first half Little opened the scoring for the Peters with a shot which gave the goal keeper no chance. Simms added a second, and from the restart Cosgrove impressed, forcing two quick corners, but the home defence survived the attacks.  Hammond, the Peters leader, registered the third goal, but in a rally Cosgrove reduced the lead with a good goal, the interval score being 3-1 in favour of the Peters.  During the second half Pateman put Peter’s further ahead and after Cosgrove had again reduced the lead, Neil completed the scoring from a corner well-placed by Simms.


Wolverton Express 16th November 1945

Football

The keenest game in the North Bucks league was the meeting of Deanshanger and Cosgrove.  Here a fine battle took place for the points.  Both have good sides and had done well in their previous games.  After a tense struggle the final result was Deanshanger 5, Cosgrove 2.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 17 November 1945

Football

A meeting of the North Bucks League Football Council was held at The Forester's Arms, New Bradwell. Mr. S. Coles (Chairman) presided, supported Mr. C. H. Scott (Hon. Secretary) and Mr. F. Scott (Berks and Bucks representative). Representatives were present from the following clubs Stantonbury St. Peters, Wolverton Town, Newport Athletic, Olney Town, Deanshanger and Cosgrove St. Peters. The Secretary gave a report of the working of the League to date. No matches had been cancelled and smooth working had been the order. Clubs were reminded that the kick-off from November 1st to Jan. 31st was 2.30 p.m. The funds of the League stood at £40 approx. The draw for the Minor Cup took place with the following result Deanshanger v Olney; Newport Athletic v. Cosgrove Stantonbury and Wolverton Congs. receiving byes.


Wolverton Express 14th December 1945

North Bucks and District Football League

A Council meeting of the North Bucks League took place at their headquarters, the Foresters Arms New Bradwell on Thursday evening 6th December.  Mr S. Coles presided, supported by Mr J. Harding (vice chairman) and Mr. C H Scott (hon Secretary). Clubs represented were Olney, Wolverton Town, Newport Athletic, Cosgrove, and Stantonbury St Peter’s.  An apology was received from Wolverton Congs.  Arising out of the fact that Newport Athletic played unregistered players in their Minor League cup tie with Cosgrove the council agreed the match should be replayed at Cosgrove before 31st December.


Wolverton Express 4th January 1946

Football Cancellations

Wolverton Congs cancelled their League game with Cosgrove last Saturday owing to an inability to procure a ground.  For the first time this year widespread flooding of the Meadows occurred in the district and the water certainly put out of action the Newport road recreation ground and also the Peters [Stantonbury] new pitch.  It is a long time since the water was so high in the Meadows at New Bradwell.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 12 January 1946

Football

A Council meeting of the North Bucks and District Football League took place at The Foresters’ Arms. New Bradwell, on Thursday last (Jan. 3rd). Mr. S. Coles (Chairman) presided, supported by Mr. C. H. Scott (Hon. Secretary). Clubs represented were Wolverton Town, Wolverton Congs., Cosgrove, Newport and Stantonbury. Explanations regarding cancellation of matches were accepted with the proviso that games should be refixed as early as possible. The draw for the Minor Cup semi-final games was made by representatives of Wolverton Town and Newport Athletic with the following result Stantonbury St. Peters v. Wolverton Congs ; Cosgrove St. Peters v. Deanshanger Athletic. These semi-finals are to be played before the end of February. The Minor Cup Final has been fixed for March 16th which is an open date in the League. The arrangements as to ground, etc., will be made later.


Wolverton Express 18th January 1946

Early Snatch Victory

Cosgrove captured the first North Bucks League point this season from the Wolves, and in the park too!  Everyone who saw the game gave credit to the South Northants village side for their plucky display.  Playing strongly at the end of the game, Cosgrove nearly snatched a victory.  It was singular that both sides netted the opening goal from the penalty spot, Cosgrove scoring first through Evans and Eales equalising.  Following ding dong play Wolverton took the lead through Morley and Castle equalized the score before the interval.

There was no further scoring during the second half.  Result: Wolverton Town 2 Cosgrove 2

Sid Ratledge, a former Wolves player and prolific scorer, lead to the village side, and still retains his old dash.  It was chiefly through his determined efforts are kept Cosgrove going so well.  G. Dicks, recently demobbed, once again donned a Wolves jersey.


Wolverton Express 5th March 1946

Football

By defeating Cosgrove by five goals to three the Wolves passed comfortably into the next round of the Stantonbury Hospital cup.  Again conditions were far from ideal, a heavy ground, a biting wind, and a snowstorm making efforts to play football difficult.  Class and stamina was an asset to the Wolves and this was predominant in the second half, and Cosgrove were tired and outplayed.

In the village side Castle, the young right winger, has a touch of class about him and should be in better football.


Wolverton Express 5th April 1946

Football

What!  No umbrellas, a good ladies of Cosgrove?  I was agreeably surprised to find no parasol wagging on the touchline, as I understood that umbrella wagging was famous at Cosgrove.  However, ladies, give credit where due -  you did turn out and good numbers, to see your side beat the Wolves 2 - 1, and they fully deserved their win.  The game was played under ideal conditions and the match was fast, interesting and humorous for the touchline spectator.

Both sides played good football, but to me Cosgrove appeared to pull that little extra out where necessary.  Ratledge opened the scoring with a picture goal.  Morley equalized shortly after the interval and Cosgrove scored the winner 15 minutes from time.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 06 July 1946

League’s Composition

The first division of the league was agreed to as follows: —Winslow, Towcester. Stony Stratford, Potterspury, Deanshanger, Bletchley Sports, Bletchley L.M.S., Olney, Yardley, Newport Athletic; proviso, Wolverton Town and Buckingham Town.
Division 2: Flettons, Bletchley L.M.S., Paulerspury, Old Bradwell, Stony Stratford Res., New Bradwell Corinthians, Stantonbury Res., Olney Res., Newport Athletic Res., Towcester Res., Cosgrove; proviso, Bletchley Res.
The Secretary was granted the usual honorarium and was decided he should again revert to the telephone so that out-of-town clubs could get ready access when required. Thanks were expressed to Mr. and Mrs. Jones for their kindness to the League in granting free use of rooms during the past season and providing facilities for meetings.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 20 July 1946

The Wolverton Hospital Cup. The following teams have been invited: Bletchley L.M.S., Stony Stratford Sports, Deanshanger, Cosgrove St. Peters, Stantonbury St, Peters, Olney Town and Wolverton Town. The first round ties will be played during October.


Wolverton Express 23rd August 1946

Eight Clubs Wish to Join New Youth League

Already eight clubs have signified their desire to join the proposed north bucks use minor football league which it is hoped to start on the third Saturday in October.

The clubs that have applied for admission are Bletchley Boys’ Brigade; Bletchley Barn Boys; Buckingham Athletic; Stony Stratford Scouts; New Bradwell Corinthian Minors; North Crawley Juniors; Cosgrove Minors and Stony Stratford Sports Minors. 

Other probable applicants are awaiting results of club meetings and the dates of application has been extended to September.


Wolverton Express 13th September 1946

Cosgrove 0 Old Bradwell 5

Evenly matched in the first half and with no score at the interval the game at Cosgrove developed in Old Bradwell’s favour after resumption and they scored five goals through N. Chapman (3) and J Mills (2) without reply.  The visitors had a strong defence which kept the Cosgrove forwards subdued.

Cosgrove were represented by W Brown; E Noble, D Brown; H. Cummings, H Smith, J Shervington; N Tapp, S Nicholls, D Tapp, L. Hill, F. Barby.


Wolverton Express 20th September 1946

New Bradwell Corinthians 7 Cosgrove 0

The Corinthians opened their home programme with a good victory over a more usable Cosgrove 11.  The home side were positionally superior and had an outstanding player in “Bassy” Mills who without scoring, was the schemer in attack.

Cosgrove forwards tried hard against a resolute defence, but failed to score.  The Corinthians held an interval lead of 5 - 0 and the final score would have been larger if the forwards had not kept the ball in close.  Scorers were Little (3) Bardell (2) and Greenwood (2).


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 21 September 1946

High Scoring !
Second Division games in the North Bucks League produced a crop of goals and it is evident that many teams lack experience and are still in the experimental stage. Bletchley Town Res. led the way with 10 against Newport Ath. Res., who were beaten 10 —3. Towcester Res. got eight without reply against Flettons and Paulerspury who registered eight against Stantonbury's one at Bradwell, did extremely well. New Bradwell Cor. defeated Cosgrove 7-nil and Old Bradwell beat Olney Reserves 3-nil.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 28 September 1946

ATHLETIC NOTES AND NEWS
By The Swan

There was great rejoicing in the Athletic camp last week-end when a grand double was brought off. Both points were bought back from Middleton Cheney in the Brackley and District League and the Minor team gained two points from Steeple Claydon in their first league game. This was a great start for the lads, many of whom were making their first appearance in league football. The coming season is going to be a very interesting one for them, especially now the fixtures have come to hand in the North Bucks Youth League. This will provide another sixteen games, in addition to the ones in the Aylesbury and District Minor League and the Berks and Bucks Minor Cup. Transport expenses will be very heavy, but the Club officials are doing all they possibly can to foot the bill and on last Saturday’s fine performance it will be well worth the effort.
It is more than gratifying to see these lads so keen. They will certainly be able to look forward to some grand games when they meet such teams as Stony Stratford, Bletchley Scouts, Stantonbury. New Bradwell Corinthians, Bletchley Boys Club, Bletchley Boys Brigade, Cosgrove, North Crawley, who make up the North Bucks Youth League for the coming season.
The next game for the Minors will be Saturday next when they travel to Waddesdon in the Aylesbury Minor League.
On the Athletic’s fine showing at Middleton Cheney, there is no doubt that very strong side has been got together, and bringing both points away with them was good work. Congratulations came from Northamptonshire officials who were at the match. A large crowd watched the home team and they very much appreciated the fine display of football and sportsmanship shown by both teams.

MINOR FOOTBALL
IN NORTH BUCKS

A Minor and Youth Section of the North Bucks Football League was formed at a meeting held at the Foresters Arms. New Bradwell. Clubs entering the league number —as follows: Buckingham Athletic, Bletchley Boys’ Brigade, Bletchley Barn Boys. Cosgrove Minors, Fenny Scouts, New Bradwell Corinthians, North Crawley Juniors. Stantonbury St. Peters and Stony Stratford Sports. The subscription and entrance fee is 10s., whilst registration fees for players were fixed at 6d. per member. After discussion a fee of 3s. 6d. plus travelling expenses was suggested for referees controlling the matches.
The date fixed to meet Aylesbury League Minors in the County Inter-Youth Match was October 19th. A trial match has been fixed at Bletchley on Saturday, Oct. 19th. Each club are forwarding players’ names and a selection committee will pick 22 players and from these lads the final choice will be made. The meeting then adjourned for fixtures. Mr. S. Coles (Chairman of the League) presided and he was supported by Mr. C. H. Scott (Secretary) and Mr. F. Scott (Berks and Bucks representative). Representatives from the Minor League will attend the monthly council meeting. A feature of the meeting was the youngsters making their fixtures and thus being schooled into organized football for the first time by older members of the League.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 04 October 1947

Cosgrove maintained an unbeaten record in the Western Section of Division II by beating Thornborough 6-nil.


Wolverton Express 11th October 1946

Flettons 2 Cosgrove 6

Cosgrove caused a surprise by scoring both their first goal and a deserved win at Flettons.  As the interval they led by four clear goals, scored by Tapp (2) and Cummings (2).  Flettons improved in the second half, when H Smith, Cosgrove’s right half, was injured, and scored twice, but Cummings scored again and Kightley, the visitors’ full back, made a total six with a shot from the halfway line.  Meakins, demobbed from the Navy, proved a reliable goalkeeper for Cosgrove, whose utility player, L Hill, was at right back.

Cosgrove’s team was: E Meakins; L. Hill, T Kightley; H Smith, A Castle, S. Griffiths; D Waters, D. Brown, A Cummings, S. Nicholls.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 12 October 1946

North Bucks League Games
Fletton’s were beaten at home by Cosgrove 6-2.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 18 October 1947

ATHLETIC F.C. NOTES by “Swan” [Buckingham Athletics]

Today (Saturday) our North Bucks side have one of their hardest games of the season when they visit the undefeated Cosgrove. This side is reputed to be the strongest in the league and we must expect very strong opposition. We shall, however, be out to make amends for our last week’s lapse and with a strong selected side hope at least to secure a point.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 19 October 1946

In Division II
Cosgrove gained their first points when they recorded a 5-2 home victory over Stantonbury Reseves.


Wolverton Express 1st November 1946

Old Bradwell 2 Cosgrove 0

Old Bradwell kept up their good record in the League with a deserved win over Cosgrove.  There was no scoring in the first half, when conditions made the going heavy, but in the second half goals from Young and N Chapman gave Old Bradwell victory.  Cosgrove were well served by their goalkeeper, but their forwards were given little opportunity by the home defence.


Wolverton Express 8th November 1946

Cosgrove 0 Stony Stratford Reserves 4

With four of their regular players injured, Cosgrove could not hold Stony Stratford’s 100 per cent record reserve side, and was soundly defeated by 4 - 0.  The Stony team revealed good football and with reasonable luck appear as early championship favourites.  The goals were scored by H. Dickens, L Reynolds, C. Robinson, and R Smith.

Cosgrove: F Meakins; H Smith, G Freestone, L Hill, J. Hurst, A Castle; B. Griffiths, R Coles, D Tapp, H. Cummings, J Shervington.


Wolverton Express 15th November 1946

Cosgrove Minors 3 Fenny Scouts 2

Cosgrove had the first half advantage of a strong wind and were three up at the interval, their scorers being Barby, Alderman, and F Hill.  Fenny Scouts were the heavier side and showed up well on resuming, but the youthful home defence kept the score down to two goals.  Cosgrove Minors are probably the youngest side in the Minor League, the average age being 14 to 15 years, and on Saturday one member of that team was only 13. 

Cosgrove: J Shervington; E. Gayton, B Grant; G. Griffiths, N Tapp, R Gallop; F Hill, E Alderman, F Barby, J Loughrey, D. Hillyer.


Wolverton Express 22nd November 1946

Cosgrove Minors 2 Bletchley Barn Boys 3

The smaller Cosgrove boys were two goals ahead at the interval, but the rally in the second half brought Bletchley victory, although a draw would have been a fairer result.  For the third successive match no official referee arrived, and the conduct of the visiting side aroused comment from spectators.  F Hill scored for Cosgrove after 5 minutes.


Wolverton Express 6th December 1946

Cosgrove 3 Bletchley Boys’ Brigade 1

Cosgrove fulfilled their minor league game although unable to send a team to play Bletchley Reserves in Division II.  In spite of very heavy going both sides played a keen, clean game, and the visitors were ahead after five minutes.  Barby opened the home side’s account after ten minutes in the second half, and F Hill added the second.  The third goal came from D. Lyman, the home side’s 13 year old reserve.  D Lines netted a further goal, but the point was disallowed.

Special praise was given to the Boys’ Brigade little goalkeeper, who although covered in mud and paddling in it, he kept a smile on his face and played a tireless game.

The Cosgrove side was: J Shervington; L. Lyman, A Grant; K. Griffiths, Brown, B Alderman; D. Hillyer, J Loughrey, F. Barby, D. Lyman, F Hill.


Wolverton Express 13th December 1946

Cosgrove 0 Towcester 3

Owing to the bad conditions of the ground, good football at Cosgrove was impossible, although the game was free from any infringements.  Towcester took the lead after 15 minutes and afterwards the home forwards did everything but score.  Further goals to the visitors came from a penalty and R Pickles.

Cosgrove : J Shervington; Ratcliffe, G Freestone; R. Griffiths, M. Parris, H Smith; E Tack, H. Cummings, T Kightley, R Coles, L Hill.


Wolverton Express 20th December 1946

Cosgrove 7 Newport Athletic Reserves 3

The Cosgrove pitch was again far from satisfactory on Saturday.  D Brown opened the scoring for the home side after ten minutes and added a second before a penalty for the visitors was converted.  Further goals for Cosgrove were scored in the first half by Griffiths, from a corner from Brown, and the home centre forward, H. Cummings (2).  Cummings completed his hat trick on resuming and scored a fourth goal later for Cosgrove’s seventh.  In a late rally the visitors centre forward netted twice.

Cosgrove: J Shervington; H Smith, G Freestone; A Castle, M. Parris, R. Griffiths; W. Ratcliffe, E Meakins, H. Cummings, T Kightley, D. Brown.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 21 December 1946

Cosgrove gathered two very welcome points against Newport Ath. Reserves on their own ground.


Wolverton Express 10th January 1947

Cosgrove Minors 0 New Bradwell Minors 1

New Bradwell held their position much better than the smaller Cosgrove side and after pressing for two chances opened the score and had the better of the play.  They would have scored more but for a fine goal keeping display by Shervington.  The whole of the Corinthians team played well and their goals came from Greenwood (3), Wills, and Clarridge.

Cosgrove : J Shervington: H Grant, E Alderman; K. Griffiths, D Lownes, E Gayton; D. Hillier, J Loughrey, F Barby, L. Lyman, F Hill.


Wolverton Express 17th January 1947

Cosgrove 3 Paulerspury 6

The pitch at Cosgrove on Saturday was mud bound, but both sides enjoyed a good, clean game.  Cosgrove were the first to score, Ratcliffe beating Dunkley following a corner.  Scott equalized and the sides were level at the interval.  D Brown put the home team ahead on resuming, but K. Sheldon equalised with a smart header.  A penalty against Cosgrove put them in arrears and Paulerspury eventually took the score to 6 - 2 before Castle scored a third after good work by Kightley.

Two of Paulerspury’s players appeared for Cosgrove last season, R Dunkley and Sheldon, the goalkeeper putting up a good display when Cosgrove beat Wolverton last season.

Cosgrove: J Shervington; H Smith, G Freestone; A Castle, M. Parris, R. Griffiths; J Meakins, L Hill, W. Ratcliffe, T Kightley, D. Brown.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 18 January 1947

In Division II. Of four games down for decision in Division II of the North Bucks League, only one was played the others being cancelled for a variety of reasons. The only one played was that between Cosgrove and Paulerspury and in this nine goals were scored, Paulerspury claiming six of these.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press - Saturday 25 January 1947

A Victory At Last! In the Minor Section. North Crawley gained their first victory of the season when they beat Cosgrove 3-nil. This victory should encourage these boys who have suffered a long series of heavy defeats.


Wolverton Express 31st January 1947

Cosgrove 5 Buckingham 0

Although Cosgrove fielded three reserves in their minor game day they took command at the start and scored after 20 minutes through A Bull, followed by a further goal from Loughrey following a free kick.  Buckingham came more into the game, but a good display of goalkeeping by Shervington kept them out.  In the second half the Cosgrove forwards kept up the pressure and Lyman, their 14 year old centre forward, scored a hat trick.  A good team game was witnessed by the very excited crowd.

Cosgrove: J Shervington; B Grant, E Alderman; K. Griffiths, M. Tapp, J Loughrey; R Gallop, P Brown, L. Lyman, A Bull, F Hill.


Wolverton Express 28th March 1947

Making History

Cosgrove netted 14 goals on Saturday last in their League Game against Olney Reserves, who replied with one goal.  As one interested supporter of the club said, “We have made history today.”  Is this the highest score made by this club, I wonder?

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 29 March 1947

Only two games were played in Division II of the North Bucks League. Cosgrove put up the biggest score of the day in defeating Olney Reserves 14 —1.


Wolverton Express 11th April 1947

North Bucks League - Stony Stratford 2 Cosgrove 2

On Thursday evening Stony Stratford Reserves entertained Cosgrove and were fortunate to share the points.  In a game in which little constructive football was played, too many free kicks were in evidence, and the ball found touch too often.  Reynolds gave Stony an early lead, but Cosgrove scored two good goals for an interval lead.  In the second half, after a Cosgrave back had punched off the line, E Smith equalised.


Wolverton Express 18th April 1947

Stoney Stratford Minors 3 Cosgrove 3

In the Minor League match on Wednesday, 9th April a poor game was witnessed, the standard of football not reaching that expected even for a Minor game.  Stony, after being two goals down, allowed themselves to get rattled.

After Cosford had saved a penalty kick Cosgrove scrambled home a goal, and shortly afterwards their outside left scored with a splendid shot.  Stony attacked, and Stones reduced the lead, and Russell was fortunate in equalising five minutes before the interval, the goalkeeper failing to hold a hard drive.

In the second half Stony were the superior side and three quarters of the play was in the Cosgrove half.  Notwithstanding this, not one decent shot of any note was put in.  Half backs and forwards practically fell over themselves in the penalty area, but the finishing was poor.  From a breakaway Cosgrove restored their lead, and in another goal mouth melee Robinson equalled the scores again.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 26 April 1947

In Division II In the second division of the North Bucks League, Stratford Reserves look to be certain leaders. On Saturday they scored a decisive victory over New Bradwell by 8—2, and followed this up on Wednesday night by defeating Towcester Reserves 2-nil. Their nearest rivals, Paulerspury, were meanwhile losing at home to the lowly Cosgrove side who won 3 —2.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 12 July 1947

North Bucks Minor League. At a fixture meeting of the North Bucks Minor League on Wednesday, it was revealed that nine clubs will compete. They are : Buckingham Town. Buckingham Athletic, Bletchley B.B.. Bletchley Youth Club. Wolverton Town, Old Bradwell United, Bradwell St. Peters. North Crawley, Cosgrove St. Peters.


Wolverton Express 5th September 1947

Cosgrove 6, Old Stratford 0

Four goals ahead in the first half, Cosgrove had an easy task against their neighbours, Old Stratford, on Saturday. F Cummings opened the scoring, Herbert broke through for the second, and A Castle scored two very good goals, the first with a long shot and the second direct from a corner. Mallers, in goal, was outstanding in the visiting team. D Brown cut in from the left wing to score the fifth goal and F Herbert scored the sixth.

Cosgrove: J Shervington; H Smith. G Freestone; A Castle, A Bushell, L Markham; E Meakins, F Herbert, H Cummings, T Kightley, D Brown.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 06 September 1947

ATHLETIC F.C. NOTES by “Swan” [Buckingham]

The opening of our minor programme was not quite up to expectations. It must have been as disappointing to the lads themselves as it was to the club officials. No less than six of the original team selected were unable to play and very depleted side was beaten by Cosgrove to the tune of eight goals to nil. This poor start should not get our lads down for we have some good material and as soon as these lads get together, they will give a good account of themselves.
Wolverton Express 12th September 1947

Cosgrove 6 Towcester Res 2

After Towcester had done the early pressing Cosgrove settled down and T Kightley scored two good goals, Cummings netted a third and Kightley, who was outstanding, completed his hat trick. Keeping up the pressure Cosgrove brought their first half total to six with a goal from Cummings and a cross shot from Nightingale. The second half saw Cosgrove taking things easy and Towcester twice reduced the lead. A Castle took two penalties for the home side in the second period but both were saved by an outstanding goalkeeper.

Cosgrove : J Shervington. H Smith, G Freestone, A Castle, L Markham, D Brown; E Meakins, F Herbert, H Cummings, T Kightley, L Nightingale.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 04 October 1947

Cosgrove maintained an unbeaten record in the Western Section of Division II by beating Thornborough 6-nil.

Division II Western


Wolverton Express 10th October 1947

Cosgrove 6 Thornborough 0

In winning their fourth consecutive league game Cosgrove did everything but score in the first half against Thornborough. The visitors’ centre half gave a fine performance and was the mainstay of his team. Cummings opened the scoring for Cosgrove in the second half and added a second soon afterwards. Nightingale scored the third with a fine shot and Bushell followed up a weak clearance to add a fourth. Further goals for the home side came from Cummings and Herbert. Kightley and Castle were outstanding in the home side.

Cosgrove : J Shervington; R Coles, D Brown;  A Castle, A Bushell, L Markham; E Meakins, F Herbert, H Cummings, T Kightley, L Nightingale.


Wolverton Express 17th October 1947

Division II (West)

F
W
L
D
F
A
PTS
Cosgrove
5
5
0
0
27
3
10
Buckingham Res.
4
4
0
0
21
2
8
Old Stratford
8
3
1
4
17
22
7
Paulerspury
3
3
0
0
12
5
6
Buckingham Ath.
4
2
1
1
14
5
5
Deanshanger Res.
4
1
0
3
3
15
2
Bletchley Res.
3
0
1
2
3
10
1
Towcester Res.
5
0
1
4
6
19
1
Thornborough
4
0
0
4
1
23
0


Wolverton Express 17th October 1947

Bletchley Res 1 Cosgrove 2

Retaining their 100% record, Cosgrove secured a narrow win over the Town Reserves at Bletchley. The first time kicking and tackling of the home side put Cosgrove out of their stride, and Bletchley went ahead after 20 minutes. Herbert equalised ten minutes later.

Cosgrove found conditions more in their favour in the second half and pressed hard, but the home defence held out until half way through the period, when Kightley scored the winning goal. Bletchley were well served in goal and by both full back, centre half and inside forward, and A Castle and J Nightingale were outstanding for the visitors.

Cosgrove : J Shervington; H Smith, G Freestone;  A Castle, A Bushell, L Markham; E Meakins, F Herbert, H Cummings, T Kightley, L Nightingale.


Wolverton Express 24th October 1947

Cosgrove 6 Buckingham Ath 2

Starting off at a fast pace, Buckingham Athletic had the “Grove” guessing, but, settling down, the home side went ahead through Brown. Buckingham went all the more out after this, but good defensive work kept them out, and Cummings added to Cosgrove’s score before the interval.

After an even 15 minutes in the second half, Cosgrove added to their score with a goal from Herbert, and shortly after a pass from Cummings to Nightingale – who was a passenger on the wing for most of the game – brought a fourth goal. Herbert scored twice more for his side before the Athletic twice reduced the arrears in the last ten minutes. Cosgrove missed another penalty, their fifth from the spot this season, but retained their hundred per cent record at the top of the table.

Cosgrove : J Shervington, H Smith, G Freestone;, A Castle, A Bushell, L Markham;,F Herbert, T Kightley, H Cummings, J Nightingale.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 25 October 1947

In Division II. One more side, Buckingham Town Reserves, lost its unbeaten certificate on Saturday, in Division II (Western Section) of the North Bucks League. They were visiting another unbeaten side, Paulerspury, and were beaten 4 —2. The only other unbeaten side in this section is Cosgrove, who entertained Buckingham Athletic and had a comfortable victory of 6—2, and thus keep the leadership of this section.


Wolverton Express 7th November 1947

Bletchley YC 2 Cosgrove 2

Cosgrove shared the points in their Minor League game at Bletchley, where the home side was two goals up at the interval. With the breeze behind them the visitors had most of the game, and Denny reduced the lead and later equalised. Cosgrove were awarded a penalty, byt the home goalkeeper very well saved Ashby’s shot.

Cosgrove : T Smith, T Gayton, F Alderman, D West, N Tapp, W Ashby, J Loughrey, R Denny, L Lyman, D Lyman, F Hill.


Wolverton Express 14th November 1947

New Bradwell Minors 5 Cosgrove 1

A very good game saw New Bradwell worthy winners. Kelly scored twice early in the game for the Peter’s [Cosgrove] and Clutton added a third. Atkinson saved a penalty (Cosgrove still miss them) and Rob Atkinson and Atkins made the total five.


Wolverton Express 21st November 1947

North Bucks Leaguers – Hanslope and Cosgrove Forge Ahead in Division II

One hundred per cent clubs in Division II, Hanslope and Cosgrove kept up their records. The “Grove” were two goals ahead at the interval and although herd pressed throughout the second half retained their lead by strong defensive play.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 22 November 1947

In The N.B.L. In Division II (Western) Cosgrove maintained their unbeaten record at Towcester but were not very impressive. Towcester had a weak side in the field and both Cosgrove’s goals were scrambled affairs,


Wolverton Express 12th December 1947

Cosgrove 4, King’s Sutton Reserves 1

Cosgrove lead by a single goal at the interval in their home game in the medals competition. E Meakins opened the scoring and Kightley added a second from a penalty. Meakins scored a third goal before the visitors replied, and Cummings completed the scoring.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 20 December 1947

Town Topic by “Swan” [Buckingham]

Our Minors put up a good performance on Saturday at Cosgrove despite the fact that they lost 6—3. It was only in the closing minutes that we were level terms, but a burst of scoring by Cosgrove gave them deserved victory. Our goals were scored by R. W. Blake (2) and B. M. Skey. We were not at full strength, but the players who came in did all that was asked of them.

Those supporters remaining at home should make point of visiting Ford Meadow to see the Reserves’ meeting with Cosgrove St. Peter’s. We are at the moment second in the league table, Cosgrove on top holding a 100% record. Can we alter that? Our side will no doubt be all out to secure victory and two all-important points. We are expecting to field a strong side. The kick -off is timed for 2.30 p.m.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 27 December 1947

Town Topic by “Swan” [Buckingham]

Our Reserves surprised the critics when they forged ahead to a 2-nil lead against the unbeaten league leaders, Cosgrove St. Peters. However, a second half-lapse saw Cosgrove crack home four goals, but in a fighting finish, our lads almost saved the game.  [Result 5-3] The man of the match was G. Stewart, who gave a brilliant display which should eventually earn him first team recognition. Another success was Blake, a member of our Minor XI, in goal, many of his saves earning him the congratulations of the Peter's players. Altogether, a most encouraging display by the whole team, especially considering that in the previous eight matches, Cosgrove had only conceded four goals.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 03 January 1948

Deanshanger Reserves made further progress in the South Northants Medals competition on Saturday when they beat Litchborough 4-nil and Syresham defeated Cosgrove 6-— 4 in the same competition. This was Cosgrove’s first defeat the season.


Wolverton Express 9th January 1948

Cosgrove’s record this season is certainly one for any village club to be proud of. They have built up their side leaving few registered players outside the team, and perseverance has had its reward in their League matches. They hold a lead in points that gives them assurance. Well done, all concerned!


Wolverton Express 23rd January 1948

Deanshanger Res 1 Cosgrove 1

Cosgrove, leaders of Division II (West) were held for the first league game this season, both sides scoring in the first half. Deanshanger put up a surprisingly good show, and although Cosgrove did the bulk of the attacking, Neal made many fine saves, including two from penalties, in the home goal. Stimson and Wolf were also well in the picture with good defensive work.


Wolverton Express 13th February 1948

Cosgrove 7 Paulerspury 2

Playing in heavy conditions, Paulerspury were the first to score, but Cosgrove scored five times in the first half through R Meakins (2), Nightingale (2) and F Herbert. Paulerspury reduced the lead, but two further goals from Meakins completed the scoring.

Cosgrove : J Shervington; H Cummings, H Smith,; A Castle, A Bushell, L Markham; E Meakins, F Herbert, R Meakins, T Kightley, J Nightingale.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 17 January 1948

The Reserves [Buckingham], with a strong side rather surprisingly lost 7 —1 to Cosgrove St. Peter's. Although Cosgrove are unbeaten in the League we had anticipated giving them a much closer game. At the interval the Peter’s led 2-nil, one of these goals being the result of a penalty. Upon resuming, our lads reduced the arrears, and with thirty minutes left, Cosgrove were awarded another penalty for what appeared a doubtful decision for hands. This reverse rather upset our lads and Cosgrove then dominated the game to win by 7 —1.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 14 February 1948

In Division II. There was practically a full programme in the Eastern Section of the North Bucks League (Div. II) but only two games were played in the Western Section. Here Cosgrove improved their position by a 7 —2 win over Paulerspury and at the moment are out on their own at the head of the table.


Wolverton Express 27th February 1948

League Leaders Falter : Cosgrove lose first two points

Paulerspury 4 Cosgrove 3

Cosgrove lost their first brace of points on Saturday when Paulerspury showed a welcome return to foem. Cosgrove kept their opponents at bay in the first half until a defender put through his own goal, but on resuming Paulerspury added two further goals, one from a penalty. Cosgrove scored two quick goals through Castle and Nightingale to draw close to their opponents, but the home side scored again. Kightley scored a third goal to reduce the lead and were pressing hard at the final whistle.

Cosgrove : J Shervington; H Smith, A Bushell; A Castle, H Cummings, L Markham; E Meakins, F Herbert, R Meakins, T Kightley, J Nightingale.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 28 February 1948

ATHLETIC F.C. NOTES By “Swan” [Buckingham]

Last Saturday was very quiet day with our Minors the only side with game. Unfortunately they suffered their second heavy defeat at the hands of Cosgrove by 7 goals to 2. Playing under conditions anything but ideal, our lads made very good start and with the aid of a strong wind, finished the first half holding two goals to one lead. Cosgrove, however, with the weather conditions in their favour proved a very strong side after wresting the initiative from our lads never relaxed and finally ran out worthy winners by seven goals to two. Despite the score, the game was by no means one-sided and had the general conditions been better a much closer game would have been witnessed.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 28 February 1948

Their First Defeat Perhaps the biggest surprise of all was the defeat of Cosgrove in Division II (Western Section) by Paulerspury. Cosgrove had, hitherto, unbeaten record in this division. Paulerspury started the season well, but recently have been very erratic. Saturday's game was a dingdong struggle, with Paulerspury getting the odd goal seven.


Wolverton Express 12th March 1948

Thornborough 0 Cosgrove 8

Cosgrove took complete command of their game at Thornborough and scored six times in the first half without reply through Cummings (2), Nightingale, Kightley, Bushell and Markham. Thornborough tried hard throughout and put up a good show but firther goals against them were scored by Cummings and Herbert.

Cosgrove : J Shervington, H Smith, G Freestone; A Castle, R Meakins, L Markham; E Meakins, F Herbert, T Kightley, H Cummings, A Bushell, J Nightingale.


Wolverton Express 26th March 1948

Cosgrove 3 Bletchley T Res 0

Playing their last but one league game, Cosgrove took two more points and made sure of the Div II (Western Section) championship. Nightingale put the home side ahead and D Brown scored twice in the second half.

Cosgrove : J Shervington, A Bushell, G Freestone, A Castle, R Meakins, L Markham; F Herbert, E Meakins, D Brown, T Kightley, J Nightingale.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 27 March 1948

In Division II. Cosgrove are now practically assured of the leadership of the Western Section and their opponents in the final game are practically certain to be Hanslope, as leaders of the Eastern Section.


Wolverton Express 2nd April 1948

Buckingham Athletic 2 Cosgrove 2

Cosgrove lost a point in their last league match which did not, however, affect their finishing at the head of the section. A Castle put the visitors ahead with a long shot and Herbert scored their second goal.

Cosgrove : J Shervington, A Bushell, G Freestone;,A Castle, H Smith, L Markham; F Herbert, T Kightley, H Cummings, D Brown, J Nightingale.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 03 April 1948

Division II Final The championship game of Division II of the North Bucks League is to take place on April 17th when Hanslope will meet Cosgrove on the Yardley Gobion F.C. ground. This should be something of needle game as the clubs are near neighbours. Both have won their respective sections with comparative ease.


Wolverton Express 9th April 1948

Stony Stratford 4 Cosgrove 3

Ina friendly encounter, Stony Stratford entertained the Division II (Western) winners, Cosgrove. The home side included six of their Midlands League side and after building up a three goal lead, took things easily in the second half. Grime, Reynolds, Postlethwaite and A Smith scored for the home side and Hill, Nightingale, and Bushell for Cosgrove.

A Feature of the game was the intelligent play of Hill, Cosgrove’s minor inside left, who with Nightingale forms a dangerous left wing.


Wolverton Express 23rd April 1948

Cosgrove 6 Hanslope 1

Buses brought crowds from both villages and a good local crowd made a record for the Division II final at Yardley. A heavy shower made the going treacherous and the first 20 minutes play was tense.

Amid great excitement from their supporters, Cosgrove secured a three goal interval lead with fast open play. Hanslope confined themselves to close tactics until late in the game, when their changed policy brought a goal, but Cosgrove had already taken their total to six.

Lord Hillingdon, who was introduced by Mr S Coles (League Chairman), presented the cup to A Bushell (captain of Cosgrove), a token cup to the Hanslope captain, and medals to each player. Three cheers for both clubs and Lord Hillingdon were called for by Mr C H Scott (League Secretary) and heartily given.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 24 April 1948

Back Row. Jimmy Burrows (Treasurer), Landlord of the Plough Inn, Archie Bushell (Capt.), John Shervington (Goalie), G Freestone, Peter (Tubbin) Brown

Middle Row. Bill Ratcliffe,(Trainer), Arthur Loughrey, Howard Smith, Ray Meakins, Les Markham, Albert Tompkins (Chairman), Percy Swain

Front Row. David Brown, Eric Meakins, Freddie Herbert, Capt. P.Y. Atkinson (President), Harry Cummings, Tom Kightley, John Nightingale

Division II Championship A record crowd witnessed the Divisional Final of the North Bucks League (Div. II), between Cosgrove and Hanslope, at Yardley Gobion on Saturday, when Cosgrove won a keen struggle by 6 goals to 1. In the first twenty minutes play was of a very tense character. A heavy shower made the going treacherous. Cosgrove netted their first goal amid wild enthusiasm from their supporters and quickly got another and held a three-goal lead at the interval. Cosgrove were playing an open game and Hanslope rather confined their play until the later stages of the second half when a goal came from their new tactics. It was much too late, however, to catch up arrears then, as Cosgrove had brought their total up to six goals and thus made sure of the championship of Division II for the Season 1947-8. At the conclusion of the match, Mr. S. Coles (Chairman of the League) introduced Lord Hillingdon, who presented the Cups and medals. Thanks were expressed by Mr. C. H. Scott (Secretary of the League). The taking of this final to Yardley was fully justified, as the villagers rallied round in a magnificent manner. A gate of over £14 was taken.


Wolverton Express 27th August 1948

Wolves Minors defeat Cosgrove

Although Wolverton Town Minors defeated Cosgrove by four goals to one in the North Buck by the has Minor League in the Park on Wednesday evening, they were not so impressive as one had hoped. Two goals were scored in each half by Greenwood and Baird; Greenwood and Taylor. The lesson that should be learnt from the game was that Wolverton forwards played too much as individuals and too closely. Had they taken advantage of the opportunities made for them by the half backs and defence, more goals would have resulted. But Cosgrove will defeat more teams than will defeat them if they continue their Park play. About 500 spectators witnessed the game, the gate being in the region of £10.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 28 August 1948

The North Bucks League. In the two sections of Division II five games were played, the most notable wins being those of Cosgrove, last season's champions, who beat Lavendon 13-nil and Stoke Goldington who beat Wavendon 7-nil.


Wolverton Express 3rd September 1948

Cosgrove Youth Breaks Leg At Soccer Practice

A Cosgrove Footballer, Bob Gallop, who has joined New Bradwell St Peter’s Minor Section, sustained a broken leg on Thursday 26th August while practising in the Mutual Field. He was engaged in a tussle with Arthur Kingston when the unfortunate occurrence took place. He was conveyed to Northampton General Hospital.

Gallop was due to play for the Peter’s Minors last Saturday against the Wolverton Youth Club team on the Technical College ground. Probably the reason he had signed for New Bradwell was that his mother hails from the town, being a Miss Sargisson before her marriage.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 04 September 1948

Minor Footballer Breaks Leg During a practice game at Mutual Meadows, New Bradwell, on Thursday evening of last week. Bob Gallop, a lad from Cosgrove, who has registered with New Bradwell’s minor team, had the misfortune to collide with another player and in doing so fractured a leg. After attention by Dr. Delahunty, of Wolverton, he was conveyed in the ambulance to Northampton Hospital. Mr. W. Goodman gave valuable help by placing his phone and car at the services of the Peters Football Club. Mr. Lloyd Billingham, the well-known ambulance worker, rendered first aid.


Wolverton Express 1st October 1948

Cosgrove 3 Cranfield 0

Cosgrove should have won by a bigger margin than three – nil. They had most of the play in the first half, but scored only one, through Cummings, after a goal mouth scrimmage. Second half scorers were Nightingale and Markham, and another penalty kick was missed.

F Herbert at centre half was outstanding, and held the Cranfield forwards when they looked like making headway. Cosgrove had a new goalkeeper out, B Neale, recently transferred from Deanshanger, who played well without having a lot to do.

Cosgrove: B Neale, H Smith, A Castle, L Markham, F Herbert, T Gayton, J Nightingale, T Kightley, H Cummings, J English, J Loughrey.


Wolverton Express 8th October 1948

Cosgrove Minors 5 New Bradwell 7

The good football displayed by the Peters’ Minors would probably have been more appreciated and had even better results if played on a better ground. With D Savage, from North Crawley, in their team, the Peters scored twice in three minutes and ran out to a 7-5 win. Savage (2), Higgins (2). Poynter, Mann and Bull scored for them. Cosgrove’s wingers proved a big danger to the Peters’ defence.


Wolverton Express 15th October 1948

Sherington 0 Cosgrove 9

Cosgrove had an easy win at Sherington. Although the score was large some very good football was played. The Grove had a six goal interval lead, and slackened off in the second half, but still scored three times. Cummings (4), Kightley (2) and Clark (2) and Castle scored. Cosgrove again missed a penalty.

Cosgrove: B Neale, A Bushell, H Smith, A Castle, F Herbert, L Markham, J English, T Clark, H Cummings, T Kightley, J Nightingale.


Wolverton Express 19th November 1948

Wavendon 1 Cosgrove 5

League leaders Cosgrove had a comfortable win at Wavendon, where one of the home side had the misfortune to fracture his ankle. After an even 15 minutes, Cummings opened the Grove’s score, which was increased by Nightingale, a very good goal, a defender, and Brownsell.

Cummings scored again in the second half and Harris reduced the arrears from a penalty. Credit was due to Wavendon’s young goalkeeper who gave a fine performance to keep the score down. C Ridgway, recently transferred, appeared at outside right for Cosgrove.

Cosgrove: B Neal, A Bushell, H Smith, A Castle, F Herbert, L Markham, C Ridgway, A Brownsell, H Cummings, T Kightley, J Nightingale.


Wolverton Express 17th December 1948

Cosgrove 2 Hanslope 1

By winning this game, the Grove retained their 100 per cent record, a record they hold for the whole league. Hanslope, their nearest challengers in the Eastern section, have now lost three points.

The ground was one large mud bath and neither side could reveal football under conditions that were unfair to both teams. Hanslope had Baxter injured, but the winger carried on to put his side ahead after 20 minutes. The visitors had more of the first half play, and were unlucky when they yielded a goal. Smith was about to pick up a harmless looking shot when Payne rushed in and deflected the ball into his own net.

Both sides continued to plough through the mud, and the only goal of the half, to give Cosgrove victory, was scored by Cummings after a defensive error. Hanslope had their chances, but more idea of the team’s capabilities will be established when they meet in better conditions.


Wolverton Express 7th January 1949

Cosgrove 6 Middleton Cheney Reserves 0

The Grove were at their top form for their County Lower Junior Cup tie, though the very heavy going made it impossible to kick the ball far.  Brownsell gave the home side the lead, increased by L. Reynolds before the interval.

Cummings (2).  Reynolds, and Loughrey scored second half goals for the Grove.  Both sides put up a good performance on a bad pitch.

Cosgrove; B. Neal, A Bushell, H Smith, T Kightley, L. Markham, A Castle, J Loughrey, L. Reynolds, H. Cummings, A Brownsell, J Nightingale.


Wolverton Express 14th January 1949

Cosgrove 14 Old Bradwell 0

League leaders Cosgrove had no difficulty in disposing of Old Bradwell, and were eight goals ahead at the interval.  Markham put the Grove ahead in the first minute, and after that it was only a matter of how many goals would be scored.  Credit is due to the visitors, however, for taking their defeat very well.  Cummings (6) Nightingale (3) Reynolds (2) Markham (2) and Kightley scored.

Cosgrove; B. Neal,H Smith; A Bushell, A Castle, F Herbert, L. Markham, J Loughrey, L. Reynolds, H. Cummings, T Kightley, J Nightingale.


Wolverton Express 4th March 1949

New Bradwell Reserves 2 Cosgrove 1

The Peter’s turned out a strong side against Cosgrove, including six players with first team experience, and Liggins, the Miners centre forward.  As a result, the Grove lost their first League point.

Cosgrove rose to the occasion against the opposition, and with the aid of a strong wins gave the Peters defence a worrying time.  Cosgrove did manage to get the ball into the net, but the whistle had gone for hands.

When the result appeared likely to be a goalless draw Cosgrove took the lead to the delight of their enthusiastic supporters.  Before the excitement faded, however, King found the net with a good shot.  A Cosgrove player handle the ball in its flight and Gregory scored from the penalty.

With only a few minutes left Liggins scored the winning goal for the Peters, all of the goals coming in the last five minutes.  Cosgrove put up a very fine performance.


Wolverton Express 18th March 1949

Cranfield 0 Cosgrove 7

All conquering Cosgrove went blithely on their way at Cranfield.  For a change, they converted a penalty, J Loughrey being the marksman.  After that it was all Cosgrove, and further goals came from H Cummings (2), L. Reynolds (2), J Nightingale and T Kightley.  Cranfield’s goalkeeper put up a good show.

Cosgrove: B Neal; A Bushell, H Smith; L Markham, F Herbert, G Freestone; J Loughrey, L Reynolds, H Cummings, T Kightley, J Nightingale.


Wolverton Express 25th March 1949

Cosgrove 2 Wavendon 0

Wavendon became the first team in the hollow of the league to complete their fixtures when they visited Cosgrove on Saturday.  The first half was goalless, Cosgrove looked very dangerous at times, and had some hard luck, but Wavendon put up a good defence.

L. Reynolds scored the Grove’s first goal, and in attempting to clear a visiting defender put through his own goal.  Wavendon put up a very fine performance.  On Saturday Cosgrove have a hard game ahead when they visit Stoke Goldington.

Cosgrove: B Neal, A Bushell, H Smith; L Markham, F Herbert, G Freestone, J Loughrey, L Reynolds, H Cummings, T Kightley, J Nightingale.


Wolverton Express 1st April 1949

Stoke Goldington 1 Cosgrove 1

Both sides played well under ideal conditions, and Cosgrove met strong opposition.  Stoke went ahead after 15 minutes with a good goal, equalised by the Grove when L Reynolds headed through from Nightingale’s corner.  Both sides had chances to take the lead, but defences contested a goalless second half, with the backs and centre halves in both teams taking the eye.

Cosgrove: B Neal, A Bushell, H Smith, L Markham, F Herbert, A Castle; J Loughrey, L Reynolds, H Cummings, T Kightley, J Nightingale.


Wolverton Express 8th April 1949

Cosgrove FC outing

Cosgrove FC combined with the Barley Mow for an outing on Saturday to the model farm at Combes, Suffolk, owned by a former well-known Cosgrove sportsman, Mr. Prisley.

A stop was made on Newmarket Downs and dinner was served at the village inn at Combes.  In the afternoon Cosgrove defeated the village side 2-0, scorers being J Nightingale and J Loughrey.  Combes last season won the Lillistone Hospital Shield.

Tea was taken at Stowmarket and in the evening the visitors won a darts match by 10-8 to conclude an enjoyable day.


Wolverton Express 15th April 1949

Great Linford 2, Cosgrove 3

Cosgrove had a very hard task in defeating the hornets, and were lucky to come off the field with a one goal lead.  Linford went straight to the attack and was soon a goal ahead.  T Kightley equalised with a good goal, but the home side again went ahead and held their lead up to the interval.

Both teams missed scoring chances in the second half.  F Hill, Cosgrove’s young Minor player, brought the scores level when he netted following Nightingale’s corner, and with only ten minutes left for play H Cummings scored the winning goal to the delight of visiting supporters.

Cosgrove: B Neal, A Bushell, H Smith; L Markham, F Herbert, A Castle, J Loughrey, H Cummings, T Kightley, F Hill, J Nightingale.


Wolverton Express 22nd April 1949

Hanslope 0 Cosgrove 1

A 500-crowd watched this deciding game of Division II (East), and under such conditions the play of both sides did not come up to expectations.  Hanslope did most of the pressing in the first half, but due to some good saves by B Neal in the visitors’ goal there was no score at the interval.  About 20 minutes from the end referee basil he awarded a penalty, when he adjudged L. Reynolds to have been fouled.


Wolverton Express 29th April 1949

Cosgrove suffered two reverses last week.  On Thursday evening they lost 2-1 at home to Cranfield in the semi-final of the North Bucks Shield, and on Saturday lost their 100% home league record when they drew one all with Stoke Goldington.


Wolverton Express 26th August 1949

Cosgrove’s players have signed up with nearby clubs and Harry Cummings, the late Secretary, will be wearing Yardley Gobion colours this season.  It is regretted that the club had to terminate its activities after successful seasons of football.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 30 April 1949

Roade will now meet Cosgrove, leaders of the Eastern Section for the Division II championship and this game is being played off to-day (Saturday).


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 07 May 1949

Roade's Championship
A crowd of nearly one thousand witnessed the North Bucks League Division 2 final at Yardley Gobion on Saturday evening between the winners of the two sections, Roade and Cosgrove. An excellent battle for the honours was witnessed with defences generally on top. Both sides had scored one goal each when the end of full-time came. In the last few minutes of extra time, Roade scored the winning goal and gained the verdict by two goals to one. The League Secretary, Mr. C. H. Scott presented the League Cup and medals to Roade and medals to Cosgrove at the conclusion of the match and thanked the players for an excellent game. He also thanked the Yardley Gobion officials for the splendid way in which they had made the arrangements for the final. The gate was £20 1s. 9d. Mr. A. Harrup ably controlled the match and Messrs. Canvin and Old were linesmen.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 30 September 1950

Football

In the first round of the Northants Lower Junior Cup. Brackley visited Cosgrove on Saturday.
With the advantage of a light breeze and a slight gradient. Cosgrove were one up in five minutes through Tapp. Cosgrove kept up the pressure and were rewarded with a second goal ten minutes later from Willson. They did not however, have matters all their own way, Brackley coming close to scoring on several occasions. After 25 minutes reduced the lead with a grand shot.
In the second half Brackley have made the game safe, but the forwards seemed incapable of finishing on their attacks. Many excellent opportunities were missed. Guse hit the upright twice. The long grass and nature of the pitch did not make for good football. Both goalkeepers played a good game. Brackley’s defence was sound against a strong attack, but their weak forward line failed to overcome a moderate Cosgrove defence.
Final score: Cosgrove 2. Brackley 1:
Teams:—Cosgrove St. Peter’s: J. Shervington; H. Smith, G. Freestone, T. Hillyard. T. Cannings, D. Lyman, L. Willson., L. Reynolds, D. Brown, J. Williams. N. Tapp.
Brackley : D. Isham: F.  Blencowe, K. Tanner, L. Claridge J. Haynes, H. Tuckey; G. Johnson. D. Green, H. Guse, F. Greaves, D. Flowers, Referee: Mr. J. H. Kelly.


Wolverton Express 6th October 1950

Wappenham 2 Cosgrove 7

In a Towcester and District League match, Cosgrove took the lead after 15 minutes with a goal by Gray from the right wing.  Wappenham equalised with a penalty awarded for handling after 40 minutes.  Both sides missed chances of being in front at the interval.

Owing to bad weather the teams changed straight over, and Cosgrove quickly built up a lead with goals from Mallows and Gayton (2).  A grand header by Mallows from Gray’s pass increased their lead.  The home side rallied and reduced the lead, but Cosgrove continued to attack, Herbert scoring from a good pass by Gray.  A few minutes later Mallows completed his hat trick.


Wolverton Express 6th October 1950

Cosgrove Struck Out of NFA Cup - Played Unregistered Players

Cosgrove FC was struck out of the NFA Lower Junior Cup at Tuesday’s meetings of the Cup-tie Draws Committee for playing unregistered men.  The game was awarded to Brackley Town, whom they had defeated 2-1. Cosgrove were also fined five shillings.


Wolverton Express 17th November 1950

Cosgrove 4 Roade 1

In a very fast and clean games in the Towcester and District League, Cosgrove missed chances in front of goal, but still ran out comfortable winners.  No official referee arrived, and a Roade official deputised.  Cosgrove led 2-1 at the interval with goals by C Mallows and N.  Hill scored for Roade.  Mallows completed the scoring with two more goals.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 30 June 1951

North Bucks League
53 Teams In Coming Season

At the annual meeting of the North Bucks League on Tuesday evening at the Progressive Club, New Bradwell, it was reported that 53 teams would be competing in the coming season and that the league would now consist of four divisions.
Mr. R. Mills (Chairman) presided, supported by Mr. F. Scott (Vice-chairman), Mr. H. G. Culver and Mr. H. S. Halsey (League Executive) and Mr. C. J. Twelftree (league Secretary) and a large attendance of club representatives.

The Season Reviewed

In his annual report, the League Secretary (Mr. C. J. Twelftree) stated:  “I feel sure you will agree that we can look back with much satisfaction on the past season, especially when one considers the wretched weather conditions which clubs had to contend with. In this respect, I must congratulate chubs on the magnificent effort in getting fixtures played off before the end of the season. So well did clubs cooperate that only one fixture in the three divisions remained un-played. Due to weather conditions and other reasons, nearly 130 original league fixtures were either cancelled or rearranged. This obviously placed much strain both on club secretaries and the league administration. Having experienced such a season I can only add that I personally do not wish a repeat performance. Therefore, with the idea of preventing repetition, the League Executive gladly support a motion which is before to-night's meeting that the Executive should be responsible for the compilation of all fixtures. This will entail additional work on the league's administrative side, but it should to a great extent relieve club secretaries of much unnecessary correspondence in efforts to re arrange fixtures.
“In Division I, Deanshanger Athletic gained the championship for the first occasion in the club's history, while New Bradwell St. Peter's finished runners-up. In Division II, SiIverstone British Legion made an impressive debut to  North Bucks League football securing the championship, closely "followed Shenley & Loughton. The Division III championship went to Buckingham Town Res. The Shield competition was won by Silverstone British Legion.
 " I personally feel there should be close co-operation between the League and the Referees' Association. This to a large extent has been attained during the past season and I trust that the friendly relations will continue. At this juncture I should like take the opportunity of expressing appreciation to the referees for their loyal support to the North Bucks League. We all bear criticism of referees, but since becoming League Secretary I have had the opportunity of seeing more closely their work for local football and the time that many of them give to football is quite considerable. I would not wish to allow the opportunity to pass without saying how much the operation of the Press has been appreciated. From an administration point of view, it is interesting to note that the outgoing postages for the season amounted to 1,674, and for those really interested in figures the number of registration forms dealt with mounted to 1,417. The number of goals scored in the respective divisions were; Division I, 925; Division II, 852; Division III. 914." The statement of accounts showed a loss on the season, this in the main being due to several items of expenditure, which it was stated would not recur for at least some considerable time.
The report and balance sheet were adopted,
The following teams - were granted membership of the League: Bletchley B.B.O.B. Res., Grendon Rangers, L.B.C. (Bletchley), R.A.F. (Bletchley), Mursley, Padbury, Preston Bissett, Tingewick, Brackley Town, Castlethorpe Res., Sherington, Shenley & Loughton Res.. Winslow United Res,, Cosgrove St. Peter's.

Divisions’ Composition

It was agreed that the respective Divisions should composed us follows :

Division I: Bletchley L.M.S., Bletchley B.B.O.B., Buckingham Town, Buckingham Athletic, Brackley Town, Deanshanger Athletic, New Bradwell St. Peter’s, Shenley & Loughton, Silverstone British Legion, Stratford Sports Res., Tickford Sports, Towcester Town, Yardley Gobion, Winslow United (14).

Division II: Bletchley Community Centre, British Timpkin, Castlethorpe, Flettons Sports, Great Linford, Hanslope, Olney Town, Potterspury, Roade, Stoke Goldington, Wavendon, Wipac Sports, Whaddon (13)

Division III:
(Section A): Bletchley L.M.S. Res., Buckingham Town Res., Buckingham Athletic Res., Bletchley B.B.O.B. Res., Grendon Rangers, Mursley, Padbury, Preston Bissett, Tingewick, Thornborough, Wipac Sports Res., Winslow United Res., Shenley & Loughton Res. (13)

Division III
(Section B): Castlethorpe Res., Cosgrove St. Peter’s, Deanshanger Ath. Res., Hanslope Res., L.B.C. (Bletchley), New Bradwell St. Peter’s Res., Olney Town Res., Paulerspury, R.A.F. (Bletchley), Sherington, Tickford Sports Res., Towcester Town Res., Wicken Sports (13)

The following officers were elected: President, the Lord Cadman; Vice-Presidents re-elected with addition of Major the Hon. John Fermor Hesketh; League Executive, Messrs. L. J. Attkins (Buckingham), H. G. Culver (Stony Stratford), H. S. Halsey (Towcester); Appeals Committee, Messrs. W. Farmborough, W. P. Dandridge (Berks & Bucks F.A.), H. W. Sykes (Northants F.A.); Chairman Mr. R. Mills; Vice-Chairman, Mr. F. R. Scott: Referees Appointment Officer, Mr. P. W. Gaskins and W. Boddy; League Secretary, Mr. C. J. Twelftree.

League Fixtures Motion

The following notice of motion was adopted on the proposition of New Bradwell St. Peter’s, seconded by Tickford Sports: “That all league fixtures be drawn up by the League Secretary and Executive, thus abolishing the fixture meeting as it is now known. Also that the League Secretary have full authority to fix dates for any games cancelled through unforeseen circumstances.
A motion sponsored by the same clubs with regard to subsidising the Minor League was withdrawn following a statement from the Minor League Secretary (Mr. H. G. Culver).
Several alterations to rules were adopted.
Before the conclusion of business a presentation was made of a diploma to Mr. H. church by the North Bucks Referees’ Association Assistant Secretary (Mr. A. Harrup) in recognition of his outstanding ability as a club linesman. This award is made annually with a view to become qualified referees.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 05 December 1953

With The Juniors
Three games were also played in the Junior section of the Charity Cup and here Paulerspury and Cosgrove St. Peter joined Quainton in the semi-final. There was a very close fight at Westbury where Cosgrove just got the belter of the home side the odd goal of five. Quainton reached the semi-final by virtue of Grendon Rangers’ withdrawal from the competition.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 13 March 1954

The Junior Charity Cup
As a result of Saturday’s semi-final games, Quainton and Cosgrove St. Peter have qualified for the final of the Buckingham Junior Charity Cup. Quainton entertained Paulerspury whom they met at this stage last season, and once again proved themselves masters of the Northants side in winning by 4 goals to 2. In the other semi-final Cosgrove had to make the long journey to Whitchurch and the Aylesbury Leaguers could not hold their visitors and the North Bucks League side won 3-nil. The final of this competition is due to played on April 17th (Easter Saturday) on Ford Meadow, Buckingham with an evening kick-off. Quainton are the holders of the trophy, but they are likely find Cosgrove a very stiff proposition as the Peter are very keen to win this cup. It should make a very attractive final and add to the Easter football attractions.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 20 March 1954

Solution Still Come Saturday's games in Section ‘B’ of this division did little to solve the problem as to who will eventually be the leaders. The big match of the day was probably that between Castlethorpe Res. and Cosgrove St. Peter at Castlethorpe. It resulted in a win for Castlethorpe but as Cosgrove have lodged a protest against the result it must be ignored for the time being pending a meeting of the North Bucks League Executive Council.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 17 April 1954

Who Will It Be?
The destination of the leadership of ‘B’ Section of Division III of the North Bucks League is still undecided. Deanshanger Athletic Reserves finished their programme on Saturday and have 30 points. Both Cosgrove St. Peter and Shutlanger United have two more games to play and must win both of them to finish level with Deanshanger. Should this happen it will means a play-off between the three clubs for the right to meet Bletchley Community Centre for the championship of Division II of the N.B.L. Cosgrove and Shutlanger met on Saturday and Cosgrove by beating their visitors 3—1, robbed Shutlanger of any chance they may have had of finishing ahead of everybody.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 24 April 1954

Junior Charity Cup For Cosgrove
At last the Buckingham Junior Charily Cup has changed hands, Quainton, who have held it for the last two seasons, and have won the trophy six times in all, were beaten on ford Meadow on Saturday evening by three goals to one, Cosgrove St. Peter being their conquerors. It proved to be quite an interesting final, played between two young sides, that of Quainton being extremely youthful, Quainton had their chances, especially the first half and were, perhaps a trifle unlucky not to have a goal awarded them when the ball appeared to go over the line in a goalmouth scramble, but the referee derided otherwise. The first goal did not come until late in the second half when Cosgrove scored from a free kick, a great shot from some thirty yards. Before Quainton could recover, Cosgrove had scored again. In a Quainton revival the lead was reduced and then Quainton had their chance to draw level from a penalty awarded for hands, but Dormer shot straight at the goalkeeper. Cosgrove made the issue safe with a third goal just before the close.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 04 September 1954

ln the Second Division home teams had a good day and in only one instance was away club successful. Cosgrove kicked off with a win, beating Hanslope, who have been revived after being defunct for several seasons. Cosgrove won by six goals two.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 30 October 1954

Holders Out
Figuring in a ten-goal match on Saturday, Cosgrove St. Peter, holders of the Buckingham Junior Charily Cup, made their exit from the competition. Their opponents Potterspury, with the advantage of playing on their own ground, claimed six of the ten goals. It was a very exciting duel between two very near neighbours but Potterspury, who have yet to suffer defeat this season, just had the edge.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 27 November 1954

Extra Time Needed
It needed extra time to settle the Buckingham Junior Charity Cup game between Tingewick Sports and Quainton on Saturday. During this Tingewick scored the winning goal just before the close. The score was 2-all full time. Ouainton’s defeat will mean their nonappearance in the final of this competition for several seasons and the holders of the trophy. Cosgrove St. Peter, have already been knocked out, we shall have two fresh sides in the final in April.


Wolverton Express 7th January 1955

Cosgrove 2 Winslow 1

Cosgrove recorded their first win since 28 August and this should give the team the encouragement it needs.  Play was even in the first half and both teams played neat football on an ideal playing surface.  Winslow had chances to take the lead but found Neal in good form.  Cosgrove also had chances, and it was from one of these that Goodridge scored.  Winslow retaliated, and in a goalmouth scramble a shot struck an upright.

After the interval Winslow piled on the pressure, but atrocious shooting prevented them from scoring.  After 63 minutes they equalised with a long dropping shot.  This livened things up, but those teams continued to miss chances.  After 85 minutes Cosgrove got the winning goal when Cannings converted a Goodridge centre from close in.

In the Cosgrove defence Les Lyman had an excellent match while Neall was safe in goal.  In the forwards, Shervington worked hard, while Goodridge also had a good match.  Winslow have only themselves to blame, but on many occasions they shot wide when it seemed easier to score.


Wolverton Express 14th January 1955

Cosgrove 4 Yardley Gobion 3

Cosgrove continued their revival with a hard earned win over near neighbours, Yardley Gobion.  In a tremendous finish, Yardley nearly gained a point.  The home team started on the offensive, but forwards were again shot shy, with the exception of Tustain.  After 20 minutes while Church was off injured, Cannings moved up to give Cosgrove the lead.  Yardley were dangerous in breakaways, and had one of these Williams equalised.

After the interval Cosgrove took command, although the visitors broke away occasionally.  After 60 minutes Waite gave Cosgrove the lead, and Goodridge increased it.  Cannings scored from a penalty.  Immediately Bailey reduced the lead from the pass by Atkins, who scored himself 5 minutes later.  In an exciting finish, the Cosgrove penalty area was a hive of activity, but Yardley just failed to get the elusive equaliser.  In the Cosgrove defendants Smith, Leslie Lyman and Mallows were prominent while Tustain gave an improved display. 


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 15 January 1955

Division II of the N.B.I. Cosgrove St. Peter had a stern tussle with near neighbours Yardley Gobion, seven goals being scored of which Cosgrove claimed four and maintained their recent improvement.


Wolverton Express 18th February 1955

Cosgrove St P 2   North Crawley 5

Although Cosgrove fielded their strongest side for some time in the second round Shield match, they found North Crawley too good for them.  It was a sporting game, played in trying conditions.  North Crawley had the better of the first half, and their forwards were dangerous, with F Savage prominent.  They scored only twice in this half, both through F Savage, due mainly to poor shooting and capable goalkeeping by Shervington.  In one spell Cosgrove had the Crawley defence in trouble and a Goodridge shot was well saved.  Cannings and Davis also went close to scoring.

Play was much the same in the second half, and as conditions became worse, the standard of football deteriorated.  In a goalmouth scramble D Savage increased Crawley’s lead, and five minutes later a centre cannoned off Smith’s legs into the net.  Reynolds immediately reduced the lead with a long shot but F Savage cancelled this out soon afterwards.  Just before the close Goodridge added a second goal for Cosgrove.

In a hard worked Cosgrove defence Shervington in goal and Loughrey at centre half deserve mention, while Reynolds and Davis were the pick of the forwards.


Wolverton Express 11th March 1955

Winslow 13 Cosgrove 4

Cosgrove were beaten as much by the atrocious conditions as by Winslow, the heavier home team being much more at home than their lighter opponents.  Cosgrove scored in the first minute through Davies and the forwards had the Winslow defence at full stretch.  Cosgrove defence played with confidence, but was unsettled by three quick goals by the Winslow centre forward, who had a field day, scoring seven times.  The interval score was 6-1.

In the second half Cosgrove shook the home team by pulling the score back to 6-4 within ten minutes of the resumption.  The scorers were Reynolds (2) and Shervington.  However their defence tired quickly and Winslow added seven more goals before the close.  Reynolds put the ball in the Winslow net only to be given offside, and a Goodridge shot was only just wide of the mark in fast Cosgrove attacks.

The score flattered Winslow a little, but all credit must be given to their forwards for taking chances.  Cosgrove’s forwards showed more punch, and the inside trio of Shervington, Reynolds and Davis showed a good understanding.  Cosgrove will be a much more formidable side if, and when, lighter grounds return.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 12 March 1955

WINSLOW JOTTINGS Last Saturday our forwards found their shooting boots even better than the week before, when they netted 13 goals against Cosgrove. During the opening minutes of the game, Cosgrove pressed hard and opened the scoring through their inside-left. This seemed to spur Winslow on and it was not long before the scores were even when B. Lambourne tapped the ball over the line following a cross from the right wing. Three more goals followed from Winslow in as many minutes, all netted by Brian Lambourne. Before halftime Winslow obtained two more goals, to have a comfortable 6 —1 lead at the interval.
On resumption of play, Cosgrove came more into the picture and after pressing strongly scored a good goal through their centre-forward. Following this, their forwards continued to press, and in the space of four minutes netted two more goals to bring the score to 6—4. From this point, Winslow’s defence took a firm grip on the opposing forwards and following a long pass down the middle Ray Phillips scored a good goal to put Winslow further ahead. This started an avalanche of goals from the Winslow forwards who netted six more before the final whistle.
A notable feature of the game was B. Lambourne’s eight goals in his second game at centre-forward. Other goal scorers were R. Phillips (3), D. French and P. Stonell.


Wolverton Express 18th March 1955

Road 4 Cosgrove St P 3

Cosgrove were unlucky not to take a point from this game as they played their best football of the season.  It was a good game, played in near perfect conditions.  In a very fast first half, Loughrey gave Cosgrove the lead after five minutes from a penalty.  Roade tried hard for the equaliser but their shooting was poor.  However, they were on even terms after 25 minutes, through Paxton. Cosgrove then proceeded to play the best football of the match, and make the score 3-1 by halftime, scoresr being Reynolds and Davis.

Roade piled on the pressure in the second half but the Cosgrove defence was firm.  Taylor scored after 60 minutes and Barnes equalised after a series of near misses.  Leslie Lyman almost regained the lead for Cosgrove with a shot which hit the side netting, but it was Roade who finally got the winner, Paxton scoring direct from a corner.

For Cosgrove, Loughrey excelled, while J. Neal, who saved a penalty in the closing stages, and Freestone made good debuts.


Wolverton Express 8th April 1955

Cosgrove St Peter’s 3, Stoke Hammond 2

Before the commencement of the game a tribute was made to the late Mr. A J Darnell by observing a minute’s silence.

Stoke were the better combination in the first half and their forwards were dangerous.  They deservedly led at the interval by two goals to score is being Bunyan and Andrews.  Cosgrove’s defence was rather shaky, while the forwards were ineffective and unable to get going against a hard tackling defence.

After the interval Cosgrove had most of the play, but rarely looked like scoring.  Stoke were dangerous in breakaways, and on one occasion their speedy centre forward, Wells, outstripped the Cosgrove defence but his shot went by.  After 65 minutes Reynolds reduced the lead with a ground shot, but after Cannings had a disputed penalty kick saved a Stoke victory seemed inevitable.  Cosgrove scored twice in the last five minutes through Goodridge and Reynolds, to gain a win they scarcely deserved.  For Cosgrove Waite was safe in goal, and Freestone played well at right back.  Reynolds and Davis worked like Trojans in the forward line.


Wolverton Express 15th April 1955

Shutlanger 8 Cosgrove 0

Cosgrove, fielding a depleted side, were no match for a strong Shutlanger team that was superior.  The home team started on the offensive and after five minutes went ahead through C. Robinson.  Cosgrove put in some spirited attacks but Shutlanger’s defence was sound.  The home team continued to press and further goals came from T Robinson, T Ratcliffe and B Smith.

Play was much the same after the interval, and Waite alone kept the score down, although Mallows and H Smith were valiant workers in defence.  Further Shutlanger goals came from B Smith (2) and T Robinson (2).  Cosgrove tried hard for a consolation goal and Lyman and Reynolds went close to scoring. It was no disgrace to be beaten by such a fine team, and Shutlanger now looks set for promotion on this form.  Waite, who came into the [Cosgrove] side at the last minute, gave a creditable performance in goal.


Wolverton Express 6th May 1955

Towcester Reserves 0 Cosgrove 2

Cosgrove had their first away win of the season against Towcester Reserves on Monday, and just about deserved it.  Towcester had more of the play territorially and, prompted well by Felce, they shot hard and often, but were usually wide of the target.  After a succession of Towcester corners, D. Lyman put Cosgrove ahead with a long shot.

With the advantage of the slope, Cosgrove looked set for a win, and after surviving a terrific spell of pressure D. Lyman added a second.  Towcester’s efforts to pull the game round were thwarted by a sound Cosgrove defence.  It was an enjoyable game.  Outstanding players were Felce, Towcester and H Smith, Cosgrove.  Towcester had some promising youngsters.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 03 September 1955

The North Bucks League made a start its programme on Saturday. The league has not changed much in its appearance except that it strange to see Stony Stratford in the Second Division. They opened the season with win at Cosgrove and will be all out to see that they return to first division football as soon as possible.


Wolverton Express 30th September 1955

Cosgrove 3 Whitchurch 6

Cosgrove after being on top the first half of collapsed after the interval, and so have no further interest in the Buckingham Junior Charity Cup this season.  With the advantage of summer and winter, Cosgrove were on top in the first half and Reynolds headed just over from a Holman centre.  The Cosgrove defence dealt easily with Whitchurch’s attacks, and after 25 minutes Reynolds put Cosgrove ahead.

Whitchurch were on top for most of the second half, but Castle made it 2 – 0 with a first time shot. Cosgrove’s defence then unaccountably collapsed and conceded five goals in 20 minutes.  Reynolds reduced the lead after Davis had done the spadework, but almost immediately Whitchurch added a sixth.


Wolverton Express 21st October 1955

Cosgrove 6 Towcester Reserves 3

In winning their first game of the season, Cosgrove gave their best display so far. Towcester lost their inside right, Hawkins, after 20 minutes with a leg injury.  Cosgrove were superior throughout this Northants Lower Junior Cup game.  Castle and Davis schemed well and were well supported by wing halves Hillyer and Mallows.  Davis gave Cosgrove the lead after 30 minutes with grand shot and Castle increased the lead soon after.

Cosgrove’s defence, with Cannings outstanding, dealt confidently with Towcester’s spirited raids in the second half, and the forwards gave the Towcester defence a harassing time.  The home team brought their tally up to six, Castle completing his hat trick, Davies and Reynolds scoring the others.  Towcester did not give up however, and Lee (2) and Osborne scored in a late rally.  In the second round Cosgrove entertain Syresham.


Wolverton Express 29th April 1955

North Crawley 7 Cosgrove St Peter’s 0

Cosgrove played the whole of the match with nine men and were defending almost continually.  North Crawley scored only once in the first half, through D Savage after 35 minutes.  Cosgrove defended stoutly and managed to make a few raids on the Crawley goal.  In two of these Davis and Reynolds were unlucky to see worthy efforts well saved.  Cannings and Loughrey were very prominent in the Cosgrove defence.

It was fairly obvious that Cosgrove would not stand up to the terrific bombardment from the Crawley forwards, and they conceded six more goals in the second half, including a hat trick by F savage.  The three man attack by Davis, Shervington and Reynolds combined well, but the Crawley defence gave nothing away.


Wolverton Express 15th July 1955

Diploma Award to Cosgrove Linesman

At the annual meeting of the North Bucks league, 17 year old Robert Jones, hon Secretary of Cosgrove St Peter’s FC, was presented with a diploma awarded for being the most efficient linesman during the season.  The award is made by the Berks and Bucks Referees Association.


Wolverton Express 28th October 1955

Hanslope 3 Cosgrove 3

A draw was a fair result in a game in greasy conditions.  Cosgrove had the advantage of the wind first and after surviving some early attacks they were generally on top.  Hillyer the best wing half on view, put Dearn through to score with a hard ground shot.  Hanslope fought back but they lacked teamwork.

Hanslope worked together more in a thrilling second half, but they rarely got by Cannings, Tapp and Lyman.  Castle increased Cosgrove’s lead after Stimpson had pushed out a hard drive from Davis.  This stung Hanslope into action, and the outside left, Melly, scored twice to put them level.  The home side then went ahead with a lucky goal, the ball rebounding from Taylor’s legs into the net.  After Stimpson had made a great save from Dearn, Castle equalized for Cosgrove with a header.  Just before time Hanslope were awarded a penalty but R rock fired wide.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 29 October 1955

Cosgrove St. Peter picked up their first points this season, at Hanslope, where they shared six goals. Hanslope have so far not been beaten in this division.


Wolverton Express 4th November 1955

Stony Stratford 5 Cosgrove 4

Stony were very fortunate in completing their first double of the season, but they would have had only themselves to blame had they lost the point, for many easy chances were missed.  In the first ten minutes three golden opportunities were missed.  Cosgrove scored first when Reynolds headed in Dearn’s cross.  In a goalmouth mix up, at least three sitters were missed before Church scrambled the ball over the line.  In the next minute Reynolds, controlling a high ball beautifully, again gave Cosgrove the lead.  Church equalized, and newcomer Barden gave Stony an interval lead.

The home team were on top in the second half, and Frost increased their lead when Cosgrove’s goal keeper fumbled a shot from Church.  But Cosgrove were not beaten, and Reynolds brought them back into the game when he completed his hat trick, and five minutes later equalled the scores.  Styles scored a good goal to give Stony the lead again, and Cosgrove could consider themselves unfortunate to have a goal disallowed three minutes from time.  There will be few better games on the Sports Ground this season.


Wolverton Express 11th November 1955

Cosgrove 4 Yardley Gobion 0

In gaining their first league win of the season, Cosgrove have at last left the bottom of the table.  Yardley is extremely young team were rarely in the game against more experienced opponents.  Davis gave Cosgrove the lead after ten minutes following a defensive mix up.  Reynolds increased the lead and later added a third.  Yardley as a young forwards made little headway against Cosgrove strong defence.  Hillier and that gave great support to the forwards.  Just on halftime Shervington made it 4-0 for Cosgrove.

Play deteriorated badly in the second half.  Cosgrove were completely on top, but their finishing was poor.  The only shot of note came from Tapp, who hit a post with a great 25 yard drive.  Yardley never gave up and they have some promising young players.

Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 12 November 1955

Cosgrove St. Peter won their first game in the league of the season when they beat near neighbours Yardley Gobion 4 – nil.


Wolverton Express 18th November 1955

Cosgrove 4 Syresham 1

Cosgrove go forward into the third round of the Northamptonshire Lower Junior Cup by virtue of their comfortable win over Syresham.  Cosgrove were always on top in a game which produced many thrills.  They went ahead after 15 minutes when Lawrence netted.  Syresham, facing the sun, were hemmed in, and shots from wingers Dearn and Roberts hit the woodwork.  Loughrey increased Cosgrove’s lead from a penalty, and Reynolds took advantage of defensive blunders to add two more goals before half time.

The home team played copybook football and had the Syresham defence reeling.  The visitors occasionally broke away, and Hathaway, the best of a lifeless forward line, scored a consolation goal.  In a much improved Cosgrove side, Hillier and Tapp were grand wing halves, while Dearn led the visitors left back a merry dance.  Newcomer Roberts made a promising debut on the left wing.


Wolverton Express 25th November 1955

Cosgrove 1 North Crawley 4

North Crawley are a fine team, and fully deserved their victory.  Cosgrove were disappointing after their recent improvement.  The visitors held the upper hand throughout.  Cosgrove rarely broke away, but on one occasion Reynolds shot into the side netting.  Crawley went ahead after 35 minutes when their recent forward netted. 

Cosgrove dominated play for a while after the interval, and Reynolds broke away to equalise.  However slowly Crawley took a grip of the game and soon went ahead.  Loughrey, the Cosgrove right back, went off with a leg injury, but returned to play in the centre forward position.  Before the end Crawley added two more goals.  Loughrey missed a penalty for Cosgrove.  Outstanding for Cosgrove was Cannings at centre half, while L Lyman broke even with F Savage.


Wolverton Express 25th November 1955

The captain of the New Bradwell St Peter’s Football Club, Mr. Ronald Gray was married with Miss Betty Jean Hillyer at SS Peter and Paul Church, Cosgrove on Saturday.  The bride is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F R Hillyer, of 34 Bridge Road, Cosgrove, and the bridegroom is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. J Gray, of 151 Newport Road New Bradwell.


Wolverton Express 2nd December 1955

Great Linford 5 Cosgrove 0

The Hornets gave one of their best displays of this season, and if they continue to play up to this standard they should not miss many more points.  The home forwards soon tested the visiting goalkeeper, and C Tebbutt, in his first game for the Hornets at inside right, headed home a good centre from D Smith.  The visitors were kept on the defensive for the best part of the first half, and only a fine display by the Cosgrove goalkeeper kept the score down. Shrimpton the home centre forward, increased the lead.

 After the resumption of visitors tried to pull the game out of the fire at the home defence was sound.  Shrimpton netted the third halfway through this half and Tebbutt scored the fourth from a good pass by Chapman.  Cosgrove dominated play for a time and Hayfield brought off two good saves from Waite.  Shrimpton scored Linford’s fifth goal and completed his hat trick.  Hayfield and Alexander were outstanding in the Linford defence, while E Smith was good in the forwards.  Outstanding for Cosgrove were Cannings in defence, with Waite and Reynolds the best in a disjointed forward line.


Wolverton Express 9th December 1955

Grendon Rangers 6 Cosgrove 2

Cosgrove, again severely hit by injuries, were well beaten by their Division III opponents in the Shield.  Cosgrove started on the offensive, and Reynold put Dearn’s centre into the net, but the point was disallowed.  Almost immediately Grendon went ahead and were dangerous, but their finishing was poor.

Cosgrove combined better in the second half, but the home team went further ahead.  Shortly after Dearn shot into an empty net to reduce the lead.  Grendon came back and kept the Cosgrove defence at full stretch, and their persistence bought them for more goals.  Davis, who was Cosgrove’s outstanding player, added a second goal with an individual effort.


Wolverton Express 16th December 1955

Cosgrove St Peter 0 Hanslope 8

Cosgrove took a long time to settle against the winter and Hanslope were three up in the first 15 minutes.  All were scored by outside left Melly.  The home team fought back and Stimpson twice took the ball off Dearn’s toes.  Hanslope went further ahead when G Chilton converted R Rock’s in swinging corner.

After the interval Reynold was put through but his shot hit the post.  Hanslope kept the ball on the ground and interpassed accurately.  They went further ahead when Melly netted.  The Hanslope defence dealt capably with Cosgrove’s attacks, and the forwards frequently split the uncertain Cosgrove defence.  G. Chilton headed in Shakespeare’s cross, and completed the scoring with two well taken goals.  Stimson was rarely troubled in the Hanslope goal although Cosgrove’s left half, Tapp, brought out the best in him with a 30 yard drive.


Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press  Saturday 17 December 1955

Hanslope and Potterspury registered the away wins in this division, the former beating Cosgrove St. Peter 8-nil and the latter Yardley Gobion 4-nil.


Wolverton Express 22nd February 1956

Cosgrove 3, Deanshanger Res. 6

Cosgrove suffered their first League defeat of the season, going down to a strong Deanshanger team. Deanshanger soon took command but came up against a defence which exploited the offside trap well. The visitors took the lead after seven minutes through Varney, and Woolrich increased it. With Lyman off, Dearn reduced the arrears. At full strength, Cosgrove improved and were on top for a time. However, Varney broke away to score his second goal and later completed his hat-trick. The Deanshanger defence gave nothing away. After Moseley had missed a penalty, Wootton reduced the lead, but immediately Moseley's own goal cancelled this out. These two errors marred an otherwise good display by Moseley, who shared the defence honours with Alderman and Waite. Near the end Barby by scored Deanshanger's sixth and Wiley added Cosgrove's third.


Wolverton Express 29th June 1956

COSGROVE F.C. HAS £68 BALANCE

It was reported at the annual meeting of Cosgrove Football Club that the season concluded with £68 in hand. The profit on the season was actually £41. Mr. R. Jones (secretary) told the meeting that considering the inferior playing record, the financial result was extremely good. He added that next season should be a better one from a playing point of view. Officers elected were : Captain P. Y. Atkinson (president), Mr. W. Rickaby and Major John Fermor Hesketh (vice-presidents), Mr. P. Brown (chairman), Mr. R. Jones (secretary), Mr. D. Cannings (treasurer), and Messrs. L. Lyman, M. Dearn, P. Hickford (committee).


Wolverton Express 7th September 1956

Preston Bissett 0, Cosgrove 5

Cosgrove had little difficulty in winning for they had the upper hand throughout. The visitors kicked up the quite formidable slope in the first half and had most of the play. Wootton was prominent on the left wing, and from one of his many fine centres Deam crashed home a terrific drive. Preston attacked occasionally, but. Hickford was rarely troubled. In the second half it was all Cosgrove and Wiley increased the lead after a back-pass. The home goalkeeper was constantly in action, and alone prevented a complete rout. Davis hit a post and then goalkeeper Bickford missed a penalty. In the next minute, however. J. Alderman scored from the spot. After a good move down the right wing. Deans passed for Wiley to score. Wiley completed his hat-trick with a good shot.


Wolverton Express 28th September 1956

Buckingham Ath. Res. 2, – Cosgrove 4 Cosgrove brought off their best win of the season. The visitors were on top from the start and never lost their superiority. Lyman scored after three minutes and the Athletic goalkeeper made brilliant saves from Wootton and Wiley. The home team's finishing was weak, although Hick-ford was forced to make two great saves. Buckingham had a chance to equalize from a penalty, but Bickford saved. Just after this Lyman was carried off with an ankle injury. With Lyman hobbling on the wing, Cosgrove were disjointed, and the Athletic improved and were soon leading 2-1. But Dearn equalized, and shortly afterwards Lyman put them in the lead with a magnificent goal. From then on it was all Cosgrove, and the home centre half deflected Dearn's shot into the net. Buckingham have their goal-keeper to thank, for he alone kept the score down. For Cosgrove, Bickford and Alderman were outstanding in a solid defence, while Wootton and Cannings schemed well in a 1 good forward line.


Wolverton Express 12th October 1956

Cosgrove 1, Moulsoe 3

Fast - improving Moulsoe added to their record. After even play, the visitors took the lead following an injury to Alderman, and after this he moved to the wing. Moulsoe's defence was very sound. Wootton hit the bar with a great shot in an effort for an equaliser, but Cosgrove drew level after 65 minutes from a penalty taken by Alderman. After this, however, Alderman had to go off. Moulsoe went ahead through their centre forward and they went on to give Cosgrove a lesson in foot-ball. Hickford made some grand saves but was beaten by the visitors' right half. For Cosgrove, Hickford played his best-ever game and Waite and Moseley were tireless in de-fence. There was not a weak link in the Moulsoe side.


Wolverton Express 2nd November 1956

Cosgrove 1, Westbury Starline 2

Westbury gained their first League win of the season in this hard-fought game. The finishing of both sides was poor, and neither goalkeeper was seriously troubled. Westbury went ahead after ten minutes when their centre forward scored from close range. The Cosgrove forwards combined well but could not finish. They went close on one occasion when Mallows hit a post. Westbury went further ahead after 40 minutes when their right half shot through a pack of players. Cosgrove reduced the lead after 50 minutes when Wootton converted a swinging Mallows centre. They were well on top but their finishing was bad and many chances went by the board. Westbury's chances were limited to long-range shots which Hickford capably dealt with. Both teams played well, but they must learn to take chances in front of goal.


Wolverton Express November 9 1956

Shenley and Loughton 1,

Cosgrove St. Peter 4

Cosgrove showed a welcome return to form with a grand win at Shenley on Saturday. They started brilliantly, scoring three goals in the first five minutes. Brown scored the first. then Waite finished off , Dearn's great run for the second. Bunce then sliced the ball into his own net for Cosgrove's  third.

After Shenley fought back but could not penetrate a strong defence. The visitors were well on top, and Dearn, their best forward, hit the bar. The Shenley goal had many lives, and Alderman missed a penalty.

Playing down the slope in the second half. Shenley were in command but Cosgrove's,defence. with Cannings and Moseley outstanding, stood firm.

After 60 minutes Dearn ran on to a through ball and gave the Shenley goalkeeper no chance. The same player later hit the bar.

Shenley tried hard but their finishing was shocking. In an exciting finish the Cosgrove goal was under heavy pressure and Daniels reduced the lead.


Wolverton Express 30th November 1956

Cosgrove 8, Twyford 1

Cosgrove had little difficulty in beating Twyford, newcomers to the league. The home team started on the offensive and their young forwards split the Twyford defence time and again, but the goalkeeper was equal to these efforts. Carpenter was a lively right-winger and his frequent centres had the Twyford defence in trouble. After 40 minutes Wootton gave Cosgrove the lead and Cannings increased it from a penalty. Just on half-time Dearn ran through the defence and added a third. Play was much the same in the second half, and after a defender had put through his own goal the Twyford defence just folded up. Goals came at frequent intervals through Mallows, Glenn (2), and Wiley. Twyford broke away on occasions and scored one consolation goal. The Twyford keeper covered himself in glory and capped a Line display with a great save from a stinging Dearn drive. For Cosgrove, wing-halves Waite and Mallows gave grand support to a lively forward line in which Wootton was outstanding.


Wolverton Express December 7, 1956

Cosgrove 7, Mursley 0

Cosgrove included Davis, recently transferred from Stony Stratford, at centre forward. The home side were well on top but the Mursley goalkeeper kept them out for 25 minutes until Wiley scored. The same player soon added a second and Davis made it 3—0 at half time. Cosgrove still had matters much their own way on resuming and goals were added by Davis, Dearn, Wootton and Wiley.

For Cosgrove, the Alderman brothers, Waite and Davis were outstanding while Gregory was the best of a sporting Mursley team.


Wolverton Express 8th February 1957

Moulsoe 3, Cosgrove 3

Both sides played great foot-ball on a sticky surface but the defences were mainly in control. Cosgrove took the lead when Smith headed in Dearn's corner, and then a Dearn Davis movement enabled Wiley to increase the margin. Moulsoe found their feet and the Cosgrove defence was kept busy. The home team reduced the lead through their inside right. The play continued fast, with end to end play, and Moulsoe equalised when the evergreen Sharpe headed in a picture goal. Cosgrove were not to be beaten, however, and they regained the lead through Davis. This was short-lived, for the Moulsoe right back, who had moved up, scored with a hard cross shot. The home team were on top towards the end and Cosgrove had to defend desperately. There was not a weak link on either side.


Wolverton Express 8th February 1957

COSGROVE TAKE THE FIRST POINT FROM DIVISION III LEADERS

The surprise result on Saturday in the North Bucks League was the performance of Cosgrove in holding the hitherto 100 per cent Division III leaders, Moulsoe, to a 3-all draw on the latter’s ground. Cosgrove have a rather unique record of having drawn six of their matches – double the number of any other club with the exception of Silverstone, who have finished on level terms on four occasions.


Wolverton Express 22nd February 1957

Preston Bissett 0, Cosgrove 5

Cosgrove had little difficulty in winning for they had the upper hand throughout. The visitors kicked up the quite formidable slope in the first half and had most of the play. Wootton was prominent on the left wing and from one of his many fine centres Dearn home a terrific drive. Preston attacked occasionally, but Hickford was rarely troubled. In the second half it was all Cosgrove, and Wiley increased the lead after a back-pass. The home goalkeeper was constantly in action, and alone prevented a complete rout. Davis hit a post and then goalkeeper Hickford missed a penalty. In the next minute, however, J. Alderman scored from the spot. After a good move down the right wing, Dearn passed for Wiley to score. Wiley completed his hat-trick with a good shot.


Wolverton Express 15th March 1957

Cosgrove 1, Thornborough 1

A draw was a fair result in this entertaining game. Cosgrove started on the offensive and Thornborough did well to keep their goal intact. Thornborough settled down and moved the ball well. Their outside right went close on several occasions. The visitors took the lead after 30 minutes when their centre forward headed home from a corner. Cosgrove equalised immediately when Davis rammed home Wiley's pass. Cosgrove were on top and Smith hit the underside of the crossbar. Play continued at a fast pace in the second half, and it was good football in spite of the conditions. Cosgrove were on top for long periods and Davis and Wiley went close. Thornborough were dangerous when they broke away and Hickford made two splendid saves. The visitors got on top in the closing stages, when Cannings cleared off the line and Hickford again saved well.


Wolverton Express 19th April 1957

Cosgrove 1, Winslow Res. 2

Once again Cosgrove failed on their own ground in one of the poorest games of the season. The hard bumpy pitch did not encourage good foot-ball, but Cosgrove were the more constructive side. Alderman missed a penalty after 20 minutes. After a series of Winslow raids, they took the lead from a terrific shot which Hickford parried but could not prevent crossing the line. Cosgrove were on top for most of the second half but Winslow went further ahead after 55 minutes. The home side tried hard to reduce the lead, but Winslow covered well and were backed up by some excellent goalkeeping. Waite reduced the lead with a glorious header.


Wolverton Express 20th September 1957

Mursley 0, Cosgrove 6

Cosgrove continued their good form which has given them their best start to a season for many years. They were as superior as the score suggests in this Buckingham Junior Charity Cup match. Mursley sadly lacked cohesion and were forced to defend for long periods. Shervington scored after 15 minutes from Reynolds's pass, and soon added a second. Cosgrove went further ahead when Wiley scored from Bartlett's corner. Mursley gave away many corners. Reynolds performed the hat-trick, his second of the season. Mursley's attacks were sparse, and only once was Hickford allowed to show his talent, with a great one handed save. Once again Wootton was the star of the Cosgrove side, while newcomer Fuller showed promise at right back.


Wolverton Express 27th September 1957

Cosgrove 5, Stratford Res. 0

Cosgrove continued their good start to the season. From the kick-off, the Cosgrove half backs began to feed their forwards well. Wootton scored for Cosgrove from a penalty, the kick being re taken after the goalkeeper had saved. Rock broke through for Stony but his shot hit the post. Wiley took his opportunities well to net a good hat-trick and Bartlett made it five. In the second half Stratford rearranged their team and improved but they were unable to break through a sound defence. For Stratford, Levitt, in goal, and Adams both played well.


Wolverton Express 4th October 1957

COSGROVE F C  HOLD DINNER

There were 72 people at the annual dinner of the Cosgrove St. Peters Football Club last Saturday in the Victory Hail. An excellent meal was served by Mrs, J. Johnson assisted by Mesdames W Castle and J Hebson.

In making a toast to the Club, Mr. A. Rickaby (vice president), said the club had made a good start to the season winning their first five games.

Mr R. Jones (honorary secretary) said he hoped the club would win at least one trophy during the season. In toasting the North Buckinghamshire Football League, Mr. Jones said that. Cosgrove had been playing in the League a good many years and had always got along well with the officials. Responding, Mr. A. Warner, Hon. Referees' Appointments Officer to the League, said that the Executive of the North Buckinghamshire League had been increased from three to five members. Speaking as a referee, Mr. Warner said that refereeing wasn’t an easy job and he urged clubs to be tolerant with new referees. The dinner was followed by a social evening, the entertainment being provided by Messrs. T. Dicks and V. Parker.


Wolverton Express 11th October 1957

Yardley and Cosgrove Win

Yardley Gobion, after an indifferent start, are improving and gained their second win at Syresham by four goals to one. B. Webb (2), Cave, and Allen were the scorers. Cosgrove St Peter continued their successful run with a 6 – 1 home win over Mursley United, Wiley (2). J. Shervington (2), and Ge Bartlett netting.


Wolverton Express 18th October 1957

Twyford 0, Cosgrove 4

This was a surprisingly easy victory for Cosgrove in a drab game. Wingers Wiley and Bartlett beat the home full backs as they pleased and after three minutes Wiley centred for Reynolds to head a goal. Cosgrove went further ahead with a hotly disputed goal from Bartlett. The second half opened with the home inside-right scraping the bar with a rising drive, but Cosgrove soon took over again and right-half Tustain was prominent. Reynolds put Cosgrove further ahead after the goalkeeper had failed to hook Tustain's shot and Wiley scored the fourth from an acute angle.


Wolverton Express 20th December 1957

Cosgrove 4, Druse 0

This was an easy win for a casual Cosgrove side which wasted many chances. In spite of Cosgrove's obvious superiority, Druse's display belied their position in the league. The Cosgrove defence, with Alderman outstanding, was not in a benevolent mood, and as a result Hickford had little to do. Reynolds gave Cosgrove the lead after 20 minutes and later headed a second from Bartlett's centre. The second half followed much the same pattern, and Booth, in the visitors' goal, made some fine saves. Waite added a third goal after Wootton's shot was blocked and Fuller cracked in the fourth. Cosgrove continued to dictate play, but could not score. Booth completed a good afternoon's work by saving Wootton's penalty kick.


Wolverton Express 24th January 1958

NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE

Extra-Time Goals Put Cosgrove Out of Shield

THE shock result in Saturday's North Bucks League programme was the home defeat of Division III leaders, Cosgrove, in a second round Challenge Shield tie by Westbury Starline. There was little activity in Division I and II, where Moulsoe, taking advantage of Yardley Gobion and Steeple Claydon being engaged in cup ties, went to the head of the table with a clear two points lead.

Shenley and Loughton moved to within three points of Cosgrove in Division III, but have played one more game than the leaders. Clubs are now entering the final "run in" to the end of the season, and for those clustered at the top of the various divisions, and others with important cup dates before them, the main worry is a crop of injuries or bad ground conditions during these critical weeks.


Wolverton Express 31st January 1958

Cosgrove are still unbeaten in Division III after fifteen games, and must be considered certainties. However, the runners-up position is far from settled with Shepley and Loughton at present having the best record, but they are closely challenged by Stony Stratford Reserves, Thornborough and Westbury Starline. In the Shield, Castlethorpe have already qualified for the Division I final and will meet the winners of the Shutlanger and Winslow semi-final clash in the final at Wolverton Park on Easter Monday. Winslow Reserves have a home tie against Yardley Gobion in the Division II semi-final and the winners will meet either North Crawley or Hanslope.


Wolverton Express 7th February 1958

Player Sent Off

Cosgrove St. Peter found themselves two goals down at Mursley when an unfortunate incident ended in one of the home players being sent off. This rather unsettled the United, and taking advantage, the Peter's eventually established a 4 - 2 interval lead. This was increased to seven before the final whistle. R. Waite scored a hat-trick and others came from A. Wootton, D. Wiley, W. Castle, and an own goal.


Wolverton Express 21st March 1958

Narrow Win

In a most entertaining game, Cosgrove ended their run of defeats with a narrow 4-3 home win over lowly Whaddon. This win was of vital importance to the Peter's and with three more games to play, they have a chance of taking the championship, having dropped one point less than nearest rivals, Shenley and Loughton and Westbury Starline. Whaddon's goals came from Whitehall (2) and Ridgway.


Wolverton Express 9th May 1958

Cosgrove make sure of Division III title

The North Bucks League concluded a most successful season on Saturday, with a Division III play-off, in which Cosgrove met Westbury Starline at Deanshanger. The game resulted in a deserved win for Cosgrove by three clear goals, and with less than four hours of the official season remaining the last of the championship problems was solved.

Cosgrove, who won their first sixteen games of the season, suddenly cracked and almost lost the chance. Westbury, who were behind with their fixtures, played six games in the last fortnight, and did extremely well to get maximum points to finish level with St Peter’s.

Tired Side

The heavy programme had its effect, and at Deanshanger Westbury appeared a very tired side. After taking the lead in the first half, Cosgrove consolidated their position with an early goal in the second period. Goals were scored by D Wiley, L Reynolds and J Shervington.

The cup and medals were presented by Mr A Warner (Referee Appointments Officer).


Wolverton Express 20th June 1958

Cosgrove F.C. Celebrate Good Season

Cosgrove Football Club celebrated the success of the past season with a dinner in the Victory Hail last Saturday evening. The new champions of Division III of the North Bucks League were present in force, and with guests, wives and friends the company numbered 66. Capt. P. Y. Atkinson, the club president, presided, and other guests included Mrs. Atkinson, Mr. and Mrs. A. Rickaby and Mr. A. Warner, the North Bucks Referees' appointments officer, and Mrs. Warner. The toast to "The Club" was given by Mr. Rickaby, and in reply Capt. Atkinson, speaking of the club's future, said his previous promise that their present ground would still be available to them carried one proviso - that the new London - Yorkshire motorway would not interfere. Mr. Bob Jones, who has relinquished the hon. secretary's job after five years, Mr. Jack Taylor, the new hon. secretary, and Mr. A. Warner also spoke, with Mr. Warner welcoming Mr. Jones to the referees' side. Mr. Taylor expressed thanks for the excellent spread provided by Mrs. J. Johnson. MCs for the entertainment that followed were Mr. Vernon Parker and Mr. Tommy Dicks. Arrangements were made by Mr. Taylor and his committee.


Wolverton Express 9th January 1959

On a Mud Patch

Cosgrove were successful in the quest for points at Tingewick, where on a virtual mud patch they triumphed by the odd goal in seven. B. Webb (2), L. Reynolds, and B. Smith netted for the Peter's. The surprise of the round was caused by New Bradwell who, visiting Shenley and Loughton, did extremely well to force a replay. It was a game of fluctuating fortunes. The Peter's went into a 2-0 lead, but this was nullified before the interval Shenley looked set for a win when they established a 4-2 lead, but the Peter's staged a fine rally to level the scores 15 minutes from the end.


Wolverton Express 3rd April 1959

Football

Cosgrove, thanks to a hat-trick by Webb, scored a victory over Yardley Gobion, who had opened the scoring through Abbott.


Wolverton Express 2nd October 1959

ONLY SIX TEAMS ARE UNBEATEN

ONLY six teams hold unbeaten records in the league after six weeks of the season. These are divided equally between the three divisions. In Division 1, Blakesley and Woodend and Deanshanger are both 100 per cent. In Division II Cosgrove have maximum points from four games……

In Division IL Cosgrove St. Peter established themselves at the top with a clear-cut 5-0 home win over Deanshanger Res. In the first half the Peter's went out to a winning lead by cracking in four goals in 20 minutes, through Hill (2) and Bushell (2). In the second half K. Davis completed the scoring.


Wolverton Express 16th October 1959

Cosgrove had a dingdong tussle with Woodford before moving into the next round with a 4-3 win. Webb gave the Peter's an early lead, but Woodford soon equalised. Hill restored the advantage and added a third after the interval. Woodford came back to but Hill completed his hat trick.


Wolverton Express 23rd October 1959

The clash between Hanslope and Cosgrove produced a keen game with victory eventually going to Cosgrove by 2--1, There was little to choose between the sides, and in some respects Hanslope could consider themselves a shade unfortunate not to have shared the points. B. Webb and G. Smyth scored for the winners, who can now claim victories over two of their strongest challengers, Tickford Sports and Hanslope. Melley, the Hanslope leader, got their goal.


Wolverton Express 30th October 1959

Cosgrove opened their game with Paulerspury on a high note with Webb scoring in the first minute. In the second half they had the better of exchanges and recorded a 6 – 1 success. Other goals came from Webb, Hill (2) and Smythe (2). Paulerspury’s consolation goal was scored by R Payne.


Wolverton Express 6th November 1959

The "big three" in Division II are Cosgrove, Twyford and Tickford Sports. Old Bradwell must be classed as favourites for Division III, but can expect strong opposition……

Cosgrove did not have an entirely easy game against bottom of the table Tingewick, and a Webb goal in each half eventually gave the Peter's a 2-0 success. They were given a fright by the Sports side who showed much improved form.


Wolverton Express 20th November 1959

In Division II Cosgrove forged ahead with a smart win over fellow challengers, Twyford, and into third place are Paulerspury, who take over from Tickford Sports.


Wolverton Express 27th November 1959

Scored four goals

A four-goal burst by Webb ensured a 4-2 home win for Cosgrove over rivals Hanslope. Although not at full strength Cosgrove's reserve players showed good form. B. Barnes scored both goals for Hanslope.

Useful Points

In Division II Cosgrove collected two very useful points from their visit to Twyford. The Peter’s had established a winning lead at the interval of 4 – 1. Twyford came back into the game during the second half but the deficit proved too much and the final score was 6 – 3 in the visitors’ favour. Twyford’s goals were scored by Rawlings (2) and Hodges and for the Peter’s skipper F Hill, who was moved to left back, came up to score a hat-trick from three free kicks. Others were scored by Timpson, Webb and K Davis.


Wolverton Express 25th December 1959

Cosgrove, visiting Syresharn, found themselves 3-1 down at the interval, but they showed excellent powers of recovery in the second half to eventually level at 3 - all. K. Bignell (2), and A. Pritchard scored for the home side, and Davis, Webb and Hill for the Peter's.

Leaders beaten

Cosgrove, the Division II leaders, ended the first half of their programme by crashing to defeat at North Crawley. There was no mistaking North Crawley's superiority in a 4 -1 success, which was Cosgrove's first league defeat, F. Hill scored for Cosgrove. The Division II championship is now wide open, with at least five clubs in with a chance.


Wolverton Express 8th January 1960

In Division II, Cosgrove experienced their third successive defeat - one being a cup tie, and their lead at the head of Division II is dwindling.  At Tingewick they found the Sports in a much better form than their lowly position indicates.  The teams were level at the interval but two second half goals made the issue safe for Tingewick, whose goal scorers were E Tapping, N. Ridgway and A Clarke.  The Peter’s skipper, F Hill, scored their goal.


Wolverton Express 15th January 1960

In the Challenge Shield, Cosgrove qualified to meet Deanshanger Reserves in the second round by defeating Stony Stratford Reserves by five goals to one in a first round replay.  G. Smyth (2), J. Davies, R. Waite and F Hill scored for the Peters and Atkins replied for Stratford.


Wolverton Express 29th January 1960

In Division II, Cosgrove came very close to defeat at Deanshanger, when the Athletic Reserves lost by the only goal of the game scored by G. Stimpson.


Wolverton Express 5th February 1960

Cosgrove had a comfortable passage against Stony Stratford reserves, winning by eight goals to one.  J. Smyth hit four and others were scored by J. Stimpson (2), P Goodridge, and K. Davis.


Wolverton Express 26th February 1960

NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE
DIVISION ll
Including matches played February 20
P
W
D
L
F
A
PTS
Cosgrove St. Peter
17
13
2
2
64
26
28
Tickford Sports
13
11
1
1
71
17
23
Twyford
19
9
3
7
70
55
21
North Crawley
15
9
1
5
50
27
19
Syresham
16
7
5
4
41
51
19
Deanshanger Res.
17
8
2
7
43
48
18
Paulerspury
19
7
2
10
48
45
16
Moulsoe
15
6
3
6
45
45
15
Hanslope
17
7
1
9
78
35
15
Staony Stratford Res
15
4
3
8
37
45
11
Tingewick Sports
17
3
1
13
34
67
7
Winslow Res
14
0
2
12
9
127
2

Wolverton Express 26th February 1960

In division two, leaders, Cosgrove, put themselves five points ahead of their nearest rivals, Tickford Sports, with a 6-1 home win over Twyford.  The Peters have, however, played four more games than the Sports, and with only five games to complete their programme will set Tickford a hard task in their attempt to overhaul them.  Three up at the interval against Twyford, the Peters continued on top in the second period to add three further goals.  Scorers were: F Hill (2), K. Davis (2), P Goodridge and G. Smyth.


Wolverton Express 18th March 1960

In Division II the highlight was the clash between the two top teams, Cosgrove and Tickford Sports.  After last week’s 7-1 Challenge Shield victory by the Peters, they naturally started favourites.  However, the Sports were determined to prevent a repetition, and in a thrilling duel the sides eventually shared eight goals.  B. Webb cracked in a hat trick for the Peters, with K. Davis getting the other goal from a penalty.  A hat trick was also scored by F. Bugler for the Sports, and the fourth goal came from B Walker.


Wolverton Express 1st April 1960

Cosgrove hold on

In Division II, Cosgrove are holding grimly to their narrow advantage at the top.  They took no chances against bottom of the table Winslow Reserves, winning by seven clear goals.  Skipper F Hill led the goal scoring with a personal tally of four, and others came from R Waite, G. Smyth, and P Goodridge.


Wolverton Express 8th April 1960

Cosgrove completed an easy double over Winslow Reserves with an overwhelming away win by 14-2.  B. Webb led to goal rush with eight, others coming from F Hill (3), K. Davis, G. Smyth and R. Waite.


Wolverton Express 15th April 1960


Wolverton Express 15th April 1960

In the final league game Cosgrove made no mistake against Syresham with a 3 - 0 win.  Scorers were Webb (2) and Goodridge.


Wolverton Express 22nd April 1960

Cosgrove Win Division II Shield

Back Row: John Berrill, Arnold Croxall, Reg Waite, John Louchrey, Pat Hickford, Les Lyman, Tom Booth, Roy Mosley, Colin Bushell, Jack Taylor, Harry Cummings

Front Row: Jerry Smyth, Brian Webb, Derrick Cannings, Captain Atkinson, Francis (Buddy) Hill, Keith Davis

Despite being two goals down at halftime, Cosgrove won the North Bucks Division II Challenge Shield final against Hanslope on Tickford’s ground on Saturday by three goals to two.  Hanslope scored a gift goal in the first minute when the Cosgrove defence made a bad mistake.  Barnes took the ball from the goalkeeper and placed it into the empty net.  Cosgrove began to fight back but were held by the Hanslope defence.  Hanslope increased their lead through centre forward Melly.

In the second half Cosgrove were on terms after 25 minutes play with goals by Hill and K. Davis.  The Cosgrove left winger rallied his men into a great victory, and by their storming comeback they deserved to win.  With only a few minutes of the second half gone Hill scored a superb goal when he swerved the ball into the far corner from the wing.  From that time he looked like scoring every moment he had the ball.  He played in every position in the forward line.

Although Hanslope began so well Cosgrove looked more like winners in the second half, and did well to come from behind and pip the unfortunate Hanslope.  The trophy and medals were presented by Mr S. Oldham, general manager of David Brown Industries Ltd, who said that Tickford’s welcomed the honour to stage the game.  He was introduced by Mr. R A Mayes, chairman of the league.


Wolverton Express 13th May 1960
NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE
FINAL POSITIONS
DIVISION l l
P
W
D
L
F
A
PTS
Tickford Sports
22
18
2
2
63
25
38
Cosgrove St. Peter
22
16
4
2
95
35
36
North Crawley
21
12
1
8
72
44
25
Twyford
22
10
5
7
82
65
25
Moulsoe
22
9
4
9
73
69
22
Hanslope
22
10
2
10
100
51
22
Syresham
21
8
5
8
50
66
21
Deanshanger Res.
22
9
2
11
54
69
20
Paulerspury
19
7
2
10
48
45
16
S. Stratford Res.
21
6
3
12
54
68
15
Tingewick Sports
22
6
1
15
46
82
13
Winslow Res.
22
0
3
19
25
183
3

Wolverton Express 3rd June 1960

Cosgrove FC Met Good Response

 Speaking at the annual dinner of the Cosgrove St Peter Football Club, held at the Village Hall on Saturday, the chairman, Mr H. Cummings, disclosed that at the beginning of last season the club was facing financial difficulties, but a wonderful response improved the situation considerably, and the club went on to experience a most successful season.

Mr. Cummings added that they won the Division II North Bucks Challenge Shield by defeating Hanslope 3-2 and finished runners up in the same division to Tickford Sports, who they met on four occasions during that season.  It was significant that they defeated Tickford’s convincingly on three occasions and drew the other meeting.  He expressed thanks for the assistance given to the club by the president and other supporters, not forgetting the ladies.

Proud of Achievement

Colonel PY Atkinson in proposing the toast of the club remarked that he was proud of their achievements.  He recalled that his mother was for many years also president of the club, and among her treasured possessions were photographs taken with the team from time to time.  Mr. D Cannings, the club Secretary, also paid tribute to the support which the club had received during the season, and expressed thanks to Mrs. J. Johnson and her band of helpers for providing such an excellent dinner.

First Winners

On behalf of the visitors, Mr. C J Twelftree, Secretary of the North Bucks League, congratulated the club on its successes during the season, and remarked that Cosgrove St Peter was the first club to win the North Bucks League when it was founded in 1911.  It appeared as though Cosgrove by gaining promotion to Division I had their sights on winning the trophy in 1961-62 season which would mark the 50th year of the league.

The evening company did with an enjoyable social and dance, with Mr T. Dicks and Mr V. Parker in charge of the entertainment.


Wolverton Express 16th September 1960

The two promoted sides from Division II, Cosgrove St Peter and Tickford’s Sports, clashed in a high scoring game and although Tickford’s held a 4-2 interval advantage, they were unable to lay the bogey against the side that held the edge over them last season.  The Peters staged a spirited second half recovery and ran out winners by seven goals to five.  B. Webb notched another hat trick and other goals came from Buddy Hill (2), G. Smyth, and P Goodridge.  For Tickford’s R Rock replied with a hat trick, with E. Liggins getting the other two.


Wolverton Express 11th November 1960

Winslow again and went down by an odd goal score at home to Cosgrove, who forged ahead to a two goal lead.  The United fought back and before the interval levelled the scores.  Cosgrove just held the edge in the second half to win by the odd goal in seven, after missing two penalties.


Wolverton Express 16th December 1960

Cosgrove Recovered

Two up at the interval, Roade looked as though they might cause an upset at Cosgrove, but it was the Peters who turned on the heat in the second period to run out winners by four goals to two.  B. Webb (2) and skipper Buddy Hill (2) scored for Cosgrove.


Wolverton Express 23rd December 1960

Points for Cosgrove

Cosgrove and Roade clashed for the second week, and it was again the Peters who took the points with a 4-1 score. Roade’s only goal was scored by Briggs.  For the Peters F Hill, B. Webb, G Smith, and M Church were the scorers.


Wolverton Express 3rd February 1961

Towcester appeared as though they would create a surprise when leading 3-1 at the interval at Cosgrove, but a second half rally by the Peters produced two goals to level at 3-all.  Skipper Buddy Hill hit a couple for the Peters with Church getting the other goal.


Wolverton Express 10th February 1961

Cosgrove’s Challenge

Cosgrove showed that they can still challenge for the top positions with a convincing away win over Bletchley Town Reserves by six goals to one.  B. Webb cracked in a hat trick, with Buddy Hill, the Peter’s skipper, adding support with a couple.  The remaining goal came from P Goodridge.


Wolverton Express 24th February 1961

Shocks were not confined to cup competitions.  In Division I, Cosgrove fully deserved an away win over Blakesley.  This result puts Silverstone in a strong position to take the title.  However they still have several stiff obstacles to overcome, and neither Blakesley, Deanshanger or Cosgrove (with an outside chance) can yet be written off.


Wolverton Express 3rd March 1961

Goalkeeper in Form

Cosgrove survived early Winslow pressure, and at the other end a penalty taken by Buddy Hill was brilliantly saved by Green, who pushed the ball round the post.  This was but one of the many brilliant saves on the part of the United goalkeeper.  Winslow took an interval lead through R Ridgway and in the second period the Peters came on level terms when Hill scored from near the halfway line.  R Ridgway restored the lead.  Just before the end Winslow had a great chance to clinch the game.  This miss proved costly as in the next minute Buddy Hill levelled the scores.  In extra time Winslow appeared to have the match won by two goals, but back came Cosgrove and in the closing minutes, amid much excitement, they again came on level terms at 4-all.

NORTH BUCKS LEAGUE
Division 1
P
W
D
L
F
A
PTS
Silverstone BL
15
14
0
1
69
22
28
Deanshanger A.
18
14
0
4
81
47
28
Blakesley & W.
14
12
0
2
71
28
24
Cosgrove St. P.
15
9
3
3
62
44
21
Bletchley U. A.
16
10
0
7
47
31
20
Tickford Sports
14
8
1
5
54
56
17
Buckingham A.
18
7
1
10
54
63
15
Steeple Claydon
13
6
2
5
50
29
14
Brackley T.
14
6
0
8
35
44
12
Winslow U.
13
4
3
6
38
47
11
Towcester T.
17
4
3
10
51
60
11
Bletchley T. Res.
18
4
1
13
34
74
9
Roade
17
3
2
13
37
70
8
Castlethorpe
18
1
1
16
26
95
3

Wolverton Express 31st March 1961

Cosgrove continued their improved form with a 4-1 home win over Deanshanger, who were forced to make several changes.  Buddy Hill, the Peter’s skipper, had a hat trick, with the other goal coming from B. Webb.


Wolverton Express 7th April 1961

Two Horse Race Now for Champions

The title of champions of the North Bucks League is now sure to go to South Northants again.  Leading contenders are Silverstone and Blakesley, with Deanshanger and Cosgrove virtually out of the race after defeats on Saturday.


Wolverton Express 21st April 1961

Cosgrove kept up their challenge with a narrow 3-2 home win over Brackley.  Goals were scored by skipper Buddy Hill (2) and B. Webb.


Wolverton Express 5th May 1961

Cosgrove, who have enjoyed a successful season in Division I, scored another away success over Brackley by the odd goal in seven.  The Peters had established a 3-0 interval advantage and looked set for an easy win, but the Town showed a fighting recovery in the second half which just failed to get them a point.  B. Webb (2), P Goodridge, and F Hill scored for the Peter’s.


Wolverton Express 21st May 1965

Cosgrove FC Decides to Carry On

Although the village has lost a large majority of its younger players, Cosgrove St Peter’s Football Club will compete in the North Bucks League in the coming season.  This was decided at an extraordinary general meeting in the Victory Hall last Friday, when the vacant offices of chairman and Secretary were filled, and a new committee formed.

Housing Shortage

The retiring chairman, Mr. Harry Cummings, who has been “Mr. Football” in Cosgrove for many years, puts the roots of the club’s difficulties as the lack of housing in the village.  Young players who got married had to leave Cosgrove to find a home, and the housing shortage was making things very difficult for the club.

The backbone of the playing strength came from outside the village, although most of the players were Cosgrove bred.  Mr. Cummings explained how they had failed at the annual meeting three weeks previously to form a new committee.  It was then decided to call an extraordinary meeting, but this had met with little improvement in the attendance.

After considerable discussion 24 year old John Berrill, who has returned to the village after living away, agreed to replace Mr. Cummings as chairman.  Although now residing outside Cosgrove, 21 year old Tony Flack took over as Secretary.  Three people had declared that calling another meeting would be a dead loss, added Mr. Cummings, who felt as Secretary living outside Cosgrove just would not work.  They had received a tentative offer from a player living outside the village, but Mr. Cummings was sure they could fill the position where the Cosgrove player. 

They had a very good bank balance, he said, and already 11 players had agreed to sign next season.  Mr. Coming appealed to the club not to hold a grudge against either himself or the retiring Secretary, Mr. Derek Cannings.  Officers, committee and players would be welcome at both their homes for advice and assistance, he said.  The club needed keenness from the offices and players, and he did not want to see a large sign on the club. Mr. Cannings said he had been continuously on the committee for 15 years, but felt it was time he was on the outside looking in, adding he would not go to the other end of the world to avoid them.

Treasurer Mr. Michael Stevens was re-elected, and said they had a balance of about £140, which was as good as they had ever had.  The first job handed to the new Secretary was to write to the Secretary of the North Bucks League telling him to ignore the provisional withdrawal notice adding that the club would definitely play next season.

Committee elected: David Berill, Colin Bushell, Pat Hickford, Bryan Pollard, Peter Stevens, Nick Carlton.  A junior committee was also elected.