My Hendon by John White
I have supported Hendon for 21 years.
I went because a friend of mine went. It was a chance to meet up and have a drink before and after the game.
First match v Basingstoke Sat 27th april lost 2-1.
It was one of my local non-league teams where I was living at the time.
I started coming on the odd occasion. And soon got to know a lot of the regular fans. It was not only the Football it was a social thing.
I have many favourite games. The F.A. cup matches But 2 games stick in my memory. Both League games. Sat. 6th march 1999. Home to St.Albans. Hendon playing their 4th game that week. First half dominated the game hit the woodwork twice. But went at half time 2-1 up. The game was fast and smooth flowing with the Ref. Ignoring his Linesman's flag to play the advantage. We were 3-1 up when we thought the game was ours. St. Albans top scorer scored two late goals to make it 3-3. But late in stoppage time Hendon forced a corner and Jon Daly headed home the winner. Then ran behind the goal to hi-five the jubilant Hendon fans for an amazing 4-3 win.
The other - Sat.25th August 2007. Home to Tonbridge Angels for the incredible comeback after being 2-0 down. It looked it was not going to be Hendon's day when Brian Haule missed a 85th minute penalty. A couple of fans decided they had seen enough and left. Tonbridge were time-wasting. As time edged toward 5 O'Clock, Hendon scored three goals in about 2 minutes. Wayne O'Sullivan scored the winner at a minute to 5. The Joy of the Hendon fans behind the goal meant I ended up hugging a bloke I hardly knew. If someone wrote about a game like that they would say it was far-fetched. But I was there.
Favourite team to play - St. Albans and Canvey Island in the 90's and 00's. Good entertaining footballing teams. Though they won a majority of games we always managed to get the odd result out of them.
Favourite Player. Simon Clarke. Played 7 seasons for Hendon. Supporters player of the year twice. Played in every position even makeshift Striker and Goalkeeper. Always gave a good performance and a loyal player to the club.
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