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Cup Final tonight

Greensnet Editor
Mon 14 Sep 2020, 09:00

Tonight sees the long awaited conclusion of last season's London Senior Cup as we travel to Hanwell Town to take on Brentford 'B' in what will be our 15th appearance in the competition's final, the most final appearances by any club.

Of the previous 14 final appearances, we have been victorious on five occasions. Our first success came in 1964 at the fifth time of aksing when we defeated our great rivals, Enfield, 1-0 thanks to a goal from Gerry O'Rourke.

Five years later it was a goal from Rod Haider that did the damage as Dagenham were beaten 1-0. In 1972 Enfield gained a degree of revenge for their Amateur Cup Final defeat by beating the Greens 2-0 at Wealdstone's Lower Mead.

It would be 34 years until Hendon graced the final again, their 3-2 defeat against Fisher Athletic sparking a period that would see the Greens reach no fewer than seven finals in 11 seasons under Gary McCann. Tooting & Mitcham won by the same scoreline in 2008 before a penalty shoot out win the following year against Croydon Athletic saw a 40-year drought end.

In 2011 Wingate & Finchley beat the Greens 3-1 at Imperial Fields and 12-months later Darren Currie and Jack Mazzone goals saw Kingstonian beaten 2-0 at Imber Court.

Our most recent success came in 2015 when Tooting & Mitcham were beaten 3-2 despite the Greens playing with 10-men after Ollie Sprague's dismissal. Aaron Morgan scored twice as did Kezie Ibe. The Terrors gained revenge a year later in our most recent final appearance, beating a limp Greens side 2-0.

Tonight's game gives Lee Allinson the chance to win his first piece of silverware as Hendon manager and the opportunity to add to his Bedfordshire Senior Cup success of 2018/9 with Biggleswade Town.

Our opponents, Brentford's 'B' team, beat Erith Town 6-3 in the last ever match at Griffin Park to reach the final. This is the Bees' third appearance in a London Senior Cup final having won in 1898 5-1 against Ilford and lost 1-0 against Welling United in the 2018/9 final.

We look forward to having a strong contingent of the Green Army supporting the boys tonight. A reminder that the game is all-ticket, there will not be any tickets available on the gate.