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My Hendon by John Robert Richardson

By John Rice (legacy user)6/11/2013 07:04Wed Nov 6 07:04:24 2013In response to My Hendon by David Wright

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I remember my first game was in 1963-64 season, Hendon beat Dagenham 3-0 in a FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round match. I went with some older boys from our road in West Hendon. It was a long walk, crossing the North Circular at Staples Corner and cutting up Brent Terrace past fierce dogs guarding the breakers yards to reach the Clitterhouse estate. (a bit like the approach to Millwall).

Being bought up in Hendon, Hendon FC were my local team, I considered them to be the 'Arsenal' of amateur football. They had the best matchday programme which was priced 6d. It had a picture of the amateur cup with winners 1960 printed underneath. At the time Claremont Road was one of the best grounds and one of the few outside the league to have 'proper' floodlights with pylons in each corner. They even had a catchy signature tune 'Wheels Cha Cha' by the Joe Loss band for the players to run out to.

My favourite game was was in 1966-67 against Oxford City at Claremont Road for a 3rd round of the FA Amateur Cup tie. Hendon were losing 3-1 at half time and then turned the game round to win 4-3 with Tony Harding scoring the winner.

My favourite memory was in February 1966. Claremont Road was jam packed for the FA Amateur Cup 4th round tie against Wycombe Wanderers with a massive crowd of 5,489. Wycombe bought forty coaches which had to be parked on the old Handley Page site in Cricklewood. The crowd was so tightly packed it was impossible for supporters to change ends at half time. Hendon won the tie 2-1 but sadly Jimmy Quail broke his leg.

My favourite Hendon player must be 60 goals in a season (1964-65) David Hyde with John Swannell runner up.

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