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My Hendon by David Wright

By John Rice (legacy user)4/11/2013 00:37Mon Nov 4 00:37:58 2013In response to My Hendon by Bomber

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I have supported Hendon since November 1971.

First game was home to Hitchin 03/11/70 in the league. A 6-1 victory was certainly a good one to choose.

I found Hendon through local press coverage and recommendations.

I support Hendon in part due to the friendly non-league atmosphere - better than being treated like criminals, segregated from opposition supporters either by fences or legions of stewards. The standard has also always (well almost always) been very high. The only obvious difference has been the part-time nature of the game at this level and the absence of full-time training and associated fitness levels.

Favourite game: Newcastle away at St James' Park 1974.  Drawing away in front of 32,000 fans against a team that went on to reach the FA Cup Final speaks for itself. In those days, the FA Cup meant so much to every top team. There was simply no question of playing anything but the best players available.

Favourite Hendon memory: So many here, but perhaps the FA Cup replay win at Banbury on 06/10/81, when having seen Banbury go 3-2 up with only a few minutes to go, deep  into injury time Dermot Drummy smashes in a 30 yard shot just below the bar, almost central, but giving the keeper little chance. Other candidates: The final whistles in the FA Cup at home to Reading and away to Orient, and of course Newcastle; also, watching Hendon play at the Oval Cricket ground (Vauxhall End) against Corinthian Casuals 11/11/72 in the Isthmian League. No, we didn't run up a cricket score, but thanks to Fred Pudney we did win 2-1.

Favourite team to play: No team in particular. Any team we beat really! It is a great shame that so many of the local clubs that we used to play are no longer in the Isthmian League or have been moved to the Southern League.

Favourite all-time player: Bobby Childs. He was a fantastic signing from St Albans. His corner kicks alone led to crucial goals in the Wycombe Amateur Cup semi-final at Brentford and at Merthyr Tydfil in the FA Cup, which took us to Newcastle.