Stan Gerula appears in ‘Life’ magazine (December 1952)
Having dispatched Wimbledon in the 1st Round Proper of the 1952/53 F.A. Cup, Amateur Cup holders Walthamstow Avenue were rewarded with a home tie against Watford in the 2nd Round.
The match took place on Saturday 6th December 1952. The A’s led at half-time thanks to a Crocker own-goal, but Watford equalised in the 2nd half through Meadows. The game ended 1-1 and was replayed at Watford on Wednesday 10th. Walthamstow won the replay 2-1 and went on to play Stockport, then Manchester United in the 3rd and 4th Rounds.
So noteworthy was the fog that day, that this picture of A’s goalkeeper Stan Gerula appeared as ‘Life’ magazine’s ‘Picture of the Week’. (Issue dated 22nd December 1952).
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AN INDOMITABLE GOALIE IN RECORD FOG. In the circumstances, it was understandable that Goalkeeper Gerula of Walthamstow had only the foggiest idea what was going on as his team met Watford in the British Football Association Cup match. Somewhere downfield the ball, Gerula's opponents and his teammates were lost from sight in London's worst fog on record. Elsewhere across the city, traffic stalled dead, streetlights were invisible beyond 35 yards and even the ducks got lost from their pond in Green Park and went quacking disconsonately through the streets. But in the traditions of British sports, the game had to go on (just as the Oxford-Cambridge cross-country race had to go on with marshals calling, "This way! This way!" to mark the course in scant five-yard visibility). Lonesome but still alert, Goalkeeper Gerula missed only once in the mist and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.