With January at an end we move onto February in the latest of our looks back at this day in history beginning in 1913 with a London League Division 1 fixture against Ilford. Gordon Marchant led the way with a hat-trick with Ollie Sumner adding the fourth goal in a 4-1 win.
Six-years later, in the aftermath of World War 1 a local derby in the London United Senior League saw Tufnell Park go down 4-3 in something of a thriller. Charlie Allwright, W Saunders and T Poltock (2) scoring the goals.
In 1930 Tottenham Hotspur sent a side to Claremont Road for a friendly fixture that ended 3-3. S Limbury, Vic Gardner and an own goal ensuring a share of the spoils for Hampstead and six-years later it was a return to competitive action as Barking were beaten 2-1 in the Amateur Cup, Billy Breagan and Mike Fallon on target for Golders Green.
In 1941, Golders Green beat Finchley 4-1 in the Herts & Middlesex County League with Roy Stroud (2), Les Pullen and Mac Cochrane grabbing the goals.
Tommy Lawrence was on target in an Athenian League match against Cambridge City in 1958 that ended 1-1, the same day that the USA launched their first artificial satellite, Explorer I and in 1964 a trip to Maidstone United ended 2-0 to the Greens thanks to goals from David Hyde and Jimmy Quail.
A rare midweek match in the 1960s saw a 1966 Isthmian League match against Dulwich Hamlet end in a 4-0 win, Dave Swain led the way with a brace added to by Roy Sleap and David Hyde. Five-years later in 1969 an arduously long Amateur Cup journey to North Shields ended 1-1, Bobby Wilson with the Hendon goal.
Rod Haider and Eggie James were on target in a 2-1 Isthmian League win in 1975 over Kingstonian away from home whilst another awayday 11-years later in 1986 ended 2-0 at Worthing, Andy O’Brien and Colin Tate with the goals.
A 1992 visit to Bishop’s Stortford ended 3-2 to the hosts, Marc Das netting twice for the Greens but with no other reward and two years later as a large meteorite lands in the Pacific Ocean Duncan Hardy scores the only goal of the game in a Full Members Cup tie against Enfield at Southbury Road.
The run of away matches on this day continued in 1997 as Tony Kelly secured a point from a visit to Heybridge Swifts and three-years later the late Dominic Gentle scored a hat-trick to send the Greens into the semi-final of the Middlesex Senior Cup in a 3-2 win over Yeading at The Warren.
Another three-years on and on the same day that Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere, killing all 7 astronauts on-board, another long journey northwards saw the 10-man Greens pick up an FA Trophy replay against Wakefield & Emley, the game finishing 0-0 after Paul Yates’ dismissal.
We finish, finally, back at home for the first time since 1966 – and only the third time competitively on 1st February – last season at Silver Jubilee Park as our run of excellent form continued against Yate Town where Joe White’s two goals sunk the North Somerset club on their first visit to Hendon.
Given the lack of home matches our record on 1st February to date in competitive fixtures is remarkable. Of 16 matches there have been 11 wins, 4 draws and just the single defeat. 35 goals have been scored and 16 conceded.