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On This Day: 20th Febraury

Greensnet Editor
Sat 20 Feb 2021, 11:19

Onwards, then, to 20th February and for the first time in a couple of days, no humiliating scorelines to write of. Things begin in 1926 and a Middlesex Senior Cup tie at Barnet which produced seven goals. Oscar Reinke grabbed two and Cecil Wise one as the Bees triumphed 4-3 on a day that Montreal and Ottawa played out only the second 0-0 tie in NHL history.

In 1932 as Japanese troops occupied Tunhua in China, St Albans City were beaten 2-1 in the Amateur FA Senior Cup at Claremont Road with Bill Butland and W Bramley on target before Southall arrived in 1937 in the Middlesex Charity Cup and departed with the only goal of the game and progression.

Having enjoyed that occasion, they arrived 17-years later in the Athenian League this time but once again plundering the result as they won 2-1, Reg Gillett with the Hendon goal. Moving onto 1960 and the long Amateur Cup journey to the north-east to play West Auckland Town wasn’t entirely wasted as Terry Howard kept the club’s hopes in the Non-League game’s premier cup competition alive with the goal in a 1-1 draw to secure a replay.

1965 saw three of the awesome foursome on target in a 3-1 win over Corinthian Casuals in the Isthmian League, the title challenge still very much on target. Jimmy Quail, Peter Slade and David Hyde netted the goals, Danny Lakey going without on this occasion.
Meanwhile heavenward Ranger 8 made a hard landing on the Moon to return photos back to mission control. Six years later back in the Amateur Cup John Wilson struck for the Greens in a 3-1 replay defeat at Slough Town.

1979 saw the so-called ‘Shankhill Butchers’ sentenced to life in prison for 19 murders in Belfast and the Greens return from Leytonstone with a 1-0 win in the Isthmian League thanks to Mick Garrini’s strike before Southall finally succumbed at the third time of asking on this day, this time in the Middlesex Senior Cup, 3-0 with Andy O’Brien, Kevin Folan and Phil Brown on target.

It was back to Leytonstone-Ilford in 1988 in the league with Mick Kiely, Iain Dowie and Andy Smith netting in a 3-1 win. Two years on in 1990 and Colin Tate’s goal seals a draw in the Middlesex Senior Cup against Yeading before a 1993 visit to Marlow ends in a comfortable 3-0 win for the hosts.

John-Simon White’s superb free kick grabbed a 1-1 draw in 1999 at Claremont Road against Aldershot Town whilst Dale Binns came off the bench in 2001 at The Beveree to grab a couple of goals in a 2-0 win at Hampton & Richmond Borough in what was only their second league match in 45-days and just the third of the calendar year to date.

Having been abandoned 48-hours previously the Greens returned to the White Lion Ground to take on Wealdstone in the Middlesex Senior Cup quarter-final. A thrilling cup-tie was settled late on by Rob Haworth after Ben Alexander looked to have secured extra-time for the Stones. Binns had opened the scoring with a 25-yard scorcher that Eugene Ofori added to with a fine finish before Andy Myhill gave the Stones, who included future Green James Fisher in their side and Marvin Morgan on the bench whilst Jermaine Beckford started, hope 10-minutes from time.

A 2010 visit to Horsham ended in defeat, Anthony Thomas grabbing the Hendon goal as the hosts ran out 3-1 winners, this on the day that floods and mudslides on the island of Madeira left at least 32 dead in the worst disaster to hit the archipelago. Finally, in 2016 as Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump both claim crucial presidential primary wins in Nevada and South Carolina respectively, the latter causing Jeb Bush to drop out of the race for the Republican nomination, the Greens battled their way to a vital 3-2 win at fellow strugglers VCD Athletic. Carl McCluskey was the hero with two goals added to by Kezie Ibe whilst former Hendon youth teamer Ricky Sappleton bludgeoned two goals in vain for the hosts.

Of 17 matches to have been played so far on 20th February there has been 8 wins, 3 draws and 6 defeats. 29 goals have been scored and 26 conceded.