||People laughed at Archie Stinchcombe when he
said "This is the best team I ever had." They were still laughing five weeks
later when Panthers were doing a strong man act, holding up the other clubs in the Autumn
Cup competition. The laughs were all Archie's from there on. Panthers picked themselves up
off the floor and came back to challenge strongly for the Autumn Cup and eventually win
the League Championship for the first time in history.
Chick Zamick was again the scoring champion. The "All-star A" centre was voted
"Most Popular Player" and Nottingham's "Sportsman of the Year" in face
of competition from celebrities like Wally Ardron, Reg Simpson, Tommy Lawton, Joe
On Monday, January 21st 1951, Panthers travelled all the way to Brighton, their longest
league journey, to play a match which had been cancelled weeks previously! None too
pleasing for all concerned!
In the scoring charts Chick Zamick again finished on top of the pile with 139 points,
Kenny Booth (Earls Court) 2nd way back on 108, George Beach (Wembley Lions) 3rd 103, with
Les Strongman 5th (102) and Pat Casey, also of the Panthers, 7th (97)
Panthers finished the season with Most Goals Scored, Least Goals Against, Most Goals In
One Game (13 v Streatham), Most Games Won and Least Penalty Minutes Against.