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On This Day: 5th February

Greensnet Editor
Fri 05 Feb 2021, 15:07

The 5th February retrospective begins 111-years ago in the Finchley & District League Division 2 and an 8-0 win over Drayton Park to continue the club’s push for a second successive title.

Moving forward to 1921 and as the Yankees purchase a 20 acres site in the Bronx for the Yankkee stadium, goals from H White and Cecil Wise, who featured in yesterday’s round-up, were on target once again in a 2-0 win over Wimbledon in the Athenian League. A 1927 fixture in the same competition against Sutton United at Claremont Road saw the visitors grab the only goal of the game and return south with the points.

In 1938 as the 3rd Empire Games opened in Sydney, another home match, this time in the Amateur Cup, ended in defeat as Leyton picked up a 2-0 win. Six-years later and a goal from Ron Mitchell in 1944 wasn’t enough to save Golders Green from defeat in the Middlesex Red Cross Cup against Tufnell Park, this on the day that 358 RAF bombers attacked the town of Stettin and ‘Captain American’, the first time a Marvel superhero appeared outside of a comic book, premiered in the US.

Yiewsley made it four straight defeats in 1949 as they won 2-1 in the Middlesex Senior Cup at Claremont Road in 1949 and that run of defeats ended in 1955 as Walthamstow Avenue were beaten 1-0 in the Amateur Cup, an own goal just after half-time continuing Hendon’s pursuit of a first Wembley final in the competition.

A rehearsal for a future Amateur Cup Final took place in 1966 in the London Senior Cup as goals from Laurie Churchill and Peter Howard helped the Greens to a 2-2 draw against Wealdstone, for whom Hugh Lindsay and Wortley scored. This was on the same day that the BBC opened a relay station on Ascension Island – alas, not carrying a broadcast of events from Claremont Road. Then, in 1972 the road to Wembley continued with a 2-0 Amateur Cup replay win against Highgate United thanks to strikes from Rod Haider and Bobby Childs.

It was into the FA Trophy and a trip to Jubilee Park at Waterlooville in 1977, the same day Sugar Ray Leonard made his professional debut, when two goals from Tony Field saw the Greens progress 2-0 and a 1985 Middlesex Senior Cup visit to Harrow Borough ended ignominiously as the hosts romped to a 5-0 win.

A 1994 Isthmian League match at Claremont Road against St Albans City was settled by Andy Polston to give the Greens a 1-0 win and a 2000 visit to Canvey Island ended goalless in front of 411 supporters.

Two years later and Gravesend & Northfleet triumphed at Stonebridge Road in the FA Trophy, Steve Forbes’ goal for the Greens nothing more than a consolation. Then, in 2011 another visit to Canvey Island ended in something of a horror show. Jamie Busby netted for the Greens who then saw Dan Sintim, Michael Peacock and Kevin Maclaren dismissed in a 4-1 defeat on the Essex riviera.

We end today’s piece on the day that legislation passed in the House of Commons in favour of same-sex marriage and with an impressive 1-1 home draw against eventual champions Whitehawk at Vale Farm in 2013 – future Hendon player and coach Scott McGleish leading the Hawks’ front-line – Dean Cracknell securing an excellent point for Gary McCann’s side.

Of 16 matches to have taken place on 5th February six have been won, three draws and seven defeats. 23 goals have been scored and 21 conceded.