Our 8th February look back on this day in history begins in 1913 and the first of three friendly matches to take place, Great Western Railway taking the place of our originally intended opponents Bronze Athletic, and going down 5-3 to Hampstead Town in an entertaining match at The Avenue Ground.
1919 saw a 2-0 win against Wimbledon in the London United Senior League thanks to goals from F Congreve and W Saunders before another friendly in 1930 saw the tone set for some of the current day’s first-team matches as they went to Redhill and won a 9-goal thriller 5-4. Freddie Evans grabbed two goals that were added to by George Bucci, Vic Gardner and Joe Shorland.
In 1936 a Middlesex Senior Cup tie against Wealdstone saw a 4-0 win for Golders Green. Billy Breagan netted twice with other goals from Joe Bloxham and T Evans and on the same day as the Lodz ghetto was established in occupied Poland a 1941 Herts & Middlesex County League derby against Barnet saw a 3-2 win after Roy Stroud, Ted Owen and Mac Cochrane goals saw them to the points.
A first competitive defeat followed in 1958 as Leyton won 1-0 in an Athenian League match and Jimmy Quail was on target in 1964 as the Greens drew 2-2 in the London Senior Cup against Croydon Amateurs. The other goal had been an own goal as the 10-men home side grabbed a late equaliser through Tony Lockett to grab a replay in stoppage time.
A 1972 Isthmian League match against Enfield ended 1-1 thanks to a Rod Haider goal and the skipper was on target again in 1975 as Bromley were beaten 2-0. Bobby Childs added the other goal this time. Haider also played, but did not score, in 1977 as Southall & Ealing Borough were beaten 2-1, Roy Butler and Steve Jefferies on target, this on the same day as an earthquake in San Francisco that measured 5.0 on the Richter scale.
1983 saw a friendly at Vale Farm against Wembley that was won by a single Barry Henley goal however there was no sign of Shergar who had been kidnapped from Ireland that same day. Colin Tate’s goal 9-years later in 1992, the day that the cultural highpoint that was ‘I’m Too Sexy’ by Right Said Fred went to Number 1 in the UK, was not enough to prevent Marlow from winning 2-1 at Claremont Road.
Purfleet, in 1997, came to Claremont Road and returned with the points at the very start of their hoodoo over the club, Paul Kelly and Mark Dawber were on target for Neil Price’s men then in 2003 target man Rob Haworth ensured a share of the spoils at Earlsmead in a 1-1 draw against Harrow Borough.
Dave Diedhiou scored the only goal of the game in 2011 as Hampton & Richmond Borough were beaten 1-0 in the Middlesex Senior Cup and then last year saw Tommy Brewer break out the post-match cartwheels as goals from Brewer, Joe White and Simeon Olalerin saw the Greens to a sixth straight league win in a 3-0 win at Dorchester Town.
13 competitive matches on 8th February have led to 7 wins, 3 draws and 3 defeats. 24 goals have been scored and 13 conceded.