All at Hendon Football Club were saddened to learn of the passing of former player and manager David Hogwood this week just shy of his 79th birthday.
David was a loyal servant to Hendon Football Club over many years, originally signing as an 18-year old from Wembley before the 1962-63 season. He went on to become a key member of the side that had such success in the 1960s, making 57 appearances in 1964-65 as Hendon lifted the Isthmian League title, FA Amateur Cup and Middlesex Senior Cup, as well as playing in the famous 4-3 against Arsenal at Highbury.
A quick and highly-dependable full-back, chiefly a right-back but able to play on the other flank, David missed only seven league matches across a five-year period in the mid-to-late 1960s. After scoring his first Hendon goal at Oxford City in his 201st first-team appearance, David went on to become a regular and reliable penalty kick taker, employing his famous dummy before planting the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
David earned seven England amateur international caps and represented GB in Olympic Games qualifiers, famously part of the side that played West Germany at Claremont Road alongside Hendon team-mates John Swannell, Roy Sleap and Rod Haider.
In 1971, David left the club after almost a decade to join St Albans City, before returning towards the end of the 1973-74 season. After eventually succumbing to injury, David retired as a player with 440 Hendon appearances and 24 goals to his name. He became assistant manager to Jimmy Quail before succeeding him in December 1977, initially as caretaker and then full-time manager.
David leaves behind a huge legacy as a Hendon legend and many happy memories for those supporters lucky enough to see him in action. The thoughts of everyone connected with Hendon Football Club are with his son Kevin and the rest of David's family at this sad time.