We move our look back in history onto 12th February and a day which exceeds even yesterday in terms of goals-per-game at 4.15. Things began with a romping 6-2 win over Priory Athletic in the Finchley & District League Division 2 on our way to a second consecutive title and promotion in 1910.
In 1921 as Winston Churchill becomes British Minister of Colonies and Soviet troops invade Georgia, a trio of goals scored by Cecils – Burrage with two and Wise with the other – saw Southall comfortably beaten 3-0 at The Avenue Ground in the Athenian League. Six years on in 1927 as a British expeditionary force lands in Shanghai, G H Smith (2) and Harry Shearcroft are on target in a 3-3 draw with Summerstown, also in the Athenian League.
As the first Kindertransport carrying Jewish refugee children arrived in Britain from Nazi Germany in 1938 the goals continued to flow. Once again Enfield, with whom 19 goals were shared in yesterday’s round-up, were the opponents in another 9-goal thriller. Golders Green triumphed 6-3 on this occasion to make it 19-9 on aggregate across the three matches. Brian Sexton scored a hat-trick with Dave Walker grabbing two and the other coming from William Webster – his solitary goal for the club.
1944 saw a cessation of goalscoring as Slough United triumphed by the only goal in a Herts & Middlesex County League match before a 1949 visit to the North-East in the Amateur Cup to meet Billingham Synthonia. Mercifully for the Greens, although Roy Stroud’s goal was only a consolation in a 2-1 defeat, things could have been much worst as Denmark found on the same day as they were beaten 47-0 by Canada in Ice Hockey. Also on this day a broadcast of H.G. Wells’ ‘War of the Worlds’ on the radio in Ecuador caused panic amongst the population of Quito.
Six years later in 1955 as President Eisenhower sends the 1st US advisors to South Vietnam, goals from Gerry Saffrey and Erwin Bahler saw Finchley beaten 2-0 in the London Senior Cup. That gave way to a 17-year gap before a 1972 Middlesex Senior Cup tie against Borough Road College saw a John Connell hat-trick lead the way in a 6-0 romp. Rod Haider also netted twice and Tony Bass once.
Haider was on target again in 1977 as Enfield were once again beaten, this time 3-1 in the Isthmian League. John Butterfield and Roy Butler were the other Hendon men to score. After another 17-year gap in 1994 Barry Blackman scored to ensure a share of the spoils against Enfield at The Warren – now Hayes & Yeading’s Sky-Ex Stadium as the Lillehammer Olympic Games opened and ‘The Scream’ by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch was stolen in Oslo in what was a busy day for the Norwegian authorities.
Eugene Ofori netted at Clarence Park in 2002 to ensure Hendon grabbed a point against St Albans City in a 1-1 draw as the trial of Slobodan Milosevic begins at the UN War Crimes tribunal at The Hague and three years later we saw the dawn of a new era on the field at Claremont Road.
Having been appointed 10-days previously Gary McCann along with his assistant Andy Pape took charge of his first Hendon match as manager against fellow strugglers Cheshunt. Left-back Dave Sargent, playing his final game for the club, gave the new boss a dream start as he headed home after just wo minute from John Frendo’s cross. Ross White equalised shortly before the break and although the Ambers were reduced to 10-men in the second half it looked as though both sides would have to settle for a point.
As the game entered stoppage time Sargent was released down the left and he continued unchallenged to fire beyond the goalkeeper and into the net for a late and vital winner to stop the rot.
We end our look back with a home game against Maidstone United at Vale Farm in which goals from Casey Maclaren and Aaron Morgan were not enough to prevent the Greens from slipping to a 3-2 defeat in the Ryman League.
Of 13 matches to have been played on 13th Febraury, 7 have been won with 3 draws and 3 defeats. 36 goals have been scored and 18 conceded.