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On This Day: 14th April

Greensnet Editor
Wed 14 Apr 2021, 09:38

Moving on to 14th April and a day which, in spite of providing us with no fewer than five goalless games, has also given supporters plenty of thrills and spills over the years.

We begin in 1922 and the first of those 0-0 draws as Hampstead Town trekked out to mid-Essex to take on Chelmsford in the Athenian League, this as Republican rebels began an occupation of four government courts in Dublin. Just a year later and a friendly against Civil Service at The Avenue Ground ended in a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Travers Day and Cecil Wise.

The first of three matches on 14th April against Finchley took place in 1928, this one also non-competitive and it was Hampstead’s North London rivals that took the glory, if not any points, as they won 2-1, Jimmy Smy providing the home side’s goal. It was back to competitive action in 1933 as a visit to Enfield in the Athenian League saw Hampstead win 3-1, the goals coming from Billy Breagan, and Ronnie Rowe (2).

Just a year later it as a visit to Barnet in the same competition that saw another derby win, this time 2-0 and with Herbert Knott and Jack Weeks on target. That gave way to an 11-year gap before Finchley returned for a second bite of the cherry, this time competitively in the Middlesex Red Cross Cup in 1945, however there was neither a goal nor a winner to be found on this occasion. Elsewhere on this day the US Air-Force bombed Tokyo and inflicted damage on the Imperial Palace whilst in Europe the cities of Stuttgart and Nuremburg were captured by forces of the US 7th Army.

The prolific duo of Roy Stroud and Bob Avis were on target in a 1951 London Senior Cup semi final win over Wimbledon at Ilford to set up a final against Bromley, this on the day of Julian Lloyd Webber’s birth and two years later once again Finchley were the opposition, this time away from home and in the Athenian League however once again there was no goals to be witnessed in a 0-0 draw, this as the Viet-Minh launched an offensive in Laos.

Graeme Cunningham, Jack Rawlings and Jeff Darey scored the goals in a 3-0 win over Hounslow Town in 1956 and half a dozen years later Sutton United won 3-2 at Gander Green Lane in the Athenian League, John Hazell and Miles Spector scoring the Hendon goals on that occasion, this on the day that Georges Pompidou became French Prime Minister.

Two years later the Greens kept their flagging title hopes alive and inflicted revenge upon the U’s at Claremont Road in front of 1,460 supporters as Gerry O’Rourke and David Hyde both scored twice and Jimmy Quail the once in a 5-0 win, this on the day that actress Gina McKee was born. Six-years later and the Greens repeated the five-goal trick, this time against Clapton in 1970, with Rod Haider grabbing two, Peter Anderson and Paul Collett grabbing one each and an own goal completing the scoring.

A 1979 visit to Carshalton Athletic ended in a 1-0 defeat and two-years later Trevor Dark marked a rare appearance with the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Harrow Borough at Claremont Road, this goal coming on the same day that the first space shuttle, Columbia I, returned successfully to earth after its mission in space.

The fourth goalless draw to occur on 14th April did so in 1984 as Croydon came to Claremont Road and held the Greens to a draw but the visit to Dulwich Hamlet six-years later in 1990 more than made up for that blank scoresheet as the Greens triumphed handsomely in a nine-goal thriller. Sean Baker led the way with a hat-trick whilst Uche Egbe, Colin Tate and Steve Bracken helped themselves to one apiece in the 6-3 win.

That was the sole match of the 1990s, the next game coming in 2001 and a visit to Grays Athletic that saw the hosts win by the odd goal in five. Jon Daly and Davis Haule netted for Frank Murphy’s men in the 3-2 reverse. Belal Aite-Ouakrim was on target in 2007 to secure a 1-1 draw against Heybridge Swifts at Claremont Road as almost ¼ million people protest on the streets of Ankara against the candidacy of incumbent Prime Minister Recep Erdogan in forthcoming elections.

Four days before the two sides were to meet in the London Senior Cup Final, Hendon beat Kingstonian 2-1 at Vale Farm in 2012. Carl McCluskey and substitute Jack Mazzone scored the two goals for Gary McCann’s side to give themselves a psychological boost, this on the day that Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Two-years later in 2014 a local Earlsmead derby with Harrow Borough ended in a 2-1 defeat, Leon Smith with the Hendon goal.

We finish as we began in 2018 with a goalless draw, this time at Leatherhead’s Fetcham Grove ground against Kingstonian. Casey Maclaren was sent-off in the first half for two bookings but the K’s rarely threatened Tom Lovelock in the Hendon goal whilst Kevin Maclaren was denied the chance to play against his old club as he remained on the KIngstonian bench for the 90 minutes.

Of the 19 competitive matches to have taken place on 14th April there have been nine wins, six draws and four defeats. 35 goals have been scored and just 16 conceded.