Hendon's FA Cup adventures - Part 1

Greensnet Editor
Sun 28 Oct 2012, 14:47

Over the next few days, we shall take a brief look at our 20 previous appearances in the first round of the FA Cup as we begin the build up to the game at Aldershot on Saturday afternoon.

Our first ever appearance in the competition proper came in 1934 when we, playing as Golders Green, were drawn away to Southend United. The game resulted in the heaviest defeat for the club in the competition - Southend winning comprehensively 10-1 in front of a crowd of 8,640 despite having a first minute penalty saved by Arthur Godding. The solitary Greens goal was scored by Cyril Drinkwater when Southend were eight goals to the good.

It was 18 years until the next appearance, which was also our first as Hendon, in 1952 when Northampton Town were the visitors to Claremont Road. A 0-0 draw was played out in front of a ground record attendance of 9,000 - a record that was never broken. In the replay the following Thursday, which kicked off at 2.00pm, Northampton ran out 2-0 winners courtesy of two goals in the last five minutes with 6,120 in attendance.

We received a bye to the first round in 1955, courtesy of our FA Amateur Cup final appearance the previous season, and made the trip to the West Midlands to face Halesowen Town, coming away with a 4-2 win. Goalscorers were Miles Spector, Jackie Rawlings, Edwards and Matthews. A trip to Exeter City was the reward as we reached the second round for the first time, but the home side ran out 6-2 victors, Bob Avis and Miles Spector scoring for us.

The bye to the first round was awarded again in 1960 for the same reason, and this time Oxford United, then a Southern League club and captained by Ron Atkinson, were the visitors to Claremont Road where 4,500 saw Miles Spector and Brian Figg score in a 2-2 draw. The replay, played in front of 10,600 spectators, saw Terry Howard and Jimmy Quail score in a 3-2 defeat.

The next appearance came in 1964 with a trip to the Potteries to face Port Vale. The league side won 2-1, with the Greens reported to have had a "lack of shooting power". David Hyde scored the consolation goal for the Greens in the game.

Tomorrow, we'll take a look at five more appearances in the competition proper, including games against Reading, Plymouth Argyle and the old Aldershot club.