February 11th brings us a day which across the past 113 years has provided what is the joint second highest goal-per-game average to date at 4.06 goals per game. Given that today’s round-up includes two 0-0 draws that bring that average down from 4.6 goals per game, the strikers of the 1922 and 2017 vintages ought to be taking a long hard look at themselves today.
We begin in 1911 and a Finchley & District League Division 2 match against Greenhill which was won 4-2, the goalscorers are not known, and then 11-years later in 1922 the first shut-out occurred against Kingstonian in the Athenian League.
A duo of matches against Enfield plundered a whopping 19 goals between them. Firstly a 1928 Athenian League fixture ended 6-4 to the E’s, Oscar Reinke, Harry Shearcroft (2) and Billy Neill scoring and 5-years later in 1933 a Middlesex Charity Cup tie at Claremont Road ended 7-2 to the hosts. Herbert Knott led the way on that day with a hat-trick followed by Ronnie Rowe with two and one each for George Bucci and Jimmy Spalton.
Fred Boston, in 1939, salvaged a Middlesex Senior Cup replay against Hayes in a 1-1 draw and in a 1950 Athenian League tie club record appearance holder Bill Fisher scored a relatively rare goal in a 5-1 defeat at Tooting and Mitcham United.
On the day that two of the infamous Cambridge spy-ring, Donald Maclean and Guy Burgess, reappear in Moscow in 1956 having disappeared from Britain five years earlier, each man denying that they’ve spied for the Russians, Tufnell Park were beaten 3-0 in the Middlesex Senior Cup with Jeff Darey and Miles Spector (2) on target. In 1961 the Greens’ Amateur Cup defence came to an end with a 2-0 defeat to Walthamstow Avenue in a game held at the White City stadium.
Tony Harding led the way in 1967 as the Greens triumphed in a 7-goal thriller in the Amateur Cup against Oxford City, Roy Sleap and Danny Lakey also on target before a 17-year hiatus saw Dulwich Hamlet beaten 2-1 at Champion Hill in 1984 thanks to strikes from Steve Wilkins and substitute Gary Allen.
There was a return to Tooting & Mitcham in 1989 but with rather more success as an own goal and one from Andy Smith secured the points for the Greens before yet another visit south of the river, this time back to Dulwich Hamlet in 1995 saw Mick Browne’s side go down to the only goal of the game.
February 11th 1999 saw Marlow strike a surprise in the Isthmian League Cup as they knocked Frank Murphy’s side out 2-1, Paul Whitmarsh with the Hendon goal before in the same competition four-years later Rob Haworth was credited what must be one of the most fortuitous hat-tricks in the club’s history in a 5-2 win at Wingate & Finchley.
If there was some doubting the veracity of this first goal, a powerful strike that rebounded off a post and in off goalkeeper Andy Walker’s head after latching onto Paul Yates’ pass, there was plenty as he was credited with a second on 74 minutes when Walker appeared to punch a corner into his own net under pressure from the Hendon targetman. No-one could doubt his third goal as he finished with aplomb deep in extra time after strikes from Yates and Lee Endersby – a delicious lob from fully 35-yards – had put the Greens way out in front.
2006 saw a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Rookery Hill against East Thurrock United to further push Gary McCann’s side into the mire and we end for the second review in a row with a goal-less draw, this time against Lowestoft Town at Silver Jubilee Park in the Isthmian League in 2017.
Sixteen matches on 11th February have seen 7 wins, 3 draws and 6 defeats with 34 goals scored and 31 conceded.