Hendon Green & Gold 16 - David Hogwood

Greensnet Editor
Wed 02 Jul 2014, 19:00

Today’s Green and Gold subject is a loyal servant and one of the few to play for and manage Hendon.

David Hogwood was part of the great teams of the 1960s and won pretty much every medal there was to win as a Hendon player. Signed as an 18-year-old from Wembley - where he had made his debut aged 16 - David's first games came as a left-back at the start of the 1962-63 season, and he went on to play 38 times in that weather-accursed campaign. By the start of the 1963-64 season, Hendon's first in the Isthmian League, David had shifted from left-back to right-back, but he played in only 23 League matches as the Greens finished runners-up behind champions Wimbledon.

The following season was possibly the greatest in Hendon's history, completing the treble of Isthmian League, FA Amateur Cup and Middlesex Senior Cup. David was a near ever-present, playing in 38 League matches and all 19 cup ties, including the famous 4-3 defeat of Arsenal at Highbury in the London Challenge Cup. In the League play-off final, David's performance was highlighted in the press for the way he played England international winger Terry Howard out of the game.

An utterly dependable full-back, quick across the ground, good in the tackle and blessed with exceptional positional sense, David was one of the first names on the managers' team-sheets for the next five seasons. In this period he missed only seven league matches and passed 50 appearances five times in six seasons. He missed out on the half-century in 1967-68, when Hendon's cup form deserted them and there were no knock-out runs to enjoy.

After back-to-back Wembley appearances in the Amateur Cup, David almost scored the goal that would have made it a hat-trick. In the first semi-final against Skelmsersdale United, at the Baseball Ground in Derby, his shot in the dying minutes beat the opposing goalkeeper all ends up, but the ball went just the wrong side of the post. The match ended goalless but, after a 2-2 draw in the first replay at St Andrews, Birmingham, Skelmersdale prevailed 3-1 at The Hawthorns.

For a player who averaged a goal every 18 matches in his Hendon career - pretty good for a full-back who would not have been a set-piece target - it is amazing that it took him more than 200 games to open his Hendon account. That goal came in the 13th match of the 1966-67 season, the last goal in a 3-1 victory away to Oxford City, his 201st first-team appearance. He added another five in the next 41 games that season It certainly helped that he became the club's penalty-taker and he rarely missed from 12 yards. This was despite regularly using the same kick - a dummy and shot into the bottom corner.

In 1966-67, David earned the first two of his seven England amateur international caps. He later represented Great Britain in Olympic Games qualifying matches and when Great Britain played West Germany at Claremont Road, David, along with John Swannell, Roy Sleap and Rod Haider had the honour of playing for Great Britain on their home ground. England lost the match, conceding the only goal, but they won the tie 2-1 on aggregate. Sadly Great Britain didn't make it to the Mexico City Olympic Games in 1968, being knocked out by Spain. David also played for Middlesex and the Isthmian League. He worked for the Post Office as a telephone engineer, and represented the Post Office at an international tournament.

Although Hendon's level of success dipped in the late 1960s, they could rely on David for top performances. This dip in success level needs to be put into some perspective, however, because not once in David's eight Isthmian League seasons, up to 1970-71, did the Greens finish outside of the top six; in the 40 years since 1974, the Greens have finished fifth or better on only five occasions!

David left Hendon after the 1970-71 season, joining St Albans. However, as many have found out, Hendon was in their blood and following the departure of David's successor at right-back, Tony Jennings, he returned to Claremont Road where he made four appearances at the end of the 1973-74 season. After two appearances, with injuries taking their toll, David retired as player, and became assistant manager. In December 1977, he succeeded Jimmy Quail as caretaker-manager, only losing the temporary tag after three months. The club, however, was struggling to compete against clubs more prepared to spend big money and David lasted less than a year in charge.

Born: 22 January 1944
Joined Hendon: Summer 1962 and spring 1974
Left Hendon: Summer 1971 and autumn 1978 (as manager)
Appearances: 440 (439 starts, 1 substitute)
Goals: 24
Medals won: Isthmian League 1964-65, FA Amateur Cup: 1964-65, London Senior Cup: 1963-64, 1968-69, Middlesex Senior Cup: 1964-65, 1966-67

(David Ballheimer)