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On This Day: 13th April

Greensnet Editor
Tue 13 Apr 2021, 11:21

We find ourselves finally back on track and up to speed as we turn our attention to 13th April and begin in 1914 with a Middlesex League match against 2nd Battalion Scots Guards. George Hyde was the man on target twice in the 2-1 win.

Moving ahead to 1925 and the club had the opportunity to lift two pieces of silverware on the same day. In Belgium they took on Royal FC Liegeois in the final of the Meuse Cup and won, 1-0, Cecil Wise on target whilst back in Blighty, they contested their first Middlesex Senior Cup final against Southall at Griffin Park. The second string performed valiantly against their West London opponents but were eventually outclassed, going down 5-0.

Four years later in 1929 an Athenian League visit to Kingstonian ended in defeat, the K’s winning 3-1, Harry Vanner netting the Hampstead goal and two-years later in 1931 a visit to Hayes in the same competition ended 2-2 with George Bucci grabbing the two Hampstead goals.

1935 saw a 2-1 win at Walthamstow Avenue with Johnny Browne and Tommy Evans on target before a Bob Avis goal in 1946 was unable to stop Golders Green going down to a 3-1 defeat to Epsom & Ewell in a friendly. A whopping quarter of a century break between competitive matches ended in 1960 as Enfield comfortably won 2-0 at Southbury Road in the Athenian League on the day that German footballer Rudi Voller was born.

Just a year later Walton and Hersham were held to a 3-3 draw at Stompond Lane, Albert Grainger netting twice and Jimmy Quail with the other goal on the day that the UN General Assembly condemned apartheid in South Africa and David Swain grabbed all four goals in a 4-1 win over Carshalton Athletic at Claremont Road in 1963, this on the day that Russian Grand-Master Garry Kasparov was born.

Two-years later in 1965 a crowd of 2,692 squeezed into Claremont Road in expectation of seeing the Greens lift their first Isthmian League title. Leytonstone were the opponents and although Geoff Riddy netted for the Greens, they could not find the second goal they needed to secure the two points and ensure Enfield could not catch them. As it happened, the East Londoners held Hendon to a 1-1 draw meaning that Enfield could finish level on points with the Greens.

There was no such ambiguity three-years later in 1968 as the Greens thumped Wycombe Wanderers 6-0. Micky Drabwell scored twice whilst David Hogwood, Roy Sleap, John Ashworth and Tony Harding all scored once apiece and five years later Whitley Bay travelled south to contest the 1973 Will Mather Cup at Claremont Road. Tony Bass, Fred Pudney and substitute Jimmy Wilsonham scored the goals in a 3-0 win.

A year later and the Greens’ title hopes took another blow as Kingstonian held out for a 0-0 draw and then in 1976 Bobby Southam grabbed the only goal of the game to secure a 1-0 win over Dagenham in the Isthmian League at Claremont Road.

1978 saw the Greens bow out of the Isthmian League Cup with a 1-0 defeat at Leatherhead on the day that shaggy-haired future Barcelona skipper Carles Puyol was born and then seven-years later in 1985 a home match with Walthamstow Avenue ended in a 2-2 draw, Martin Coates and George Duck scored the Hendon goals to claim a point.

A 1991 home match against Grays Athletic ended in a 1-0 defeat however five-years later the Greens’ climb away from danger continued with a thrilling 4-2 win over Aylesbury United. Although Martin Duffield was sent-off in the first half for trading punches with Steve Smart, whose summer transfer to Hendon was a pretty open secret even at that point, Michael Banton and Mark Dawber continued their prolific end to the season aided by a superb Simon Clarke free kick and a goal from Sean Powell, his one and only goal for the club.

Steve Heard, Junior Lewis and Paul Whitmarsh were on target in 1999 as the Greens cruised to a 3-1 win at Carshalton Athletic and three years later were indebted to a goal from Ricci Crace to grab a 1-1 draw against Maidenhead United at Claremont Road.

2009 saw the Greens fall to a surprise defeat to AFC Hayes in the final of the Middlesex Senior Cup at Northwood with Victor Owusu and Dean Papali grabbing the goals to secure the West London side a first competition win and just a year later Hastings United comfortably won at Vale Farm in the Isthmian League, Casey Maclaren’s goal not enough to stop the Greens falling to a 3-1 defeat.

There was revenge of sorts served up three years later as relegation bound Hastings fell to a 2-1 defeat at The Pilot Field, Maclaren was again on target for the Greens along with Carl McCluskey on this occasion. We end today’s look back with a visit to Farnborough back in 2019 with Jimmy Gray’s side suffering a setback in their battle against relegation as the Hampshire side cruised to a 3-0 win at Cherrywood Road.

All of which means that of the 23 matches to have taken place on 13th April, there have been nine wins, six draws and eight defeats. 38 goals have been scored with 36 conceded.