Hendon's FA Cup adventures - Part 2

Greensnet Editor
Mon 29 Oct 2012, 08:41

In part two of our look back at our previous appearances in the competition proper of the FA Cup we begin with a trip to the Midlands in 1965.

The destination for the trip was Grantham, who were members of the Midland League, but it was an ultimately disappointing trip with the home side winning 4-1. David Hyde was the scorer in the game that was described in the club programme as "bitterly disappointing".

It became three appearances in three years in 1966, again, as in the previous year, due to appearing in the FA Amateur cup final, and Reading, then playing in the old Third Division, were the visitors to Claremont Road. The league side won 3-1 in front of a crowd of 4,050 - with the Greens fielding a "defensive" 4-2-4 formation! John Ashworth was the scorer.

It was three years until the next FA Cup adventure in the first round, with Carshalton Athletic the first round visitors to Claremont Road. We won an eight-goal thriller 5-3, with Paul Collett and John Baker both scoring twice, and Peter Anderson also finding the back of the net. In the second round, it was the turn of the Southern League to provide the opposition at Claremont Road, but Brentwood Town ran out 2-0 winners.

In 1970 we were drawn at home to league opposition, with the old Aldershot club visiting - but their superior class told as they went back to Hampshire with a 2-0 win - hopefully things will be different when we head home from Hampshire on Saturday afternoon.

And then 1972 saw us make the long trip into Devon to face Plymouth Argyle, and very nearly took the game to a replay, with Argyle scoring late on to win 1-0.

In tomorrow's look back, we will begin with the club's best run in the competition - that famous trip to Newcastle United.