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On This Day: 8th January

Greensnet Editor
Fri 08 Jan 2021, 08:54

Following yesterday’s look back at matches in the club’s history from the 7th January we move forward a day and have a look at on-field events from 8th January.

In the club’s second season of existence Priory Athletic were beaten 6-0 in the Finchley & District League 2nd Division, as Hampstead Town went on to seal a second consecutive title and it wasn’t for another 17 seasons that the club played on the 8th January. This time they met Casuals in the FA Amateur Cup away from home and in spite of goals from deadly duo Harry Shearcroft and Cecil Wise, the club’s first international, Casuals won 3-2.

Redhill were beaten in an Athenian League match on 8th January 1938 3-0, Ron Graves scoring twice and Fred Boston adding the third before in 1949, to open the post-war era, Willesden were beaten by the same scoreline in the Middlesex Senior Cup with Ted Hornsby, Bill Reay and Bob Avis on target.

The cup-tie theme continued in 1955 when a visit to Champion Hill saw the Greens return with a 4-2 win, Graeme Cunningham (2), Eric Parker and Gerry Saffrey netted, Hendon went on to make the final of the competition where they were beaten 3-2 by Walthamstow Avenue. 11-years on and another London Senior Cup tie saw Southall beaten 3-0 as a Hendon side that included Dave Bassett defeated their Middlesex neighbours with strikes from Laurie Churchill, Jimmy Quail and a Danny Lakey penalty.

In 1972 the successful FA Amateur Cup campaign began with a narrow 1-0 win over Horsham – Rod Haider with the goal bringing an end to a successful run of results on this day in the amateur era.

Alas, the date has proven less kind since the club turned semi-professional. The first game was an Isthmian League fixture against Tilbury in 1977 where goals from Peter Anderson and Alan Campbell saw the honour shared in a 2-2 draw and then, after a 23-year hiatus, the same scoreline was shared with local rivals Enfield at Claremont Road, Paul Towler and the late Dominic Gentle on target for the Greens.

We round today’s feature off with three defeats, the first of which was the thoroughly miserably 7-1 shoeing received at the hands of Eastleigh in 2005, Eugene Ofori’s strike proving nigh-on pointless for Gary Farrell’s men and in 2011 a brace of Belal Aite-ouakrim goals weren’t enough as Concord Rangers won 3-2 at the Aspect Arena in a league match. Those two goals coupled with Aite-ouakrim’s four-timer in the reverse fixture at the start of the season made it 6 goals in just 2 matches for the striker against the Beachboys that season.

Just two years later Rangers’ Island neighbours, Canvey Island, made the visit to Vale Farm in midweek and returned with a 2-1 win, Dean Cracknell’s strike for the Greens proving nothing more than a consolation.

In the 12 matches played on January 8th, six have been won, two drawn and four lost, including the three most recent games. Indeed, it's been 49-years and counting since Hendon last tasted success on that date in that 1-0 win over Horsham in the FA Amateur Cup. 30 goals have been scored in Hendon’s favour whilst 21 have been conceded.

Tomorrow we see an early SJP derby, more cup success and into the spotlight in front of the BBC cameras.