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On This Day: 6th February

Greensnet Editor
Sat 06 Feb 2021, 09:55

Our 6th February retrospective begins in 1915 with a wartime friendly against Croydon Amateurs, a game that was won 4-2.

Following that match there was a 17-year wait until the next game on this day and London Welsh found themselves humbled 6-1 in 1932, on the same day as a fascist coup erupted in the territory of Memel, at Claremont Road in the Amateur FA Senior Cup. Freddie Evans led the way with a hat-trick added two by a couple of goals from W Bramley and one from Bill Butland.

In 1943, as the first Spitfire action above Darwin in Australia brought down a Mitsubishi Ki-46 of the Imperial Japanese Army, Golders Green fell to a 1-0 defeat in a Claremont Road derby against Tufnell Park in the Herts & Middlesex Senior League and a further local derby 11-years later in 1954 saw the Greens draw 1-1 with Finchley in the Amateur Cup, John Bartholomew with the Hendon goal.

It was another Amateur Cup tie in 1960, on the road to eventual success, that saw Redhill beaten 6-0 on the road. Mike Candey and Miles Spector led the way with two goals each added to by Arthur Figg and Terry Howard and two goals from David Hyde five years later in a Middlesex Senior Cup tie against Enfield saw the Greens to a comfortable 2-0 win.

In the same competition in 1971 as Alan Shepherd larruped a golf ball into the ether off a tee on the moon, a pair of goals from Peter Anderson as well as one from John Baker saw Staines Town beaten 3-0 on the road. Two years later Enfield came to Claremont Road in the London Senior Cup and won by the only goal of the game.

Goals from Mick Garrini and George Brooks led the Greens to a 2-0 win over Hayes in 1979 in the Isthmian League and three years later a visit to Witton Albion ended in a 1-0 defeat that led to the release of a number of players.

In 1984 a goal from Steve Smith was unable to stop the Greens from slipping to a 2-1 defeat to Chelmsford City but Leo Fortune-West netted in 1993 against Staines Town to secure a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Claremont Road.

A visit to Chesham United in 1999 saw the deadly duo of Paul Whitmarsh and Junior Lewis score in a 2-0 FA Trophy tie to secure a visit to Cheltenham Town in the last-16 and goals from Jamie Busby, James Bent and Peter Dean secured an excellent 3-2 win at Margate in 2010 in the Isthmian League.

There was less success to end this look back as a hat-trick from Leon Smith against his old club consigned Gary McCann’s charges to a 3-0 defeat at Met Police in 2016 and two years later Balham produced a shock in the last-8 of the London Senior Cup with a 2-1 win at Silver Jubilee Park, Ollie Sprague’s goal not enough for the shell-shocked Greens.

Of fifteen matches to have taken place so far on this day, 7 have been won, two drawn and half a dozen lost. 29 goals have been scored and 17 conceded.