Pick your Legends - Attacking Midfielders

Greensnet Editor
Tue 28 Apr 2020, 12:54

Moving now into the creative third of the pitch, the players who were born to entertain, create and score goals, we have a look at the pick of the players that were playmakers or attacked from midfield.

Once again, we have an embarrassment of riches on show, a man that turned down a full Irish international cap to play for Hendon, a man that appeared in a World Cup semi-final and the man that scored Hendon's most famous ever goal at St James' Park against Newcastle United.

Good luck choosing out of these five stars!

Jimmy Quail: 383 appearances, 174 goals (1956 – 1974)

Once turned down the chance to play for the full Irish international side to play for Hendon instead. Two-time FA Amateur Cup winner, also won the Athenian League and Isthmian League as well as 3 Middlesex Senior Cups, a London Senior Cup and Middlesex Charity Cup. Was manager of the club during the run to St James’ Park in the 1974 FA Cup.

Peter Slade: 102 appearances, 55 goals (1963 - 1965)

Scored 34 goals in the treble wining season of 1964/5, winning the Amateur Cup, Isthmian League and Middlesex Senior Cup. Also won the London Senior Cup in 1964.

Rod Haider: 696 appearances, 165 goals (1967 – 1980)

A regular scorer of double figures from midfield winning the Amateur Cup, Isthmian League and scoring the famous equaliser at St James’ Park in 1974 against Newcastle. Scored in the 1st leg of the 1973 Barassi Cup success and also won the Isthmian League Cup, London Senior Cup, 3 Middlesex Senior Cups and 3 Middlesex Charity Cups.

Bobby Childs: 221 appearances, 43 goals (1971 - 1977)

Another member of the successful side from the early 1970s, winning the Amateur Cup, Isthmian League and playing at Newcastle in the FA Cup in 1974. Also scored in the 1st leg of the 1973 Barassi Cup win.

Freddie Hyatt: 163 appearances, 18 goals (1997 - 2000)

Orchestrated the run of FA Cup success in the late 1990s, being at the centre of things in the 1997 win over Leyton Orient and appearing against Notts County and Blackpool. Won 2 Full Members Cup winners medals and a Middlesex Senior Cup.

Bontcho Guentchev: 83 appearances, 12 goals (1999 – 2001 and 2006 - 2007)

Member of the famous 1994 Bulgarian World Cup squad and opened his Hendon account with a stunning overhead kick. Starred in the FA Cup run to Blackpool in 1999 and at Bloomfield Road. Returned in his 40s under Gary McCann as player-coach.

Once again, the link for the poll can be found below.

Hendon Legends Squad Poll