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My Hendon by Jeff Hill

By John Rice (legacy user)21/10/2013 11:33Mon Oct 21 11:33:43 2013In response to My Hendon by Simon Lawrence

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Can't remember first Hendon game but first game at Claremont Road was England v Austria Amateur International 26/10/1966.

My dad took me to above match. I can't remember what I did a week ago but the first Hendon team I ever saw has stuck in my mind forever. Swannell, Hogwood, Cooper, Sleap, Ashworth, Cantwell, Swain, Shacklock, Harding, Quail, Lakey.

Although brought up in Finchley, my mum, dad, sister and I supported Hendon. One of the very few things we ever did as a family.

My favourite game was the 1972 Amateur Cup Final. The whole family went. My favourite memory is celebrating the London Senior Cup win in front of Dave Hogwood and the team as they hold aloft the trophy after the 1969 final. The picture appeared in the local paper and can still be found online. The scarf I'm holding up was knitted by my mum. I was 11.

Being from Finchley I like to watch us play Finchley (now Wingate). In my early days it was a rare event because we were a division apart but I think I remember beating them 5-4 at Summers Lane (it must have been a cup game or friendly, would love to be able to identify the date and competition).

Favourite player of all time has to be Rod Haider. I was at the 5-0 win at Dulwich which I believe was his Hendon debut.

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