Retro: Harold Mosby inspires Worksop Town to historic FA Cup victory over Bradford City

Worksop Town v Bradford City in the FA Cup in 1955
Worksop Town v Bradford City in the FA Cup in 1955

Harold Mosby was the last Tigers player to score for Worksop Town against Football League opposition in a competitive game, writes club history buff Steve Jarvis.

His goal came in the FA Cup run of 1955/56, over 50 years ago.

Worksop eventually reached the third round proper, the last 64, losing 1-0 at Swindon Town.

The run started with a home tie in the first qualifying round against Yorkshire League side Hull Brunswick Institute.

Worksop cruised through winning 8-0, Mosby and Stan Rhodes bagging hat-tricks, while Peter Dean and Dennis Friel got one apiece.

The reward was another home tie against Beighton MW, another Yorkshire League club.

This time Worksop won 3-0 with Rhodes, Gordon Revel and Colin Salt on target.

A third qualifying round draw at home to Bentley Colliery, the area final in those days, was a fitting reward.

Bentley, in the Second Division of the Yorkshire League were overwhelmed 9-2.

Dean got a hat-trick, Rhodes and Trevor Rooth got two each, with Friel and Reg Carter making up the nine.

Yet another home draw in the fourth qualifying round brought fellow Midland League side Corby Town to Central Avenue.

A single goal from Rhodes put Worksop in the competition proper.

With hopes of a home draw against a League club, Worksop were drawn away in the first round proper to Skegness Town, flying high in the Central Alliance.

Worksop travelled well though, winning 4-0 (Rhodes, Dean, Rooth, own goal).

The second round brought another away tie at Bradford City, at that time fourth in the Football League Division Three North.

Undaunted, Tigers put in a great display at Valley Parade drawing 2-2.

Mosby and player-manager Bob McCall got the goals.

The midweek replay at Central Avenue took place on early closing day, in a time before floodlights.

Lots of shifts and school lessons were missed as over 6,000 piled in.

Worksop made history, knocking out Bradford by 1-0 with Mosby once more on the scoresheet.

His pen-pic in the Bradford City programme was brief, as was the fashion.

It read: “HAROLD MOSBY (outside- right): The stocky Mosby, of long experience with Rotherham and Scunthorpe, is still fast and progressive.”

The very next Saturday Worksop lost 2-1 at home to Bradford City Reserves in a Midland League match.

Drawn away at Swindon in the third round, Worksop finally went out and a famous cup run was brought to an end.

Mosby also scored eight goals in Midland League games, not bad for an inside forward whose job was to provide the centre forward with goal chances.