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(Not) On This Day: 18th April

Greensnet Editor
Mon 19 Apr 2021, 18:28

Our first round-up today sees us take a look back at what happened ‘on that day’ yesterday over years of the club’s existence and begins in 1919 with a London United Senior League match against Southall. T Poltock and Charlie Allwright were on target as Hampstead Town won 2-0.

Half a dozen years later in 1925 as the World’s Fair was opening in Chicago, Barking Town came to The Avenue Ground in the Athenian League and won 3-2, Vic Rowe and Cecil Wise netted for the home side. The two clubs then met again in 1931, this time in East London and supporters of both sides were spoilt as 8 goals were shared. Frank Dean, W Bramley and Freddie Evans (2) scored the Hendon goals to secure honours even.

A Middlesex Charity Cup semi-final against Hayes in 1936 ended 1-1 thanks to a Mike Fallon goal, this on the day that Pan-Am Clipper began regular flights between San Francisco and Honolulu. Six-years later in 1942 goals from Les Pulling, George Bucci and Harry Edwards secured a Herts & Middlesex County League win, 3-0, against Wealdstone, this on the day of the Doolittle raids on the Japanese home islands and that Jochen Rindt, the only driver to be posthumously awarded the Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship, was born.

Goals from Des Gittus and Roy Stroud in 1951 saw a visit to Barnet end in a 2-1 win in the Athenian League and two years later Stroud was again on target in a North London derby, this time scoring a hat-trick and this time against Enfield who were beaten 4-2. Derek Snaith grabbed the other goal on this day, the same that Rick Moranis of Ghostbusters and Honey I Shrunk The Kids fame was born.

Albert Einstein passed away on 18th April 1955 and the Greens marked the great Physicist’s passing with another win over Barnet, this time 1-0 and thanks to a Bob Avis goal. Yet another North London derby ended in success in 1959 as two goals from Roy Thomas and another from Miles Spector secured a 3-2 win over Finchley at Claremont Road.

Moving into the 1960s and a surprise defeat at struggling Corinthian Casuals in 1964 extinguished the Greens’ title hopes, the South Londoners winning by the game’s only goal. Three-years later a Danny Lakey goal secured a win by the same scoreline at home to Leytonstone in the Isthmian League.

There was another thriller in 1970, this time against Tooting & Mitcham United who were defeated 4-3 thanks to a pair of goals from John Baker and one each from Rod Haider and Micky Cannon before Bobby Gough, in 1981, was the two-goal hero as Slough Town were beaten 2-1 in the Isthmian League.

Four-years later in 1985 on the day that Wham became the first western pop-act to release an album in China and West Ham United goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was born, Harrow Borough were beaten 2-1 at Claremont Road thanks to strikes from Gary Allen and Steve Wilkins. Moving ahead to 1987 and all was becalmed as Wokingham Town arrived in NW2 and held the Greens to a 0-0 draw.

That was the precursor to two home defeats to open the 1990s beginning in 1992 with a 3-2 reverse against Chesham United, this on the day that South Africa returned to test cricket for the first time since 1970 – Robbie Garvey and Adam King scored for the Greens. Two-years later in 1994 Marlow came to Claremont Road and returned west with a 1-0 win, this on the day that Brian Lara smashed 375 runs off the English attack to break Gary Sobers’ world record for runs in a test-match innings. This was also the day that President Nixon suffered a stroke that led to his death just four days later.

Marvyn Watson was on target in 2000 as Harrow Borough gained a degree of revenge for their defeat 15-years previously at Earlsmead. Simon Clarke ended up in goal for large portions of the game after Gary McCann limped off with a serious knee injury that kept him out for almost a year. Just a year later the crazed run-in continued with a stale 1-0 defeat at Claremont Road to St Albans City.

Four straight defeats became five on 18th April 2009 as a visit to the East Sussex coast ended in defeat, Hastings United winning 2-1 in spite of Glenn Garner’s goal for the Greens, three years later however at Imber Court goals from Jerome Federico and Darren Currie secured the London Senior Cup and a 2-0 win over Kingstonian to once again lift the famous old trophy.

Jack Connors grabbed the winner just a year later as a visit to Leiston ended in a 1-0 win and two-years later in 2015 at a blustery Mill Field, Grays Athletic were held to a 0-0 draw three days after the Greens had beaten them in the League Cup Final to preserve the side’s unbeaten run but all but hand the title to Maidstone United due to the Kent side’s vastly superior goal difference.

We end just a year later and a 1-1 end of season draw with Billericay Town at Earlsmead which inched the Greens a touch closer to safety and was also memorable for Chris Seeby’s return to action after more than a year out through injury as he thundered in an unbelievable equaliser from fully 45-yards to bring parity and a share of the spoils.

24 matches have taken place to date on 18th April with half of them (12) being won. Five have been drawn and seven lost, 39 goals have been scored and 29 conceded.