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On This Day: 4th February

Greensnet Editor
Thu 04 Feb 2021, 09:17

Without further ado we move our look back on this day in history to February’s 4th day, commonly described as 4th February.

In 1911 in a Finchley & District League Division 1 match at Old Burghleyans the honours were shared in a 1-1 draw and eleven years later Yiewsley were beaten 2-0 in the Middlesex Charity Cup thanks to goals from H White and Cecil Wise.

1928 saw a replayed Middlesex Senior Cup tie against Cheshunt, the initial game having been abandoned the previous week with the Ambers 3-2 up and Hampstead made no mistake having been offered a second bite of the cherry. Jimmy Smy led the way with four goals added to by Harry Shearcroft and Bob Wardlaw in a 6-1 win.

In 1933, as President von Hindenburg issues a decree limiting the freedom of the press in Germany, a visit to Hastings & St Leonards in the Amateur FA Senior Cup saw a 5-1 success. Jimmy Spalton and Herbert Knott netted two each and Ronnie Rowe added the other. Six-years later in 1939 Southwick were beaten in the Amateur Cup 2-1 thanks to strikes from wing pairing Billy Breagan and Fred Boston.

The run of success on 4th February continued in 1950 as the 4th Empire Games opened in Auckland, New Zealand, as Hayes were beaten 3-2 in the London Senior Cup. Ernie Joyce, Bob Avis and Danny Shreeves scored the goals to take the Greens through. Enfield were then beaten in a 1956 Athenian League derby by a single Jim Ward goal at Southbury Road.

It was back to Amateur Cup action as Bristol St George were beaten 5-0 in a 1967 replay at Claremont Road thanks, in part, to a pair of own goals that were added to by Roy Sleap, Tony Harding and Jimmy Quail. It was in the Middlesex Senior Cup in 1975 that Harrow Borough were beaten 3-1 in a replay with John Field netting twice and Steve Jefferies the other.

In 1989 Andy Smith was on target to grab a point from an Isthmian League match at home to Bromley and in 1995, on the day Zimbabwe collected their first ever test match victory (against Pakistan), Mick Dalton’s goal was scant consolation as Walton & Hersham came to Claremont Road to hammer the Greens 6-1. Within ten months two of the Swans’ goalscorers, Josh Price and Michael Banton, had followed manager Neil Price to Claremont Road after the dismissal of Mick Browne in November ’95.

2003 saw Wakefield & Emley make the most of a Kieran Gallagher missed penalty and Ricci Crace hitting the post in the last minute of normal time to seal an extra time FA Trophy replay win at Claremont Road courtesy of a superb Mark Wilson strike. Exactly a year later, as Mark Zuckerberg first launched Facebook, two goals from Scott Cousins at Northwood saw Dave Anderson’s side progress to the last-four of the Middlesex Senior Cup after a 2-0 win.

We finish with two vital wins against East London sides in relegation 6-pointers beginning with a 2-0 win over Redbridge in 2006 thanks to goals from debutant Darren Watson and Mark Cooper and then in 2017 Matt Ball and Reis Stanislaus struck the crucial goals to sink Grays Athletic 2-1 at Aveley to kick-start the Greens’ eventual and successful survival bid.

Another successful day – statistically the most successful revisited thus far with a win ration of 73% - has seen 11 wins from 15 matches, 2 draws and 2 defeats. 36 goals have been scored and 16 conceded.