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On This Day: 30th March

Greensnet Editor
Tue 30 Mar 2021, 10:28

Without further ado we hasten on to 30th March, the penultimate day of the third month of the year. Strap yourselves in, we have a lot to get through today.

We kick-off in 1912 on the day that the French protectorate in Morocco is established and a local derby against Hendon Town, yes, Hendon Town really did exist once upon-a-time, in the Willesden League ended in a stunning 11-0 win. Unfortunately, the goalscorers are unknown.

Eleven years later in 1923 Hampstead Town were undertaking a tour of Jersey and a Travers Day strike secured a 1-1 draw in a friendly against a Jersey Amalgamated XI in front of a crowd of more than 4,000 spectators. It was back to competitive action in 1934 as a visit to Enfield in the Athenian League ended in a crushing 6-2 defeat. Once again, the scorers are currently unknown.

A year later in 1935 Golders Green were sent crashing out of the Middlesex Charity Cup with a 1-0 defeat at Uxbridge Town and five years later in 1940 Hertford Town won 2-0 in the Herts & Middlesex County League, this on the day that Japan declared the Chinese city of Nanking the capital of a new Chinese puppet government.

Another Middlesex Charity Cup tie in 1946, this time against Tufnell Park ended 1-1, Melvyn Griffiths scoring the Golders Green goal, this before a 1957 Middlesex Senior Cup semi-final saw the Greens race into a 4-0 half-time lead against Yiewsley at Wealdstone, before a second half fightback reduced the arrears, Hendon eventually winning 5-3 to set up a final against Hounslow Town. Tommy Lawrence (2), Roy Thomas, Jimmy Quail and Miles Spector scored the goals.

Indeed, Hounslow Town provided the club’s next opposition, this in 1959 and in the Athenian League, as Roy Thomas was once again on target, this time along with Micky Moore in a 2-0 win. This on the day that the Dalai Lama fled Tibet and was granted political asylum in India. Just four years later in 1963 a hat-trick from Peter Flann and a couple of goals from Dave Swain saw the Greens to a comprehensive 5-2 win over Carshalton Athletic in the Athenian League.

David Hyde was on target in 1964 as the Greens’ Isthmian League title hopes took a knock, a visit to Tooting & Mitcham United ending 1-1 which could have been worse had John Swannell not made a brilliant penalty save, this on the day that Tracy Chapman was born and astronaut John Glenn withdrew from the Ohio senate race. Two years later in 1966, Hyde and Swain were again on target, along with Laurie Churchill and Roy Sleap in a 4-1 success over Kingstonian.

In 1968 perennial strugglers Clapton were beaten 3-0 at Claremont Road thanks to goals from David Hogwood, Rod Haider and Alf Moss as General Ludvik Svoboda was elected president of Czechoslovakia and on the day that Canadian songstress Celine Dion was born. Haider was again on target just two-years later in a 1-1 draw with Dulwich Hamlet, also at Claremont Road, this on the day that Heinrich Bruning (see 29th March), former German Chancellor, passed away.

Ruislip Manor were finally beaten in a semi-final replay of the Middlesex Senior Cup in 1974 thanks to a strike from Roger Connell as Red Rum wins its second Grand National before a 1976 home match with Clapton in the Isthmian League saw the Greens held this time to a 2-2 draw. Rod Haider, again, was on target as was John Baker to secure a point.

Half a dozen years later in 1982 Barking visited Claremont Road and left with the points as they won 2-0 and a 1985 home game with Croydon ended 0-0 in the Isthmian League. 1991 then saw Woking travel to Claremont Road and return to Surrey with a 3-1 defeat ringing in their ears thanks to goals from Martin Duffield, Mark Xavier and substitute Uche Egbe.

In 1993 the seemingly never-ending run of home matches on March 30th continued with a 1-0 defeat to Grays Athletic, this the club’s eighth consecutive home match stretching across a 25-year period on the same day. It’s also proven, so far, to be their last. The run of away games began in 1996 when Mark Dawber struck a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over fellow strugglers Worthing to further boost Neil Price’s survival hopes, Dave Stephenson and Michael Banton were also on target for the ruthless Greens.

Three years later and a visit to Scraley Road, Heybridge, ended in defeat as the Greens went down 1-0, and then in 2004 a visit to big-spending Hornchurch saw Dave Anderson’s men put in the perfect away performance as Steve Butler and Dwayne Plummer scored the goals in an impressive 2-0 win.

2011 saw a visit to Thamesmead Town in the quarter-final of the London Senior Cup and Gary McCann’s side booked a visit to AFC Wimbledon in the last-four courtesy of a comfortable 2-0 win. Jamie Busby and Dave Diedhiou scored the goals to keep the club’s hopes of a final appearance alive. Two years later on a filthy afternoon at Earlsmead, a late scrambled equaliser from Sam Flegg secured a point against Harrow Borough who had taken the lead through Rob Wolleaston.

We end two years ago today when a visit to play-off chasers Poole Town ended in an unlikely 2-0 win for the Greens as Chris Grace made his debut. Ryan Hope gave Jimmy Gray’s side the lead before a late trademark free-kick from Ogo Obi sealed what proved to be three absolutely crucial points on the south coast.

Of the 24 competitive matches to have been played on 30th March, 12 have been won with six draws and six defeats. 53 goals have been scored – the first time the half-century has been broken - with 26 conceded.