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Look ahead to St Albans

Greensnet Editor
Fri 04 Sep 2020, 12:53

Tomorrow sees the clash of the Allinsons as Silver Jubilee Park welcomes supporters back en-masse for the first time in six months for the visit of St Albans City.

The son v father match-up sees Ian Allinson bring his Saints side down from Hertfordshire to take on his son Lee's Hendon side in a game that will see a number of ex-Saints facing their old club and one notable ex-Green in the visiting ranks in the guise of Dave Diedhiou.

The Saints are approaching their sixth season in the National League South after spending much of last campaign battling against the drop before an early halt was called to proceedings. They were promoted from the Southern League via the play-offs in 2014 following a successful season under the joint stewardship of Graham Golds and former Hendon boss Jimmy Gray.

Of course, our current man in charge is no stranger to Saints fans having both played and been number 2 with his Dad before moving on to Biggleswade Town. He is one of many ex-Saints in our squad along with Joe Howe & Tommy Brewer, who both joined us from Clarence Park in November last year - Shaun Lucien, Sam Corcoran, Matt Ball and Solomon Sambou have also enjoyed spells at City.

The clubs first met competitively in the FA Cup in November 1920, on that occasion Hampstead Town won 2-1 thanks to a couple of goals from legendary striker Cecil Wise. We have gone on to meet on a regular basis in both league and cup with the pendulum of success very much swinging from one side to the other.

We last met competitively as long ago as April 2004 when the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at Claremont Road in the Ryman League. Martin Randall's second half equaliser against his old club cancelled out Lee Clarke's 15th minute opener for the visitors.

We're very much looking forward to welcoming 200 supporters back in through the gates at Silver Jubilee Park.

A full list of those that have purchased tickets has been collated, simply give your name at the turnstile and your name will be ticked off. Please do not attend if you have not bought a ticket in advance otherwise we will have to turn you away.

The bar will be open and selling drinks as well as hot and cold food, please take a moment to sign up for the Zappify track n trace app to ensure a quick entry into the ground. To register simply click here, scan the QR code on the home page with your phone's camera and register your details.